THE UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUND (UNICEF)
TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR / CONSULTANCY
INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANCY FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A DISCUSSION PAPER ON THE IMPORTANCE OF SKILLS DEVELOPMENT IN LATIN AMERICAN AND THE CARIBBEAN
Level of experience : Junior 1-3yrs Medium X 4-10yrs Senior X more than 10yrs
Location : Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean LACRO
Language(s) required : High proficiency in both English and Spanish is required
Closing date for applying to this consultancy : 08 November 2018
Duration : approx. 80 working days
Estimated start date of this consultancy : 25 November 2018 Estimated end date : 24 April 2019 (considering a break between mid-
December 2018 to mid-January 2019)
Goal Area 2 of UNICEF Strategic Plan 2018-2021 aims to ensure that every child learns by focusing on three main outputs :
increase access for girls and boys to the skills for learning, personal empowerment, active citizenship and employability.
In terms of output 3, UNICEF is working on a global framework on skills, based on the development of a set of 12 skills at scale, across the life course and through multiple learning pathways.
The development of this breadth of skills cover four programmatic areas (learning and teaching; multiple pathways; enabling environments and systems) and builds on the experience of the Life Skills and Citizenship Education (LSCE) Initiative () developed by UNICEF Regional Office for Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA).
UNICEF LACRO contributes to ensuring that every girl, boy and adolescent in LAC benefits from policies, programmes and interventions that guarantee their access to education, learning opportunities and skills development from early childhood through adolescence.
Programming efforts prioritize delivering results for children who are most at risk of not fulfilling their right to education, particularly, out-
of-school children, children with disabilities, children who suffer discrimination because of their ethnicity, and those affected by armed violence, and emergencies.
Within the framework of the Generation Unlimited partnership and the Goal Area 2 of UNICEF Strategic Plan 2018-2021, UNICEF LACRO plans to hire an experienced consultant to develop a discussion paper on the importance of systematic development of a breadth of skills development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
The discussion paper aims to support all the countries in the region in addressing strategies to achieve the SDGs, particularly, the Goal 4 : Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all .
The individual consultant or research center will develop and write a discussion paper on the importance of skills development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
The discussion paper will draw on the Life Skills and Citizenship Education Initiative (LSCE) developed by the UNICEF Regional Office for Middle East and North Africa (MENA), as well as on the ongoing discussions on a Skills for All Agenda and the Global Framework on Skills at UNICEF HQ level.
The discussion paper is intended to :
guide and inform UNICEF’s programming, partnerships, and advocacy both at the regional and country level.
EXPECTED RESULTS (measurable results) :
The discussion paper shall be no longer than 30 pages and it shall include at least the following items :
DELIVERABLES : Description
First draft of the discussion paper on the importance of skills development in LAC (in Spanish)
18 February 2019
Final draft of the discussion paper on the importance of skills development in LAC (in English and Spanish)
18 April 2019
The consultant is expected to undergo a bi-weekly call with the education specialist to discuss progress challenges and suggestions on the development of the discussion paper.
KEY QUALIFICATIONS, TECHNICAL BACKGROUND, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED :
Fluency in Spanish and English, excellent writing skills in both languages is required.
This consultancy will be supervised by the Regional Education Specialist and coordinated by the Regional Education Officer.
INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR’S WORKPLACE :
The consultancy will take place over a period of four months (with a one-month break). The consultant will work from home, in regular communication with the supervisors and country offices through telephone and e-mail and other means.
TRAVEL (IF APPLICABLE) :
Travel unforeseen and not yet determined. In case of travel, UNICEF will cover as per policy.
Travel costs will be estimated and added to the contract once they are determined based on UNICEF Financial Rules and Regulations.
Please note, for travel to countries - it will be decided based on agreements with UNICEF and contractor / consultant. For agreed country visits, the contractor / consultant will be responsible in administering its own travel.
UNICEF will reimburse travel related expenses based on actual costs or on the below criteria whichever is lower and upon presentation of receipts.
Any travel involved should be budgeted according to UN Travel Standards as a ceiling.
Candidates are requested to submit a financial proposal based on the deliverables mentioned above.
PAYMENT PROVISIONS :
UNICEF's policy is to pay for the performance of contractual services rendered or to effect payment upon the achievement of specific milestones described in the contract.
UNICEF's policy is not to grant advance payments except in unusual situations where the potential contractor, whether an Individual consultant, private firm, NGO or a government or other entity, specifies in the bid that there are special circumstances warranting an advance payment.
UNICEF will normally require a bank guarantee or other suitable security arrangement.
Payments will be made upon delivery and approval of deliverables by UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if outputs are incomplete, not delivered of for failure to meet deadlines.
Details of payments will be agreed in advance and individually between the consultant and UNICEF.
EVALUATION METHOD AND CRITERIA :
Consultants and / or Individual Contractors (CIC) will be evaluated based on a cumulative methodology, being the award of the contract made to the CIC whose offer has been evaluated and determined as :
Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Technical component score
Max. 80 points
Economical component score
Max. 100 points
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 60 points (of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
The technical proposal should include : cover letter referring to the required qualifications, timeline, workplan, proposed methodology, writing samples relevant to the consultancy, and 3 contact references from previous work experience.
University degree in education, social sciences, international development or a related field.
Advanced University degree (Master / PhD) in any related field.
At least four years of professional work experience at the national and international levels in policy planning, management, and / or research in a related field such as education, adolescent development, skills development
More than ten years of professional work experience at the national and international levels in policy planning, management, and / or research in a related field such as education, adolescent development, skills development
Demonstrated experience in the preparation and publication of books, journals, technical reports, papers and materials on topics related to education, learning, skills development, adolescent development, international learning standards, large-
Proposed methodology and technical experience
Relevance and quality of the proposed methodology
Quality of the writing samples
Fluency in Spanish and English
Total Maximum obtained for Technical Criteria
Note : the total maximum score must be equivalent to the weight assigned to the technical score)
Minimum score for technical compliance
In addition, separately from the technical proposal (as in another document), a financial proposal detailing the total costs of the assignment (not including costs for travel yet) must be submitted.
The total amount of points allocated for the economic component is 20. The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal and compared among those consultants which obtain the threshold points in the evaluation of the technical component.
All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price; e.g :
Max. Score for Financial proposal
Score for price proposal X
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, click on the Apply link found either at the beginning or at the end (see example below)
In case of doubts please send your comments to with the subject : (PLEASE INSERT TEXT) at least 3 working days before the deadline.
The deadline to receive applications is08 November 2018. The pre-selection of candidates will be done after closing date.
Please note only selected candidates will be contacted.
Important : In the selection of its consultants, UNICEF is committed to gender equality and diversity, without distinction as to race, sex, or religion, and without discrimination to people with disabilities.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.