THE UNITED NATIONS CHILDREN’S FUND (UNICEF)
TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR
KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT IN THE AREA OF SOCIAL POLICY
Level of experience : Junior X 1-3yrs Medium 4-10yrs Senior more than 10yrs
Location : Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean LACRO
Language(s) required : Fluency in English -Spanish is required
Closing date for applying to this consultancy : August 16, 2018 (RE-POSTING - no need to reapply)
Duration : 11.5 months
Estimated start date of this consultancy : August, 2018 Estimated end date : July, 2019
BACKGROUND AND MOTIVATION :
ii) the strengthening of social protection systems with a focus on children and adolescents, and (iii) the increase in investment of children, the strengthening of local governance and decentralization.
Specifically, in the area of child poverty, we contribute technical assistance to the Country Offices so that they can provide support to governments in the areas of statistics and planning efforts for the conceptualization and multidimensional measurement of child poverty with a human rights approach.
In terms of social protection , we support the work of the Ministries of Social Development and other relevant bodies by strengthening social protection policies and interventions.
For this purpose, we elaborate studies in several countries on the state of social protection to guide improvements and closing gaps.
We are also expanding our support so that social protection programs can be made more flexible and respond better in case of humanitarian situations and emergencies.
In the area of investment of children , we work to strengthen the capacities of government agencies and thus improve the efficiency of public spending for children.
For this purpose, we provide technical assistance to the Ministries of Finance and Treasury, to carry out the measurement, analysis and monitoring of public investment directed at children.
We also promote the exchange of best practices at the sub-national level to ensure that public policies have positive impacts on the lives of children, especially the most excluded.
The work produced in this wide range of areas has generated a large number of documents over the last years and knowledge products that need to be properly disseminated and made available for use by the institution and the public.
In this regard, it is necessary to hire an Individual Contractor in knowledge management, who can support in relieving, communicating and disseminating key material, in the broad framework of a strategy for the exchange of information and learning, which minimizes the risk of fragmentation of knowledge, of eventual limited strategic impact, or of the use of research resources with limited impact and effectiveness.
This strategic communication will firstly involve all the social policy officers in the region, but also link the region with developments at a global level, in order to access ideas, documents and experiences.
As it is central to the advisory work in social policy of the regional office of LACRO to be able to bring substantive knowledge in policies and experiences to the Country Offices, the Unit requires a full-
time dedicated team member to generate an exchange network based on a culture of knowledge and trust, in transmitting the orientation to service, and in facilitating the provision of first level resources and resulting in an effective sharing of knowledge .
The Individual Contractor will be part of a team of excellence, and his commitment is expected in the design of this strategy that will seek to give a brand and internal and external visibility to the task of social policy in LACRO.
Under the supervision of the Regional Social Policy Advisor, the main objective of this consultancy is to develop a knowledge management strategy in social policy and establish a systematic information exchange network with social specialists in the Country Offices, and the institution as a whole.
This strategy will allow the exchange of strategic information, develop a set of knowledge products and services, in brand and content, and develop a consensus of key messages about shared results and priorities.
The contractor will also develop key communication material to disseminate relevant information and documentation on social policy in Latin America and the Caribbean, and to promote the work of UNICEF in this area.
Finally, the contractor will also seek to develop a repository of documents, information and best practices in the area of social policy in the region.
EXPECTED RESULTS (measurable results) :
The purpose of this activity is to have an updated Social Policy page containing all the key information available to users.
The repository of documents is intended to provide a unique database of key documents that will become in the future a useful platform for information on social policy in the region.
Digital content will be created on the basis of research, writing or synthesis of materials based on the analytical production of UNICEF, in coordination with professionals in the area.
This work may include the development of interviews with influential personalities and summaries of articles of interest in the different topics covered by Social Policy.
This work may include the development of PowerPoint presentations and / or the development of infographics, successful stories, best practices, etc.
Liaise with Innocenti, CO, and HQ for constant monitoring, track research in technical notes or briefs.
Social Protection Strategy for Latin America, among others.
Provide attention to detail by ensuring that content is grammatically correct and free of errors.
IV. DELIVERABLES :
Detailed Work Plan , including calendar of activities and specificity of the products to be delivered
Social Policy website with first-rate content developed and updated and document repository developed and operating.
Twelve journalistic articles that present different topics of social policy and their respective publication in media and social networks.
For the development of this product, various formats and dissemination mechanisms may be used.
Two editions of the Challenges Bulletin , in coordination with ECLAC, and on UNICEF research topics
Three infographics on key issues in the area of Social Policy in the region . The specific topics will be defined with the Regional Advisor to ensure that it is the material of greatest demand and interest.
Content calendar for Twitter, Facebook or other social networds developed with the communication office.
Brand development of the Units products : (i) "Flagships"; (ii) studies; (iii) Technical Notes, and (iv) Internal briefing.
iii) Cities and Children's Seminar : and (iv) Others .
Others to be agreed upon in the initial Work Plan .
V. KEY QUALIFICATIONS, TECHNICAL BACKGROUND, AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED :
VI. MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS
The contractor will be managed by the Regional Social Policy Advisor of the Regional Office, who will provide constant guidance and orientation.
VII. INDIVIDUAL CONTRACTOR’S WORKPLACE :
The Contractor will work in Panama. This contract will have a duration of 11.5 months from the signing of the contract.
VIII. TRAVEL (IF APPLICABLE) :
Travel will be covered by UNICEF 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.
IX. FEES :
Candidates are requested to submit a financial proposal based on the deliverables mentioned above.
X. 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 / contractor, 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 Individual Contractor and UNICEF.
XI. 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 :
Technical component score
Max. 60 points
Economical component score
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70 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, and 3 contact references from previous work experience.
Fluency in English and Spanish
A technical test will be requested to candidates that pass the first filter. they are invited to perform a technical test (60%) : using the institution's style manual, as well as the photographs provided, perform the following exercises : 1
The objective is to communicate the most relevant findings of this technical document to a non-specialized public.
Total Maximum obtained for Technical Criteria
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 10 . 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
XII. 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 lacro-ops :
CONSULTANCY FOR KNOLEWDGE MANAGEMENT IN THE AREA OF SOCIAL POLICY .
The deadline to receive applications is August 16 / 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 / Individual Contractors, UNICEF is committed to gender equality and diversity, without distinction as to race, sex, or religion, and without discrimination to people with disabilities.
Opening Date Tue Aug 07 2018 10 : 00 : 00 GMT-0400 (EDT) SA Pacific Standard Time
Closing Date Fri Aug 17 2018 00 : 55 : 00 GMT-0400 (EDT)