Transition Security Sector Reform Advisor

Employer: UNDP
Location : Monrovia, LIBERIA
Deadline : 23-Jun-16 (Midnight New York, USA)

Languages Required : English
Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 19-Jul-2016
Duration of Initial Contract : 12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment : 12 months

Background
For the last eighteen months, the Government of Liberia (GoL) has been implementing the GoL Plan for UNMIL Security Transition (GPUT), with the support of the UN and partners. Among the key accomplishments of this plan are completion of the transfer of key security tasks that used to be manned by UNMIL to the national security agencies, the enactment of the Liberia National Police (LNP) Act, the Liberia Immigration Services Act (LIS) and the Firearms and Ammunition Act. Accordingly, the transfer of all security responsibilities to national security agencies, by 30th June 2016, as required by UN SC RES 2190 (DeC.2014), will be officially completed. Still, UNMIL will be staying in Liberia beyond June 30, 2016.Despite these achievements, parts of the plan related to oversight, community engagement on own security, internal management systems and operational capacity development of the security agencies are still work in progress, requiring further consolidation. For instance, the Acts need to be fully implemented and internalized, there still are critical bench marks that could not be completed before June 30, due to shortage of time and or lack of resources. Completion of the outstanding tasks before the 2017 election is critical, given the propensity for election related violence.UNDP has been a critical partner in Security Sector Reform far long before the GPUT. It established a Justice and Security Trust Fund and a Joint Program on Justice and Security, which aims to bring professional justice and security services closer to communities. In the GPUT, UNDP was a critical partner at the planning stage, was an active player at planning the UN Support Plan (USP) for the GPUT and at the implementation of both plans. By leveraging the resources of the Joint Security and Justice Program/Fund, the Japanese Supplementary Budgetary Support and the EU-ECOWAS Small Arms Project towards the USP, UNDP positioned itself into being a key player in both plans. To consolidate the SSR process embedded in these programs/plans, UNDP responded to the Government’s request to recruit and retain a senior Transition SSR Advisor to assist the Office of the National Security Advisor to coordinate all SSR processes in and out of Government taking into account the applicable UN/UNDP guidelines and policies on support to SSR. Being channeled through the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator to support Transition and SSR initiatives, the Senior Advisor has been recruited in the Office of the RC to provide high quality advice for specific activities.UNDP needs to ensure that the Acts are fully implemented and internalized, that the ongoing initiatives are brought to successful completion and the critical benchmarks from among those not-yet-started are supported and implemented to achieve the intended consolidation of the Peace of Liberia, as envisaged in the GPUT. Beyond and over the Transition Plan, UNDP and UNMIL are in the process of finalizing a three year Joint ROLSJ program. As in the past, UNDP, through the advisory support of a Transition and SSR advisor, wants to see that the SSR components embedded in this Joint Program are fully achieved. The UNCT is also embarking on the preparation of Transition Plan for the period that follows a complete UNMIL withdrawal and UNDP wants to ensure that this plan is informed by predecessor programs/plans and seamlessly feeds into post-mission residual but mandatory tasks.

Duties and Responsibilities


The Transition and Security Sector Reform Advisor will focus on full implementation/internalization of the LNP/LIS acts, completion of ongoing programs especially those related to community security, completion of pending Security Transition benchmarks, support the SSR components of RoLSJ joint program and support the planning of the UNCT Transition Plan for beyond UNMIL complete withdrawal.

Effective coordination of the Transition and SSR processes with all critical Government Ministries including the Ministry of National Defense, the Ministry of Justice, the Office of the National Security Advisor and the Legislature
Support the full implementation/internalization of the LNP and LIS Acts;
Support the LNP introduce community Policing (CP) throughout Liberia, insure its effectiveness and sustainability;
Complete initialization of County and District Security Councils, ensure integrity and coherence with relevant county institutions and overall effectiveness in early warning and mitigation of violence, especially in light of the upcoming elections;
Support the GoL accomplish it overarching goal of peace consolidation through the completion of residual but critical bench marks of in the GPUT. Support GoL in the design of post GPUT plan and commensurate monitoring architecture. Ensure UNDP’s share is delivered;
Provide technical and advisory support to the Project Management of the Rule of Law and Security joint program;
Exchange information, coordinate Government and UN system Transition and SSR processes with UNMIL;
Provision of quality programmatic and technical assistance to the Ministry of Justice as well as the Ministry of Defense, through analysis of political situations and scenarios, and contribution to the formulation of institutional responses;
Provision of support to the leadership of the Defense and Security Committees of the Legislature on the oversight and implementation of security sector related Acts;
Support the ministry of Justice draft a law that regulates private security agencies. Support its implementation when/if enacted;
Support the Office of the National Security Advisor and the Secretariat of National Security in capacity development and the review of the Liberia National Security Strategy. Support its implementation when if reviewed.

Competencies
Corporate Competencies:
Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional Competencies:
Knowledge Management and Learning;
Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
In-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues;
Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills;
Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside of UNDP.

Development and Operational Effectiveness
Ability to lead strategic planning, change processes, results-based management and reporting;
Ability to lead formulation, oversight of implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;
Ability to apply development theory to the specific country context to identify creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situations;
Management and Leadership;
Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
Ability to lead effectively, mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills;
Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
Proven networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills.


Required Skills and Experience
Education:
Master’s degree or equivalent in International Relations or Law, Political Science, Public Administration or relevant Governance discipline.

Experience:
Minimum 10 years of relevant work experience in dealing with SSR, post conflict recovery, peace building and working in a multi-cultural setting;
Of which 5 years of working in a regional organization, the UN or at senior governmental level;
The incumbent must have 10 or more years of progressive responsibilities in defense restructuring/SSR management in Government.

Language Requirements:
Fluency in English.

Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications: Technical Proposal:(i) Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work (ii) Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work (iii) Personal CV (P11) including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references and Financial proposal. The two documents should be submitted in a separate file (pdf, Word, excel). The financial Offer should have a password.

The financial proposal shall specify an all-inclusive lump sum fee. Payments will be made to the Individual Consultant based on specific and measurable deliverables as specified in the TOR upon completion of all deliverables on dates specified. The Individual Consultant shall present the cost break down of his financial proposal of the lump sum offered to UNDP as follow:

Descriptions (Consultancy/professional fee per day or monthly), Living allowance ( per day noting that the maximum UNDP pays DSA is 6o days), Air ticket (One trip) Others (to be detailed if there is any) and the Total amount. Based on this financial detail indicate the lumpsum offered to Undp. The financial should be presented as a table for common understanding.

Evaluation:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:

Shortlisting:
Relevant diploma – 5 points;
Years of Relevant Experience – 5 points.

Technical proposal:
Competencies & Skills (15 points);
Relevant Work Experience as per TOR Requirements (15 points);Methodology (30 points);
To be qualified candidate should obtain minimum 70 points.

Financial proposal:
Financial offer will be scored at 30 points.

Cumulative analysis

Rating will be as follow:

Rating the Technical Proposal (TP):
TP Rating = (Total Score Obtained by the Offer / Max. Obtainable Score for TP) x 100

Rating the Financial Proposal (FP):
FP Rating = (Lowest Priced Offer / Price of the Offer Being Reviewed) x 100

Total Combined Score:

(TP rating) x (Weight of TP, e.g. 70%) + (FP Rating) x (Weight of FP, e.g., 30%)

Total Combined and Final Rating of the Proposal: The higher combined score will be recommend

Awarding Contract:

Award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

responsive/compliant/acceptable, and Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial

Technical Criteria; [70 points] Financial Criteria; [30 points]

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% of the maximum points would be considered for the financial evaluation

Submission of proposals:

Proposals should be submitted at the following address: by email to consultants.lr@undp.org or bids.lr@undp.org (Please include procurement notice number in the subject area) by Thursday, 23rd June 2016.


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.


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