Technical/Geographic Specialists at UNDP

Background

The Social and Environmental Compliance Unit (SECU) reports to the Administrator via the Director, OAI, and is responsible for reviews of UNDP compliance with its social and environmental standards.  SECU provides independent, objective review of compliance with UNDP-adopted Social and Environmental Standards (SES) and other applicable social and environmental policies in response to allegations from project-affected people, the Administrator, or others authorized to bring compliance issues to the attention of SECU.

SECU conducts investigations in accordance with the Uniform Principles and Guidelines for Investigations, and the SECU Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

SECU seeks to compile a Roster with suitably skilled and experienced Compliance Experts with a focus in the sectors (social and environmental compliance)  covered by the SES and in those regions where complaints are most likely to emerge.

Duties and Responsibilities

Consultants will support the SECU investigation process as technical and/or geographic specialists able to contribute to a fact-finding team established on an ad hoc basis to support the investigation of a specific complaint.

The duties may include desk reviews and/or field visits, depending on what is appropriate in a particular complaint, with intensive interactions with local communities, civil society, project implementers, UNDP staff, and host governments.  The consultants will oversee research and analysis for reporting to various internal and external stakeholders and partners on compliance related issues.  Research and analysis projects may be specialized and require innovative research techniques to identify elusive data sources, internally and externally.

Deliverables:

Under the supervision of the SECU Lead Compliance Officer, the Consultant may, depending on needs in the context of a given complaint, deliver the follow outputs.

  • Reports summarizing information collected and analyzed from internal and external data sources, social media and open source information and develops relevant new data sources;
  • Draft research and analysis reports of a high standard, providing an objective and factual summary of the data with evidence-based conclusions;
  • Reports and statistics presented to the Lead Compliance Officer derived from assigned research.

Duration and selection of a consultant for specific investigations case:

The Consultant will be engaged on an ‘as needed’ basis.  In other words, as and when SECU requires the services of the Consultant, a selection will be made among those qualified in the Roster.

The selection is based on, inter alias, the availability of the consultant at the needed time, their language capacity, their expertise in the investigation case and value for money (fee rate).

Competencies

Communication:

  • Writes clearly and convincingly;
  • Has good presentation skills.

Task Management Skills:

  • Ability to meet sharp and frequent deadlines;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Capable of handling a large volume of data;
  • Ability to pay attention to details;
  • Exercises sound judgment/analysis;
  • Ability to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues.

Teamwork:

  • Embraces extra responsibilities;
  • Build team morale and consensus;
  • Able to accept constructive feedback.

Technical Skills:

  • Demonstrate ability to use the following tools:
  • Microsoft Office suite:

Building and Sharing Knowledge:

  • Actively builds deep knowledge in technical areas;
  • Makes valuable practice contributions;
  • Provides advice and support to others.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in relevant fields, advanced degree in environmental or international development related field preferred.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years of relevant practical experience in key technical fields covered by UNDP social and environment commitments.  Key fields would include indigenous peoples, human rights, biodiversity conservation, climate change, community health, cultural heritage, displacement and resettlement, and / or pollution prevention;
  • Working experience in multi-sector and complex projects in various regions, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, South and Southeast Asia and the Middle East/North Africa is highly desirable;
  • Experience working with indigenous peoples and local communities highly valued;
  • Experience working in multicultural and multidisciplinary teams;
  • Ability and willingness to travel to developing countries, including areas with hardship or hazardous working conditions;
  • Knowledge of the operations of UNDP or similar institutions;
  • Knowledge of UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards and Social and Environmental Screening Procedures.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.

Note:

OAI is looking to establish four rosters, based on language requirements, which are:

  • Roster 1: English only;
  • Roster 2: English and working level fluency in French;
  • Roster 3: English and working level fluency in Spanish;
  • Roster 4: English and working level fluency in Arabic.

Recommended Presentation of Proposal:

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information in his/her application:

  • Cover Letter - Explaining 1) why you are applying for the position, highlighting any factors that are particularly relevant to your application; 2) your language capacity;
  • Completed P11 - form including past relevant experience and contact details of 3 referees. A blank P11 form can be download from the attached document; and
  • Financial proposal - indicating the proposed daily fee rate in US$.

Job title: Technical/Geographic Specialists - Social and Environmental Compliance Unit

Location: Various

Contract: International Consultant

Closing date: 1 February 2015