United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

National Individual Consultant (Development of 20 High-quality Educative Videos within Basics of Entrepreneurship Online Course for Vocational Education Institutions)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

  !!!! UNDP document templates are available for download following the link: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/297e72t7i3v2969/AADDRyUo2uoNrYjuD8NLmdl0a?dl=0 NB: Please note that online/application system does not recognise Russian/Ukrainian language, information you provide in on-line application questionnaire must be presented in English. All requested documents should be combined/merged (compressed if necessary) and uploaded into the application system by 1 document/attachment only. 1. Background/Project Description The ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine has had a direct and highly negative impact on economy, social cohesion, resilience, livelihoods, community security, and the rule of law. Recognizing the need to urgently address reconstruction, economic recovery and peacebuilding needs in areas affected both directly and indirectly by the conflict, in late 2014 the Government of Ukraine requested technical assistance and financial support from the international community to assess priority recovery needs. In late 2014, the United Nations (UN), the World Bank (WB) and the European Union (EU) conducted a Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment, which was endorsed by the Cabinet of Ministers in mid-2015. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been active and present in Eastern Ukraine for the past decade, prior to the conflict, with a focus on Community Development, civil society development, and environmental protection. Work on addressing the specific conflict-related development challenges discussed above built on this earlier engagement, established partnerships, and started in 2015 through the Recovery and Peacebuilding Programme (RPP). The RPP is a multi-donor funded framework programme formulated and led by the UNDP in collaboration with the Government of Ukraine and in cooperation with a number of partnering UN agencies (UN Women, FAO, UNFPA). The RPP was designed to respond to, and mitigate, the causes and effects of the conflict. It is based on findings of the Recovery and Peacebuilding Assessment (RPA) and is aligned to the State Target Programme for Recovery as well as to the two oblast development strategies up to 2020. It takes into account the opportunities that have arisen from the Minsk Protocol of September 2014 and the renewal of its cease-fire provisions (the latest cease-fire having been agreed in March 2018) and is also fully adjusted to the humanitarian-development nexus. It is an integral component of the UNDP Country Programme and is therefore fully aligned with the United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPF). It is closely interlinked with the Democratic Governance and Reform Programme, operating nationally and in all of Ukraine’s regions, and is consistent with the SDGs. The Programme’s interventions are grouped under the following key Programme components, which reflect the region’s priority needs: Component 1: Economic Recovery and Restoration of Critical Infrastructure Component 2: Local Governance and Decentralization Reform Component 3: Community Security and Social Cohesion. The Programme, which operates on the basis of a pooled funding arrangement, follows a multi-sectoral programme-based approach and is implemented using an area-based methodology. It is a unifying interventions framework for 13 projects funded by 13 international partners and is worth over 85 million USD. In October 2018, four UN agencies (UNDP, UN Women, FAO and the UNFPA) have countersigned a new joint project document, funded by the EU. The overall objective of the project is to restore effective governance, support economic recovery and promote reconciliation in the crisis-affected communities of Donetsk, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia oblasts of Ukraine, thereby enhancing the credibility and legitimacy of local governments in the government-controlled areas (GCAs) of the regions. It will contribute to peace build and prevent further escalation of conflict in Ukraine through effective and accountable decentralization, gender-responsive recovery planning and equal Access to Services, as well as enhanced economic recovery and development. This endeavor will be achieved through the pursuit of the following specific objectives: 1. To enhance local capacity for gender-responsive decentralization and administrative reforms to improve governance, local development and the delivery of services. 2. To stimulate employment and economic growth by providing assistance to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) development. 3. To enhance social cohesion and reconciliation through promotion of civic initiatives. 4. To support sector reforms and structural adjustments in health, education and critical public infrastructure to mitigate direct impacts of the conflict. One of the main objectives of the RPP is to foster economic revitalization in Eastern Ukraine and, specifically, stimulate employment and economic growth by providing assistance to Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (MSME) development through demand-driven Business Development services and professional skills training as well as restoration and strengthening of institutional and educational infrastructure needed for effective functioning of Agriculture and non-agriculture sectors of regional economy. Increased knowledge is one of the important preconditions of efficiency, productivity and profitability of the businesses. Because of that the RPP pays great attention to the development of professional education in the region. Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector in the region faces multiple challenges including low quality of education (a result of outdated curricula and teaching methods not responding to labour market requirements), weak linkages with employers. To foster employment and self-employment opportunities for people of Luhansk, Donetsk, and Zaporizhzhia oblasts, the revision of the existing curricula should be done by means of including courses on entrepreneurial and business skills. It is planned to develop a training program on the basics of entrepreneurship for VET Institutions students in order to increase employment and self-employment opportunities. This course will provide basic knowledge to the students on fundamental aspects of entrepreneurship. The syllabus of the course and a «Basics of entrepreneurship» manual have been already developed. Current world situation related to Covid-19 calls for the development of online version of the course. Under the direct supervision of the Programme Coordinator, Economic Recovery and Restoration of Critical Infrastructure, the Consultant will deliver activities aimed at increaser ability for resilience to COVID-19 challenges among the MSMEs in the targeted areas and sectors of economy. 2. Main objectives of the assignment The overall objective of this assignment is to develop 20 high-quality educative videos/online lessons (duration of one video – 15 minutes) (curricula, content) within “Basics of Entrepreneurship” online course for vocational education institutions; together with the individual consultant on video creation (“video maker” here and after), additionally engaged by UNDP to record video lessons (studio recording) and design video lessons with prepared materials (educational graphics, presentations, recorded interviews with entrepreneurs, music, etc.). The developed online course will be used by students of vocational education institutions of Luhansk, Donetsk, and Zaporizhzhia oblasts. It will ensure online introduction of perspective students to what it means to be an entrepreneur and the fundamental tools of the entrepreneurship.
Duties and Responsibilities
3. Description of Responsibilities / Scope of Work Under the direct supervision with Vocational Education Development Specialist the Consultant will be responsible for the following key tasks:
  • Prepare action plan and a timeframe to carry out the assignment and agree with the Programme Coordinator and Vocational Education Development Specialist;

  • Develop a curriculum and concept for the online course “Basics of Entrepreneurship” and acquire approval from Vocational Education Development Specialist;

  • Develop the outline, conduct, and record in-person video interviews with at least six entrepreneurs of the target areas (2 people or MSMEs s per one Oblast) – representatives of different business sectors; and incorporate the video recordings into the online course structure;

  • Develop the outline and content (scripts) of 20 online lessons; the duration of every lesson equals to 15 minutes;

  • Develop PowerPoint presentations for each of the lessons (one per one lesson);

  • Develop infographics with supporting description for each of the lessons;

  • Provide additional materials and tasks for the course for students’ self-work, glossary, a short summary of the video lessons material;

  • Develop assessment tests or other assignments for every lesson, as well as the final assessment test or group/individual assignments of the course;

  • Record (together with the video maker) video lessons (studio recording) and design video lessons with prepared materials (educational graphics, presentations, recorded interviews, music, etc.).

  • Develop a questionnaire to test the first edition of the prepared online course among the target audience (teachers and students of the VET schools) and conduct testing of the first edition

  • Finalize the prepared video lessons based on the results of the conducted testing together with the video maker and submit to UN RPP.

4. Deliverables The Consultant is expected to perform activities within the scope of work and to provide the following deliverables with the given timelines: Deliverable #1
  • Work plan and timeframe developed and agreed with the Programme Coordinator and the Vocational Education Development Specialist

  • Curriculum and concept/methodology for the requested online course “Basics of Entrepreneurship” developed and approved by Vocational Education Development Specialist

Up to 15 calendar days after the starting date of the assignment Deliverable #2 General outline developed; in-person video interviews conducted and recorded (together with the video maker) with at least six entrepreneurs of the target areas (2 people or SME per one Oblast) – representatives of different business sectors; the video recordings incorporated into the course structure Up to 45 calendar days after the starting date of the assignment Deliverable #3 The outline and content (scripts) of 20 online lessons developed; the duration of every lesson equals to 15 minutes PowerPoint presentations for each of the lessons (one per one lesson) developed Infographics with supporting description for each of the lessons developed Additional materials and tasks for the course for students’ self-work, glossary, a short summary of the video lessons material developed Assessment tests for every lesson, as well as the final assessment test of the course, developed Up to 85 calendar days after the starting date of the assignment Deliverable #4 The first edition of video lessons (studio recording) and design video lessons with different materials (educational graphics, presentations, recorded interviews, music, etc.). prepared (together with the video maker) A questionnaire to test the first edition of the prepared online course among the target audience developed and testing of the first edition conducted Based on the results of the conducted testing the prepared video lessons finalized (together with the video maker) and submitted to UN RPP Up to 110 calendar days after the starting date of the assignment 5. Monitoring/reporting requirements The Consultant will work under overall supervision of the Programme Coordinator and direct supervision of the Vocational Education Development Specialist. 6. Proposed payment schedule UN RPP will pay the negotiated amount in 3 tranches as per delivery of the outputs outlined above. The payments will be paid upon the full completion and acceptance of contractual obligations whereupon the Programme Coordinator signs the certification of acceptance. 30% of total contract amount upon completion of Deliverables 1-2 30% of total contract amount upon completion of Deliverable 3 40% of total contract amount upon completion of Deliverable 4  
Competencies
7. Experience and qualifications requirements Competencies:
  • Ability to build strong relationships with implementing partners, focus on impact and result of the projects and responds positively to feedback

  • Good, planning, analytical and written skills

  • Good communication skills

  • Initiative and ability to work independently

  • Excellent usage of computers and office software packages

Education:
  • At least Specialist’s/Master’s degree in Education, Economics, Finance, Management or related field

Professional Experience:
  • At least 7 years of proven experience in the field of teaching Economics, Finance, Management or related field

  • Proven experience of curricula development (provide– at least 3 author's curricula)

  • Proven experience in producing knowledge material or/and curricula on courses related to economics/business for students of VET institutions (provide references to at least 1 developed curriculum or manual)

  • Proven experience in developing online courses (provide references to at least 1 online course which consists of not less than 10 lessons)

  • At least 2 positive references from previous customers shall be provided (preferably about online courses creation)

  • Previous experience with an international organization and/or NGO project funded by international donors would be an asset

Language Requirements:
  • Excellent Ukrainian writing and presentation skills, working knowledge of English will be an advantage.

8. Documents to be included when submitting the proposals Applicants shall submit the following documents: Personal CV, including information about experience in similar assignments; Financial Proposal according to UNDP template; References to developed and taught online courses, knowledge material, and curricula 2 positive references from previous customers (preferably about online courses creation) Brief Description of Approach to Work 9. Financial Proposal Lump sum contract The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. To assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days). The Consultant will be responsible for all personal administrative expenses associated with undertaking this assignment including office accommodation, printing, stationary, telephone and electronic communications, and report copies incurred in this assignment. 10. Travel Travel within Ukraine (if needed to deliver expected results) will be paid in addition to this payment for service in accordance with the UNDP rules and procedures. Consultations regarding travel options will be held with the Programme Coordinator prior to planning of the trips and relevant logistics. In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the Consultant wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
Required Skills and Experience
11. Evaluation criteria Education:
  • At least Specialist’s/Master’s degree in Education, Economics, Finance, Management or related field; – 5 points max (PhD or candidate of science – 5; Specialist’s/Master’s degree – 4 points;).

Professional Experience:
  • At least 7 years of proven experience in the field of teaching Economics, Finance, Management or related field; ) – 10 points max (more than 7 years– 10 points, 6-7 years – 9 points, 4-5 years – 8 points)

  • Proven experience of curricula development (provide– at least 3 author’s curricula – 10 points max (more than 3 – 10 points, 3 curricula – 8 points)

  • Proven experience in producing knowledge material or/and curricula on courses related to economics/business for students of VET institutions (provide references to at least 1 developed curricular or manual); 10 points max (more than 1 – 10 points, 1 manual/curricula – 8 points)

  • Proven experience in developing online courses (provide references to at least 1 online course which consists of not less than 10 lessons); 20 points max (more than 1 – 20 points, 1 online course – 17 points)

  • At least 2 positive references from previous customers shall be provided (preferably about online courses creation) – 5 points max (more than 2 positive references5 points, 2 references3 points)

  • Previous experience with an international organization and/or NGO project funded by international donors would be an asset – 5 points max (experience absent – 0 points, experience available – 5 points)

Languages
  • Excellent Ukrainian writing and presentation skills are essential, working knowledge of English is an asset – 5 points max. (3 points – excellent Ukrainian; working knowledgeof English – 2 points)

12. Evaluation method: Cumulative Analysis Contract award shall be made to the incumbent whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and b) having received the cumulative highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. * Technical Criteria weight: 70% * Financial Criteria weight: 30% Only candidates obtaining a minimum 70% from the maximum available technical score (49 points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation. The maximum number of points assigned to the financial proposal is allocated to the lowest price proposal and will equal to 30. All other price proposals will be evaluated and assigned points, as per below formula: 30 points [max points available for financial part] x [lowest of all evaluated offered prices among responsive offers] / [evaluated price]. The proposal obtaining the overall cumulatively highest score after adding the score of the technical proposal and the financial proposal will be considered as the most compliant offer and will be awarded a contract.
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