United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Senior National Consultant (Legal Affairs)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

  The Aspire to Innovate (a2i) Programme builds on the Government of Bangladesh’s efforts to introduce a citizen-centric culture of innovation in civil service to improve service delivery and make services more inclusive, affordable, reliable and easier to access. This project will provide support to establish institutional mechanisms and improve accountability to accelerate SDG achievements in Bangladesh.

This project will have three components:
  • Institutionalizing Public Service Innovation and Improving Accountability
  • Catalyzing Digital Financial Services and Fintech Innovations
  • Incubating Private Sector-enabled Public Service Innovation
Background of the Assignment: The Government of Bangladesh is in the process to form an Agency by institutionalizing all the activities and initiatives of the a2i Project. The Project wants to hire a Senior National Consultant (Legal Affairs) for developing the rules in accordance with the Agency to Innovation- a2i Act 2021 (proposed).

The ‘Aspire to Innovate (a2i) Programme’ is recruiting a Senior National Consultant (Legal Affairs) to facilitate the entire process of drafting and approval of the rules in accordance with the Agency to Innovation- a2i Act 2021 (proposed).

The current project is funded by the Government of Bangladesh, UNDP and other development partners, and is implemented by the ICT Division and the Cabinet Division.

Objectives: The overall objective of the assignments will be the following:
  1. To develop the recruiting conditions of the CEO and other officers of the Agency.
  2. Detailing the process of the working Coordination between the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.
  3. To prepare a process for getting the approval from the Board of Directors, Executive Committee and any other relevant Government Agencies.
  4. To develop the budget and fund management guideline of the Agency.
  5. Detailing the process of finalizing nominated members for Board of Directors, Executive Committee.
Detailing the process of the meetings of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.

Duties and Responsibilities

The assignment will focus on the following areas and activities: The Senior National Consultant (Legal Affairs) will conduct a study on secondary information along with workshops, interviews with the representatives of the relevant public and private agencies to determine the appropriate framework for the assignment. The highlights of the scope of work of the assignment are laid down but not limited to the following:
  1. Develop the initial Inception Report with detailed agreed upon work implementation plan.
  2. Establish a framework and conditions for the recruitment for hiring Human Resources of the Agency.
  3. Strategic advice on establishing the approval process from the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee or any other relevant Government Agencies.
  4. Formulation and implementation arrangements of the working coordination between the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.
  5. Develop the budget and fund management guideline of the Agency.
  6. Strategic advice on establishing a framework for finalizing and discharging the nominated members for the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.
  7. Formulation and implementation arrangements of the meetings for the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.
  8. Formulation and implementation arrangements of the working coordination between the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee
  9. Organizing focus group discussions, workshops, meetings with management, discussions with relevant stakeholders, a study of all relevant laws, focus groups discussions and relevant interviews.
  10. A final report highlighting the above listed work streams.
Supervision and Performance Evaluation: The Senior National Consultant (Legal Affairs) will be working with the Programme Advisor of the a2i programme, UNDP. S/he will be working under the supervision of the Programme Advisor of the a2i Programme who will be responsible for reviewing the performance and approving the deliverables of the incumbent.

Timeframe and deadlines: The assignment will be for 42 working days over a period of 6 months.

  • Initial Inception Report with detailed agreed upon work implementation plan.
Day 7 over 1 months
  • The process and framework to develop the recruiting conditions of the Human Resource.
  • Establishing the process and framework of the working coordination for the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Organizing 2 focus group discussions, 4 workshops, meetings with management, discussions with relevant stakeholders, a study of all relevant laws and relevant interviews.
Day 20 over 2.5 months
  • The framework to develop the budget and fund management guideline of the Agency.
  • Establishing a framework for finalizing and discharging the nominated members for the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.
  • Establishing the process and framework of the meetings with the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.
Day 30 over 4 months
  • Submitted final draft report on the above listed work streams.
Day 42 over 6 months Reports: The incumbent will be paid on a deliverable basis. The incumbent will be paid in 4 installments, after completing each of the deliverables. The payments will be made based on the deliverable schedule described in the Financial Proposal section.

Duty Station: Dhaka Travel All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel to a higher class, he/she should do so using their own resources.

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

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: 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 good oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure
Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Promotes knowledge management in the project and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
Language Required: Fluency in speaking and writing in Bangla and English

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:
  • Minimum Master’s Degree in Law.
Experience:
  • Minimum twenty (20) of experience in working with the Civil Service.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in the area of government law.
  • Prior experience in legislative review and drafting of bills, rules and regulations.
  • Experience in conducting trainings on legislative drafting and publications on legal affairs.
Cumulative Analysis When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual Consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and b) Having received the 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 of 70% point in technical criteria would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Technic
  • Educational qualification (20 marks)
  • Work experience in with the National Government/ Public Sector or similar assignment in past three (03) years. (30 marks)
  • Prior experience in legislative review and drafting. (20 marks)al Evaluation Criteria
Financial Evaluation (Total 30 marks) All technical qualified proposals will be scored out 30 based on the formula provided below. The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals received points according to the following formula: p = y (µ/z) where:
  • p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated;
  • y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal;
  • µ = price of the lowest priced proposal;
  • z = price of the proposal being evaluated.
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. In order 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).

Financial Milestone
  • Initial Inception Report with detailed agreed upon work implementation plan.
25%
  • The process and framework to develop the recruiting conditions of the human resource.
  • Establishing the process and framework of the working coordination for the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.
  • Organizing 2 focus group discussions, 4 workshops, meetings with management, discussions with relevant stakeholders, a study of all relevant laws and relevant interviews.
25%
  • The framework to develop the budget and fund management guideline of the Agency.
  • Establishing a framework for finalizing and discharging the nominated members for the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.
  • Establishing the process and framework of the meetings with the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.
25%
  • Submitted final draft report on the above listed work streams.
25% DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications: Proposal
  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
  • Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
  • Financial Proposal: Financial Proposal has to be submitted through a standard interest and availability template which can be downloaded from the link below:
http://www.bd.undp.org/content/dam/bangladesh/docs/Jobs/Interest%20and%20Submission%20of%20Financial%20Proposal-Template%20for%20Confirmation.docx
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