Individual Consultant (Documentation of Impact Stories)

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UNDP has been working in India since 1951 in almost all areas of human development, ranging from systems and institutional strengthening to inclusive growth and sustainable livelihoods, sustainable energy, environment and resilience. UNDP’s programmes continue to fully integrate a global vision for catalytic change with India’s national priorities. With over 30 projects on the ground and presence in almost every state, UNDP India works towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. It works to ensure that all people benefit from national development and thus support growth which creates more and better economic and social opportunities, without harming the environment.

UNDP is committed to work closely with the government to help upscale rural housing for India’s poorest people, and in the state of Odisha, it is providing technical support to the Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department (PR&DW), Government of Odisha to fast-track the rural housing initiatives. Odisha assigns high priority towards meeting housing requirements of the rural poor in the state through various central and state government schemes. Guided by India’s commitment to provide “Housing for All” by 2022, besides implementing the national rural housing scheme, the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin (PMAY-G), Odisha is also allocating houses under the state’s Biju Pucca Ghar Schemes. The overall effort is to provide financial and technical support to poor households to build permanent, functional and comfortable homes that not just meet the low-cost housing needs, but also pave ways towards attaining their aspirations.

Over a period of five years, more than 26 lakh families who were previously living in kutcha houses, have benefitted from the various rural housing schemes implemented by the state. Ownership of pucca house has brought tangible as well as intangible changes in the lives of these poor rural families. These families not only have a safe shelter, but have a permanent address, improved social status, and live a life of dignity. Besides, the housing rights has served as a gateway to access their rights and entitlements to a host of social security schemes and livelihood programmes, which has helped in improving their lives.

The Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water Department aims to document these “impact stories of housing on people’s life”, for wider dissemination through appropriate media and publications. Therefore, UNDP plans to hire consultancy services on behalf of the department to document and develop print ready impact stories with relevant photographs.

Duties and Responsibilities

A consultant will be hired to document these impact stories who will work in close coordination with the Communications Associate and under the overall guidance and supervision of the Team Leader, based at State Project Management Unit, Rural Housing. The scope of work would involve the following:

  • Identify impact stories in consultation with the field functionaries of Rural Housing Project.
  • Collect detailed information of the select communities/individual, interact with the beneficiaries and key stakeholders benefitted from the Rural Housing schemes and document the impacts of the housing project in the form of human interest & positive stories show casing human development include quotes from stakeholders and beneficiary .
  • Capture the impact of the housing project in the form of photographs/visuals, to supplement the impact stories and provide photo captions for future use


1. 25 impact stories (three to four stories per month) from the rural housing project

2. Each story should be backed with 10 high resolution photographs depicting impact of rural housing on the beneficiary’s life

3. Each story should include quote beneficiaries and other relevant stakeholders as appropriate



  • Seven months (from September 2020 till 31st March 2021)


  • Payment will be made through UNDP on monthly basis subject to approval of the targeted deliverables by the PR & DW Dept. Government of Odisha.
  • Travel and logistics for district travel will be made by UNDP/PR & DW Department or reimbursed against submission of supporting documents subject to prior approval.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Masters’ Degree in literature (English), print journalism, mass communications, photography
  • Demonstrated skills in planning and coordination for the data collection of impact stories.
  • Skills in capturing good quality photographs of the development programmes
  • Substantial consultancy experience with a record of providing high-quality, creative, images
  • Proficiency in creative writing in English around human interest and impact stories
  • Proficient in Odia language – Speak, write and read; Knowledge of different dialects of Odisha would be an added advantage
  • Experience of working with government and/or UN agencies would be preferred
  • The consultant has not been debarred or blacklisted by the central or state Government of Odisha


The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as Responsive to the requirement. Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

• Technical Criteria weight - 70%.

• Financial Criteria weight – 30 %

Technical Criteria (70% of total evaluation)

  1. Experience of working in data collection and photography of community / individual and writing of Success Stories or Impact Stories - 20%
  2. Having relevant experience of providing technical support in documentation 20%
  3. Experience of working with the Central and/or State Government agencies - 10 %
  4. Education qualification – 20%

Financial Proposal:

Technically qualified consultants will be requested to submit their daily fee rate i.e. consultants who score more than 70% i.e. 49 marks with respect to the above-mentioned evaluation criteria. Consultant should not specify their consultancy fee on their CV or with the submission. The CV will not be evaluated further in case the consultant submits the same.

Financial Criteria: (30% of the total evaluation) based on the total all-inclusive lump sum amount for professional fee for tasks specified in this announcement.

Documents to be submitted by Consultants

1. CV

2. No Financials ( Daily Fee) to be submitted at this stage

UNDP strives to have a workforce which reflects diversity and gender balance, and applies an equal opportunities approach. Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. All selections are on merit.

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