Individual National consultancy to support Impacts of Climate Change and Environmental Degradation on Children in Lao PDR and priority mitigation options

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UNICEF in Vientiane, Lao PDR is looking for an Individual National consultancy to support Impacts of Climate Change and Environmental Degradation on Children in Lao PDR and priority mitigation options****. The duration of this assignment is 3 months starting from July 22 – October 22, 2022 and the work assignment will be done from the consultant’s premises in Lao PDR but will involve also working in person at Government premises, the UNICEF Lao Country Office and some fieldwork in locations across Lao PDR.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

The following key deliverables are expected:

  1. Prepare inputs and support the required analyses/studies, as agreed with the Institutional Consultant Team Leader. This include but not limited to preparing inputs for the secondary research, analysis of policies and negotiations with line ministries to share research and documents and if required coordinate to conduct interviews with ministries and stakeholders, support in conducting Focus Group Discussions and one to one interviews.
  2. Prepare inputs and support the development of final deliverables, as agreed with the direct supervisor.
  3. Contribute to the validation workshop and support all necessary revisions that arise during the workshop, as appropriate.
  4. Develop a workshop report with key findings from the different workshop sessions.
  5. Support and coordinate towards inception report on the assignment methodology, process and timelines
  6. Collaborate with the Institutional consultants to report on the projected impacts of climate and environmental policies and measures on children.
  7. Assist with preparing Policy briefs, presentations, technical notes, fact sheets on the key findings of the assignment, recommendations and work as a team member to share this assignment experience with UNICEF country offices, regional offices and HQ.

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The National Consultant should have substantive expertise in coordinating with different stakeholders and conducting similar research and should not have any conflict of interest with respect to UNICEF.

The research will have to be conducted by a consultant covering the below requirements:

  • Documented extensive experience (at least 2-3 full years) in conducting similar research (having conducted similar climate-related research for UNICEF and UN agencies is an asset).
  • Proven expertise in one or more of and at least sound knowledge of all of the following areas: environmental management, environmental economics, climate change, social policy and public finance, governance, private sector engagement;
  • Proven extensive experience in quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis;
  • Sound knowledge on child rights, Human Rights Based Approach and gender equality;
  • Excellent report writing skills in Lao and English;
  • Good communication skills

The consultant must remain in strict adherence with UNICEF Ethical Guidelines and Code of Conduct.

Submission of applications:

Interested candidates are kindly requested to apply and upload the following documents:

  • Letter of Interest (cover letter)
  • CV or Resume
  • Performance evaluation reports or references of similar consultancy assignments (if available)
  • Financial proposal: Lump-sum offer with the cost breakdown: Consultancy fees and medical insurance.

The deadline for applications is 21 July 2022.

Evaluation Process and Methods

A two-stage procedure shall be utilized in evaluating proposals, with evaluation of the technical proposal being completed prior to any price proposal being compared. Applications shall therefore contain the following required documentation:

  1. Technical proposal including most updated CV, a cover letter and work samples of previous formative studies done.
  2. Financial Proposal: Lump-sum offer with the cost breakdown: Consultancy fees and medical insurance.

No financial information should be contained in the technical proposal.

For evaluation and selection method, the Cumulative Analysis Method (weight combined score method) shall be used for this recruitment:

  1. Technical Proposal (max. 100 points) weight 70%
  • Service provider should have an advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Climate or Environmental Sciences, Statistics, Development or a similarly relevant discipline – 15 points
  • At least 5 years of experience in working in the field of Climate or Environment and Development – 15 points
  • Specific experience in climate or environmental studies – 20 points
  • Demonstrated experience working with Government on climate and environment in Lao PDR – 15 points
  • Excellent strategic vision and communication skills, substantive facilitation skills – 10 points
  • Work samples - 25 points
  1. Financial Proposal (max. 100 points) weight 30%

The maximum number of points shall be allotted to the lowest Financial Proposal that is opened /evaluated and compared among those technical qualified candidates who have attained a minimum 70 points score in the technical evaluation. Other Financial Proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price. The Contract shall be awarded to institution obtaining the highest combined technical and financial scores, subject to the satisfactory result of the verification interview.

The applicants should provide evidence of medical insurance, including coverage for medical evacuation, for the whole duration of the assignment as part of the financial proposal submission.

Please find the ToR here: ToR Climate Study - Local Consultant External.pdf

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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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