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Consultant for conducting a Mid-term evaluation of the national strategy for the fight against corruption and organized crime (2010-2014)

Organization United Nations Development Programm (UNDP)

Location : Home based and Podgorica, Montenegro

Application Deadline : 02-Apr-12

Type of Contract : Individual Contract

Post Level : International Consultant

Languages Required : English

Starting Date : 01-Jun-2012
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)

Expected Duration of Assignment : 30 days in the period from June 2012 to September 2012

Background

The fight against corruption is a priority for Montenegro in terms of EU integration objectives, and the Directorate for Anti-Corruption Initiative (DACI) the key preventive anti-corruption agency in the country, with an extensive, and expanding mandate: DACI assumed the supporting role for the Commission for monitoring the implementation of national anti-corruption policy.

The increased mandate means new challenges, and DACI has been working to meet them.  Partnerships with a number of international organizations, particularly UNDP, and the assistance of donors, including Norway, have been extremely valuable in this respect.

UNDP has been an essential partner in assisting DACI to identify and develop a response to the task at hand. Of particular value has been the fall 2008 Capacity Assessment, which identified DACI’s key capacity assets and limitations, and identified the way forward. There is a need to provide specific individual technical and management skills to the DACI staff. The method of providing such skill development is important for DACI. It is recommended that DACI move away from short-term trainings and focus on longer-term engagements for staff. This can be done through bringing mentors or coaches from neighboring anti-corruption institutions or by sending DACI staff to such institutions for extended periods. This will allow skill development; link the staff to mentors that will be able to support them from abroad.

The Capacity Assessment report served as a diagnostic tool based on which an intervention aimed to enhance strategic operational capability of DACI was formulated. With this support scheme, DACI will move to the next stage of organizational development and manage its capacity assets so as to meet new challenges comprehensively and systematically. Essential to this will be the continued development of technical expertise in the areas of paramount importance for DACI’s crucial role in the monitoring of implementation of the national Strategy for the Fight against Corruption and Organized Crime (2010-2014) and its Action Plan (2010-2012). Related to this is the need to communicate results of the national anti-corruption policy to various audiences, as well as to invest sustained, continuous efforts in raising public awareness on the need to curb corruption.

DACI is tasked with putting together a plan for drafting and adopting the 2013-2014 Action Plan for the Fight against Corruption and Organized Crime. Key information will be distilled from numerous sources such as integrity assessments, public opinion polls, corruption risk analysis, as well as evaluation of past anti-corruption efforts.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives of the assignment:

This assignment is driven by the need of the key beneficiary, i.e. the Directorate for Anti-corruption Initiative, to provide evidence base for further programming and policy making in the area of anti-corruption. As anti-corruption holds a prominent place in the set of political criteria for accession to the European Union, demonstrating measurable progress is of paramount importance. To achieve this goal, anti-corruption measures must be well targeted and evidence based. Numerous integrity assessments, public opinion polls, risk assessments, etc. serve as diagnostic tool; this evidence base must be complimented with an evaluation of current anti-corruption efforts.

The overall objective of the mid-term evaluation of the national Strategy for the Fight against Corruption and Organized Crime (2010-2014) is to assess and evaluate a) progress made so far in relation to the objectives/goals set in the Strategy (2010-2014) and accompanying Action Plan (2010-2012), and b) to provide an evaluation report based on desk research and interviews with key stakeholders. The final objective of the assignment would be to c) provide recommendations/ guidance on key content for the Action Plan 2013-2014 and/or the need to revisit goals set out in the Strategy.

Job content:

Conduct a comprehensive desk review, i.e. assess the respective documentation and national strategic documents, in order to obtain full understanding of respective national context and glean key information to be verified or further explored in consultations with stakeholders. Key documentation includes the Strategy itself, the 2010-2012, the Innovated Action Plan 2010-2012. Available monitoring reports, covering the period of six months, must be inspected in order to glean the impact of anti-corruption efforts thus far. Supporting documentation is comprised of numerous diagnostic researches, conducted by national authorities, civil society and international governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Carry out a series of interviews with the designated representatives of Montenegrin civil and public sector, as the bodies mandated with implementation of the national anti-corruption policy, as well as other national stakeholders whose views might be helpful for the overall assignment. DACI will provide logistical support in scheduling meetings with key interlocutors.
Prepare a comprehensive report, which should contain review of national anti-corruption landscape, elaboration of key achievements and evaluation of outcomes. Finally, the report should produce guidelines and recommendations for future policy making in this area. Proposed design for the structure and content of the 2013-2014 action plan are a mandatory component of the evaluation report, whereas during the evaluation it might transpire that the 2010-2014 Strategy needs to be redrafted. In such case, the consultant is expected to provide an outline of key goals/objectives for the 2013-2014 national anti-corruption policy and to agree them with the beneficiary.

The evaluation of Montenegrin anti-corruption efforts should be performed against the backdrop of specific requirements for accession to the European Union.

The expected results:
The consultant is expected to produce the following deliverables:

  • Methodology for evaluation, which will be submitted to DACI and UNDP;
  • Draft evaluation report, based on the desk review, which will be shared with DACI and UNDP. The draft report is to include initial findings and flagged issues for in-depth discussion with the national interlocutors;
  • Final evaluation report, based on the desk review and consultations with relevant stakeholders, with recommendations on scaling up the national response to corruption;
  • The consultant will be obliged to discuss the report with DACI and UNDP, and address any issue resulting in the final consultations with DACI and UNDP. If applicable, the consultant will produce an outline of key anti-corruption goals/objectives for the period 2013-2014, with corresponding indicators for measuring success.

Timing and reporting: 

The consultant will be responsible to provide regular updates in relation to key milestones (in a brief report structure) in writing to the Project Manager for the Development of Capacities for Implementation of Anti-corruption Initiatives. The report is to contain sufficient detail and information that would allow for the appraisal of the effectiveness of the envisaged activities, as well indicate any corrective action needed. Initial desk review is to be performed home-based, and will require approximately 10 working days. Additional fact finding will be carried out during an on-site mission (mid-June, up to 10 working days), throughout which the consultant is expected to meet with key interlocutors from the public and private sector in order to conduct a mid-term evaluation of the anti-corruption policy. Preparation of the final evaluation report may be completed home-based (10 days), whereas the final document needs to be submitted and finalized by the end of August.

Key milestones include:

  • Methodology for evaluation to be submitted to DACI and UNDP by mid-June;
  • Draft evaluation report, based on the desk review, to be shared with DACI and UNDP by mid-June;
  • List of interlocutors with key initial findings, by end of June;
  • Final evaluation report, by end of August.

Time duration and travel:

The Consultant will be engaged for approximately 30 (thirty) working days, in the period between June and September 2012. The assignment will include one field mission to Podgorica, Montenegro in the duration of up to 10 (ten) working days, (mid-June; the exact dates will be determined as soon as possible).

Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UN/UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
    Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
  • 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 ability to manage complexities and work under pressure, as well as conflict resolution skills.
Required Skills and Experience
Education:

  • University degree in one of the following fields: law, public administration, economy, political science, international relations, social sciences;
  • Advanced University degree would be an asset.

Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of working experience in conducting evaluations, specific experience in the anti-corruption area would be an advantage;
  • Extensive experience on providing policy advice, development, formulation and implementation in the area of democratic governance, rule of law or anti-corruption;
  • Ability to: Express clearly and concisely ideas and concepts in writing and orally,Research, analyze, evaluate and synthesize information, Conceptualize, plan and execute ideas,Work well under pressure and manage conflicting priorities;
  • Excellent social, communication skills and interpersonal skills;
  • IT skills including word-processing, database applications, presentation software and use of internet.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English, Montenegrin/Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian would be an strong advantage.

Application Process:Interested applicants are requested to submit their applications to UNDP Office in Podgorica by e-mail to consultancy.me@undp.org  by Monday, April 2, 2012.

The application should contain:

1. Duly completed Personal History Form (P11) can be downloaded from
http://www.undp.org.me/files/jobs/index.html

2. Cover/Motivation Letter

The short-listed candidates only would be requested to submit a letter of interest including a price quotation indicating the lump sum (in EUR) requested for the work and travel envisaged in the section “Duties and Responsibilities”.

UNDP is an equal opportunity employer.

********* Procurement Note related to thic consultancy assignment can be found on th efollowing link: http://www.undp.org.me/files/jobs/2012/12-021%20notice.pdf

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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