Serbia nationals: 2430 Water and Wastewater Management Expert

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Belgrade, Serbia 🇷🇸

Background

Purpose

The purpose of the position is to provide expert advice on project preparation within the Memorandum for Provision of Management and Other Support Services signed between UNDP and MCTI.

Objective

To provide expertise advice on project preparation and coordination in the areas of construction, transportation and infrastructure in Serbia for the purpose of result-oriented, effective, efficient and accountable implementation of the Project by applying evidence-based approach.

Background Information

The Project shall support the Ministry of Construction, Transportation and Infrastructure (MCTI) to strengthen administrative capacity and at the same time support the MCTI in their work with other relevant state institutions and state-owned companies to plan for and deliver construction and infrastructure investment projects of strategic importance by further enhancing MCTI`s policy planning, project development and other relevant capacities.

The Project will address increasing capacities of MCTI to deliver large strategic investment projects in construction, transport and infrastructure areas that are managed in well-coordinated, transparent, efficient and quality manner. In order to assist Ministry to efficiently use the available funds, implement properly and effectively all necessary reforms, continue fulfilling successfully the requirements of the EU accession process, there is a need to establish the Project Implementation Unit (PIU).

To successfully contribute to the overall Project objective, an expert in water and wastewater sector will be engaged. The purpose of the position is to provide support in building capacities and knowledge of MCTI staff needed for development and delivery of projects in water and wastewater management sector. 

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

Under direct supervision of the UNDP Project Manager, Water and Wastewater Management Expert is responsible for providing technical support to the MCTI in development and implementation of water and wastewater infrastructure projects, to the required standard of quality and within the specified constraints of time and cost.

Water and Wastewater Management Expert will do the following:

  • Conduct thorough needs assessments in the Serbian water and wastewater sectors, and prepare a detailed gap analysis within water and wastewater sectors including evidence-based recommendations;
  • Produce design standards for water and wastewater projects, to provide an integrated design approach and consistent quality of the projects in the given sector;
  • Prepare a feasibility study alongside technical inputs for the purpose of developing (at least) 1 MCTI water and / or wastewater infrastructure project under development or in planning process;
  • Identify best international standards and practices within the public sectors of EU member states, and provide assistance and/or on-the-job support to relevant MCTI in applying best international standards and practices in conducting operation and maintenance in the water and wastewater sector;
  • Develop a detailed analytical review of the current Ministry’s capacities for implementing water and wastewater infrastructure projects, with key findings and recommendations on further capacity building in this area.

DELIVERABLES AND INDICATIVE TIMELINE

DeliverablesDue dates
Thorough needs assessments in the Serbian water and wastewater sectors conducted, and detailed gap analysis within water and wastewater sectors including evidence-based recommendations prepared;20th June 2022
Design standards for water and wastewater projects, to provide an integrated design approach and consistent quality of the projects in the given sector produced; 25th July 2022
Feasibility study alongside technical inputs for the purpose of developing (at least) 1 MCTI water and / or wastewater infrastructure project that is currently under development or in planning process, prepared;25th August 2022
Best international standards and practices within the public sectors of EU member states identified, and detailed report on the assistance and on-the-job support to MCTI staff in applying best international standards and practices in conducting operation and maintenance in the water and wastewater sector, prepared;30th September 2022
Detailed analytical review of the current Ministry’s capacities for implementing water and wastewater infrastructure projects, with key findings and recommendations on further capacity building in this area, developed.30th November 2022

Deliverables will have to be quality reviewed and approved/accepted by UNDP Project Manager in consultation with the National Project Director.

All deliverables should be submitted in English language.  

Competencies

  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Excellent writing/reporting and presentation skills;
  • Ability to deliver when working under pressure and within changing circumstances.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Capacity to work across the sectors;
  • Ability to express ideas clearly;
  • Proven ability to develop educational content in high quality through the portfolio of previous work;
  • Approach to work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, water resources or hydraulic engineering, hydro-mechanic engineering, technology or another relevant field.
  • Master’s degree would be considered an asset.

Work experience:

  • At least 4 years of relevant professional experience in water and/or waste-water management sector.
  • Experience in preparing technical advice and documentation for the purpose of different projects in water and wastewater management sector,
  • Experience in relations with the public sector at national and/or local level (ministry in charge, local self-governments and public utility companies), and other different target groups and stakeholders.

Knowledge:

  • Understanding of major development challenges and trends in the water and wastewater sectors,
  • Knowledge in the use of computers and office software packages and handling of web-based management systems.

Language:

  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken Serbian and English

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS.

Application Procedure:

Qualified and interested candidates are asked to submit their applications via UNDP Web site: UNDP in Serbia under section “Jobs” no later than 10th May 2022.

Application should include: 

  • CV in English language containing date of birth, contact information (home address, phone number, e-mail) and timeline of work experience (including description of duties).  
  • Offeror’s Letter (only PDF format will be accepted) confirming Interest and availability for the Individual Contractor (IC) Assignment. Can be downloaded from the following link: https://rs.undp.org/content/dam/serbia/downloads/confirmation.docx. The Offeror’s Letter shall include financial proposal specifying a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement with a breakdown of costs.

In order to apply please merge above listed documents into a single PDF file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded.

The shortlisted candidates may be asked to provide copies of diplomas and any other certificates providing evidence of their education and experience in relevant fields.

Any request for clarification must be sent by standard electronic communication to the e-mail [email protected]. The procuring UNDP entity will respond by standard electronic mail and will send response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.

Financial Proposal:

  • Lump sum contracts

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).

Travel

In case of travel, costs incurred will be covered by project. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.

Evaluation

1. Cumulative analysisWhen 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 49 points would be considered for the Financial EvaluationCriteriaWeightMax. PointTechnical70%70 pointsCriteria ADesk review of CVs based on experience in effective and efficient implementation of activities on water management projects.30Criteria BExperience in preparation of the technical inputs for the purpose of different projects in water and wastewater management sector25Criteria CDesk Review of CVs based on the experience in working with the public sector at national and/or local level (ministry in charge, local self-governments and public utility companies), and other different target groups and stakeholders. 15Financial30%30 points 

Additional Information:

In the case of engagement of Civil servants under IC contract modality a no-objection letter should be provided by the Government entity. The ‘no-objection’ letter must also state that the employer formally certifies that their employees are allowed to receive short-term consultancy assignment from another entity without being on “leave-without-pay” status (if applicable), and include any conditions and restrictions on granting such permission, if any. If the previous is not applicable ‘leave-without-pay’ confirmation should be submitted.

Engagement of Government Officials and Employees

  • Government Officials or Employees are civil servants of UN Member States.  As such, if they will be engaged by UNDP under an IC which they will be signing in their individual capacity (i.e., engagement is not done through RLA signed by their government employer), the following conditions must be met prior to the award of contract:

(i)       A “No-objection” letter in respect of the individual is received from the Government employing him/her, and;

(ii)     The individual must provide an official documentation from his/her employer formally certifying his or her status as being on “official leave without pay” for the duration of the IC.

  • The above requirements are also applicable to Government-owned and controlled enterprises and well as other semi/partially or fully owned Government entities, whether or not the Government ownership is of majority or minority status.   
  • UNDP recognizes the possibility that there are situations when the Government entity employing the individual that UNDP wishes to engage is one that allows its employees to receive external short-term consultancy assignments (including but not limited to research institutions, state-owned colleges/universities, etc.), whereby a status of “on-leave-without-pay” is not required.  Under such circumstance, the individual entering into an IC with UNDP must still provide a “No-objection” letter from the Government employing him/her.  The “no objection” letter required under (i) above must also state that the employer formally certifies that their employees are allowed to receive short-term consultancy assignment from another entity without being on “leave-without-pay” status and include any conditions and restrictions on granting such permission, if any.  The said document may be obtained by, and put on record of, UNDP, in lieu of the document (ii) listed above.

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