United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through its project “Strengthening the System of Parliamentary Democracy in Georgia”, II Phase is aimed at establishing the Georgian Parliament as a credible institution with an essentially greater role in national policy-making and European integration.
One of the directions of the Project is enhancing the capacities of parliamentary committees to effectively exercise their law-making and government oversight functions. Among other, this is achieved through supporting strategic policy planning exercise within the committees to facilitate structured approach to their work, making it more comprehensive, result-oriented, well-managed, inclusive and participatory. This is particularly important in the context of parliamentary system of governance, where the legislature has a greater role to play in national policy-making. The activity also promotes the institutionalization of a culture of short and medium-term policy planning in the Parliament which is particularly crucial in view of the country’s EU integration agenda, and specifically Georgia’s obligations under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement. It also promotes greater civil engagement in legislative work as it encourages a broadly participatory and consultative processes with different groups of society.
UNDP in consultation with the Parliament selected three sector committees to provide the above support. These are: Healthcare and Social Issues Committee, Agrarian Issues Committee and Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee. In view of this, UNDP Project is announcing a tender to contract consultants in the relevant fields. The given Terms of Reference specifically targets the Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee (hereinafter “Committee”) and is designed to provide international consultancy in the respective area.
Starting from March 2017, the Committee will be engaged in the strategic planning exercise to enhance the Parliament’s role in developing the environmental protection and sustainable natural resources sector in Georgia, including contributing to the effective implementation of the commitments undertaken under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement in the respective sectors. Based on the preliminary conducted baseline study, UNDP Project’s National Consultant will be supporting the Committee in developing the following strategic documents:
The above process will be based on strategic planning meetings and workshops with different stakeholders, including MPs and parliament staff, government officials, civil society, international organizations and independent experts.
Although the Committee will be supported by a national consultant, the international expertise is required to guide the overall process through raising awareness of the Committee and its leadership on the contemporary trends and developments in the environmental protection and natural resources area globally and providing recommendations as well as the peer review of the above mentioned strategic documents.
To accomplish the above tasks, the Project intends to contract an International Consultant in Environmental Protection and Natural Resources to provide support to the Committee.
Duties and Responsibilities
In view of the above, under the overall supervision of the UNDP Project Manager and in close coordination with the parliamentary Committee and the Project’s National Consultant on Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, the Consultant shall be responsible for the overall guidance of the above-mentioned process for which he/she shall perform the following tasks and activities:
Throughout the process the Consultant shall ensure that the Committee drives the strategic planning process and has an ownership of its outcomes.
Required Skills and Experience
Offerors will be evaluated against a combination of technical and financial criteria. Technical criteria consist of a desk review and an interview. Offerors obtaining minimum 28 points as a result of the desk review will be short listed and invited for an interview. Offerors obtaining minimum of 21 points as a result of the interview (i.e. minimum of 49 points in the technical criteria) will be considered qualified and requested to provide financial proposal for the assignment.
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.
Note: UNDP Project will provide logistics for the consultancy, including, printing, translation, etc. and where required, cover costs for in-country travel and accommodation. Parliamentary Committee on Environmental Protection and Natural Resources will be responsible for background materials, setting up the Consultant’s meetings with parliamentary and government officials, civil society and international organizations, where required.
The Consultant will be paid a lump sum in three installments upon successful completion of the deliverables according to the following scheme: