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 national 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 consultancy in the respective area.
At the initial stage, the Committee will be supported with developing a 10-year strategy which will set a vision, overall objectives, key priorities and strategic goals for improving environmental protection and natural resources field in Georgia. A consultative and participatory process will be facilitated to gather input from different stakeholders and ensure broad agreement on major priorities and directions in the field. Based on the strategy, a four-year Committee Action Plan shall be designed to translate the strategic goals and policy into specific actions with detailed depiction of the time-frames, responsible parties, monitoring and evaluation frameworks included. At the same time, the Committee shall be also supported in engaging in the cross-committee exercise which aims at developing the Parliament’s Action Plan for activating its role in the implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement.
The support to the Committee shall be provided in a manner which stresses national ownership. This would include building a greater understanding of strategic planning within the committee, facilitating its Members and staff to consider the vision, mission and performance targets and preparation of strategic documents which reflect these discussions. The process and the resulting plans shall help to form basis for future strategic planning processes at the committee level.
The process shall be facilitated under the overall guidance of the UNDP Project’s International Consultant on Environmental Protection and Natural Resources who will be providing respective guidance during the process, developing recommendations for the strategic documents based on best international practices and reviewing the final outputs. In view of the above, under the overall supervision of the UNDP Project Manager, under overall guidance of the Project’s International Consultant on Environmental Protection and Natural Resources and in close coordination with the parliamentary Committee, the Consultant shall perform the following tasks and activities:
- Conduct a baseline study to research main developments in all the main directions of environment protection field with focus on key challenges and planned reform initiatives. The study shall be based on meetings and structured interviews with different stakeholders – Parliament, Government, civil society, international organizations and independent experts. In the frames of the assessment, the Consultant shall consider the major strategy documents of the Government of Georgia which guide the reform process in the country, especially related to environment protection, sustainable management of natural resources and climate change. The assessment shall also include an analysis of Georgia’s commitments in the areas of environmental protection and natural resources as provided under the EU-Georgia Association Agreement. The analysis shall feature all EU regulations and directives in the field which require harmonization of the Georgian legislation according to the specific years. This part of assignment shall be undertaken in close coordination with the UNDP Project’s EU Integration Consultant, who shall lead the overall process of developing the Parliament’s Action Plan for effective implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement. Besides, the Consultant shall assess the Committee’s interaction with other parliamentary committees, respective line ministry and government agencies; as well as analyze cooperation scheme with local and international organizations. To support the Committee to better map and coordinate the donor assistance in the field, a respective donor matrix shall be developed.
- Considering the main findings of the baseline study, under the overall guidance of the Project’s International Consultant on Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, facilitate the process of developing a 10-year strategy that shall define a vision, overall objectives, key priorities and strategic goals in the area of environmental protection and natural resources in Georgia.
- Based on the strategy, under the overall guidance of the Project’s International Consultant on Environmental Protection and Natural Resources facilitate the development of a four-year Committee Action Plan to translate the strategic goals and policy into specific actions. The plan shall give a detailed account of all legislative, oversight and public outreach activities that would need to be implemented by the Committee in the upcoming years. The plan shall also define roles and responsibilities and set timeframes for accomplishing each of the action. It shall cover existing set of needs and external resources/support for concrete actions and set targets and indicators for monitoring the progress of implementation of the action plan. In addition, the plan shall cover the risk assessment of concrete actions.
- In coordination with the UNDP’s EU Integration Consultant, design a separate chapter (set of activities with respective responsibilities and time-frames) for the Parliament’s Action Plan for implementing EU-Georgia Association Agreement. While developing all the above strategic documents, a participatory process shall be promoted. This shall be achieved through a series of discussions, workshops and informed consultations with various stakeholders. Under the overall guidance of the Project’s International Consultant on Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, the Consultant shall, as a minimum, facilitate:
- One inception workshop with the Committee Members and Staff to discuss the needs for more effective law-making and oversight, build an understanding of the basics of strategic planning and agree on the overall framework for facilitating strategic planning exercise in the committee;
- At least five strategic planning meetings/workshops with different stakeholders, including Government, civil society and independent experts, international organizations and other target groups to discuss existing challenges and exchange views on needed reforms in the respective field, present findings of the baseline study, and at a later stage also present draft strategy and action plans; Follow up with workshops if required;
- At least one concluding workshop to present and discuss final drafts of strategic documents and validate those with different stakeholders.
Throughout the process it shall be ensured that the Committee drives the strategic planning process and has an ownership of its outcomes.
Within the framework of the action plan, the Consultant in close coordination with the Committee shall develop a legislative roadmap to undertake prioritized, inclusive and higher quality legislative reform. The roadmap will serve to identify laws that need to be reformed and/or drafts that need be initiated to regulate concrete areas falling within the scope of the Committee’s mandate. In addition, the action plan shall also include effective mechanisms for ensuring public outreach on committee activities.
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism.
- Excellent intercultural, moderation, facilitation and negotiation skills;
- Builds strong relationships with stakeholders, focuses on impact and result and responds positively to feedback;
- Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
- Ability to lead effectively, mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills;
- Demonstrates strong oral communication skills;
- Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;
- Proven networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills.
- Master’s degree in natural or environmental sciences or other related fields (minimum requirement: 8 points).
- At least 5 years of working experience in the environmental protection and natural resources field at the public service institution, non-governmental and/or international organization (minimum requirement: 5 years– 10 points; more than 5 years – additional 7 points);
- Demonstrated experience in managing strategic planning exercises and developing strategic planning related documents in the relevant sector (minimum requirement: one similar assignment – 10 points, more than one – additional 5 points);
- Knowledge of the main trends, challenges and gaps in environmental protection and natural resources in Georgia;
- Knowledge of the sections of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement covering environmental protection and natural resources fields;
- Good understanding of the role, functions and responsibilities of the state and non-state actors involved in the environmental protection and natural resources fields;
- Good awareness of the Parliament’s constitutional role and functions.
- Fluency in Georgian and English.
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 (printing, etc.) and cover costs for in-country travel and accommodation. Parliamentary Committee on Agrarian Issues will be responsible for background materials, setting up the Consultant’s meetings with parliamentary, government, civil society and international organizations, where required.
- Baseline study;
- 10-year strategy in the area of environmental protection and natural resources;
- Four-year Committee action plan;
- Plan of activities/separate chapter of the Parliament’s Action Plan on Engaging in the implementation of EU-Georgia Association Agreement;
- Inception, strategic planning and final workshops;
- Analytical report on performed activities, situation analysis and final recommendations.
The Consultant will be paid a lump sum in three installments upon successful completion of the deliverables according to the following scheme:
- Baseline study; 10-year strategy; Inception and strategic planning workshops – due in April 2017 – 40% of the total fee;
- Four-year Committee action plan; Plan of activities i.e. part of the Parliament’s Action Plan on Engaging in the implementation of EU-Georgia Association Agreement; Strategic planning and final workshops – due in May 2017 – 50% of the total fee;
- Analytical report on performed activities, situation analysis and final recommendations – due in June 2017 – 10% of the total fee.