Policy Analyst/Advisor in Energy and Environment

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Kuwait 🇰🇼

Background

UNDP and the State of Kuwait, represented by the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council of Planning and Development (GSSCPD), strive to enhance institutional capacities at various government agencies by providing them with necessary technical support to strengthen their capacities and skills to perform their expected duties.

Under the framework of the Institutional and Technical support for the establishment of Kuwait Public Policy Centre (KPPC) project, UNDP will collaborate closely with GSSCPD to support the establishment of a pioneer KPPC to address policy making gaps and mainstream policy research, analysis and studies in the policy making process.

The KPPC seeks to be a reliable resource that will influence national policies and strategies. The project builds on UNDP’s mandate and strategic vision and aims to promote efficient governance and institutional management. This project will provide a framework of how UNDP will accompany the GSSCPD in its ambition to improve the quality of policy making in Kuwait and in particular on how the KPPC can contribute to that, while operating under the umbrella of GSSCPD.

Within this context, the KPPC is seeking to recruit Policy Analyst/ Advisor in Energy and Environment to support the GSSCPD through the Kuwait Public Policy Center (KPPC) in reviewing, analyzing and preparing relevant research documents and studies related to Energy and Environment pillar in the KNDP. The policy objectives are to:

  • Employment of renewable energies program and development of energy and water conservation systems in the public buildings.
  • Air environment safety conservation program

Waste management efficiency improvement program

 
Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Secretary General at GSSCPD and with close coordination the KPPC Project Coordinator and the policy advisors, the Policy Analyst/ Advisor in Energy and Environment will assume the following tasks:

Review Existing Policies related to Energy and Environment

  • Analyze existing policies related to improving Energy and Environment program in the KNDP and identify gaps and opportunities for improvement;
  • Conduct thorough analysis on Energy and Environment policies as well as current projects in the  KNDP through a priori-assessment and a posteriori evaluation where policy gaps will be identified and recommendations will be raised;
  • Develop clear and rigorous analysis of other countries’ experiences and research in relation to improving the policies related to Energy and Environment programs;
  • Meet and consulate with related national entity (Kuwait Environment Authority, Ministry of Oil and other relevant entities) as part of the review process to get a better understanding of the status, challenges and bottlenecks;
  • Conduct a review of the global best practices in energy and environment, with relevance to the challenges encountered.

Analysis and draft of policy documents and white papers related to Energy and Environment policies in the KNDP

  • Review, assess and improve green papers presented to the GSSCPD from national entities;
  • Adopt evidence based approach to feed into the production of white papers, policy documents and reports;
  • Conceptualize policy options in participation with other public institutions, private sector, CSOs and academics;
  • Develop research agenda for the Energy and Environment pillar focusing on KNDP strategic priorities based on conducted research and identified analysis on trends, legislations and policies related to Energy and Environment;
  • Develop a clear plan on the main research gaps with detailed action plan on engagement/ collaboration with relevant institutions for the implementation of the policy research;
  • Draft of a conceptualized structure of a white paper based on priority research area;
  • The final report should promote synergies between different policies related to this pillar, exercise quality assurance for policy services and foster policy innovation to enhance performance of this pillar in the KNDP.

Communication and Outreach

  • Present the developed white papers to GSSCPD government officials and solicit their feedback and comments, address them by taking the corrective measures and validate the findings;
  • Present research conclusions as well as the white paper findings in at least one  conference/ seminar to national stakeholders and relevant government officials;
  • Participate in thematic discussions related to Energy and Environment pillar;
  • Coordinate and liaise with different national public entities, academic institutions working on this development policy area.

Deliverables/ Outputs – 1

Report on conducted analysis of the existing policies in the KNDP related to energy and environment pillar, identifying gaps, challenges with recommendations on further; as well as an overview of the global best practices in the area, with relevance to the challenges encountered.

Target Due Dates:

After 3 month from contract issuance date

Payment schedule in percentage:

25%

Deliverables/ Outputs – 2,3 & 4

  • To submit developed Research agenda with focus on KNDP strategic priorities based on the review of existing KNDP  policies and in consultations with key national stakeholders and public entities;
  • To submit report on set of priorities and strategic directions for achieving the targets related to the energy and environment pillar;
  • To submit a clear plan developed to work on the main research gaps with detailed action plan on engagement/ collaboration with relevant institutions for the implementation of the policy research.

Target Due Dates:

After 6 months from contract issuance date

Payment schedule in percentage:

25%

Deliverables/ Outputs – 5,6 & 7

  • To submit draft of a conceptualized structure of a white paper based on priority research area;
  • To submit Outline of the policy options, methodology for the policy document;
  • Draft implementation plan for the white paper to translate it into legal and regulatory framework.

Target Due Dates:

After 9 months from contract issuance date

Payment schedule in percentage:

25%

Deliverables/ Outputs – 8 & 9

  • To submit draft Policy white paper and the research findings to governments officials and targeted national stakeholders for discussion and agreement;
  • Final report with consideration of respective stakeholders, national partners’ comments including all attachments (the analysis, research performed, policy document on the energy and environment sector with highlights on the assignment results.).

Target Due Dates:

After 9 months from contract issuance date

Payment schedule in percentage:

25%

GSSCPD and UNDP will review outputs and confirm acceptance.

Institutional Arrangement

  1. The consultant will work under the supervision of the Secretary General of the GSSCPD and in will coordinate his/her work directly with the KPPC Project Coordinator.
  2. The GSSCPD is responsible for provision of available information and access to any related information that is essential to complete the assignment.
  3. The consultant will submit draft reports on the analysis, research performed, policy documents on the energy and environment sector with highlights on the assignment results as per above to be certified by and approved by the GSSCPD and UNDP Authorized Officer. These interim and final reports and documents will serve as a justification for payment.

Duration of Work

The overall duration of this consultancy will be 12 months.

Duty Station

The consultant will be required to be present in the State of Kuwait during the assignment period or as agreed with the beneficiary.

Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:

Lump Sum Amount

  1. Lump sum amount must be “all-inclusive;
  2. The contract price is fixed regardless of changes in the cost components;
 
Competencies

Core Competencies

  • Reliably delivers on promises and honours commitments, holding himself/herself accountable for actions taken. ?
  • Gains cooperation from others through understanding of the political and organizational culture.
  • Works collaboratively with team members sharing information openly and displaying cultural awareness and sensitivity.
  • Synthesizes multiple/complex messages, identifies appropriate key points for different audiences and communicates concepts in a manner that influences the perceptions/behaviours of others. ?
  • Expresses own point of view in a neutral manner rather than in an argumentative tone, avoiding unproductive conflict.

Functional Competencies

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise

  • Understands more advanced aspects of social development as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines. ?
  • Continues to seek new and improved methods and systems for social planning.

Keeps abreast of new developments in area of public policy development and international organisations and seeks to develop him/herself professionally.

 
Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Minimum Masters in Environment, Energy, Economics, or any related field;

II. Years of experience:

  • Minimum 7 years of experience in applied policy research and analysis in energy and environment;
  • Proven ability to draft policy papers and policy documents, reports and publications on development policies;
  • Experience in working on national plans implementation in different countries would be an asset;
  • Excellent communication, drafting, presentation and reporting skills;
  • Proven oral and written communication skills;
  • Fluency in English is a must;

Evaluation Selection process:

Cumulative analysis

When 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:

Total score=Technical Score + Financial Score.

  • Technical Criteria weight – 70%, 700 scores maximum 
  • Financial Criteria weight – 30%. 300 scores maximum

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 490 from 700 point in the Technical part of evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation

The lowest technically qualified proposal receives 300 points and all the other technically qualified proposals receive points in inverse proportion according to the formula:

P=Y*(L/Z), where
P=points for the financial proposal being evaluated
Y=maximum number of points for the financial proposal
L= price of the lowest price proposal
Z=price of the proposal being evaluated

Shortlisting criteria  

  1. Minimum Masters in Environment, Energy, Economics, or any related field
  2. Minimum 7 years of experience in applied policy research and analysis in energy and environment;
  3. Fluency in English language

The selection of candidates will be done in 3 stages:

1st stage: Prior to detailed evaluation, all applications will be thoroughly screened against eligibility criteria (minimum qualification requirements) as set in the TOR in order to determine whether they are compliant/non-compliant.

2nd  stage: Evaluation of technical proposals
Short-listed candidates will be evaluated based on the following criteria. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 490 points (70%) at the Technical Evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Technical Evaluation Criteria (Desk review and Interview based)

  • Minimum 7 years of experience in applied policy research and analysis in energy and environment. 150 points
    For each additional year of experience – 20 points, but no more 100 points in total. 100 Points
  • Proven ability to draft policy papers and policy documents, reports and publications on development policies. 50 points
    (please provide with minimum 2 reference links to documents drafted or published)
  • Fluency in English. 60 points
    51 – 60 points – excellent
    40 – 50 points – very good
    26 – 39 points – good
    11 – 25 points – satisfactory
    0 – 10 points – poor
  • Proven oral and written communication skills. 60 Points.
  • Technical proposal with clear methodology presented. 280 points

Financial Evaluation Criteria – Maximum obtainable points – 300 (30%)

3rd stage: Financial evaluation
Cumulative analysis will be used based on the following methodology: All the offers of individual consultants who scored 490 (70% from 700) and more points during the desk review are acceptable for financial evaluation. The lowest financial qualified proposal receives 300 points and all the other technically qualified proposals receive points in inverse proportion according to the formula:

Formula applied ;P=y(µ/z)
P=points for the financial proposal being evaluated;
y=maximum number of points for the financial proposal equal to 300;
µ=the lowest priced proposal;
z=price of the proposal being evaluated;

The candidate achieving the highest cumulative score for both Technical and Financial evaluations will be recommended by the Evaluation Committee for contracting.

Following documents should be submitted:

  1. Duly accomplished and signed Offeror’s letter/filled-in template to UNDP confirming interest and Breakdown of Costs Supporting the Final All-Inclusive Price as per Template. If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP; 
  2. Complete and signed P11 form, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate;
  3. At least three (3) professional references;
  4. Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and description of Approach to Work (Methodology); 
  5. Copy of diploma/s
  6. Copy of ID card (passport)

Links for the documents to be submitted:


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