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Tender for Senior Consultant, Humanitarian Disarmament Programmes

January - December 2018, Consultancy services on Research, Editing, Policy and Programme.

Background

Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) is a major Norwegian humanitarian and development non-governmental organization (NGO), with global operations. NPA started humanitarian mine action operations in Cambodia in 1992, an activity that over the past 25 years has developed into a consolidated Humanitarian Disarmament Programme (NPA HD). Currently NPA HD has field operations in more than 20 countries and other areas, undertaking survey and clearance of landmines, cluster munitions remnants and other Explosive Remnants of War (ERW).

NPA HD implements its own programmes, with international and local staff, often in cooperation with national authorities, United Nations (UN) agencies and other international Mine Action NGOs. In addition to the field programmes, NPA HD works to maintain and develop the international normative and legal framework protecting civilians from effects of armed conflicts, as well as developing new programme and policy responses addressing the humanitarian harm caused by explosive weapons. The overall aim of the NPA HD programme is to protect civilians from explosive weapons

NPA calls for tenders for senior consultancy services in respect to Mine Action Review research, editing, and policy and programme.

The scope of the Service is a total of 12 months, as an experienced researcher, editor and analyst on Mine Action policy and programme.

Scope

Conduct country-level research for “Mine Action Review”(www.mineactionreview.org), an independent research project, supported and published by NPA. Mine Action Review produces two annual reports, Clearing the Mines and Clearing Cluster Munition Remnants. Through its publications and work, Mine Action Review aims to advance progress in landmine and cluster munition remnant survey and clearance, and implementation of the corresponding obligations in the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention and the Convention on Cluster Munitions. This is achieved through independent research that collates mine action data on anti-personnel landmine and cluster munition remnant contamination, survey, and clearance directly from mine action centres, national authorities, clearance operators, the United Nations, and other relevant stakeholders; along with analysis of the performance of national mine action programmes and corresponding recommendations for action.

  • Research and write detailed individual reports on a selection of countries contaminated by landmines and/or cluster munition remnants, based on a portfolio of countries agreed by the Project Manager of Mine Action Review.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders including national mine action authorities, mine action centres, demining organisations, the UN, and other partners to collect data on landmine and cluster munition remnant contamination, survey, and clearance.
  • Analyse the technical data and progress reports collated from national mine action programmes, clearance operators, and other stakeholders; assess the accuracy and validity of the information collated; establish emerging trends in data; and develop assessments of programme performance, recommendations for action, and performance commentaries on a country-by-country basis.
  • Report and analyse progress against fulfilling legal obligations under Article 5 of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention and Article 4 of the Convention on Cluster Munitions, including extension request requirements and deadlines.
  • Plan and conduct field research trips to affected countries, as agreed by the Project Manager of Mine Action Review.
  • Work according to tight deadlines with outstanding attention to detail, and revise and proofread reports as required.

Contribute to NPA HD’s Policy and Programme.

Scope

  • Proposal coordination and writing to support expansion of NPA HD programmes in the Middle East.
  • Ensure that NPA external publications produced, are of a high-quality, through professional, high-level editing and proof reading.
  • Collaborate with other members of the NPA HD department on donor relations to produce high-quality and timely narrative and financial donor reporting as well as the development of new concept notes and proposals.
  • Improve proposal writing results by enhancing knowledge of donor requirements and priorities; expand the NPA HD department’s funding pool, and identify new streams of funding as required.
  • Serve as UK Department for International Development (DFID) project advisor as part of the NPA HD department’s DFID donor team.
  • Provide support to operational programme managers and regional staff for donor reporting, proposal writing, and other publication materials.

Timeline 2018 will be developed and agreed between consultant and NPA as part of the contract.

Address, deadlines and period of validity

Questions regarding the tender shall be directed to:

Siv Mjaaland, Head of Policy

Mobile: + 47 90247590

The bid shall be with Norwegian People’s Aid no later than November 27th 2017. The bid shall be presented either as a printed document with relevant documents attached, or sent via email to the email address provided below, with all relevant documents in standard PDF format.

Postal Address:

Norwegian People’s Aid

Att Siv Mjaaland

Postbox 8844 Youngstorget

N-0028 Oslo

NORWAY

Envelope must be marked: «HD Consultant 2018»

Email address:

tender@npaid.org

with the following text in the subject line: «HD Consultant 2018»

Deadline: November 27th 2017

Bids arriving after the deadline may be rejected. The bid shall be valid for 60 days after the tender deadline. Costs related to the development of the bid will not be refunded.

Criteria for Selection

A successful consultant will need to present and document a solid understanding of the humanitarian and political parameters underpinning global humanitarian mine action and demonstrated ability to deliver high-quality research within the mine action sector within agreed timelines.

NPA will score the bids with the following criteria (not prioritised):

Knowledge of Mine Action Sector                      30%

Experience                                                          30%

Ability to deliver within timeline                       20%

Price                                                                   20%

         

NPA will select the bidder that overall presents the most relevant bid for NPA, and maintain the right to use or cancel received bids according to circumstances.

As a minimum, a bid needs to include the following:

Knowledge of Mine Action Sector

  • Proven results from relevant work in the sector.
  • Experience with research relevant to Mine Action Review publications
  • Experience with and knowledge of mine action donors and stakeholders.

Experience

  • Updated CV, including the highlighting of competences of particular relevance for the tasks.
  • Overview of consultant’s experience with the thematic issues.
  • Relevant results from previous work in the thematic areas.

Ability to deliver within timeline

  • Ability to conduct high-quality research and reporting on tight deadlines. Must be able to work independently.
  • Reference to previous tasks of high-quality delivered within agreed timelines.

Price

  • Overview over the full and total payment for the Service described in this tender. The consultant is responsible for his/her own taxes, insurances, pensions and health care and all other work related expenses.
  • Field research trips will be covered by NPA.

The bidder is responsible for the necessary registration related to payment.

The bid should also include the following:

Selection process

Bids will be opened only after the November 27th deadline. The bids will be opened and reviewed by a select committee of NPA-employees, including as a minimum, one employee from a department separate from the Humanitarian Disarmament department. The bids will be confidential and NPA will keep all information from bidders confidential.

NPA retain the right to contact bidders first for follow-up and clarification after the bids have been opened. NPA retain the right to reject some of all the bids received. 

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