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Consultancy services: Editor for the Mine Action Review project (January - November 2020)

Norwegian People’s Aid is seeking a skilled and experienced consultant to work on the Mine Action Review Project . The position will involve editing Mine Action Review’s annual Clearing the Mines and Clearing Cluster Munition Remnants reports and associated publicationsin 2020.

Background

Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) is a major Norwegian humanitarian and development non-governmental organisation (NGO), with global operations. NPA started humanitarian mine action operations in Cambodia in 1992, and its Department for Mine Action and Disarmament now has field operations in more than 20 countries and other areas, primarily focusing on the survey and clearance of landmines, cluster munitions remnants, and other Explosive Remnants of War (ERW).

NPA administrates and publishes the Mine Action Review project and its annual reports Clearing the Mines and Clearing Cluster Munition Remnants, which serve as a key tool for the mine action sector with regards to the monitoring and analysis of anti-personnel mine and cluster munition remnant contamination globally, and the survey and clearance efforts to address the contamination.

As part of its work, Mine Action Review critically assesses progress in implementing the clearance obligations of the two main conventional disarmament treaties—the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention (APMBC) and the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), and provides analysis of the performance of national mine action programmes and accompanying recommendations for action.

In addition to analysing information contained in APMBC and/or CCM Article 7 transparency reports and other treaty-related reporting by states parties, Mine Action Review also collates and analyses mine action data and input directly from national authorities and mine action centres, clearance operators, the United Nations, and other expert organisations. This data is cross-checked to produce a more accurate and in-depth picture of progress in clearance.

NPA calls for tenders for senior consultancy services in respect to the editing of Mine Action Review publications.

Pending approval of funding, the scope of the required consultancy services is a total of approximately 65 days’ work as Editor of Mine Action Review’s two annual reports, Clearing the Mines and Clearing Cluster Munition Remnants, and associated publications, conducted over the course of 2020.

Scope

Edit the country-level research and analysis, and draft the report overviews, for the Clearing the Mines 2020 and Clearing Cluster Munition Remnants 2020 reports, produced by Mine Action Review.

  • Review and edit (initial and final editing in Word) of approximately 59 country reports on anti-personnel mine contamination, survey, and clearance, in accordance with the existing Clearing the Mines country report outlines, in a timely fashion in line with the agreed timelines.
  • Review and edit (initial and final editing in Word) of approximately 30 country reports on cluster munition remnant contamination, survey, and clearance, in accordance with the existing Clearing Cluster Munition Remnants country report outlines, in a timely fashion in line with the agreed timelines.
  • Data analysis and drafting in Word of the overviews of the Clearing the Mines 2020  and Clearing Cluster Munition Remnants 2020 publications respectively, in a timely fashion in line with agreed timelines.
  • Support the elaboration of, and review and edit, the parallel monitoring and analysis of the APMBC Oslo Action Plan in 2020, with regards to the relevant survey and clearance related action points and indicators.
  • Work according to tight deadlines with outstanding attention to detail.

The 2020 timeline for the consultancy services will be developed and agreed between the consultant and NPA as part of the contract.

Address, deadlines and period of validity

Questions regarding the tender shall be directed to:

Lucy Pinches, Project Manager of Mine Action Review
Email: lucyp@npaid.org
Mobile: + 44 7813 071983

The bid shall be with Norwegian People’s Aid no later than 6 February 2020. 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. Lucy Pinches
WeWork 
2 Leman Street
4th Floor, Aldgate Tower
London
E1 8FA

Email address: lucyp@npaid.org with the following text in the subject line: «Mine Action Review Consultant 2020 – Editor»

Deadline: 6 February 2020

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 edit and 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 mine action sector.
  • Experience with research relevant to Mine Action Review publications.
  • Experience with and knowledge of mine action stakeholders.

Experience

  • Updated CV, including the highlighting of competences of particular relevance for the required 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 edit and deliver high-quality research, within tight reporting deadlines. Must be able to work independently.
  • Reference to previous tasks of high-quality delivered within agreed timelines.

Price

  • The tender value submitted should include the full and total financial sum for the consultancy services 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 and any additional Mine Action Review-related trips, as approved by the Project Manager of Mine Action Review, will be covered by NPA.

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

The bid should also include the following:

  • Written acceptance of “NPA Ethical guidelines for procurement, marketing and investment”.
  • Written acceptance of “NPA Declaration of confidentiality” relating to NPA and not sharing knowledge of vital character outside NPA.

Selection process

Bids will be opened only after the 6 February 2020 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 Mine Action and 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 or all the bids received.

08.01.2020 | Lucy Pinches