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Consultancy services: Researcher 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 conducting research and analysis for Mine Action Review’s Clearing the Mines and Clearing Cluster Munition Remnants 2020 publications.

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 research for the Mine Action Review project.

Pending approval of funding, the scope of the required consultancy is a part-time research position, conducted until November 2020.

 

Scope

Conduct country-level research and analysis for the Clearing the Mines 2020 and Clearing Cluster Munition Remnants 2020 publications, produced by Mine Action Review.

  • Research and write approximately 16 country reports (including 12 states parties to the APMBC) on anti-personnel mine contamination, survey, and clearance, based on a portfolio of countries agreed by the Project Manager of Mine Action Review, in accordance with the existing Clearing the Mines country report outlines, in a timely fashion in line with the agreed timelines.
  • For the 12 States Parties to the APMBC, provide informed input and analysis for the parallel monitoring and analysis of the APMBC Oslo Action Plan in 2020, with regards to anti-personnel mine survey and clearance related action points and indicators.
  • Research and write approximately 8 country reports (including 3 states parties to the CCM) on cluster munition remnant contamination, survey, and clearance, based on a portfolio of countries agreed by the Project Manager of Mine Action Review, in accordance with the existing Clearing Cluster Munition Remnants country report outlines, in a timely fashion in line with the agreed timelines.
  • For States Parties to the APMBC and CCM, research will include monitoring and analysing progress against fulfilling clearance obligations under Article 5 of the APMBC and Article 4 of the CCM; and analysing extension requests to treaty clearance deadlines.
  • As part of research for the country reports, send Mine Action Review questionnaires and liaise with key stakeholders including national authorities and mine action centres, demining organisations, the United Nations, and other expert organisations to collect data on anti-personnel mine and/or cluster munition remnant contamination, survey, and clearance.
  • Process and analyse relevant country-level qualitative and quantitative mine action data collated from APMBC and/or CCM Article 7 transparency reports and other treaty-related reporting by states parties; Mine Action Review questionnaires from/interviews with national mine action programmes, demining organisations, the United Nations, other relevant stakeholders, and on-line sources; and assess the accuracy and validity of the information collated.
  • Identify emerging trends in country-level contamination, survey, and clearance data; assess national mine action programme performance against Mine Action Review’s set of seven criteria; and develop corresponding recommendations for action, on a country-by-country basis.
  • Attend and participate in Mine Action Review Advisory Board meetings in 2020.
  • Plan and conduct field research trips to two affected countries, as agreed by the Project Manager of Mine Action Review.
  • 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 – Researcher»

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 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 conduct and deliver high-quality research and meet tight reporting deadlines. Must be able to work independently.
  • Reference to previous tasks of high-quality research 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