Advisor, Future Cities and Digitalisation
The Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development (GCTISD) is a joint initiative by the Government of Singapore and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to identify and co-create technological and innovative solutions to help countries achieve their Sustainable Development Goals.
The Centre’s areas of focus are Sustainable and Digital Agriculture, Future Cities and Digitalisation, and Sustainable Finance. For each of our programmes we are connecting policymakers, practitioners, think tanks, leading private sector actors, entrepreneurs, civil society, and other stakeholders to build practical solutions that will create lasting impact through deep collaboration.
UNDP’s digital transformation focuses on developing the organization’s capability to leverage existing, emerging and future digital technologies and the opportunities they offer to profoundly improve the way UNDP creates and delivers value and benefits for those we serve. UNDP’s new Digital Strategy 2019-2021 guides these efforts and builds off UNDP’s extensive range of digital initiatives spanning the country, regional, and global levels. This Strategy has created a new Chief Digital Office (CDO), charged with leading the next wave of innovation in sustainable development, and particularly in leading UNDP’s Digital Transformation offer to COVID-19 response and recovery efforts.
Future Cities and Digitalisation
By 2050, nearly 70% of the world’s population – an additional 2.5 billion people – will live in urban areas. This rapid urbanisation will bring new economic opportunities but is also likely to sharpen income disparities, increasing the potential for social conflict. In this context, it is a global development priority to build inclusive, liveable and sustainable urban areas: future cities.
Building on Singapore’s pioneering efforts, the Global Centre has shaped a Future Cities and Digitalisation programme. This is providing actionable technical and strategic guidance to UNDP Country Offices around the world and highlighting the importance of these areas in international development. The programme is also working to build future cities and digitalisation expertise and understanding of Country Offices – and their national and regional partners.
Building on this foundation, the Centre has incorporated digital transformation as a crucial element in driving the development, usage, and sustainability of digital public services to enable countries to respond to, and recover from, COVID-19.
The Global Centre is now looking for an Advisor, Future Cities and Digitalisation, who can build on these strong foundations and take the programme forward from its ‘start-up’ phase. This will include driving technical advice, support and other collaborations with Country Offices – including integration of digitalisation and COVID-19 preparedness, response and recovery – developing the policies and processes for a growing team, identifying and pursuing funding and other strategic opportunities, and continuing to advance the team’s growing thought leadership on these topics.
Duties and Responsibilities
|1. Shape and deliver the ‘Future Cities and Digitalisation’ workstream at the Global Centre, working closely with Country Offices, the UNDP Chief Digital Office, and regional and global leadership. Responsibilities include:
2. Proactive delivery of Future Cities and Digitalisation advisory services, in the context of COVID-19, including technical assistance, policy development and programme support to Country Offices around the world. Responsibilities include:
3. Proactive identification and engagement of relevant partners and funding opportunities to support the work of the team through technical, in-kind, and financial support. Responsibilities include:
4. Build policies and processes to support and enable the high-quality work of the team – including programme management and other processes. Responsibilities include:
5. Support strategic external communications and thought leadership opportunities, and internal efforts to build a coherent narrative across future cities, digitalisation and COVID-19 focus into the overall work of the Centre. Responsibilities include:
Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow
Communication and relationship management: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work
People management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
System Thinking: Knowledge of system thinking and ability to apply in diverse settings.
Portfolio management: Ability to design and manage portfolios of experiments
Knowledge Curation and Packaging: Ability to turn raw information into useful knowledge, relevant for context, or responsive to stated need
Sustainable Development Goals: Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations.
Substantive Networking: Ability to substantively engage and foster networks with academia, research institutions, and think tanks.
Collaboration and Partnerships: Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support. Sets overall direction for the formation and management of strategic relationships contributing to the overall positioning of UNDP
Management and Coordination: Ability to manage and coordinate campaigns and people with inspiration. Believe in and promote diversity in the workplace and reshaping the workforce to meet need.
Required Skills and Experience
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical evaluation – Total 70% (70 points):
The technical evaluation will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial evaluation – Total 30% (30 points)
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
p = y (µ/z), where
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into a contract with UNDP.
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION.
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
1. Financial proposal and availability form: Offeror’s Letter to UNDP
2. Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references
General Conditions of Contract is available here: GENERAL CONDITIONS OF CONTRACT
Note: Please note you can upload only one document to this application (scan all documents in one single PDF file to attach).
Application link: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_apply.cfm?cur_job_id=94984
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