Thursday, August 11, 2011

Republic of Marshall Islands Medium Term National Strategic Development Plan Technical Consultant

The Republic of the Marshall Islands is a small open island economy in the North Pacific Ocean which experiences many challenges typical for most Small Island Developing States in the Oceania region, such as isolation from the world’s international trade routes, highly vulnerable and susceptible to climate change and sea level rise because of its low-lying atolls and a fragile service-oriented private sector.

With government being the largest economic sector there is a clear need to develop a Medium Term National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP) that focuses on the implementation, coordination, monitoring, and evaluation of various Government Ministries and Agencies’ strategic plans, goals in line with the objectives of the Vision 2018: Master Plan, previous National Development strategies/plans/reports and the Millennium Development Goals (MDG). This will also ensure better accountability and transparency of aid funding to the donor community.

The Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) is seeking a suitable technical advisor (TA) under the kind auspices of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to facilitate the formulation of the RMI’s important National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP). The NSDP will represent the Marshall Islands development aspirations that are expressed in the RMI’s Vision 2018, its medium term development goals and the strategies that will be implemented during the medium term to achieve these goals. The NSDP will set the focus of the 3 year rolling strategic plans of Government Ministries and Agencies and alignment with the medium term sector portfolio budgetary statements and the annual budgetary process.

The position will be based in the Economic Policy, Planning and Statistics Office, Office of the President, Government of the Marshall Islands.

Duties and Responsibilities

The incumbent under the guidance and direct supervision of the Economic Policy, Planning and Statistics Office, Office of the President will perform the required duties. A detailed Terms of Reference (TOR) is available on the UNDP website: http://www.undp.org.fj/ or could be collected from the UNDP Multi-Country Office, Level 8, Kadavu House, Suva. The consultancy will be up to a period of 100 working days with an expected start date of 1st September 2011.

Queries should be sent to Aman Nand (aman.nand@undp.org) or call on 679 322 7730

Competencies

  • Candidate must have proven capabilities in development planning and must have good understanding of human development challenges and issues in developing countries;
  • Candidate should posses both knowledge and aptitude of orchestrating the sectoral programme strategies and its mathematical sequencing with the budget portfolios and performance indicators;
  • Previous working experience in Pacific will be an advantage.

Required Skills and Experience

  • The Consultant must have at least a Masters degree in Economics and/or National Development Planning and/or Social Studies and/or Social Statistics and/or Human Development Studies with at least 10 years of post graduate experience.

Applicants should send the following:
Technical proposal and a cover letter setting out:

  • How the applicant meets the qualifications and experience required;
  • Approach and methodology including a work plan and budget for achieving the expected results/deliverables as per the detailed Terms of Reference;
  • Proposed costs for undertaking this consultancy: The work plan should include professional fees, travel, living expenses (if applicable) for the duty station (Fiji) and any other miscellaneous cost that may be incurred during the duration of the consultancy.

Completed applications, should also include a recent resume, completed P11 Form available on the Fiji UNDP website: http://www.undp.org.fj/, and cover letter.


UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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