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NRIS National Consultant

Malawi Country Office - MALAWI | Published November 10, 2017  -  Deadline November 20, 2017
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Registration and Identification systems worldwide serve the purpose of providing up-to-date and reliable information for social-economic planning, promotion of fundamental rights, good governance and integrity of its citizens and resident foreigners through positive identification.In Malawi, the National Registration Bureau (NRB)-a department in the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security-was established in line with the National Registration Act of 2010, with the legal mandate to facilitate, manage and coordinate the implementation of a National Registration and Identification System (NRIS). This involves issuing ICAO complaint ID cards to aged 16 and above, amongst others; registering the occurrence and characteristics of vital events such as deaths, births and marriages and issuing identity cards to bonafide Malawians and eligible residents. Despite its establishment NRB has not been able to fulfil its mandate, for several reasons, such as lack of an appropriate structure, technical skills assessment to employ appropriate human resources for the job at hand, limited staff, among others.To support NRB fulfil this task, an NRIS project was designed and negotiated with government and development partners. The expected results of the project are: design, establish and manage the necessary systems, infrastructure and equipment for the NRIS; supervise the mass registration for all eligible Malawians (an estimated 9 million) within the country in 2017; transition the system to a continuous registration model in 2018 and to develop the capacity and systems of NRB to maintain and operate the system, provide an interface to other public and private sector systems that allow for appropriate data sharing within a legal framework that complies with international principles and standards for the right to privacy and data protection; and to ensure the effective management of the project.To date UNDP Malawi has provided technical support to the National Registration Bureau (NRB) of Malawi, in the elaboration of the National Registration and Identification System (NRIS) concept and the design and development of critical software and operational procedures, and directly implemented the registration of approximately 9 million Malawians, including issuing biometrically secure ID cards.Following the above-mentioned activities, UNDP will be providing preparatory institutional and capacity development support that will see NRB fully capacitated to manage and administer continuous registration processes. In light of this, it is critical that a comprehensive and participatory technical and organizational capacity assessment is undertaken to inform any capacity development work that is to be done, in support of NRB’s transition to continuous registration.It is against this background that UNDP is inviting proposals from suitably qualified individual consultants for consultancy services to support the NRIS project in the participatory technical and organisational capacity assessment of the NRB.

Two Individual Consultants to Review the Civic and Voter Education Strategy

Malawi, Regional Bureau for Africa - MALAWI | Published November 8, 2017  -  Deadline November 21, 2017
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The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is a body created under Section 75 of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi to supervise and direct the conduct of all elections in Malawi i.e. Parliamentary, Presidential, By-elections, Local Government and Referenda. The Commission conducts these elections in line with the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Act No.31 of 1993 (PPEA), Local Government Elections Act No.24 of 1996 and Electoral Commission Act No.11 of 1998 (ECA).The Electoral Commission Act Section 8 (j) further mandates the Commission to “promote public awareness and other appropriate and effective means and to conduct civic and voter education on such matters.” The Commission’s role is to fulfil this mandate, comply with international standards of managing elections and delivery of civic and voter education. In addition, the various stakeholders that are involved in Civic and Voter Education (CVE) need guidance on the key areas that they need to concentrate on in imparting information to the grassroots. Stakeholders also need to be aware of issues that form the content of voter education and voter information and the specific periods when these two can be delivered to the electorate to achieve maximum output.Although the Commission’s main focus on the provision of voter information/education is aligned to the various electoral processes, it also ensures that it coordinates and provides adequate information to civic and voter education practitioners so that they in turn impart the same information in a timely and adequate manner to the public.Prior to each election and in liaison with the various stakeholders, the Commission develops a CVE strategy that provides a guide and direction on how to deliver civic and voter education programmes. The CVE strategy outlines the key areas of focus, target groups, delivery methodologies, media, roles of various stakeholders, accreditation process, codes of conduct, mapping and issues of monitoring and evaluation.This activity will be implemented under the Malawi Electoral Cycle support (MECs) programme 2017 – 2019 which is a basket fund pooling resources from various development partners and is managed by UNDP..

Consulting, health protection in mining

Sonstige Entwicklungsbanken; New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) , African Union | Published November 7, 2017  -  Deadline August 20, 2004
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Local Individual Consultant

Malawi Country Office - MALAWI | Published November 7, 2017  -  Deadline November 23, 2017
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The era of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) came to an end in 2015, and the newSustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed by 193 member countries of the United Nations in New York on 25th September 2015, took over as a new global sustainable development agenda to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by 2030. In total, there are 17 SDGs, also known as the Agenda 2030. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.The Agenda 2030 is unique in that it calls for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income. It recognizes that ending poverty must go together with a plan that builds economic growth andaddresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while addressing climate change and environmental protection. It also covers issues such as inequality, infrastructure, energy, consumption, biodiversity, oceans and industrialization. This new universal agenda requires an integrated approach to sustainable development and collective action, at all levels, to address the challenges of our time, with an overarching imperative of ‘leaving no one behind’ and addressing inequalities and discrimination as the central defining feature.

UNRCO/UNDP UNCARES Focal Point

UNDP Malawi Office - MALAWI | Published October 17, 2017  -  Deadline October 30, 2017
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The United Nations Development Programme invites qualified and potentially sound Firm/ Company who shall provide the services of the Individual Consultant (UN Cares focal point) to submit the technical & financial proposal in separate sealed envelope as per the requirement stipulated in the Procurement Notice.The detailed solicitation documents are available online and can be downloaded from our website:Interested Firm/ Company who can provide the services of the Individual Consultant (UN Cares focal point) are requested to send the required documents to the following address latest by October 30, 2017 at 12:30 hrs.

Individual Consultancy to Support the Development of A Strategic Plan for Malawi Electoral Commission

Malawi, Regional Bureau for Africa - MALAWI | Published October 12, 2017  -  Deadline October 25, 2017
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The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is a body created under Section 75 of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi to supervise and direct the conduct of all elections in Malawi i.e. Parliamentary, Presidential, By-elections, Local Government and Referenda. The Commission conducts these elections in line with the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Act No.31 of 1993 (PPEA), Local Government Elections Act No.24 of 1996 and Electoral Commission Act No.11 of 1998 (ECA).The Commission has adopted an electoral cycle approach to implementing election activities thereby prompting it to develop a plan that seeks to provide strategic direction in the implementation of electoral activities focusing on the Pre, During and Post elections. The current strategic plan runs from January 2013 to December 2017. In view of the electoral cycle philosophy, the Commission is planning to develop a new strategic plan that will run from January 2018 to December 2022 to ensure seamless strategic direction to its activities especially in preparation for the 2019 Tripartite Elections.The new strategic plan will also provide strategic direction in resource mobilization, strengthening stakeholder relations, compiling a comprehensive and accurate voters’ register, building vibrant civil society organizations that are able to provide adequate and cost effective civic education, strengthening the financial systems, technical staff capacity building as well as acquisition of modern equipment.The Commission, therefore, seeks to engage two consultants (one international and one local) who will work with the Commissioners and staff to develop a strategic plan that will guide in the implementation of activities with a focus on the above-mentioned areas. This activity will be implemented under the Malawi Electoral Cycle Support (MECS) Programme 2017-2019 which is a basket fund pooling resources from various development partners and is managed by UNDP.The MECS Project contributes directly to the SDG 16 goal of ensuring responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels. The Project is structured around four outputs: (1) The MEC is trusted by the public and political parties as an impartial entity possessing the capacity to administer and manage elections in accordance with regional and international obligations; (2) Women’s political empowerment throughout the electoral cycle is strengthened; (3) Enhanced ability of key stakeholders, including political parties, to contribute to orderly and inclusive elections; and (4) Effective and efficient management, partnership formation and monitoring and evaluation of the Project.

Individual Consultancy to Support the Development of A Strategic Plan for MEC

Malawi, Regional Bureau for Africa - MALAWI | Published October 11, 2017  -  Deadline October 25, 2017
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The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is a body created under Section 75 of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi to supervise and direct the conduct of all elections in Malawi i.e. Parliamentary, Presidential, By-elections, Local Government and Referenda. The Commission conducts these elections in line with the provisions of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, Parliamentary and Presidential Elections Act No.31 of 1993 (PPEA), Local Government Elections Act No.24 of 1996 and Electoral Commission Act No.11 of 1998 (ECA).The Commission has adopted an electoral cycle approach to implementing election activities thereby prompting it to develop a plan that seeks to provide strategic direction in the implementation of electoral activities focusing on the Pre, During and Post elections. The current strategic plan runs from January 2013 to December 2017. In view of the electoral cycle philosophy, the Commission is planning to develop a new strategic plan that will run from January 2018 to December 2022 to ensure seamless strategic direction to its activities especially in preparation for the 2019 Tripartite Elections.The new strategic plan will also provide strategic direction in resource mobilization, strengthening stakeholder relations, compiling a comprehensive and accurate voters’ register, building vibrant civil society organizations that are able to provide adequate and cost effective civic education, strengthening the financial systems, technical staff capacity building as well as acquisition of modern equipment.The Commission, therefore, seeks to engage two consultants (one international and one local) who will work with the Commissioners and staff to develop a strategic plan that will guide in the implementation of activities with a focus on the above-mentioned areas. This activity will be implemented under the Malawi Electoral Cycle Support (MECS) Programme 2017-2019 which is a basket fund pooling resources from various development partners and is managed by UNDP.The MECS Project contributes directly to the SDG 16 goal of ensuring responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels. The Project is structured around four outputs: (1) The MEC is trusted by the public and political parties as an impartial entity possessing the capacity to administer and manage elections in accordance with regional and international obligations; (2) Women’s political empowerment throughout the electoral cycle is strengthened; (3) Enhanced ability of key stakeholders, including political parties, to contribute to orderly and inclusive elections; and (4) Effective and efficient management, partnership formation and monitoring and evaluation of the Project.

National Consultant Services for Development of Finance Assessment

Malawi Country Office - MALAWI | Published October 5, 2017  -  Deadline October 23, 2017
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Significant changes are taking place in the development finance landscape worldwide. Developing countries like Malawi are going through a transition in terms of mobilizing and managing resources - both domestic and external as well as public and private - to finance their development plans and aspirations.The Third International Conference on Financing for Development, held in Addis Ababa in July 2015, opened the discussions on how to mobilise the unprecedented amounts of financial resources that will be required to achieve the SDGs. The Addis Ababa Action Agenda assumes that countries will use their own national development strategies and plans to respond to the SDGs and calls for the adoption of Integrated National Financing Frameworks (INFFs). In this connection, Malawi plans to undertake a Development Finance Assessment (DFA), under the leadership of the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development which will consider the links between finance and national development priorities and the scope for stronger alignment of finance with MGDS III and the SDGs moving forward. The assessment will help provide recommendations for a road map for establishing an Integrated National Financing Framework.

Terminal Evaluation of the Poverty and Environment Initiative Project Consultancy

Malawi Country Office - MALAWI | Published September 28, 2017  -  Deadline October 12, 2017
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UNDP has continued to support the Malawi (GoM) through UNDAF outcomes focusing on environment and energy for sustainable economic development. The Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) II 2011/12-2015/16 is the overarching operational medium-term strategy for Malawi. Its main objective remains to reduce poverty and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). It is organized into six thematic areas: i) Sustainable Economic Growth; ii) Social Development iii) Social Support and Disaster Risk Management (DRM); iv) Infrastructure Development; v) Improved Governance and; vi) Cross-cutting issues of gender and capacity development. Under MGDS I, Malawi has achieved macro-economic stability, economic growth, unprecedented poverty reduction, national food security and a 50 % reduction in HIV prevalence rates.

Consulting, evaluation of TB programs

Weltbankgruppe Weltbank /International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD/Weltbank-Gruppe) | Published September 10, 2017  -  Deadline October 20, 2017
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Consultant for Midterm Review of the Project on Increasing Access to Clean and Affordable Decentralised Energy Services in Selected Vulnerable Areas of Malawi

Malawi Country Office - MALAWI | Published August 31, 2017  -  Deadline September 15, 2017
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Consultancy for Administrative and Logistical Support for Organization of the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) Meeting

Malawi Country Office - MALAWI | Published August 29, 2017  -  Deadline September 14, 2017
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The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) was established in 1976, largely motivated by the need to pool resources and to avoid duplication of financial and human resources. Another key objective was to promote harmonization and development of intellectual property laws appropriate to the needs of its members and the region. The Harare Protocol on Patents and Industrial Designs, which entered into force in 1984, is the governing instrument on the administration and management of patents for ARIPO. At present, 18 Sub-Saharan African countries are party to the Harare Protocol. Of these six are developing countries while the rest are least developed countries (LDCs). Of the LDCs, 4 are not members of the WTO. Given ARIPO’s status as a regional patent office, successful use of the TRIPS flexibilities hinges considerably on the practices of ARIPO. A critical question is whether ARIPO’s patent filing and grant practices are coherent with, and enable the achievement of, the objectives of the above-mentioned instruments, and public health and development considerations. Recent research suggests “current operations of the ARIPO does not facilitate full use of TRIPS flexibilities and instead erects patent barriers to the importation and local production of affordable medicines.”A three-day regional Conference is proposed in November 2017 in Lilongwe, Malawi, to discuss recent global developments affecting intellectual property law and policy, and undertake an assessment of the Harare Protocol’s relevance and effectiveness in addressing the needs of member states, with reference to the need for integrating public health perspectives and the special needs of LDCs. The meeting has been proposed to be convened in Malawi for a few reasons:There has been political commitment from His Excellency President Mutharika in the past on issues of intellectual property and public health including his role in championing the extension of the WTO Waiver for LDCs at the 2015 General Assembly;The President’s Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Collins Magalasi participated in the Johannesburg Dialogue of the High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines in March 2016 and specifically raised ARIPO as a matter of concern for Malawi;Malawi is currently reforming its intellectual property legislation; andThere is interest and capacity within the UN in Malawi to promote a treatment access agenda.The Conference will therefore be hosted by the Malawi Government under the leadership of President Arthur Peter Mutharika.Specifically, there are three priority areas that warrant discussion and deliberation; namely (1) the implementation and strategic use of the LDCs’ transition periods; (2) the effective integration of public health perspectives and concerns into the ARIPO legal instruments, as well as administration and practices; and (3) the need for increased information and transparency in the patent administration and management system to optimize the benefits of the system.

Formulation of a National Monitoring and Evaluation Policy

Malawi Country Office - MALAWI | Published August 22, 2017  -  Deadline September 6, 2017
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Background:Over the years, the Government of Malawi with support of various partners embarked on a programme to develop a “whole of government” M&E system seeking to develop capacities of central government offices, line ministries, city and district councils in evidence-based decision making. Currently, the National Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Master Plan guides the process and it also provides the framework for monitoring development policies and programs in the country. The Master Plan has five components, namely: Monitoring of National Development Strategy (NDS) implementation; Monitoring of Development Outcomes; Impact assessment and policy analysis; Development Monitoring Information System (DMIS); and Communication and Advocacy. The national development strategy, the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy MGDS II, expired in June, 2017 and will be replaced by the MGDS III whose preparation is at an advanced stage. The MGDS III will domesticate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Africa 2063 and other internationally agreed development goals in Malawi.The key responsibility for monitoring overall progress of national strategies is within the remit of the M&E Division in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development (MoFEPD). However, the role of MoFEPD in guiding monitoring and evaluation of the national strategy is expected to change as the government is in the process of establishing a National Planning Commission whose functions will include monitoring and evaluation of national policies, strategies and programmes.At the sectoral level, joint sector reviews are held as an annual forum for joint assessment of progress. Sector submissions were the basis for the broader annual review of the MGDS. In 2008 Government created 16 Sector Working Group to among other activities provide a platform for inclusive monitoring of sectoral policies, strategies and programmes.The National Statistical Office (NSO) is the agency tasked with providing high quality, timely and independent statistical information. The NSO implementing the National Statistics System (NSS) Strategic Plan with the overall goal is to providing quality statistics at the fingertips of users for evidence based policy decision.1.0 OBJECTIVES AND SCOPE OF THE ASSIGNMENTThe consultancy will support the M&E Division in MoFEPD in developing an M&E Policy for the public sector to facilitate the effective implementation of MGDS III and achievement of the SDGs in Malawi as well as become a tool for promoting the culture of monitoring and evaluation.1.1 Specific Duties and Responsibilities The consultant will undertake the following tasks:Facilitate consultations towards determination of the scope, key objectives and agreed principles of the national M&E policy.Outline institutional set up for the implementation of the M&E policy.Estimate resource requirements for policy implementation and suggest means for securing adequate resources.Propose measures to ensure the independence of evaluations in the public sector.Draft a National M&E policy.

Individual Consultant for Stakeholder Mapping and Conflict Analysis

Malawi Country Office - MALAWI | Published August 11, 2017  -  Deadline August 29, 2017
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Malawi has a reputation for being a peaceful and stable country but the mass demonstrations 20th July 2011 that led to 20 fatalities and similar incidents are evidence that Malawi cannot take its peace for granted.Over the years, the country has benefitted from the use of traditional conflict management mechanisms and practices in resolving local and national conflicts. Government, Civil Society Organizations and other stakeholders have provided various forms of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. These institutions include the Judiciary, District Labour Offices, the Office of the Ombudsman, Malawi Human Rights Commission, Public Affairs Committee, National Forum for Peaceful Settlement of Conflicts, etc. While some of these institutions have played a critical role in managing national conflicts, their efforts have been impeded by two main challenges, namely; lack of enabling legislation and absence of a national peace architecture that promotes pro-active rather than reactive conflict management in the country. As a result, their efforts have mostly been ad-hoc and unsustainable.The country’s commitment to continued use of non-violent means of resolving conflicts is specifically provided for in the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi under section 13(l) which states; “adoption of mechanisms by which differences are settled through negotiation, good offices, mediation, conciliation and arbitration”.In furtherance of this commitment, and following the 2011 violence, the Government of Malawi invited the United Nations to provide support in building national capacities for peace and dialogue. As a result, the Government of Malawi has commenced the process of establishing a National Peace Architecture (NPA) to serve as the national pillar for peacebuilding, conflict prevention and transformation. The NPA will functionally be represented at national and district levels where these structures will be engaged in a collaborative manner with other key stakeholders in reconciliation and transformative dialogues that foster national cohesion. Ongoing support to the government to develop a National Peace Architecture (NPA) has seen the establishment of three pilot District Peace Committees (DPCs) and finalization of a draft national peace policy, which is currently awaiting cabinet approval. National Peace Architecture is understood as a dynamic network of independent structures, mechanisms, resources, values and skills which, through dialogue and consultation contribute to conflict prevention and peacebuilding in a society. A full-fledged NPA mechanism is expected to be in place by the end of 2018, with an aim to establish DPCs in all districts of the country.The UN is also supporting the Public Affairs Committee (PAC), an interfaith organisation, as ‘insider mediators’, playing the roles of intermediaries between national leaders, and as advocates for peace and good governance.

National Consultant to Develop Mini Grid Case Studies and Tool Kit

UNDP Malawi Office - MALAWI | Published August 4, 2017  -  Deadline August 18, 2017
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The global Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) initiated by the UN in 2010 aims to achieve universal energy access, improve energy efficiency, and increase the use of renewable energy. In 2015, the world’s leaders came together to agree on 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the SE4All goals were confirmed again as SDG#7 to be achieved by 2030.Malawi is at the cross-roads of rural electrification. The rate of rural electrification is quite low, about 2% reportedly had access to the national power grid in 2009/10. Also, other countries in the region have low rural electrification rates, e.g. Rwanda, 5% (2000), Zambia, 3% (2009), Tanzania, 7% (2010-12). Many countries in the region have enthusiastically joined the global SE4All initiative and have formulated or are in the process of formulating SE4All Action Plans (with an accompanying Investments Plan or Prospectus). Also, Malawi aims to achieve universal access by tripling the national electrification rate in terms of connections to the grid (from 10% in 2015 to 30% in 2030) and mini-grids and provide at least basic access by means of solar home and pico-solar systems.As part of the privatization drive and promotion of private sector participation, the focus over the past decades has been on larger grid systems that essentially are meant to supply power to national grid systems. Until recently, mini-grids have been given less attention as a means for electrification, not only in Malawi but also worldwide, in comparison with on-grid (extension of the main grids) and off-grid stand-alone applications. Mini-grids are not considered by utilities that traditionally focus on grid extension, fall outside the private sector approach (commercially selling energy solutions, such as solar PV) and are too big in size for NGOs to be implemented on a larger scale. Most mini-grids have been implemented by NGOs or government agencies with donor funding or by rural enterprises (e.g. tea estates) for their own power supply.Realizing that grid extension on one hand and pico solution on the other hand may not be enough to reach the SE4All energy access goal, clean energy mini-grids (10 kW to 10 MW) are increasingly seen as a viable solution for rural electrification. These can be a viable and cost-effective route to electrification where communities are far from the national grid or where population is not dense enough to justify a grid connection before other communities on one hand, but demand of households and local business is at such a level that cannot be provided by off-grid solar home or pico-solar system. The challenge has been to provide adequate financing and management and operation models for mini-grid systems, that range from pure utility or government agencies model, to private sector utilities, community-driven ownership-operator models and hybrid combinations of these. A model that has got attention in Malawi, is clean energy mini-grids implemented by ‘social enterprises’, i.e. community-based with social objectives, but operating according to commercial principles. A first hydro-powered mini-grid for rural electrification has been established in 2013/14 by the local Mulanje Electricity Agency (MEGA) in the Lichenya River. MEGA is the first operational private energy company and operates as a ‘social enterprise’. The MEGA business model requires donor grant funding for development and commissioning of micro-hydro turbine sites and power distribution and focuses on making energy available and affordable to its target market, but within the parameters of building a financially sustainable business. To achieve this, MEGA’s business model.The MEGA business model has attracted interest from donors and international organizations (such as UNDP) and the lessons learned (development, operation, administration, tariff-setting, pre-paid metering) could be replicated to other mini-grids. The model that MEGA is using is being studied by UNDP to learn how the positive aspects of the scheme can be replicated across Malawi, where further funding for mini-grids should be targeted and where the Government should make appropriate policy and regulatory changes.Against this background, UNDP and Malawi’s Department of Energy Affairs are implementing the project Increasing Access to Clean and Affordable Decentralized Energy Services in Selected Vulnerable Areas of Malawi with financial support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The project will be implemented over the period 2016-2018.Its objective is “To increase access to energy in selected remote, rural areas in Malawi by promoting innovative, community-based mini-grid applications in cooperation with the private sector”. The project’s objective will be achieved by means of the following outcomes and outputs.

EOI – Malawi - Consultancy for the ICT-based value chain governance (IVCG) platform provider - Smallholder Irrigation and Value Addition project - SIVAP

 | Published July 31, 2017
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EOI – Malawi - Consultancy for the ICT-based value chain governance (IVCG) platform provider - Smallholder Irrigation and Value Addition project - SIVAP

Individual Consultancy for Training District Peace Committees

Malawi, Regional Bureau for Africa - MALAWI | Published July 31, 2017  -  Deadline August 11, 2017
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Malawi has a reputation for being a peaceful and stable country but the events of 20/21 July 2011 that led to 20 deaths were a wake-up that Malawi cannot take its peace for granted.Over the years, the country has benefitted from the use of traditional conflict management mechanisms and practices in resolving local and national conflicts. Government, Civil Society Organizations and other stakeholders have provided various forms of alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. These institutions include the Judiciary, District Labour Offices, the Office of the Ombudsman, Malawi Human Rights Commission, Public Affairs Committee, National Forum for Peaceful Resolution of Conflicts, etc. While some of these institutions have played a critical role in managing national conflicts, their efforts have been impeded by two main challenges, namely; lack of enabling legislation and absence of a national peace architecture that promotes pro-active rather than reactive conflict management in the country. As a result, their efforts were mostly being ad-hoc and unsustainable.In an effort to achieve more sustainable peace, the Government of Malawi is in the process of establishing a National Peace Architecture (NPA) to serve as the national pillar for peacebuilding, conflict prevention and transformation. The NPA will functionally be represented at national and district levels where these structures will engage in a collaborative manner with other key stakeholders in peacebuilding and transformative dialogues that foster national cohesion.In view of the above, as a first step and a test to roll out the NPA structures nationwide, three pilot District Peace Committee (DPC) have been established in Karonga, Mangochi, and Kasungu. The lessons that will be learnt from this exercise have been the basis of which similar structures will be implemented in other districts across the country. Currently the process is underway to establish DPCs in six other districts including Rumphi, Nkhatabay, Mulanje, Machinga, Nsanje, and Salima.The formal establishment of these DPCs will be based on the provisions of the NPA Strategic plan that have been validated at a National Stakeholders workshop in March 2015 and the National Peace Policy which is awaiting Cabinet approval.

Individual Consultancy to Produce the UN Development Assistance Framework 2019-2023

Malawi, Regional Bureau for Africa - MALAWI | Published July 23, 2017  -  Deadline August 9, 2017
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The United Nations (UN) in Malawi is formulating a new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), which will allow the UN to respond to the Malawi Government’s medium term strategy and integrate the 2030 Agenda into its medium-term programming. To date, the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) has implemented several activities, including a Root-Cause Analysis, and a Comparative Advantage and Stakeholder Analysis. In doing so, a clearer, focused vision will be developed to ensure people-centered UN programming over the medium term.The UN will continue to respond to the priorities of the Government of Malawi and delivery of services in line with the inter-sectoral nature of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). By coming together around strategic objectives that reflect the UN’s comparative advantage, focusing on areas where the UN system can best add value, it is envisioned that the UNDAF will contribute to Malawi’s future while also enhancing the relevance and credibility of the UN in Malawi.Recognizing that the UN is, by no means, the only contributor to Malawi’s development trajectory, developing new and existing partnerships and synergies will be a central component of the successor UNDAF, not only between UN agencies, but also between the UN and the various stakeholders operating across the development spectrum in Malawi. A robust UNDAF will outline the UNs strengths, pulling together responses to the challenges facing Malawi in a holistic manner.The UNDAF will translate the global and regional goals into localized implementable priorities to support coordinated action on all three dimensions of sustainability i.e. economic, social and environmental. Additionally, cross-sectoral interventions will be recognized as an enabler to the achievement of leaving no-one behind, not only to foster cohesion, but to inclusively engage stakeholders, at all levels, to advance evidence based policies and programmes and to reach the most vulnerable.All programmes within the UNDAF will emphasize the application of universal standards, principles and values, including Malawi’s international human rights obligations. The conceptualization of the universality of principles will demand greater partnering; increased public engagement; knowledge sharing and data transparency; more institutional openness and innovation. These factors will test how fit the UN in Malawi is for the universal agenda. From strategic planning, through identification of needs, selecting and testing appropriate methodologies, concluding in holistic analysis and design, the UNDAF will focus on achieving the human rights of the most marginalized population groups first.Reaching the last mile will necessitate a more precise understanding of the structural drivers of deprivation, exclusion, and discrimination. Essential to achieving the SDGs, the UNDAF will include a robust data strategy emphasizing an increase in the frequency, quality and use of data, allowing for further integration across sectors and informing programme interventions. The UNDAF data strategy will ensure stronger disaggregated data to improve targeting of interventions which impact the most vulnerable groups including girls, women, migrants, refugees, older persons, persons with disabilities and minorities and identify where additional resources are needed. Finally, it should be noted that the UNDAF should not be a collection of agency specific mandates. Rather, the UNs medium term plan should be a realistic outline of how the UN intends to Deliver as One in Malawi. Consequentially, the UNDAF will show where the One UN in Malawi can bring its unique strengths to bear in advocacy, capacity development, programming, and cutting edge knowledge, innovation and policy advice, among others, for the achievement of internationally agreed standards and national development goals.

Individual Consultant - Software Quality Assurance Expert

Malawi Country Office - MALAWI | Published May 25, 2017  -  Deadline June 5, 2017
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The National Registration Bureau (NRB) of Malawi is legally mandated to implement and maintain a National Registration and Identification System (NRIS) to register and issue identity cards to all citizens 16 years of age and older. UNDP has provided preparatory technical assistance to the NRB in the elaboration of a NRIS Concept of Operations, the design and development of critical software and operational procedures, and support to a successful Proof of Concept exercise conducted in early August, 2016. A Project for NRIS has been designed and negotiated with Government and Development Partners around the Concept of Operations. The Concept of Operations foresees UNDP directly implementing the registration and issuing of a biometrically-secure identity smart card to approximately 9 million citizens in 2017, and the establishment of a national registry to process and store individuals’ records in a central database. Thereafter, the system is to transition to a continuous registration system that will be progressively transferred to NRB in the course of 2018 to annually register an expected half-a-million new registrants as well as updating existing registrants’ information. It is expected that with institutional and capacity development as an integral component of the Project, NRB will be positioned to independently administer, manage and operate the NRIS from 2019 onward.The NRIS Project is expected to deliver potentially transformative benefits for governance in Malawi, redressing fundamental obstacles in satisfying the right to identity and to progress the ambition of Sustainable Development Goal 16.9, to ensure legal identity for all. A whole of government approach towards the adoption of use of the system is pivotal to both maximize the benefits of the system and to achieve these goals, as well as a return on investment. The NRIS Project is designed around two principal phases: direct implementation of the mass registration exercise in 2017 with preparatory institutional and capacity development; and, a transitional process to fully capacitate and transfer the management and administration of a continuous registration process to the NRB in the course of 2018. Integral to delivering on these operational goals will be a close partnership with NRB, engagement with a broad spectrum of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on the adoption of the technology and modelling of their business processes, engagement with civil society and other stakeholders, the UN Country Team, and a close partnership with donors engaged in the Project and contributing to the Basket Fund.The introduction of a National Registration and Identification System (NRIS) will introduce a range of new Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) systems into the operation of the Government’s NRB. As the principal implementer for the mass registration of 9 million Malawians during 2017, UNDP is directly involved in both the development and contracting of software systems to be implemented. These systems will have a long-term impact on the stability, performance and sustainability of the national identification system and should therefore be viewed as a risk source, which are subject to quality assurance (QA) review protocols.The introduction of new technologies is a recurrent challenge across development initiatives that raise due diligence concerns over the maintenance, performance, and interoperability of ICT systems. The complexity of ICT systems, integrating hardware and custom software solutions, is a perpetual challenge that extends beyond the initial design, installation, and operation of systems. To be sustainable these systems need to be responsive over an extended period where initial assumptions and conditions may change, including a broad range of issues such as, legislative, and regulatory requirements, institutional capacities, upgrades to underlying third party software and hardware, as well as the life cycle of equipment.While not every event or modification may be anticipated, a foundational step in the development of ICT systems is to ensure that the initial design, installation, and performance of systems are “fit for purpose” against the initial requirements. Further, that these software systems and their integrated hardware are well and extensively documented to facilitate subsequent efforts to adapt systems when required. These circumstances must assume that the original designers, software engineers, and contractors are no longer available to provide assistance and should enable a suitably qualified third party to be able to maintain, modify and adapt the system as required.Mindful of these concerns the UNDP NRIS Project will employ a software QA review process to ensure that the software systems implemented are subject to an appropriate QA review process.In this context, UNDP NRIS Project seeks to hire a Software QA Expert as Individual Consultant (IC) to assist UNDP with technical support and expertise, contributing with technical assessment on Software in relation to the mentioned NRIS Project.

Consultancy to Carry out an Evaluation of Pilot District Peace Committees

Malawi, Regional Bureau for Africa - MALAWI | Published April 12, 2017  -  Deadline April 28, 2017
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In its desire to ensure that the country remains peaceful and resolute, the Government of Malawi has commenced the process of establishing a National Peace Architecture (NPA) to serve as the national pillar for peacebuilding, conflict prevention and transformation. The NPA will functionally be represented at national and district levels where its structures will be engaging in a collaborative manner with other key stakeholders in reconciliation and transformative dialogues that foster national cohesion. Considering the above, Government established 3 pilot District Peace Committees (DPCs) in Karonga, Mangochi and Kasungu in 2016, as a first step and a test towards learning lessons for the roll-out of the NPA structures nationwide. The establishment of these pilots has been based on the provisions of the draft National Peace Policy, which was validated at a National Stakeholders workshop in March 2015 and submitted to Government for approval. Membership to the DPCs comprises of representatives from different stakeholders nominated in an open and transparent manner by their stakeholder groups within the district and appointed by the Chairperson of the District Council upon vetting by the full council. The DPCs are mandated to engage collaboratively with other stakeholders within the district to sustain peace and unity, create and facilitate spaces for dialogue between groups, and communities for the exchange of ideas on issues that may threaten peace and stability within the communities in the district. Their specific functions include:To serve as the district pillar for peacebuilding, conflict prevention, management, resolution and transformation; To promote peace within the districtTo engage in trust and confidence building activities between groups and communities in conflict in the districtTo provide a platform upon which district dialogues on social, economic, political, ethnic and religious challenges can be held in a peaceful manner.To provide conflict sensitive advice to the district administration and councilors;To provide safe spaces for facilitated dialogues;To mediate between conflict parties;To refer cases of a regional or national nature to the NPA SecretariatTo liaise with and report to NPA Secretariat for smooth functioning of the DPCTo monitor and report on conflict early warning indicatorsTo provide annual reports to NPA Secretariat and District Councilconduct regular meetings with peace building agencies within the district for experience sharing and knowledge management