National Consultant- Infrastructure and Urban Services Coordinator, Dhaka, Bangladesh

National Consultant- Infrastructure and Urban Services Coordinator

Location : Dhaka, BANGLADESH

Application Deadline : 17-Oct-17 (Midnight New York, USA)

Additional Category : Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction

Type of Contract : Individual Contract

Post Level : National Consultant

Languages Required : English

Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 10-Oct-2017

Expected Duration of Assignment : 42 working days over a period of 02 months


The National Urban Poverty Reduction Programme (NUPRP) is a six-year programme that targets sustainable improvements in the livelihoods and living conditions of the urban poor across towns and cities of Bangladesh. Funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Government of the United Kingdom, it is being implemented by the Local Government Division (LGD) of the Government of Bangladesh together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). At its heart NUPRP is a governance programme. NUPRP seeks to address urban poverty issues not through the direct implementation of infrastructure improvements, or charitable giving to selected urban poor beneficiaries; rather to influence the environment in which poverty reduction policies and thinking take place, and thereby having a potentially much more widespread and lasting effect.

In order to bring about improvements in living conditions and the livelihoods of the urban poor, NUPRP's task is to work together with national and local governments, empowering urban poor communities to understand issues and advocate for their needs, and to improve urban governance overall. Ultimately the design and implementation of pro-poor policymaking and planning will rely on key stakeholders of the programme, that include urban poor communities, civil society, the private sector, and local and national governments. They will bring about and successfully implement. This programme sees its goal to develop tools, methods, and facilitate processes that can help to build capacity, experience, and confidence to do that, at the community-, city-, and national-levels.

NUPRP will reduce urban poverty through both direct, and indirect, means, and in doing so positively improve the lives of Bangladesh's urban poor. NUPRP will work in up to 35 cities, in twelve cities during a first phase (2016-2018), and then between twenty-three and thirty-three further cities in a second phase (2018 to 2021). These towns and cities range in size and location, from tertiary and secondary cities, to the large city corporations, and are spread all over the country. As such NUPRP will be touching the lives of people in different urban poverty contexts, all throughout Bangladesh.

This programme will contribute to ensuring a sustainable improvement in the livelihoods and living conditions of poor people living in urban slums/informal settlements in the following five Outputs.

  • Output 1 : Strengthened municipal and national government capacity to deliver pro-poor, climate sensitive, urban development;
  • Output 2 : Strengthened community organization in informal settlements;
  • Output 3 : Improved livelihoods and well-being;
  • Output 4 : Piloting options to improve land tenure and developing low cost housing initiatives;
  • Output 5 : Climate smart rehabilitation of small scale infrastructure supported.

The activities in Output-5 will support small-scale, prioritized, public infrastructure - for example, feeder road upgrading, pavements, drainage, water and sanitation and lighting. Furthermore, these interventions will ensure that planning for infrastructure improvements are inclusive of people living in the slums and responsive to the requirement of climate resilience. Planning, design and location of priority infrastructure investments will take account of women's and disabled people's priorities and insights. NUPRP will place a strong emphasis on climate resilience. Furthermore, city wide planning is envisioned for NUPRP and this will include urban risk assessment and climate vulnerability. The Infrastructure and Urban Services consultant will provide support to the towns to ensure that Output 5 activities are successfully implemented and the target indicators for Output 5 are achieved.

Objective: To support Climate smart rehabilitation of small scale infrastructure.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of work

The Infrastructure and Urban Services consultant will be responsible for following categories of tasks.

  • Provide task management, technical advice, and oversight for the management of the Settlement Infrastructure Fund (SIF). Ultimately this support covers the design and delivery of infrastructure to urban poor communities throughout NUPRP towns and cities, in collaboration with NUPRP staff, local government officials, and civil society organizations;
  • Support to Town Managers to use the Settlement Infrastructure Fund (SIF) Training Manual and disseminate knowledge about SIF, and train local community organizations (CDCs) to identify projects and apply for funding;
  • Support Town Managers and community organizations in the selection of feasible projects, the development of workable proposals, the design of small-scale infrastructure proposals, the fulfillment of necessary proposal criteria, and the completion of all the necessary forms, and ultimately in ensuring that CDC proposals are at an acceptable standard to apply for and be accept by the Settlement Infrastructure Fund (SIF);
  • Provide support to the NUPRP program, from the Dhaka office, to approve proposal packages and manage fund transfers to local government bodies;


  • Submission of inception report (final) incorporating work plan, draft methodology, analysis and framework; and timeline (hard and soft copy)-02 days after the signing of the contract.
  • Submission of 01st monthly report- 20 days after submission of inception report.
  • Submission of 02nd monthly report and overall assignment completion report- 20 days after submission of 01st monthly report

Supervision and Performance Evaluation

The consultant will report to the NUPRP International Project Manager, who will also carry out a performance evaluation at the end of the assignment.

Timeframe and Deadline: The duration of contract will be expected to last for 02 months with a maximum of 42 working days.

Tentative payment schedule

  • 1st Payment (20% of the total contract value) will be paid after the submission and acceptance of inception report.
  • 2nd Payment (40% of the total contract value) will be paid after the submission and acceptance of 1st monthly report.
  • Final Payment (40% of the total contract value) will be paid after the submission and acceptance of 2nd monthly report and overall assignment completion report

Duty Station: The consultant will be based in Dhaka, Bangladesh and working at the NUPRP Office as required. The consultant might be requested to travel on mission for which travel costs and Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) will be provided. Travel Authorization will be granted to the consultant prior to the travel date.

Documents: The assignment should result in a report that should be formatted to A4 size paper, and be in a condition that can be published without any need for further work. All data sets and analysis must be shared and handed over to the project.


Corporate Competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standards (human rights, peace,
  • Understanding between peoples and nations, tolerance, integrity, respect, and impartiality;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies

  • Knowledge and expertise in Bangladesh country context particularly in urban poor settlement areas
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, ability to communicate effectively with the community groups
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask under pressure and to meet strict deadlines often under hardship conditions.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English: ability to use critical thinking, conceptualize ideas, and articulate relevant subject matter concisely;
  • Demonstrates the ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and can maintain effective working relations with people of different nationalities and cultural backgrounds

Required Skills and Experience

Academic qualifications

  • Minimum Master's degree in Civil Engineering, Disaster Management or equivalent degree with a focus on urban infrastructure and services and climate change resilient urban planning


  • Minimum 10 years of experience in construction, infrastructure, water, sanitation and solid waste, preferably from a community-based approach
  • Working experience in UN organizations/ International donor organizations will be preferred.
  • Demonstrable working experience in structural and non-structural measures of climate change resilience and disaster management
  • Experience with managing community contracts for the implementation of small scale community infrastructure activities
  • Working experience in gender responsive programming/implementation of small scale infrastructure improvement, urban services provision, and climate change resilience and disaster management.
  • Experience in report writing and making presentations
  • Significant experience of community based development projects preferably in urban context


  • Fluency of English and Bangla language is required.

Lump sum contracts

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).

In-country travel (if required) will be met by UNDP and DSA will be paid as per UNDP policy. If unforeseen travel outside the Duty Station not required by the Terms of Reference, is requested by UNDP, and upon prior written agreement, such travel be at the UNDP's expense and the Individual Contractor shall receive a per diem not to exceed United Nations daily subsistence allowance rate in such other location(s).

Evaluation of the Candidates

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology

Cumulative analysis

The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant up on Cumulative Analysis/evaluation and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation;

Only candidates obtaining a minimum 70% mark in technical evaluation will be considered eligible for financial evaluation.

Technical Evaluation Criteria (Total 70 marks)

  • Relevant academic background- 10 marks
  • Relevant working experience - 10 marks
  • Relevant experience in construction, infrastructure, water, sanitation and solid waste, preferably from a community-based approach - 20 marks
  • Experience in implementation of small scale infrastructure improvement, urban services provision, and climate change resilience and disaster management - 20 marks
  • Experience in working on similar work for UN agency, bilateral donor or international Organization-10 marks

Financial Evaluation (Total 30 marks)

All technical qualified proposals will be scored out 30 based on the formula provided below.

The maximum points (30) will be assigned to the lowest financial proposal. All other proposals received points according to the following formula: p y (µ/z)


  • p points for the financial proposal being evaluated;
  • y maximum number of points for the financial proposal;
  • µ price of the lowest priced proposal;
  • z price of the proposal being evaluated.

Documents to be included when submitting the proposals

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Proposers who shall not submit below mentioned documents will not be considered for further evaluation.

  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references; P11 can be downloaded from the link below:
  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment . A brief description of the assignment, detail break-down of the Work Plan and Methodology to carry out and complete the assignment.
  • Financial Proposal: Financial Proposal has to be submitted through a standard interest and availability template which can be downloaded from the link below:

Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.

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.

Source: UN Jobs

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Deadline/closing date: 
Tuesday, October 17, 2017