Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Post Level : National Consultant
Starting Date : 09-Mar-2016
Duration of Initial Contract : until 30 December 2016
In the frameworks of the growing demand for parliamentary openness from civil society in Ukraine, the Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) and its Administrative Office in particular act more to optimize both the legislative and administrative processes. Nevertheless, these efforts come mostly unnoticed by the broader public. The rates of citizens’ attitude to the Ukrainian Parliament are getting lower since the new convocation of November 2014 and to the lowest scale during five years period, with the least level of trust after the President and Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine in December 2015 (Social survey “How the society of the New Ukraine is changing?” by The Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation (DIF) accessed at: http://www.irf.ua/content/files/12_01_16_fin.ppsx (accessed on 15 January 2016).
Based on statement of interest of the Head of Ukrainian Parliament Volodymyr Groysman concerning Ukraine’s acceptance of the Declaration on Parliamentary Openness as well as the current Head of the Administrative Office Volodymyr Slyshynskyy to implement the actions and the general Parliament’s commitment to reform, a working group of Ukrainian MPs and civil society organizations, signatories of the above-mentioned Declaration on the civil society side, was established and started drafting an Action Plan for Ukraine that would boost legislative openness. Furthermore, as the initiative goes in line with the worldwide trend for more transparency of the legislation, UNDP supported these efforts to provide that the wide range of stakeholders is involved and collaborates.
Accordingly, the Open Parliament initiative (OPI) and Open Parliament Action Plan for Ukraine (Annex 1) as its component aim at not only to ensure greater openness of the Parliament, transparency of its performance and active citizens’ engagement into legislative processes, but also to make these transformations more visible. It is important to present these reforms with due coverage – to the broadest audiences nationwide and sub-national level. Likewise, the results of the legislative and administrative reforms of Parliament should be comprehensible for Ukrainian citizens and usable for those interested in parliamentary monitoring, analysis of the Parliament’s performance and public policy making. The success of the abovementioned tasks requires additional coordination of efforts of the involved stakeholders.
Contractor will rent/use at his/her own expense office space, any equipment and materials that may be required for completion of the task.
Duties and Responsibilities
MAIN OBJECTIVES OF THE ASSIGNMENT
The overall goal of the assignment is to coordinate implementation of the OPI Action Plan, ensuring its visibility and popularization as well as better outreach of the Open Parliament initiative to its target audiences.
DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES / SCOPE OF WORK
The responsibilities of the OPI Coordinator would include expert support for two major thematic areas:
– Ensuring monthly facilitation of the working group interactions to implement the Open Parliament Action Plan by proactively engaging with both Parliament and civil society;
– Popularizing the achievements within the current Action Plan to ensure use of disclosed information and opened processes by the public at large via conducting awareness raising and outreach activities.
UNDP Democratic Governance Expert will supervise the work of the Open Parliament Initiative Coordinator through regular in person and e-mail/or telephone / Skype communication. Upon completion of the task, the final report, in Ukrainian, shall be submitted electronically in addition to documents within deliverables (up to 30 pages, document Ms Word, Myriad Pro, 12, single spacing). UNDP will be the final authority to control the quality and evaluate the work. No reports, documents, communications should be published or distributed to third parties without prior approval of UNDP. Should any travel be needed for the assignment which is not envisaged at this stage, the related costs will be covered additionally, therefore, the incumbent should not include this cost in his/her financial proposal.
– Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
– Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
– Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
– Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
– Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
Required Skills and Experience
– Master’s / Specialist’s degree in Social Sciences or Humanities.
– At least 2 years of experience in CSOs projects and/or engagement with the Ukrainian Parliament, with an extensive experience in communications (as full-time expert or project coordinator);
– Proficient skills of social media management (Facebook, Twitter, blogging as a benefit), preferably with the focus on socially meaningful topics.
– Excellent knowledge of Ukrainian/Russian; Working-level of English.
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Applicants shall submit the following documents:
– Letter of interest/proposal;
– Personal CV, including information about past experience in similar projects / assignments and contact details for referees;
– List of social media accounts maintained in the past;
– Financial proposal.
The financial proposal shall specify the cost of professional services of Consultant on the Open Government Data. Payments are made in ten tranches: each made upon completion of the respective Deliverable.