Millions of civilians continue to grapple with extreme adversity across north-east Nigeria and the rest of the Lake Chad region where a recent surge in violence has uprooted tens of thousands more people, exacerbating an already dire crisis situation.
An intractable extremist insurgency that has left tens of thousands of people dead, approximately 2.5 million displaced, and more than 10 million people in the region affected and in need.
It is unlikely that security responses alone will be sufficient to address the complex factors that gave rise to the insurgency, and which continues to sustain it.
There is increasing consensus that military efforts must be coupled with significant investments in complementary stabilisation activities to benefit the local population with both local and Lake Chad Basin (LCB) regional levels, if the security-
humanitarian-development nexus around Lake Chad is to be effectively addressed.
While robust national and multi-national military operations have re-taken territory previously controlled by Boko Haram, a new approach is required to consolidate these gains and establish the conditions necessary to transition from military to civilian responsibility for security, and from the provision of humanitarian assistance to the resumption of stalled development processes.
To this end, UNDP has been developing a new initiative for establishing Lake Chad Basin Stabilization Facility, supporting four Lake Chad Basin countries (i.
e., Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, and Chad) as well as LCB regional institutions, such as the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC).
The Facility will act as a rapid-response package delivering within 90 days of target area selection that relevant authorities can sequence with military operations as necessary, to ensure immediate follow-
up in specific locations and curtail the ability of armed opposition groups to re-infiltrate and exploit any security vacuum or community perceptions of non-
responsive Government by extending an organized and effective civilian security umbrella, consolidating military progress with development dividends’ for the local population.
The Facility aims to address the needs of immediate stabilization in the target areas with high degrees of insecurity, promoting the phased transition of insecure areas toward greater security, and the reduction of current volatility whereby previously secure areas have become more rather than less vulnerable.
Such programme approach undeniably faces various risks, institutional, programmatic and contextual, to project implementation and there is a need to establish an integrated approach to risk management, with horizontal integration across all types of risks, and vertical integration from projects up to corporate level.
To this end, UNDP is seeking for an expert to conduct a risk assessment and design risk management mechanisms for Lake Chad Basin Regional Stabilization Facility (RSF) in line with UNDP’s Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) Policy.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of the Work and Tasks
The primary scope of work of the experienced consultant / expert is to develop the umbrella framework for risk management for the RSF, focusing on the following areas in accordance with UNDP’s ERM Risk Categories (See Annex) :
ERM considers contextual risk when these external uncertainties also present institutional or programmatic risks.
In the overall programme context of the RSF, the Risk Management Framework should aim to :
A risk assessment should be conducted with suitable methodologies for risk identification, analysis and evaluation, enabling greater acceptance of risk-
taking opportunities for implementation of immediate stabilization activities under RSF while ensuring rigorous due diligence, treatment, monitoring and control.
5) Political; 6) Regulatory; 7) Strategic; and 8) Safety and Security, in line with UNDP’s ERM Risk Categories (See Annex).
Other risk factors that are expected to be assessed can be added to address the specific context of RSF and the Lake Chad Basin Region.
Based on the risk assessment, the consultant should identify and determine appropriate risk treatment measures. In case of threats to organizational objectives, risk treatment may be of four types : terminate (seeking to eliminate activity that triggers such a risk), transfer (passing ownership and / or liability to a third party), mitigate (reducing the likelihood and / or impact of the risk below the threshold of acceptability), and tolerate (tolerating the risk level).
In case of opportunities, risk treatment may be of four types : exploit (making the opportunity happen), experiment (testing new solutions in uncertain contexts), enhance (enhance the likelihood or impact through reinforcing the trigger condition or increasing exposure), and accept (no proactive actions).
As part of the risk mitigation plan, the responsible party / actor of each countermeasure action as well as risk monitoring and review mechanism should be set.
The methodologies to develop a risk management framework should encompass an inclusive communication and consultative approach, including but not limited to desk review, consultations with UNDP staff as well as external actors, interviews with experts / resource person and focused group discussions.
A presentation / briefing on the findings and recommendation of the report to UNDP or the other key stakeholders (e.g., the government officials or the donors) can be requested.
The consultant must also use the risk matrix and the detailed risk assessment (incl. risk, consequence, likelihood, risk level) with risks mitigation measures (incl.
strategy, action, responsibility, and timeframe).
The consultant will carry out the tasks described above supervised by Head of UNDP Sub-Office for North East Region under overall guidance from UNDP Resident Representative for Nigeria in close collaboration with UNDP Deputy Resident Representatives.
Key deliverables and timeframe
The assignment will lead to the production of the following key deliverables :
Travel, fees and terms of payment
The consultant will be required to work in Abuja and Maiduguri, Nigeria. UNDP will cover expenses related to the travel ticket from Abuja to Maiduguri (round trip) and DSAs during the stay as well as the travel to other Lake Chad Basin Countries (Chad, Niger and Cameroon) with DSAs.
The agreed consultant fee should cover all other costs.
Experiences in risk management in the private sector is a strong advantage
Proven experience in interacting with senior government and security / military.
Immediate availability is preferable.
Required Skills and Experience
Application Procedure :
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file) :
Note : The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Applicants are reviewed based on relevance of qualifications, 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% (700 points)
Relevant Educational experience Weight 20%; Maximum Points : 200
Relevant work experience as per TOR requirements Weight 40%; Maximum Points : 400
Competencies and skills Weight 10%; Maximum Points : 100
Having reviewed applications received, UNDP will conduct a desk review of the top five shortlisted candidates. 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% (300 points)
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal :
p y (µ / z), where
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
Contract Award :
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
Institutional Arrangement :
The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of the head of sub-office Maiduguri and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.
The Consultant will be responsible for providing her / his own laptop.
Payment Modality :
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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination.
All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.