Background
UNDP is the UN’s global development network advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP’s vision is to support countries in achieving the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion. To strengthen inclusive and effective governance, the UNDP Strategic Plan focuses on ensuring participation and voice in pursuit of equitable access to development opportunities, and working with poor and other excluded groups as agents of their own development. The plan includes the outcomes to emphasize that people and their capabilities to be the ultimate criteria for assessing the development of a country:  In order to ensure continued support to our initiatives, UNDP Kuwait invites National and international candidates to send their applications for inclusion in a Kuwait Nationally Managed Experts Roster. The process of including candidates in the Roster is described in the later sections of this advertisement.

Duties and Responsibilities
In order to ensure accurate translation from English to Arabic and vice versa as well as the high-level composition of UNDP outputs and reports, UNDP requires qualified translators/interpreters.
 The translators/interpreters will be responsible for: Producing an accurate translation of English to Arabic and vice-versa. Content accuracy includes a detailed comparison of content, facts, and figures and making sure there are no omissions from the source; translations and proofreading of all footnotes and/or endnotes, captions under photographs, lists, e.t.c; accurate exact and agreed upon translation of UN agencies and title; accurate and consistent usage of UN terminology adapted to Arabic languages.
 Ensuring Arabic/English languages excellence and proofreading, including excellent Arabic/English languages vocabulary, syntax, expression, and grammar as well as all relevant terminology.
 Ensuring quality check and proofreading of translation; ensuring that no typographical errors are left in the final text. Ensuring consistency of translation within documents and aid efficiency.
 Providing simultaneous interpretation from a booth to approved standards from Arabic/English and vice versa. The translator will work under the guidance of the UNDP Kuwait Office. Being responsible for consecutive translation at the meetings, conferences, workshops, seminars organized by UNDP Kuwait. 
 Translator/Interpreter may be required to provide whispered or consecutive interpreting services outside plenary sessions as well as may occasionally be required to provide escort interpretation services in consecutive or whispered modes for dignitaries or experts.
 The translator is obligated to work within the required deadlines and be available for comments and corrections. Evaluation of ApplicantsApplicants will be screened against qualifications and the competencies specified above, a Desk review, and/or interview against the following criteria based on evidence in the submitted application.
 Interested candidates are advised to carefully review this advertisement and ensure that they meet the requirements and qualifications described above.  Qualified women are encouraged to apply. Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies: Evaluation and call off mechanism for specific assignment /Contracting/:When a request for services arises, the roster manager shall contact the individuals included in the specific area of expertise with ToR, location, and dates of the assignment seeking confirmation of availability, as well as other costs such as living allowance, travel cost, etc. Consultants that confirmed their availability for Specific assignment will be evaluated in one of the two evaluation criteria that shall be clearly indicated in the respective assignment ToRLowest price and technically compliant offer when using this method, the award of a contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as both: Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and offering the lowest price/cost“responsive/compliant/acceptable” can be defined as fully meeting the TOR provided. Cumulative analysis when using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated 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. Technical Criteria weight; [70%]Financial Criteria weight; [30%]Only candidates obtaining the minimum point specified on the assignment ToR, in the technical evaluation,  would be considered for the financial evaluation  The individual selected for the deployment will be contracted as an Individual Contractor “lump sum basis” to the UNDP. Applications should include: A cover letter, clearly identifying the “Areas of Expertise” as mentioned in the background section above. Updated P11 and  Personal CV, 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. Daily professional Fee – This will be used for lump sum agreement”. Successful candidates will be included in Kuwait Nationally Managed Experts Roster for a period of 5 years, in one of the “bands” indicated above. However, the addition of an individual to the Roster does not guarantee a contract with UNDP. Contracting: When a request for services arises, the roster manager shall Contact the individuals included in the specific area of expertise with ToR, location, and dates of the assignment seeking confirmation of availability daily fee quoted by the individual during this application process shall remain as the ceiling fee for the lump sum agreement and cannot be increased upwards for any offered individual assignment(s). The individual selected for the deployment will be contracted as an Individual Contractor to the UNDP on a lump-sum basis.  The Contract and its terms and conditions are non-negotiable.   

Payment:
Payment(s) shall be made following certification by the hiring UNDP Office and the beneficiary that the services related to each deliverable, as specified in the contract, have been satisfactorily performed and the deliverables have been achieved by or before the due dates specified if any.

Other information This call for experts is not linked to other UNDP rosters or to a specific UNDP recruitment opportunity. Due to the large number of applications we receive, we are only able to inform the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.

Competencies
Candidates should possess clarity on gender equality concepts, commitment to work in a gender-sensitive manner.Good track record in project management.Understanding of Government functioning and systems.Updated familiarity on various international projects across one or more areas of expertise.Working knowledge of objectives-oriented project planning, or results-based managementLeadership skills.Strong interpersonal and communication skills.Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities skills.Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback.Ability to plan, organize, implement and report on work.Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines.Proficiency in the use of office IT applications and internet.Outstanding communication, project management and organizational skills.Excellent presentation and facilitation skills.Demonstrates integrity and ethical standards.

Required Skills and Experience
Education, experience, and skills  Band 1, Implementation Support: Master Degree in relevant field with minimum 3 years of relevant work experience, or Bachelor Degree in relevant field with a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience.Band 2, Specialist Support: Master Degree in relevant field with minimum 7 years of relevant work experience, out of which minimum of 3 years of international experience as a requirement.Band 3, Senior Advisory: Master Degree in relevant field with a minimum of 12 years of relevant work experience, out of which minimum of 5 years of international experience as a requirement. Demonstrated experience in at least 3 of the following areas: research, analysis, policy support, program and project development, project management, knowledge management, and/or monitoring, reporting, and evaluation; Proven experience working with a wide variety of development actors including at least 3 of the following areas: governments, international development organizations, donors and other funding agencies, private sector entities, and/or civil society organizations including community groups, academia, and the media; Previous work experience in Kuwait is an asset.

Language Requirements Fluency in spoken and written Arabic and English is a must.  

Required Skills and Experience BA Degree in English language and literature.
 Proven hands-on extensive experience; background knowledge and experience translating development work are highly preferable; prior experience translating for the United Nations or any of its agencies is an advantage. 
 Experience in using word processing and other computer applications.
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