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Consultant in International Relations and Foreign Policy, Tbilisi, GEORGIA

Closing date: Thursday, 29 June 2017

Consultant in International Relations and Foreign Policy

Location : Tbilisi with in-country travel (if required), GEORGIA

Application Deadline : 29-Jun-17 (Midnight New York, USA)

Type of Contract : Individual Contract

Post Level : National Consultant

Languages Required : English

Expected Duration of Assignment : Up to 50 days in July-October 2017

Background

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through its project ‘Strengthening the System of Parliamentary Democracy in Georgia’, II Phase is aimed at establishing the Georgian Parliament as a credible institution with an essentially greater role in national policy-making and European integration.

One of the directions of the Project is enhancing the capacities of parliamentary committees to effectively exercise their law-making and government oversight functions. Among other, this is achieved through supporting strategic policy planning exercise within the committees to facilitate structured approach to their work, making it more comprehensive, result-oriented, well-managed, inclusive and participatory. This is particularly important in the context of parliamentary system of governance, where the legislature has a greater role to play in national policy-making. The activity also promotes the institutionalization of a culture of short and medium-term policy planning in the Parliament. It also promotes greater civil engagement in legislative work as it encourages a broadly participatory and consultative processes.

UNDP in consultation with the Parliament selected four committees to provide the above support. These are: Healthcare and Social Issues Committee, Agrarian Issues Committee, Environmental Protection and Natural Resources Committee and Foreign Relations Committee. In view of this, UNDP Project has announced a tender to contract national consultants in the relevant fields. The given Terms of Reference specifically targets the Foreign Relations Committee (hereinafter ‘Committee’) and is designed to provide consultancy in the area of international relations and foreign policy.

Duties and Responsibilities

At the initial stage, the Committee will be supported with developing the Committee’s strategy which will set a vision, overall objectives, key priorities and strategic goals in Georgia’s international affairs and foreign policy. A consultative and participatory process will be facilitated to gather input from different stakeholders and ensure broad agreement on major priorities and directions in the field. Based on the strategy, a multi-year Committee Action Plan shall be designed to translate the strategic goals and policy into specific actions with detailed depiction of the time-frames, responsible parties, monitoring and evaluation frameworks included.

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