Consultancy: Web Developer, Home based, United States

Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme

Country: Home-based

Closing date: Thursday, 5 November 2020

Consultancy: Web Developer, UNDP/BPPS

Location : home based

Application Deadline : 05-Nov-20 (Midnight New York, USA)

Type of Contract : Individual Contract

Post Level : International Consultant

Languages Required : English

Starting Date : (date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 01-Dec-2020

Duration of Initial Contract : 6 months

Expected Duration of Assignment : 6 months with possibility of extension

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.


Emerging and future digital technologies and the opportunities they offer will profoundly improve the lives of those furthest behind. Recognizing this potential, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is launching ThroughLine, an initiative that aims to leverage the power and agility of digital to empower development practitioners to achieve better results.

Throughline is a customized online platform that enables us to better manage for results by connecting people, data and knowledge, helping to make UNDP a #NextGen learning organization.

As a highly customized solution, Throughline will directly support project managers and project teams (more roles are planned for following iterations) at every step of their work. Using Throughline, practitioners will bring together information from currently separate systems to surface insights, improve decision-making and deliver better development results. To this end, it will also help connecting people with relevant experience into organic networks - both inside and outside of the organization.

The Full Stack Web Developer will be part of an agile and nimble product team in the Effectiveness Group, Global Policy Network.

UNDP is the development arm of the United Nations. Present in 170 countries with over 17,000 people, UNDP works on the world’s biggest problems: extreme poverty, climate change, good governance, renewable energy, crisis prevention, and women’s empowerment, among others.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Web Developer is an integral part of the ThroughLine Team and will support its mission through the application of responsive Web design and software programming. Working closely with the Team, s/he will be responsible for the coding, innovative design and layout of the first iterations of the ThroughLine Web presence. Her/his responsibilities include building our website from concept all the way to completion in iterative manner, from the bottom up, fashioning everything from the home page to site layout and function.

The Web Developer is responsible for the following:

Write well designed, testable, efficient code by using best software development practices

Create website layout/user interface by using standard HTML/CSS practices

Gather and refine specifications and requirements based on technical needs

Create and maintain software documentation

Be responsible for maintaining, adapting and eventually expanding the iterations of ThroughLine

Stay plugged into emerging technologies/industry trends and apply them into operations and activities

Collaborate closely with a data engineer and a UX/UI Web designer to match visual design intent



Ability to make new and useful ideas work


Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management

Ability to improve performance and satisfaction


Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform


Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement

Required Skills and Experience


At least Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, or another related field., required.


At least 5 years of previous working experience in leading software-development, including back end Web development; required.

Minimum of 5 years of previous working experience in web application development for similar projects; required.

Previous experience working with web frameworks (i.e. RubyonRails); desired.

Previous experience with human-centered design and agile software development and methodology; desired.

Previous experience working for the UN is an advantage


Excellent knowledge of English, as well as writing, presentation, and communication skills, required.

The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):

Tags climate change extreme poverty information technology project manager renewable energy software documentation visual design web developer web development

Personal CV

Motivation Letter

Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.

Evaluation process

Applicants are reviewed based on 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:

Being 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 where technical criteria weighs 70% and Financial criteria/ Proposal weighs 30%.

Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points)

Relevance of the previous experience in the field of software development with regards to this specific assignment. (Maximum points: 20 points)

Experience in back end web development, including with integrating data from various back-end services and databases (Maximum of 20 points)

Relevant experience working with user- centered design and working in agile/iterative projects (Maximum points: 10 points)

The top three qualified candidates (who obtained at least 35 points during the desk review) will be invited to a phone interview.

Interview (Maximum points: 20 points). Candidates who score less than 14 points will be disqualified.

Candidates with a minimum scored of 49 points (70% of 70 points) will be short-listed for the financial evaluation.

Financial evaluation - Total 30% (30 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

Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.

The financial proposal should specify an all-inclusive daily fee (based on an 8-hour working day with 1-hour lunch included - and estimated 21.75 days per month). Only shortlisted candidates will be asked to submit a financial proposal.

The financial proposal must be all-inclusive and take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee; cost of travel from the home base to the duty station and vice versa, where required; living allowances at the duty station; communications, utilities and consumables; life, health and any other insurance; risks and inconveniences related to work under hardship and hazardous conditions (e.g., personal security needs, etc.), when applicable; and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract.

In the case of unforeseeable travel requested by UNDP, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between UNDP and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.

If the Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under a Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.

The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.

Contract Award

Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of 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 Digital transformation strategist and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.

The consultant is expected to work during New York business hours while telecommuting. The consultant will need to be available to attend meetings during EST working hours.

The consultant will engage with the Supervisor on daily basis;
Payment modality

Payment to the Individual Contractor will be made based on the actual number of days worked, deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager.