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This project intends to develop the capacity of MOFA to
adapt to the changing work environment through 1) utilizing and developing the
capacities and expertise of personnel; 2) applying modern technologies to meet
requirements of the diplomatic and consular work; 3) integration of performance
according to standardized criteria, operations and systems. In this respect,
the Five-Year Strategic Plan of MOFA includes nine strategic objectives as
follows: 1) an active foreign policy; 2) support to strong economic policy; 3)
effective public diplomacy; 4) distinguished consular services; 5) professional
protocol services; 6) organizational excellence; 7) advanced systems and ICT
platforms; 8) effective knowledge management for decision support; 9) continuous
training and leading diplomatic studies.
In line with the Country Programme Document (CPD) for Saudi
Arabia, the support of MOFA’s projects will be crucial through maintaining
cooperation with UNDP Country Office in Riyadh during the period 2017-2021.
Through this umbrella cooperation between Ministry of
Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the
strategic objectives of MOFA will be initially framed in three broad pillars
with the flexibility of modification or addition in line with the various needs
of the Ministry. This cooperation comes in an umbrella with details in terms of
activities and projects to be identified on an annual basis in support of
MOFA’s deputyships. These will be set annually according to MOFA’s priorities
and will be reviewed by UNDP’s project management in coordination with the
deputyships for submission to the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The key pillars
under the umbrella cooperation are:
• Strengthening public diplomacy
• Supporting Prince Saudi Al-Faisal
Institute of Diplomatic Studies
• Providing advisory services to
the organizational units at MOFA: political, economic, specialized, consular,
general affairs, technical affairs, planning and development, legal unit and
human resources unit.
• Promoting the international
representation of Saudi Arabia.
• Supporting the recruitment of
Saudi nationals in the UN System
Saudi Arabia, under the prudent leadership of the Two Holy
Mosques, King Salman Ibn Abdulaziz, has launched the Saudi Vision 2030, which
is seeking to achieve a diversified, prosperous economy. In achieving this
vision, it is expected that all ministries and Government bodies would strive
for organizational excellence, improving their services and qualified
personnel, and building highperforming manpower. Looking at the vision, it is
evident that it urges Saudi Arabia to open up to the external world, and the
need to improve the consular services, as well as strengthening the positive
image of the Kingdom, enhancing the regional relations. This accentuates the
role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the realization of the Vision 2030.
Further, this advances the importance of cooperation with
the United Nations System, with particular emphasis on UNDP. On the other hand,
this requires promoting economic and commercial activities along with the
interaction of the Kingdom with other countries, and the urgency to enhance the
public services for citizens, the efficiency of the public expenditures and
upgrading resource allocation.
Scope of Work:
The Political Science and International Relations Expert
should focus on achieving the following:
- A capacity development program at the level of
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to include embassies and missions outside the
Kingdom, preceded by a training needs assessment summarized in a comprehensive
report that includes the following:
I. Institutional requirements;
II. Individual training needs;
III. Training pillars;
IV. Identifying a list of Public Diplomacy
V. Resources needed.
The outputs of the capacity development program should be as
a) Provide workshops and training(s)
on Public Diplomacy as required by the Institute.
b) Develop/update Training Manual
c) Training of Trainers (TOT) to
sustain training by the Institute.
1.2 Training toolkits designed in the following subjects:
a) Political Science:
• The reality and future of OPEC
• Development challenges in
• Migrants and refugees in the
• International Negotiations
• Crisis Management: Crisis Cell
1.3 Conduct studies and provide consultations as applicable.
Duties and responsibilities:
▪ To enable the Ministry’s and
Institute’s personnel understand the concept of Political Science and
International Relations and to develop their practical capabilities;
▪ To determine pre-training
participants’ needs; based upon the assessment, the appropriate training
methodology that best meets the needs of the participants should be identified;
▪ To provide workshops related to
Political Science and International Relations field;
▪ Upon completion of assigned
workshops, to evaluate the effectiveness of the training and make
recommendations for improvement; and ▪ To undertake research and assist in the
drafting of knowledge products (including lessons learned studies and practice
▪ To provide consultations.
▪ To design training toolkits in
the above-mentioned subjects
▪ All experts listed down below
shall liaise with each other to identify synergies and avoid duplication in
terms of content;
▪ To conduct a training needs
assessment summarized in a comprehensive report that includes the following:
a) Institutional requirements;
b) Individual training needs;
c) Training pillars;
d) Identifying a list of
International Relations and Political stakeholders; and
e) Resources needed.
Based on the results of the assessment, the expert will:
Design a training manual
Design a training course referred to in 1.1.
Design Training of trainers (TOT) to sustain training by the institute referred
to in 1.1.
Prepare a training portfolio for the trainees in each course.
▪ The training course will entail interactive workshops
using modern training techniques such as simulation.
▪ The course and materials will be in Arabic
APCO Worldwide and MWWPR are agencies worth considering for this assignment.