As we approach 2015 – the MDG target date – there is considerable debate on what could come after. Any future shared development agenda would be responsive to currently anticipated needs, while also drawing from the experience with the MDGs. Such an agenda will be informed by evidence from a diversity of countries, as well as global multi-lateral processes that will determine mutually agreed upon parameters for collective action.
National government MDG reports are well known sources of evidence from the ground. Since the formulation of the MDGs, UNDP has been providing support to governments to formulate these reports. Intended originally to help with stocktaking, advocacy and political consensus building, these reports have, over time, become an important basis for deriving lessons learned; documenting emerging issues; and examining new challenges and priorities in the context of the MDGs. Properly guided, they can be invaluable in helping inform the post-2015 development agenda through contributing data and analysis capturing what countries have themselves learnt from their experience with the MDGs, and their own most prominent concerns and challenges including those with inequality, food security, sustainability and resilience. This next generation of country reports will take advantage of the increasing data availability and processing capacity in countries and foster the analysis of both qualitative and quantitative evidence.
UNDP is updating the guidelines for these national MDG reports in order to assist countries in reporting along a broad set of common themes. At the same time, UNDP is also seeking to ensure that these guidelines are helpful towards formulating the baselines that will be essential towards establishing new goals and targets, such as those that may emerge from the Rio+20 conference process, or the inter-agency deliberations on food security or disaster risk reduction, and other such ongoing ventures. The Poverty Group in UNDP’s Bureau of Development Policy is seeking to recruit a consultant research analyst who will report to the Team Leader, MDGs for this purpose.
The consultant will be expected to work in the following areas:
- Assist in formulating guidelines for MDG reports that provide assistance to countries wishing to report on emerging issues such as inequalities, responding to shocks, food security, sustainability and others.
- Analyze emerging outcomes from meetings such as those at Rio+20, and other multilateral processes such as the High Level Task Force on Food Security (among others) to help establish possible baselines that could be useful in defining development targets for the post-2015 period.
- Validate the technical accuracy of the guidelines through consultations with experts, while using feedback from countries to fine-tune them.
- Provide technical support to countries that are using these guidelines for developing their next generation national MDG reports.
The consultant will be responsible for the following outputs:
· Draft version of updated guidelines for MDG national reports.
· Final version of guidelines incorporating results of technical peer review.
· Technical review of select number (20-30) of MDG national reports formulated using updated guidelines.
The payment shall be on a daily rate.
The consultant shall report to the MDG Cluster Team Leader.
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.