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Provision of policy, technical and programmatic support to the preparation of State Development Plans and Achievement of the SDGs in South Sudan
|Location :||Juba, SOUTH SUDAN|
|Application Deadline :||30-Sep-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||66 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||3 Months|
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.
Since independence and transition from Sudan in 2011, South Sudan has and continues to face political, institutional, social and economic challenges. The government, with support from development partners continues to strive for better development outcomes. However, challenges in the slow progress in fulfilling the social contract between government and the general citizenry is observed culminating in crises in 2013 and in 2016. Even after these crises there was optimism and hope with the signing of Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS) in September 2018. Prospects for government and development partners to work towards stabilizing the fragile political situation and economic downturn appeared encouraging. This is largely because the R-ARCSS provides opportunities to strengthen governance systems, management of public funds, optimize service delivery, and stabilize the economy. Some requirements are however critical to realize the opportunities offered by the R-ARCSS which include: Capacity building and legislative reforms of key institutions are considered key determinants of the successful implementation of the ambitious R-ARCSS backed by political will and leadership. As strong institutional and human capacities is being prioritized it became apparent that government will continue to need support from development partners to successfully implement the R-ARCSS and avert relapse into conflict.
With this backdrop, UNDP in South Sudan is supporting the government on the commitment to Agenda 2030 and the implementation of the SDGs. As the lead UN development agency, UNDP has experience and policy expertise in supporting government in achieving the SDGs through integrated solutions. Implementing and achieving the SDGs requires concerted efforts between the government of South Sudan and Development partners. It also requires the partnership between the government and private sector, CSOs and citizens. This is especially the case in South Sudan given the daunting task of resource constraints and the mounting service delivery needs in the country. About half of the population of South Sudan needs humanitarian assistance; a situation that is posing challenges for the required gradual shift from humanitarian aid to sustainable development. On the other hand, South Sudan has initiated several reforms that continue to serve as opportunities for the acceleration of SDGs implementation in the country. The ongoing public financial management reform agenda and the implementation of provisions of the R-ARCSS, especially chapter 4 that focuses on the economy and that requires the review of the National Development Strategy are good examples.
The Strategy, Policy and Capacities for Economic Management (SPACE) unit at UNDP South Sudan is working to support the Revitalized Transitional Government through research, policy advice, strategic guidance, and through implementing projects related to strengthening economic management in the country. This includes a portfolio on Public Financial Management, which is funded by the African Development Bank, the Government of Japan, the Joint SDG fund, and UNDP jointly.
With this background, UNDP South Sudan is recruiting the services of Policy and Programme Support consultant to support ongoing efforts to strengthen State Development Planning and SDG achievement in South Sudan, and ensure effective programme management in the SPACE unit, under the direct supervision of the PFM Technical Specialist and overall supervision of the Economic Advisor.
Duties and Responsibilities
The purpose of the consultancy is to strengthen policy and technical support to the State Development Planning process, SDGs achievement, and ensuring programming management support. The following are the functions to be performed under the contract.
Provides policy and technical support to strengthen the preparation of the State Development plans, and SDG achievement in South Sudan:
Provides technical support to programme management and ensures compliance with corporate and donor requirements
Planning & Organizing:
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s Degree or equivalent in Economics, Social Sciences, Development Studies, International Development, or related field.
Interested applicants are required to submit the following:
Technical proposal comprising of the following: