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Lead National Expert for Preparation of the Voluntary National Review (VNR) and in-depth Preparation of two SDGs: 14 (Life below Water), 15 (Life on Land) Chapters
|Location :||Homebased and Podgorica, Montenegro, MONTENEGRO|
|Application Deadline :||27-Jan-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||5 February 2022 - 30 June 2022|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||45 consultancy days|
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.
The High-Level Political Forum is the main United Nations platform on sustainable development, and it has a central role in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level. The Voluntary National Review (VNR) process is key to this function, whereby member states are requested to periodically report on progress on the SDG agenda. This includes reviewing of SDG performance (current data versus indicator targets) and means of implementation to deliver the goals within national contexts (covering issues of governance, service delivery, enabling partnerships and resourcing). While VNR rounds adopt a particular theme and a restricted number of SDGs for in-depth analysis, reporting countries are expected to also provide performance data for all the SDGs and targets (where available and applicable).
Montenegro will prepare and present its Second National Voluntary Review at the HLPF in July 2022. The 2022 HLPF will hold in-depth reviews of five SDGs: 4 (quality education), 5 (gender equality), 14 (life below water), 15 (life on land), and 17 (partnerships for the Goals).
The Voluntary National Review (VNR) aims to facilitate the exchange of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, in order to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. VNRs also seek to strengthen government policies and institutions and mobilize support and partnership with more stakeholders to implement national sustainable development strategies. VNRs are voluntary, state-led, undertaken by both developed and developing countries, and involve more stakeholders.
Montenegro presented its first review in 2016 at the HLPF, one year after the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Through the First VNR, a complex process of drafting the National Strategy for Sustainable Development until 2030 (NSSD) was presented, i.e. the national response to the requirements of the Agenda for Sustainable Development until 2030. Within the NSSD, through the analysis of the situation, strategic goals of sustainable development at the national level have been defined, for the implementation of which measures with accompanying sub-measures have been determined, the implementation of which directly contributes to achieving 17 Sustainable Development Goals 169 tasks.
The purpose of the consultancy is to support Montenegro is drafting the Second VNR Report and act as support for all activities involved in preparing the VNR Report, including obtaining the required data, organizing required meetings, stakeholder engagement and consultations. While formally reporting to UNDP and the Office of the UN Resident Coordination (for lead component of the ToR), the consultant will work closely with the Department for Sustainable Development in the Office of the Prime Minister and other major stakeholders involved – Government Working Group for drafting the VNR Report, UN Montenegro VNR Task Team (consisted of RCO, UNDP and UNICEF) and Team of VNR Consultants (three national consultants with expert knowledge in education, gender equality and communications).
Duties and Responsibilities
Objective of the assignment:
VNRs make possible the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. They are most meaningful when they involve an inclusive, participatory, transparent and thorough review process at the national and sub-national levels, when they are evidence based, produce tangible lessons and solutions, and when they are followed by concrete action and collaboration that drives SDG implementation. Consequently, based on the request by the Government of Montenegro, UNDP seeks the services of expert to implement the process of in-depth reviews of two SDGs: 14 (life below water), 15 (life on land) and to serve as a team leader that will compile the final version of the report.
Expected results of the assignment:
The review typically consists of several broad phases, with some occurring at the same time. These include the following phases: initial preparation and organization; VNR preparation, including stakeholder engagement; and HLPF presentation.
Within this context the selected consultant will be responsible for:
a) Acting as a lead consultant for the preparation of the Voluntary National Review (VNR) Report for 2022. The activities will focus, but not be limited to: supporting the process in manner to result in preparation of the report, associated key messages and presentation to the HLPF. During this process the consultant will:
b) In line with the developed workplan, coordinate the Team of VNR consultants consisted of 3 national consultants. National consultants will support the process in relation to: (i) SDG 4 on education, other ‘’people’’ SDGs: SDG 1: No poverty, SDG 2: Zero hunger (No hunger), SDG 3: Good health and well-being, SDG 10: Reduced inequality, leave no one behind and social inclusion chapter (ii) SDG 5 on gender equality and gender mainstreaming of the VNR Report and (iii) conducting consultations and communications of the process.
c) In-depth reviews of two SDGs: 14 (life below water), 15 (life on land) and preparation of two associated chapters by:
i. sensitization meetings with stakeholders, including Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). Local self-government representatives, and the private sector to share their views on SDG implementation progress;
ii. validation of data trends, including SDG priority indicators, where appropriate; and
iii. focus group sessions to discuss best practices and/or policies and strategies that have advanced implementation of the Vision 2030 and the 2030 Agenda in Montenegro.
d) Formulation of final report acting as a team leader and:
i. Opening statement,
iv. Methodology for the process of preparation of the review
v. Policy and Enabling Environment
vi. Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals
vii. Issues of Leave No One Behind, build back better, COVID 19 recovery
viii.Conclusion and Efforts Going Forward
Expected Deliverables of the assignment:
Time duration: the assignment should be implemented during the period of 5 February to 30 June 2022, with 45 consultancy days and at least two in country visits.
Required Skills and Experience
Criteria for selection:
Combined Scoring method will be used. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: (i) responsive, compliant, acceptable, and (ii) having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Only offerors obtaining a minimum 490 points for technical criteria will be considered for the financial evaluation. For more information on procurement methodology for Individual Contractors, please refer to Procurement Notice.
Interested applicants are requested to submit their applications by January 27, 2022 by using the Apply now button. The application should contain CV or P11 that can be downloaded at https://www.me.undp.org/content/montenegro/en/home/jobs.html. Please note that UNDP jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file.
Only the short-listed applicants will be contacted and requested to submit a letter of interest including a price quotation indicating the lump sum (in EUR) requested for the work envisaged in the section "Description of Responsibilities".