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Consultancy – The development of a handbook to support integrating South-South and triangular cooperation in Voluntary National Reviews, UNOSSC
|Location :||Home based and will report to the supervisor once a week|
|Application Deadline :||28-Jun-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||2d 11h 2m|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Estimated 60 working days within 6 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Estimated 60 working days within 6 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.
The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) is the focal point for promoting and facilitating South-South and triangular cooperation for development on a global and United Nations system-wide basis. It fosters a coordinated and coherent United Nations system support to South-South and triangular cooperation. UNOSSC is hosted by UNDP and receives policy directives and guidance from the General Assembly and through its subsidiary body, the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation. The UNOSSC Strategic Framework is presented every four years to the Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS.
The First regular session 2022 of the Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS took note of the UNOSSC Strategic Framework 2022-2025. The overarching goal of the strategic framework is to enhance South-South and triangular cooperation as means to accelerate the speed and scale of action towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. To contribute to this goal, the UNOSSC will play a catalytic role, fostering South-South and triangular cooperation intergovernmental support, knowledge exchange and capacity development. The strategic framework also prioritizes to working with partners to support developing countries to integrate South-South and triangular cooperation perspectives into voluntary national reviews (VNRs) on sustainable development.
The VNRs are part of the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The VNRs are intended to track progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda, including the SDGs and targets, in all countries, in a manner that respects their universal and integrated nature and all dimensions of sustainable development. Two hundred and five VNRs have been conducted (22 in 2016, 43 in 2017, 46 in 2018, 47 in 2019, 47 in 2020 and 42 in 2021) until 2021. A total of 176 countries have presented VNRs with 59 countries have conducted more than one VNR. 46 countries are going to present their VNRs in 2022.
In the BAPA+40 outcome document, Member States recognize that South-South and triangular cooperation contributes to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to achieving the overarching goal of eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions, as it shares the comprehensive vision of development contained in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The integration of South-South and triangular cooperation perspectives in VNRs can help to track progress in implementing the 2030 Agenda, including the SDGs and targets more comprehensively and inclusively, and generate evidence of South-South and triangular cooperation’s contributions to achieving SDGs. The process of preparation of VNRs could also allow for identification of priority sectors and themes where Member States could seek UNDS support through South-South and triangular cooperation. The consultations with the Member States and other stakeholders reveal that more UN System support to the Member States could be useful to advance the integration of South-South and triangular cooperation perspectives in VNRs. UNOSSC has planned to develop a practical handbook that could be useful to support the Member States to advance integration of South-South and triangular cooperation in VNRs. The proposed handbook will be developed and implemented in a coordinated manner closely working with the Co-chairs - Group of Friends of VNRs, the Member States, DESA, UN Interagency Mechanism for South-South and triangular cooperation, and relevant stakeholders. The proposed handbook will serve as a companion to the existing tools that are already in practice to guide VNR process.
The implementation of the proposed handbook will contribute to achieving the following results (not limited to) in advancing the integration of South-South and triangular cooperation perspectives in VNRs:
The UN System-Wide Strategy on South-South and triangular cooperation for Sustainable Development (2020-2024) and its Action Plan, endorsed by the UNSG’s Executive Committee, aims to ensure more coordinated and coherent support to the Member States in driving forward the 2030 Agenda and the Decade of Action to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals. To support the implementation of the strategy, UNOSSC is closely working with United Nations Development Coordination Office, Regional Commissions and UN Interagency Mechanism for South-South and triangular cooperation members to develop practical guidelines and resources to support mainstreaming of South-South and triangular cooperation perspectives at regional UNDS entities and UN Country Teams’ programming and reporting. These guidelines will also incorporate elements on how UN System can support the Member States in integrating South-South and triangular cooperation in VNRs.
In this view, UNOSSC is looking for an experienced consultant to develop a handbook to support Member States to integrate South-South and triangular cooperation perspectives in VNRs.
Under the overall guidance of Deputy Director, UNOSSC, the consultant will directly report to Result management Specialist, UNOSSC. The consultant will work in close collaboration with UNOSSC Functional Teams, co-chairs of Group of Friends of VNRs, UN DESA, UN Interagency Mechanism for South-South and triangular cooperation and other relevant stakeholders.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of Deputy Director, UNOSSC and directly reporting to Result Management Specialist, UNOSSC, the consultant will perform the following duties, but not limited to:
EXPECTED KEY DELIVERABLES:
This consultancy will be performed in 60 working days over the period of June to December 2022. A detailed timeline with the deliverables will be included in the inception report, which will be agreed with UNOSSC. The below table outlines the deliverables and expected working days.
Note: it is also expected that the handbook will be converted into training modules in short and long versions.
Functional and technical competencies:
Required Skills and Experience
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around the specific and measurable deliverables of the TOR. Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon
The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.
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:
Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points):
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered 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
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.
The consultant will work under the guidance and direct supervision of Deputy Director, UNOSSC, the consultant will directly report to Result management Specialist, UNOSSC. The consultant will work in close collaboration with UNOSSC Functional Teams, co-chairs of Group of Friends of VNRs, UN DESA, UN Interagency Mechanism for South-South and triangular cooperation and other relevant stakeholders and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.
The UNOSSC will ensure that the consultant has access to the relevant information and contacts and will ensure appropriate feedback from partners on the draft handbook. The supervisor is also responsible for performance management, including recording non-performance.