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2469 International Consultant for conducting the National Stocktaking on South-South, East-East and Triangular cooperation in Serbia
|Location :||Home-based with one 5-days mission to Belgrade (Serbia), SERBIA|
|Application Deadline :||01-Aug-22 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||01 September – December 2022 (25 working 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.
To conduct an overall assessment of the activities and cooperation relevant for the South-South, East-East and Triangular cooperation in the Republic of Serbia.
To further advance the fundamental tenets of United Nations development system (UNDS) reform, thus ensuring the UN system support to the Member States in establishing and strengthening national institutional arrangements for South-South and Triangular cooperation (SSTC).
One of the key lessons of COVID-19 pandemic is that development cooperation in all its forms remains critical to an effective response to shocks, resilience, recovery, and, ultimately, sustainable development, especially during the last Decade of Action to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In this context, South-South, East-East and triangular cooperation (SS/EE/TrC) is acknowledged as an effective driver for change, as it offers a unique framework for the identification, exchange, and matching of cost-effective solutions for national and regional challenges. Yet, despite the significant rise in the scope and magnitude of South-South cooperation (SSC), experiences indicate that more harmonized and coordinated efforts in this form of cooperation would better assist and enable Member States to achieve greater development outcomes. Thus, the logical first step is to identify countries’ overall policy priorities and strategic preferences vis-à-vis the potential benefits that SS/EE/TrC can bring about, as well as the country’s level of readiness to pursue such priorities and preferences.
The outcome document of the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40 outcome document) encourages countries to strengthen national policies in advancing South-South and Triangular cooperation (SSTC), while enhancing the capacity of national and subnational coordination mechanisms. Furthermore, the BAPA+40 outcome document has urged the UN Development System (UNDS) entities to enhance its assistance to countries in seeking potential cooperation partners in strategic areas, whilst assisting those countries in building the human and institutional capacity needed to formulate and implement national development policies, strategies, and programmes for SSTC.
The 2020 UN System-wide Strategy on South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Sustainable Development, which is increasingly being acknowledged as one of the instruments to further advance the fundamental tenets of UNDS reform, also commits the UN system to supporting Member States in establishing and strengthening national institutional arrangements for SSTC. Deliberations during the recent 20th Session of the UN High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation in June 2021 also underlined the imperative for relevant policies, institutional arrangements, and capacities. It was also noted that having the support of the UN system will allow countries to broaden access to experiences and engage new partners in mobilizing the necessary resources to achieve sustainable equitable recovery.
Given some of these developments, the national stocktaking exercise initiative of the UNOSSC Division for Arab States, Europe and the CIS aims to equip interested national partners and UNDS entities to further leverage SSTC for greater impact, especially in building back better from COVID-19 and achieving the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. This is not a standalone or an ad hoc activity. Rather, a process that is integral to the so-called ‘national eco-system’ for South-South cooperation.
The Republic of Serbia is emerging as one of the advanced regional countries when it comes to South-South, East-East and triangular cooperation. Among other things, the Government of Serbia, with support from UNDP country office, initiated support in the selected areas in the countries of the Open Balkans (Albania and North Macedonia), within the framework of the Development Services Agreement: SDG Acceleration Framework, funded by the Government of Serbia, which, inter alia, supports initiatives relevant for the SS/EE/TrC. Furthermore, UNDP Serbia is currently implementing a project that is focused on Sustainable Investment Promotion, which is funded by the United Nations Trust Fund for Peace and Development, 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Sub-fund managed by UNDESA. UNDP also supported activities relevant for the advancing of cooperation within the Belt and Road Initiative, in the context of expanding partnership with China. The UNSDCF of Serbia for 2021-2025 refers to triangular cooperation (regional and transborder/ transboundary) as a core principle for achieving the two UNSDCF Strategic Priorities, while the third Strategic Priority adequately mainstreams the principles of the regional cooperation. Moreover, the UNCT 2021 Annual Result Report refers to the regional and transborder/ transboundary cooperation and identifies positive outcome of regional cooperation within the Western Balkans for the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, as well as the public promotion of regional infrastructure projects and the adoption of the Action Plan for Implementation of the Sofia Declaration on the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans (Nov 2021).
Within this larger context, the joint UNOSSC-UNDP CO Serbia national stocktaking exercise, carried out in partnership with the General Secretariat of the Government of Serbia, will:
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work
Under the overall guidance and the day-to-day supervision of the Portfolio Manager/SDG Integration Centre, UNDP Serbia and in close collaboration with the Regional Chief, Division for Arab States, Europe and the CIS, UNOSSC (based in Istanbul) and the Specialist – ECIS, the consultant will be responsible for the following key deliverables:
To produce the final report, the main activities for this consultancy include the following:
Duties, responsibilities, and key milestones
The consultant is responsible for the following deliverables:
* The timelines may be slightly adjusted once the contract is signed with the consultant in order to align with actual project implementation.
All deliverables shall be reviewed and approved by UNDP Portfolio Manager, in consultations with the UNOSSC Division for Arab States, Europe and the CIS, and the national partner.
Required Skills and Experience
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS.
Qualified and interested candidates are asked to submit their applications via UNDP Web site: UNDP in Serbia under section “Jobs” no later than 1 August 2022.
Application should include:
In order to apply please merge above listed documents into a single PDF file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded.
The shortlisted candidates may be asked to provide copies of diplomas and any other certificates providing evidence of their education and experience in relevant fields.
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All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.
In the case of engagement of Civil servants under IC contract modality a no-objection letter should be provided by the Government entity. The ‘no-objection’ letter must also state that the employer formally certifies that their employees are allowed to receive short-term consultancy assignment from another entity without being on “leave-without-pay” status (if applicable), and include any conditions and restrictions on granting such permission, if any. If the previous is not applicable ‘leave-without-pay’ confirmation should be submitted.
Engagement of Government Officials and Employees
(i) A “No-objection” letter in respect of the individual is received from the Government employing him/her, and;
(ii) The individual must provide an official documentation from his/her employer formally certifying his or her status as being on “official leave without pay” for the duration of the IC.