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Consultancy – Senior Research Consultant
|Application Deadline :||27-Jan-23 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|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 :||40 working days during 15 February 2023 to 15 April 2023|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||40 working days during 15 February 2023 to 15 April 2023|
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 General Assembly in its Resolution A/77/185 requested the Secretary-General to submit to the General Assembly a comprehensive report on the state of South-South cooperation, including the implementation of the outcome document of the second High-level Conference at its 78th
session in 2023. The purpose of the report is to inform discussions on South-South cooperation as the General Assembly considers the operational activities for development.
The United Nations office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1974, serves as the focal point for promoting and facilitating South-South and triangular cooperation for development on a global and United Nations system-wide basis1. Following the provided mandate, UNOSSC is the UN system coordinator and focal point for South-South cooperation (SSC). The UNOSSC monitors South-South and triangular cooperation in the UN system and reports to the highest levels of the system, as well as the UN General Assembly, the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation (HLC), the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the UNDP/UNFPA/ UNOPS Executive Board. It provides secretariat services to biennial sessions of the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation and its bureau and to other relevant United Nations governing bodies. It supports the mainstreaming of South-South approaches to development in global policies and operational activities of the United Nations development system and enhances the coherence and coordination of United Nations system support to South-South and triangular cooperation.
1 Mandate and central role of UNOSSC reaffirmed in BAPA+40 outcome document, para 27 (h) An important outcome of the UNOSSC’s draft strategic framework (2022-2025) is to strengthen policies to advance South-South and triangular cooperation through effective, evidence-based support to intergovernmental processes, multi-stakeholder dialogues and reporting. Priority under this outcome will be given to enhancing United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation thought leadership in support of intergovernmental processes and multi-stakeholder dialogues including by expanding the scope and improving the quality and the usefulness of mandated reports by the Office through evidence-based knowledge and research, including the annual report of the Secretary-General on the state of South-South cooperation, which is the annual report to the General Assembly Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee), the biennial report of the Secretary-General to the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation, the biennial report of the Administrator of UNDP to the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation and Annex of the UNDP Administrator’s Report to Executive Board of UNDP/UNFPA/UNOPS (annual update on results achieved by the UNOSSC) .
This 2023 report of the Secretary General on the state of South-South cooperation will focus on trends in South-South and triangular cooperation, initiatives by Member states and efforts by the United Nations system organizations to promote South-South cooperation during 2022-2023, at global, regional and national levels. The report will include progress by Member States and United Nations system organizations towards implementation of the outcome document of the second High-level Conference on South-South Cooperation. It will also update recommendations on the measures needed to leverage South-South approaches towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other internationally agreed development priorities.
UNOSSC seeks to hire a Senior Research Consultant to assist with the preparation of the 2023 report of the Secretary General on the state of South-South cooperation, by analyzing the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) and UNOSSC surveys, conducting research, and drafting the report that will inform deliberations of Member States on United Nations support to South-South cooperation during the 78th session of the General Assembly.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision and guidance of the Chief, Intergovernmental and UN System Affairs., the Senior Research Consultant will:
Expected Deliverables, Duration of Work, and Payment:
The consultant is expected to produce the following deliverables within the proposed timeframe below. Payment will be made upon receipt and acceptance by UNOSSC of the deliverables.
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
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 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):
The technical evaluation will comprise of a desk review (50 points) and interviews (20 points).
All applicants will be initially screened against the minimum qualification requirements as specified
above. Responsive candidates will then be further evaluated against the following criteria and
shortlisted applicants invited for the interviews:
Only the technically qualified applicants (obtaining a minimum of 35 points (70% of 50 points obtainable in the desk review) will be considered for an interview
Having reviewed applications received, UNDP will invite the top three/four shortlisted candidates for interview. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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 the Chief, Intergovernmental and UN System Affairs and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.
The work week will be based on 35 hours, i.e. on a 7 hour working day, with core hours being between 9h00 and 18h00 daily.
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Annex 1 - UNDP P-11 Form for ICs
Annex 2 - IC Contract Template
Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions
Annex 4 – RLA Template
Scope of Secretary-General’s 2023 Report to the General Assembly Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) on the State of South-South Cooperation
The 2023 annual report of the Secretary-General to the General Assembly Economic and Financial Committee (Second Committee) on the State of South-South Cooperation will be more analytical, evidence-based and action-oriented. The report will:
1. Reflect on global challenges and the overarching contributions of South-South and triangular cooperation towards of the 2030 Agenda and BAPA+40 to eradicate poverty in all its forms, including extreme poverty. The 2030 Agenda provides a vision of a shared future with equality and opportunities for all and has pledged to leave no one behind in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Contribution of South-South cooperation and triangular cooperation to this priority and an analysis of how it can add value in the current global context will be key element of the report.
2. Highlight key emerging issues and trends in South-South Cooperation and triangular cooperation at global, regional and sub-regional levels, in support of the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals, through policy coordination, knowledge exchange, good practices (incl. in COVID-19 recovery, access to vaccines, social protection, digitalization and climate change), technology development and transfer, capacity-building, network building, and financial support/ financing (incl. role of financial institutions from the Global South). The analytical research on key issues and trends will be informed by research papers and policy briefs prepared by networks and consultations or virtual e-discussions with think tanks through the South-South Global Thinkers to identify key issues and trends (national, regional and global) on South-South and triangular cooperation, examples of good practices on South-South and triangular cooperation in support of the achievement of the SDGs and policy recommendations.
3. Demonstrate the contribution of, and tangible results achieved by the UN Development system through, South-South and triangular cooperation in enhancing the capacity of developing countries in achieving Sustainable Development Goals, addressing global crises and transformations such as COVID-19 recovery, particularly in areas of priority articulated by Member States such as equitable and non-discriminatory access to safe, quality, effective and affordable health care and services and medical supplies and equipment, including diagnostics, therapeutics, medicine and vaccines, as well as digitalization, the environment, climate change, social protection and the eradication of poverty;
4. The analysis will also recognize the support provided by developed countries and partners to developing countries through triangular cooperation mechanisms by enabling requesting developing countries to source and access more, and a broader range of resources, expertise and capacities, that they identify as needed in achieving Sustainable Development Goals, addressing global crises and transformations such as COVID-19 recovery.
5. The report will also focus on contributions of the UNDS to countries in special situations through South-South and triangular cooperation, including LDCs, SIDS and LLDCs. In light of the recently adopted Doha Programme of Action (DPoA) for LDCs and the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5) to be held in Doha, Qatar, March 5-9, 2023, analyze the contributions of UNDS to LDCs and propose recommendations on leveraging South-South and triangular cooperation to accelerate sustainable development and implement DPoA to tap the full potential of the Least Developed Countries.
6. Analyze progress made by Member States and United Nations system organizations towards implementation of the outcome document of the second High-level Conference on South-South Cooperation. This will include progress made by member states in pursuance of South-South and triangular cooperation at sub-regional, regional and inter-regional levels and partnership initiatives among member states. This analysis will be based on secondary data of existing research/reports from relevant UN agencies and reports/white papers etc. from Member States.
7. The report will analyze efforts by the United Nations system organizations to promote South-South and triangular cooperation through specific actions to operationalize the five outcomes under the UN system-wide strategy on South-South and triangular cooperation, at global, regional and national levels, during 2022. This section will also look at the specific contributions of UNOSSC towards the implementation of the Strategy. It will analyze the extent to which the Strategy has taken any roots in the UNDS reform context. It will analyze qualitative and quantitative data and information on indicators outlined in the UN system-wide strategy on South-South and triangular cooperation and its action plan. This data will be collected through the UNDESA Partner Country Government Survey, UNDESA Resident Coordinator Survey; UNDESA Headquarters Survey, UNDCO’s Integrated Management System (IMS) and the UNOSSC Survey. The report will fill information gaps in response to the surveys by conducting further research, follow-up with agency South-South focal points and analyze the data available from other sources including official documents, websites and publications of United Nations system organizations relevant to South-South cooperation and analytically present the information provided.
The report will also update on progress made by UNDS in mainstreaming South-South and triangular cooperation into the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks, at the country level, as appropriate, and at the regional level, as a means to accelerate the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals.
8. The Report will analyze progress in United Nations entities support to developing countries in integrating South-South and triangular cooperation perspectives, into the preparation and presentation of the voluntary national review reports on sustainable development.
9. The Report will analyze progress on the development of a new conceptual framework for the measurement of South-South cooperation, including on capacity-building, and any initiatives that explore options for the measurement of triangular cooperation.
10. The Report will analyze the contribution of South-South and triangular cooperation in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls in sustainable development, as well as in achieving the overarching goal of the eradication of poverty in all its forms and dimensions.
11. Draw lessons and put forward recommendations on the measures needed to leverage South-South approaches towards the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other internationally agreed development priorities
The recommendation will reference the Report of the High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation at its twentieth session; Report of the Secretary-General to the HLC; Report of Administrator to HLC and provide evidence-based analysis on progress in implementation of recommendations in these reports, challenges in implementation and forward-looking policy guidance to address the challenges. It will also draw ideas and evidence shared from Global South platforms, including on actions that the UNDS can take at all levels. These platforms could include those facilitated by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation such as the South-South and Sustainable Development Directors General Forum (formerly the High-level Forum of Directors General for Development Cooperation), the South-South Global Thinkers Network, the Global South-South Development Expo, the South-South Galaxy and the South-South Trust Funds portfolios, as well as other existing and new multi-stakeholder platforms, forums, and policy dialogues on South-South and triangular cooperation at global, regional, and country levels.
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