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Consultant to support the localization of the SDGs in order to promote peaceful and inclusive cities in Iberoamerica
|Location :||Brussels, BELGIUM|
|Application Deadline :||16-Feb-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Spanish|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||12 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||12 months|
The UNDP ART Initiative is a UNDP’s global project officially launched in 2005 and hosted since 2014 by UNDP Brussels. This global project is geared at harnessing the potential of territorial partnerships through a variety of modalities, such as Decentralized Cooperation, South-South and triangular cooperation. ART is therefore an entry point for international cooperation actors interested in harmonizing their respective actions in support of national and sub-national policies for sustainable and local human development. ART aims at strengthening and expanding the existing alliance between UNDP and Decentralized Cooperation partners in support of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at local level. ART also seeks to strengthen the potential and role of Local and Regional Governments (LRGs) as development partners and to promote the principles of development cooperation effectiveness and in support of the localization of the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs.
Since the adoption of the 2030 agenda, UNDP has been actively supporting its implementation, in coordination with the UN system. To this end, a series of actions aimed at assisting governments in designing their efforts to achieve the SDGs have been carried out, such as MAPS missions, advocacy and capacity building actions, the strengthening of national statistical systems and the development of quality tools for integrated policy analysis. Furthermore, UNDP, through ART, has been promoting and supporting the localization of the SDGs, ensuring that the richness of partnerships and experiences effectively contributes to UNDP’s overall corporate commitment on supporting the implementation of the SDGs. For this purpose, UNDP ART has been partnering with diverse actors, including LRGs and their associations and other UN agencies.
In this global panorama marked by common challenges that require partnerships and innovative and complex solutions to achieve sustainable development "without leaving no one behind", UNDP ART and the City of Madrid have launched the joint project “Localizing the SDGs: promoting peaceful and inclusive cities in Iberoamerica”. The main objective of the project is to promote innovative initiatives of local governance and local development that foster sustainable urban development, peaceful societies, and social and economic inclusion, while contributing to the localization of the 2030 Agenda
It will be initially piloted in the cities of Madrid (Spain), Praia (Cabo Verde), Montevideo (Uruguay), and Sucre and La Paz (Bolivia); cities that have expressed keen interest in being involved in the project due to their commitment in promoting urban resilience, fight against inequalities and the different forms of violence in urban areas. The project will have an initial duration of 1 year, starting in 2018. It will be implemented in full coordination with the respective UNDP Country Offices (especially those of Bolivia, Cabo Verde and Uruguay), and in collaboration with the respective UNDP Regional Hubs and BPPS/RAI team in UNDP New York.
Duties and Responsibilities
Within the framework of the UNDP and the City of Madrid cooperation, UNDP is now seeking to engage a Senior Consultant to coordinate the overall implementation of the joint project “Localizing the SDGs: promoting peaceful and inclusive cities in Iberoamerica”. She/he will provide direction and strategy for the project and will be responsible for the delivery of the outputs. Therefore, she/he will ensure quality results by overseeing and managing the project strategic aspects and activities, facilitating knowledge management and sharing and overseeing monitoring and evaluation of the project.
The Senior Consultant will be hosted by UNDP ART Initiative, where the necessary support for the implementation of the project will be provided. She/he will be working under overall guidance of the International Coordinator of UNDP ART and the Director of the Unit of Global Citizenship and International Cooperation for Development of the City of Madrid. She/he will also work in close coordination with the rest of UNDP ART team in Brussels, UNDP Country Offices, Regional Hubs and headquarters in New York and in collaboration with the focal points of the participating cities.
The Consultant is expected to travel to the cities that will be involved in the project. Frequency and length of the trips will be defined according to the project needs. Reimbursement of the travel cost will be in line with UNDP policy applicable to International Consultants.
Key duties and responsibilities:
1. Project management
2. Identification and systematization of innovative tools, initiatives and best practices from the participant cities (and other territories), with the potential to advance the localization of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its principles
3. Ensure the articulation of actions between the participating cities of the project:
4. Reinforce the participation of the project’s pilot cities in global processes and debates on LED, local governance and sustainable urban development, feeding the global process of localization of the SDGs.
Required Skills and Experience
Language: Fluency in Spanish and English.
Application Submission Process:
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one(1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:
Criteria for Evaluation of Proposal:
Only those applications which are responsive and compliant will be evaluated. Offers will be evaluated according to the Combined Scoring method – where the educational background, experience on similar assignments, letter of interest will be weighted at 70% and the price proposal will weigh as 30% of the total scoring. The applicant receiving the Highest Combined Score that has also accepted UNDP’s General Terms and Conditions will be awarded the contract. Only Consultants obtaining a minimum of 70% on the Technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max. 100 points:
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 30 points
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org
General Terms and conditions as well as other related documents can be found under: http://on.undp.org/t7fJs
Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.
Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
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.