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

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 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

  • Manage and oversee the project, ensuring a quality project implementation.
  • Ensure smooth coordination between UNDP, the participating cities and other potential institutions that might get involved in the project.
  • Prepare work plans and produce progress and financial reports.
  • Monitor the progress on agreed results framework and performance indicators and take the necessary actions and decisions.
  • Assure that the results of the project are integrated within wider development processes in the countries through linkages with other initiatives promoted by UNDP and the national and local governments of the pilot cities.


  • Inception report with a detailed work-plan submitted by the end of the first month of the consultancy, mid-term report and final report.
  • Project timely and effectively managed and implemented.
  • Articulation between the project and the different participating cities and actions facilitated.

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

  • With a participatory approach, identify and map tools, initiatives, best practices, policies and processes of local governance and local development, with a focus on those who promote a peaceful coexistence, social and economic inclusion and sustainable urban development, under the umbrella of the localization of the 2030 Agenda.
  • Systematize the identified tools, initiatives and best practices relevant to the context of the project in order to facilitate a permanent exchange between the participating cities.


  • Innovative tools, practices and policies on local governance and local development that are relevant to the localization of the SDGs identified in a participative way.
  • Systematization guide with the selected most relevant and successful tools and best practices produced.
  • Tools and best practices integrated on the Platform for the Localization of the SDGs, jointly promoted by UNDP, GTF and UNHABITAT.

3. Ensure the articulation of actions between the participating cities of the project:

  • Organize and coordinate meetings and exchanges between/and with actors from the participant cities, UNDP Country Offices, Hubs, Headquarters, and/or potential partners to further partnerships.
  • Support the adaption and implementation of the best practices and tools identified and systematized in the framework of the project, and selected by the cities of Madrid, La Paz, Sucre, Montevideo and Praia.
  • Facilitate training actions on Localization of the SDGs for actors from the participating cities, focusing mainly on issues of LED, urban peace, inclusion, gender equality.


  • Meetings between the representative of the cities and relevant actors organized and exchanges fostered.
  • Best practices and successful tools adapted and implemented in the cities participating of the project.
  • Training actions on Localization of the SDGs held.
  • Results of the exchange and implementation of key initiatives in the framework of the project systematized and shared among partners and relevant actors.

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.

  • Facilitate the participation of representatives of the participant cities in strategic global events linked to the localization of the SDGs through the UNDP ART Initiative and its networks of partners.
  • Support the participation and positioning of Iberoamerican cities in debates and global events on local governance, local development and sustaining peace.


  • Participation of representatives or the project’s participant cities in global events strengthened.
  • International processes and international policy meetings informed by the knowledge and experience of Iberoamerican cities.


Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP and CNM;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.

Functional Competencies:

  • Solid knowledge of territorial development, local economic development and local governance;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of local realities and actors in Iberoamerica;
  • Solid knowledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the concept of localization of the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Ability to advise on local governance and local development, including the implementation of the principles of aid effectiveness at the local level;
  • Ability to work with multiple partners in a wide variety of disciplines;
  • Ability to support strategic planning and change processes;
  • Ability to lead formulation, oversight of implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects.

Required Skills and Experience


  • University degree in social sciences, economics and/or development studies.


  • Minimum 10 years of experience in development cooperation at the local level.  
  • Knowledge of the SDG localization concept and approach.
  • Experience in working with LRGs and/or their associations.
  • Experience in working with the UN-UNDP in local governance programs is advantage.

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:

Financial Proposal:

  • Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price preferably in currency EURO and all other travel related costs to-from Brussels, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template attached needs to be sent to by 16th February 2018. The proposals should be sent via email with the following subject heading: “Financial Proposal/UNDP RO Brussels/ART initiative- Localization of the SDGs in Iberoamerica”. Proposals received after the deadline will be rejected. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal should be all-inclusive and include a breakdown. The term ‘all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, utilities, consumables, insurance, etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the financial proposal.  Financial proposal template available here:

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:

  • Criteria A – Relevant experience through CV and P11 analysis– max points: 35;
  • Criteria B – Knowledge of 2030 Agenda and territorial development – max points: 30;
  • Criteria C – International relations at Municipal level and knowledge of decentralized  cooperation– max points: 35.

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 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.

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General Terms and conditions as well as other related documents can be found under:

Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.

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