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84580-Consultant for Paper on South-South Cooperation and Volunteerism
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Location :||Home Based|
|Application Deadline :||15-Apr-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||4 months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||25 days over a 4 month period|
The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UNV volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity.
MAIN OBJECTIVES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED WORK.
Focus of the research topic
South-South Cooperation and volunteerism are both important cross-cutting means of implementation for the 2030 Development Agenda. As recognized by SDG 17, South-South Cooperation is essential to re-energizing global partnership and implementation to enable developing countries to take shared steps towards equitable development. Volunteerism can support the world achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by delivering services, transferring skills, and localizing ownership. Through doing so, they ensure participatory approaches to development, while cultivating global citizenship, and demonstrating and advocating for sustainable behavioral changes.
Combined together, South-South Cooperation and volunteering offer complementary strengths and impacts, and large dividends for sustainable development that leaves no one behind. UNV is already a promoter and mechanism of volunteering for South-South Cooperation and works to mainstream South-South (and Triangular Cooperation) in volunteerism for peace and development. UNV places the large numbers (over 80%) of its volunteers mobilized from the South to serve in the South at the center of its core messaging. It increasingly facilitates South-South knowledge exchanges and programmatic engagement in volunteer infrastructure projects with a South-South/Triangular focus. And South-South Cooperation features prominently in key UNV corporate frameworks including the Plan of Action and its new 2018-2021 Strategic Framework.
As such, there is a need to better understand and strengthen the drivers of synergy between volunteerism and South-South Cooperation so that best practices can be scaled-up, needs and gaps can be met, and South-South Cooperation and volunteering can be better integrated into international, state and non-state interventions and policies. Through this paper, UNV seeks to lead the way by producing evidence-based research that can underpin its own approaches to South-South/triangular Cooperation in volunteerism and suggest new entry points for volunteer mobilization, programmes, and partnerships.
One objective of this paper is therefore to distill and analyse UNV’s past and present interventions for the promotion of volunteering for South-South, and give recommendations to inform future engagement and identify potential gaps and challenges that the UN and other stakeholders can help address. In order to produce strong recommendations, it will also analyse non-UNV South-South volunteering initiatives and the role of volunteers in South-South projects. All recommendations should take into account the alignments of UNV’s new strategic framework (2018-2021) and aim to support in particular its objectives on gender, youth, volunteer infrastructure and inclusion.
A second objective of this paper is to develop the theoretical links between South-South Cooperation and volunteering. This should result in a conceptual framework or ‘theory of change’ with potential outcomes and indicators of what South-South Cooperation and volunteerism can uniquely bring to development, based on the evidence base. This includes reviewing the existing literature as well as examining relevant research and policy pieces, dialogue and conversations from the perspective of volunteerism. It should also include key informant interviews to highlight key trends, and case study analysis to convey lessons learned from different types of volunteering responses.
The paper should be developed using a mix of methods including desk review of research and evidence,
The primary purpose of the paper will be for internal UNV use but the paper should have modular chapters that can be easily turned into publishable standalone knowledge products and tools that can be used to generate further discussion and benefit researchers outside of UNV.
Following finalization of the paper, the consultant will deliver an interactive seminar with UNV staff on Volunteerism and South-South Cooperation.
Duties and Responsibilities
Excellent knowledge of South-South Cooperation policies, standards, practices within and outside the UN system.
Required Skills and Experience
Education; Advanced university degree (Master’s and above) in social, political, or economic sciences.
Applicants have to provide a technical and financial proposal.
The technical proposal shall describe the methodology and the approach how to fulfill the required deliverables as well as outline the major components of its implementation.
Criteria for Selection of the Best offer:
The selection of the best offer will be based on the combined scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted – 70% , and combined with the price offer which will be weighted 30%.
Key selection criteria are
• Proven experience in research and policy analysis on international development cooperation (35%)
How to apply
Interested individual consultants must apply online via the UNDP Job Shop: The following documents/information should be uploaded
Please make sure you provide all requested materials. Incomplete applications will not be considered. All documents should be scanned and attached in one pdf format document.
Any queries should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org attention Marc Wharton with 0084580:South-South Cooperation Consultancy in the subject line
The Terms and Conditions and Confirmation of Interest (COI) template can be downloaded at the following link:
We look forward to receiving your application.
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.