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Consultant for Localising Sustainable Development Goals
|Location :||Country Office, MALAYSIA|
|Application Deadline :||13-Mar-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||24 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||24 man-days over 6 months|
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), aim to build on the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as extending their reach and ambition to cover a wider range of challenges including climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption and peace and justice. The SDGs also recognise these challenges are often interconnected and mutually re-enforcing. While providing clear pragmatic guidelines and targets for countries, the SDGs also recognise that countries will need to be able to adopt these in relation to their own particular development trajectory and specific priorities as well as taking into account regional and global environmental challenges.
In addition, it has increasingly been recognised from past efforts to achieve the (MDGs) that translating such an agenda into national development policies is only a starting point and that the quality of the institutions through which they are designed and delivered will determine their impact. Improving delivery systems at multiple levels and through multiple actors with a particular emphasis on local authorities ‘localising the SDGs’ has emerged as a critical priority for the European Union, the United Nations and other development partners, supporting countries to enable and incentivise their local authorities to own and prioritize these goals and monitor progress through relevant indicators. Given that the three underlying principles of Agenda 2030 are ‘leaving no one behind’, sustainability and participation, such efforts will also need to engage with and compliment the efforts of other actors such as civil society (NGOs, CBOs, religious groups, community initiatives etc.) and the private sector in multi-stakeholder alliances if they are to be successful.
Malaysia formulated a New Economic Model (NEM) in 2009 which demonstrated its commitment to pursue sustainable development based on three pillars (high income, inclusivity and sustainability) which mirror the three key elements of the SDG agenda, namely economy, social and environment. This NEM provides the basis for 5-year development plans, with the current one (11th Malaysia Plan 2016-2020) adopting a theme of “Anchoring Growth on People” where people will be the centrepiece of all development efforts. Malaysia has also mapped, integrated and aligned the SDG targets and indictors within this plan (through an SDG Roadmap) to ensure mutual re-enforcement and completion and will continue to address the remaining targets beyond 2020 through subsequent Malaysia Plans.
Key additional steps have included the establishment of a multi-stakeholder federal governance structure to oversee the implementation, monitoring of and reporting on the SDGs, localising SDGs at sub-national levels by replicating such governance structures at state levels, mobilising resources through partnerships and strengthening data readiness and addressing data gaps to develop a comprehensive dataset for SDG implementation. All of this has been underpinned and enabled by the establishment of a National SDG Council to plan and monitor the implementation of the SDGs at the national level, supported by a National Steering Committee (NSC) and five SDG Cluster Working Committees (CWCs) under which Tasks Forces for each of the 17 goals are working.
As part of these efforts, the European Union is currently considering funding future programme(s) to support the progressive achievement of the SDGs in Asia and in particular to graduated countries (e.g. China, India, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia) where needs for technical assistance is still required, but bi-lateral assistance is no longer available. The European Union therefore wishes to further develop the feasibility of these future programme(s) and identify avenues for future cooperation and piloting support to localisation of the SDGs in two graduated countries in Asia: Malaysia and Thailand, which have to date demonstrated a significant commitment to both the MDGs and now to the SDGs.
The Economic Planning Unit (EPU) in the Prime Minister’s Department is leading the initiatives to meet the targets for Malaysia in alignment with the Eleventh Malaysia Plan. The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) supports and works closely with EPU on the SDGs, including Malaysia’s Voluntary National Review at the 2017 High-level Political Forum, the development of a National SDG Portal, Monitoring and Evaluation, localisation and its efforts to develop a National SDG Roadmap to chart its course.
The National SDG Roadmap is the country’s strategic plan to ensure that the 17 goals, 169 targets and 244 indicators, are achieved to improve the quality of life for all, with no one left behind, and to ensure a country that is sustainable and protected for present and future generations. Together with EPU and the Global Compact Network Malaysia, the UN will unveil in January 2018 a National SDG Portal to enable private sector, civil society, youth, government agencies and others to commit and track their contributions to the SDGs.
The EU project ‘Support to localization of SDGs in Malaysia and Thailand’ has as its objective the identification of and support to the development of programs in Thailand and Malaysia leading to the achievement of the SDGs targets and goals. Given that the achievement of the SDGs will not be possible without multi-stakeholder engagement and ownership at local level, it is anticipated that such programs will need to support governments in Malaysian states and Thai provinces in developing systems to contribute to ‘localizing the SDGs’, including, but not limited to, awareness raising, knowledge and information sharing, alignment of work plans, learning exchanges, local monitoring and reporting. In Malaysia the United Nations Country Team [UNCT] will work in close partnership with the EPU and the EU Delegation to support the achievement of the above objectives.
A Team Leader, [Support to localisation of SDGs in Malaysia and Thailand’] has been retained by the EU Delegation as an international consultant [TL] in order to identify key areas for future support to the SDG process in Malaysia and Thailand with a particular focus on the engagement of stakeholders in localising the SDGs through multi-stakeholder, inclusive local governance structures and mechanisms and to promote knowledge sharing and visibility and awareness raising strategies on the SDGs in Malaysia. It is expected that this consultancy will contribute to the following results:
The TL will therefore:
Following discussions between the TL [on behalf of the EU Delegation], the EPU and the UNCT, the following actions have been agreed:
States and local governments will be selected by the EPU [through the good offices of the Town and Country Planning Department – Plan Malaysia] with support from the IC which can serve as examples of good practice, followed by the development of case studies on best practices in the engagement and inclusion of stakeholders in localising the SDGs with a particular emphasis on inclusive local governance structures and/or processes. As not all States or LGs will have the same understanding and awareness of SDGs, it will be important to emphasise “stakeholder engagement and inclusive governance in service delivery” or words similar to this, in order to engage states and LGs to propose and develop cases. Selected states and LGs will then be supported to develop these cases further for presentation to a national and international audience at the Regional workshop to be held in late July or early August 2018.
Initial criteria for selection of cases to be developed will include:
 Where necessary, the term ‘service delivery’, can be used if awareness of SDGs is low.
Duties and Responsibilities
Given that this work will be undertaken in partnership between EPU, The European Delegation to Malaysia and the UNCT in Malaysia, a national consultant [NC] will be appointed by the UNCT to support the objectives of this project and other localisation initiatives of the UNCT.
Under the guidance of the UNCT and TL, the national consultant is responsible for:
Expected Places of Travel:
Field visits to Malaysian States and local Government offices when identified and other locations as required.
Final Deliverables: (Deliverables/Timeline/Days)
1st Deliverables ( March - April 2018, 12 Days)
2nd Deliverables (April - May 2018, 12 Days)
The consultant will be paid in accordance to the above schedule when deliverables are approved.
Provision of Monitoring and Progress Controls:
The Consultant reports to the Team Leader, UNCT and EPU.
Required Skills and Experience
How to Apply:
Forms and General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
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.