Recruitment of Individual International Consultant to Develop a Country Guidance Document on Mainstreaming SDGs, NDCs, Agenda 2063 and DRR into National Development Plans

Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :12-Aug-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   French   Spanish  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :Two Months ( 60 days);
Expected Duration of Assignment :Two Months ( 60 days);


In September 2015, African countries, together with other members of the United Nations General Assembly, adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and committed to realising its ambitious 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). They also pledged to ‘Leave No One Behind’ and ‘to reach the furthest behind first’ in the pursuit of sustainable development. Earlier that year, in January, the Heads of State and Government of the African Union had already adopted Agenda 2063, which responds to the continent’s specific development challenges through seven aspirations and 20 goals. As signatories to both agendas, African countries find themselves having to simultaneously implement two bold initiatives.

Together with the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063, countries in Africa have also committed to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and to protect their hard-won development gains by mainstreaming and implementing the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction.

The conclusion of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in December 2015 rekindled hope on a collective, cooperative and genuine global effort to tackle climate change. To maintain this political momentum countries will strive to scale up adaptation action and raise their ambition to reduce emissions. African countries, along with the rest of the world, submitted national climate commitments known as nationally determined contributions (NDCs).

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 Procurement Reference No.: RSCA/IC/2018/007

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) hereby invites you to submit a Proposal to the Request for Proposal (RSCA/IC/2018/007) to Develop a Country guidance document on Mainstreaming SDGs, NDCs, agenda 2063 and DRR into National Development Plans. Detailed terms of reference as well as other requirements are listed in the RFP available on UNDP ATLAS e-Tendering system” ( UNDP/ETH10/Event ID: 0000002611.

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Please refere to the attached ToR..........

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the guidance of the UNDP SDG Regional Advisor and in consultation with the UNDP and AfDB partnership team, the consultant is expected to deliver the following:

  • Review of the draft guidance note - The consultant will review the latest draft of the guidance note Country Guidance Document for Developing National Development Plans that are Results-based and mainstream the Sustainable Development Goals, AU Agenda 2063, Climate Change and DRR, as well as the NDC Hub Gap Analysis and Work Program documents with the aim of identifying gaps and building synergies of the Guidance note on mainstreaming NDCs in National Development Plans, based on countries’ development planning needs;
  • Address gaps and prepare advanced draft for peer review – To ensure harmony and consistency with the Country Guidance Document for Developing National Development Plans that are Results-based and mainstream the Sustainable Development Goals, AU Agenda 2063, Climate Change and DRR, in consultation with technical experts on RBM, development planning and SDGs/Agenda 2063, climate change and disaster risk reduction, the consultant will address gaps that have been identified in the guidance note, incorporate additional inputs already received and prepare an advanced draft of the document to be shared for peer review;
  • Extract from the Guidance Note and develop a dedicated module on mainstreaming the SDGs and NDCs into National Development Plans. Working closely with the African Development Bank (AfDB)/Africa NDC Hub, the consultant will extract and develop a standalone module focused on mainstreaming the SDGs and the NDCs into National Development Plans;
  • Peer review – The consultant will identify a pool of technical experts on RBM, development planning and SDGs/Agenda 2063, climate change and disaster risk reduction, within UNDP, the AfDB and selected country governments – i.e., Ministries of Finance and Planning, Disaster Management and Environment and other sectoral ministries, as relevant – in Africa, to peer review the draft guidance note. The consultant will also manage the peer review process and incorporate inputs from technical experts to finalise the guidance note. In consultation with the technical experts, the consultant will explore options for making the guidance note a modular tool, whereby the application of one module is not necessarily dependent on the application of others;
  • Categorization of countries – recognizing that African countries have differing capacities and are at varying levels in implementing their NDCs, the consultant will develop scenarios matrix, following that of the NDC Hub, to guide development plans in applying the tool to different national circumstances;
  • Presentation – the consultant will also work closely with a professional editor and graphic designer to design, edit and publish the guidance note;

Please refer to the attached ToR..............


Development Planning:

  • knowledge of development planning approaches, practices and tools, particularly in the contest of countries in Africa.

Climate Change:

  • knowledge of climate change including climate change international agreements, the Nationally Determined Contributions and the ability to apply these concepts for practical solutions.

Sustainable Development:

  • knowledge of sustainable development concepts, principles and issues, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the ability to develop practical solutions for their mainstreaming in national plans and policies.

Disaster Risk Reduction:

  • knowledge of disaster risk reduction concepts, principles and issues, including the Sendai Framework of Disaster Risk Reduction and the ability to apply these concepts for practical situations.

Results Based Management (RBM):

  • knowledge of the RBM approach, concepts and principles and ability to apply these concepts for practical solutions.


  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Planning & Organizing:

  • Develops clear goals in line with agreed strategies, identifies priorities, foresees risks and makes allowances accordingly

Organizational Awareness:

  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.


  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.


  • Takes ownership of all responsibilities and delivers outputs in accordance with agreed time, cost and quality standards.

Collaboration and Partnership:

  • Ability to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships with others inside (Programmes/ projects) or outside the organization who can provide information, assistance, and support.

Writing skills:

  • Ability to write well and clearly in English.

Knowledge Management:

  • Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge.


  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.


  • Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.

Integrity and Ethics:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree (Master Degree or higher) in International Development, Development Studies, Development Economics, Climate Change, Natural Sciences Environmental Management/Sciences, Natural Resource Management, Disaster Risk Management, or other relevant disciplines.


  • At least 10 years of professional experience in the field of development planning, climate change adaptation/mitigation, climate negotiations, MDGs/SDGs or related fields, preferably at the country level, in sub-Saharan Africa;
  • African Union Agenda 2063: knowledge of the African Union Agenda 2063 framework, principles and issues, and the ability to develop practical solutions for its mainstreaming into national plans and policies.
  • Proven experience with developing practical tools/guidance notes or methodologies;
  • Past experience in working with the UN, and UNDP or the African Development Bank would be an advantage.


  • Excellent knowledge of English, both in speaking and writing are essential;
  • Fluency in other UN official language (French and/or Spanish) is an advantage.

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.

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