Consultant for supporting preparation of local SDGs and VNR reports

Location : Home-based with travel to Baghdad, Karbala, IRAQ
Application Deadline :06-Mar-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Crisis Response
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :25 Days
Expected Duration of Assignment :25 Days


UNDP developed a project document on Support Iraqi government on SDGs implementation and monitoring based on the findings of concertation with Iraqi stakeholders exploring pathways in advancing the Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals as prioritized in the National Development Plan (2018 - 2022). The project addresses a specific request from the Government of Iraq to support the production of pilot local SDGs reports as inputs to the first Iraq National Volunteery Reviews (VNR) report.


The Government of Iraq, with support from multiple development partners, has engaged in developing new strategies and plans to meet the challenges of transitioning from a crisis context to a sustainable development context. The Government of Iraq has prepared the National Development Plan (NDP 2018-2022) with the support of UNDP and other UN Agencies; it also developed a Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS) with the purpose of targeting the most vulnerable groups, especially in most deprived and peripheral areas; as well as a Reconstruction and Development Framework (2018-2027). The Government has also engaged in developing a ‘Vision 2030’ that is aligned with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and SDGs and identifies and addresses medium and long-term strategic development priorities.


At the local level, the SDGs need to be adapted to fit local realities is essential to ensure that the national development priorities will be achieved at both national and sub-national levels, for higher, more equitable, and inclusive outcomes. The localization of the SDGs also implies that actors and institutions (government and non-government at the sub-national level have a fundamental role to play in the formulation, implementation, and monitoring of the SDGs. Local sustainable development goals committees have been established in three pilot provinces (Anbar, Karbala, and Basra). The committees start working on identifying the prioritized local SDGs targets and indicators and their alignment with local development plans.


The three selected pilot governates will produce local SDGs reports by the end of 2019. One of the main challenges in the process of the production of the report is the availability of resources and capacities. UNDP has been working on strengthening the capacity of the three pilot provinces on the SDGs targets and indicators localization and alignment with both national and subnational development plans, in addition to the MoP at Baghdad and KRI. The three local SDGs reports will serve as primary inputs to Iraq first Voluntary National Review (VNR) report which will be presenting at the High-Level Political Forum in 2019 to share about its experience with the implementation of the 2030 and the SDGs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Duties and Responsibilities:


The consultancy is aimed to help local sustainable development committees to develop local SDGs reports based on governates development plans, priorities, needs, and resources availability. The consultant will:


  • Reflect on national targets and indicators around prioritized local SDGs targets and indicators


  • Provide technical advice on methodologies and act as a resource person to the local sustainable development committees


  • Review three local SDGs reports of the pilot governates


  • Reflect on key lessons that should inform the local SDGs teams process of writing the local SDGs reports


  • Support provincial consultations on SDGs, and develop a case study for each governorate’s report


  • Support mechanisms to strengthening horizontal and vertical coordination within the central government


  • Technical reviwing for the Iraq VNR report



  1. Monitoring, Progress Control, and Key Deliverables

The consultant will report directly to the project manager to support the production of the VNR and three local SDGs reports towards the implementation and monitoring of SDGs in Iraq at a local level. These reports serve as inputs to the VNR  report will be the primary basis to the Government of Iraq’s presentation at the HLPF and the formation of a sustainable and inclusive review process for the SDGs by Government partners.


  1. Key Deliverables and Timelines:


Key Deliverables

Due Date


Payment Percentage

Developing guidelines for SDGs reporting at the national level

30 April 2019

Home Base and Baghdad


7.5 Working Days

Training sessions to 3 governates teams on SDGs reporting guidelines and  methodologies

20 June 2019

Home Base and Karbala

Reviewing the final draft of the VNR report based on consultation with MOP

10 May 2019

Home Base and Baghdad


10 Working Days

Reviewing 3 local SDGs reports and support the finalization

25 July 2019

Home Base and Karbala


7.5 Working Days



  1. Reports:


  • The Individual Contractor will report directly to the SDGs Project Manager/UNDP Iraq.
  • All the three local SDGs and VNR reports should be received by the deadline mentioned in the timelines.
  • Reports to submit the following reports that have to be made all in Arabic language in , 11 font size:




# of pages

More details

Guidelines on SDG reporting at national level


Approximately 40 pages

The Guidelines needs to tackle this topic based on the consultant’s experience and best practices worldwide in consideration with UNDP SDGs team’s comments and feedback.

Soft copy of the training material


As designed by the consultant

Font size and type are made as per the consultant’s preference and his/her requirements

Payment Invoice



Must be submitted at the successful completion of the outputs outlined above.  UNDP forms will be communicated with the consultant. 

Final report


less than 20 pages

Final report has to be submitted to document the whole assignment including lessons learned, challenges, and recommendation for future work



  1. Location:

Homebase with travel to Baghdad, and Karbala.


  1. Duration of Assignment:

25 working days over a period (20 March  2019 – 1st August  2019). The total working days are allocated as follows:



Working Days Allocated

Travel days



4 nights



5 nights




Total Number of Working Days


9 nights/ days


  • Strong communication skills to effectively collaborate with clients and colleagues and maintain strong relationships with them.
  • Experience of working with senior government officials to provide strategic and technical advice.
  • Good facilitation and presentation skills including the use of technology to communicate ideas and strategies.
  • Ability to establish, develop and maintain relations with and between a diverse array of stakeholders.
  • Ability to produce well-written reports demonstrating analytical ability and communication skills.
  • Facilitation skills and the ability to manage the diversity of views in a different cultural context.
  • Remains calm, in control and good humoured even under pressure.

Required Skills and Experience

  1. Qualifications And Requirements:



  • Advanced degree Ph.D. in Economic, Development, or related fields.
  • Master with ten years’ experience in economic, development, or related fields.


Work Experience

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in development-related activities, advisory role on effective development cooperation, politics, governance, project/programme management, and capacity development.
  • Experience in working within policy institutes and other types of governmental centers to conduct analyses and assessments with an eye on developing capacity.
  • Experience in conducting MDGs and human development reports,
  • Expertise in designing change management strategies and identifying prioritized actions.
  • Prior experience with the government, UNDP/UN agencies, and other international organizations are desirable.
  • Experience in managing multi-stakeholder engagement.



  • Fluency in English both written and spoken.
  • Fluency in Arabic both written and spoken.



  1. Evaluation/Selection criteria


Technical Criteria – Maximum 70 points


Technical Proposal (30 marks)


  • Technical Approach & Methodology (20 marks) – Explain the understanding of the objectives of the assignment, approach to the services, methodology for carrying out the activities and obtaining the expected output, and the degree of detail of such output. The Applicant should also explain the methodologies proposed to adopt and highlight the compatibility of those methodologies with the proposed approach.
  • Work Plan (10 marks) – The Applicant should propose the main activities of the assignment, their content and duration, phasing and interrelations, milestones (including interim approvals by the Client), and delivery dates. The proposed work plan should be consistent with the technical approach and methodology, showing understanding of the TOR and ability to translate them into a feasible working plan.



Qualification and Experience (40 marks) [evaluation of CV]:


  • General Qualification (20 marks);
  • Experience relevant to the assignment (20 marks);



Technical proposal:

  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;
  • A methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment


Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.



Financial proposal (30 marks), as per template provided in UNDP jobsite (Annex II);


  • Incomplete proposals may not be considered



Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:


  • Duly accomplished Confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal Template using the template provided by UNDP (Annex II);  
  • Personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references.



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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