Consultancy –Secretariat support to the Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Promoting, Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies

Location : New York City, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Application Deadline :03-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :Approximately 230 days
Expected Duration of Assignment :Approximately 230 days


Bringing together Member States, civil society and private sector, the Global Alliance for Reporting Progress on Promoting Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies aims to harness the strengths and resources of its members to support effective and meaningful reporting on the achievement of SDG16 and related targets, taking into account different national realities, capacities and levels of development, and respecting national policies and priorities.

After a series of partners’ meetings starting in May 2016, the inaugural Steering Committee of the Global Alliance consists of Cabo Verde, Mexico, Norway, Qatar, Sierra Leone, and Tunisia, together with representatives of the private sector – Deloitte, LexisNexis, and White&Case – and civil society – NYU Center on International Cooperation, the Transparency Accountability and Participation Network and the World Federation of United Nations Associations.

The Global Alliance was launched at a High-Level event in the margins of the UN General Assembly on 22 September 2016.  The Global Alliance is working closely with other linked initiatives, including the “Pathfinders Initiative for Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies” facilitated by the NYU Centre for International Cooperation, and the ‘16+ Forum’ facilitated by the World Federation of United Nations Associations.

Following the launch event on 22 September, the Team in the Governance & Peacebuilding Cluster leading on the Global Alliance and providing Secretariat functions in support of the Steering Committee is taking forward next steps in development of the Alliance, including support to the functioning of the Steering Committee generally, organization of international and regional events, development of knowledge products and provision of country support which is resulting in the development of ground-breaking new approaches to enable evidence-based policy and action on SDG 16, drawing on the resources of its growing partnerships.   Ahead of HLPF 2019—at which SDG 16 is formally under review—there has been an acceleration of activity and demand for Global Alliance services. Dedicated consultancy support is required to assist with this increased workload in the period leading to the next High-Level Political Forums of the 2030 Agenda in July and September 2019.

Duties and Responsibilities


Under the overall supervision of the SDG 16 Focal Point in the Governance Team, BPPS, and working within the cross-Cluster SDG16 Team, the Consultant’s allocated functions in support of the Secretariat for the Global Alliance will be as follows:

A.  Knowledge Development and Advocacy

  • Global Goal 16 Report: Support completion and dissemination of SDG 16 report by providing inputs and assisting with consultation of drafts.
  • SDG 16 Reporting Guidance: Finalize SDG 16 reporting guidance, test in several countries, and launch in New York.
  • 2019 VNR Review research - Coordinate development of 2019 VNR review (amend research specifications and liaise with researchers; review draft/provide inputs; coordinate provision of inputs from co-facilitators; disseminate draft).
  • HLPF 2019 event: Support organization of side-event to launch SDG 16 report at HLPF 2019 (filling in room booking forms; development of concept note, agenda, save-the-date, identification and briefing of speakers; talking points for senior UNDP personnel and key Ministers; thank you notes to all speakers). Support the UNDP SDG16 Team in all aspects of its work in preparing for the July 2019 High-Level Political Forum;
  • Ibero-american Judicial Summit - Coordinate Global Alliance support to joint Global Alliance-J20-Interamerican Court of Human Rights-Ibero-american Judicial Summit HLPF event on the role of the justice system in driving progress on SDG 16.

B. Coordination and Secretariat Support

  • Lead outreach, including preparation of/inputs to Talking Points related to the Global Alliance; preparing and delivering presentations to relevant fora.
  • Draft three quarterly Secretariat updates and end of year progress report.
  • Keep website updated and engage in social media - Support the development, establishment and maintenance of knowledge management functions (e.g. portal, website) and social media outreach of the Global Alliance
  • Keep Global Alliance database and directory and contact list updated, including reviewing new membership applications.
  • Organise quarterly Global Alliance Steering Committee meetings and Global Alliance UN Advisory Group meetings.
  • Participate in weekly coordination meetings with SDG 16 actors as well as internally within UNDP
  • Support the UNDP’s liaison on SDG 16 with Member States of the United Nations, with civil society, the private sector and other stakeholders and with sister entities in the UN system as regards their engagement with the Global Alliance, as needed;
  • Coordinate outreach with all stakeholders of the Global Alliance, and ensure effective links to other initiatives on SDG16 and peaceful, just and inclusive societies more generally.

C.  Private Sector engagement and Country Support

  • Somalia: liaison with members, organization of meetings, preparing communication materials, etc. to ensure a joined-up approach related to support for the Somalia Task Force.
  • Sierra Leone Private Sector Engagement: Coordinate provision of private sector support to development and implementation of Sierra Leone justice sector strategy; coordinate provision of private sector and other support to development of monitoring and evaluation framework for Sierra Leone’s new national development plan;
  • Private sector clearing house - Coordinate with private sector actors (e.g. Google/ Bingham Centre) regarding development of private sector support clearing house.
  • Additional country for support: Identify and take forward at least two additional countries for Global Alliance engagement and support.

Expected outputs and deliverables:

  • Support finalization and launch of the SDG 16 Reporting Guidance (June 2019) – 20 days
  • Support finalization/launch of the SDG 16 Global Report/organization of HLPF event(s) (July 2019) – 20 days
  • Support the development and launch of the of private sector engagement strategy and country support (August 2019) – 20 days
  • Support an event at the SDG Summit on SDG 16 (September 2019) – 21 days
  • Continuous support to Somalia Task Force (October 2019) – 21 days
  • Global Alliance support initiated on SDG 16 reporting as part of 2020 VNRs (November 2019) – 20 days
  • Webinar to support implementation of the SDG 16 Guidance for 2020 VNR countries initiated (December 2019) – 15 days
  • End of year report on Global Alliance finalized and shared (January 2020) – 15 days
  • VNR review of 2019 VNRs completed (February 2020) – 18 days
  • Global Alliance country support initiated for three countries (in addition to Somalia and Sierra Leone) (March 2020) – 20 days
  • PR breakfast held to update on SDG 16 progress and Global Alliance support on VNR (April 2020) – 18 days
  • Preparation for HLPF 2019 (June-July 2020) – 22 days   


Functional Competencies:

  • Strong understanding of the importance of SDG16 to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda as a whole;
  • Track record of policy and/or programming on governance;
  • Superior analytical and research skills;
  • Ability to write and communicate in a clear and concise manner;
  • Knowledge and understanding of UN/UNDP’s work and/or other multicultural/bilateral actors’ works and roles related to governance.
  • Knowledge/understanding of institutions, capacity development or institutional strengthening in areas associated with development, governance and peacebuilding;

Behavioral Competencies:

  • Productive and efficient worker, highly motivated;
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize tasks;
  • Strong initiative and is comfortable to pro-actively reach out to new and existing external partners;
  • Performance-oriented and focused on results;
  • Persistence and willingness to follow through;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and flexibility;
  • Ability to take instructions and to learn on the job;
  • Communication and advocacy skills
  • Curiosity and desire to work a complex, international environment.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP, and partner organizations;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Excellent understanding of international development issues and knowledge of the UN system.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic qualifications:

  • Master’s degree/Advanced University degree) in political science, law, development, social sciences or other related disciplines.


  • Minimum of three years professional work experience in a related field, including policy and programme development required;
  • Knowledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development required, with in depth knowledge of SDG 16;
  • Proven experience in organizing international events, required;
  • Strong writing and communication skills required;
  • At least one year of experience in supporting private sector engagement, an asset;
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders and facilitating partnerships required;
  • UNDP experience is an asset.


  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required;
  • Working knowledge of another UN language would be an asset.

Application Procedure

The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):

  • A cover letter with a brief description of why the Offer considers her/himself the most suitable for the assignment;
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects and specifying the relevant assignment period (from/to), as well as the email and telephone contacts of at least three (3) professional references;

Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.

Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.

  • The financial proposal should specify an all-inclusive daily fee (based on a 7 hour working day - lunch time is not included);
  • The financial proposal must be all-inclusive and take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee; (excluding mission travel); living allowances at the duty station; communications, utilities and consumables; life, health and any other insurance; risks and inconveniences related to work under hardship and hazardous conditions (e.g., personal security needs, etc.), when applicable; and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract.
  • In the case of unforeseeable travel requested by UNDP, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between UNDP and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
  • If the Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under a Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP.

The Financial Proposal is to be emailed as per the instruction in the separate email that will be sent to shortlisted candidates.

Evaluation process

Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below.  Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring.  When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Being responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation where technical criteria weighs 70% and Financial criteria/ Proposal weighs 30%.

Technical evaluation - Total 70% (70 points):

  • Criteria 1. Knowledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with in depth knowledge of SDG 16  Weight = 25%; Maximum Points: 25;
  • Criteria 2. Experience working with multiple stakeholders and facilitating partnerships Weight = 15 %; Maximum Points: 15;
  • Criteria 3. Professional work experience in a related field, including policy and programme development Weight = 10 %; Maximum Points: 10; and
  • Criteria 4. Strong writing and communication skills Weight = 10 %; Maximum Points: 10;
  • Criteria 5. Proven experience in organizing international events - Weight = 10 %; Maximum Points: 10;

Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.

Financial evaluation - Total 30% (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

Contract Award

Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.

Institutional arrangement

The Consultant shall report to the SDG 16 Focal Point within the Governance Team in BPPPS and work within the cross-Cluster SDG16 Team, liaising with other substantive technical teams in the Cluster.

UNDP will provide office space and access to internet and a printer during the assignment.

The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop.

Payment modality

  • Payment to the Individual Contractor will be made based on the actual number of days worked, deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager.
  • The work week will be based on 35 hours, i.e. on a 7 hour working day, with core hours being between 9h00 and 18h00 daily.

Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):

Annex 1 - UNDP P-11 Form for ICs

Annex 2 - IC Contract Template

Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions

Annex 4 – RLA Template

Any request for clarification must be sent by email to 

The UNDP Central Procurement Unit will respond by email and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.


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