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International Consultant to support UN in Turkmenistan conduct Common Country Analysis 2019
|Location :||Ashgabat, TURKMENISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||26-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Russian|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||30 working days|
The United Nations cooperation with the Government of Turkmenistan dates back to 1994. Over this period 3 partnership frameworks have been implemented. In the Turkmenistan-United Nations Partnership Framework for Development 2016-2020 (PFD), the United Nations is supporting the Government in the areas of: Quality data and progress monitoring; Quality social inclusive services; Environmental sustainability and energy efficiency; Employment, economic diversification and trade; and governance and rule of Law. This PFD is implemented by UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNODC, WHO, IOM, the World Bank and the United Nations Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia (UNRCCA) as well as non-resident UN agencies supporting the UN country team’s (UNCT) work, namely OHCHR, UNESCO, UNECE and UNHCR.
The UN and the Government would like to develop a successor Partnership for Development Framework for the period 2021-2025. Following recent reforms repositioning the UN development system, the Partnership for Development Framework has been renamed as Turkmenistan Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, hereafter the “Cooperation Framework”. The Turkmenistan Cooperation Framework is the most important UN planning and implementation instrument in support of 2030 Agenda in the country and will be prepared and implemented in full consultation with national Government. The Cooperation Framework will outline the UN’s collective response to national SDG priorities agreed with national Government. In this vein, it will be first and foremost a partnership with national government, a compact for UN country teams and a commitment to national stakeholders including development partners, international financial institutions, civil society, trade unions, employers and those left behind. The new Turkmenistan Cooperation Framework will be expected to be a vehicle for supporting: economic transformation; peaceful societies through sustainable development strategies specific to Turkmenistan’s country contexts; and leveraging of all sources of sustainable financing and investments towards attaining the 2030 Agenda in the country. The Cooperation Framework will be regularly updated to remain responsive to emerging and unforeseen needs in the country.
For Turkmenistan’s new Cooperation Framework must be underpinned by a high-quality, evidence-based UN common country analysis (UN CCA). The UN CCA is an impartial and collective assessment (a description) and analysis (explanation of causes and their implications) of the country situation. The CCA is a flagship product of Turkmenistan’s UNCT and a core analytical function of the UN at country, regional and global levels.
In line with the reforms, Turkmenistan CCA is expected to (a) demonstrate a broad holistic and integrated approach that takes into consideration the interlinkages and integrated nature of SDGs (b) reflect the inter-linkages amongst the three dimensions of sustainable development and all spheres of the UN’s work (c) reflect the linkages between the SDGs and human rights framework (including treaties and human rights monitoring mechanisms (iv) build on all sources of data and analysis from a broad range of partners and (v) focus on prevention and the interlinkages between sustainable development, human rights, sustaining peace and the shift away from response to preparedness, need to meet future challenges.
Therefore, the UNCT in Turkmenistan seeks to hire the services of an international consultant to facilitate the preparation of a high-quality and evidence-based UN CCA as the foundation for the new Cooperation Framework.
Duties and Responsibilities
This consultancy is aimed to support the UNCT in Turkmenistan to develop a high quality and evidence-based UN CCA for Turkmenistan which examines the progress, gaps, opportunities and bottlenecks vis-a-vis the Turkmenistan’s commitment to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda, human rights and UN norms and standards and the principles of the UN Charter.
1. To analyze existing data and data gaps for national SDG indicators comparing official data with international sources and where possible use innovative diagnostic tools.
This analysis should be based on the Voluntary National Review, that Turkmenistan presented in 2019, the country-specific findings and recommendations of UN principal organs, and/or the UNSDG endorsed Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS) missions findings and recommendations in Turkmenistan.
2. To describe and analyze the key developmental challenges in relation to national priorities and the SDGs, international human rights obligations and agreed international norms and standards and regional commitments.
3. To identify multidimensional risks that could impact the development trajectory of the country, covering a full spectrum of development, humanitarian, peacebuilding and human rights issues.
4. To identify key development stakeholders and describe their capacities and potential contributions to national SDG priorities. In this context, outline the UN’s collective comparative advantage in Turkmenistan versus these stakeholders.
5. To identify and analyze the relevant regional, sub-regional and cross-border dynamics and their impact on achieving the 2030 Agenda in the context of Turkmenistan.
This may include inter alia trends and risks related to economics and trade, climate change and natural disasters, environmental degradation and ecosystem service, peace and security, migration patterns, health emergencies and animal, food or sanitary emergencies, limitations/opportunities for private sector development. This will help identify opportunities for cross-border dialogue and collaboration between countries.
6. To identify and describe population groups left behind or at risk of being left behind in the country, and the underlying drivers of risks, vulnerabilities and needs, be the political, social or related to conflict, disasters, climate change, the environment or the economy.
7. Assess the financing landscape for sustainable development at the country level, highlighting the existing and potential opportunities for leveraging financing for sustainable development.
Scope of consultancy assignment
Guided by the national vision, national development plan, national budgets as well as national SDG indicator framework and regional commitments, the consultant will amongst others examine the following areas and identify progress, challenges and gaps
Identify progress, challenges and gaps related to:
Drawing on data from World Bank, International Monetary Fund and other regional/and or international financial institutions:
With a gender perspective, analyse the progress, challenges and gaps related to:
Assess progress, challenges and gaps related to the following:
The consultant will develop a technically sound methodology in accordance with human rights approach to data, international data protection standards and the UN Principles on Personal Data Protection and Privacy. The methodology will amongst others:
Under the overall guidance of UN Resident Coordinator, the UNCT has established a UN CCA Task Team, that is composed of programme staff from UN Agencies, nominated by the Head of Agency and coordinated and chaired by the UN Data Management, Monitoring/Reporting Officer.
Under the overall guidance of the UN Resident Coordinator, the consultant will be supervised by the chair of the CCA Task team. The consultant will work on a daily basis with the CCA Task Team who will oversee and guide their work.
The CCA Task Team under the leadership of UN Resident Coordinator is responsible for the successful execution of the CCA process by managing and quality assuring the work and deliverables of international consultant. In particular, the Task Team will:
Under the overall guidance of the CCA Task Team, the international consultant will lead in facilitating the UN CCA process and will be specifically responsible for the following:
Deliverables for the UN CCA International Consultant
Deliverable 1 Desk Review
Desk review of all the available studies, evaluations, surveys produced by the country, as well as the PFD 2016-2020 Evaluation Results and develop an Inception Report, that includes detailed CCA Work Plan for completing the assignment, tools and methodologies, as well as other data collection methods proposed for in-country visits and out-country (on-line surveys, BigData). Develop questionnaires and guidance for the national consultant’s visits to velayats.
Location: Home Based
Duration: 5 working days (July 2019)
Payment schedule: 10%
Deliverable 2 In-country mission
In-country mission and Focus Group discussions, including UN Theme Groups, Result Groups and SDG Ambassadors, IFIs, Dev Partners, Non-Resident Agencies and others, as identified by the CCA Task Group.
Facilitator will present preliminary CCA report for validation by UNCT, CCA Task Group and Theme/results groups. During this workshop, the collective UN comparative advantage of UN in Turkmenistan in supporting 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development will be analysed.
Duration: 5 working days (end-August 2019)
Payment schedule: 10%
Deliverable 3 Draft CCA Report (see Annex 1)
This must include discussion of findings, conclusions and recommendations from desk review and primary data gathered. This must address all the objectives of the study.
Max. 30 pages (English), including Executive Summary (5 pages), the assessment of country context and the 2030 Agenda, including a consideration of existing data and data gaps and the enabling political, policy and legislative environment, the rights-based analysis of the drivers of inter-sectoral and development challenges, including the underlying and root causes of inequalities and discrimination, capacity gaps of rights holders and duty bearers, the UN comparative advantage and the UN and national capacity development assessment, the risk and opportunities, future scenarios and contingencies (risk analyse disaggregated), identification of priorities areas of development intervention, of key issues and challenges and suggestions of areas of opportunity for the UN intervention.
Duration: 10 working days (August-September 2019)
Payment schedule: 30%
Deliverable 4 Final CCA Report
Max. 30 pages (English) plus essential annexes and 2,500 words Executive Summary (submitted in hard and soft copy). To be assessed using UNDG Quality Checklist for CCA developing.
Duration: 10 working days (August-September 2019)
Payment schedule: 50% of total value of contract (upon approval of the CCA final report)
Required Skills and Experience
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications on or before suggested deadline online through the jobs.undp.org electronic portal.
Financial Proposal with the references to (1) the daily rate for the assignment and within the timing scale indicated in the present TOR, and (2) any other expenses (including transportation costs, accommodation costs, the possibility of vaccination and etc.). Template of the form can be found at: http://www.tm.undp.org/content/turkmenistan/en/home/operations/jobs. The UNDP will enter into an Individual Contract based on a lump sum amounts. The financial proposal shall represent a detailed, justified and “all inclusive” amount. In order to assist UNDP in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount, including: a daily fee for the tasks and an estimated duration as specified in this announcement, travel (to and from the missions), per diems, any other possible costs (including vaccinations, dwelling, communication etc.);
Proposals not meeting the above requirements will be rejected.
The award of the contract will be made to the consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as having received the highest combined score of the technical and financial scores.
Only candidate obtaining a minimum of 70 points out of 100 points at the technical evaluation will be considered for the financial evaluation.
The financial score for the financial proposal will be calculated in the following manner:
Additional requirements for recommended contractor:
Recommended contractors aged 65 and older, and if the travel is required, shall undergo a full medical examination including x-ray, and obtain medical clearance from the UN-approved doctor prior to taking up their assignment. The medical examination is to be cleared by the UN physicians, and shall be paid by the consultant.
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.