Ref.2019-023_International Consultant for 2021-2025 UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for Kazakhstan

Location : Home based with mission to Kazakhstan
Application Deadline :28-Aug-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 :Sept 2019 - Feb 2020
Expected Duration of Assignment :60 working days


Important notice to the Applicants - Please do not submit your offer through undp jobs!

Only those applications would be considered that have been submitted to the following e-mail address: with the indication of IC-Ref.2019-023 in the subject line. The deadline is 15.00 (Nur-sultan time)  August 28, 2019.

For detailed information on the position, required documents to be sent and evaluation procedure please refer to the Terms of Reference. Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to the following e-mail: 

Project description:

Currently, UN system’s programme work in Kazakhstan is united by the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), locally known as the Partnership Framework for Development (PFD) for 2016-2020. In view of its expected completion in December 2020 the UNCT has started planning for the next, post 2020 five-year programming cycle.

The United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (“Cooperation Framework” or UNSDCF) is a new name to former United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), which was given to more accurately reflect the contemporary relationship between Governments and the UN development system in collaborating to achieve the SDGs.

The Cooperation Framework will be developed through an inclusive and participatory process jointly with the Government and other stakeholders.

In this context, the UNCT seeks services of an international consultant to help develop the 2021-2025 UNSDCF with an integrated programming approach, addressing core programming principles in a holistic manner. The key principals are:

  1. Leaving No One Behind
  2. Human Rights Based Approach
  3. Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
  4. Resilience
  5. Sustainability
  6. Accountability

With 2030 in sight, the UN development system aims to design the Cooperation Framework that will truly make a difference in less than three cycles. Therefore, the vision of its contribution and the design of medium-term support must be grounded in a clearly articulated, evidence-based, robust theory of change that describes the interdependent changes necessary for the country to achieve the 2030 Agenda. It is important to ensure that the process of formulating the Cooperation Framework is inclusive to the extent feasible, involving adequately the partners and beneficiaries of the Cooperation Framework such as the youth, children, women, persons with disability, civil society, private sector and beyond.  The work will build on the  Final Evaluation of the current PFD  and the UN’s Common Country Assessment, as well as other relevant UN publications and online consultations with UN agencies as deem needed prior to visit to Kazakhstan; participation and support with facilitation of the multi-stakeholder Strategic Planning Retreat in Nur-Sultan in the beginning of October 2019; development of the draft and final UNSDCF document, including the Results and M&E tables in consultation with the UNCT, NRAs, the Government, development partners, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities

The consultant will be involved in the following stages:

  • Review the Common Country Assessment and consult with UNCT early on to eventually include additional material for preparation of the multi-stakeholder Strategic Planning Retreat (SPR);
  • Country visit  (early October 2019): the consultant will visit Nur-Sultan for 5 days to participate and help with facilitation of the SPR;
  • Drafting the UNSDCF and the Legal Annex: the consultant will produce the draft UNSDCF document for the UNCT's feedback, including the Results and M&E tables, in consultation with the UNCT, NRAs, the Government, development partners, civil society, private sector and other stakeholders. The revised document will be shared with the regional PSG and the Government for inputs;
  • Final UNSDCF:  After reviewing the feedback received from the PSG and the Government, the consultant will finalize the UNSDCF together with a Legal Annex to the Cooperation Framework to be ready for signing with the Government.

Scope of work:

The Consultant will deliver to UNCT in Kazakhstan the following:

1) Have initial online consultations with the UN agencies following familiarization with the Common Country Assessment and other relevant publications.

2) Making    arrangements for the country visit: the consultant will visit Nur-Sultan to participate and help with facilitation of the Strategic Planning Retreat (SPR).

3) Drafting the UNSDCF Results Matrix based on the inputs received from the PFD Results Groups and the SPR outcomes.

4) Drafting the UNSDCF document:

  • The consultant will produce the draft UNSDCF, based on the Common Country Assessment, pre SPR consultations with agencies and outcomes of the SPR;
  • The Consultant will draft the legal annex document;
  • Draft will be commented by the UNCT;
  • The consultant will reflect the UNCT comments;
  • The revised document will be shared with the regional PSG;
  • Comments from PSG reflected and the revised report shared with the UNCT

5) Development of final UNSDCF and the Legal Annex document: The consultant will finalize the UNSDCF.


Functional competencies:


  • Profound knowledge of the UN system and UN common country programming processes in particular the new CCA approach and new UNSDCF Guidance and its operationalization (CCA/UNDAF);
  • Extensive experience in results Based Management principles, logic modelling/logical framework analysis, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, and participatory approaches;
  • Strong experience in process facilitation and inclusive stakeholder engagement processes.


  • Excellent communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability  to  write reports, conduct studies and to articulate ideas in a clear and concise style in English.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced University Degree (Master's or equivalent) in Social Sciences or a related field.


  • A minimum of 10 years of the relevant professional experience; previous experience with CCA/UNDAF formulations, evaluations and/or reviews is highly desired;
  • Practical experience in Eastern Europe and CIS and knowledge of the development issues in Middle Income Countries is an asset.

Language Requirements

•             Excellent written and spoken English. Knowledge of Russian/Kazakh is an asset.

Other attributes

  • An understanding of and ability to abide by the values of the United Nations;
  • Awareness   and sensitivity in working   with people of various cultural   and social backgrounds.

Required documents to be submitted by the Applicant:

The following documents only in PDF should be attached to the application (proposal) and sent by e-mail to the following address: indicating Ref. 2019-023 in the subject of the letter no later than 15.00 (Nur-Sultan time) August 28, 2019:

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP; template attached;
  • Detailed personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) and other supporting information confirming that the Candidate meets the qualification requirements;
  • Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided;
  • Cover Letter 

Due to the technical features of e-mail, the size of the file should not exceed 9 Mb per message. There could be maximum of 3 e-mail transmissions.

ONLY fully submitted applications with all required above documents would be considered by UNDP!!!

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