Consultancy for International Research - SDGs and Awqaf

Location : Home Based - Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA, SAUDI ARABIA
Application Deadline :04-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Expected Duration of Assignment :12 - 14 Weeks

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Project Description 

Awqaf – Islamic endowments – have been a central form of social finance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) for centuries. Awqaf have been used to fund, on a perpetual basis, institutions and projects that support poverty alleviation, education, health care, and numerous other social objectives.

The United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office (UNRCO) in Saudi Arabia and the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) have identified Awqaf as an important source of sustainable financing for the National Transformation Plan (NTP) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  In partnership, UNRCO and ICD envision undertaking a strategic study on the potential of Awqaf in the KSA for SDG financing.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The International Researcher (IR) will undertake relevant literature search, provide reference and background documents and draft two chapters of the study and will contribute to other sections.

The consultant will also contribute to the Recommendations chapter, Executive Summary, and Conclusion as required to reflect his or her chapters.

Expected Outputs and Deliverables


Deliverables/ Outputs


Estimated Duration to Complete


Target Due Dates


Review and Approvals Required

  1. Workplan for delivering results
  • Based on the ToRs, and in consultation with the SDCO, prepare a workplan for delivering results.

1 week

Within 1 week of start date

Senior Advisor with EC Secretariat

  1. Draft and Final version of Chapter II: Context and Introduction
  • Objectives of the study
  • The importance and urgency of the UN 2030 Agenda and the SDGs
  • The importance of Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Plans
  • The KSA’s commitment to the SDGs
  • Prior research (light literature review) on Awqaf and social development
  • The unique contribution(s) of the current study
  • The Sponsors’ (UN and ICD) commitment to the SDGs

4 – 6 weeks


Senior Advisor with EC Secretariat

  1. Chapter IV: Draft and Final version of Framework for SDG alignment
  • Introduce framework for SDG and Vision 2030 alignment of Awqaf on three levels:
    • The purpose of the Waqf;
    • The projects of the Waqf; and
    • The investments of the Waqf (when relevant).
  • Discuss the alignment of purpose through Waqf charters and registration
  • Discuss the alignment of projects though UN tools on SDG impact measurement
  • Discuss the alignment of investments through UN principles and frameworks

4 – 6 weeks


Senior Advisor with EC Secretariat

  1. Other contributions to overall report
  • Contribute to the Recommendations chapter, Executive Summary, and Conclusion to reflect Chapters II and IV.
  • Participate in reviews of the full report when ready, including possible working sessions with the Advisory Committee or Executive Committee
  • Amend relevant chapters of the report as needed through rounds of feedback from the Advisory Board and Executive Committee


2 - 4 weeks


Senior Advisor with EC Secretariat



Experience & Skills:

  • Expertise in the SDGs and sustainable finance;
  • Familiarity with the Waqf sector, Islamic finance, or philanthropy more broadly;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills (English-language);
  • Strong experience in qualitative and quantitative research;
  • Demonstrated ability to source and analyze information and data (English-language) from published reports and data;
  • Expertise in conducting stakeholder interviews to generate qualitative findings;
  • Strong project management skills; and
  • A proven ability to effectively work independently.

Required Skills and Experience

Application Process:Qualifications of the Successful Individual Contractor


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in in economics, finance, or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Fluency in English is required, as the report is in English.
  • Fluency in Arabic is highly preferred, as reference documents may not always be available in English.
  • Working knowledge of other languages in which Awqaf research is conducted is desirable to the extent that such documents may be referenced as international practices. 
Application Process:


Interested candidates need to apply online and upload requested documents (Technical Proposal/MethodologyCV/P11 form, Offeror’s Letter of confirmation and Financial Proposal) in the Procurement Notice no later than end of June 4, 2020.

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