Consultant - Social Cohesion

Application Deadline :11-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :15 Working Days
Expected Duration of Assignment :One Month


The King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) aims to strengthen national unity and protect the fabric of the community by consolidating the values of diversity, coexistence and national cohesion. The Center does so by establishing a culture of dialogue and disseminating it among all members of society to achieve the public interest and maintain national unity. The UNDP project SAU10/106729 – Developing Indicator for King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue, with KACND intends to provide outputs in the validation of the National Cohesion Index methodology and its development to ensure its alignment with international standards.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objective within the Framework of the UNDP Project

The social cohesion consultant will support in exploring KACND current methodology in National Cohesion Index and the indicators used in developing this index. The consultant will have two key deliverables during the assignment:

  • Fully revise KACND national cohesion index methodology based on best international practices drawing on UNDP’s social cohesion report developed in 2017 and agree with KACND scientific committee on a sound methodology that can be adopted in accordance with international practice. The consultant should take into account the country context, available data and the aim of this index.
  • The consultant should work with the survey designer to ensure that the methodology is reflecting the survey instrument, validate all the questions and facilitate the approval of the scientific committee before launching the survey.
  • Participate in KACND scientific committee meetings to discuss the national cohesion index methodology and their indicators.



By the end of the assignment, the consultant should deliver these outputs:

  • New National Cohesion Index sound methodology based on best practices that is approved by KACND and UNDP.
  • Ensure that all survey instrument questions are aligned with the methodology produced.



Key Competencies:


Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modeling the UN/UNDP’s values and ethical standards;

Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of UNDP;

Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.


  • Proven technical and intellectual skills in understanding and interpreting regional, national and local social science indices;
  • Ability to understand and analyze and political dynamics in the region;
  • Demonstrated ability for facilitation and coordination skills;
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial abilities and demonstrated ability to work in an independent manner;
  • Background knowledge about the SDGs, United Nations and UNDP;
  • Good teamwork and interpersonal skills;
  • Flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks and work under pressure;
  • Excellent drafting and formulation skills;
  • Excellent computer skills especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint;


  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to provide credible leadership;
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership and ability to integrate green finance with broader strategic overview and corporate vision;
  • Demonstrated flexibility in leadership by performing and/or overseeing the analysis/resolution of complex issues;
  • Ability to conceptualize and convey strategic vision from the spectrum of development experience.

Managing Relationships

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strategic partnerships;
  • Demonstrated well developed people management and organizational management skills;
  • Excellent negotiating and networking skills with strong partnerships in academia, technical organizations and as a recognized expert in the practice area.

Managing Complexity

  • Ability to address global development issues;
  • Demonstrated substantive leadership and ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives.

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Ability to strongly promote and build knowledge products;
  • Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information and best practices from within and outside of UNDP;
  • Demonstrates a strong capacity for innovation and creativity in providing strategic policy advice and direction.


  • Mature judgment and initiative;
  • Proven ability to provide strategic direction to the project implementation process;
  • Independent judgment and discretion in advising on handling major policy issues and challenges, uses diplomacy and tact to achieve result.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in social science, statistics, sociology or other closely related field.


  • Minimum 7 years of previous relevant working experience in social science, sociology or statistics, preferably with at least 5 years’ experience supporting social science index methodology design in developing countries;
  • Previous experience in designing international social science indices methodologies is an asset;
  • Previous working experience with the United Nations (UN) is an advantage;
  • Experience in evaluating and conducting result based management
  • Strong teamwork skills and ability to work effectively independently as a consultant and gap         analyzer; Excellent leadership and influence skills
  • Demonstrated ability to proficiently and effectively guide and manage interdisciplinary teams comprised of staff with diverse backgrounds and varied skill sets.


  • Language proficiency in both written and oral English is required. Knowledge of any other UN language, particularly Arabic, is an asset

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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