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National Consultant on Strengthening the multi-stakeholder dimension of national development planning and SDG mainstreaming - UNRCO - Sri Lankan Nationals only
|Location :||Home-Based, SRI LANKA|
|Application Deadline :||07-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||45 working days (July to September 2020)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||45 working days|
The 2030 Agenda was the result of an inclusive and participatory process. The 2030 calls for the meaningful and active participation of people and stakeholders at all stages, from SDG integration into national strategies, to implementation, and national monitoring and review. It highlights the importance of participatory approaches for sustainable development. It also places the most vulnerable and voiceless people as central to leaving no one behind.
UN Country Teams (UNCTs) have a key role to play in supporting Member States in implementing the commitment of inclusive and transparent participation of all stakeholders in the 2030 Agenda and in facilitating inclusive, safe and enabling environments where stakeholders can contribute. The Secretary General has noted that, in moving towards a new generation of UNCTs, it must be ensured that, at the country level, Resident Coordinator Offices are empowered to serve as a one-stop shop for partnerships with external partners.
The Division for Sustainable Development Goals (DSDG) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs serves as the Secretariat for the SDGs, among other things providing substantive support and capacity-building on stakeholder engagement for the 2030 Agenda. This includes online trainings for Member States, webinars and national workshops for civil society, and platforms for private sector to engage on the SDGs.
The form and level of stakeholder engagement in support to SDG implementation and follow up varies between countries, ranging from stakeholder consultations in decision-making processes, to the establishment of multi-stakeholder partnerships to advance on certain goals and targets, to involving stakeholders in monitoring and reporting. However, countries have also been expressing challenges when it comes to stakeholder engagement and not all Member States have reported on including stakeholders in their SDG implementation and follow up processes, including Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs).
SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES
Under the overall guidance of the Partnerships & Development Finance Specialist of the UNRCO, the consultant will contribute to strengthening multi-stakeholder dimension of national development planning and SDGs mainstreaming by analyzing current practices in Sri Lanka share good practices and proposing concrete actions in alignment with UNCT implementation of Cooperation Framework.
The global outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic has posed considerable challenges to effective stakeholder engagement around the world. The present consultancy will provide an opportunity to identify useful alternatives and innovative solutions for engagement processes, such as, but not limited to, web- and SMS-based solutions.
S/he will demonstrate an ability to take initiative and leadership when needed, and be solution-oriented, steering discussion/debate towards consensus that takes work forward.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Consultant will develop recommendations for strengthening the multi-stakeholder dimension of national development planning and SDG mainstreaming in Sri Lanka, with an accompanying proposed/revised stakeholder engagement strategy.
Through the review of documents, reports and interviews with relevant stakeholders, the consultant will prepare a report including:
In the short-term:
In the medium term:
The duration of the consultancy is for 45 work-days over the period from July to September 2020.
a. Technical competencies
b. Corporate Competencies
Required Skills and Experience
An advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent degree) in sustainable development, international relations, governance, public policy, public administration, international law, or 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.
Language and other skills:
HOW TO APPLY
The application should contain:
All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee: LKR (_______) Or All Inclusive Daily Fee: LKR (_________________)
Amount in words: (Rs.___________________)
Note: Payments will be based on invoices on achievement of agreed milestones i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR and certification of acceptance by the UNDP. The applicant must factor in all possible costs in his/her “All Inclusive Lump Sum Fee” including his/her consultancy and professional fee, travel (economy class flights is required to and from the Duty Station) honorarium, board and lodging, and any other foreseeable costs in this exercise. No costs other than what has been indicated in the financial proposal will be paid or reimbursed to the consultant. UNDP will only pay for any unplanned travel outside of this TOR and Duty Station on actual basis and on submission of original bills/invoices and on prior agreement with UNDP officials. Daily perdiums and costs for accommodation/meals/incidental expenses for such travel shall not exceed established local UNDP DSA rates.
For an Individual Contractor who is 65 years of age or older, and on an assignment requiring travel, be it for the purpose of arriving at the duty station or as an integral duty required travel under the TOR, a full medical examination and statement of fitness to work must be provided. Such medical examination costs must be factored in to the financial proposal above. Medical examination is not a requirement for individuals on RLA contracts.
PAYMENT FOR SERVICES
Payments will be based on milestones certified by, and approved by the Partnerships & Development Finance Specialist of the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator.
The consultant will be paid a lump sum amount based on a daily rate.
Payment Milestones will be as follows:
Deliverables / Estimated due date / Payment Percentage
1. Timeline and workplan for the delivery of the work approved by the RC Office / 31 July 2020 / 15%
2. 1st Draft of the report in word document / 7 September 2020 / 35%
3. Final draft of the report – The final draft report must include an executive summary with main findings and a section with recommendations on the way forward. These should be provided also in English, should the report be drafted in another language / 25 September 2020 / 50%
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.