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National Consultant for Sri Lanka Partnership Landscape Assessment at UNRCO for Sri Lankans only
|Location :||Colombo, SRI LANKA|
|Application Deadline :||21-Oct-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||30 working days|
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.
The novel corona virus (COVID-19) pandemic poses unprecedented challenges for the global community. The United Nations Sustainable Development Group has launched a coherent framework (1) for UN’s urgent socio-economic support to countries and societies in the face of COVID-19, putting in practice Secretary-General’s report on “Shared responsibility, global solidarity: Responding to the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19 (2). Moving beyond the initial response phase, the Secretary-General underlines the need to “recover better”, and that any recovery strategy should ensure that we remain on track towards the longer-term objectives outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The report also underlines the importance of mobilizing partnerships with all stakeholders to accelerate the global response to COVID-19 and recovery from its impact, including with local and regional authorities, researchers, scientists and innovators, civil society and community-based organizations, private sector and philanthropies.
The President of Sri Lanka, His Excellency Gotabaya Rajapaksa, has firmly placed the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Sri Lanka a key priority, as enshrined in the policy document, “Vistas of Prosperity and Splendour” (3) The document, termed as Sri Lanka government’s national development framework, encompasses ideas emerging from a broad national stakeholder engagement process in the country, including with inhabitants from 25,000 villages and the general public.
In 2019, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA), United Nations Office for Partnerships, United Nations Development Coordination Office, Global Compact, and The Partnering Initiative launched the 2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator (4) - a project aimed at accelerating effective partnerships in support of the SDGs.
SCOPE AND OBJECTIVES
The UN in Sri Lanka is working with the Government and partners to help alleviate the health and socio-economic consequences of the pandemic. In support of these efforts, the UN Office of the Resident Coordinator Office in Sri Lanka, in collaboration with the 2030 Agenda Partnership Accelerator, will be engaging a broad range of stakeholders, including the government of Sri Lanka, the United Nations system, academia, private sector, and civil society, to support the implementation of the SDGs and building back better by enhancing cohesion among sectors and stakeholders, and inspire new actions and multi-stakeholder partnerships.
The Sri Lanka Partnership Forum (date and venue tbc) will provide a starting point for ensuring greater coherence across all stakeholders and sectors while building back better from COVID-19, leading to more transformational whole-of-society approach to partnerships for advancing SDGs in Sri Lanka. The three-day Forum will include a high-level partnership dialogue to set the stage and outline the need for driving effective multi-stakeholder partnerships, held in the morning of the first day, followed by a two-and-a-half-day working level multi-stakeholder workshop.
The purpose of the consultancy is to conduct a national partnership landscape assessment of Sri Lanka in order to deliver and maximize impact and value of the Forum.
Duties and Responsibilities
Undertake a partnership landscape assessment (through interviews, desk research, self-organized meetings) to identify:
The duration of the consultancy is for a total of 30 days during the period October 2020 – January 2021.
a Technical competencies
b. Corporate Competencies
Required Skills and Experience
Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent degree) in sustainable development, economics, public policy, public administration, finance, natural resources management, engineering, law, social sciences or related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination two (2) additional years of qualifying work experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience on sustainable development issues, including experience on partnerships, including three years at the national (Sri Lanka), international and regional levels is required. Experience in policy-oriented work in sustainable development issues is required. Experience in preparing written outputs on sustainable development issues is required.
Experience in delivering training programmes is desirable.
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 upon completion of deliverables listed above.