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Portfolio Mid-term Review of Joint SDG Fund- Consultant
|Location :||Home Based|
|Application Deadline :||15-Dec-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||Up to 60 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 60 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 Joint SDG Fund supports countries as they accelerate their progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It operates through joint programmes (JPs) that provide the mechanism for transformative solutions implemented by governments and national stakeholders and supported by the UN Country Team led by Resident Coordinators (RCs). Strategic direction for the Fund is provided by the Strategic Advisory Group chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General as the chair of UN Sustainable Development Group. The Fund is managed by the Operational Steering Committee, comprised of representatives of 5 UN entities, and with the support from the Secretariat of the Fund. The UN Development Coordination Office (DCO) hosts the Fund and provides for the alignment with the broader UN Development System reforms. The Administrative Agent of the Fund, in charge of financial management, is the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF-O). Official documents (e.g. Terms of Reference and Operational Guidance) of the Fund and information on funding can be found on the Gateway portal.
The Fund launched its first global Call for Concept Notes in March 2019 to support integrated policy for SDG acceleration focusing on Social Protection and Leave No One Behind (LNOB), particularly the most vulnerable and marginalized – children, adolescents, people living with disabilities, minorities, and the elderly. A 114 countries applied and the top 35 proposals were selected, leading to development of 35 joint programmes (hereinafter JPs) in 39 countries with the total funding of $US 102 million over 2 years. JPs were finalized and approved in 2019 and launched in 2020. The implementation involves 600+ partners from governments, civil society, the private sector, and international organizations. All joint programmes are expected to deliver results at scale by 31 January 2022, while improving the coherence of UN Country Teams and facilitating acceleration of SDG progress. More information on JPs can be found on the Joint SDG Fund website and on the Gateway portal.
The focus of the portfolio is on integrated policies, institutions, programmes and services for social protection of the most vulnerable. The approach is based on the understanding that social protection refers to any vulnerability across the whole individual’s lifecycle. This led to a diverse portfolio, which includes focus on a large number of vulnerable populations, including children, youth, elderly and persons with disabilities. Across all these groups, the focus on women is put into the foreground and JPs also substantially mainstream human rights because they address systemic inequality.
JPs in this portfolio were launched at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund provided an opportunity to re-purpose 20% of the budget, which was used by 1/3 of the JPs. In addition, all JPs adapted to the new context and responded to COVID-19, in particular given that social protection of most vulnerable proved to be essential to address the immediate and system impact of the pandemic.
The implementation of all JPs is carried out by UN Country Teams, led by the Resident Coordinator. Global portfolio management focuses primarily on: developing portfolio-level policies and best practices, operational monitoring (quarterly check and 6-month progress update); risk management; and support to partnerships, strategic communication, learning and sharing of innovation practices.
There are two levels of results. At the global level, the results relevant for this portfolio are those included in the Joint SDG Fund Results Framework (as presented in its Terms of Reference). The global results are divided into programmatic (outputs and outcomes that focus on integrated policy) and performance indicators. The second level of results are programme-specific and presented in detailed results frameworks in each JP documents. The high diversity of focus of the JPs implies that the programme-specific results frameworks are too diverse to be effectively aggregated at the global, portfolio level. JPs are required to report on both: a) they provide input to the global results of the Fund, which are then aggregated, and b) they provide detailed analysis of the progress towards the results from programme-specific results frameworks. The portfolio reports on aggregate global results; provides clustered summaries of progress and showcases innovation and emergent practices.
In 2020, JPs provided quarterly updates for Q1 and Q3, as well as a 6-month progress update. These emphasized overview of the progress on implementation, risks, and next steps. It is expected that the delivery of expected results for 2020 will be hindered by lock-down measures and the broader impact of COVID-19. However, there is a great emphasis for JPs to innovate and leverage partnerships and related initiatives. JPs are also in the process of adapting their workplans, which in most cases leads to postponing certain activities to 2021, but in several cases it facilitated accelerating the implementation in 2020 (e.g. by moving some activities from 2021 into 2020 when requested from the government). The JP progress reporting included both implementation of expected results and the additional contributions provided through innovation, partnerships and engagement with individuals and families across vulnerable groups. In addition, more than 100 blog posts – human interest stories and expert insights – have been produced by the 35 JPs in 2020.
The major upcoming milestone for each of the JPs is the Annual Progress Report, to be submitted in January 2021. Given that the duration of the JPs is 2 years, the 2020 Annual Progress Report is a critical opportunity to collect information, data and insights into the state of play given the ambitious results expected by 2022.
Purpose and Scope of the Portfolio Mid Term Review
Strategic analysis of Annual Progress Reports of JPs
In-depth analysis of MTR survey questionnaire
Interviews with key stakeholders
Quarterly check for Q1 2021
Input to global report of the Joint SDG Fund and updated summaries of JPs
Given the scope of and the limited period for the portfolio MTR, it will be essential for the Consultant to be selective and strategic in the analysis and reporting. The Consultant will need to balance providing the “big picture” of the portfolio with the need to present evidence of results and progress of individual JPs. This will require an advanced aptitude for analyzing complex information from different sources, identifying most essential insights, and articulating multi-faceted and cross-sectoral findings in a clear and concise manner. It will also require the ability to quickly acquire optimal understanding of diverse country contexts and undertake high-quality research using both quantitative and qualitative methods.
Duties and Responsibilities
Reporting to the Head of Programme in the Secretariat of the Joint SDG Fund, the Consultant will support the portfolio on Integrated Policy for Social Protection and “Leave No One Behind” with the following:
Analysis of the Annual Progress Reports from the 35 JPs, containing
Portfolio Mid-Term Review Report based on:
Based on the Portfolio Mid-Term Review Report and the quarterly check for Q1 in 2021 (brief monitoring update from JPs), preparation of the following
Access to necessary documents, information and data will be provided to the Consultant by the Head of Programme. Besides the final report, the Consultant will hand over other relevant data and information produced over the course of MTR.
Expected Outputs, deliverables and Timeframe
Final draft of MTR Report
Final MTR Report
Summarized information for the global Fund’s Report
Timeframe/ Duration of Work
Ethics and Values
Working in Teams
Required Skills and Experience
Required Skills and Experience
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Technical Criteria Total 70% (700 points)
Financial Evaluation: Total 30% (300 points)
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Annex 1 - UNDP P-11 Form for ICs
Annex 2 - IC Contract Template
Annex 3 – IC General Terms and Conditions
Annex 4 – RLA Template