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Consultant for development of Malaysia’s Second Voluntary National Review (VNR) of SDG Progress
|Location :||Home-Based with travel to Putrajaya and Kuala Lumpur where required, MALAYSIA|
|Application Deadline :||02-Dec-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||07 December 2020 and will end on 30 Jun 2021|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||07 December 2020 and will end on 30 Jun 2021|
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.
At the 70th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly held on 25 September 2015, the Members States adopted the post-2015 sustainable development agenda together with a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Malaysia was among the Member States committed to implement this action plan by acting through collaborative partnership with all stakeholders to deliver inclusive and sustainable development.
The 2030 Agenda was developed out of a participatory and widespread consultation process over two years, taking into account voices of diverse communities from all walks of life. The Economic Planning Unit (EPU) Malaysia under the Prime Minister’s Department with the support of the UN Country Team (UNCT) organized participatory consultations across the country on the post-2015 agenda in 2014. These national consultations were taken into consideration in the 2030 Agenda and the 11th Malaysia Plan.
Malaysia has taken steps towards the implementation of the SDGs through various initiatives from the government. The efforts saw the mainstreaming of SDGs into the government planning process, which led to the development of the SDG Roadmap Phase 1. The country also acknowledges the importance of quality, accessible, timely and reliable disaggregated data, and with the support from the UNCT, an SDG Progress Monitoring System has been established (http://mysdg.dosm.gov.my/) by the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM). DOSM has also conducted several SDG indicator assessment (https://www.dosm.gov.my/v1/index.php?r=column/cone&menu_id=Ukh4bnhIbjl6T1BNQlNDTk9MMGwyUT09) .
The annual High-level Political Forum (HLPF) plays a central role in overseeing the follow-up and review processes at the global level and facilitates sharing of experiences from countries and providing political guidance and recommendations for follow-up. The Voluntary National Review (VNR) process is key to this function, whereby member states are requested to periodically report on progress on the SDG agenda. This includes reviewing of SDG performance (current data versus indicator targets) and means of implementation to deliver the goals within national contexts (covering issues of governance, service delivery, enabling partnerships and resourcing). While VNR rounds adopt a particular theme and a restricted number of SDGs for in-depth analysis (see below), reporting countries are expected to also provide performance data for all the SDGs and targets (where available and applicable).
Malaysia participated in the HLPF held in New York from 11 to 20 July 2016 under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, whereby the Economic Planning Unit under the Prime Minister’s Department (EPU) submitted the country’s first Voluntary National Review (VNR). Malaysia has this year, committed to submit its second VNR to the 2021 HLPF (https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/hlpf/2021#:~:text=The%20programme%20of%20the%20HLPF,Agenda%20in%20the%20context%20of), which will be held as follows:
This process will be led by the EPU as the SDG focal point for the country. It is underlined that the VNR process also presents national Governments with an opportunity to raise the national profile and engage in global development policy debates, with considerable spin off gains.
The proposed governance structure is based on the arrangements for the previous VNR but refined in the light of experiences. It will include the following entities:
Diagram showing proposed governance structure for the preparation of the VNR Report. Please download at http://www.my.undp.org/content/dam/malaysia/docs/Procurement/UNRCO%20Diagram.pdf
Duties and Responsibilities
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of work
The consultant will develop an evidence based VNR report and act as project coordinator for all activities involved in preparing for this VNR, including obtaining the required data, organizing required meetings, stakeholder engagement and consultations. The consultant will be working closely with EPU, the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Malaysia (RCO), and other relevant stakeholders, including DOSM, Government Ministries and agencies, ESCAP and UN agencies of the UN Country Team (UNCT). While formally reporting to the UN RCO, the consultant will be responsible to EPU for driving the VNR process, and for developing a product that meets their expectations and that they can present and later defend at the HLPF. This dual hatted role requires a flexible approach and careful management of relationships. EPU will take the lead role in ensuring that the relevant stakeholders are consulted and involved in the process, with the consultant as a supporting role.
The consultant will draft Malaysia’s Voluntary National Review (VNR) Report to the HLPF 2021 in close consultation with Government and the UN. The VNR Report will comprise an estimated 70-120 page full report; main messages to be submitted in advance; executive summary; statistical and data inputs; and presentation materials; based on inputs from Government, UN agencies, multiple stakeholders, the Technical Working Groups (TWGs), Technical Working Committee and National Steering Committee (NSC). The format of the VNR Report will be guided by EPU, UN guidlines (e.g. https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/27024Handbook_2021_EN.pdf), ESCAP tools etc.).
The consultant will be responsible for employing his / her own team of experts as needed, under each of the five proposed TWGs, to deliver the following outputs:
Output 1: The first deliverable will include:
Output 2: The second deliverable will include:
Output 3: The third deliverable will include the following:
Output 4 The fourth deliverable will consist of the following that are submitted according to the timelines set and approved by the NSC:
1) Final VNR Report, with data annexes (approximately 70-120 pages – depending on what is determined by SC and TWC) with fully designed and incorporate executive summary; also annexes if required).
2) Main messages to be submitted in advance, and
3) High-quality presentation materials.
The final VNR Report will be made available in print as well as electronically and should be suitable for a broad audience (e.g. UN member states, policy makers and other key stakeholders).
Preparation of the VNR Report
The VNR is to take stock of achievements thus far, enabling environmental factors, challenges, barriers and bottlenecks and reflect on best practices, lessons learned, and areas that would need support. The VNR is to review the nine SDGs mentioned above in-depth and in line with national priorities, but also provide data and an assessment of Malaysia’s progress against all targets within the 17 SDGs. The VNR will also need to relate to the 12th Malaysia Plan development process.
Key Deliverables, Timeline and Terms of Payment
The consultant is expected carry out the activities over a period of 7 months, taking into consideration time required for review of deliverables by the EPU and relevant partners.
The deliverables and outputs are expected to be:
The consultant is expected to:
The project is expected to commence from 07 December 2020 and will end on 30 June 2021 or until such time that the final reports and all other required materials are accepted by EPU and UNCT and submitted to the HLPF 2021.
Required Skills and Experience
• Excellent written and spoken language skills in English and Malay are required.
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS
Interested individual applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
How to Apply:
General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA): A legal instrument between UNDP and a Company/institution, according to which, the latter makes available the services of an individual delivering time-bound and quantifiable outputs that are directly linked to payments
The offers that will be received shall be evaluated based on the Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a maximum of 70% and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a maximum of 30%.