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Researcher - SDG16 Interlinkages Systematic Literature Review
|Application Deadline :||26-Nov-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||30 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.
In its preamble, the 2030 Agenda states already that “[t]he interlinkages and integrated nature of the Sustainable Development Goals are of crucial importance in ensuring that the purpose of the new Agenda is realised.” In short, this means that the goals depend on each other and none can be fully realized on its own. For example, if violence is rampant in a society, this will affect people’s health and income. In turn, lagging progress on health or education or poverty more broadly may also trigger violence.
A key lesson from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is that peace and responsive governance are not only important outcomes by themselves but that “[r]esponsive and effective governance is […] a critical means to achieve development” (Global Thematic Consultation on Governance and the Post-2015 Development Framework, 2012). Many actors thus advocated for a goal on peace and governance in the 2030 Agenda and member states responded to this call by crafting SDG 16 on Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies.
While there has been considerable work on overall SDG interlinkages, including by a Working Group of the UN Statistical Commission’s Inter-Agency and Expert Group, evidence is particularly scarce on SDG 16 interlinkages; i.e. on the question if and how Peace, Justice and Inclusion enable or hinder progress on the other goals or if and how other goals enable or hinder progress on Peace, Justice and Inclusion.
Against this background, UNDP’s Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut fuer Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) are collaborating to identify evidence gaps and the state of the art on the influence of SDG 16 on other SDGs. Given the vast literature on the relationship of SDG 16 with various SDG-related factors, it is necessary to pursue a comprehensive approach, which covers as many empirical analyses as possible. UNDP and DIE will thus conduct a quantitative review (overview of reviews / scoping review / systematic literature review). The results will be presented at the HLPF and subsequently be published in a report co-authored by UNDP/DIE and the consultant. They will also inform UNDP’s programmatic work going forward.
The main aim of this review will be the identification of a selection of relevant factors outlined in the targets of SDG 16 (for instance, inclusive governance, peace, participation etc.) and their influence on a selection of other SDGs. The main research question is defined as “How can progress on SDG 16 targets - or lack thereof - potentially impact the achievement of other SDGs?” The consultant should focus on studies that show either the causal factors or present evidence of mixed-methods studies that explain why certain SDG16-related factors contribute or do not contribute to specific SDGs. Once a decision has been taken on the selection of the SDG-related factors, the consultant, together with DIE and UNDP, will choose the appropriate method. The consultant should additionally utilize non-peer reviewed literature such as reports and policy documents. The search should focus on English language publications. Additional languages are an advantage. The consultant should further chart information from documents considered in a Microsoft Excel sheet. Furthermore, she/he will apply content analysis to summarise key results emerging from the studies. Results will be clustered in common themes and discussed in interlinking detail.
The consultant will be home-based under the supervision of the SDG 16 Policy Advisor at the UNDP Oslo Governance Centre.
No travel is foreseen during the consultancy.
The application is a two-step process. Failing to comply with the submission process may result in disqualifying the applications.
Step 1: Interested individual consultants must include the following documents when submitting the applications in UNDP job shop.
Please note that only 1 (one) file can be uploaded therefore please include all documents in one file:
Step 2: Financial Proposal.
Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:
The financial proposal should state the all-inclusive, lump sum offer in USD, supported by a breakdown of costs (Table A1). The term ‘all inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, communications, utilities, consumables, insurance, travel as per ToR etc.) that could possibly be incurred by the Contractor are already factored into the final amounts submitted in the proposal. The form can be found here: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=45780
The financial proposal should be sent separately to this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org, with subject line: “Financial proposal SDG16 Literature Review”
If an offeror is employed by an organization/company/-institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the offeror must indicate this at in the Financial Proposal, and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial proposal submitted to UNDP. The consultant will be paid only after approving authority confirms the successful completion of each deliverable as stipulated under chapter 3.
In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses will be agreed upon, between UNDP and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. In general, UNDP will not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
Criteria for selection of individual consultant for award of contract:
Only those candidates who meet the minimum level of education and relevant years of experience requirements will be considered for the technical evaluation. The technical evaluation will include a desk review and interviews with shortlisted candidates. With weight of 50% desk review and 50% interview of the total technical score.
The combine scoring method will be used to evaluate proposals:
Combined scoring method – the qualifications will be weighted a maximum of 70% and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a maximum of 30%.
Technical criteria weight: 70 (70% of total obtainable scores). Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 (70%) points on technical part will be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial criteria weight: 30 (30% of total obtainable scores)
When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical Evaluation (70 Points) 70% weight
Technical evaluations will be conducted based on the following criteria:
Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 49 of the obtainable points of 70 points (70%) in technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Financial Evaluation. The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
p = y (µ/z), where
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated;
y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal;
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK
The consultant works in close cooperation with UNDP and DIE, in particular when milestones of the review process are reached.
The timeframe above includes time to review documents, closely cooperate with UNDP and DIE colleagues and incorporate feedback on drafts
Required Skills and Experience