Job Opening

Posting Title: Sustainability Reporting Specialist - ISAR
Department/Office: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 17 February 2021 - 21 February 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-United Nations Conference on Trade and Development-149920-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

1. Participation in the meeting with Colombian counterparts and contribution to the planification of the regional workshop.
2. Preparation of a complete version of the Action Plan and problem trees including feedback from UNCTAD (in English and Spanish).
3. A revised version of the Action Plan including problem trees and feedback from international experts and from national counterparts; (in English and Spanish)
4. Participation in the Regional meeting to present the GCI, and presentation of the Guatemalan GCI case studies.
5. A virtual presentation of the action plan organized and executed with key national counterparts, and a summary report of deliberations and feedback.
6. Organization of bilaterals with key counterparts.
7. Final Version of the Action Plan and problem tress including any comments after validating these documents in the virtual presentation.
8. e-ADT duly completed (In English)
9. Delivery of one capacity building activity and summary report including feedback on the usefulness of the materials.
10. At least 10 companies commit to use the GCI.
11. Report including list of lessons learned and best practices from the implementation of the project.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

Contract dates: 20 February 2021- 14 August 2021
Effective working time: 50 days
Place of work: Home Based

Duties and Responsibilities

UNCTAD is currently undertaking the implementation of a Development Account project entitled Enabling policy frameworks for enterprise sustainability and SDG reporting. This project intends to strengthen the capacities of Governments to measure and monitor the private sector contribution to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in particular on target 12.6 Encourage companies, especially large and transnational companies, to adopt sustainable practices and to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycle. The project aims at developing and implementing a tool to enable policy-makers to coordinate efforts among different national authorities in establishing a sustainability reporting framework; to contribute to the harmonization of sustainability reports within that framework; and to support governments in the collection of comparable and reliable information aligned with the SDGs global framework of indicators.

This project also expects to raise awareness and foster experience-sharing among policy makers from countries in Africa and Latin America, the two target regions, on how to achieve enabling policy frameworks for enterprise sustainability/SDG reporting. Accordingly, four beneficiary countries have been selected including: Kenya and South Africa in Africa and Colombia and Guatemala in Latin America.

The revised Accounting Development Tool (ADT) and the Guidance on Core indicators for entity reporting on the contribution towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (GCI) will be used during the implementation of the project with a view to improve quality and facilitate international comparability of sustainability reporting, as well as to enable multiple authorities within Governments to articulate, collaborate and better assess the contribution of the private sector towards the implementation of the SDGs. Ultimately, the project will enhance the SDG monitoring mechanism.

As one of the beneficiary countries in Latin America, a series of activities have already been conducted in Guatemala, including a kickoff meeting, an assessment with the revised ADT and case studies on the GCI, a note on the status of sustainability reporting in the country and a national consultative workshop where findings of the integrated assessment of the national capacity in enterprise sustainability and SDG reporting were discussed and validated. They allowed to identify key gaps and country priorities. Based on these reports and findings, a national action plan will be developed and presented to key stakeholders for its validation. This will be facilitated by a national consultant working in close cooperation with UNCTAD. The main activities to continue implementing the DAP in the country will be conducted in Spanish; however, all reports will be provided in Spanish and English.

The main activities of the national consultant are as follows:

Virtual Meeting with Colombia
• The consultant will participate in an interactive meeting with the national consultant and other key stakeholders from Colombia in order to learn from their experience during the implementation of the national activities of the project. The meeting will also allow to identify good practices that can facilitate and improve the remaining activities in Guatemala.
• The meeting will also allow to brainstorm regarding the regional workshop in Latin America.

Development of the action plan
• UNCTAD will work together with the national consultant to prepare a proposal of an action plan for high quality sustainability reporting. The action plan will take into consideration the results of the assessment, the priority actions agreed at the national workshop and the country's institutional setting and policy making model.
• A first draft of the problem trees will be prepared by the consultant based on UNCTAD’s problem tree template and the list of issues identified in the corporate reporting assessment.
• A revised document of the problem trees will be prepared by the consultant including UNCTAD’s revisions and comments.
• A first draft of the action plan will be prepared by the consultant, using UNCTAD’s template, the problem trees, the ADT report and questionnaire, the GCI case study and the note on the status of sustainability/SDG in the country.
• A revised complete version of the action plan including comments after UNCTAD’s review will be provided.
• The consultant will also contribute to the identification of key areas to be addressed in the delivery of one capacity building activity through consultations.
• A revised version of the action plan including the comments received by the national counterparts and the report and questionnaire of the ADT will be shared with an international experts’ review committee which could require additional revisions.

* * International experts’ review committee:
The summary ADT report and questionnaire, and the problem trees and action plan will be subject to a review by international experts. The experts will review that all steps have been followed by each country in order to ensure there is consistency among all assessment exercises. The process will be as follows:
• UNCTAD will submit the documents to the international experts’ review committee.
• The review committee will: (i) review the completed questionnaire and determine that all sections have been completed; (ii) review key findings, main areas that require attention according to the results obtained and recommendations related to next steps, and will suggest any modifications or improvements necessary; and (iii) will review the problem trees and the action plan to verify their coherence and effectiveness to address the gaps and priorities.
• After the review, UNCTAD may return the reports for additional work by the Consultant.
•The Consultant will provide final versions of the documents reviewed by the committee.
•The consultant will upload the ADT results in the e ADT website

Regional meeting to present the GCI
• The consultant will participate in a regional meeting organized with a view to present and promote the use of the GCI, among other countries in the region. The meeting will take place virtually.
• The consultant will present the GCI case studies’ experience in Guatemala, including key findings.
• The consultant will share lessons learned with countries from the region

Presentation of the action plan to ensure its endorsement.
• Assist UNCTAD in the organization of the presentation of the action plan to key national counterparts, through a webinar or videoconference.
• Contribute to the preparation of the action plan package to be shared with participants.
• Contribute to the organization of a virtual meeting with all stakeholders, including preparation of materials and presentations, as necessary.
• Assist in the facilitation of discussions on how to implement the recommendations.
• Provide support in obtaining feedback from participants through an evaluation survey.
• Prepare a summary report of the deliberations, including feedback received.
• Prepare a revised action plan including any new recommendations with a focus on implementation. • The action plan and the problem trees need to be prepared in English and Spanish.
• Provide support in organizing bilaterals with key counterparts to facilitate endorsement and implementation of the action plan.

Capacity building activity
• Organize the delivery of one capacity building activity in line with the priority areas identified in the action plan and consultations with national stakeholders. The activity will be conducted virtually.
• Contribute to the preparation and adaptation of materials to the needs of Guatemala.
• In addition to key stakeholders who have participated in the project activities, the consultant will ensure the participation of companies, with a view to have at least 10 companies that commit to use the GCI.
• Collect feedback through a survey after the activity.
• After the training is delivered, an additional session for Q/A will be available for companies to facilitate the implementation of the GCI.
• Prepare a summary report including feedback on the usefulness of the materials
• As a final step of the activities at the national level, the consultant will prepare a report containing a list of lessons learned and best practices from the implementation of the project (including by consulting with stakeholders).

Qualifications/special skills

Skills: Specific knowledge of the national infrastructure and corporate and sustainability reporting policy frameworks and reform for high quality corporate reporting is required.
Academic Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in the area of economics, accounting and sustainability reporting; finance; business; or national accounting qualification is required.
Experience: At least five years work experience in accounting, corporate reporting, sustainability reporting, finance or related field is required.
Language: Fluency in written and spoken Spanish and English is required.

No Fee

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