Job Opening

Posting Title: International Consultant to Support in Building Institutional Arrangements for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Fiji and SDG tracking
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 28 June 2021 - 17 September 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Department of Economic and Social Affairs-155958-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The international consultant will design a roadmap and propose an action plan to implement institutional arrangements to monitor SDG implementation in Fiji. The final output of this consultancy should contribute to setting up the framework and major components for a designated SDG Tracker portal: SDG.GOV.FJ, which would be a web-based information repository with a dashboard to monitor and evaluate Fiji’s progress towards the attainment of the SDGs and other national development goals.

Work Location

Remote. Travel is not applicable.

Expected duration

Up to 60 working days between August 2021 and November 2021, taking into consideration the travel ban, and lockdown situation.

Duties and Responsibilities

The international consultant will design a roadmap and propose an action plan to implement institutional arrangements to monitor SDG implementation in Fiji. The final output of this consultancy should contribute to setting up the framework and major components for a designated SDG Tracker portal: SDG.GOV.FJ, which would be a web-based information repository with a dashboard to monitor and evaluate Fiji’s progress towards the attainment of the SDGs and other national development goals.
The international consultant is expected to work with the MoE in Fiji and UN-DESA to:
1. Support the establishment of an institutional set up for coordination- Provide support for the successful setup of a Sustainable Development Coordination Committee (SDCC) and the implementation of its Terms of Reference (ToR) in Fiji working in cooperation with a national consultant.

2. Conduct a Situational Analysis- Support a national desk review on monitoring of the SDGs and evaluation of the current situation by identifying data gaps of SDG indicators: data availability, quality, timeliness, and dissemination. This task will encompass the following in close collaboration with a national consultant:
• Take into account the SAMOA Pathway and other internationally agreed development goals.
• Support Fiji in its 2022 VNR preparation and documenting a VNR reporting framework for preparation of future VNRs;
• Review existing reporting mechanisms, policies and monitoring mechanisms and provide recommendations to strengthen Fiji’s Monitoring and Evaluation framework in line with international standards; and
• Support national research and review current data reporting mechanisms and identify practical visualisation tools for Fiji to track SDG activities undertaken by Ministries/Departments, allowing for a systematic approach for preparation of high-level reports.
This task will include the identification of major challenges and barriers in monitoring SDG implementation, including institutional/data silos, lack of statistical capacity in producing required data sets with data gap analysis of individual ministries, lack of tools to present the SDG data for policy makers, lack of stakeholder engagement, lack of data literacy and awareness of SDG indicators, and other relevant aspects.
3. Design a roadmap and action plan for institutional coordination and monitoring of the SDGs - Design a roadmap and step-by-step plan for implementing the SDGs – starting from institutional coordination and supporting the formalization of a national database system for Fiji to track SDG indicators. This will include the development of mechanisms to streamline the flow of data within the national statistical system in Fiji, reducing processing time and reporting burden, thereby facilitating the reporting of national data and other means through the SDCC and other means. The consultancy should address institutional arrangements and data reporting capacities to monitor and implement the SDGs in Fiji, leading to a proposed strategy/action plan to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs in Fiji’s NDP “Transforming Fiji”. As part of the roadmap, the consultant will help to develop the data sharing agreements and improve the compilation of national metadata for the SDGs and make the metadata available in the SDG data repository alongside the data for each indicator. He/she will also support developing the data modelling and the Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) for SDGs.
4. Support in designing an SDG tracker portal - To design the prototype of the designated SDG tracker portal – the overall framework and major building blocks; and to set out major tasks of the leading agency in implementation and the maintenance of the designated portal as SDG tracker.
5. Prepare final reports - In cooperation with the MoE and National Consultant, submit two reports detailing data reporting mechanisms and outcome of the desk review/interviews as follows:
• An informal internal report to be shared with UN and the MoE; and
• A formal executive summary to be shared with all Ministries and Agencies in Fiji pending clearance by the MoE. The UN Office in Fiji and UN-DESA will be kept informed, as appropriate.
6. Provide support in organizing, in consultation with UN-DESA, a virtual workshop/training in August/September 2021 and a national workshop in the fourth quarter of 2021, including meetings on institutional arrangements with SDG focal points in Fiji to be held prior to the Workshop.
In undertaking its assignments, the international consultant will liaise with UN-DESA and another consultant at national level to harmonize national activities with international practices, indicators and procedures, in line with UN activities in Fiji as well with activities of the UN Country Team in Fiji. The consultant will observe the indicators of achievement of the Development Account Project 1819G “Institutional arrangements for policy integration, coordination, and stakeholder engagement in Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) implementation and reviews” when preparing recommendations and monitor their reception by government representatives to guarantee that they are demand-driven and address national priorities .

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Advanced University degree in public administration, economics, international development/relations and/or related field.
Experience: • Minimum 7 years of professional working experience in digital data governance at the international level, including knowledge of statistics
• Minimum 5 years of relevant and progressive experience with international development and sound knowledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
• Extensive experience in digital data governance associated to public administration projects
• Considerable experience in digital governance projects
• Considerable experience in prototype design of online portals
• Knowledge of how to promote institutional change and experience in public sector reform
• Prior experience with government or UN agencies and other international organisations is desirable
Language: Fluency in English

No Fee

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