Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant to Support to the Government of Vanuatu in Building Institutional Arrangements for the implementation and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 29 July 2021 - 20 August 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Department of Economic and Social Affairs-158944-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

The aim of the consultancy is to support the Government of Vanuatu in building capacities to monitor progress against the SDGs, in the context of the NSDP, by supporting institutional coordination mechanisms.

Work Location

Port Vila

Expected duration

The Contract is for a duration of 110 days over the period from 1 September to 31 December 2021.

Duties and Responsibilities

The international consultant will work under the guidance of United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and in close cooperation with a national consultant to support the Government of Vanuatu in building institutional arrangements for the implementation and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the NSDP, in line with UN activities in Vanuatu as well with activities of the UN Country Team in Vanuatu.

The consultant will support the organization of a peer-to-peer learning workshop to facilitate discussions about a roadmap and action plan for the review of the SDGs to be developed by the government, particularly by the Office of the Prime Minister (DSPPAC - Department of Strategic Policy, Planning and Aid Coordination). More specifically, the international consultant is expected to:

3.1. Conduct a Situational Analysis- Support a national desk review on monitoring of the SDGs and evaluation of the current situation by identifying reporting and information gaps of SDG indicators in Vanuatu: public information 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.
• Review existing reporting mechanisms, policies and monitoring mechanisms and provide recommendations to strengthen Vanuatu’s Monitoring and Evaluation framework in line with international standards;
• Review existing Reports from Vanuatu and other countries about SDG implementation with a view to the provision of recommendations for SDG reviews, as established in the Project Document.
• Support international research and review current information reporting mechanisms and identify practical visualisation tools for Vanuatu to track SDG activities undertaken by Ministries/Departments, allowing for a systematic approach for preparation of high-level reports concerning support to both 2030 Agenda implementation and National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) implementation.

This task will include the identification of major challenges and barriers in monitoring SDG implementation, including institutional information silos, lack of reporting capacity in producing required information sets with gap analysis of individual ministries, lack of tools to present the necessary SDG information for policy makers, lack of stakeholder engagement aspects and awareness of SDG indicators, among other relevant aspects. The research will include international cases of effective monitoring of SDGs, including Business Process Re-Engineering (BPR) aspects, as appropriate. The international consultant will also prepare a survey for the interviews with executive officers in line-ministries to be conducted by the national consultant. The final report to be prepared by the international consultant will include the key findings from the interviews conducted by the national consultant.

3.2. Provide support in organizing, in consultation with UNDESA, a regional peer-to-peer learning workshop to engage ministries to develop necessary mechanisms for SDG implementation (workflows, inter-agency dialogue, coordination mechanisms as part of a roadmap and action plan). The international consultant will facilitate the discussions and make presentations at the regional peer to peer workshop. Other countries will be invited to present their innovative practices.

In undertaking his/her assignments, the international consultant will liaise with UNDESA and another consultant at national level to harmonize national activities with international practices, indicators and procedures, in line with UN activities in Vanuatu as well with activities of the UN Country Team in Vanuatu. 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 (1).

Assist the Government of Vanuatu in building their capacities to monitor and review the SDGs by conducting a training on administrative simplification and mechanisms to streamline information flows among public institutions, reduce processing time, approaches to enhance reporting capacities and capacity for the establishment of reporting agreements and development of information systems within public institutions. The training will include the digital government capability assessment. This will support the Government in identifying gaps and opportunities for exploring digital options in implementing a monitoring framework.

3.3. Facilitate the organization of internal national workshops to support the Government of Vanuatu in enhancing their
capacity to elaborate a roadmap and action plan for institutional coordination, as a follow-up to the situation
analysis, peer-to-peer learning workshop, and training. The workshop will assist the Government in their efforts
to monitor the SDGs, which will benefit from existing good practices, indicators and references when designing
SDG tracking mechanisms.

3.4, Prepare final reports related to the above activities in cooperation with the Government and under the guidance
from UN DESA/DPIDG.

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 NSDP in Vanuatu and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
• Experience in digital government associated to public administration projects
• Experience in promoting institutional change and experience in public sector reform
• Prior experience with government or UN agencies and other international organisations is desirable
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Ability to work collaboratively and respectfully in a cross setting, ensuring counterpart ownership
• Excellent inter-personal skills
• Demonstrable track record in meeting deliverables and deadlines for similar projects
Language: Proficiency in spoken and written English is essential. Good understanding of French and/or Bislama is is desirable.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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