Job Opening

Posting Title: Economic Consultant – SDG Data Prioritization
Department/Office: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
Duty Station: BEIRUT
Posting Period: 29 December 2021 - 04 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 21-Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia-171660-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

(1) Outline/timeline of the data prioritization strategy; (2) Data prioritization strategy; and (3) Detailed database of all the Sustainable Development Reports indicators and SDG indicators, documenting who the parties are sending and receiving the actual data, critical dates of submission, etc. The consultant will be supervised by the Senior Economist of RCO, with overall guidance from the UN Resident Coordinator and the Head of RCO. The Senior Economist will be in regular contact with the consultant, will provide the analysis and reference material as stated above, and will approve deliverables in each step after consultation with the consultant. The consultant will be paid on a monthly basis in equal shares of the total.

Work Location

Riyadh – Home Based

Expected duration

1 to 2 months

Duties and Responsibilities

The UN Secretary-General's global reform agenda, launched on 1 January 2019, in response to General Assembly resolution 71/243, repositions the UN Development System to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for dignity, prosperity, and peace on a healthy planet. Central to this process, and as further mandated by General Assembly resolution 72/279, a new generation of UN Resident Coordinator Offices across the world have been strengthened under the leadership of an empowered UN Resident Coordinator, the highest-ranking representative of the UN Development System at country level.

The UN Resident Coordinator's Office supports Saudi Arabia and the UN Country Team in Saudi Arabia to work together to towards the achievement of Agenda 2030. The UN Country Team (UNCT), which has 20 members, comprises UN entities working in or with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The UNCT is led by the UN Resident Coordinator.

Under the direct supervision of the Economist of RCO, with overall guidance from the UN Resident Coordinator and the Head of RCO, the International Consultant will assist in continuing the line of research of RCO on a data prioritization strategy. The strategy should be linked to the Sustainable Development Reports indicators for the SDGs. The International Consultant will create an objective and systematic prioritization, ranking what data is most crucial to update, such as indicators that are not reported or have not been updated for several years. This work will complement existing UN analysis. Additionally, the International Consultant will identify/document the formal mechanism in place for each of the indicators.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: University degree in Economics, or Social Science, Statistics or related fields.
Experience: 2 years of experience in conducting economic research, in economic data analysis, presentation, drafting and visualization.
Language: English is required

Additional Information

The UN Secretary-General's global reform agenda, launched on 1 January 2019, in response to General Assembly resolution 71/243, repositions the UN Development System to deliver on the 2030 Agenda for dignity, prosperity, and peace on a healthy planet. Central to this process, and as further mandated by General Assembly resolution 72/279, a new generation of UN Resident Coordinator Offices across the world have been strengthened under the leadership of an empowered UN Resident Coordinator, the highest-ranking representative of the UN Development System at country level.

The UN Resident Coordinator's Office supports Saudi Arabia and the UN Country Team in Saudi Arabia to work together to towards the achievement of Agenda 2030. The UN Country Team (UNCT), which has 20 members, comprises UN entities working in or with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The UNCT is led by the UN Resident Coordinator.

A key role of the RCO is guiding the preparation of the new generation of United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks which are based on the UN system's independent, impartial, and collective assessment (description of a country situation) and analysis (description of causes and their implications) of a country's development situation. The assessment responds to the urgency of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by delivering integrated, forward-looking, and evidence-based joint analysis of the context for sustainable development in a country, connecting analysis of issues for the achievement of each SDG, and across SDGs, in line with the overall commitment to leave no one behind, UN Charter values, and international norms and standards. It examines progress, gaps, opportunities, and bottlenecks vis-à-vis the country's efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda.

Rooted in the reform of the UN development system, the new United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework with KSA 2022 - 2026 will reflect the changing dynamics and needs of the country and an evolved UN response to contribute to remaining and emerging development challenges at the national and subnational level in the country. The CF also offers an avenue for participating UN agencies to work synergistically, in partnership with the Government and other core stakeholders of the system, to achieve agreed results through inclusive and participatory processes.

The CF 2022 - 2026 will be a dynamic and living document in order to enable the UN development system's response to adjust to the emerging opportunities and challenges. It aims to tackle complex, inter-connected issues in a transformative way and will be a platform to leverage and facilitate dialogue, innovation, and partnership. The UNCF will be an opportunity to re-assess the current areas of work along the main axis of mainstreaming the SDGs, inclusivity, and wellbeing towards leaving no one behind, human rights and governance, youth, gender, and environmental sustainability.

The RCO KSA has developed a series of research papers and a Toolkit of tools for socio-economic/sustainable development analysis at the country level (https://saudiarabia.un.org/en/123906-rco-economics-3-questions-every-resident-coordinator-can-explore-about-their-countrys-sdgs and https://saudiarabia.un.org/en/resources/publications).

Under the direct supervision of the Economist of RCO, with overall guidance from the UN Resident Coordinator and the Head of RCO, the International Consultant will assist in continuing the line of RCO research on a data prioritization strategy. The strategy should be linked to the Sustainable Development Reports indicators for the SDGs. The International Consultant will create an objective and systematic prioritization, ranking what data is most crucial to update, such as indicators that are not reported or have not been updated for several years. This work will complement the CCA and CF. Additionally, the International Consultant will identify/document the formal mechanism in place for each of the indicators.

No Fee

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