Job Opening

Posting Title: Consultant for enhancing policy coherence for the SDGs through integrated assessments and institutional strengthening in Africa, ”
Department/Office: Department of Economic and Social Affairs
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 03 March 2022 - 10 March 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Department of Economic and Social Affairs-176106-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
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Result of Service

The consultant is needed to assist in building the capacities of the government of Cameroon to develop and customize a roadmap, which will identify the steps the government can take to embed results from the modelling exercise into the national development planning and review process.

Work Location

Cameroon

Expected duration

Sixty (60) days within a period of eight months

Duties and Responsibilities

The Development Account Project (DA1819C) on Enhancing policy coherence for the SDGs through integrated assessments and institutional strengthening in Africa aims to support the government in transitioning from sectoral- to integrated policy making. It will support the government in adopting the Climate, Land, Energy and Water systems (CLEWs) integrated assessment for identifying and managing trade-offs and synergies in policy and strategy formulation.

Under the overall guidance and supervision of a Senior Inter-Regional Adviser of DPIDG/UN-DESA, the national consultant will:
1. Assist the Government in preparing a document that outlines the current policy planning process with identification of the roles and responsibilities of the key entities. The document would also analyse in how far this planning process is linked to the budget process to get a sense of the baseline situation;
2. Assist the Government in preparing an institutional architecture of roles and responsibilities in the development and implementation of policy scenario models focusing on CLEWS in Cameroun, including a CLEWS Working group. The consultant should assess whether the CLEWS Working group would be incorporated into an existing institutional arrangement or whether a new institutional arrangement would need to be put in place. The consultant should produce 2 to 3 options for institutional arrangements based on consultations with stakeholders;
3. Assist the government in developing TORs for the institutional arrangement that will be used to include the integrated assessments for CLEWS sectors into the policy cycle process. This would include the objectives, tasks, membership, organigram/ organizational structure, membership for the working group and for the potential Secretariat (e.g. establish data repository, issues of inter-operability, networking, knowledge management), financing of a Secretariat, timeline, mandates;
4. Support the Communications staff in MINEPAT with the development of a communication strategy to raise awareness and get the buy-in on CLEWS from the relevant stakeholders;
5. Organize a workshop to facilitate discussions among the government’s leadership regarding the rationale and approach for creating, strengthening or expanding existing institutional arrangements, the roles, responsibilities and tasks attached to the 3 to 4 different tiered roles with the aim to reach an agreement among the relevant stakeholders;
6. Facilitate the process of incorporating CLEWS into the implementation mechanism of UNSDCF;
7. Finalize the roadmap based on the outcome of the workshop with the senior leadership and facilitate the organization of coordination meetings between focal points and senior stakeholders of relevant institutions to finetune the roadmap prepared. The roadmap will set out the different actions the government proposes to take to support the target groups in the 4 stages of the project with regard to structurally embedding the approach into the policy cycle process;
8. Facilitate interactions between the different governmental stakeholders, UN DESA and UN ECA and RCO/ UNCTs.

Qualifications/special skills

Academic Qualifications: Masters’ Degree in political studies, public administration, sustainable development, development studies or related field;
Experience: - A minimum of 5 years of experience in sustainable development, public policy or in institutional arrangements;
-Thorough understanding of the policy cycle process and experience with contextualization of approaches;
- Thorough understanding of the local context;
- Good understanding of the United Nations procedures and capacity development work
- Thorough experience with administrations/ public sector;
- Good understanding of the SDGs and Agenda 2030;
Language: - Fluency in English and French is required;
- Excellent drafting and presentation skills

No Fee

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