Job Opening

Posting Title: Common Country Analysis (CCA) International Consultant - Seychelles
Department/Office: United Nations Office at Nairobi
Duty Station: PORT LOUIS
Posting Period: 05 April 2022 - 14 April 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-United Nations Office at Nairobi-178263-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

This exercise is expected to produce a high-quality evidenced-based CCA Report that summarizes overall progress in Seychelles with a strong focus on the 2030 Agenda in terms of opportunities, capacity, and gaps for achieving the SDGs by 2030; the integrated nature of the SDGs; the UN norms and standards underpinning the Agenda; and the Agenda’s promise to leave no one behind and reach those furthest behind first. The process is expected to engender the following additional results:
• A strong analysis of the country situation including strategic stakeholders and financial flows relevant to the 2030 Agenda in the country and laid the foundation for expanded partnerships and engaged UN systems at country, regional and global levels
• Identification of opportunities to promote and mobilize public and private investment needed to finance the achievement of the SDGs in Seychelles
• Generate shared understanding among humanitarian, development, peace, and human rights actors regarding the situation in the country, critical needs, vulnerabilities, conflict drivers and risks
• Promote relevant and strategic multi-stakeholder engagement, facilitated cooperation, and drawn on its convening role and mandate under the UN Charter

Throughout the exercise, data will be disaggregated as much as possible including by age, ethnic groups, gender, region, and other status.

The submission of the final report should be in electronic copy. The Report should be submitted with an executive summary which is of high quality in terms of presentation, relevance, and utility, presented in Times New Roman text, font size 12 and have the following attributes:
• Concision: The report should cover the required material without being irrelevant and unwieldy.
• Readability: The report should be written in jargon-free language. Its language should be simple, clear and reader friendly.

All reports should be produced in English.

Work Location

Home-based

Expected duration

The consultancy will be conducted in 30 working days (spread over 12 weeks) for each consultant

Duties and Responsibilities

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE

The Government of Seychelles and the United Nations entered a Strategic Partnership Framework (SPF) 2019-2023 on the 30th of August 2018. The agreement constitutes the development cooperation compact between the Government and the United Nations (UN) which consolidates their commitment to support the country’s effort to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the year 2030. It is fully aligned to Seychelles’ National Vision, National Development Strategy 2019-2023, related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), internationally and regionally agreed commitments and obligations, including human rights treaties, the SAMOA Pathway, and the Africa Agenda 2063. The SPF consolidates the work of the UN system in a single coherent framework that provides a platform for common policy work and stronger coordination and delivery of results. Its primary focus is to support the ongoing transformation of Seychelles’ economy towards high income country status while ensuring sustainable job creation and economic growth, to secure lasting and inclusive prosperity, especially for vulnerable groups.

Furthermore, recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic is a multi-dimensional crisis that has impact on several sectors beyond the health sector, the UN in Seychelles has developed a multi-sectoral COVID-19 Socio-Economic Recovery Plan (SERP) in 2020. The objective of the plan is to assist the Government and people of Seychelles to prepare for and protect people from the pandemic and its impacts in the immediate term; to respond during the outbreak; and in the medium to long term, plan for and implement recovery from socio-economic impact. UN agencies and other Development Partners have conducted several COVID-19 impact studies in line with their respective mandate and comparative advantage. These analytical works will be used by the CCA to update key outcome indicators of the SPF and suggested required revision and update paying special attention to the principle of Leave No One Behind (LNOB).

As per the SPF Guidelines, the CCA is the UN system’s collective assessment (i.e., a description of a country situation) and analysis of a country’s situation for its internal use in developing the new cooperation framework. Multi-disciplinary in nature, the CCA will examine challenges and opportunities vis-à-vis Seychelles’ commitment to achieving the 2030 Agenda, UN norms and standards, and our recommitments to the principles of the UN Charter, as reflected in the cooperation framework Guiding Principles. The CCA is multi-dimensional in nature and will seek to engender integrated, cross-pillar systems thinking, summarizing the interlinkages and integrated nature of the SDGs. In other words, the CCA should both reflect and support the ambitious and transformational change called for in the 2030 Agenda and offer guidance on how the UN could further that Agenda, based on the country context and the national priorities.

With this as an overarching goal, the UNCT and Government will set up a joint CCA task team to guide the production of a high-quality, rights- and evidence-based CCA that will assess the developments in the country and set a foundation for future UN Cooperation Frameworks. This process will entail consultation and engagement with the GoS, the UN, and relevant stakeholders, such as Development Partners, the Private Sector, Civil Society Organizations, Academia and Research Institutions that will be led by the Joint team and supported by a team of International Consultant and National Consultant.

PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES

The purpose of the new generation CCA is to take stock and examine the country’s progress towards fulfilling the 2030 Agenda by analyzing opportunities and challenges in achieving SDGs targets guided by the principle of LNOB and promoting structural transformation. It is also meant to assess existing capacities and gaps across the board in the country. The CCA will also identify potential partnerships to support the implementation of the SDG commitments for Seychelles. The CCA will reflect on results generated in the current programme (2019-2023), draw from, and add to the previous CCA, existing data, statistics, analyses, reviews, research, capacities, and resources from within and outside the UN system. These include national and sector-specific contexts, visions and strategies, policies and proclamations, national resources and allocations, development financing approach including domestic, international, private, and public sources.

The CCA sets out its conceptual framework, to provide the rights-based definition of vulnerability and poverty particularly the way gender inequality contributes to women’s poverty. The CCA will pay attention to the LNOB principle and generate evidence and data disaggregated by income, gender, geography and age, and all other grounds of discrimination such as disability and others. Social, cultural, economic, political, legislative, and other systemic drivers of exclusion will be examined and analyzed.

The UN and Government task force for the CCA, supported by a consultancy, will undertake a thorough and extensive literature review and stakeholders’ consultations to:
i. Take stock of Seychelles’ progress towards achieving Seychelles’ development goals, the SDGs, and agenda 2030 as per the SPF and the impact of COVID-19
ii. Assess how the emerging issues (local, regional, and global) may affect or influence development in Seychelles and achievement of SDGs focusing on the most vulnerable populations and those left behind
iii. Provide recommendations for future Cooperation Framework design and/or implementation arrangements
iv. Assess relevancy of the SPF priorities considering the current socio-economic landscape the impact of COVID-19 and suggest any revision
v. Identify emerging opportunities, challenges, critical gaps, and potential partnerships to support implementation of SPF commitments for Seychelles.

Taking its cue from the UN Sustainable Development guidelines (UNSDCF) Guiding Principles, the analytical framing of the CCA report will have separate but complementary frameworks:

SCOPE

The scope of the CCA covers the national development situation since the last CCA and will provide disaggregated data, using various reports, studies and available data and statistics, specifically, the CCA will focus on the following:
• Analysis of existing data and data gaps for national SDG indicators
• Description and analysis of the key challenges and opportunities in relation to achieving national priorities in relation to Agenda 2030
• Analysis of all the necessary documents to fully substantiate development successes, strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for Seychelles
• Analysis of all the necessary documents to identify development gaps
• Description of population groups left behind or at risk of being left behind in the country
• Analysis of the international, regional, and national level data with Leave No One Behind Approach, Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment, Human Rights-Based Approach to data, etc
• Analysis of all the necessary documents to fully understand Seychelles’ and its regional and international interactions on Social, Health and Economy pillars in view of the impact of COVID-19 on the economy, especially on tourism sector

WORKING ARRANGEMENTS
To ensure an inclusive process led by the UN and Government, the CCA will be facilitated by a UN/Government CCA Task Team supported remotely by two consultants (international and national) that will guide the development of CCA. The overall leadership of the entire exercise will be under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator and the Prime Minister’s Office. The UN RCO will support the day-to-day needs of the team.

(i) CCA Task Team
The proposed UN/Government CCA Task Team will draw its membership from the current Programme Management Team (PMT) from the Government side. and any other members nominated due to their knowledge and expertise. The Government will designate its members. The CCA team will:
• Review the detailed CCA methodology and data collection tools (where required) proposed by the consultant
• Provide relevant data and information (agency and sector related) to the consultant for analysis
• Review the quality of the work of consultants and ensure the expected results of their work are met on time
• Submit inputs to the consultant for consolidation and the drafting of the CCA Report
• Ensure the engagement and participation of relevant stakeholders
• From time to time, update the CCA Report and provide input to the Country Data and Analysis Repository to be developed as part of this exercise

(ii) Office of the UN Resident Coordinator and Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)
The RC and PMO will be responsible for the overall coordination. RCO team will support and day-to-day needs for the process. Facilitating in collaboration with UNCT and Government:
• The provision of necessary inputs (reference document and written inputs, as required) to the process
• Provision of list of contacts for potential interviews and discussions
• Organization of retreat, consultative meetings, briefing and debriefing sessions with the UNCT, the RC, Government counterparts, regional offices, and headquarters
• Support the review of the draft research results and draft reports
• Support consultants as necessary

(iii) United Nations Country Team
The UNCT, under the leadership of the UN Resident Coordinator, will provide the second level of oversight and quality assurance on the entire CCA process from the UN side.
• Guide the CCA Task Team by reviewing the CCA roadmap from the UN side, CCA Concept Note, the composition of the CCA Task Team and proposed CCA processes
• Review the proposed data collection tools and CCA methodology
• Provide timely feedback on the evolving draft of the CCA so that it meets the desired quality as per UN guidelines
• Facilitate the necessary consensus building with key stakeholders whom the UN works close with
• The UNCT will facilitate by providing information to draw upon the technical capacities, assets, and expertise of UN global and regional levels (e.g., Peer Support Group, CCA and CF Reference Groups at the Regional and global level, etc.) to support
the production of a high quality report.

(iv) CCA Reference Group
The CCA Reference Group will be a multi-agency group that will provide overall quality assurance on the CCA process to ensure it is consistent with the UN guidelines and principles for a CCA. The Reference Group will be made up of mostly colleagues from UN Headquarters, the Development Coordination Office for Africa, and Agency Regional Bureaus. This Group will be constituted as soon as the drafting process of the CCA commences.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the guidance of the PMT and UN/Government CCA task team, the consultant will be responsible for implementation of the assignment given to them. The consultant will be guided to fully adhere to all aspects of CCA guidelines outlined in the Consolidated Annexes to the Cooperation Framework Guidance (Annex 2 that indicates the elements of CCA) as well as UN CCA Companion Piece that offers “how to” guidance, tools, and examples of how a CCA should be developed (to be shared with the selected consultant).

International consultant
The international consultant is required to serve as the lead consultant responsible for the outputs’ quality and timeliness. As the lead, the international consultant will report to the PMT and UN/Government CCA task team. The RCO team leader supports the day-to-day needs of the consultant and provides technical support to ensure the consultant provide weekly progress briefings either verbally or by e-mail.

The specific tasks of the consultant are outlined as following:
• Develop an outline and methodology for the CCA exercise in line with the UNSDG guidance on the CCA process and with focus on innovative approaches to inclusive and participatory data collection (including consultations with various stakeholder groups) and analytical processes
• Support discussions among UNCT, PMT, UN Results Groups and Theme Groups (Data Monitoring & Evaluation, Gender, LNOB) about the concept and findings of the analysis, and support discussions with all relevant stakeholders
• Synthesize secondary and primary data and adding to existing data, statistics, analyses, reviews, research, studies, and resources from within and outside the UN system with analytical inputs from and in close coordination with CCA task team
• Support discussions between the UN and Government, and other key stakeholders
• Draft a high quality CCA and revising it following the CCA presentation sessions as well as UN Development System and key stakeholders review and feedback
• Produce a final CCA document incorporating the comments of the UNCT and national stakeholders

REPORTING
The consultant is answerable to the UNRC. The RCO Team Leader and team will guide the consultant closely and provide day-to-day support.

Qualifications/special skills

Competency:
• Demonstrate knowledge in UN methodologies of Risk Analysis, LNOB, Human Rights Approach to Data Approach or related
• Extensive knowledge of, and experience in applying qualitative and quantitative analytical methods using a wide range of analytical (including innovative) approaches.
• Excellent knowledge of Seychelles development challenges
• Excellent understanding of development vulnerabilities and challenges in MIC/SIDS, including those linked to climate change
• Outstanding research methods and writing skills
• Demonstrated capacity for strategic thinking and policy advice are essential
• Knowledge and understanding of the UN reform processes, Delivering As One SOPs, UNSDF and SDGs

Academic Qualifications:
A minimum of a master’s degree in relevant fields - social sciences, development studies, economics, international relations, or international development is required. A PhD is preferred.

Experience:
- A minimum 10 years of progressive professional experience, and of which seven years in governance, development, policy and/or social sciences is required.
- Experience in conducting CCAs is required.

Language:
English and French are the working languages of the UN Secretariat. For this consultancy, fluency in oral and written English is required.

No Fee

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