Job Opening

Posting Title: International Consultant for updating Kyrgyzstan Common Country Analysis (CCA) in 2022
Department/Office: Resident Coordinator System
Duty Station: BISHKEK
Posting Period: 05 October 2022 - 13 October 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Resident Coordinator System-192209-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service


• Under the overall guidance of the designated UNRCO staff member, the International Consultant will:
- make recommendations, as needed, on the methodology and annotated structure of the CCA update;
- build on the zero consolidated draft of the CCA produced by UNRCO, enhance the narrative by ensuring coherence, common language, analytical approach, integration, and simplification of the CCA Update;
- build on the second draft of CCA Update to lead the final drafting of a high-quality analytical report following the DCO Policy Guidance on the CCA update;
- help develop the CCA dashboard;
- write a new Executive Summary, Introduction and Summary Observations and Recommendations for the CCA Update, taking into account the new findings and analysis, and
- incorporate any changes to the second draft as proposed by the PMT for final approval by the UNCT.

Work Location

Home-based, online collaboration

Expected duration

October-November 202

Duties and Responsibilities


Based on the UN Cooperation Framework Guidance, the Common Country Analysis (CCA) is a signature function of the UNCT that generates tailored analytical products at the country level with a CCA report to be updated on an annual basis. The CCA update is aimed at reflecting on the changing country context that in any way influences priority setting for the UNSDCF. According to the Guidance, the new generation CCA should be integrated, forward-looking, data-driven, and evidence-based. As such, the CCA will need to look beyond official national statistics to draw on all sources of qualitative and quantitative data from across the data ecosystem, including any primary research, as appropriate, non-traditional data sources, and emerging technologies to address gaps in reliability, disaggregation or timeliness. The CCA is not expected to collect primary data or conduct analysis from scratch, but to draw on existing sources of evidence and research for its analysis..

The Kyrgyz Republic’s 2021 Common Country Analysis was prepared at a time when the Kyrgyz Republic continued to face many existing and potentially unforeseen development challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The analysis presented in the report indicated that, despite the major strides and accomplishments made by the country in the last few decades, the pandemic exposed or exacerbated many trends about the structure of the economy and the linkages to the social vulnerabilities facing a large portion of the Kyrgyz population. In this regard, the report identified five strategic entry points, or accelerators that encompass a functional approach, rather than a traditional sectorial approach.

Updating the CCA is premised on the fact that throughout each year of the programme cycle, changes that impact the development landscape happen or can be anticipated, including through additional data, analysis etc. becoming available. Updates pinpoint and examine the key dynamics, emerging challenges, opportunities, and risks vis-à-vis the country’s achievement of the SDGs, in order to anticipate and undertake meaningful changes to programming.

Areas for potential revision may include:

• Significant changes in the country, cross-border, sub-regional or regional context, including the lingering impacts of COVID-19 as well as the more recent impacts of regional and subregional crisis in addition to other unforeseen disasters, political shifts or crises. These include shifts in the financial landscape, population migration, entrance of major economic or development actors (e.g., oil/mining companies) that may have implications for the country’s development pathway and regional collaboration across the development-humanitarian-peace nexus. The Update will benefit from COVID-19 impact assessments and other relevant country-specific thematic analyses, including national situational briefs and analytic papers.

• New data or information that has become available which significantly changes the understanding of the country’s development context and the current Cooperation Framework’s Theory of Change. Has Government or other major stakeholders (country, regional, global) released information about the country that makes the current CCA data and analysis outdated? If so, in which sectors/dimensions? Examples can include population census, national sector reports, internal reports of the Economists of the ECA region, global development reports (e.g. UNDP Human Development Report 2022), etc.

• New legal, policy and regulatory changes: How do any new policy changes affect the country context through time, whether immediately, in the medium term (towards achieving Agenda 2030) or in the longer term? How does this impact those left behind or at risk of being left behind?
• SDG Progress Analysis: Analyses whether additional gaps and challenges appeared and to what extent the risks to achieving the SDGs have changed during the update, what is their likelihood and impact.

• Changes of multidimensional risks, opportunities and/or their interlinkages that a country is predisposed to. Analyze changes in previously identified risks, as well as newly emerging risks, and their interplay, likelihood and potential impact. Have risks materialized? What new risks and opportunities have emerged? What is their likelihood and potential impact on the country and particularly those left behind or at risk of being left behind? Are there human-made or natural events that has altered the country’s development context?

• Leave No One Behind: What are the changes in types, number and conditions of vulnerable and marginalized groups left behind or at risk of being left behind since the last update?

In light of the identified dimensions above, the UN Country Team (UNCT) seeks to update the overall approach and scope of the CCA update so that it is credible, technically practical and cost-effective. Please refer to Annex A. The DCO Policy Guidance on CCA Updates.


On behalf of the UNCT, the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (UNRCO) is recruiting an International Consultant to support the development of a high-quality and evidence-based CCA update 2022. The International Consultant will be responsible for ensuring coherence, applying common language, analytical approach, and integration of the contributions from the UN agencies into one holistic document.

Qualifications/special skills

• Advanced university degree (Masters and equivalent) in development studies, economics, social sciences, international relations or related field is required.
• A minimum of 10 years of professional experience of developing national policy and strategic framework documents and/or conducting country-level situational analysis is required;
• Substantial professional application of human rights, gender equality, women’s empowerment, environmental sustainability, results-based management, resilience, and capacity development in research; with excellent understanding of inclusive economic growth, decent work, development risks, hazards, vulnerabilities and challenges of upper-middle income countries, including those linked to climate change is required;
• Previous experience of conducting UN Common Country Analysis is required and knowledge of country context is an advantage;
• Extensive knowledge of, and experience in applying qualitative and quantitative analytical methods using a wide range of analytical (including innovative) approaches is an asset;
• Excellent facilitation skills with experience in leading multi-stakeholder discussions is required;
• An understanding the context of the Central Asian countries is highly desirable;


• Fluency in written and spoken English

No Fee


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