Application Deadline: 01-Jul-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left: 13d 3h 54m
Type of Contract: Individual Contract
Post Level: International Consultant
Languages Required: English
Starting Date:(date when the selected candidate is expected to start) 12-Jul-2020
Duration of Initial Contract: 30 working days July - August
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the economy’s exposure to external shocks. But the Maldives will face challenges competing with countries experiencing high numbers of COVID-19 related fatalities in accessing international financial support. And it is feared that withoutinternational financial support the Maldives will need to divert critical resources from the social sector in particular, in order to ensure the provision of immediate and essential services. The pandemic has exposed existing inequalities and critical needs of particular vulnerable groups.
Prior to the pandemic, the UN Maldives was due to develop a new UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) in mid-2020. As 2020 marks the first year of the decade of action (the last 10 years before 2030), both national and UN strategies and interventions need to take into account the longer term needs and challenges for achieving sustainable development for the Maldives. Maldives prepared a Voluntary National Review (VNR) in 2016. There has been limited monitoring, and no progress reporting since that date, and the recommendations made therein remain predominantly in progress. There has been limited analysis or reporting by the UN system on the SDGs, and no nationalization of targets and indicators has taken place.
The present administration issued the Strategic Action Plan (SAP) (2019-2023) in its first year in office. In it, the President emphasises the importance of, and his commitment for, “a transformation of the Government’s entire approach to national development… to ensure that national development is conducted holistically: with reference to our citizens’ actual needs and priorities; and in an organized, time-bound manner.”Further the SAP identifies key implications from the trend of administrations in Maldives away from long term planning, namely, “one, there is no overarching central planning document that links all the sectoral plans and policies into one integrated development vision. The second disadvantage is that the absence of national development planning and long-term planning favours delivery of short-term priorities that do not address tradeoffs which result in long-term benefits and sustainability.” 
Halfway through the timeframe for the SAP, the COVID-19 pandemic indicates the scale of the challenge to address the systemic and geographical inequalities which are needed for the Maldives to make tangible and sustained progress in reaching the SDGs before 2030. The high economic dependence of Maldives on external sources has brought even further to focus the need to revisit alternatives for economic diversification. These issues will need a longer-term vision to address in a meaningful and sustained manner.
The UN completed its new Common Country Analysis (CCA) in February 2020, which will need to updated to reflect the changes arising from COVID-19. The present UNDAF was to expire 31 December 2020, but due to COVID-19 has been extended for one year. The new UNSCDF will run from 2022-2026. In order to inform the development of the new UNSDCF, at a crucial time for acceleration of the SDGs, longer term national planning needs to be encouraged in order for the government and international development partners to support the Maldives to meet its international commitments for sustainable development by 2030.
Scope of Support:
An external planning expert is needed to conduct a desk review of key national level plans and policies currently in place, and those in draft, to identify synergies between the plans and their ultimate objectives with respect to the SDGs, targets and indicators. The consultant will identify the extent to which these plans connect to/interface with the SDGs and their targets, and propose an overarching framework which articulates a national policy framework to enable progress to be tracked and reported.
The plans include the:
- Strategic Action Plan (2019-2023)
- Draft National Maritime Public Transport Network Concept (in finalization)
- National Spatial Plan 2020-2040 (Draft as of March 2020)
- Draft National Development Plan 2019-2028 (2019 - not published)
The process for the development of the unpublished draft National Development Plan included a review of the various multi-year national sectoral policies and strategies, which will be shared with the consultant.
 Government of Maldives, Strategic Action Plan (2019-2023) p.12.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Desk review of national plans and their synergies and mapping against the SDGs, goals and targets and development of a skeleton outline for a streamlined framework (10-15 years timeframe).
- Analysis of the coverage and gaps, and proposal for identifying what targets/actions/strategies are needed (where aligned, identify benchmarks and targets, and where not, identify gaps, potential for coverage)
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the support will be provided remotely through virtual and electronic means. No travel is presently envisaged.
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the international development agenda and the UN’s role in supporting countries progress towards the 2030 Agenda.
- Demonstrated experience in reviewing national planning frameworks against the SDG frameworks, and nationalisation of targets and indicators.
- Ability to lead the planning and consolidation of UN support at the country level
- Excellent interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal guidance and support.
- Ability to operate in a highly fluid environment between both emergency and development contexts, designing sustainable solutions and implementing them in an emergency context.
- Demonstrated high level oral and written communication skills in English.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, international development, international relations or other development-related fields.
- At least ten years of experience in international development, in research and preparing analysis related to the 2030 Agenda and sustainable development
- Familiarity with the workings of the UN is essential.
- Fluency in written and spoken English is required
Interested individuals must submit the following as proposals in order to demonstrate their qualifications.
- A letter indicating why the candidate considers himself/herself suitable for the required consultancy;
- Submission of an updated detailed Personal CV or P11 form which can be downloaded from http://sas.undp.org/documents/p11_personal_history_form.doc
- Lump sum financial quotation, with a breakdown of daily consultancy fee, daily subsistence allowance, and air ticket fees - clearly indicate the breakdown of daily fee and number of days of work; However the travel is not envisaged but in case of any travel we are requesting candidates to submit a full financial proposal.
- At least two references from recent previous jobs or three references contact details
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