07.08.2014 - UNESCO Office in Venice

UNDP vacancy: International Consultant – UNDAF Preparation - The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

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Location : Home-based and up to two (five-day) missions to Skopje, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; Application Deadline : 10/08/2014; Additional Category: Management; Type of Contract : Individual Contract; Post Level; International Consultant; Languages Required : English; Starting Date : 20/08/2014; Expected Duration of Assignment : Estimated up to 40 expert days in the period August 2014-February2015

View: full UNDP Notice. Interested applicants must apply through the UNDP website.

In 2014 and early 2015, the United Nations agencies in The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia are preparing a new United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for the 2016-2020 period. This five-year strategy will present the key development challenges that the country faces and, in line with national priorities, outline the UN activities that are designed to address them.

A cornerstone of this process is the Country Analysis (CA). The CA will present a concise analysis of the country’s development challenges and the areas in which the UN agencies are best prepared to offer support. The CA is to be prepared in August-October. The CA will rest on two main inputs:

  • A desk review of existing strategic documents, from both UN and non-UN sources; and
  • National consultations, which will rely both on discussions with important organizations and groups and on an innovative “foresight” exercise to collect input from the general public.

The CA is meant to be a concise, readable document of not more than 25 pages (20,000 words), including any illustrative graphs and statistical tables. It includes no original research but rather distills the findings of credible assessments and analysis by UN agencies, government bodies, and other parties (including, importantly, the European Commission). The main development challenges identified in the CA will be presented for review at a Strategic Prioritization Workshop, attended by both the UN team and key national counterparts. This review is meant to validate the CA findings and identify the areas where the UN has the capability to help in addressing specific challenges. This discussion will yield a limited number of outcomes under which all UN activities can be grouped.

The UNDAF itself will drafted after the strategic prioritization workshop. A strategic document of no more than 15 pages (12,000 words), the UNDAF is designed to serve as an orientation framework for all UN activity in the country over the 2016-2020 period. The UNDAF includes a results matrix and a set of indicators to be used to measure progress towards the chosen outcomes. It must incorporate five key UN programming principles: a human rights based approach; gender equality; environmental sustainability; capacity building and results-based management. In addition, it will need to reflect, where relevant, the basic principles of the “Delivering as One” approach.

The Office of the UN Resident Coordinator is recruiting an international consultant to prepare the Country Analysis for the UNDAF process. If the Country Analysis is of satisfactory quality and is endorsed by the UNCT, the consultant will also be asked to prepare the UNDAF document itself.

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