National/International Governance Expert to Facilitate Design of SDGs Framework in BiH (up to 3 positions)
The purpose of this consultancy is to contribute to implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH).
The consultancy objective is to provide high-quality expert support in the process of design of the SDG Framework in BIH. This activity is part of the SDGs Roll-out Support and Private Sector Engagement Project (SDGs Project), financed by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) and implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) under overall coordination of the UN Resident Coordinators’ Office in BIH.
The world has set a very ambitious and necessary Agenda for 2030. All 193 UN Member States have committed themselves to solving the world’s biggest challenges formulated in 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which provide a framework for shared action to be implemented by all countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership. Authorities in BiH have agreed to design, with support of the UN/UNDP, an SDG Framework that will define a common position of governments in BIH on the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs. This document is envisaged to be endorsed at BIH, FBIH, RS and DB levels. As such, the SDG Framework will also inform subsequent strategic planning processes at the sub-national level rolling out in the second half of 2019.
Under the leadership of UN Resident Coordinators’ Office in BiH extensive work has been conducted so far to inform creation of the SDG Framework in BIH, including consultations with stakeholders which bring forward citizens perspectives in terms of priority areas, vision 2030, development acceleration points and development pathways. This vast analytical work is now being synthesized in a report (situation analysis) that should give an overview of the current state of affairs in BiH organised around the four development pathways, as follows:
1. Smart Growth represents new type of growth, combining economic development with sustainable management of natural resources and resource-efficiency, while also focusing on research and development and innovation.
2. Human Capital for 21st Century is aimed at building human capital to promote Agenda 2030, with particular focus on quality education and life-long learning, which should provide necessary skills for labour market and smart growth.
3. Inclusive governance aimed at building strong, transparent and accountable institutions and ensuring rule of law. It includes reform of institutions, as well as harnessing digital revolution for better governance, ensuring access to information, and fight against corruption.
4. New social contract is aimed at development for all, with Leaving No One Behind at its heart (including but not limited to the elderly, persons with disabilities, remote rural dwellers, migrants, ethnic minorities, women and children), maintaining social cohesion/inclusion. It includes inclusive provision of services, health insurance and social protection measures.
Once finalized, the Synthesized Analysis will be discussed in detail and validated at a workshop with experts and policy makers. Importantly, the consultations would be used to define focus areas/main indicators under each development pathway.
Based on the Synthesized Analysis and relevant available data, defining of baselines and targets values for the select indicators under each development pathway will be conducted in a consultative manner. A team of external experts/facilitators will be engaged to steer consultations with institutional partners and other relevant stakeholders (one or two experts for each of the four development pathways), while the overall guidance and quality assurance will be ensured by national planning institutions and UN/UNDP. Under these ToR, an Expert/Consultant for Governance (hereinafter: the Consultant) will be engaged.