UNDP is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work is carried out through a network of advisors and specialists located at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, to ensure that local knowledge and context specific expertise is linked to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP provides its policy advisory and programme support functions through the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains, in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan. Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan and works closely with the Crisis Bureau.
The SDG Integration Team sits at the center of the GPN with the aim to advance and connect UNDP’s integrated services across sectors and countries. The SDG Integration Team builds a coherent and consolidated menu of services emphasizing direct engagements to support national implementation and monitoring of the SDGs (building on the MAPS engagements), qualitative and evidence-driven analysis for accelerated progress, and knowledge sharing of integrated policy solutions to respond rapidly to requests from country offices.
Also based in BPPS, the UNDP-Global Environmental Finance Unit (UNDP – GEF Unit) has an objective to help countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion by assisting Country Offices in accessing environmental finance for sustainable development. UNDP is an accredited implementing entity for the following environmental vertical funds: (i) funds managed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF): Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF TF), Nagoya Protocol Implementation Fund (NPIF), Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF); (ii) Adaptation Fund (AF); and (iii) Green Climate Fund (GCF). As an Implementing Agency, UNDP offers countries technical services for eligibly assessment, programme/project formulation, due diligence, mobilization of co-financing, project implementation oversight, results management and evaluation, performance-based payments and knowledge management.
The following initiative is a collaboration between the SDG Integration Team and the GEF Unit to work together in the context of the Aral Sea issue where the Government of Uzbekistan is now placing renewed emphasis.
In August 2018 the Government of Uzbekistan proposed to the heads of States represented in ‘International Fund for saving the Aral Sea’ to make the Aral Sea region a zone of environmental innovation and technologies. The objective of this initiative has been to draw foreign investments into the region that can bring in environmentally-friendly technologies, improved natural resource management, prevent desertification and migration of communities, among others. As follow up to the commitment, a high-level International Conference on the Aral Sea Region was held on 24-25 October 2019 to gain further international support.
UNDP’s SDG Integration team has selected Uzbekistan among the first set of countries where dedicated support will be extended to identify innovative solutions to a complex, long-standing development challenge. Innovation will be key in the design of the programme of support taking into consideration the need for integrated solution in the face of multi-faceted impacts of the Aral Sea disaster, as well as the future implications for water resources in the region.
This consultancy will be jointly located in the SDG Integration and the GEF Unit. The consultant will report to the Executive Coordinator – Global Environmental Finance Unit, who is leading the strategic development of the UN Aral Sea Mission in support of the development of the Aral Sea Region – Ecological Innovations and Technologies Zone.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Preparation and Delivery of Training
2. Communication with Key Partners
3. Innovation and System Design
Anticipated Key Deliverables:
Systems Innovation Approach Consultant for Aral Sea Mission
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
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