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 carried out at HQ, Regional and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. Within this context, UNDP invests in a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.
The SDG Integration Team sits at the center of UNDP’s Global Policy Network (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 short- to medium-term engagements to support countries in formulating evidence informed integrated policy solutions using state-of-art tools and data. In this effort UNDP has been partnering with key agencies, academia and think tanks to tailor tools to country needs and make them available to governments, including building capacities in countries to have lasting impact.
UNDP has been collaborating with the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) to mobilize state-of-the-art tools since 2016. DESA is the main research institution within the United Nations and is a vital interface between global policies and national action in the economic, social and environmental spheres. Rooted in the United Nations Charter and guided by the universal and transformative 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other global accords, it supports the development pillar of the UN mandate.
EAPD is the main development research division within the UN-Secretariat for development policies and strategies. One of its core activities is providing capacity building support to developing countries in the use modelling tools to best inform policy decisions. EAPD transfers country-tailored modelling tools to countries on demand, and delivers regional, national and remote trainings to transfer the know-how in using complex methodologies to assess interlinkages and trade-offs of different policy paths and shocks. Working closely with UNDP, EAPD has over ten years’ in providing capacity building support to governments. Through this engagement and partnership. a suite of modelling tools has been developed to assist governments to conduct quantitative analysis in support of policy formulation and strategies for sustainable development.
One of the tools that UNDP has mobilized jointly with DESA, and KTH Institute of Technology, and others is the Climate, Land, Energy and Water Systems (CLEWS) framework designed for integrated assessment of natural resource systems. CLEWS was developed to provide policy makers and analysts with a means to simultaneously address matters pertaining to food, water and energy security, while taking into account how the utilization of these resources is contributing to climate change as well as how changes in climate might impact the use of these resources. Through a better of the interlinkages of these resource systems, the tool helps to guide policymakers in making polices that are coherent and help move multiple SDGs simultaneously.
UNDP-DESA are jointly managing an escalating demand for CLEWS projects, which are currently being implemented in 8 countries – Cameroon, Ethiopia, Senegal, Mexico, Costa Rica, Bolivia, Viet Nam, Indonesia; with activities starting in 2-3 additional countries during 2020, including Sri Lanka, Philippines and Mongolia. These projects enable building a national level CLEWS model and building capacity in countries to be able to apply and use the model for policy decisions. To support the growing number of country projects a consultant is needed to provide modelling expertise in the development of country tailored CLEWs modelling frameworks, implement additions to the modelling source code and improve visualization tools; as well as implement trainings in the use of the tailored national CLEWs models to transfer capacities in its use for evidence bases sustainable development policy decision-making.
Duties and Responsibilities
The expert will support UNDP and UN DESA in developing country tailored CLEWs models, improve the visualization tools to ease the analysis of results, and implement a restructured capacity building program, considering the evolving situation of the COVID 19 pandemic, by assuming the following:
The international consultant will be employed for 170 working days starting on 20 April 2020 with all tasks completed no later than 31 December 2020.
Professional and Innovation
Required Skills and Experience
Fluency in written and spoken English
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
Note: The above documents need to be scanned in one file and uploaded to the online application as one document.
Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical evaluation – Total 70% (70 points):
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial evaluation – Total 30% (30 points)
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
Annexes (click on the hyperlink to access the documents):
Any request for clarification must be sent by email to [email protected]
The UNDP Central Procurement Unit will respond by email and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.
CLEWS Modelling Expert
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
New York, NY, US