Consultant: SDG Ecosystem Mapping and Philanthropy Landscape for Middle East and North Africa

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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The SDG Philanthropy Platform (SDGPP) is a global initiative that connects foundations and philanthropists with knowledge and networks that can deepen collaboration, leverage resources and sustain impact. The Platform is for foundations and philanthropists who are looking to support sustainable development initiatives, the SDGPP is a global facilitator that helps them optimize their resources by enabling effective collaboration with the broader development ecosystem. SDG Philanthropy Platform in countries is a unique player combining deep understanding of government and philanthropy, access to various data, and use of robust networks to provide the tools, and guidance needed to co-create and scale promising solutions.

Vision – Strong partnerships between philanthropic organizations, the United Nations and other development partners, governments, civil society, and businesses – including social enterprises – in achieving the SDGs.

Outcomes – Collaboration around SDGs to reduce duplication, create synergies and leverage resources among partners. Increased voice and participation of philanthropy and grantees in the national plans for the SDGs implementation. Innovation and scaling methods from private sector are applied in the UN and government programs.

Milestones achieved

  • Established pathways for philanthropy to engage with national and local governments and the UN in SDG processes.
  • Rolled out country-level pilots for philanthropic collaboration with local partners developed in Kenya, Colombia, Indonesia, Ghana, the US, Zambia, and soon India, with more countries in the pipeline.
  • Created – a credible and accessible online data and knowledge portal on philanthropic giving related to the SDGs.
  • Connected thousands of foundations and other stakeholders globally and locally to facilitate greater awareness of philanthropy’s role in promoting the SDGs.

SDGPP is now ready to expand activities in new countries, based on the lessons learnt from the pilots. One of the key stepping stones to launch multi-stakeholder collaboration between philanthropy and other stakeholders in countries is mapping the SDG Ecosystem and philanthropy landscaping.

Duties and Responsibilities

SDG Philanthropy Platform is seeking to expand to Middle East and Northern Africa. UNDP is seeking a Consultant to conduct the research along two objectives:

  • MENA SDG Ecosystem mapping
  • MENA philanthropy landscape and stakeholder mapping

The exercise MENA SDG Ecosystem mapping exercise intends to collate and present the information for philanthropy and social investors to better understand and engage in delivering the SDGs across priority areas in the countries. The exercise also aims to highlight why engaging in the SDG processes is essential to achieving transformative socio-economic change for organizations. For example, the SDGs and the implementation principles around them offer a unique opportunity to reshape the way organizations work and create greater visibility, relevance and support for programmes. The mapping will cover the MENA region, with select case studies from countries.

SDG Ecosystem (priorities, processes, policies and regulatory frameworks)

Description of macroeconomic context and development challenges in the region

Development scorecard in the region using MDG/SDG framework, plus using at least 4 case studies from countries  

Philanthropy landscape regional analysis (summary of philanthropic sector: types of foundations and private wealth invested in social good, emerging forms of philanthropy, Islamic finance and philanthropy zakhat, priorities in funding in the region and in selected 4 countries)

Relevant legal structures for philanthropy (overview of existing legal structures for case studies in countries)

Overview of an enabling environment (overview of the legal enabling environment and accountability mechanisms for non-for-profits and foundations in the region and weaving in four case studies from countries in the region)

Overview of development agenda and SDG structures ( overview of the regional development agenda and region-level institutions or bodies, planning documents, and four case studies from four select countries in the region)

Status of SDG adoption based on the case studies from four countries in the region (including national plans linked with SDGs, review of integrated planning mechanisms, monitoring and evaluation)

Use of infographics when depicting the data in the region and countries.

Stakeholders and coordination (roles, responsibilities, leadership and SDG-related multi-stakeholder initiatives)

Coordinating mechanisms and bodies for national development agenda/SDGs  as well as four case studies of select national development agendas (UN-led, government-led and specific structures for private sector, civil society and foundations)

Key Stakeholders (Selected institutions relevant to planning, monitoring and evaluation of the SDGs), four cases from countries in the region

Key SDG-related multi-stakeholder initiatives

 Mapping of the philanthropic sector, including foundations, trusts, impact investors, predominantly working at the regional level and cases of national large foundations. Top 100 largest organizations operating at global, regional and country basis.


The results of the exercise will allow:

  • To socialize SDGs in the region, using tailored language and approaches.
  • To pitch why and how philanthropists and social investors should engage in delivering SDGs in the region.
  • Provide inputs for further analysis of the opportunities on how philanthropy, the UN, government and others can leverage each other’s resources in the region.
  • Understanding of the nature of philanthropy in the region, including emerging innovative vehicles if relevant including social investing, Islamic finance, growth of corporate philanthropy, crowdfunding etc and their alignment with the SDGs.
  • Collecting list of active foundations and their priorities, including the types, sources of funding, governance, programs.


The consultant will do a desk research. S/he will also conduct interviews with select UN, NGO, collaborative and foundations representatives. UNDP will share a more detailed description of the Mapping including sample questions for the interviews. UNDP will link the consultant with relevant UN staff in the region. The mapping is modelled on a similar exercised Investing in SDGs in Kenya, A primer for Foundations (

UNDP staff will point the consultant to possible data sources, such as SDG Philanthropy Platform partners’ databases, inquiries, internet research as well as utilizing the SDG Philanthropy Platform database (Salesforce).


The expected contractual period starting 1 May to 10 June 2017.The consultant is expected to produce the following deliverables below:

  • SDG Ecosystem (Spreadsheet). Draft MS report and organizations listed in spreadsheet (payment: 40% of total amount; deadline: by 20th of May).
  • Stakeholders and coordination. High-quality report in MS Word with approximately 80 pages, 50,000 words with graphs and visuals), stakeholders grouped and listed in spreadsheets. Enter entering the mapping results of stakeholders into UNDP salesforce data system. (payment: 60% of total amount; deadline: 10 June)

Corporate competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of the United Nations;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Functional Competencies:

  • Ability to manage workload with minimum supervision and collaborate with a wide range of colleagues and partners across organizations, while meeting deadlines;
  • Capable of working in a high-pressure work environment with frequent urgent deadlines;
  • High level research and methodical organizational skills;
  • Ability to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner.
Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s Degree in International Development, Public Administration and non-for profit management or related field.


  • At least three years of expereince of working with philanthropic, social investment and or NGO sectors;
  • Proven experience in research, compilation and analysis of development data and information;
  • Working knowledge and experience on SDGs framework and process of SDG mainstreaming in countries;
  • Knowledge of development landscape in MENA will be considered as an asset.

Language skills:

  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English;
  • Working knowledge of Arabic will be considered as an asset.

Evaluation of Applicants:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ technical qualifications and financial proposal.

The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical (P11 desk reviews and written sample evaluation) and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

Technical Criteria – 70% of total evaluation – max. 35 points:

  • Criteria A– At least three years of expereince of working with philanthropic, social investment and or NGO sectors; max.10 points;
  • Criteria B – Proven experience in research, compilation and analysis of development data and information (include sample of research); max. 5 points;
  • Criteria C – Working knowledge and experience on SDGs framework and process of SDG mainstreaming in countries; max. 10 points;
  • Criteria D – Knowledge of development landscape in MENA will be considered as an asset. 5 points;
  • Criteria E –  Arabic language; max. 5 points.

Only candidates who will get at least 70% of the maximum score for technical competencies (assessed through the desk review and samples evaluation) will be considered for financial evaluation

Financial Criteria – 30% of total evaluation – max. 15 points.

Application procedures

Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:

  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position.
  • Sample of research and publications. Please paste www links of three samples of your previous research and publications.
  • Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees
    (blank form can be downloaded from ); please upload the P11 instead of your CV.
  • Financial Proposal* in USD – specifying a total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement. The financial proposal shall include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (number of anticipated working days and any other possible costs).
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials

*Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services…).

Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.

Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under

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Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.

Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.