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.
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:
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:
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 (http://sdgfunders.org/reports/investing-in-the-sustainable-development-goals-in-kenya/).
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:
Required Skills and Experience
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:
Technical Criteria – 70% of total evaluation – max. 35 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.
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:
*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 dss.un.org
General Terms and conditions as well as other related documents can be found under: http://on.undp.org/t7fJs.
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.