Non Staff Consultant

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Non Staff Consultant

  • Post Date:October 8, 2021
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  • Career Level Consultant
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 3-5 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Parent Sector : Field Office
Duty Station: Harare
Job Family: Programme Coordination
Type of contract : Non Staff
Duration of contract : From 1 to 6 months
Recruitment open to : External candidates
Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 15-OCT-2021

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism

CONTEXTUAL BACKGROUND

UNESCO-SADC Secretariat Collaboration dates back to 1996 when the two organisations signed a Memorandum of Understanding, leading to a long history of cooperation. In 2017, the collaboration was strengthened via the establishment of the UNESCO-SADC Joint Programme of Action (JPA) 2017-2021. This cooperation framework provided concrete areas of cooperation, including education; technical and vocational education and training (TVET); youth; HIV and health education; science, technology and innovation; water security, renewable energy and disaster risk management; culture, heritage and sustainable tourism; communication and information; and data for development.

Over the past 5 years, UNESCO and SADC recorded significant milestones as they implemented the JPA in pursuit of contributing to sustainable development of the region. Guided by the UNESCO Regional Support Strategy (2017-2021), and the SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP), major progress has been made in the development and implementation of strategic programmes and projects.

The year 2020 started with the launch by the UN Secretary General of ‘The Decade of Action’, a global call to accelerate progress on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Commitments were made, and plans developed, and every indication was that 2020 would be a defining year for strong UNESCO action, and for accelerated SDG achievement in the region. Then came COVID-19, and the world changed. From March 2020 onwards, more and more countries went into lock down and imposed travel restrictions, which had severe impacts on our work for and with the Member States we serve.

With the current Joint Programme of Action ending in December 2021, UNESCO and SADC have started reviewing the achievements and challenges of the cooperation and planning for effective and impactful implementation for the next SADC/UNESCO JPA 2022-2025 under the continuing COVID-19 context.

THE ASSIGNMENT

The UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa in collaboration with the SADC Secretariat seek the services of a consultant to facilitate the development and drafting of the new SADC/UNESCO Joint Programme of Action (2022-2025). The JPA would take into account the recently adopted SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) for 2020-2030 and UNESCO’s Draft Medium-Term Strategy (41C4) for 2022-2029 (to be submitted for approval to the UNESCO General Conference in November 2021).

The consultant will undertake the following tasks;

  • Desk Review to familiarise her/himself with the new strategic priorities of both organisations (including the SADC RISDP, the ROSA Regional Support Strategy, and the UNESCO draft 41C4); recent reports and publications; current organizational structures and resources.
  • Key informant interviews with UNESCO ROSA and SADC regarding the past collaboration, strengths and opportunities, including overlapping programme areas that have previously not been included; opportunities for joint upscaling of initiatives, partnership and resource mobilization with focus on added value for the SADC Member States; and human capacity/technical support.
  • Mapping of key sectors in UNESCO to match with counterparts in the SADC Secretariat
  • Produce an initial draft document highlighting the key identified strategic opportunities to be presented to SADC Secretariat and UNESCO for comments.
  • Prepare and present the Joint Programme of Action for 2022-2025.

EXPECTED OUTPUTS OF THE CONSULTANCY

EXPECTED OUTPUTS

  • Desk Review Report
  • Mapping Document
  • Draft JPA document
  • Final Joint Programme of Action

Based on lessons learned, gaps and emerging opportunities, it is expected that common priorities will be identified for the current decade, and joint strategic approaches will be developed into a new results based JPA.

PROPOSED TIMELINES

  • Desk review report (To be sumbmitted October 20, 2021)
  • Mapping document (To be submitted October 29, 2021)
  • Submission of draft JPA (To be submitted November 30, 2021)
  • Validation of the draft JPA (To be submitted December 10, 2021)
  • Submission of Final JPA (To be submitted December 15, 2021)

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

  • Accountability (C)
  • Communication (C)
  • Innovation (C)
  • Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)
  • Planning and organizing (C)
  • Results focus (C)
  • Teamwork (C)
  • Professionalism (C)

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Advanced academic degree in social science related field (Development studies, Strategy development, policy studies)
  • Experience working with UN organizations, other international organizations or bilateral development partners
  • Strong research skills and experience
  • Good understanding of Sub Saharan Africa and SADC in particular.
  • Excellent analytical, writing and communication skills

For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.

SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS

Please note that all candidates must complete an on-line application and provide complete and accurate information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO careers website HERE. No modifications can be made to the application submitted.

The evaluation of candidates is based on the criteria in the vacancy notice, and may include tests and/or assessments, as well as a competency-based interview.

UNESCO uses communication technologies such as video or teleconference, e-mail correspondence, etc. for the assessment and evaluation of candidates.

Please note that only selected candidates will be further contacted and candidates in the final selection step will be subject to reference checks based on the information provided.

UNESCO applies a zero tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

UNESCO is committed to achieve and sustain gender parity among its staff members in all categories and at all grades. Furthermore, UNESCO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities, as well as nationals from non-and under-represented Member States (last update here) are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the highest level of confidentiality. Worldwide mobility is required for staff members appointed to international posts.

UNESCO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.