25 Feb 2019

International Consultant - Coordination of Integration of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Job Number: 517109 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Africa: Lesotho
Work Type : Consultancy

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In September 2015, the UN member states including Lesotho committed to the new Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) calling to transform our world by eradicating extreme poverty and hunger; leaving no one behind, and significantly reducing inequalities; putting sustainable development at the core of global, national and local policies, and accelerating the shift to low-carbon, climate-resilient development pathways; building a renewed global partnership for sustainable development, based on multi-stakeholder partnerships that can leverage needed capacities and resources and achieve impact at scale; and accelerating a data revolution and improving capacity to measure sustainable development.

In order to achieve the goals, the Government of Lesotho is committed to nationalize the new global development agenda. The Government indicated its readiness to support the integration of SDGs into the National Strategic Development Plan and policies. The Government has also committed to conduct the Voluntary national review (VNR) in 2019 as one of the 15 countries in Africa. It is, therefore, an utmost importance for the Government to establish a coordination structure across ministries and levels of Government for the prioritization, implementation and monitoring of and reporting on SDGs; and establish liaison with development partners and private sectors those who are committed to support the Government. However, the structure is yet to be established in the country for the said purpose.

UN Country Team (UNCT) in Lesotho, following its mandate and spirit of partnership, is strongly committed to support the Government in implementation and monitoring of and reporting on SDGs. The UN thus has established a UN SDG task team to provide the Government with UN joint support for the implementation of SDGs. Therefore, UNCT in Lesotho, wants to recruit an international consultant (SDG Coordinator) to support the Government to establish a governance/ coordination structure; to maintain liaison between the Ministry of Development Planning, the lead Ministry of the Government for SDG coordination, and UNCT; and to provide technical support for the coordination of prioritization, implementation and monitoring of and reporting on SDGs. UNICEF, on behalf of the UNCT, will administer the recruitment process of the consultant as the organization, at HQ level, has already committed to support the Government to participate in the voluntary national reviews (VNR) which is due in 2019. This TOR serves the purpose of specifying the consultancy assignment.

  1. Purpose

The main purpose of this consultancy is to provide the Ministry of Development Planning (MoDP) with technical support to establish a national coordination mechanism for the prioritization, implementation and monitoring of and reporting on SDGs; and support the liaison between the MoDP and UNCT & other partners.

  1. Duties and responsibilities

The key duties and responsibilities of this individual consultant will be to provide technical support to:

  • Ministry of Development Planning (MODP) to establish an SDG Governance/coordination structure across ministries and levels of Government;
  • Coordination between the MODP and UNCT for UNCT support to the Government;
  • Training/orientation on SDGs for different stakeholders at national and subnational levels;
  • Organization of meetings and workshops on SDGs;
  • Prioritization of SDGs, as per the national development strategies, policies and UNDAF;
  • Mapping of Ministries by targets and assign division of labour in the implementation of SDGs aligning with the National Strategic Development Plan;
  • MoDP to prepare SDG database with the support of national Statistics Office by setting nationally prioritized targets and indicators;
  • MoDP to analyze data gap for monitoring SDGs; identify Ministries to be responsible for SDG data;
  • MoDP to develop national monitoring and evaluation framework jointly with relevant national institutions, national coordination committee and UN M&E task team;
  • MoDP in preparing SDG periodic/monitoring report following set procedures;
  • MoDP to draft the Voluntary National Review following voluntary common reporting guidelines;
  • MoDP for preparing SDG budget through consultation with different sectors and development partners;
  • MoDP to establish partnership with development partners and private sectors for the realizing Lesotho SDG target;
  • Liaison with UNCT for financial and technical support to the Ministry for the prioritization, monitoring, implementation of and reporting on SDGs; and
  • Day to day liaison between the MoDP and UNCT through standard communication channel; perform related other tasks given by the supervisor and the Principal Secretary, MoDP.
  1. Description of deliverables and payment schedule

Based on the above duties and responsibilities, the consultant upon discussion with the Supervisor and the Principal Secretary of the MoDP will prepare and agree on monthly plans in the last week of each previous month, specifying key activities and deliverables from duties and responsibilities mention above.

Activity Deliverables Month Payment (USD)
-Inception report including monthly plan,

-Review of relevant documents SDGs documents;

- Support coordination between MODP and UNCT.

Inception and monthly reports December 2018 20%
- Support to establish an SDG coordination structure (Identify existing gap in SDGs coordination; develop TOR or concept note on SDG coordination committee);

-Facilitate training and Workshop on SDGs;

-Prioritization of SDGs

Bi-Monthly report March 2019 12%
-The prioritization of SDGs;

-Mapping of Ministries by targets;

- Analyze data gap;

-support the development of SDG monitoring and evaluation framework;

-Organize meetings on SDGs

Bi-monthly report May 2019 12%
-Analyze data gap;

-support the development of SDG monitoring and evaluation framework

-Support preparation SDG periodic report;

-Organize meetings on SDGs

Bi-monthly report July 2019 12%
-Support preparation SDG periodic report;

-support preparation of SDG Voluntary National Review;

-Support in preparing SDG budget through consultation;

-Support in establishing partnership;

-Organize meetings on SDGs;

Bi-monthly report September 2019 12%
-Support preparation of SDG Voluntary National Review Report;

-Support in preparing SDG budget through consultation;

-Support in establishing partnership;

-Organize meetings on SDGs.

Final report November 2019 20

5. Work relationships:

  • The consultant will work under the overall guidance of the Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Development Planning and the UNICEF Representative; and will report to the UNICEF Country Representative and UNRC.
  • The consultant will work with the relevant Official of the MoDP, SDG coordination Committee, Bureau of Statistics (BOS), other line Ministries, UNCT, UNSDG Task team, UN M&E team and other officials.
  1. Payment schedule:  Payment will be bi-monthly.  Payment will be made upon successful delivery of the bi-monthly planned deliverables.
  2. Required qualifications, technical background and experience
    • Advanced University degree in Economics, Development Management/ a related technical field.
    • At least five years of progressively responsible professional work experience in development management coordination;
    • Proven experience in working with Government, liaison between Government and UN, and coordination of development programmes including SDGs;
    • Experience in planning and monitoring of development programmes;
    • Experience in working with multiple partners and Ministries;
    • Experience in organizing meetings and facilitation of trainings and workshop;
    • Strong analytical and report writing skills;
    • Excellent presentation skills; and
    • Experience in working in a team.
  3. Conditions
  • The consultant will be governed by and subject to UNICEF General Terms and Conditions for individuals;
  • The work of the consultant is office based; may require visiting districts for SDG consultation based on needs;
  • The consultant will perform the work using own computer;
  • The consultant will be based in the MoDP to work closely with the Principal Secretary;
  • The consultant payment is all inclusive of fee, travel (one international return trip) and living allowance. If the consultant is to travel outside Maseru and stay overnights, related living allowance will be the exclusive of the total contract value.
  • The consultant will be authorized to access UNICEF LCO/UN transport to travel outside Maseru.

How to apply:

Qualified candidates are requested to complete an application including profile to the respective advertisement on  https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=517109 . Please indicate your ability, availability and financial proposal/quote to complete the terms of reference above. Rates must include all expenses related to the assignment (including administration and logistics).

Applications submitted without a financial proposal will not be considered.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Opening Date Thu Feb 21 2019 09:00:00 GMT+0200 (South Africa Standard Time) South Africa Standard Time
Closing Date Thu Feb 28 2019 23:55:00 GMT+0200 (South Africa Standard Time)