Vacancy announcement

Implementation and mainstreaming of the SDGs in the national policy framework (Consultant, Expert level) - Home-based with possible travel in EU countries

Vacancy type Consultants
Deadline for submission of applications
Organizational Unit
Strategic Implementation of Agenda 2030

To be defined in accordance with the competencies and experience of the candidate (payment for the finished product).


The Strategic Implementation of the 2030 Agenda Unit is part of UNITAR’s Division for Satellite Analysis and Applied Research. The Unit is supporting the holistic and evidence-based implementation of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs through training, learning, advisory services, and multi-stakeholder engagement.

As part of a project funded by the European Union, UNITAR is providing support to one of the EU countries in mainstreaming the SDGs through its national planning and monitoring processes and governance. Outcome 1 of the project focuses specifically on strengthening governance and coordination and developing a robust strategic framework for the implementation of the SDGs overall and at sector levels with a roadmap for incorporating social and environmental sustainability issues in the development of the new long term sustainable growth strategy. Outcome 2 will support the design of an effective monitoring framework and coordination mechanism for guiding the implementation of SDGs in a transparent and accountable manner. Outcome 3 and 4 will aim to strengthen the capacities of civil servants and raise awareness around the SDGs of various stakeholders respectively.

General objectives of the contract

Under the supervision of the Senior Specialist, Strategic Implementation of the 2030 Agenda Unit, the consultant will be involved in supporting the overall implementation of activities under Outcome 1 and to a lesser extent Outcome 2 of the project.

Responsibilities/description of professional services

The consultant will more specifically be responsible for

1. Undertaking desk analysis to review the existing sectoral strategies, policies, legislation, and plans related to the Sustainable Development Goals;

2. Developing a questionnaire, conducting 3-4 focus groups and holding 10-12 interviews, remotely or during a field visit, using this questionnaire;

3. Producing a detailed map of stakeholders and compiling their views;

4. Mapping and analysing strategic instruments and related results frameworks, sectoral strategies and plans, policies and legal framework – national and EU as applicable - against the requirements of the SDGs and policy coherence;

5. Assessing current institutional and governance arrangements against key SDG, policy coherence, and stakeholder engagement requirements with due consideration given to the European Semester process and EU strategic and policy processes and policies;

6. Reviewing best practice countries with similar context and making recommendations;

7. Developing initial recommendations on national governance and SDG coordination mechanisms:

         (a) the institutional structures and mechanisms within Ministries,

         (b) structures for effective inter-ministerial coordination, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation, including a mechanism for involving all state and
             nonstate stakeholders,

         (c) additional engagement mechanisms with non-state actors,

         (d) measures to align strategic plans and budgetary resources with the implementation of the nationally adapted SDGs;

         (e) a possible mechanism for a systematic review of new policies, laws and regulations and strategic frameworks, as well as modifications to the existing
             frameworks on their alignment with the SDGs as part of the mainstreaming at national, and sectoral levels;

         (f) how to reflect social and environmental sustainability requirements in the long term growth strategy.

8. Producing the final report with assessments and recommendations in areas described under points 3 to 7;

9. Contributing to the design of the tailored methodology for and co-facilitating 2 multistakeholder national workshops through which national SDG strategy and action plan will be developed;

10. Analyzing workshop outcomes, helping identify key action areas, developing policy scenarios, and assembling workshop outcomes - in collaboration with several relevant subject matter experts - into a draft strategy and action plan that would contain key objectives, expected outcomes, specific measures, and actions with a timeframe and initial draft of the accompanying results framework and indicators to track progress;

11. Finalizing recommendations on governance in follow-up to the workshops on all items described under point 7;

12. Collaborating on the design of multistakeholder workshop 3 with a focus on monitoring framework and mechanism and supporting facilitation as may be required;

13. Participating in the stakeholder interviews and providing inputs to finalize the indicators for the national SDG strategy and action plan and define relevant sectoral and lower level indicators

14. Providing advice for the monitoring coordination mechanism based on discussions during workshop 3 and contributing to the related recommendations report.

Measurable outputs/deliverables/schedule of deliverables

  • Desk analysis undertaken;
  • 3-4 focus groups and 10-12 interviews conducted using a questionnaire developed for this purpose;
  • Produced final report includes a detailed stakeholder mapping and analysis, and covers institutional aspects, legal, policy and regulatory aspects, broader governance issues along all items under point 7 above, including mainstreaming into the national strategic planning and budgeting cycles and link with European semester process, and initial recommendations for a possible SDG coordination mechanism 
  • Contributed to conducting 3 national workshops;
  • Inputs to the development of the methodology for the 3 workshop;
  • Analysis and policy options/scenarios developed as relevant for the country context;
  • Recommendations on governance and coordination for the SDGs finalized;
  • Draft national SDG strategy and action plan with key components described under point 10;
  • Inputs to finalize SDG monitoring mechanism and indicators for the national SDG strategy and action plan and define relevant sectoral and lower level indicators.

Performance Indicators for evaluation of results

  • Analysis and assessments are thorough and context-sensitive;
  • Stakeholder map is exhaustive and reflects well main stakeholders, their roles, views, and appropriate engagement methods;
  • Recommendations in the report and finalized version overall are
    1. relevant given national context and national and EU priorities,
    2. aligned with European Semester requirements and national processes,
    3. feasible with clear guidance for implementation,
    4. conducive to enhanced participation,
    5. conducive to integrated and SDG-aligned policies,
    6. conducive to greater inclusion.
  • Draft national SDG strategy and action plan are
    1. developed in a participatory manner,
    2. aligned with SDGs and 6 EU headline objectives,
    3. identify high-impact policy actions with cross-d. cutting effects across SDGs,
    4. conducive to policy coherence,
    5. identify responsibilities and timelines,
    6. include specific sector-level guidance,
    7. include preliminary results framework,
    8. include recommendations for reflecting environmental and social dimensions in long-term growth and sector growth strategies
  • Content reflects most-up-to-date information and practice;
  • Feedback from the supervisor and the country properly reflected;
  • Policy areas recommended for action are high impact and conducive to policy coherence;
  • Methodologies are inclusive and emphasize the importance of participation;
  • Analysis of policy scenarios is evidence-based, when needed informed by other relevant subject matter experts;
  • Timeliness of deliverables.

Reporting structure

The consultant will report to the Senior Specialist, Strategic Implementation of the 2030 Agenda Unit


  • Professionalism:  Expert level knowledge theories, concepts, and approaches related to policy design, analysis, public sector governance, and strategic planning with excellent knowledge of EU processes in EU countries. Ability to identify issues, high impact actions, and recommend solutions and approaches. Ability to listen and understand the perspectives of various stakeholders and help them through the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Exercises discretion as required and is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.
  • Planning & Organizing:  Based on the supervision received from the supervisor, plans work in a manner consistent with the goals and timeline of the project; allocates appropriate amount of time for completing work; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines, and achieving results; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.
  • Accountability: Acts in full consultation and in compliance with instructions from the supervisor and takes responsibility for agreed assignments; is accountable and trustworthy; honors commitments by delivering outputs within the prescribed time, cost, and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; and takes personal responsibility for his/her own shortcomings and shares successes with the team where applicable.
  • Teamwork:  Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; is able to coordinate effectively with other experts and team members by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise and providing relevant inputs in tasks where others lead; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; very good inter-personal skills and a demonstrated capacity to deal with colleagues and counterparts from different backgrounds, and proven ability to function in a multi-cultural and multi-ethnical environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
  • Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of technology development in the area related to online meetings, surveys, communications; data processing, analysis, and presentation of strategic documents and result frameworks.
  • Communication:  Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style, and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.


Minimum experience
Minimum requirements

Qualifications required:

Minimum 15 years of work experience in national strategic/development planning processes and governance issues, including extensive and recent experience with EU countries as a must. Good knowledge of strategic foresight is an advantage.

How to apply

Remarks: General conditions of contracts for the service of consultants and individual contractors apply.

Please send your CV and motivation letter to by 20 January 2021.

Starting date: As soon as possible

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