Consultant – Statistician – Expert Job at UNITAR – in Genf, GE
Deadline for submission of applications
18 May 2021
Strategic Implementation of Agenda 2030 Unit (SIA 2030)
To be defined in accordance with competences and experience of the candidate (payment for the finished product).
Implementation and mainstreaming of the SDGs in the national policy framework.
Area of Specialization/Thematic Areas:
Official statistics, Monitoring SDGs
Overview (quick description of the funded project and its context):
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 the Government of Cyprus 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 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 implementation of core activities under Outcome 2 in particular with a focus on monitoring SDG indicators and to a lesser extent under Outcome 1 of the project. The work will be done in close collaboration with 4 thematic consultants who will provide inputs on the relevance of indicators in thematic areas and 1 consultant supporting the governance and SDG strategic planning process overall.
Responsibilities/description of professional services:
The consultant will more specifically be responsible for:
Initial desk research and stakeholder consultation to better understand the current governance, processes and plans related to data production for SDG indicators;
Mapping the draft national SDG implementation strategy / Action Plan to EU and global SDG indicators and identifying – where needed – additional indicators /sector-level indicators in coordination with thematic experts;
Developing a template in coordination with the Government to be circulated to all line Ministries as a remote consultation to collect initial feedback on these indicators, lower-level results indicators, and related data production questions (data and baseline availability, source, periodicity, compatibility with international methodology, targets, etc.) as well as reviewing targets;
Holding 8-10 key informant interviews on areas where the identification of indicators and targets that require further discussions in coordination with relevant thematic experts;
Preparing an interim report as a basis for the multi-stakeholder workshop discussions containing results of the consultations on national and sector-specific indicators and targets with inputs from thematic experts;
Contributing from the statistical perspective to the design and co-facilitation of a multi-stakeholder Workshop 3 to engage all key data users and producers from the Government and other stakeholders in the process of developing a national SDG indicator framework based on the EU set with other relevant/sector-specific indicators, setting of targets, refining/completing the results framework for the national SDG implementation strategy/Action Plan, and discussing the creation/adjustment of a national monitoring mechanism, and key components of a possible evaluation plan (the workshop design will also benefit from inputs by the governance and strategic planning expert, and thematic experts);
Conducting follow-up bilateral discussions/consultations – with support from thematic consultants – with relevant line Ministries to firm up indicators and targets and develop a monitoring mechanism based on the workshop conclusions and with inputs from the governance and strategic planning expert;
Preparing the first draft of the report for stakeholder consultations containing the initial draft of an indicator framework, realistic but ambitious targets, metadata template, recommendations on open SDG portal if there are any coming out of the workshop and recommendations for the national monitoring mechanism incorporated in broader SDG coordination and governance (inputs will be provided by the governance/strategic planning expert on the monitoring coordination mechanism, and by thematic experts for the indicators/targets in their areas of work);
Updating the report to reflect feedback from the supervisor and the consultations.
Measurable outputs/deliverables/schedule of deliverables:
Carried out desk research and stakeholder consultations on the current governance, processes and plans related to data production for SDG indicators;
Mapping of the strategy/action plan to the global and EU SDG indicators and additional indicators/sector-level proposed with inputs from thematic experts;
A template for the consultations with and collection of inputs rom Ministries on the indicators and targets developed;
8-10 key informant interviews on areas where the identification of indicators and targets that require further discussions
an interim report results of the consultations on national and sector-specific indicators and targets with inputs from thematic experts;
contribution to the design and co-facilitation of a multi-stakeholder Workshop 3 developing a national SDG indicator framework and discuss the creation/adjustment of a monitoring mechanism and a possible evaluation plan;
Contributed to the design of 3 national workshops and their co-facilitation from the digital transition perspectives;
Follow-up bilateral discussions/consultations – with support from thematic consultants – with relevant line Ministries to firm up indicators and targets and finalize the concept of the monitoring mechanism with input from governance expert;
First draft of the report with the initial draft of an indicator framework, realistic but ambitious targets, metadata template, , recommendations on open SDG portal (if there are any coming out of the workshop), and recommendations for the national monitoring mechanism incorporated in broader SDG coordination and governance (inputs will also be provided by the governance/strategic planning expert on the part related to the monitoring coordination mechanism, and by thematic experts for the indicators/targets in their areas of work);
Updated report to incorporate feedback from the supervisor and the consultations.
Performance Indicators for evaluation of results:
Analysis and assessments are thorough and context-sensitive;
Template/questionnaire are well designed to collect relevant information without overburdening the respondents;
Content reflects most-up-to-date information and practice;
Feedback from the supervisor and the country properly reflected;
Methodologies are inclusive and emphasize the importance of participation;
Indicators, baseline and targets and timelines are policy relevant (at both national and EU levels), sound, show the right level of ambition and enjoy national ownership;
Reports articulate well key ideas and methodologies, contain all relevant information presented in an easy-to-read or consult manner (e.g., indicator set with targets), contain proper references and reflect well inputs of other experts;
Timeliness of deliverables;
Collaborative attitude when working with other experts and the coordinating team.
Reporting structure (name of direct supervisor):
The consultant will report to the Senior Specialist, Strategic Implementation of the 2030 Agenda Unit.
Professionalism: Expert level knowledge of statistical principles, processes and procedures applied in the area of official statistics, experience with monitoring frameworks and indicators to support the implementation of strategic planning instruments, as well as an excellent knowledge of EU SDG monitoring. Ability to listen and understand the perspectives of various stakeholders and help them through in the resolution of issues/problems. Ability to develop templates and draft reports and work with technical experts and policy-makers in supporting them in the choice of indicators and setting of appropriate targets. 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; honours commitments by delivering outputs within 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 (the team and other experts) 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 15 years of work experience in official statistics, including experience with monitoring frameworks and indicators to support the implementation of strategic planning instruments and experience in EU countries.
Fluency in written and oral English is required.
General conditions of contracts for the service of consultants and individual contractors apply.
How to apply
Please send your CV and motivation letter to [email protected] Candidates are encouraged to apply early on.
Company: UNITAR –
Company Location: Genf, GE