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UNDP recruiting Regional Development Financing Consultant

Home-based, 18 April 2018


Meeting the 2030 Agenda will require unprecedented investments in areas such as health and education, environmental protection, infrastructure and sustainable energy, rural development, peace and security and actions to tackle climate change. It is estimated that achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take between US$5 to $7 trillion, with an investment gap in developing countries of about $2.5 trillion. Governments hold a significant share of the resources needed to achieve the SDGs. The World Bank estimated that between 50 and 80 percent of what's required will come from domestic resources. While financing needs for the new agenda are unquestionably high, there are also more opportunities for countries to mobilize new and additional sources of finance, as well as experiment with innovative new financing approaches. Private funding and private capital hold a great potential for growth.

Duties and Responsibilities

The primary objective of the proposed mapping of the development finance solutions for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Europe and Central Asia is to broaden and deepen the understanding of key concepts and approaches, tools, as well as regional and country trends, and key involved and to-be-involved partners that can help accelerate, attract and direct investments to areas where greater co-benefits and multiplier effects can be achieved. It should be based on the regional and countries realities and take into account the specifics of the regional UN development system operation modalities on the ground.

The regional mapping will consist of four parts:

  • Introduction that will offer a snapshot of the global Financing for Development architecture, reference to the global development effectiveness architecture, current sustainable development frameworks and global agreements, as well as the ongoing process of re-positioning the UN Development System to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

  • An outline of additional financing solutions available for Europe and Central Asia (approaches, instruments, tools and mechanisms), focusing on public and private external financing flows (domestic flows are not the subject of this study).

  • An overview of the main partners (traditional and emerging donors, IFIs, impact investors, etc.) with short descriptions of the projects/funding already implemented or in the process of implementation. These should follow the categories from part II above. This section will also include existing partnerships and engagement of UN agencies with the identified external partners.  

  • A concluding part with an emphasis on key approaches for UNCTs to better leverage financing for the SDGs through UN Development Assistance Frameworks, support human centred approach and help the host governments re-shape business-as-usual financing.

The mapping will also contain the links to additional key resources within the UN system (at the regional and global level) on the available and documented tools, methodologies and initiatives to support financing the SDGs implementation.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Within the framework of this Terms of Reference, the consultant is expected to perform the following tasks and duties:

  • Work together with the Regional UNDG Secretariat, as well as the members of the Peer Support Group (if necessary), and the UN agencies represented in the ECA region (list to be provided by the R-UNDG Secretariat) on designing the outline of the proposed mapping with a break-down into sections and sub-sections.

  • Undertake a necessary review of existing documentation and hold consultations as necessary;

  • Undertake a series of consultations with the relevant experts within the regional UN development system, as recommended by the R-UNDG Secretariat.

  • Discuss the developed outline with the R-UNDG Secretariat, review and respond to the suggested revisions and comments.

  • Collect additional comments from the regional UN agencies and UN Country Teams (with the facilitation from the RC Offices), if necessary and based on the consultations with the R-UNDG Secretariat.

  • Draft the mapping, based on the inputs collected and provided; seek comments and revisions from the R-UNDG Secretariat and specified RC Offices, if deemed necessary; provide through the R-UNDG Secretariat, the final draft to the R-UNDG Team for comments and clearance;

  • Submit the final draft of the mapping to the R-UNDG Secretariat by the required deadline.

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