Governance Consultant

UNESCWA - Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia

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Application deadline in 17 days: Friday 24 Feb 2023 at 23:59 UTC

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Result of Service The consultant is to provide substantive support and technical cooperation in the implementation of the project activities related to capacity building and institutional development.

Work Location UN-House ESCWA

Expected duration 12 months

Duties and Responsibilities Background The objective of ESCWA’s Cluster 6 is to advance just, peaceful and inclusive societies, especially for people living under occupation or in conflict or post-conflict settings; to improve governance and strengthen effective, efficient and accountable public institutions; and to enhance service delivery.

SDG 16 calls on all levels of government to "create effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions," a goal in which well-functioning governments play a significant role. The need for effective governments, on the other hand, goes beyond SDG 16 and runs through all the other objectives, which rely heavily on the public sector to formulate policies, operationalize programs, and provide quality services to society. Civil servants and specifically senior and leadership positions in all fields play a significant role in institutional strength and government capability. Thus, the path to enhanced government competence and cross-cutting SDG attainment may then begin to be illuminated with a clear knowledge of the elements that drive civil servant motivation and performance.

With a protracted conflict like the one in Yemen, there is a great need to address the impact of the conflict and start planning for recovery. The fragmentation of State institutions remains a major obstacle to establishing peace and preventing relapse into conflict. The challenges facing Yemen and its recovery from the ongoing conflict are immense. Development challenges such as weak governance and institutions, poverty, illiteracy and natural resources (mis)management, predate the current conflict. The nature of the conflict in Yemen shows the vicious cycle of lack of development being a driver of conflict and the conflict exacerbating those development challenges.

As part of its mandate to promote human development in the Arab region and as a response to the dire conflict in Yemen, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN ESCWA) launched the Yemen Vision for Recovery and Development in 2022, which aims to support Yemenis in developing a national vision for recovery and sustainable development by: - Providing a space for a technical dialogue on recovery and sustainable development among Yemeni experts and stakeholders to develop a consensus-based socioeconomic vision for recovery to inform efforts of local and international development actors for recovery and reconstruction. Evidence-based research will be conducted to inform the process of identifying goals, priorities, and implementation strategies and policies. - Building institutional capacity to translate vision outcomes into action through technical assistance, capacity building and strengthened partnerships. Civil servants will be trained through institution-building programmes to achieve the vision’s strategic goals. Consultancy services will be provided to ESCWA's Cluster 6 on Governance and Conflict Prevention/ Yemen Vision for Recovery and Development Project is contributing to organizing and executing related activities such as workshops and meetings that are intended to engage Yemenis from different walks of life in thematic dialogues to formulate a vision and forward looking plans and strategies to foster and strengthen a better understanding of the conflict dynamics and sources of resilience in Yemen. In addition to contribute to research on topics related to socio-economic issues, governance and institutions in Yemen.

Objectives The main objective of the assignment is to contribute to the implementation of the work plan of the Yemen Vision for Recovery and Development project. Outputs/Works Assignment Monthly Narrative Report using the shared template.

Duties and Responsibilities The consultant's major responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following: Substantive Analysis - Contributes to the design of national policies and strategies for support in the areas of institutional development, peacebuilding and resilience. - Assists in identifying “entry points” for institutional strengthening and reconciliation in Yemen and develop appropriate strategic responses. - Upon request proposes and develops informed substantive input on such issues as governance/institutional development/rule of law, participation, citizen engagement and participatory policymaking at the Yemeni national level. - Liaises and partners with other experts in the field (e.g., governments, research institutes, academia, other international organizations, etc.) to discuss issues related to governance/institutional development, rule of law, exchanges views on latest findings, policy guidelines, new models of development, etc.; and helps ensure that lessons learned are disseminated during the dialogue sessions and incorporated into development of the vision. - Participates in conceiving, planning and providing substantial advice and input to dialogue sessions, ad hoc expert group meetings, conferences, seminars, workshops, etc. to include identification and selection of participants, development of background documentation, preparation of reports, documents, policy recommendations and analytical briefs based on the outcome of such meetings. - Prepares a variety of studies, mission reports, background papers, etc. on a wide range of governance and related issues. - Provide input and develop policies and strategies on institutional development.

Technical Cooperation In coordination with the Regional Advisor and the Yemen project team - Provides technical assistance to the Yemeni government and other bodies in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs related to governance and institutional development. - Designs and monitors the implementation of specific technical cooperation programmes and projects in coordination with Regional Advisor. - Prepares national or sectoral analyses that provide a basis for background material for the dialogue discussions on institutional development issues, most notably public administration reform including regulatory and legislative reforms, development challenges assessments. - Provides support to the Regional Advisor in designing and conducting capacity building workshops for Yemeni government officials and others using ESCWA training package on risk analysis, job competency, policy coherence. - Develops, in coordination with the Regional Advisor and the project’s team, and implements a strategy to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of training programs - Establishes an overall coordination strategy? covering the Yemeni training/capacity development program: Continuous updating and follow up with other development partners on the Yemen Capacity development platform. General - Participate in planning and preparation of the cluster work program outputs. - Performs other duties as required

Reporting The consultant will regularly report to the Project Manager/Cluster Leader. During the implementation of this contract, periodic discussions and reviews of rough drafts and research progress shall occur at reasonable intervals throughout the development of the report. It is expected that the consultant and the Yemen Project team will work closely together during the consultancy to ensure successful contract fulfillment. The hired consultant shall abide by the terms set out in the contract as well as fulfill the responsibilities and tasks that are detailed in this document.

Qualifications/special skills A Master’s degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Economics, Development Studies, Law, International Relations, Statistics, or other related social science is required.

All candidates must submit a copy of the required educational degree. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. A minimum of five years of work experience in development, public administration or related issues is required. Knowledge and practical application of theories and concepts related to social development and social policy, including ability to use approaches and techniques to address difficult problems is required. Strong analytical capacity and the ability to identify, analyze and articulate difficult issues/problems is required. Strong research skills, including ability to evaluate and integrate information from a variety of sources using standard methodologies and analytical techniques, draw conclusions and assess impact on the social development and policy issues. Ability to provide guidance to new/junior staff is required. Knowledge of the Yemeni context, including its economy, social and governance structures as well as institutions is required.

Languages Languages English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat; and Arabic is a working language of ESCWA.

For this position, fluency in Arabic and English is required.

Note: “Fluency” equals a rating of ‘fluent’ in all four areas (speak, read, write, and understand) and “Knowledge of” equals a rating of ‘confident’ in two of the four areas.


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