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The UN General Assembly resolution 72/279 elevated the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (now renamed the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework) as “the most important instrument for planning and implementation of the UN development activities at country level in support of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda)”.

The UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (Cooperation Framework) is nationally owned, and anchored in national development priorities, the 2030 Agenda and the principles of the UN Charter. It outlines the UN development system’s (UNDS) contributions sought by national stakeholders to reach the SDGs in an integrated manner, with a commitment to leave no one behind, human rights and other international standards and obligations.

The Multi-country Sustainable Development Framework (MSDF) 2017-2021 was developed in the Caribbean through an inclusive and participatory process led by the Governments and representatives of 18 Caribbean countries and territories and the United Nations in consultation with civil society and development partners.

Following recent reforms repositioning the UN development system, new Cooperation Frameworks (CF) will be the most important UN planning and implementation instrument in support of the 2030 Agenda in the country and will be prepared and implemented in full consultation with the national Government. In the Caribbean, the next MSDF will outline the collective UN response to national SDG priorities agreed with national Governments for the period of 2022-2026. In this vein, it will be first and foremost a partnership with national governments, a compact for UN Country Teams and a commitment to national stakeholders including development partners, international financial institutions, civil society, trade unions, employers and those left behind. As per the CF Guidelines from the UN Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG), the UN Common Country Analysis (CCA) is the UN system’s

independent, impartial and collective assessment (i.e., a description of a country situation) and analysis (i.e., a description of causes and their implications) of a country’s situation for its internal use in developing the CF.

Therefore, under the guidance of the representative agencies in the Bahamas, the Office of the Resident Coordinator (RCO), is launching the development of CCAs for each country as the UN system’s independent, impartial and collective analysis of the country’s situation. The development of a separate country-specific CCA for the Bahamas will be inclusive, participatory, co-led by the UN System and each country’s Government and premised on the tenets of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including as reflected in the UN Cooperation Framework Internal Guidance. Considering this. the UN RCO is recruiting a national consultant for the overall purpose of supporting the international consultant in developing a high-quality and evidence-based UN CCA as the foundation for the new Cooperation Framework.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the international consultant and directly reporting to the RCO Economist, the national consultant will contribute to the development of a high quality and evidence-based CCA for the Bahamas which examines the progress, gaps, opportunities and bottlenecks vis-a-vis the Bahamas’ commitment to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and the draft National Development Plan, Vision 2040. Working towards this effort, the selected national consultant will, in cooperation with the RCO and the members of the UN, support the international consultant in the collection of detailed national data and the establishment of political contacts at the national level. The role of the national consultant in the development of the CCA will entail, but not be limited to the following:

1. Collecting relevant data from national and international sources, in cooperation with the RCO and the UN Agencies;

2. Providing contextualized analysis of specific development plans, including but not limited to the SDGs, the draft Vision 2040 National Development Plan and the forthcoming plan of the Economic Recovery Committee;

3. Establishing and facilitating contacts with national stakeholders, including but not limited to government organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), private sector and other interest groups;

4. Facilitating discussions with key national and international stakeholders as required, on the draft CCA to validate and enrich the findings;

5. Supporting the international consultant in the completion of the CCA within the estimated timeframe.

The selected national consultant will have be responsible for supporting the international consultant in the development of the CCA, under supervision of the RCO. Throughout the CCA process, the national consultant will be expected to ensure that all data collection activities are in compliance with ethical and safety standards applicable to researching, documenting and evaluating programmes and with the Standards for Evaluation in the system of United Nations Evaluation Group .

Under the overall guidance of the international consultant and the RCO, the national consultant will be specifically responsible for the following:

· Engage with the RCO to extract analyses from the SDG Data Repository and the related analysis;

· Conduct consultations with key stakeholders (Government, international development partners, civil society, private sector and municipalities) in very close consultation with the international consultant and the RCO;

· Contribute to the preparation of a high quality analytical CCA report following the UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework Guidelines for UN Common Country Analysis;

· Integrate into research design, analysis and report the UN Guiding/Programming Principles: i) Leave no one behind; (ii) Human rights-based approach; iii) gender equality and women’s empowerment; iv) resilience; v) accountability; and vi) sustainability.

Expected Outputs and deliverables

Overall, the process of developing the CCA is expected to take two months, covering the period of October 2020 to November 2020.



Suggested number of working days (Total 25)


Review and analyze the data submitted by UN agencies- guided by the CCA thematic areas, scope and information needs as outlined in the detailed CCA guidelines.



Based on the above review and analysis, the consultant will further work with specific agencies (based on need) and Interagency Programme Team (IPT) to further fill the data and information gaps – through light desk review and to develop an outline of the CCA analytical report



Develop a first draft of the CCA analytical report and make a formal presentation of the report to the IPT.



Review of the 1st draft CCA analytical report by the IPT – the consultant will input comments and produce a second draft which will be further reviewed by the CCA task team.



Formal presentation to broader stakeholders (Including preparation for the presentation)



Produce a final CCA draft report to be reviewed by the IPT, based on input from the stakeholders



The consultants should possess the following competencies:

Corporate Competencies

Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN's values and ethical standards; Sensitivity to cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age differences. Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment; ability to exercise sound political judgment;

Functional Competencies

  • Outstanding communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to write reports, conduct consultations and interviews and to articulate ideas in a clear and concise style;
  • Good knowledge of the UN system, UN Development System Reform and the new Cooperation Framework Internal Guidelines;
  • Outstanding communication (spoken and written) skills, including the ability to write reports, conduct consultations and interviews and to articulate ideas in a clear and concise style;
  • Ability to review and synthesize large amounts of information rapidly, and to distinguish major trends from minor details;
  • Ability to conceptualize and analyze problems to identify key issues, underlying problems, and how they relate;
  • Technical competence in undertaking complex analysis which involve use of mixed methods;
  • Familiarity with statistical data and knowledge of human rights and gender equality approaches;
  • Ability to respond positively to critical feedback and differing points of view;
  • Ability to handle a large volume of work under time constraints;
  • Ability to share knowledge and experience and provide helpful feedback and advice.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

· Advanced university degree (Masters and equivalent) in development studies, economics, social sciences, international relations or related field.

Skills and experience:

· A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience supporting the implementation of projects/research in the social science field;

· Previous experience in the area of social/socioeconomic analysis in the Bahamas;

· Understanding of the development environment in the Caribbean Region;

· Experience in gathering and systematizing large amounts of data, evaluation of public policies, analysis of development indicators and other related issues;

· 2-3 years’ experience in quantitative or qualitative research and data analysis;

· Experience with a UN organization/agency is preferable but not mandatory;

· Excellent command over the English language;

· Experience in data mapping is an asset;

· Experience coordinating and liaising with government agencies and/or donors in the Bahamas is an asset.

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Application Procedure:

Proposal should be submitted through the online e-Tendering system (search for Event ID: Jam10-22-2020) as per the deadline indicated in the system itself. Detailed user guide on how to register in the system can be accessed using the following link:-

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