National Consultant to draft the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) cooperation roadmap with the Republic of Armenia for the period of 2022-2025

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Background

The UNODC supports the Member States to make the world safer from drugs, organized crime, corruption and terrorism, and remains committed to achieve health, security and justice for all by tackling these threats and promoting peace and sustainable well-being as deterrents to them. The UNODC also supports the Member States in implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at its core. The 2030 Agenda clearly recognizes that the rule of law and fair, effective and humane justice systems, as well as health-oriented responses to drug use, are both enablers for and part of sustainable development. Through its global, regional and country programmes, UNODC provides its services to Member States in reducing the use and trafficking in illicit drugs, people and commodities, countering organized crime, corruption, and terrorism, as well as in promoting drug and crime prevention and criminal justice reform.

The UNODC’s work in the Republic of Armenia has been coordinated through the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia located in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. So far, the Republic of Armenia has been benefitting from UNODC’s support mainly through the UNODC Global Programmes and UNODC Programme for Central Asia 2015-2021 aligned with the medium-term strategy of UNODC, which represents the overarching strategic framework under which it provides technical assistance in the region.

In order to enhance its technical assistance in the Republic of Armenia, UNODC would like to develop country specific cooperation roadmap, which would serve for strengthening the collaboration with the national counterparts and enhance the UNODC’s support under its menu of services. Considering that, the Republic of Armenia has recently launched its UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (UNSDCF) covering the period of 2021-2025, it is proposed that UNODC cooperation roadmap with the Republic of Armenia will cover the period of 2022-2025.

As an initial step to enhance cooperation with the Republic of Armenia, UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia initiated national consultations with the Government of the Republic of Armenia to identify the priorities for the period of 2022-2025. The outcomes of the national consultations were documented and recorded to reflect the country priorities. The national consultations were attended by diverse range of national counterparts working on counter narcotics, criminal justice, health, forensics, international cooperation, security sector, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During the consultations, along with national priorities, the main areas of the UNODC’s global strategy was presented to the national counterparts. The outcomes of the consultations in the Republic of Armenia were shared with UNODC HQ to further follow up and take a decision on the next steps to better involve the country in UNODC programming.

It is expected that cooperation roadmap with the Republic of Armenia should be aligned with UNODC’s strategy, and contribute to the UNSDCF in the country. The document should also duly mainstream gender and human rights principles, and consider innovative solutions and digital technologies, as well as, building on the strength of UNODC’s footprint on the ground. Moreover, the cooperation roadmap should also balance sustainable development, human rights, and security sector reforms, underway in the Republic of Armenia. In this regard, UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia would like to engage a national consultant, who will support the office in designing the UNODC cooperation roadmap with the Republic of Armenia.

Duties and Responsibilities

The purpose of the consultancy is to develop the cooperation roadmap between the Republic of Armenia and UNODC for the period of 2022-2025. It is expected that the process would be conducted through consultations with national counterparts, existing and potential donors, UNODC experts in the field and Vienna, international organizations in the country and other relevant stakeholders.

Under the direct supervision of the UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia, and in close consultation with the National Programme Officer, UNODC technical programme leads, the national consultant will perform the following overall tasks:

  • Review existing available documents and analyze available data, which would be used for better understanding of the situation and development of the cooperation roadmap for the country.
  • Formulate and finalize the UNODC cooperation roadmap with the Republic of Armenia for 2022-2025 based on the results of consultations with national counterparts in the country. The cooperation roadmap should be designed to further promote UNODC’s mandate areas, and with due consideration of Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, and UNODC global priorities.
  • Conduct donor analysis for the country and come up with several concept notes for possible funding opportunities for identified areas under the cooperation roadmap.

Specific tasks to be performed by the consultant:

The national consultant will be responsible for contributing to the quality and timely submission of all deliverables, as follows:

  • Conduct desk review and analyse available documents to understand the situation and to formulate the initial draft of the UNODC cooperation roadmap with the Republic of Armenia with the Republic of Armenia.
  • Analyse the collected information from national consultations, refine them and prepare them for further incorporation into UNODC cooperation roadmap with the Republic of Armenia.

  • Hold consultations (face to face and/or online) with the national counterparts in the Republic of Armenia, international organizations, UNODC team both at HQ and field level to elaborate the activities under the cooperation roadmap. The proposed activities should be in line with UNODC global strategies and duly consider the Sustainable Development Goals, human rights, youth empowerment and gender dimensions.

  • Facilitate the collection and incorporation of comments and inputs by all relevant stakeholders into the UNODC cooperation roadmap with the Republic of Armenia.
  • Conduct multistakeholder workshop to present the final version of the UNODC cooperation roadmap with the Republic of Armenia to get the endorsement of national counterparts.
  • Draft funding perspective for the cooperation roadmap and donor mapping/analysis in the Republic of Armenia, in line with existing donor interests in the country.

  • Develop 3-4 short concept notes in line with identified priority areas under the UNODC cooperation roadmap with the Republic of Armenia. These concept notes will be developed in close consultation with UNODC technical team based in Central Asia, and also aligned with the funding perspective for the cooperation roadmap.

  • Facilitate the signing ceremony of the UNODC cooperation roadmap with the Republic of Armenia.
  • Produce a final consultancy report with a summary of the activities carried out, the main findings and recommendations.

The consultant will develop a work plan, which will be submitted along with the findings of the desk review. Upon review and agreeing the work plan, the consultant will proceed with the assignment. The consultant is expected to submit brief progress reports after finalization of each deliverable. Subject to COVID-19 related restrictions, the consultant will work at UN building in accordance with the approved work-plan.

Expected tangible and measurable output(s)/deliverable(s):

The consultant is expected to deliver the following outputs:

  1. A work plan for formulation of the UNODC cooperation roadmap with the Republic of Armenia.
  2. Draft UNODC cooperation roadmap with the Republic of Armenia.
  3. Funding perspective with proper analysis of possible donors for the Republic of Armenia.
  4. 3-4 concept notes in line with identified priority areas under the UNODC cooperation roadmap with the Republic of Armenia.

Dates and details of deliverables/payments:

Deliverable

Output

Working Days

Total 28 days

To be accomplished by (date)

1

A work plan for formulation of the UNODC cooperation roadmap with the Republic of Armenia

1 (home based)

25 August 2021

2

Draft UNODC cooperation roadmap with the Republic of Armenia

12 (home based)

10 October 2021

3

Funding perspective with proper analysis of possible donors for the Republic of Armenia

3 (home based)

30 October 2021

4

3-4 concept notes in line with identified priority areas under the UNODC cooperation roadmap with the Republic of Armenia

10 (home based)

31 November 2021

5

Final consultancy report

2 (home based)

15 December 2021

Payments will be made upon satisfactory completion and/or submission of outputs/deliverables. Please note that last payment must coincide with the end of the contract and must be identical to payment phases in the engagement of consultant/IC request.

Indicators to evaluate the consultant’s performance

The national consultant will be evaluated against following key performance indicators:

  • Timely and accurate submission of the documents.
  • Logical and comprehensive output documents with substance and linguistic qualities in English language.
  • The final consultancy report shall include a summary of the activities carried out with the main findings and recommendations.
  • Comments and feedback from national counterparts, UNODC HQ and Regional Office for Central Asia, as well as, other stakeholders are integrated.

Competencies

  • Demonstrated commitment to UN’s mission, vision and values;
  • Sensitivity and adaptability to cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age;
  • Highest standards of integrity, discretion and loyalty
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work in and with teams;
  • Ability to set priorities and manage time effectively.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in fields of law, criminology, international relations, public administration, project/programme management or other relevant disciplines, with specialized training in programme management, strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, and statistics.

Experience and Qualifications:

Required:

Minimum seven (7) years of extensive practical experience in programme management on drugs and crime, including with International Organizations utilizing advanced analytical techniques to develop, monitor and evaluate complex projects/programmes related to UNODC mandates.

  • Fluent in English in all components (writing, reading and speaking);
  • Excellent analytical, drafting, editing and communication skills in English;
  • Experience in conducting research, assessments, and analysis, including programme development, with strong abilities in quantitative and qualitative analysis;
  • Good knowledge of drug, crime, terrorism, and corruption issues in the country;

Desired:

  • Prior experience in developing similar cooperation roadmaps for UN agencies;
  • Ability and willingness to work under pressure and with tight deadlines;
  • Knowledge of Russian/local language would be considered as an asset.
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