Over the past decade, Decentralized Cooperation (DC) has gained rapid recognition as a means to support decentralized governance, promote local development as well as consolidate stable ‘North-South', 'South-South' and ‘Triangular’ partnerships. In recognition of the key strategic role of DC in the international development cooperation arena, in 2005 UNDP introduced the ART Initiative as an entry point for all international cooperation actors interested in aligning and harmonizing their respective actions in support of national policies for sustainable human development at local level. Within an evolving development landscape, ART capitalizes on the complementarities of actors at the local level and puts in place multi-level governance systems for sustainable human development. ART’s objective is to enhance the capacities of national and local institutions and actors working at the local level, thereby supporting the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and thus attaining inclusive and sustainable development.
In this context, French partners (through the Delegation for the External Action of Local and Regional Authorities and local communities - DAECT) and UNDP are working closely together to support the local implementation of the SDGs. France has indeed a long tradition and experience in engaging in decentralized development cooperation. Over the years decentralized cooperation has become an integral part of the French foreign development cooperation policy by evolving from more traditional north – south development aid towards strategic cooperation and exchange of experiences between equal partners.
According to the Atlas on French DC, almost 5,000 French sub-national governments have links with partners in partner countries; the majority of which are in Francophone countries. The main themes of interventions are urban strategic planning, water management, waste and sanitation, economic development, environment, and youth. The Delegation for the External Action of Local and Regional Authorities (DAECT) defines and implements, in consultation with ambassadors and the National Commission for Decentralized Cooperation (CNCD), the decentralized cooperation support and development strategy. It serves as a resource and support centre for local and regional French authorities, providing legal support, information services, analysis, and advice. Furthermore, DAECT implements a series of tools designed to encourage consistency and information pooling (bilateral meetings, decentralized cooperation portal, publications). For several years, the DAECT has been providing support to local government projects as well as national networks and regional consultation and coordination bodies in the form of calls for proposals. DAECT also acts as general secretary of CNCD, the French national institution of dialogue between the French state (9 ministries and operators involved) and local & regional authorities’ national associations.
Duties and Responsibilities
Objectives of the consultancy:
Since 2013, UNDP through the ART Initiative is partnering with the DAECT to stimulate and facilitate the articulation of French DC actors within the UNDP ART Initiative for improved development impact based on the mutual reinforcing role of both, Decentralized Cooperation actors and the multilateral system. The Consultancy will aim at promoting development cooperation effectiveness by facilitating harmonization and alignment of French development cooperation partners within the multilateral framework and supporting integrated local development approaches. Furthermore, it will support the contribution of French decentralized partners to the SDGs localization process, in coordination with UNDP.
More specifically, the consultancy will stimulate and facilitate the articulation of French DC actors within the implementation of development initiatives in the partners countries and territories through UNDP ART Initiative, as well as the preparation and implementation of a set of activities related to the localization of the SDGs. Specific tasks of the Consultant will include the articulation of French Local and Regional Governments and their networks and liaison with the Delegation for the External Action of Local Authorities (DAECT) - French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development. A special emphasize will be put on stimulating the participation of French partners in the process of elaboration of tools and resources for the localization of the SDGs, and on the involvement of French actors in the process of the World Forum of Local Economic Development.
Specific outputs, activities and deliverables
The consultant will work under the supervision of the UNDP ART Coordinator that will provide guidance and feedback at all stages of the process in coordination with DAECT. The expected activities and deliverables are the following:
Capitalize and upgrade the different work streams between France and UNDP, facilitating and promoting the articulation of French decentralized cooperation actors within the ART initiative, its country activities and UNDP’s local governance and local development programmes.
2. Coordinate the contribution of French DC actors to the SDGs’ implementation at local level, especially for the elaboration of tools and systematization of experiences for the localization of the SDGs.
3. Promote the articulation of UNDP with French associations of LRGs such as ADF, ARF, and CUF
Elaborate ToRs, agendas and briefing notes for relevant missions, meetings, workshops and seminars.
The Consultant shall report quarterly to the UNDP ART Coordination in Brussels and to DAECT against the commonly agreed work plan prepared by the consultant within the first four weeks of the assignment.
Required Skills and Experience
Master degree in a relevant discipline, such as International Relations, Social Sciences, Economics, Local Development, Development Studies, etc.
Official travel may be required as part of the consultancy in accordance with UNDP standard policies and procedures for Consultants.
Application Submission Process:
The application is a two-step process. Failing to comply with the submission process may result in disqualifying the applications:
Step 1: Submission of Technical Proposals:
Interested individual consultants must include the following documents when submitting the applications in UNDP Job site (Please note that only 1 (one) file can be uploaded therefore please include all documents in one file):
Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position;
A brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work (Please paste the letter and the brief methodology into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application).
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