United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Expert (Development of Template for Sustainability Reporting)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

With financial support of the Government of Sweden, the United Nations (UN) in Bosnia and Herzegovina, administered through United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) started “The SDGs Roll-out Support and Private Sector Engagement Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina”, with the aim to instigate landing of the Agenda 2030 in the country, as well as capacitate and prepare private and public sector partners for the SDGs’ implementation, thus directly support the country’s efforts to contribute to the largest global agenda that exists today – Agenda 2030. The Project envisages two outputs as follows:
  • SDGs Roadmap for BIH developed, and implementation started;

  • Private sector actors sensitized and engaged in SDGs prioritization, planning and implementation.

The role of the private sector is pivotal in the SDG roll-out process. One of the paths to promote sustainable development is by promoting sustainability reporting among companies that lead the path and pioneer the SDGs (sustainable development goals) practices in the country. Sustainability reporting help companies to make better decisions that create social, environmental and economic benefits for all stakeholders while disclosing of the non-financial information benefit business in many ways. The reporting process allows gaining a comprehensive understanding of the risks and opportunities businesses are facing as well as helping organizations to report about their impacts on the economy, the environment, and society. Sharing information about policies and performance on environmental, social and governance issues helps build trust with customers and partners, monitor and mitigate risk, and find ways to improve efficiency, resulting in a positive impact on companies’ financial results. By reporting, companies also fulfil the compliance requirements of regulations from governments, financial markets and international organizations. There are several frameworks (for this purpose the Project uses the GRI Reporting Standards) that are referenced in over a hundred policy instruments and dozens of stock exchanges or market regulator across the world. Year 2020 is the second year that the Project organizes the SDG Business Pioneers Award in BiH, a first annual competition of this kind in BiH aiming to promote private sector’s efforts and contributions in the field of sustainable development. Micro, small, medium and large companies applied by forwarding their data that got evaluated focusing on two key themes (creation of decent jobs, as well as innovation and reduction of ecological footprint) during the SDG Business Pioneers Award in 2019. The methodology and evaluation tool used for the SDG Business Pioneers Award in BIH for 2020 were developed by the project team using the UN Global Compact and GRI Standards as references. The objective of this consultancy tasks is to develop general template for sustainability reporting of companies in BiH using evaluation methodology developed for the purpose of the SDG Business Pioneers Award 2020. Upon development of the template, the consultant will prepare blueprint annual reports for companies finalists in the SDG Business Pioneers Award 2020 based on the data received during the application process and direct contact with the companies.
Duties and Responsibilities
Against the previously described background, the Consultant will have the following specific tasks: Task 1: Develop general template for sustainability reporting of companies in BiH using methodology based on GRI standards As a first step, the Consultant will familiarise herself/himself with the existing evaluation methodology and perform desk review of the data received from applicant companies within the SDG Business Pioneers Award 2020 and GRI standards matrix. Following the review, the Consultant will be expected to provide draft template for sustainability reporting that will be user-frindly for companies in BIH. The template should contain interrelated, UN Global Compact and GRI Standards based indicators and parameters enabling the quantitave reporting. Upon approval by the project team, the Consultant will integrate suggestions and produce the template for sustainability reporting and meaningfully utilise already existing data from the companies. It is envisaged that this task will be delivered by 1 September 2020 and the level of effort should not exceed 3 expert days. Task 2: Prepare blueprint annual reports for companies finalists in the SDG Business Pioneers Award 2020 Once the template for sustainability reporting is approved by the project team, the Consultant will use it as a blueprint and prepare draft annual sustainability reports for 23 companies (micro, small, medium and large) finalists of the SDG Business Pioneers Award 2020. The report for each company will be based but not limited on the data received from the company during the SDG Business Pioneers Award 2020 application procedure, publicly available data and if necessarly specific explanations given by the applicants (email, call). The reports will integrate social, economic and environmental dimension of the progress in a company and will enable benchmarking of future improvements. The Project will provide support with the graphical/visual identity of the reports and the Consultant will be expected to deliver the data in the format that can be efficiently transferred to the Design developed in agreement with the Project. It is envisaged that this task will be delivered in the period 1 September - 15 September 2020 and the level of effort will not exceed 4 expert days. The entire service will be delivered in English language. Task 1: Develop general template for sustainability reporting of companies in BiH using methodology based on GRI standards • Template for sustainability reporting of companies in BiH finalised. 3 1 September 50% Task 2: Prepare blueprint annual reports for companies finalists in the SDG Business Pioneers Award 2020 • Content and visual identity of the annual sustainability report agreed between the project and the Consultant. • Annual sustainability reports for 23 companies finalists of the SDG Business Pioneers Award 2020 drafted. 4 15 September 50  
Competencies
JOB KNOWLEDGE/TECHNICAL EXPERTISE
  • External authority in own discipline

  • Contributes to knowledge/information that extends the boundaries of knowledge in the discipline

  • Is recognized outside the organization as a world-class authority in their discipline

  • Applies an in-depth knowledge of best practices within the discipline; effectively uses this information to improve work practices within the function and the organization

  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally

  • Demonstrates basic knowledge of standard Computer Software Applications and Information Technology including electronic communication and seeks to apply it in work tasks

CONCEPTUAL INNOVATION IN THE PROVISION OF TECHNICAL EXPERTISE
  • Creating a climate for conceptual innovation

  • Promotes conceptual innovation in the provision of technical expertise

  • Advocates for resources required for conceptual innovation

  • Promotes strategic direction for Capacity Building in the provision of technical expertise

INNOVATION AND Marketing NEW APPROACHES
  • Creating a culture of innovation

  • Models and innovative thinking and innovative approaches to meeting UNDP’s mandate

  • Creates a climate that encourages innovation and acceptance of change

  • Provides authoritative guidance regarding methods and approaches to meeting UNDP’s objectives

  • Leads change and implements effective change strategy

  • Shapes the organization’s programmatic vision and guides its adaptation into programme priorities

CLIENT ORIENTATION
  • Advocating for client needs

  • Demonstrates a commitment to the provision of quality service to clients, promoting a mindset of valuing clients

  • Provides client groups with opportunities for active participation/consultation on decisions relevant to their needs

  • Develops strategic partnerships with clients to integrate common interests in support of UNDP’s strategic direction

  • Reviews overall achievement of service level agreements with clients

  • Leverages a network of senior level contacts and decision makers to pursue new approaches

Required Skills and Experience
Academic Qualifications/Education
  • University degree in public Administration, political science, economics or a related field.

Experience
  • More than 3 years of progressive experience in design of development measures and policies;

  • Previous experience with development of methodological approaches, identifying trends and challenges in Bosnia and Herzegovina, particularly in the area of sustainable development;

  • Previous experience in facilitation of private sector development processes in Bosnia and Herzegovina;

  • Proven analytical skills and ability to conceptualise and write concisely and clearly;

  • Proven communication and advocacy skills, and ability to work in an environment requiring liaison and collaboration with multiple actors including private sector and other stakeholders.

Languages Requirements
  • Fluency in languages of BIH and excellent command of English.

Longlisting/Shortlisting Criteria Qualifications as stated in the ToR Relevant Education max 15 points 5 points allocated for BA/BSc degree + 5 points for MSc/MA + up to 5 points for PhD Relevant professional experience max 15 points Prior work experience with UNDP/UN Agencies max 10 points Knowledge of English max 5 points - will be assessed as: 5 points for fluency and the points decrease as per the level mentioned in the CV: good - 4 points; fair/upper intermediate – 3 points; intermediate - 2 points; beginner - 1 point. Technical Evaluation Criteria Rating based on Qualifications 30% Applicant’s vision of the elements necessary for an annual SDG reporting process (1 page requested in the application process). 40% Previous experience with development of methodological approaches, identifying trends and challenges in Bosnia and Herzegovina, particularly in the area of sustainable development. 30% Evaluation Individual will be evaluated based on the following methodology: Cumulative Analysis When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract should be made to the candidate whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
  • * Technical Criteria weight-70%

  • * Financial Criteria weight- 30%

Interested candidated must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications: Proposal:
  • Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work

  • Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work; defining content needed for annual SDG reporting for BIH private sector companies;

Please scan all above mentioned documents and upload as one attachment only online through this website. Note:
  • For an assignment requiring travel, consultants of 65 years or more require full medical examination and statement of fitness to work to engage in the consultancy.

  • Due to large number of potential applicants, only competitively selected candidates will be contacted for remaining steps of the service procurement process.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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