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In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The accompanying resolution Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development acknowledges the essential role of national parliaments for the effective implementation of the goals. Under the auspices of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), parliaments committed to translate the SDGs into enforceable domestic law, hold governments accountable for the SDGs implementation, and align budgets with national sustainable development plans. The IPU has been supporting parliaments to achieve these objectives, with special focus on the goals that are at the core of IPU’s work and cut across all the SDGs, namely health and climate change.
Implementing the SDGs is a complex task. National contexts and priorities differ from one country to another meaning that practices to advance SDGs implementation will vary as will the road to be followed depending on national contexts. Through IPU’s activities, parliaments have expressed a need to learn from each other and draw inspiration from the initiatives and practices of others. In response to this demand, the IPU is launching a project to collect examples of parliamentary practices that aim to advance the SDGs implementation. Relevant practices and lessons learnt will be quoted and used to inform IPU’s work on the SDGs and presented digitally on SDGs dedicated webpages on the IPU website.
To this intent, the IPU is seeking to recruit a consultant or a consultancy firm to assist with the documentation on parliamentary practices and lessons learnt since the SDGs came into force with a focus on: institutionalized practices that mainstream the SDGs into parliamentary work; measures that ensure that the voices of underrepresented, marginalized and vulnerable groups are taken into account in the SDGs implementation; methods and actions that improve access to health care services and address barriers to access to health; and measures that strengthen the response to climate change, including green and carbon-neutral development and renewable energy.
The material on parliamentary practices will be collected through various methods – including a global survey, desk research, spontaneous submissions and data provided by parliaments upon specific request – and will be published on a dedicated part of the IPU website. The webpages thus generated will constitute a point of reference for parliamentarians and parliamentary staff to: acquire information on how parliaments are working on SDGs; provide visibility to parliamentary work on SDGs; draw inspiration from other parliaments’ practices; promote transparency and access to parliamentary information on SDGs.
Scope of work and deliverables
- Draft a short scoping note defining parliamentary practices to be included in the desk research.
- Carry out desk research of existing parliamentary practices on SDGs implementation. Particular attention will be given to parliamentary practices that: (a) incorporate SDGs as a framework for action; (b) take into consideration the interconnectedness of two or more SDGs; (c) improve access to health; and (d) promote action on climate change.
- Process the information received through the IPU’s global survey and follow up with parliaments as needed to gather further information.
- Define the methodology for the presentation of parliamentary practices on the IPU website based on available information and other inputs.
Consultant’s deliverables and timeline
- Signing of contract
By 13 August 2021
- Inception call with the IPU and drafting of scoping note
By 18 August 2021
- Desk research on available parliamentary practices
Mid-August-mid October 2021
- Processing of findings of the IPU global survey
- Follow up with parliaments as needed
- Proposal of methodology for the presentation of parliamentary practices on the IPU website
- Understanding of the functioning of national parliaments
- Understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals and their modes of implementation
- Proven track record of engagement in similar projects
- Excellent writing skills in English, knowledge of French and Spanish an advantage
- Excellent time management and attention to detail
The consultancy is home-based, with regular contact with the IPU.
The total amount of work on the project is 30 days. If deemed necessary, the duration of the contract may be extended.
The IPU will pay the consultant a daily fee at CHF 400 per day of work.
How to apply
Interested applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Applications may be submitted in English.
- Letter of interest outlining why you would be the most suitable candidate and how you would approach the assignment
- An example of relevant work (materials, publications, related links, etc.).
Applications should be received on or before 26 July 2021. Applications should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Consultant SDG practices” in the subject line.