South-South and triangular cooperation (SSTC) continue to play an important role in the global development cooperation discourse and architecture for sustainable development. The scale, scope, volume, and number of stakeholders of SSTC continue to record an exponential growth at all levels. The Second UN High-level Conference on South-South Cooperation (BAPA+40, 2019) resulted in a very ambitious Outcome Document that aims at further strengthening and revitalizing SSTC, within the framework of a Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. In addition, the Outcome Document acknowledged the importance of sharing of knowledge, experiences and best practices, particularly homegrown development approaches, on SSTC in the attainment of sustainable development and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda; reaffirmed the key role of UN system entities in this endeavour, including UN country teams; and called on the UN system entities to continue supporting regional and sub-regional organizations. The 20th session of the UN High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation also provided further impetus to the follow-up to the BAPA+40 outcome document, especially in the context of COVID-19 recovery efforts and the last Decade of Action for SDGs.
South-South Cooperation in the Arab region has increased in the last decade and many countries and actors in the Arab States and beyond are playing an important role reshaping the regional development landscape. While some Arab countries – be it beneficiaries/receivers, providers, or both - are sharing their experiences, are learning from others, and transforming their rich knowledge and skills, their creative social and economic policies, and their emerging political influence into positive outcomes, some others are still lagging behind due to many factors and challenges: conflicts, fragility, weak governance, lack of structures, capacities, and resources. Moreover, the importance of this region, its richness and complexity at several levels (geopolitical, socio-economic, demographic, natural and cultural resources) have contributed to an increase in the number of actors who would like to play/are playing an important role in its development.
A joint report entitled Mapping Mechanisms and Solutions - South-South Cooperation in the Arab States published by UNOSSC, UNDP and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) in 2014 helped in understanding the state of play and addressing the needs (and lack thereof) in access to information across the Arab States with regards to SSC. It looked into South-South Cooperation (SSC) initiatives that focuses on worked mechanisms and successful solutions already implemented in the different countries.
In 2017, the UNOSSC and IsDB released an updated report - Mapping South-South Cooperation Solutions in the Arab States. It included updates on the landscape of SSTrC in the Arab world as well as new new development solutions around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the same year, another report was produced by the UNOSSC and UNDP – focusing on South-South and Triangular Cooperation: Towards Sustainable Human Development in the Arab States that analysed efforts undertaken at the national level in the countries of the region with a view to defining a number of practical models that could be applied for further regional and global cross-fertilization of ideas, solutions and capacities towards achieving the 2030 Agenda.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fault lines, fissures and fragilities in societies and economies of the Arab countries, in a region that is already rife with tensions and inequalities which is having profound consequences on political and social stability. The region is blessed with tremendous diversity and potential. Yet all Arab countries – whether oil-rich, middle-income, or least developed – face difficulties in responding.
Thus, the Division for Arabs States, Europe and the CIS of the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), in cooperation with the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and UNDP, is commissioning a new regional report aimed at defining medium and long term regional strategies, plans and programmes related to SSTrC in the Arab region to better help and support Arab States unleash their potential, including through more inter-regional, intra-regional and international cooperation.
Within the UN system, the UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), is responsible for mainstreaming SSTC across the UN system and assisting developing countries in strengthening their capacities to manage, design and implement SSC policies and initiatives through the identification, sharing, and transfer of successful Southern-generated development knowledge and solutions.
In the recent decade, several countries of the region established national international cooperation agencies while other countries were active in international cooperation, while not establishing dedicated national institutions. The report will take stock of the institutional diversity in the region, draw lessons from recent experience and will offer recommendations on the knowledge sharing within the region and beyond. This theme will be the focus of the report.
Methodology for Analysis
Candidates are expected to provide a description of the proposed methodology for the assignment taking into consideration some contextual factors summarized below. The selected consultant will produce a more detailed version of the methodology in the Inception report.
Under the overall supervision of the Chief, Division for Arab States, Europe and the CIS, and the direct guidance of the Specialist for Arab States, as well as in regular consultations with other organizations, the incumbent will be responsible for drafting the report. The report will rely on diverse methodological approaches that allow quantitative analysis from available data sources. However, given the possible scarcity and limitations of the quantitative data, it will focus on qualitative tools.
Main tasks for this consultancy include but are not limited to the following:
Considering limitations caused by COVID-19 pandemic, first-hand data might be collected through on-line survey, interviews or focus groups.
A working group/task team comprising representatives of the IsDB, UNDP and other interested organizations will be put together for the purpose of the production of the report, coordinated by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation.
Expected Output and Deliverables
The total working days for this consultancy will be 55 days, starting ideally by 3rd January 2022 and completing by 30 June 2022. A detailed timeline with the deliverables will be included in the inception report, which will be agreed with the Division. The below table outlines the deliverables and expected working days.
The breakdown corresponds to the expected outputs and schedule of payments as follows:
Review on mapping South- South cooperation mechanisms and frameworks in the Arab region, especially post COVID -19 pandemic
Working days (indicative)
Target Due Dates
Percentage of Payment
An inception report that includes:
i) Outline of the report including chapters
ii) Methodology for designing and drafting the report considering what is mentioned under “Methodology for Analysis” above. iii) Detailed timeline covering completion of the report
Approx. 8 days
10 working days from the contract signature
Literature/desk review of national, regional and international references, studies, papers, websites, documents and other relevant sources that can help designing the initial draft of the table of content, and the different chapters and subchapters of the report.
Approx. 5 days
15 February 2022
Based on the approved methodology, this phase will be dedicated to designing and conducting surveys/questionnaires/online consultations with stakeholders and individuals identified by the consultant. This phase will be dedicated to the collection of important data and new and/or missing information as follow:
Approx. 15 days
28 April 2022
Approx. 1 day
5 May 2022
Design a first draft of the report that will include (but not only):
Approx. 15 days
31 May 2022
16 June 2022
Final drafting of the report (including editing, layout, and graphics)
26 June 2022
Payments will be made only upon confirmation of the Regional Chief, Division for Arab States, Europe, and the CIS of the UN Office for South-South Cooperation on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner. The lump-sum price is fixed regardless of changes in the cost components.
Copyright, patents and other proprietary rights
UNDP shall be entitled to all intellectual property and other proprietary rights including, but not limited to, patents, copyrights, and trademarks, with regard to products, processes, inventions, ideas, know-how, or documents and other materials which the Consultant has developed as part of his/her functions under this consultancy or related to the Services performed hereunder. The Consultant acknowledges and agrees that such products, documents, and other materials constitute works made for hire for UNDP.
 In preparation for BAPA+40, the IsDB, the UNOSSC and the South Centre, worked on preparing a framework on national institutional arrangements and published a report entitled “Developing National Ecosystems for South-South and Triangular Cooperation to Achieve Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development”. Subsequently, an “Assessment Framework for National Ecosystems for South-South and Triangular Cooperation” was developed to provide a structured approach to analyze the state of national institutional arrangements for SSTC in member states. These documents may be consulted during the development of this exercise.
Functional and technical Competencies
University degree (Master’s degree or above) in economics, public administration, political science, development, law, international relations, or another relevant field is essential, an advanced university degree is an asset.
Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English
Fluency in Arabic is an asset.
Evaluation of Applications
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a desk review considering the applicants’ qualifications, experience, and proposed methodology.
Interested candidates must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications.
Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply. Due to large number of applications, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis methodology (weighted scoring method), where the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical Criteria weight: [70%]
Financial Criteria weight: [30%]
Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 70% on the technical evaluation (49 scores) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
Education, Experience, and Technical Proposal - 70% (70 scores):
Financial Proposal - 30% (30 scores)
Schedule of payment: The consultant will be paid in installments as per the deliverables above.
Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when traveling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under dss.un.org
UNDP is applying fair and transparent selection process that would take into account both the technical qualification of Individual Consultants as well as their price proposals. The contract will be awarded to the candidate obtaining the highest combined technical and financial scores. Please go the following link for the General Conditions of Individual Contracts: https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=201288