|Overview : |
The UN Sustainable Development Partnership Framework 2016-2021 represents the programmatic and operational framework UN General Assembly resolution 72/279 elevated the United Nations Development Assistance Framework, renamed the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, as The United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (Cooperation Framework) is a strategic, medium-term results framework that describes the collective vision and response of the UN system to national development priorities and results on the basis of normative programming principles.
The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Zambia is launching the preparation and formulation of the 2023-2027 Cooperation Framework (duration to be confirmed in consultation with government), as the next partnership strategy between the Government of the Republic of Zambia and the UNCT towards the achievement of Zambia’s sustainable development. Nationally owned, the Cooperation Framework will be anchored on the national development framework as elaborated in Zambia’s Vision 2030 and the 8th National Development Plan (8NDP) which the government will develop with support from the UN. The Cooperation Framework will also outline the UN development system’s contributions sought by national stakeholders to reach the SDGs in an integrated manner, with a commitment to leave no one behind, human rights and other international standards and obligations.
This process will start with the development of the Common Country Analysis (CCA) as the UN development system’s independent, impartial and collective analysis of the country situation for its internal use in developing the Cooperation Framework (CF).
Focus and underlying principles of the CCA
The development of the CCA will be inclusive, participatory, co-led by the UN Development system (UNDS) and the Government.
The CCA will require due attention to the following:
- The CCA will draw from and add to existing data, statistics, analyses, reviews, research, capacities and resources from within and outside the UN system. These include various planned and ongoing assessments including the joint assessment on socioeconomic impact COVID-19, national and sector specific development visions and strategies, national budget allocations, and development financing from domestic and international, private and public sources.
- The CCA will examine progress, gaps, opportunities and bottlenecks vis-à-vis the country’s commitment to achieving the 2030 Agenda, UN norms and standards, and the principles of the UN Charter as well as premised on the doctrines of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including as reflected in the UN Cooperation Framework Internal Guidance.
- The CCA will consider the guiding principles for the Cooperation Framework: Leaving no one behind, Human Rights-Based Approach to Development and humanitarian interventions, Gender equality and women’s empowerment, resilience, sustainability and accountability. These principles should be part of an integrated programming approach in line with the “five P’s” of the 2030 Agenda (people, prosperity, planet, peace and partnerships).
- To leave no one behind, it is important to generate evidence and data disaggregated not only by income, gender, disability status, geography and age but also by legal status of the persons (e.g. Zambians, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers). Social, cultural, economic, political, legislative and other systemic drivers of exclusion should be examined and described. Analysis of specific groups that have been left behind or who are at risk of being left behind such as persons with disabilities, migrants, asylum seekers and refugees; barriers/ challenges/ root causes of risk and exclusion should be considered. In addition, the analysis should explore factors that cause and reinforce inequality and discrimination; gaps in data, capacities and processes that should be supported to monitor the “Leave No One Behind (LNOB) principles across SDGs.
- In line with the UN reforms, Zambia’s CCA is expected to (i) demonstrate a broad holistic and integrated approach that takes into consideration the interlinkages and integrated nature of SDGs (ii) reflect the inter-linkages amongst the three dimensions of sustainable development and all spheres of the UN’s work; and (iii) reflect the linkages between the SDGs and human rights framework. The CCA will analyze existing data and data gaps for national SDG indicators comparing official data with international sources and where possible use innovative diagnostic tools. In addition, the CCA will identify key humanitarian and development stakeholders and describe their capacities and potential contributions to national SDG priorities and outline the UN’s collective comparative advantage in Zambia versus these stakeholders. This analysis could be based on the SDG Baseline Report for Zambia, the Rapid Integrated Report for Zambia and the Voluntary National Review, that Zambia presented to the High Level Political Forum in July 2020, among other reference documents.
- Further, the CCA will examine the country’s financial landscape for sustainable development, analyze financial flows, and identify the greatest opportunities to reorient all sources of financing. The CCA will integrate analysis of relevant regional, sub-regional and cross-border dynamics, and their impact on achieving the 2030 Agenda in the country. The CCA will also outline Zambia’s trajectory for achieving Agenda 2030 stemming from the country analysis, reflecting on the main gaps and bottlenecks that need to be addressed to accelerate SDG implementation.
- The CCA will analyze multi-dimensional risks that could impact Zambia’s development trajectory across the development, humanitarian, peace-building/consolidation and human rights spectrum
- In a nutshell, to ensure a compressive and integrated analysis, the CCA will follow the following diagrammatic representation of analysis components, all underpinned by Human Rights
Team of International Consultant and National Consultant
Therefore, the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office is recruiting a team composed by a lead international Consultant and National Consultant to undertake a CCA that will serve in the development of the next Cooperation Framework for Zambia and thereafter as a living document.
The overall purpose of engaging the team of consultants is to facilitate the development of a high-quality and evidence-based UN CCA as the foundation for the upcoming Cooperation Framework.