International UN Common Country Analysis Expert (CCA) – Office of UN Resident Coordinator


The UN Common Country Analysis, in line with the UNSDCF’s expanded notion of partnerships, will be a powerful process to engage with relevant stakeholders, through continuous and inclusive dialogue to address amongst others complex issues of inequality and exclusion.

The CCA should draws from and adds to existing data, statistics, analyses, reviews, research, capacities and resources from within the UN System. The CCA will include an analysis of the existing data and data gaps for national SDG indicators and where relevant should go beyond official national statistics to use new sources of data and diagnostic tools, including but not limited to the use of big data, national surveys and assessments, targeted surveys using mobile technology and others. Country-specific findings and recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review and other human rights mechanisms will provide an important basis for the analysis, highlighting relevant gaps and corresponding obligations.[1]

The CCA will identify multidimensional risks that could impact the development trajectory of the country across the development, humanitarian, peacebuilding and human rights spectrum. The CA facilitates a common UN understanding of groups left behind, and underlying drivers of risks, vulnerabilities and needs, be they political, social or related to conflict, disasters, the environment or the economy.

The CCA also will also integrate an analysis of relevant regional, sub-regional and trans-boundary dynamics and their impact on achieving the 2030 Agenda in the country context.

Some parts of the CCA will also examine the country’s financial landscape for sustainable development, analyses financial flows and identifies the greatest opportunities to re-orientate all sources of financing – public and private, domestic and foreign. In so doing the CCA draws data from the World Bank, IMF and other regional and/or international financial institutions.

In order for the UN Common Country Analysis to adequately serve as the analytical foundation to the UNSDCF, it should: (i) demonstrate a broad, holistic and integrated approach that takes into consideration the interlinkages and integrated nature of the SDGs; (ii) reflect the interlinkages among the three dimensions of sustainable development and all spheres of the UN’s work; (iii) build on all sources of data and analysis from a broad range of partners; and (iv) focus on prevention and the interlinkages between sustainable development, human rights, sustaining peace, and the shift away from response to preparedness, needed to meet the challenges of the future.

The Common Country Analysis document will present, within 20–30 pages, key issues to be addressed in the UNSDCF formulation process and will contain an executive summary with a synthesis of the major findings of the analysis. The structure of the document will be developed in consultation with the PMT.


Under the overall guidance from the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) and general supervision of the Chair and Co-Chair of the Programme Management Team (PMT) the Consultant will report directly to the Head of RCO/Team Leader, RCO.

Based on the above guidance, the CCA consultant should undertake the following:

  1. Facilitates gap analysis of the various pieces of the Common Country Analysis, led by one UN agency or a thematic group;
  2. Ensure quality of the gap analysis, consistency and uniformity in the approach and alignment to the UNSDCF guidance and vision of the UNCT;
  3. Propose targeted surveys and studies in areas identified as gaps in order to generate necessary additional and disaggregated information, and respective findings;
  4. Propose interviews and meetings with additional stakeholders as needed in areas where gaps have been identified and where potential groups have been excluded;
  5. Facilitate and document a UNCT comparative analysis exercise based on the country analysis;
  6. Finally produce a synthesis report of the various pieces of the country analysis, reflecting UNCT comparative advantages in the areas;
  7. Debriefing report.

 [1] Relevant findings and recommendations can be found at:


Under the overall guidance from the UN Resident Coordinator (UNRC) and general supervision of the Chair and Co-Chair of the Programme Management Team (PMT) the Consultant will report directly to the Head of RCO/Team Leader, RCO.


The duration of the assignment will be 40 Days over a period of 2.5 months (August-Oct. 2019)


Estimated Duration to complete

% of Payment

  1. Outline of the synthesis report.

First draft of the Country Analysis for review of the PMT and/or CA task team

13 days


  1. Second draft of Country Analysis for review by the UNCT, incorporation of comments and proofreading

13 days


  1. Debriefing of report, final submission of Country Analysis

14 days


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