UN RC Office – International Expert for development of the UN Cooperation Framework – Home-based with 2 trips to Skopje

Objectives of Common Country Analysis and the Cooperation Framework

The CCA is forward looking analysis, providing an impartial and collective assessment (description of the current situation) and analysis of the situation (an explanation for the situation). The CCA will provide the essential baseline for development of the theory of change for the Cooperation Framework. It will drive the identification of what type of transformational change is needed and achievable in the country, the strategies for achieving this change, and the evidence base (e.g., sources of data, evidence, and baselines for the new Cooperation Framework. The analysis will be linked to the country’s national economic, social, environmental and development priorities, which will include the EU accession process and take into consideration the requirements and obligations that the country will need to fulfill as soon as the negotiations process is opened.  The CCA will also use existing analysis on the SDG linkage to the EU accession chapter to determine where there may be gaps that the United Nations and other partners should focus on.

The Cooperation Framework shall be reflective of the country context and its specific needs and priorities within implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. By adopting the integrated programming approach, it will address core programming principles in a holistic manner and integrate the key UN programming principles throughout all stages. By adopting an integrated and multidimensional programming approach—in line with the “five P’s” of the 2030 Agenda (people, prosperity, planet, peace and partnerships) —the Cooperation Framework will identify how working on and advancing one SDG can maximize synergies and positive impacts and manages potential trade-offs. As the central transformative promise of the 2030 Agenda, leaving no one behind will be used as the rights-based framework that represents the unequivocal commitment of all United Nations Member States.


Objective of the consultancy

The overall objective of the assignment is to define the next cooperation framework scope between the UN and the Government of North Macedonia for the period 2021-2025 against the national priorities and the Agenda 2030. In line with the adopted Roadmap for preparation of the next Cooperation Framework in North Macedonia, the process is expected to build upon the analysis undertaken by the team of experts engaged to provide inputs to the common country analysis and validate the recommended contribution of the UN and the expert, in the form of the next Cooperation Framework, through a series of consultations with the national counterparts.

To that end, the consultant is expected to firstly, analyze the overall country context against the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs using the existing UN and non-UN analytical contribution. Primarily, the consultant is expected to base its work on the information and analysis provided in the Final Evaluation of the current Cooperation Framework (PSD 2016-2020), Common Country Analysis inputs, Draft 2020 SDGs Voluntary National Report, and several other key UN and non-UN documents.

Secondly, under the overarching principle of Leave No One Behind and in consideration of the concrete programming principles and requirements as stipulated in the new Cooperation Framework’s guidelines, the consultant is expected to: 1) consolidate and finalize the Common Country Analysis Initial Report, 2) facilitate the overall consultation and prioritization process and 3) under the UNCT guidance and leadership, develop the 2021-2025 Cooperation Framework for North Macedonia, including the narrative part as well as the supporting matrices. In parallel and following the strategic prioritization process, at least 3 agencies – UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA will draft the agency specific country programme documents (per the above-mentioned guidelines). While the CPDs will derive from the Cooperation Framework, synergies and coordination in the processes will be ensured throughout. 

The expert will work under the overall guidance from the UN Resident Coordinator and Heads of Agencies in close collaboration with the CCA/CF Task Team, coordinated by the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office.

Scope of Work

Under the overall supervision of the Head of the RCO, the selected consultant will be responsible for preparation, implementation and administration of the assignment, which includes but is not limited to:


  • In consultations with the RCO Office and CCA/CF Task Team refine and finalize the detailed scope of work, methodology and timeline;
  • Development of a detailed timeline and action plan of activities, deliverable and key milestones.
  1. Common Country Analysis:
  • Review, synthetization and consolidation of the UN and External Experts’ inputs into the CCA against the standardized CCA outline and guiding instructions;
  • Analysis of UN work with key national and sub-national institutions, towards enhancing common strategies and promoting synergies (UN Comparative Advantage)
  • Analysis of the Drivers of change;
  • Visualization of the analysis, as/if seems suitable;
  • Liaison and coordination with the team of experts working on the CCA analysis if any additional analysis is required;
  • Identification and compilation of the CCA findings and recommendations;
  • Drafting of the Executive Summary of the Report;
  • Final polishing and production of the final version of the CCA initial report;
  • Undertaken stakeholders mapping and analysis
  • Preparation and facilitation of the CCA Validation workshop

       2.Visioning and Strategic Prioritization:

  • Development of methodological approach and facilitation of the consultation process
    • theory of change formulation;
    • visioning;
    • strategic prioritization.
  • Conduct of one 10-days in-country mission to facilitate the workshops/events described in the previous point
  • Production of 2030 vision of the UN Cooperation Framework

       3.Cooperation Framework:

  • Overall facilitation and guidance for the preparation of the 2021-2025 Cooperation Framework in line with the newly released corporate guidelines for preparation of the Cooperation Frameworks;
  • Desk-review of the relevant and available UN and non-UN documentation as the baseline for preparation of the Cooperation Framework;
  • Formulation of the 2021-2025 Cooperation Framework in line with the standardized outline and based on the strategic inputs and contributions by UNCT and all engaged stakeholders;
  • Regular communication and coordination with the UN RCO, UNCT, and CCA/CF Task Team, including conduct of Skype discussions and facilitations on the as-needed basis;
  • Provision of quality assurance of the process and inputs provided by the UNCT, including identification of gaps and areas for improvement against the corporate guidelines;
  • Conduct of minimum of one (5 days or in length as proposed with the methodology) in-country mission;
  • Final editing and formatting of the Cooperation Framework.
  • Development of a presentation of the Cooperation Framework or other visualization products.

The UN RC Office and all agencies, using available support and resources from Regional Offices and HQ as relevant, will make available all necessary documents for review in the context of this exercise.


The approach of the assignment shall be participatory and inclusive ensuring full participation and ownership from the UNCT and national stakeholders. The assignment will be initiated through a desk-review of the existing and relevant UN guidelines, timelines and outlines for the Cooperation Framework process and required products. The initial phase will include remote consultations with the RC/UNCT on the process and the proposed methodology itself but also on the initial inputs and analysis produced by the team of experts by the time of the start of the assignment. The expert will then produce the first draft of the CCA initial report by first week of February, that will serve as the basis for the Validation and Theory of Change consultations and send for review of the Peer Support Group. The second and final draft will include the feedback from these review mechanisms and completed by end of February. 

The process will be advanced with the first in-country mission in support of the UNCT CCA validation, theory of change, visioning and prioritization exercises scheduled for the second half of February with precise dates and dynamics to be agreed with the selected expert based on the agreed methodological approach. Through application of the theory of change and in full consultation with the UNCT, the series of consultations should result in the identification of the priority areas and initial draft of the Results Framework for the next UN Cooperation Framework in North Macedonia. Methodology for the consultations process is required from the offeror.

Following the visioning and prioritization exercise, the consultant will continue working remotely on the first draft of the 2021-2025 Cooperation Framework, primarily on the Results Framework and the summary of the Cooperation Framework, in coordination and consultation with the UNCT, which will then, following the internal UNCT agreement on the first draft, be validated through a series of consultation sessions with the national counterparts during the second half of June or early July (these will very much depend on elections outcomes scheduled for April 2020. The detailed timeline for this stage will be revisited closer to the dates of the elections and confirmed. In support of the validation exercise, the second in-country mission will be conducted with the consultant facilitating discussions and feedback among the national counterparts.

The engagement of the consultant will continue during the summer months with finalization of the entire Cooperation Framework document based on the comments and feedback stemming from the validation sessions as well as the Peer Support Group (PSG)[1] review process. The final draft 2021-2025 Cooperation Framework is expected to be submitted to the Government of North Macedonia in September 2020 for the formal review and endorsement process by October 2020 before the official signing planned for the end of October 2020.

In terms of the structure, the Initial CCA Report and the 2021-2025 Cooperation Framework document will follow the standardized outlines as provided in the newly approved guidelines for preparation of the Cooperation Frameworks (attached)


The deliverables-based assignment is expected to consume up to 50 consultancy days within the period of 10 months (15 January 2019 – 31 October 2020) with up-to 20 working days onsite depending on the proposed methodological approach for the consultations processes.

The Consultant’s payment shall be made upon submission and acceptance of the following deliverable in III instalments:

[1] UN coordination body responsible for providing quality assurance and guidance on the Cooperation Framework and related documents and composed of the representatives of the regional UN bureaus.



  1. Final CCA Report
    1. Refined methodology and detailed action plan
    2. Required analysis for the CCA per the scope of work
    3. First draft of the Report
    4. Validation consultations completed
    5. Final draft of the initial CCA Report

By 15 March 2020

  1. Visioning and Strategic Prioritization
    1. First mission to Skopje completed
    2. Theory of change formulated
    3. 2030 Vision for the UN Support drafted
    4. Strategic prioritization exercise facilitated and draft Results Framework Produced (Priority Areas, Outcomes, Outputs, indicators)

By 30 April 2020

  1. Cooperation Framework document produced
    1. Final Results Framework produced
    2. Draft Cooperation Framework Report produced
    3. Second mission to Skopje completed
    4. Final Draft of the Cooperation Framework produced

By 15 October 2020

* Schedule is indicative and subject to change and adjustment within the indicated 9-month timeline

Final instalment will be processed subject to UNCT’s assessment of the basic requirements of completeness and quality of content in line with the Terms of Reference.

The first key deliverable is a strategic and high-quality Common Country Analysis initial report written in English language and presented in line with the 2019 Cooperation Framework Guidelines, the Companion Piece on CCA development and the guidelines on the CCA outline. The Initial Report will have:

  • Summary
  • Core analysis as per the outline in Annex 1 to this ToR
  • Annexes with data, charts, tables
  • Annex with proposed structure of the data and analysis repository
  • Annexes with in depth analysis of key development challenges

The second key deliverable is successful completion of the consultations processes based on the methodology proposed by the offeror.

The third key deliverable is a strategic forward-looking high-quality UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2021-2025 Document produced in English language and presented in line with the same guidelines cite above in the structure given with the guidelines.

The CCA report and the Cooperation Framework Document will be reviewed by the Peer Support Group and assessed using UNDG Quality Checklists.


The selected expert will work under direct supervision of the UN Resident Coordination through the UNRC Office designated Coordination Officer. He/she will be in regular communication with the supervisor through e-mail and will provide brief regular progress reports on bi-weekly basis. All communication and reports will be prepared in English language.

The expert will undertake the work for the CCA in close collaboration with the thematic experts that have done the thematic analysis.

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