Scope of Work
1. To work with UNCT in identifying multidimensional risks that could impact the development trajectory of the country, particularly taking into account the impact of the COVID-19 crisis across the following risk areas: economic stability, food security, access to social services, social cohesion and the future of work, public health, built and natural environment, regional and global influences, political and democratic space, SDG financing and funding landscape risks.
2. To analyze the risk assessment and mitigation factors at immediate, short and medium term.
3. To incorporate briefing notes and indicator analysis produced by the RCO and the UNCT and systematize the collection of data, knowledge, best practices, and identified during the risk consultation process and UN-75 talks organized by RCO and the UNCT.
4. To identify and describe population groups left behind or at risk of being left behind in the country, assessing the evidence of who is left behind and to what degree and the underlying intersection of drivers of risks and vulnerabilities, sources of deprivation, discrimination and needs; and analysis of inequalities, including gender inequality, taking into account political, social, cultural, geography, governance, disasters, climate change, the environment or the economy related issues.
5. In collaboration with the SDG Data Manager and Results/Monitoring officer, to complement the risk analyses with available data and evidence available for Kuwait generating stronger evidence that support key messages, particularly the risk of population groups being left behind.
6. To develop the Foresight and Future Scenarios narrative that will arise from the multi-dimensional risk assessment studies and supported by data analysis from previous sections. It will take a prospective approach by focusing on enhancing quality of life, jobs and income and a right based approach to development, which the Kuwait United Nations Strategic Cooperation Framework 2020-2025 intends to support. With Kuwait Vision 2035 as a guiding narrative, this section will analyze current developmental trends and pathways towards achieving the Agenda 2030, while anticipating possible impacts from the Multi-Dimensional Risk Assessment in Kuwait National Development Plant 2020-2025. The analysis of the policy briefs will be incorporated into the foresight and future scenarios.
7. To identify the progress, challenges, opportunities and gaps related to the achievement of the vision of Kuwait in following areas, with their respective descriptions:
7.1. Economic resilience : an economic resilient Kuwait that is less dependent on oil revenue, based on a knowledge-based economy with private sector participation of the economy. This section analyses Kuwait baseline and the gap to achieving its goals, particularly amid the challenges and risk posed by the crisis. It analyzes the prospects of bouncing back from the dual crisis as a more inclusive and sustainable economy. From a human capital and people-centered approach to economic development, this section will examine the relationship between economic growth, job creation and income, population access to public services, resource allocation for public services and expenditure, labour market policies and unemployment trends and prospects. It will highlight the demographic trends vis- -vis the labour market, included the required skills and capacities needed to achieve a balanced and inclusive society.
7.2. Education and continuous learning: (e-learning) The COVID-19 crisis has brought severe shocks to the education sector in Kuwait as in the rest of the world. To become a knowledge economy and provide its young population with the skills required in a diversified economy, the acceleration of reforms needed to improve the quality of education, and to mitigate the strong impact of this unparalleled disruption to education, is an outmost priority. A prosperous Kuwait requires the accelerated rolling out of e-learning mechanism, and capacity building to educators. To reach a knowledge-based Kuwait, policies and planning will be needed to review the adjustment of plans and programmes, tolls and curricula to accelerate the back-to-school. Kuwait will become resilient to future crisis through the incorporation of measures that will enable the continued teaching and learning, with the necessary skills development. Finally, the section examines the effectiveness of the skill development and higher education services and programmes.
7.3. Protection of vulnerable group: A nurturing and cohesive Kuwait ensures at the adequacy and effectiveness of social protection systems for the population in vulnerable situations (national and non-nationals alike) and ensures that the benefits of prosperity are shared among its population. A socially cohesive Kuwait protects its vulnerable population from shocks. The COVID-19 and economic crisis has hit many of the vulnerable population from many angles. Their working and living conditions enhance their vulnerabilities, and at the same time the group that will be most impacted from the economic crisis. This section looks at the inter-linkages between social vulnerabilities and health risk factors, and the conditions that make vulnerable groups prone to further exploitations.