MYIC/2012/020 - RESEARCH ASSISTANTS (3 POSITIONS) - NATIONAL HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT (MALAYSIAN NATIONALS ONLY)
||Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA
|Application Deadline :||05-Jul-12|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||1 year|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||1 year|
Malaysia’s development philosophy of growth with distribution adopted for the past three decades has resulted in a more balanced economic participation with a wider coverage of basic amenities to enable all segments of the population to have better opportunities to increased income and improved quality of life. There has been significant improvement in the eradication of poverty and the narrowing of income gap.
However, human development remains a significant challenge for certain segments of the population especially for the bottom 40% households that had a total household income of less than RM2300 in 2009. Different pockets of poverty especially among the Orang Asli in Peninsular Malaysia and Bumiputera minorities in Sabah and Sarawak requires specific policy redresses. There are vulnerable sections of the population/society due to their low income and/or disadvantage circumstances i.e. female-headed households, youths and children. In addition, poverty and vulnerability are not only rural phenomena. Migration to urban areas and significant development of rural areas to become urban centres has resulted in an increased in urban poverty. Moreover, there is high and persistent inequality and disparity in the distribution of income.
In view of this, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) together with the Government of Malaysia is implementing a 19-month project to produce Malaysia’s 1st National Human Development Report (NHDR) focusing on national policy formulation and consensus building among national stakeholders on the issue of inclusive growth with clear linkages to priorities outlined in the 10th Malaysia Plan (10MP) and the New Economic Model (NEM).
Proposal should be submitted to:
United Nations Development Programme,
Wisma UN, Kompleks Pejabat Damansara,
Jalan Dungun, Damansara Heights,
50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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The deadline for submitting requests for clarification/questions is 28 June 2012.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work:
The objective of the consultancy is to ensure the delivery of the following 2 outputs:
- Output 1: Malaysia’s 1st National Human Development Report on “Inclusive Growth;”
- Output 2: 3 Background Papers.
The core research team or the Technical Working Group (TWG) is comprised of a lead consultant (team leader), 2 national consultants, and 3 national research assistants who will work closely with UNDP, EPU and background paper authors to deliver on the outputs and activities listed above.
Three research assistants will assist the team leader and national consultants in delivering the outputs for this project. The specific tasks of the research assistant are:
- Developing, collecting and analyzing data given by the researchers;
- Collecting and collating data, in particular to contact relevant agencies and institutions where data may be available, and to follow-up on such matters;
- Providing full assistance and support in making all administrative and logistic arrangements, including workshops, meetings, etc., and any other arrangements as instructed by the team leader and national consultants;
- Ensure smooth and successful conduct of data entry, analysis and the project as a whole;
- Assist in preparing the databases and data sets for the analysis planned and will carry out the analysis under the instructions and guidance of the team leader and national consultants;
- Provide computer support to conduct all analysis;
- Assist in the retrieval of literature and any other material relevant to the development of the project and its estimates, and also the successful conduct of this project;
- Assist in the preparation of all reports and provide secretarial support for any word processing or preparation of graphs and other graphics required for the reports, workshops, dialogues, focus group discussions, seminars or presentations;
- Assist in any surveys that may need to be carried out to collect data for the project;
- Carry out any other duties as directed by the team leader, national consultants and project manager, as required by the project.
The consultancy will employ a participatory research methodology through a combined process of desk reviews, dialogues/discussions with stakeholders and background paper authors, purposive surveys, focus group discussions, planned workshops, and peer reviews.
Deliverables and Timeline:
The activities of the consultancy will be guided by the project document signed between UNDP and the Government of Malaysia and will involve the following deliverables:
- Methodology and Draft Chapter Outline
- Background Papers
- First Full Draft
- External Draft
- Final Draft
- Final Product
Terms of Payment:
Payments will be made to the consultants upon the delivery and acceptance of the outputs as identified as follows:
2012/2013 Payment Schedule
- Methodology & Detailed Chapter Outline 10%
- Background Papers 10%
- First Full Draft 20%
- External Draft 15%
- Final Draft 15%
- Final Product 30%
The payment will cover travel and operational expenses for the deliverable of the outputs.
|The research assistant should have:|
- Knowledge and experience in data collection, data analysis and internet/website research;
- Basic computer skills – Word, Excel, and Power Point. Knowledge of statistical packages is an added advantage;
- Competent writing and communication skills;
- Good organizational and inter-personal skills;
- Experience in administrative, financial and technical field will be an added advantage;
- Multi-tasking skills and ability to work under pressure.
Required Skills and Experience
- A Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Sociology, Law, or any equivalent degree relevant to UNDP’s practice areas will be highly advantageous.
- The research assistant should have at least 3 years of professional working experience.
- Fluent in written and spoken English and Bahasa Malaysia. Knowledge of Mandarin, Tamil and any of the Sabah and/or Sarawak languages is an advantage.
DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSAL:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
- Proposal/Letter of Interest (Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work);
- Financial proposal – based on the deliverable and terms of payment, please provide a financial proposal;
- Personal CV including past experience in similar projects and at least 3 references;
- Completed UN Personal History Form (P11) available at: http://www.undp.org.my/uploads/p11%20personal%20history%20form.doc
All the documents above must be attached and uploaded as one document when you are asked to upload your CV/resume on the application website. UNDP Malaysia reserves the right to disqualify any incomplete submission.
Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.