CONSULTANT: INTERNATIONAL CONSULTANT ON “MDG PROGRESS REPORT DATA AND STATISTICS CONSULTANT”
||Vientian, LAO PDR
|Application Deadline :||19-Sep-12|
|Additional Category||Millennium Development Goals|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||
|Duration of Initial Contract :||30 days (2 September 2012 of 30June 2013)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||30 days (2 September 2012 of 30June 2013)|
|In September 2000, at the United Nations Millennium Summit, the Government of Laos endorsed the Millennium Declaration and thus agreed to a set of time bound and measurable development goals and targets to be achieved by 2015 for combating hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women. In Lao PDR, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been incorporated into the NSEDP and many of the indicators and targets of the NSEDP coincide with most of those for the MDGs. Numerical targets have been set for each goal, which for most of the goals are to be achieved by 2015. Indicators have been established to track progress on each of the targets.
Monitoring of the MDGs provides a means for benchmarking and assessing progress towards human development. The reports can help engage political leaders and top decision-makers and mobilize civil society, communities, the general public, parliamentarians and media in a debate about human development. The MDG progress reporting will thus be an opportunity to further raise awareness of the MDGs among national stakeholders, civil society and communities in Lao PDR. I will also be an opportunity for international advocacy, alliance building and renewal of political commitments.
The first MDG Progress Report (MDGR) for Lao PDR was produced in 2004. It established baselines and targets for MDG indicators and tracked progress on the first seven MDGs. It showed that the country still faced considerable obstacles and challenges in achieving the MDGs. The second MDG report for Lao PDR was released in 2008 and built on more reliable data for all indicators from the third Lao Expenditure and Consumption Survey (LECS), the second population census undertaken in 2005, the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey of 2006, the Lao Reproductive Health Survey 2005, the Economic Census 2007 and the first WFP Comprehensive Food Survey and Vulnerability Assessment.
The time is now ripe for the third MDGR. A number of surveys will be released over this and the coming year providing new and updated data sets for evaluating progress, including the Lao Social Indicators Survey (LSIS), the LECS and the census. In addition, the midterm review of the NSEDP will take place mid 2013 and the first annual review of the UNDAF Action Plan for Lao PDR is planned to be concluded in May/June 2013. Both these plans are also aligned with the 2015 timeline of the MDGs. The year 2013 will therefore be a timely opportunity to evaluate progress and allow for reflections to inform implementation over the remaining 2.5 years before the 2015 deadline. A fourth MDG progress report could then be prepared post-2015 to document progress and gauge achievements during the entire span of the MDG timeline.
A focus of the discussions during the UNGA in September 2013 will be the post-2015 landscape and with 2015 fast approaching the 2013 MDGR will be an opportune occasion for Lao PDR to feed into these discussions based on an up to date stock taking of progress in Lao PDR, not least against those MDGs deemed most off track. Lao PDR has set out to graduate from its status as an LDC by 2020. The progress report will provide valuable information on the status of some of the criteria to be met in realizing this goal.The MDG progress report will be a government led process supported by UN. The Government has requested UN’s support to develop an updated MDGR in advance of UNGA September 2013 and has stressed the need for broad engagement, including financial commitment, from all UN agencies in this process.
The Government’s MDG Secretariat is in charge of monitoring and reporting on progress towards the MDGs in the Lao PDR. It is chaired by Director General (DG) of the Department for International Organisations (DIO) in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA). It includes relevant department representatives from MoFA, relevant department representatives from the Ministry Planning and Investment (MPI), one or more representatives from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), a representative of the National Regulatory Authority (NRA) and a representative of UXO Lao. With support from the United Nations Country Team and other development partners, it will lead the process of preparation of the country’s third MDGR in 2013. The MDG Secretariat played a lead role in the development of Lao PDR’s second MDGR in 2007. The exact constitution of the Secretariat for the 2013 report still needs to be agreed.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Supported by the dedicated working group on statistical indicators to make an inventory of available quality data for each relevant MDG indicator, and proactively facilitate agreement on which figures will be used in close collaboration with the National Statistics Bureau. If necessary, conduct analysis of available raw data;
- Provide support to the National Statistics Bureau in disaggregating data at the provincial level for relevant indicators to enrich analysis and enhance the quality of the MDG Report;
- Proactively identify additional data sources relevant for the MDGR;
- Supported by the dedicated working group on statistical indicators and in close collaboration with the National Statistics Bureau, highlight data gaps that the GoL will need to address to ensure reporting on the full set of MDG indicators in the following MDG report, and make recommendations on how to remedy those;
- Verify the quality and authenticity of all data utilized for the MDGR;
- Facilitate a full analysis of MDG indicator data and trends, jointly with the dedicated working group on statistical indicators and the National Statistics Bureau of MPI;
- Provide tables, diagrams, graphs, charts, maps, etc., as appropriate for the MDGR and as discussed with the consultant in charge of drafting the chapters of the report;
- As relevant, assist the National Statistics Bureau to include the new available data in the LaoInfo database, including metadata in the comments (which is based on Dev-info software);
- As relevant, assist the UN UNDAF Outcome Groups to include new available data in the UNDAFinfo database (which is based on Dev-info software.
- Ability to handle and analyse primary data, and experience in working with heavy loads of quantitative data originating from different sources;
- Good understanding of how the United Nations system works and of ongoing reporting against global United Nations conventions;
- Initiative and ability to organise his/her work independently, but also to work as part of a team;
- Maturity, political sensitivity and outstanding inter-personal skills;
- Ability to deliver outputs on time;
- Excellent command of written and spoken English;
- Knowledge of Lao language (spoken and/or written) an advantage; and
- Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, Internet).
Required Skills and Experience
- An advanced university degree (Masters or PhD) in Statistics, preferably with a strong focus on development related issues.
- Strong and proven technical expertise in statistics, and ideally skills in information systems building, based on at least 10 years of experience;
- Proven experience in MDGs analysis and report preparation;
- Experience in working with DevInfo software products (both the user and the administration modules) will be an added advantage;
- Prior experience from Lao PDR and the UN context will be an added advantage.
- All interested and qualified candidates should apply on-line through the UNDP website at http://www.undplao.org/vacancies/procurementnotice.php or http://jobs.undp.org/ UNDP Lao PDR will only accept applications submitted on-line.
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
- Proposal: (i) Explaining why they are the most suitable for the work; (ii) Provide a brief methodology on how they will approach and conduct the work.
- CV including past experience in similar project and at least 3 references.
- Detailed financial proposal: Lump sum offer with clear cost breakdown (international travel, consultancy fee and per diem).
Note: The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days). All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. UNDP accept travel costs not exceeding of an economy class ticket.
Instructions for on-line submissions:
- Prepare and transmit all required documents electronically.
- Combine all documents in ONE SINGLE FILE (preferably in PDF however Word formats can be also accepted) and upload to the UNDP Jobs using the link above.
- An automatic reply will be sent from the UNDP jobsite to confirm receipt. Please do not respond to this email.
Evaluation of Proposals:
The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
- Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
- Technical Criteria weight; [ 0.7]
- Financial Criteria weight; [ 0.3]
- Any request for clarification must be sent in writing to the following e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org. UNDP Lao PDR will respond in writing by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.
- The copies of the response will be also placed on our web-site at http://www.undplao.org/vacancies/procurementnotice.php and linked to the current Procurement Notice.
- All interested candidates are encouraged to visit the above web-site for updates.
- Only short-listed candidates will be notified.
- Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
- For more detailed information about UNDP Lao PDR please visit our website at http://www.undplao.org
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.