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International Consultant, MIS/Database Specialist _ Assessment of the Harmonization of LSB Databases
|Location :||Vientiane, LAO PDR|
|Application Deadline :||08-Aug-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||30 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||August - October 2021|
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.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
“Support Programme for NSEDP Implementation towards LDC Graduation, MIC Transition and SDG Achievement (2017-2021)” or in short “MPI-MOFA Programme” has the objectives of improving the capacity of the Government of Lao PDR for the effective formulation and implementation of the 9th National Socioeconomic Development Plan (NSEDP) drawing on the lessons learnt from the implementation and monitoring of the 8th NSEDP. The effective implementation of the 9th NSEDP could help country achieve the goals of Least Developed Country (LDC) graduation, reaching Middle Income Country (MIC) status, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
One of the expected results of the MPI-MOFA programme is to support the government to have the improved quality of national statistics and research, allowing for evidence-based policymaking to make an informed decision based on the available data as well as improve the accessibility of quality information to the public.
The data for NSEDP monitoring come from various sources. But these data from the various sources collected in different formats, should be comparable and consistent to fit into a more holistic database for better evidence-based decision-making. To ensure comparability and interoperability, it is often necessary to harmonize heterogeneous data bases. It will help to facilitate data sharing if the use of terms and concepts from different data systems can be integrated in a consistent manner.
Currently, as a part of the Programme, the Lao Statistics Bureau (LSB) has managed a database platform called LaoInfo (http://www.dataforall.org/laoinfo/libraries/aspx/Home.aspx) for the purpose of monitoring the progress of NSEDP and SDG targets as well as to produce, analyse and disseminate quality data for evidence-based policymaking. The LaoInfo is based on DevInfo technology. However, the challenges lie in the management and usage of data platforms with similar functionalities such as Lao SIS (https://laosis.lsb.gov.la) . Moreover, attention is to be paid in integrating the SDGs monitoring platform https://www.lsb.gov.la/sdg into the Lao SIS and Lao Info.
In order to address the challenge, the MPI-MOFA Programme intends to support the LSB by recruiting an expert who can conduct an assessment on the 3 platforms of similar functionalities under the management of the LSB, both at the central level and in Vientiane Province, and suggest for the processes to harmonize the databases with similar functionalities, to ensure effective data dissemination/accessiblity and to further enhance the monitoring the progress of NSEDP and SDGs. The 3 platforms are:
The information of the technology of each database is the following:
The assessment should help LSB and UNDP and other government partners to understand the level of compatibility of different exiting databases, including the similarities, connections and differences between them in terms of the description of data, the collection methods and techniques, data format, the quality of data and other relevant aspects. The assessment should be able to provide guidance in making informed decision for functional and practical database harmonization.
Duties and Responsibilities
The main duties and responsibilities of the consultant are to:
• Excellent English verbal and writing skills;
• Ability to present coherent and convincing positions both in writing and orally. There must be evidence of similar work done in the past;
• Strong ability to take initiative to move complex processes forward to achieve articulated results, work at varying levels and on different initiatives simultaneously (personal organization and the ability for multi-tasking).
Required Skills and Experience
Requirements for submission of proposals:
All interested and qualified International or National Independent Consultant should apply on-line using the following links:
UNDP Lao PDR Country Office website at https://www.la.undp.org/content/lao_pdr/en/home/jobs.html or
In order to make your submission, please read the relevant documents available on the link below
Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
(i) Explaining why you are the most suitable for the work;
(ii) Providing a brief methodology on how you will approach and conduct the work including the work
schedule for the delivery of outputs/deliverable;
Instructions for on-line submissions:
Incomplete proposals or proposals received after the deadline will be rejected.