National Consultant – MIS/Database Assessment Support


Location : Vientiane, LAO PDR
Application Deadline :07-Oct-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
13-Oct-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :10 working days
Expected Duration of Assignment :October - November 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.


Background

“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 a National Consultant to work closely with an International Consultant in who can support the data collection of  an assessment on the three 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.


Duties and Responsibilities

The main duties and responsibilities of the national consultant is to assist the international consultant with the following:
1. Support the data collection process such as interviewing, and interpretation during Key Informant Interviews (KIIs) and Focus Groups Discussions (FGDs).

2. Interpreting support for the International consultant during validation session with key stakeholders, training and meetings.

3. Summarise key points from Lao documents during the desk review stage.

4. Data collection and database reviewing support to the International consultant in order to establish linkages of databases managed by LSB, especially those with similar functionality, in particular:
a. Lao SIS https://laosis.lsb.gov.la
b. Lao Info http://www.dataforall.org/laoinfo/libraries/aspx/Home.aspx
i. Central LSB
ii. Vientiane and Bolikhamxay Province database
iii. Ministry of Education
iv. Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
c. SDG monitoring platform https://www.lsb.gov.la/sdg

5. Support in assessing the current capacity of the staff and capacity building needs (if any) of the provincial and central offices who maintain and manage the databases.

6. Support the review of current hardware and software infrastructure to assess the readiness of maintain and manage the databases.

7. Support in assessing the end-user experience through assessing the existing database platform.

8. Support in assessing the feasibility of moving the Lao Info server from an international location to the central LSB office.


Competencies

• Excellent Lao and 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

• A minimum bachelors’ degree from a reputable accredited university in Information Technology and other related discipline;
• At least 1 year of professional experience in research, IT, assessment of databases, data harmonization and/or dissemination;
• Some experience in data management software;
• Knowledge and experience of DevInfo, Kosis and Open SDG platform is an advantage

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Requirements for submission of proposals:

All interested and qualified International Consultant should apply on-line using the following links:

https://www.la.undp.org/content/lao_pdr/en/home/jobs.html 

 

In order to make your submission, please read the relevant documents available at the links below:

  1. TOR (Annex I)
  2. IC General Terms and Conditions _ Annex II;
  3. OFFEROR’S LETTER TO UNDP CONFIRMING INTEREST AND AVAILABILITY _ Annex III
  4. P11 Form

Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

  1. A cover letter, explaining why you are the most suitable for the work;
  2. CV or P11 Form  indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references;
  3. Financial Proposal Annex III indicates breakdown costs that may arise.

 

NoteAny request for clarification must be sent in writing to the following e-mail: surith.sengsavang@undp.org  and copy vipapone.aphayvanh@undp.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.

Please note that 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 https://www.la.undp.org/content/lao_pdr/en/home/jobs.html



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