Individual Consultant - Agriculture Expert (surveys and publication)


Location : Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA
Application Deadline :04-Jul-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :8d 9h 46m
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Jul-2022


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

 

Post Title:

Agriculture Expert  (surveys and publication)    

Starting Date:

 01/07/2022

Duration:

90 working days 

Location:

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Project:

100619 - Institutional Support to Statistics

National or International consultancy:

International Consultant

 

  1. General background information relevant to the assignment:

Saudi Arabia has realised and sustained, for the last four decades, remarkable progress along the socio-economic development path. As a result of this, the Kingdom has been able to move to a high-income country. The GDP, for instance, increased from SR 156 billion in 1969 to SR 2,631 billion in 2018, putting the economy among the top 20 global economies in terms of size. Based on the annual ranking of the Human Development Index (HDI) of the Human Development Report, Saudi Arabia has steadily moved from the medium human development category in the 1990s to the very high human development category in 2018 at 0.857 value of HDI.

The Saudi Vision 2030 represents an ambitious resolve with long-term goals and expectations founded on the strengths and capabilities of the Kingdom. It covers the three themes of a vibrant society, a thriving economy and an ambitious nation. A thorough review of the three themes and their underlying issues of national concern would reveal a holistic approach to development that encompasses the three dimensions of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): the social, the economic and the environmental. Saudi Arabia recognises that achieving the SDGs requires rigorous, real-time and continuous monitoring for which quality statistics is a must.  The General Authority for Statistics (GaStat) has gone through a major revision of its corporate strategy and vision in alignment with the Saudi Vision 2030 and the SDGs. The revised strategy revolves around five pillars:

  • Usage of statistics and information
  • Production of statistics and information
  • Application of advanced technologies in collecting and analyzing datasets
  • Communications and awareness towards statistical knowledge
  • Governance of statistical sector

Under the framework of the Institutional Support to Statistics project, UNDP provides technical support to the GaStat to strengthen the institutional and human capacities of the national statistical system to support evidence-based development planning and policy-making.

Within this context, UNDP is seeking to recruit an Economist  to provide technical and advisory support to GaStat to enhance the management of financial accounts and support  the improvement of the statistical business registers in compliance with SNA 2008. 

 


Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Scope of Work:

In order to support GSTATs in the preparation of the next three-year Agriculture Statistics plan, UNDP is seeking a Agriculture Expert to review the current Agriculture statistical publications.  

 

The scope of the assignment will be to carry out the following exercises with the objectives to improve quality of current products and develop new ones that would help decision makers as well as Agriculture -related organizations make sense of all Agriculture -related activities.

The Consultant will be required to: 

• Provide advise and methodology of implementation for improving (data/big data/alternative) intakes to better reflect agriculture reality within the country. 

• Design and review the Supply-side agriculture statistics (surveys and publication templates) and advise on a plan for its indicators (Design, data collection, processing, analyzing, and dissemination) 

• Design and review the demand-side agriculture statistics (surveys and publication templates) and advise on a plan for its indicators (Design, data collection, processing, analyzing, and dissemination). 

 

 

 

  1. Technical  support
  •   Harmonize country statistics in accordance with internationally accepted definitions at all levels: national, regional and global.
  •   Design Agriculture Statistics Database platform, support the implementation, and advise on the application of methodologies to data analysis;
  •    Determining the  adequate size for the sample considering the financial resources , timeframe  and  the objectives of the survey; Designing methods for calculating weights for survey data and estimating sampling errors;
  •    Prepare descriptions  and complete  documentation of methodologies and procedures to produce data on Agriculture.
  • Assemble and examine original statistical material to ensure accuracy, clarity and validity; makes appropriate adjustments.
  • Prepare charts, graphs and other outputs for reporting and presentation of various data.
  • Respond to internal/external requests on questions related to Agriculture statistics.
  • Assist in liaising with other entities to obtain necessary statistical and other relevant information.
  • Prepare data sets upon request, respond to queries/requests and maintains/updates web pages.
  •    Perform any other relevant tasks requested by the supervisor.

 

 

  1. Capacity Development
     
  • In addition to delivering the abovementioned technical support, the Agriculture Statistics Expert will advise Agriculture Statistics Department on principles and best practice in relation to Agriculture Statistics methodologies and frameworks.
  • Delivering training to Agriculture Statistics Department staff in calculating Agriculture and maintaining Agriculture databases.
  • Providing coaching and on-the-job-training for the Agriculture Statistics Department staff as needed.

 

  1. Expected Deliverables and Outputs

 

 

Deliverables

Breakdown with details

Time frame

Deliverable 1:

Submission of first draft report Provide “Advise and methodology of implementation for improving (data/big data/alternative) intakes to better reflect agriculture reality within the country.

10 Working Days

Deliverable 2:

Submission of first draft of “Design and of the demand side agriculture statistics (surveys and publication templates) and advise on a plan for its indicators (Design, data collection, processing, analysing, and dissemination)” 

10 Working Days

Deliverable 3:

Submission of first draft of “Design and of the supply-side agriculture statistics (surveys and publication templates) and advise on a plan for its indicators (Design, data collection, processing, analysing, and dissemination)”

10 Working Days

Deliverable 4:

Submission of the first draft of “design the agriculture statistics in Saudi Arabia and align them with Supply and Demand sides, and provide a plan to disaggregate the above in a way that single out these special agriculture activities’ impact on the overall agriculture in Saudi Arabia.”

10 Working Days

Deliverable 5:

Learn about the concepts and latest agricultural developments and Providing support in developing methods for implementing agricultural surveys.

10 Working Days

Deliverable 6:

Providing advice on the sampling and developing administrative publication and questionnaires.

10 Working Days

Deliverable 7:

Providing advice on the Food budget indicator.

10 Working Days

Deliverable 8:

Providing advice on the SDGs.

10 Working Days

Deliverable 9:

Submission of all final drafts.

10 Working Days

Total of Working Days

90Working Days

 

  1. Institutional Arrangement:
  • The consultant will report to the CTA
  • The consultant is also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under http://dss.un.org 
  • The consultant will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment. 
  • The consultant is responsible for providing their own laptop computers and mobile phones for use during this assignment; the consultant must have access to reliable internet connection. 
  • Payments will be made upon submission of deliverable, and certification of payment form, and acceptance and confirmation by the supervisor.

 

 

 

  1. The duration of the assignment:

The expected duration of the assignment is expected to be up to 3 months from July to October 2022.

 

  1. The duty station and expected places of travel, if any:

The duty station for the Agriculture Expert(surveys and publication) is Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

. a) UNDP will cover the cost of business class travel, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.

b) Include any official travel expected to be associated with performing the functions.

 

 

  1. Reporting requirements, milestones, and payments:

All proposals must be expressed in a lump sum amount. This amount must be “all-inclusive”. Please note that the term “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, living allowances, communications, consumables, etc.) that could possibly be incurred are already factored into the final amounts submitted in the proposal.

Payments shall be made to the individual contractor upon successful completion and certification by UNDP that services have been satisfactorily performed, based upon the actual number of working days.

Payment shall be made as a deliverables-based lump sum payment, to be paid in the following instalments. The schedule of payment will be distributed upon satisfactory submission of the deliverables listed in the table hereunder:

Payment

Deliverables

Payment Percentage

1st Payment 

Submission of the first draft of “design the agriculture statistics in Saudi Arabia and align them with Supply and Demand sides, and provide a plan to disaggregate the above in a way that single out these special agriculture activities’ impact on the overall agriculture in Saudi Arabia.”

50 %

2nd Payment

Submission of all final drafts.

50 %

 


Competencies

  • Functional competencies:
  •  Proven technical and intellectual skills in understanding and interpreting regional, national, and local social science indices.
  • Ability to understand and analyze and political dynamics in the region. Demonstrated ability for facilitation and coordination skills.
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial abilities and demonstrated ability to work in an independent manner.
  • Background knowledge about the SDGs, United Nations and UNDP.
  • Good teamwork and interpersonal skills.
  • Flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks and work under pressure. 
  • Excellent drafting and formulation skills.
  • Excellent computer skills especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. 
  • Leadership:
  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to provide credible leadership.
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership and ability to integrate green finance with broader strategic overview and corporate vision.
  • Demonstrated flexibility in leadership by performing and/or overseeing the analysis/resolution of complex issues. Ability to conceptualize and convey strategic vision from the spectrum of development experience.
  • Managing Relationships:
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strategic.
  • Partnerships:
  • Demonstrated well developed people management and organizational management skills.
  • Excellent negotiating and networking skills with strong partnerships in academia, technical
  • organizations and as a recognized expert in the practice area.
  • Managing Complexity:
  • Ability to address global development issues.
  • Demonstrated substantive leadership and ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives.


Required Skills and Experience

  1. Required Skills and Experience:

Min. Academic Education

  • Advanced university degree in economics, statistics, agriculture and hospitality development, or any other relevant fields. 

Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • At least 15 years of experience in providing consultancy services on agriculture statistics; 

Required skills and competencies

  • Ability to provide statistical technical advice on different sectors/theme.
  •  Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team and to work under pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish strong cooperative relationships with senior government officials.
  • Ability to work on any of the statistical packages to analyze data.
  • Good understanding and practice of capacity development.

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Previous experience in providing advisory support on agriculture development. 
  • Experience working with international organizations like FAO. 
  •  

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Excellent command of English, Arabic is a plus

Professional Certificates

  • Master Degree is the minimum requiremnt
  • Certification of Training courses / workshops related to the field of Agriculture
  • Proof of experience

 

H.Recommended Presentation of Offer

 

For purposes of generating Offers whose contents are uniformly presented and to facilitate their comparative analysis, it is best to recommend the preferred contents and presentation of the Offer to be submitted, as well as the format/sequencing of their presentation.  The following documents may be requested:

 

  1. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
  2. Personal CV or P11, 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. Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment, and a methodology, if applicable, on how they will approach and complete the assignment. A methodology is recommended for intellectual services, but maybe omitted for support services [Note: this is optional for support services]; 
  4. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per the template provided. The terms “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, travel costs, living allowances, communications, consumables, etc.) that could possibly be incurred are already factored into the final amounts submitted in the Proposal. If an Offeror is employed by an organization/company/institution, and he/she expects his/her employer to charge a management fee in the process of releasing him/her to UNDP under the Reimbursable Loan Agreement (RLA), the Offeror must indicate at this point and ensure that all such costs are duly incorporated in the financial Proposal submitted to UNDP. 

 

 

I.Criteria for Selection of the Best Offer

 

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:

Step I: Screening and desk review:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology.

Technical Criteria (CV review and Desk Review/Interview optional) – maximum 70 points. Only candidates who obtained at least 70% of points from the CV desk review (who will score at least 49 points) will be considered for the next evaluation stage, i.e., financial evaluation.

Applications will be first screened, and only candidates meeting the following minimum criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting:

 

 

  • Advanced degree, preferably a master’s level in statistics or economics with an emphasis on statistics.
  • At least eight years of relevant professional experience with national statistics offices and international organisations, with proven experience in applying statistical techniques to design NPI surveys, measuring volunteer work, and compiling NPISA.      
  • Relevant working and practical experience in industry or government agencies regionally (GCC)
  • Demonstrate good knowledge of economic indicators for national and local economic trends
  • Excellent command of English, working knowledge of Arabic would be considered an asset.
  • Excellent presentation, communication, and organizational skills

 

 

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Weight Per Technical Competence

5 (outstanding): 96% - 100%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated an OUTSTANDING capacity for the analyzed competence.

4 (Very good): 86% - 95%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a VERY GOOD capacity for the analyzed competence.

3 (Good): 76% - 85%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a GOOD capacity for the analyzed competence.

2 (Satisfactory): 70% - 75%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a SATISFACTORY capacity for the analyzed competence.

1 (Weak): Below 70%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a WEAK capacity for the analyzed competence.

 

Step II: Financial Assessment:

Financial Proposal – Maximum 30 points

  • Duly accomplished Confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal Template using the template provided by UNDP (Annex II)

PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS

 

The contractor shall submit a price proposal as below:

The total professional fee shall be converted into a lump-sum contract and payments under the contract shall be made on submission and acceptance of deliverables under the contract in accordance with the schedule of payment linked with deliverables. The financial Proposal should include all relevant costs (consultancy fees, all envisaged travel costs, living allowances, etc.).

 

UNDP applies the “Best value for money approach” – the final selection will be based on the combination of the applicants’ qualification and financial proposal.

Financial proposal – Maximum 30 points

  • Duly accomplished Confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal Template using the template provided by UNDP (Annex II)

PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS

 

The contractor shall submit a price proposal as below:

The total professional fee shall be converted into a lump-sum contract and payments under the contract shall be made on submission and acceptance of deliverables under the contract in accordance with the schedule of payment linked with deliverables. Financial proposal should include all relevant cost (consultancy fees, all envisaged travel costs, living allowances, etc.).

 

Financial evaluation - Total 30% (30 points)

The following formula will be used to evaluate the financial proposal:

p = y (µ/z), where

p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated

y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal

µ = price of the lowest-priced proposal

z = price of the proposal being evaluated

 

  1. Instructions for on-line submissions

Step 1:  Please prepare all required documents electronically;

Step 2: Combine all documents in ONE SINGLE FILE (preferably in PDF; however, Word format can also be accepted) and upload to the UNDP Jobs links

Step 3: After that, you will receive an auto-reply from the UNDP jobs if your offer is received successfully.

 

Interested applicants are advised to carefully review this advertisement and ensure that they meet the requirements and qualifications described. 

Interested applicants are advised to carefully review this advertisement and ensure that they meet the requirements and qualifications described. 

Given the volume of applications that UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.

UNDP reserves the right to reject any incomplete applications.

Please be informed that we don’t accept applications submitted via email.

Interested Offerors are required to submit an application via UNDP Jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP Jobsite system. Please note that UNDP Jobsite system allows only one uploading of application documents, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your online application submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload a maximum one document.

Any request for clarification/additional information on this procurement notice shall be communicated in writing to UNDP office or sent to email mohammed.abbas@undp.org with a copy to nora.alzahid@undp.org  While the Procurement Unit would endeavour to provide information expeditiously, only requests receiving at least 3 working days prior to the submission deadline will be entertained. Any delay in providing such information will not be considered as a reason for extending the submission deadline. UNDP's response (including an explanation of the query but without identifying the source of inquiry) will be posted in the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice page as provided above. Therefore, all prospective Offerors are advised to visit the page regularly to make obtain updates related to this Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice

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.

 

Interested applicants are advised to carefully review this advertisement and ensure that they meet the requirements and qualifications described. 

 

The interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=92264  for more detailed information about terms of references, instructions to the offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer online.

 

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.

 

 

 



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