Individual Consultant - Economic Researcher


Location : Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA
Application Deadline :07-Aug-22 (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)
15-Aug-2022
Duration of Initial Contract :12 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :The expected duration of the work is up to 12 months, subject to extension based on the availability

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

A.     Project Description  

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 ongoing transformation of Saudi Arabia beneath the Vision 2030 plan is unlocking new possibilities at an extraordinary pace. Quality concerns organisations, processes and products. The main goal of quality management within the statistical business process is to understand and manage the quality of the statistical products.

Means all activities that are done according to the cycle of “Plan Do Check Act (PDCA)”. To be specific, a goal is set and implemented in a reasonable and economical way in order to provide a certain quality that customers want and maintain it. To provide high quality, timely and independent statistical information by assuring the quality of our statistical data outputs and production processes and help integrate quality management into the business of the GASTAT.


Duties and Responsibilities

A.     Scope of Work

 

The General Authority of Statistics is preparing to implement the population and housing census 2020. In 2020 census operation, GASTAT will use for the first time the Saudi National address as the unit of field surveying and to have a base-map covers all the Kingdom. The national address base-map will allow to integrate different layers of data from different sources with the census data which will give multiple spatial analysis tools.

 

The Economic Researcher will work under the supervision of the General Manager for Statistical services Directorate and the project Chief Technical Advisor as a co-supervisor.  Specifically, the responsibilities under this assignment include the following:      

 

  1. Technical support
  •    Validate data
  •    Edit data
  •    Process data
  •    Adjust for non-response
  •    Perform tabulation
  •    Analyze data
  •    Disseminate data
  •    Prepare publications
  • Work with the Statistical Academy to:

          - Develop new products for information and statistical support that meet market requirements and serve the consumer (investor) orientations based in the international standards and the adopted methodology by the General Authority of Statistics through:

  • Developing specialized methodologies and studies for investors.
  • Training the workers on KPI indicators, which needs information sans statistical support and with regards to investment and how to deal with it.
  • Studies of the economic impact of domestic and foreign investment.
  • Provide support in the investment and economic aspects in general, to serve the investment sectors in the kingdom.
  •    Perform any other relevant tasks requested by the supervisor.
  1. Capacity Development
  • In addition to delivering the abovementioned technical support, the Expert will advise GASTAT on principles and best practices in relation to Economy and Investment.

 

Institutional Arrangement

The expert will be reporting to GSTAT and UNDP. A detailed work plan for the expert’s duties and responsibilities will be formulated by GSTAT. She/he will be supervised by the General Manager for the National Accounts Department and work in close collaboration with the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA), other consultants and the relevant GaStat technical staff.


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

 

A.     Qualifications of the Successful Individual Contractor:

Min. Academic Education

Master degree in in statistics or data management with an emphasis on big data acquisition or other related field.

Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • 8 years and above of experience in related field.
  • Proofed 8 years direct experience on big data or related aspects.
  • Professional experience with national statistics offices, international organization, ESCWA, GCC states.

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.
  • Good understanding and practice of capacity development.
  • Certification of Training courses / workshops related to the field of big data Acquisition.
  • Certificates of data science is desirable.

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Knowledge & experience of working with constituents in the Arab States, particularly in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling UN values and ethical standards.
  • Demonstrates professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
  • Display cultural, gender, religion and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

Excellent command of English, working knowledge of Arabic would be considered an asset.

 

A.     Duration of the Work

The expected duration of the assignment is to be up to 12 months with a possibility of extension subject to the availability of funding and performance.

 

B.     Duty Station

This assignment will be based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

 

  •  
  • This assignment will be based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • UNDP will cover the around ticket to/from duty station 
  • If unforeseen travel outside the consultant’s duty station city is requested by UNDP and not required by the Terms of References (ToR), such travel shall be covered by UNDP in line with applicable rules and regulations and upon prior written agreement. In such cases, the consultant shall receive living allowances not exceeding the United Nations (UN) Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rate for such other location(s).

 

  • Note: A written approval from UNDP and relevant authorities will be required to facilitate the consultant's travel to any locations than stated on this TOR on official missions where necessary.

 

C.     Qualifications of the Successful Individual Contractor:

 

Min. Academic Education

Master degree in in statistics or data management with an emphasis on big data acquisition or other related field.

Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • 8 years and above of experience in related field.
  • Proofed 8 years direct experience on big data or related aspects.
  • Professional experience with national statistics offices, international organization, ESCWA, GCC states.

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.
  • Good understanding and practice of capacity development.
  • Certification of Training courses / workshops related to the field of big data Acquisition.
  • Certificates of data science is desirable.

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Knowledge & experience of working with constituents in the Arab States, particularly in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling UN values and ethical standards.
  • Demonstrates professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
  • Display cultural, gender, religion and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

Excellent command of English, working knowledge of Arabic would be considered an asset.

 

 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. 

 

E.      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:

  • Master degree in statistics or data management with an emphasis on big data acquisition
  • Certification of Training courses / workshops related to the field of big data Acquisition.
  • Certificates of data science is desirable.
  • Proofed 8 years direct experience on big data or related aspects.
  • Professional experience with national statistics offices, international organisation, ESCWA, GCC states.

 

Technical Skills:

The qualified candidate should be fully autonomous in preparing policy papers and presentations, mastering office tools and strong project management 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.

 

  1. Interview (optional)

The qualified candidates might call for an interview to demonstrate their knowledge about the requirements.  

 

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. The financial proposal should include all relevant costs (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=93681

  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, or any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

 



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