Individual Consultant - Energy Statistics Expert


Location : Riyadh, SAUDI ARABIA
Application Deadline :25-Aug-22 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :13d 15h 58m
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Duration of Initial Contract :3 Months with Posibilty of Extension
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 Months with Posibilty of Extension - 65 Working Days


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

Terms of Reference (ToR) for Individual Contractor

 

Post Title:

Energy Statistics Expert

Anticipated Starting Date:

TBC

Duration:

65 working days

Duty station :

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Project:

100619 -Institutional Support to Statistics

National/International :

International

 

 

  1. Project description

In the energy sector, The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been aimed to play an essential and comprehensive role in advancing development and to draw up a vision for an economy with mix energy resources especially for less dependent on oil resources. This is confirmed by the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 through diversification of energy sources such as renewable and alternative energy by producing 5.9 gigawatts of renewable energy by 2030. As for the electricity sector, have contributed effectively to improvement of the standard of living and in the delivery of electricity to all regions of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, including villages and rural area, with a 100% delivery rate to the residential sector while reducing the emissions and the impacts of global warming. Therefore, the vision and mission of energy statistics department is to be a world-class, innovative statistical reference for Saudi Arabia's Energy Resources, Production, Efficient, and Consumption and to provide comprehensive, reliable, up-to-date statistics and value-added services for Saudi Arabia's Energy Resources, Production, Efficient, and Consumption in line with international standards and take the lead in developing a modern Energy Key indicators in order to support decision making.

 


Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Scope of Work

To Support the General Authority of Statistics (GASTAT) in the preparation for the future of Energy Statistics plan and in the context of " Institutional Support to Statistics" project, UNDP is seeking to recruit an expert to lead and provide technical support for developing Specification and Standardization of new Energy Statistical Publications as well as modernizing these products by integrating other sources of data within the current publications as well as to help the Energy Department to increase the publications frequencies specially for Oil and Gas publication, as the international practices and to support energy department on the indicators related to the development such as (SDG#7). Develop new indicators in the energy field related to international standard such as (climate change), and to review the current Energy statistical publications.

Technical support

The assignment aims at improving the quality of current products and to develop new ones that would help decision makers as well as Energy-related organizations make sense of all Energy-related activities. The expert responsibilities to:

  • Review the best practices in publishing Energy statistics publications, how it’s done, periodicity, data sources, survey questionnaire, etc. and adapt our publications to better reflect Energy Statistics in Saudi Arabia in a standardized way.
  • Provide advice and methodology of implementation for improving (registry data/big data/alternative data) intakes to better reflect Energy reality within the country.
  • Design and review the Energy statistics (survey and publications templates) and advise on a plan for collecting data at the indicator level (Design, data collection, processing, analysing, and dissemination) that is aligned with the Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM).
  • Then Develop Energy Balance statistics in Saudi Arabia that is aligned with international practices. In this context, the expert is expected to produce :
    1. A document specifying sections/tables of data that needs to be reported.
    2. A document specifying activities needed to be carried out in order to publish the Energy Balance Statistics, so we can base our planning accordingly.
    3. Fine-tune the survey to best serve the data collection process.
    4. A template for the final publication/reporting.
  • Review and design the Energy Efficiency statistics in Saudi Arabia and align them with international practices. The expert is expected to produce:
    1. A document specifying sections/tables of data that needs to be reported.
    2. A document specifying activities needed to be carried out in order to publish the Energy Efficiency Statistics, so we can base our planning accordingly.
    3. Fine-tune the survey to best serve the data collection process.
    4. A template for the final publication/reporting.
  • Review and design the Energy Indicators related to climate change in Saudi Arabia, align them with international practices, and identify potential improvements to current energy statistics publications, and to support in SDG goal 7 indicators and other international Energy organizations indicators.
  • Improve the periodicity of Oil and Gas publication to be on a monthly basis.
  • To develop accounting system for Energy-related sectors’ GDP and Jobs contribution at all sources of energy, then layout a plan for enhancing data streams to serve other statistics like environmental economic accounting using his expertise and international practices in this fields as well as make sure he is following the standard that should be available through IEA or UNSD. Outlining the steps of how to execute this methodological framework and what data sources have to be used, taking into account all resources (including open data) and building the capacity to disaggregate it from all Energy accounting.
  • To suggest a method for publishing and visualizing the statistics using an interactive visualization technique.
  • Identify where big data or open data could be a credible source for energy statistics indicators like (amount of radiation per square km or wind speeds during months of year in a location and energy generation potential and much more).
  • Develop methods to generalize survey data more accurately and solve the data processing issues in a way that automates reporting and shortens its time.

 

Capacity Development
 

  • In addition to delivering the abovementioned technical support, the Energy Statistics Expert will advise Energy Statistics Department on principles and best practice in relation to Energy Statistics methodologies and frameworks.

·   Delivering training to Energy Statistics Department staff in calculating Energy and maintaining Energy databases.

·   Providing coaching and on-the-job-training for the Energy Statistics Department staff as needed.

·   Capacity building including :

1-         Energy data processing and indicators calculating

2-         Energy balance sheet development

3-         Energy statistics publications standards

  1. Expected Deliverables and Outputs

Deliverables

Description of deliverables

Estimated Duration to Complete

Target Due Dates

% of Payment

Review and Approvals Required

  Deliverable 1:

Energy statistics situation analysis Report

 

Assess the overall situation of the country with regards to Energy statistics, including the review of the best practices in publishing Energy statistics publications, how it’s done, periodicity, data sources, survey questionnaire, etc. and adapt our publications to better reflect Energy Statistics in Saudi Arabia in a standardized way.

10 Working Days

15/8/2022

15%

Energy stat Manager

  Deliverable 2:

Data Gap Analysis and Data Mapping:

Review the existing available data from sources and advise on a plan for collecting data at the indicator level (Design, data collection, processing, analysing, and dissemination).

15 Working Days

5/9/2022

 

20%

Energy stat Manager

  Deliverable 3:

Energy Balance statistics

Develop Energy Balance statistics, design the Energy Efficiency statistics, and design the Energy Indicators related to climate change in Saudi Arabia, align them with international practices, and identify potential improvements to current energy statistics publications, and to support in SDG goal 7 indicators and other international Energy organizations indicators. in Saudi Arabia that is aligned with international practices. 

10 Working Days

19/9/2022

15%

Energy stat Manager

Deliverable 4:

Recommendations for periodicity of energy publications

Improve the periodicity of energy publications and align them with international practices.

7 Working Days

28/9/2022

10%

Energy stat Manager

Deliverable 5:

accounting system for Energy-related sectors

Develop accounting system for Energy-related sectors GDP and Jobs contribution at all sources of energy, then layout a plan for enhancing data streams to serve other statistics like environmental economic accounting using his expertise and international practices in this fields as well as make sure he is following the standard that should be available through IEA or UNSD.

15 Working Days

19/10/2022

15%

Energy stat Manager

Deliverable 6:

Big data and/or open data for energy statistics

Identify where big data or open data could be a credible source for energy statistics indicators like (amount of radiation per square km or wind speeds during months of year in a location and energy generation potential and much more).  Then these data are well organized to be ingested into data Wearhouse designed to allow users to browse and search statistics about energy (for all products that make us able to have 360 degrees view of energy reality within the country)

8 Working Days

31/10/2022

10%

Energy stat Manager

Deliverable 6:

Capacity Development

On-job-Training

  1. Energy data processing and indicators calculating
  2. Energy balance sheet
  3. Energy statistics publications

25/8/2022

 

29/9/2022

 

30/10/2022

 

15%

Energy stat Manager

Total

65 WDs

 

100%

 

 

 

 


Competencies

Functional competencies:

• Results-oriented and ability to achieve project targets in the deadlines. • Ability to independently manage multiple assignments, work with limited direct supervision and capability to work under pressure to manage and achieve project objectives.

• Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish strong cooperative relationships with government officials.

• Good understanding and practice of capacity development.

• Excellent communication, facilitation, presentation and reporting skills.

 

Corporate competencies:

• 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 Skills and Experience

  1. Qualifications of the Successful Individual Contractor

 

The successful applicant should have the following expertise and qualifications:

  

Education:

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

 

Experience:

  • Experience is needed in identifying data needed, innovate to deliver energy balance sheet, energy efficiency indicators, climate change indicators, and periodicity needed as well accounting framework needed to deliver GDP and Jobs statistics in the energy sector.
  • At least 15 years of experience in providing consultancy services on Energy statistics.
  • Previous experience in providing advisory support on Energy development and is knowledgeable about the nature of both the regional and international Energy industry.
  • Experience working with international organizations like IEA or Energy Information Administration (EIA).
  • Fluency in English is required.

Language:

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

 

Management and Implementation Arrangements:

  • The expert will report to the Department of Energy Statistics.
  • The expert will be given access to relevant information necessary for execution of the tasks under this assignment.
  • The expert 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.

Selection Criteria:

Applicants will be evaluated based on scoring method. The award of the contract shall be made to the applicant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as a) responsive/compliant/acceptable; and b) having received the highest score out of set of weighted technical criteria (70 points) based on qualification, and experience; and combined with the financial offer which will be weighted a max of 30 points.

Technical criteria

70 points

Education

  • University degree in economics, business administration, Energy and Sustainable development, or any other relevant fields.

 

20 points

Experience

  • At least 15 years of experience in providing consultancy services on Energy Statistics plan and strategy, particularly in developing countries.
  • Previous experience in providing advisory support on Energy and good knowledge about the nature of both the regional and international Energy statistics will be valuable.
  • An Energy statistics expert with a good understanding of the structure of international best practice and policy recommendations to apply into local context; and
  • Experience in providing policy advice on Energy Statistics in policy response to COVID-19 pandemic will be highly advantageous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 points

Language

  • Fluency in English

 

Must

Financial proposal

30 points

 Total (Technical + Financial)

100 points

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

 

Recommended Presentation of Offer

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

  1. Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template
  2. Personal CV or P11 Form, indicating all experience from similar projects as well as personal information including age.
  3. Technical proposal (maximum 3 pages), including a) a brief description of why the individual considers her/himself as the most suitable for the assignment; and b) methodology on how s/he will approach and complete the assignment.
  4. Financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided, as per template provided in

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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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