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National Consultancy to conduct research on factors affecting ethnic groups' access to public services
|Location :||Vientiane Capital, LAO PDR|
|Application Deadline :||28-May-23 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Gender Equality|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||National Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||16 working days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||June - October 2023|
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.
Lao People’s Democratic Republic is an ethnically diverse country with 49 different ethnic groups and more than 9000 sub-groups, classified into four ethnolinguistic categories: 1) Lao-Tai; 2) Hmong-Mien; 3) Mon-Khmer; 4) China-Tibet. Ethnic groups constitute half of the population in Lao PDR and differences in living standards are prevalent due to; 1) Geographical location (remoteness and limited access to infrastructure and public services); 2) Linguistic and cultural norms; and 3) Inadequate policy interventions.
As mandated under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA), the Ethnic Department facilitates the development of good governance systems and aims to strengthen policies that enable greater access to public services. Currently in Lao PDR, there lacks disaggregated data on current public service usage and the factors that affect service access.
UNDP Governance Unit, Participation & Inclusion Portfolio: In the area of Public Administration Reform, UNDP Governance Unit, inter alia, collaborates with the Lao PDR Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) to strengthen the capacity of One Door Service Centers (ODSCs) across the country. To further support in strengthening public service delivery, UNDP is working to enhance the accessibility, transparency, and sustainability of 55 ODSCs across Lao PDR. To facilitate greater access and utilization of public services and evaluate the current efficacy of ODSC operations, UNDP is fully funding research to collect disaggregated data on current public service usage. The research is intended to examine the factors that affect public service access and utilization, and to inform on policy interventions to improve accessibility and service uptake, with a focus on remote, rural populations.
Duties and Responsibilities
The National Consultant will work under the supervision of Governance Team Leader and UNDP Disability Inclusion Specialist to coordinate, guide and implement activities pursuant to the following scope of work:
Task 1: Produce an outline, methodology, and research plan:
Task 2: Conduct preliminary desk research to identify available data and existing analysis:
Task 3: Conduct primary data collection in the selected Provinces (Field Mission):
Task 4: Develop Final Report:
Task 5: Finalize and present the Report:
Required Skills and Experience
Language : Fluency in English and Lao is required.
Please find the TOR details here RPS_046_2023
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