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International Consultant for Development Of Technical Specifications And Piloting Of Automated Data Transfer Of IATI Data Into A National AIMS
|Location :||Home-based With Dhaka Visit, BANGLADESH|
|Application Deadline :||18-Jul-15 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Duration of Initial Contract :||90 days over a period of 5 months|
Bangladesh’ Aid Information Management System
Foreign aid plays an important role in Bangladesh’s development. Over the last ten years, Bangladesh received foreign assistance amounting on average to US$ 2 billion per year. Although aid only accounts for roughly 2% of GNI, it constitutes more than 30 % of Bangladesh’s development budget.
The Aid Effectiveness Project in Bangladesh is a project managed by UNDP, executed by the Economic Relations Division of the Government and funded by DFID, DANIDA, Australian Aid, UNDP and the Government of Bangladesh. With the support of this project, the Government of Bangladesh has developed an Aid Information Management System (AIMS: http://aims.erd.gov.bd ). This is a one-stop-shop for all information related to foreign assistance in Bangladesh, covering all sectors, projects and donors. AIMS offers a single software application that records and processes information on development activities and related aid flows in the country. The AIMS captures project-level information on commitments, disbursements and expenditures, by donor, implementer, sector and geographic location. The data are easily publicly accessible online, to any government official, development partner, civil society organization, journalist or interested citizen.
The overall objective of an AIMS is to provide a common information sharing platform for Government, Development Partners and all other stakeholders, in order to increase aid transparency, strengthen mutual accountability, improve aid coordination, strengthen alignment and allow for more efficient aid management. AIMS is an essential tool to implement international mutual commitments on aid transparency reflected in the Paris Declaration of Aid Effectiveness (2005), the Accra Agenda for Action (2008), the Busan Partnership Document (2011) and the Mexico Communique (2014).
Rather than purchasing an off-the-shelf software, Bangladesh has developed its home-grown AIMS using local expertise. The web application was formally launched in October 2014 and this far 14 major development partners have provided extensive data into the system. The source code along with the documentation (e.g. Software requirement specification, Software design document) of the software are available. The software development team is available locally and can be liaised for further consultation.
International Aid Transparency Initiative
Globally, in order to make information about aid spending easier to find, use and compare, the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) was launched in September 2008. IATI is a voluntary, multi-stakeholder initiative that seeks to improve the transparency of aid in order to increase its effectiveness. IATI brings together donor and developing countries, civil society organizations and other experts in aid information who are committed to working together to increase the transparency of aid.
IATI began its work by consulting developing country stakeholders on their information needs, and discussing with donors the most efficient and effective way of meeting these. On the basis of these consultations, IATI developed and agreed a common, open, standard for the publication of aid information – the “IATI Standard”. Donors implement IATI by publishing their aid information following agreed common definitions, in IATI’s agreed common electronic format. This usually happens on their website, with a link to a central registry, the IATI Registry. In the Bangladesh AIMS, as per the present design, the common definitions for sharing project information (e.g. sector, currency, country, aid type, organization type, etc.) have been classified according to both IATI standard and local classifications. In order to reduce the reporting burden of donors and access more data, UNDP and ERD now wish to develop a data import module that will pull data from the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) repository and transfer these into the Bangladesh AIMS.
Therefore, an international consultant will be engaged to carry out the tasks related to the automated data import from the IATI repository, develop technical specifications and pilot automated data transfers of IATI data into a national AIMS. Automated data import may imply automatic import, or it may imply supplementing local data, or it can imply suggesting changes to local data based on data available in IATI. The IC will be expected to make suggestions for the best options in this regard.
The consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Project Manager and in close coordination with ICT Specialist of the Project. The Economic Relations Division of the Government, represented by the National Project Director, will provide strategic guidance.
Duties and Responsibilities
Scope of Work
In order to pilot an automated data import from IATI data to Bangladesh AIMS the consultant will need to articulate all the required process interventions, prepare technical specifications for the data import module and guide the software development team in order to develop the data import module which enables automated import of data from the IATI repository to Bangladesh AIMS ensuring integrity and consistency of the project related data. Key tasks include:
Documentation/lessons learned from countries where pilot work on automated data import has already been undertaken, such as - Myanmar, Rwanda, Madagascar, Burkina Faso, DRC, Chad, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, should to be considered while prepare processes, methods and workflows.
User guide 'The use of IATI data in country systems' published by the IATI Secretariat’s technical team should be considered as main guidance note. The user guide available at https://sites.google.com/site/useofiatidataincountrysystems/
The need for follow up assignments and a possible extension of the assignment will be evaluated after completion of the first pilot importing data from three donors, including DFID.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
Duration of the Work
Travel twice to Dhaka, Bangladesh. First travel will continue up to submission of technical specification for developing software module. Second travel will start after development of software module for automated data import, which will end with completion of pilot exercise and submission of final report.
Required Skills and Experience
Evaluation of the Candidates:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:
Cumulative analysis:The candidates will be evaluated through Cumulative Analysis method. The award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points in the technical evaluation would be considered for Financial Evaluation.
Technical Evaluation Criteria (Total 70 marks):
Financial Evaluation (Total 30 marks):
All other proposals received points according to the following formula:
Candidates are requested to submit their financial proposal (per day in USD) using the template from the below link;
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document:
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.