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Eurotrace / Foreign Trade Statistics International Expert
|Location :||ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||05-Jun-17 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Russian|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||20 June-2017 – 31 December 2017|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||20 working days|
The State Statistics Committee of Turkmenistan (Turkmenstat) is a key government agency responsible for compilation and reporting on international merchandise trade statistics in Turkmenistan. In Turkmenstat’s structure, foreign trade statistics is a part of the Trade Unit of the Trade, Transport and Communication Department. The foreign trade statistical information is prepared at the centralized level based on the customs data.
Foreign trade statistics in Turkmenistan is poorly presented at international level. Data on trade in goods is mainly available in the form of mirror statistics reported by other countries, no data is available on trade of services.
The current data management system which uses Eurotrace DOS (installed in 1998) does not enable the effective and efficient processing of the data Windows transmitted by the State Customs Committee. This is because the existing Eurotrace DOS system is out of data and does not meet the current needs of Turkmenistan to effectively compile and disseminate IMTS for Turkmenistan.
The failure to regularly disseminate good quality, timely and detailed data on IMTS is caused by the lack of a more robust and modern software to compile and process Customs data. Therefore, there is an urgent need to upgrade the existing Eurotrace DOS version to the latest available Eurotrace Windows version. It will also be important that the historic data going back to at least 10 years is uploaded into the new Eurotrace Windows system. At present, Eurotrace Windows is not available in the Russian or Turkmen languages, so it is essential that the software, documentation and training material is translated before implementing the system in Turkmenstat. Discussion will need to be held with Eurostat as to how the COMEXT software can be translated. Translation of Eurotrace DBMS and Editor seem less problematic as these two modules are freeware.
In 2017, UNDP and Turkmenstat signed a joint project “Support to Improvement of the Foreign Trade Statistics in Turkmenistan” that, among other activities, envisages upgrading the existing Eurotrace DOS version to the latest available Eurotrace Windows version.
Therefore, there is an immediate need for sharing good practices on the use of Eurotrace in trade data processing and its maintenance. Organization of the specialized trainings/workshops on trade dissemination and trade indices modules of the Eurotrace software is crucial to expose Turkmen specialists to the best practices in International Merchandise Trade Statistics.
The abovementioned interventions will enable the State Statistics Committee to:
To achieve the above-mentioned objective of the project, UNDP is looking for an International Expert who will provide support in the installation and organization of Eurotrace Windows system and conduct on-job-trainings and carry out workshop for the local specialists of the State Statistics Committee and the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Project Manager, the International Consultant (IC) will have the objective to support Turkmenistan in upgrading the existing Eurotrace DOS version to the latest version of Eurotrace Windows version. To achieve the objective, the International Consultant will carry out the following tasks:
Deliverables and timeframe:
Deliverable 1 prepared through the tasks 1-4 above:
Location: Mission to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Number of days: 10 days
Deliverable 2 prepared through the tasks 5 above:
Location: Mission to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Number of days: 10 days
This is an installment-based contract that should cover the costs of consultancy required to produce the above deliverables. The final schedule payments will be agreed upon in the beginning of consultancy.
Required Skills and Experience
Submission of applications:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
All experts applying for this position are required to provide:
Evaluation of proposals:
Individual Consultants will be evaluated based on the combined scoring methodology. When using this method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Out of the maximum score, the score for technical criteria equals 70% - maximum 70 points, and for financial criteria 30% - maximum 30 points.
The technical evaluation will take into account the following as per the scoring provided:
Financial proposal – 30% of total evaluation - max 30 pts.
Additional requirements for recommended contractor:
Recommended contractors aged 62 and older, and if the travel is required, shall undergo a full medical examination including x-ray, and obtain medical clearance from the UN-approved doctor prior to taking up their assignment. The medical examination is to be cleared by the UN physicians, and shall be paid by the consultant.
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.