Re-Advertisement - Sustainable Development Indicators Specialist


Location : Kuwait, KUWAIT
Application Deadline :09-Dec-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Duration of Initial Contract :6 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :6 Months

Background

implementation of the KNDP results. The aim is to enhance institutional and human capacities of the CSB for evidence-based plans and policies on sustainable development.

Within this context, CSB is seeking to recruit a Specialist in Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Indicators to support the Technical Office Department in assessing of availability of data for SGDs indicators, identify data gaps, and support calculation of national SDGs indicators. The Specialist will also provide on the job training to relevant national staff at CSB in this area.

The consultancy will  be an immediate contribution to ICDI/KNDP project output- Enhanced institutional and human capacities of the CSB for evidence–based plans and policies on sustainable development, while contributing to the implementation KNDP objectives on the modernization of the CSB.

Purpose:

The main purpose of the assignment is to support the Central Statistics Bureau by providing an overview of national and provincial data availability and data gaps in regards to indicators for reporting against the Global SDGs 169 targets and 232 indicators. The consultancy should also seek to contribute to the integration of SDG indicators (national/global) into the M&E framework of the KNDP. Such analysis on data availability can contribute to national SDG readiness and planning and identifying potential areas for targeted capacity development support to data collection and management.

 

Required Methodologies / Alignments

The specialist should be guided by the following:

  1. Use internationally applicable statistical concepts, standards and classifications
  2. Use integrated environmental and economic accounting systems in accordance with internationally approved guidelines;
  3. Integrate cash estimates with environmental cost estimates;
  4. Ensure compliance with regional and international agreements on data, indicators, targets and goals considering applicable categories on individual and households; i.e. gender, age and income, as well as the characteristic of economic activity. Etc.


Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

Under the direct supervision of Assistant Undersecretary for Statistical Affairs Sector and close coordination with the GSSCPD International Cooperation Department and the ICDI project team, the Sustainable Development Indicators Specialist will assume the following tasks:

  1. Review and Analyze SDG Data Gaps
  2. Identify National SDG Indicators
  3. Prepare SDG Matrix:
  4. GCC Stats SDGs Matrices
  5. Conduct working sessions on a National Level:

Provide on the jobs trainings ensuring capacity building for the relevant teams at CSB and other counterparts to implement their role in relation to SDGs indicators.

 

1. Review and Analyze SDG Data Gaps

  • Conduct a full review and assessment of available and disaggregated data to monitor the 17 SDGs and corresponding targets taking into account the global Tier system and focus on reviewing the national availability of indicators in Tier 1 and Tier 2 that are applicable to the national context;
  • Prepare a summary matrix of all 17 SDGs goals and targets, assess data availability and data needs whether it is readily available, available with efforts or not available for calculating relevant indicators;
  • Identify gaps and needs based on the analysis of the SDGs matrix
  • Identify gaps and needs of the matrices of SDG Targets and Indicators prepared by GCC stats (GCC Stat SDGs Matrices);

Propose a detailed action plan seeking to prioritize SDG indicators for data production relevant to the priorities set forth in the KNDP. The action plan should demonstrate how to bridge the data gaps and improve the quality of the data provided;

2. Identify National SDG Indicators:

  • Conduct a mapping of the KNDP target and KPIs against the Global SDG targets and assess their complementarily with the Global SDG the SDG indicators.
  • Identify a list of indicators for each applicable SDG target based on available official statistics at the national level that could be used to report, potential proxy indicators where necessary and indicators that will support the achievement of Kuwait Vision 2035 and KNDP.
  • Identify localized SDG indicators of unique relevance to the country where applicable.

3. Prepare SDG Matrix:

  • Prepare an excel matrix broken down by SDG: goal/target/indicators (noting level and type of classification/source of data/time series (frequency of collection (and report dissemination)/data disaggregation availability/other remarks. The matrix should note linkages to KNDP.
  • Map national data producers and sources for each indicator included in the SDG Matrix.
  • Develop a standard operating procedures manual covering both data collection and the composition of proposed indicators.

4. GCC Stats SDGs Matrices

  • Fill out the analysis on the GCC Stats SDG Matrices with the information related to Kuwait.
  • Ensure completion of the SDGs targets and indicators matrices prepared by GCC stats.

5. Conduct working sessions on a National Level:

  • Conduct working sessions with the relevant stakeholders which includes presentations of a review of the data gaps and discrepancies that should highlight possible solutions including components to be integrated in the State of Kuwait report on SDGs and indicators.
  • Conduct working sessions to the CSB and GSSCPD that should cover linkage of the SDGs targets and indicators to the Kuwait National Development Plan highlighting data requirements and analysis.
    • Support the preparation and facilitation of an inter-ministerial workshop for administrators on a national level; to present the findings of the data assessment, gap analysis and with the addition to raising awareness of SDGs.
    • Support other data producers with data gathering in handling the gaps which support the completion of final report of the State of Kuwait.

6. Provide on the jobs trainings ensuring capacity building for the relevant teams at CSB and other counterparts to implement their role in relation to SDGs indicators.

  • Conduct a pre-assessment for the staff capacity needs and post-assessment upon completion of the assignment
  • Provide at least three workshops for employees

 

Deliverables:

The consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables:

  1. Prepare and submit the following reports:
    1. Inception report focusing on an initial mapping of national data sources for the SDGs. 
    2. Present findings of the SDG data gap assessment based on the draft SDG Matrix.
    3. A draft report including summary matrix of SDG target indicator availability as well as GCC Stats SDGs Matrices.
    4. Final report reviewing data gap analysis, final SDG Matrix, GCC Stats SDGs matrices, Nationalizing SDG and the linkage between the KNDP Targets and indicators and SDGs, and other achieved tasks.
  2. Prepare and Submit SDG Matrix
    1. The excel matrix broken down by SDG: goal/target/indicators (noting level and type of data source)/data source/time series/frequency of data collection/ report dissemination/ other remarks. The matrix should note whether the indicator links to KNDP indicators.
    2. Data Collection SOPs and composition of proposed indicators developed and approved.
  3. Conduct working sessions, trainings and workshops.
    1. Conduct working sessions and on the job trainings with the relevant stakeholders which would include a presentation of a review of data gaps and discrepancies and highlighting possible solutions including components to be integrated in the State of Kuwait report on SDGs and indicators
    2. Internal working sessions for CSB and GSSCPD linking the SDGs targets and indicators to the Kuwait National Development Plan highlighting data requirements and analysis.
    3. National Workshops for planning officials conducted which would include a presentation on guidelines to support data producers and data gaps analysis to ensure prompt report finalization.  
    4. Conduct on the job training for CSB staff, focusing on topics related to measuring and monitoring of SDGs at the CSB and data producers

 

The duration and timeline of the deliverables are indicated in the below table:

 

 

Deliverables/ Outputs

 

Target Due Dates

 

Payment schedule in percentage

 

Review and Approvals Required (Indicate designation of person who will review output and confirm acceptance)

Deliverable 1 - Inception report including pre-assessment of CSB staff capacity needs. 

2 weeks after the start of the contract

10%

 

CSB and UNDP

Deliverable 2 – Conduct internal working sessions for CSB officials on data gaps and discrepancies and highlighting possible solutions including components to be integrated in the State of Kuwait report on SDGs and indicators

1 month after contract Start

10%

CSB and UNDP

Deliverable 3 - Highlight data gaps report based on the analysis of a developed SDGs Matrix.

 

6 weeks weeks after the start of the contract

10%

CSB and UNDP

Deliverable 4 - Internal working sessions for CSB and GSSCPD linking the SDGs targets and indicators to the Kuwait National Development plan targets and indicators highlighting data requirements and analysis.

 

2 months after contract Start

 

10%

CSB and UNDP

Deliverable 5 -National Workshops for planning officials conducted which would include a presentation on guidelines to support data producers and data gaps analysis to ensure prompt report finalization.

 

3 Months weeks after the start of the contract

10%

CSB and UNDP

Deliverable 6 –

a. Submit SDG excel Matrix

b. Complete GCC Stats SDGs Matrices

c. Submit data collection SOPs Manual.

d. Executive summary including summary matrix of proposed SDG targets and indicator availability as well as GCC Stats SDGs Matrices.

 

4 months after the start of the contract

20%

CSB and UNDP

Deliverable 7 - Final report reviewing data gap analysis, SDGs Matrix outcomes, GCC Stats SDGs matrices completion, Nationalizing SDG and the linkage between the KNDP Targets and indicators and SDGs, and other achieved tasks. This report is expected to highlight trainings and workshops activities conducted during the period of the assignment highlighting outcomes and findings. The report would also include post-assessment of CSB staff capacity needs

 

6 months after the start of the contract

30%

CSB and UNDP

Institutional Arrangement

  1. The Specialist will work under the direct supervision of the Head of Technical Office Department at CSB. 
  2. The Specialist will also report to GSSCPD and the ICDI/KNDP project management unit based with the International Cooperation Department at the GSSCPD by submitting regular reports on progress and impact of the assignment.
  3. These reports will serve as justification of payment.
  4. All submitted reports are subject to prior approval and certification by GSSCPD and UNDP.
  5. The Specialist will be provided with access to work space, printing machine and internet at CSB.

 

Duration of the Work

6 Months

Duty Station:

Kuwait

 

Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

The financial proposal submitted shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR. The financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, living allowance, and number of anticipated working days).

Travel: All envisaged travel and other related costs must be included in the financial proposal.

In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.

 

 


Competencies

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrates leadership, team building and coordinating skills
  • Demonstrates commitment to human development principles and values.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Shares knowledge and experience;
  • Provides helpful feedback and advice;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Plans and produces quality results to meet established goals;
  • Generates innovative, practical solutions to challenging situations;
  • Conceptualizes and analyses problems to identify key issues, underlying problems, and how they relate;
  • Demonstrates substantive and technical knowledge to meet responsibilities and post requirements with excellence;
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;
  • Responds positively to critical feedback and differing points of view.

 

Functional Competencies

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing:

  • Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches;
  • Identifies innovative approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms;
  • Develops and/or participates in the development of tools and mechanisms, including identifying new approaches to promote individual and organizational learning and knowledge sharing using formal and informal methodologies.

 

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise:

  • Proven analytical and writing skills, including in the area of gender and programming.
  • Understands more advanced aspects of social development as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines
  • Ability to prepare succinct analytical publications and reports.  ?
  • Continues to seek new and improved methods and systems for social planning.
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of public policy development and international organisations and seeks to develop him/herself professionally.

 

Results-Based Programme Development and Management:

  • Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work
  • Researches linkages across programme activities to identify critical points of integration
  • Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation
  • Excellent written communication and analytical skills.

 

Client Orientation:

  • Maturity and confidence in dealing with senior and high ranking members of national and local institutions, government and non-government.
  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines.
  • Anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Minimum Master Degree in Economics, or Statistics. PhD is preferable.

Years of experience:

  • Minimum 7 years experience in development work, particularly experience on targets and indicators of SDGs or MDGs;
  • 7 years’ experience in developing and construction of indicators;
  • Previous experience in the Millennium Development Goals;
  • Experience in statistics and environmental accounting is preferred;
  • Experience in using statistical computer programs, and Excellent computer skills with MS. Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).
  • Preference is given to applicants who have knowledge of the social, economic and statistical traits of Kuwait

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in oral and written English and Arabic is a must.

 

Evaluation:

Cumulative analysis

Total score=Technical Score + Financial Score.

Technical Criteria weight - 70%, 700 scores maximum 

Financial Criteria weight - 30%. 300 scores maximum

 

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 490 from 700 point in the Technical part of evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation

The selection of candidates will be done in 3 stages:

1st stage: Prior to detailed evaluation, all applications will be thoroughly screened against eligibility criteria (minimum qualification requirements) as set in the TOR in order to determine whether they are compliant/non-compliant.

 

Shortlisting criteria  

1

Master Degree in Economics, or Statistics.

2

Fluency in English and Arabic

 

2nd stage: Evaluation of technical proposals

Short-listed candidates will be evaluated based on the following criteria. Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 490 points (70%) at the Technical Evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Technical Evaluation Criteria (Desk review and Interview based)

Maximum obtainable points – 700;   Threshold – 490 points

PhD in Economics or Statistics.

 

25

Minimum 7 Years’ experience in development work, particularly experience on targets and indicators of SDGs or MDGs;

 

For each additional 1 year of experience – 4 points, but no more 40 points in total

80

 

 

40

7 years’ experience in developing and construction of indicators;

 

80

 

Experience working with the Millennium Development Goals

25

Experience in statistics and environmental accounting

25

Knowledge of the social, economic and statistical traits of Kuwait

25

Interview (Methodology, language proficiency (oral and written communication skills)

400

Financial Evaluation Criteria

Maximum obtainable points – 300 (30%)

 

 

3rd stage: Financial evaluation

Cumulative analysis will be used based on the following methodology: All the offers of individual consultants who scored 490 (70% from 700) and more points during the desk review are acceptable for financial evaluation. The lowest financial qualified proposal receives 300 points and all the other technically qualified proposals receive points in inverse proportion per the formula:

 

Formula applied

P=y(µ/z)

P=points for the financial proposal being evaluated

 

y=maximum number of points for the financial proposal equal to 300

 

µ=the lowest priced proposal

 

z=price of the proposal being evaluated

 

 

The candidate achieving the highest cumulative score for both Technical and Financial evaluations will be recommended by the Evaluation Committee for contracting.

 

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS.

  1. Duly accomplished and signed Offeror’s letter/filled-in template to UNDP confirming interest and Breakdown of Costs Supporting the Final All-Inclusive Price as per Template. 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 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;

  1. Complete and signed P11 form, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate;
  2. At least three (3) professional references;
  3. Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment.
  4. Technical Proposal of how the consultant will carry out the required assignment, with a clear Methodology.
  5. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided.  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 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. 
  6. Copy of diploma/s
  7. Copy of ID card (passport

Links for the documents to be submitted:

 


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