International Consultant on Roma Employment

Location : Home-based
Application Deadline :13-Dec-17 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :estimated 10 January 2018 - 01 March 2018
Expected Duration of Assignment :Approximately 20 working days


UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub is implementing sub-regional project “Regional Roma Survey” in Western Balkan countries and territory: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo (all references to Kosovo shall be understood in the context of UN SC 1244/1999) and Turkey (subject to confirmation).

The overall project objective is to narrow the gap in multi-dimensional poverty and access to socio-economic rights between marginalized Roma and non-Roma Populations in Western Balkans and Turkey by 2020, by contributing to fact-based decision making and to more informed and focused policy debate on Roma inclusion.

This will be achieved through collecting and making available comprehensive quantitative and qualitative data as the basis for evidence based policy making, and to guide related budgetary allocations for interventions aimed at narrowing the gap between marginalized and non-visible (those with no personal documentation) Roma and non-Roma in various aspects of wellbeing, including but not limited to income, education, employment, health, housing, and access to civil registration/ personal documentation.

The project will make the quantitative and qualitative data available to stakeholders influencing Roma Inclusion policies and programmes (international organizations active in supporting and promoting Roma inclusion policies and programmes; national government bodies responsible for Roma inclusion strategies and national statistical offices in the Western Balkans and Turkey; national and regional research institutions; civil society organisations), resulting in greater ability of a range of stakeholders to assess the different possibilities of Roma and non-Roma populations to access their socio-economic rights. This will contribute to a more informed and focused policy debate regionally and in the individual countries covered by the project. The final beneficiaries will be the more marginalized sections of the Roma community in the Western Balkans and Turkey, who will ultimately benefit from the use of reliable data to design better focused and targeted inclusion policies.

The project builds on UNDP’s first major data collection exercise on Roma living standards carried out in 2004 which provided baseline data for the Decade of Roma Inclusion. It also builds on the second round of the regional Roma survey carried out in 2011, in partnership with the European Union, (1) World Bank, and in coordination with the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency. These two previous surveys have provided unique and invaluable data, which have been used to measure progress in Roma inclusion policies over time, both within individual countries and between countries. 

The third round of the survey will improve on the previous rounds, in that it will be expanded to include questions on personal documentation, returnee/migrant status, the position of women in intra-household decision making processes, gendered aspects of time-use, and environmental deprivation.

The quantitative data will be supplemented by qualitative studies on key aspects of Roma exclusion, such as the obstacles to integration of returning Roma migrants from EU member states; barriers to accessing personal documents; barriers to the employment of Roma and experience of labour market discrimination; gender roles and the experience of gender-based violence and early marriages; and the extent to which Roma communities experience environmental deprivation, i.e. live and work in hazardous and/or unhealthy environments.

UNDP has conducted a qualitative study (micronarratives) on employment and experience of labour market discrimination in 6 Western Balkans countries/territory. The micronarratives explored such topics as: 

  • awareness and experience of discrimination while looking for a job and at the work place; 
  • returns to education; 
  • questions on what income generation activities are most often practiced by Roma and why; what jobs are offered by public employment services (or other services that Roma tend to engage with); are Roma likely to retain their jobs, and why (why not)? 
  • The preferences of Roma regarding types and characteristics of jobs.

The UNDP IRH would like to engage consultant to provide quantitative and qualitative data analysis on Roma employment and experience of labour market discrimination in the Western Balkans (and Turkey – to be confirmed).  For data analysis the consultant will use qualitative data collected from micronarratives research and quantitative data resulting from the survey. The consultant will work from UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub under the direct supervision of the UNDP IRH Regional Social Inclusion Advisor. 

(1) - 2011 Regional Roma Survey implemented in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Moldavia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Duties and Responsibilities

The overall objective of this consultancy is the analysis of the position of Roma women and men in the labour market in Western Balkans economies compared to non -Roma women and men living nearby Roma. The analysis should provide overall regional trends, country specific overview of trends and comparisons of main indicators with 2011 UNDP/WB/EC survey. 

Specific objectives are: 

  • Objective 1 - Presentation (graphical methods) and comparative analysis  of data produced by quantitative survey on core employment indicators for each country: employment/unemployment and joblessness rates (by gender, age, educational level and ethnicity); ratio of Roma to non-Roma unemployment rates (by gender and age); prevalence of informal employment (by gender, age and ethnicity) and Roma to non-Roma prevalence of informal employment; Roma and non-Roma monthly wages (by gender, educational attainment), perceived experience with discrimination (by gender, age, ethnicity),  experience with self-employment (by gender, age ethnicity), employment preferences and support received from national employment services (by gender, age and ethnicity). All indicators should be compared with national average data. 
  • Objective 2 - Comparative analysis of data presented under point i) above which uses micronarratives in order to make more detailed inferences about factors influencing the position of Roma in labour market and experience with labour market discrimination. The analysis of quantitative data should include comparisons with 2004 and 2011 data sets (for those countries for which 2004 and 2011 data are available). All indicators should be compared with national average data. 


  • Graphic presentation of quantitative data on core employment indicators (as outlined in the specific objective i. above) per country and compared with national average data.
  • Report presenting comparative analysis of quantitative data on core employment indicators as outlined in the specific objective i), and micronarratives with detailed inferences about factors influencing the position of Roma in labour market and experience of labour market discrimination. The report will have approximately 60 pages, including graphs and pictures. It will include comparisons with 2004 and 2011 data sets (for those countries for which 2004 and 2011 data are available). All indicators should be compared with national average data. 

Deliverable 1:

  • Graphic presentation of quantitative data on core employment indicators (as outlined in the specific objective 1 above) per country and compared with national average data  - work input: 6 w/daya; deadline: 31 January 2018

Deliverable 2:

  • Report presenting analysis of quantitative survey data and micronarratives with detailed inferences about factors influencing the position of Roma in labour market and experience of labour market discrimination - work input: 14 w/days;  deadline: 15 February-2018

Review and Approvals Required: 

  • Regional Project Manager

Payment schedule

  • 30 % upon submission of graphic presentation of quantitative data on core employment indicators (Deliverable 1)
  • 70 % upon submission of final approval of the report (Deliverable 2)


Functional competencies:

  • Excellent research,  analytical and problem-solving skills. Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities
  • Excellent communication skills. 
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback

Corporate competencies:

  • Sensitive to gender issues and issues of concern to vulnerable groups;
  • Ability to works collaboratively and solicits input by valuing others ideas and expertise;
  • Willing to take responsibility, acts professionally at all times, and make sure tasks are fully completed.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications/Education: 

  • Master's degree in Economics, Social Sciences or other relevant development field. PhD will be considered as asset


  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant international work experience in the areas related to  employment, using International Labour Organisation approaches and concepts for analysis 
  • Experience in Roma issues in Western Balkans the above areas required
  • Demonstrated experience in performing qualitative and quantitative analysis in social sciences using software packages such as SPSS or STATA;

Language skills: 

  • Excellent writing, editing, and oral communication skills in English
  • At least working knowledge of Serbian or Bosnian or Montenegrin or Macedonian or Albanian will be considered as an asset

Evaluation of Applicants:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.

The contract should be awarded to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:

  • responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. 

Only candidates who will get at least 70% of points in desk review will be invited for interviews and only those who will get 70% of points in technical evaluation will be considered for financial evaluation. 

Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max. 35 points:

  • Criteria A (synopsis with methodology and structure of the final report) max 5.5 points
  • Criteria B (experience in the areas related to employment) max points: 5;
  • Criteria C (experience in Roma issues) max points: 5;
  • Criteria D (experience in performing qualitative and quantitative analysis in social sciences and data management and processing) max points: 5;
  • Criteria E (relevance of education) max points: 2.5;
  • Criteria F (language asset) max points: 2;
  • Criteria G (interview –technical knowledge, familiarity with the region and motivation and communication skills) max points: 10.

Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 15 points.

Application procedures:

Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:

  • Synopsys of the report presenting methodology and report chapters with brief overview of the content of each chapter. The synopsis should contain up to 1000 words.
  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position and Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application. 
  • Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees (blank form can be downloaded from please upload the P11 instead of your CV. 
  • Financial Proposal* - specifying total lump sum amount for the tasks specified in this announcement.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials

*Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination, personal security needs and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services...). 
Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner. 

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