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Consultant to Support Development of 2019-2023 Strategy for National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat)
|Location :||Home-based, with up to 3 field visits, overall 20 working days in the field, GEORGIA|
|Application Deadline :||21-Sep-18 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||Up to 60 working days during 5 months period (September 2018 – January 2019)|
National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat), is an institution established to produce the official statistics and disseminate the statistical information according to the Georgian legislation.
Since 2004, substantial progress has been made in improving the capacity and the performance of Georgia’s national statistical system. In May 2010, Georgia subscribed to the IMF’s Special Data Dissemination Standard. At the same time the effectiveness of the statistical system as assessed by the World Bank’s Statistical Capacity Indicator has increased significantly. In line with this progress, the first National Statistical Development Strategy (NSDS) was developed for the period 2011-2014. In 2015, a new Law of Georgia on Official Statistics was introduced by ensuring the production of independent, objective and reliable statistics according to the principles of the United Nations and European Statistics Code of Practice and on the basis of internationally recognized basic principles of statistics.
In order to maintain its progress, Geostat has requested that UNDP provide it with expert support to establish an up-to-date development strategy for the next 5 years.
The main objective in preparing the NSDS is to develop a unified and comprehensive National Statistical System (NSS) for the collection, management, dissemination and utilization of official statistics in the country. An NSDS is a national policy document to be formulated with wider participation of all stakeholders and expected to provide the framework for strengthening statistical capacity across the NSS as well as set the vision and milestones for where it would be in medium to long terms.
It is noteworthy that the National Statistical System of Georgia is currently undergoing a global assessment carried out by a team of international experts, led by Eurostat (for the ENP East countries and by UNECE (for the Central Asia countries), with support from UNECE/Eurostat and EFTA, at the request of the national statistical institute. It is part of a set of similar global assessments carried out in the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. The aim of the Global Assessment is to review the strengths and weaknesses of the national statistical system, and propose improvement actions where relevant. The findings of this assessment will be finalised and made available to the consultant, by the start of the contract. The report will outline recommendations for Geostat and should therefore direct the National Strategy that the incumbent develops. This Terms of Reference (ToR) sets out the objective of the consultant’s assignment, scope of work, schedule of deliveries and institutional and organizational arrangements.
Duties and Responsibilities
The overall objective of the consultancy is to create a development strategy for the National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat) for 2019-2023. The Lead Expert will work with Geostat staff in scoping exercise and will provide input for drafting the strategy document.
Developing draft and finalized versions of NSDS with a vision and objectives for the entire national statistical system 2019-2023, strategies to achieve these objectives, and indicators to measure progress, should be based on the completed assessment and in consultation with stakeholders, and must be in line with, and in the format outlined by, the Official Government of Georgia Guidelines.
The scope of work for the Lead Expert will include, but may not be limited to:
The Lead Expert will work under overall supervision of Governance Reform Fund (GRF) through the Governance Reform Fund Project Manager and in close coordination with respective personnel from National Statistics Office of Georgia.
The service provider will be directly responsible to, reporting to, seeking approval from, and obtaining certificate of acceptance of outputs from the above-mentioned persons. In addition, the respective GRF team will be responsible to share relevant documents, contact details and other necessary information with the service provider.
Payment modality and deliverables:
The payment schedule is given below and will be made upon satisfactory completion/submission and approval of the deliverables by the supervisor:
Leadership and Self-Management skills:
Required Skills and Experience
Offerors will be evaluated against combination of technical and financial criteria. Maximum obtainable score is 100, out of which the total score for technical criteria equals to 70 (desk review: 50 points, interview: 20 points) and for financial criteria – to 30. Offerors that do not meet Minimum Qualification Criteria will be automatically rejected, while the rest will form up the long list. The offerors who obtain minimum 35 points as a result of the desk review will be invited for the interview. Offerors who pass 70% threshold, i.e. obtain minimum 14 points, as a result of the interview will be requested the financial proposal.
The financial proposal 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. In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount. Maximum 30 points will be assigned to the lowest price offer. All other price offers will be scored using the formula (inverse proportion): Financial score X = 30* the lowest price offer/suggested price offer. All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal as well.
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.