Development Statistics Specialist


Location : Kuwait, KUWAIT
Application Deadline :30-Sep-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
04-Nov-2018
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months

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.


Background

UNDP and the State of Kuwait, represented by the General Secretariat of the Supreme Council of Planning and Development (GSSCPD), strive to enhance institutional capacities at various government Ministries and agencies by providing necessary technical support and advisory services to strengthen their capacities and skills to perform their expected duties and targets within the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) set for the country in the Medium-Term Development plan (2016/2017-2019-2020). ?

Under the framework of the Institutional Capacity Development for Implementation of the Kuwait National Development Plan (ICDI/KNDP) project, UNDP and GSSCPD aim to create an enabling environment for KNDP results, through enhancing institutional and technical capacities for evidence-based policy making and development planning. In this context, the ICDI/KNDP project provides technical support to developing a new organizational structure for GSSCPD, the new structure includes four new centres to support the GSSCPD to deliver on its mandate, including Kuwait Public Policy Centre, Kuwait Knowledge Economy Centre, Sustainable Development and Future Foresight Observatory, and National Centre for Development Researches and Studies NCDRS.

The NCDRS’ main objective is to support the formulation of strategic studies on development alternatives, research national development challenges, its economic impact on achieving development objectives, and monitor and study Kuwait development performance through KPIs of the KNDP Pillars.

Within this context, on behalf of the General Secretariat for the Supreme Council for Planning and Development (GSSCPD) the UNDP is seeking to recruit a Development Statistics Specialist to provide technical advisory services to the National Centre for Development Researches and Studies (NCDRS) of GSSCPD in support to the implementation of the centers Strategy and implement targeted researches and studies. The specialist will be simultaneously working with various units within the center but mainly supporting the Statistical Data Unit on technical work. The Development Statistics Specialist will also focus on capacity building and transfer of knowledge to staff of the Statistical Data unit to support the implementation of the center's strategy. 

 

The main purpose of the consultancy is to support the enhancement of institutional capacities, effectiveness and efficiency of National Centre for Development Research and Studies, to achieve the objectives of the center’s strategy through formulating and supporting the implementation of the Statistics Action Plan. Subsequently by making available required data for the targeted studies, conducting analysis for all Key Performance Indicators for Kuwait National Development Plan (KPIs) during the past five years, and implementation needs-assessment-based training plan to the staff at the center in the area of Development Statistics. 

 


Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Head of the National Centre for Development Research and Studies of GSSCPD, and in close coordination with the ICDI Project Team and International Cooperation Department at GSSCPD, the Development Statistics Specialist will undertake the following tasks:

Review the strategy of the NCDRS and formulate an Action Plan for the Statistical Data Unit to support achieving the objectives. This is expected to be achieved by implementing the following tasks:

 

  • Conduct a desk review of the KNDP documents, to get acquainted with its pillars, themes, strategic directions, KPIs, and projects, including progress, completion dates, limitations, and challenges.
  • Conduct meetings with NCDRS Department/Unit heads and necessary GSSCPD departments, Central Statistical Bureau and other national institutions relevant to the research and studies.
  • Review the strategy for the NCDRS, including target researches and studies to be implemented by the center, and the availability of data and statistics.
  • Identify data sources, analyze data gap, suggest methods to obtain required unavailable data.
  • Provide guidance on the classification of data, and technical advice on statistical aspects of establishing a database for development statistics.
  • Provide technical support to development statistics database design by identifying specifications of regular reports to be extracted from the database based on the requirements of NCDRS.
  • Develop Statistics Action Plan to support the Implementation of the Strategy for National Centre for Development Researches and Studies. 

 

 

  1. Conduct an analysis for all Key Performance Indicators of Kuwait National Development Plan during the past five years, including sub-indicators and measurement units:

 

  • Analyze all indicators of KNDP Indices, how they are constructed, their units of measure, and data sources.
  • Compare KNDP indices based on national and international data (where applicable) and identify any divergence.
  • Explore the correlation between trends for different indicators where exists.
  • Include comparison to other (4) countries for benchmarking purposes, countries to be identified during the inception phase based on consultation with GSSCPD.  
  • Use appropriate charts to outline analysis ideas and findings.
  • Classify indicators in terms of their priority (weight/status) to the improvement of overall index ranking.
  • Outline indicators at the level of “units of measure” that require immediate action.
  • Identify the correlation between KNDP and SDGs Indicators.

 

  1. Contribute to strengthening the institutional capacities of the NCDSRto effectively implement their role to achieve the institution’s overall mission
  • Conduct a training needs assessment for relevant department’s employees on areas related to Development Statistics including but not limited to (data collection method, survey sampling and design of questionnaires, data quality verification, basic statistical analysis, indicators and indices calculation, etc…) 
  • Formulate and implement a training programme based on the capacity assessment exercise, and conduct at least 15 training sessions/workshops, in addition to on-the-job training for staff on topics related to development statistics;
  • Develop detailed technical guidelines and SOPs for Statistics Data Unit on the steps to be undertaken for providing statistical support to development researches and studies and organize at least 2 training sessions (part of the above 15 sessions) on the Developed Technical Guidelines and SOPs.

 

 

 

Expected Outputs and Deliverables 

The consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables:

 

Deliverables/ Outputs

Target Due Dates

Payment schedule in percentage

Review and Approvals Required 

Deliverable 1: 

Inception report including work-plan for the assignment.

(The inception report should identify in details the approach, methodology for developing the required deliverables, and the outline of each deliverable with description of detailed work shall be undertaken, in addition to the meetings that are required, the departments to be trained along with the National Centre for Development Researches and Studies , and materials, reports, or other documentation needed for producing high-quality deliverables).

2 weeks after the start of the contract

10%

 

GSSCPD and UNDP

Deliverable 2: 

Submit training needs assessment (which includes a report on the findings and training plan covering the subjects identified in the scope of works)

 

2 weeks after the start of the contract.

5%

GSSCPD and UNDP

Deliverable 3

Submit the following:

-  Statistics Action Plan to support the Implementation of the Strategy for National Centre for Development Researches and Studies. 

-  Technical guidelines and SOPs for Statistics Data Section.

 

2 months after the start of the contract

25%

 

GSSCPD and UNDP

Deliverable 4:   

Report on the analysis for all Key Performance Indicators for Kuwait National Development Plan for the past five years.

10 weeks after the start of the contract 

30%

GSSCPD and UNDP

Deliverable 5:

Conduct a minimum of Fifteen (15) training sessions as an implementation of the formulated training plan for the Centre. The training sessions will include the minimum sessions on the developed Technical Guidelines and SOPs for Development Statistics, also providing recommendations for further training.

 

A final report showing achievement of the objective of the consultancy at the end of the assignment.

End of contract

30%

GSSCPD and UNDP

 

 

  • Institutional Arrangement

 

The Consultant will work under the direct supervision of the Head of National Centre for Development Researches and Studies, in close coordination with the GSSCPD International Cooperation Department and the UNDP Project Officer. The National Centre for Development Researches and Studies will provide access to any related information and facilitate smooth and timely liaison and meeting for the consultant with relevant counterparts that is essential to complete the assignment. The consultant will be based at GSSCPDand shall be provided with working space and access to the internet.

 

  • Duration of the Work

The overall duration of this consultancy will be 3 months.

  • Duty Station

In order to achieve the deliverables of the assignment, the consultant will be required to be present in the State of Kuwait during the entire duration of the assignment. 

 

  • Scope of Technical and Financial Proposals and Schedule of Payments

 

The Technical Proposal should explain the Service Provider qualifications and experience and reasons why he/she see himself/herself fit for the assignment. The Service provider should explain in the technical proposal and his/her understanding of the assignment, his/her approach to achieving the deliverables and explaining his/her competencies to achieve the required tasks and achieve deliverables on time (3 pages maximum). The Service provider should attach to his/her technical proposal his/her detailed Curriculum vitae.

 

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 a number of anticipated working days).

 

Travel: All envisaged travel and other related costs must be included in the financial proposal; one return travel ticket is to be covered for the entire assignment from the place of residence of the consultant  

 

  • EVALUATION

 

Cumulative analysis

Total score=Technical Score + Financial Score. 

Technical Criteria weight - 70%, 700 scores maximum 

Financial Criteria weight - 30%. 300 scores maximum

 

  • 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

A minimum requirement is a Masters’ degree in Mathematics Statistics, Econometrics, or any other related fields.

 

2

10 years of professional experience in Development Statistics, Economic Development, or Development research.

3

Previous experience in providing or contributing to statistical support to development research. 

 

4

Fluency in Arabic language 

 

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

Masters Degree is a Minimum, 20 extra points for PhD in Mathematics, Statistics, Econometrics, or any other related fields.

 

20               Total: 20 points

10 years of professional experience in Development Statistics, Economic Development, or Development research.

 

For each additional year of relevant experience – 5 points, but no more than 50 points in total

40

 

10                   Total: 50 Points

2 years of experience in providing or contributing to statistical support to development research 

 

For each additional year of relevant experience – 10 points, but no more than 60 points in total

30

 

30               Total: 60 Points.

2 years of experience in Development Statistics, Economic Development, or Development research in the MENA region;

 

For each additional year of experience- 3 points, but no more than 60 points in total

30

 

30                 Total: 60 points

2 years of experience in a senior managerial or advisory position related to Development Statistics, Economic Development, or Development Research.

 

 For each additional year of experience- 5 points, but no more than 30 points in total

25

 

 

25                  Total: 50 points 

Experience in using Data Analysis and Statistical Software Applications. STATA, SPSS, Eviews, Etc…)

 

 

25

Fluency in English language 

Knowledge of Arabic Language 

 

5

10                 Total: 15 points

Criteria E: Technical Proposal 

 

How well – elaborates and well – developed is the methodology of implementation? 

 

Proposed methodology of performance includes the description of principles and approaches in implementing required tasks related to change management and training 

 

-Detailed and consistent

-Satisfactory but not complete

- Not provided 

 

Have the important aspects of the task been addressed in sufficient detail?

-Detailed and consistent

-Satisfactory but not complete

- Not provided

 

 

 

Is the scope of task well defined and does it correspond to the TOR?

-Detailed and consistent

-Satisfactory but not complete

- Not provided

 

 

Is the presentation clear and is the sequence of activities and the planning logical, realistic and promise efficient implementation of the project?

-Detailed and consistent

-Satisfactory but not complete

- Not provided

 

 

  • Interview

 

420

 

 

 

 

 

41-80

0-40

0

 

 

41-80

0-40

0

 

 

 

 

41-80

0-40

0

 

 

 

 

41-80

0-40

0

 

100

  • 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.

 

Applicants are requested to compile and submit as one PDF file the below-requested documents

  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;
  2. Complete and signed P11 form/CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate;
  3. At least three (3) professional references;
  4. Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment.
  5. Technical Proposal of how the consultant will carry out the required assignment, with a clear Methodology.
  6. 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. 
  7. Copy of diploma/s
  8. Copy of ID card (passport)

 

 

 


Competencies

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?

  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of Development Statistics and applies it in work assignments.
  • Continues to seek new and improved methods and systems for development research;
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in the area of organizational development and design within international organizations and seeks to develop him/herself professionally.

Core Competencies:

  • 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 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.


Required Skills and Experience

I. Academic Qualifications:

  • Minimum requirement is a Masters’ degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Econometrics, or any other related fields. A PhD degree in a related field is an advantage.

II. Years of experience:

  • 10 years of professional experience in Development Statistics, Economic Development, or Development research.
  • Previous experience in providing or contributing to statistical support to development research.
  • 2 years of professional experience in in Development Statistics, Economic Development, or Development research in the MENA region is an advantage;
  • 2 years of experience in a senior managerial or advisory position related to Development Statistics, Economic Development, or Development Research is an advantage.
  • Experience in working with Development Planning Ministries/Institutions is an advantage.
  • Previous experience in in using Data Analysis and Statistical Software Applications (STATA, SPSS, Eviews, Etc…) . 

 

III. Languages

 

  • Fluency in Arabic language is a must; Fluency in English is an advantage.



If you are experiencing difficulties with online job applications, please contact erecruit.helpdesk@undp.org.

© 2016 United Nations Development Programme