Data gathering and processing consultant


Location : Tirana, ALBANIA
Application Deadline :29-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Expected Duration of Assignment :120 days over 1-year period

Background

This project is designed to strengthen capacity for environmental monitoring and information management in Albania by establishing an operational environmental information management and monitoring system (EIMMS) with a focus on the MEAs of biodiversity, climate change and land degradation. The project will address the need for an environmental monitoring system that is integrated throughout relevant government institutions and that uses international monitoring standards for indicator development, data collection, analysis, and policy-making. It will also build on existing technical and institutional capacity in Albania to align its management and monitoring efforts with global monitoring and reporting priorities. Increased capacity in this area will improve reporting to the Rio Conventions and lay the groundwork for sustainable development through better-informed environmental policy.

The national environmental management and monitoring system has been completed and handed over to the Ministry of Tourism and Environment (MTE) with the respective IT equipment of Servers, UPS, PC, Printers, etc. The staff of MTE and National Environmental Agency (NEA) were trained on EIMMS use and GIS mapping. The EIMMS user manual was developed and handed to the competent authorities. The public launching of the system is expected in the coming months.

Based on the technical sheets prepared for the 158-environmental indicators, the indicators for climate, hydrology and air were further considered for data analysis that would benefit the national environmental monitoring schema. Data analysis for climate and hydrology were presented to the NEA along with recommendations of the optimal coverage of measuring stations.

The system needs to be fed with the necessary data to be fully operational, therefore this consultancy will support in data gathering, information gathering and translation of the required materials for the optimal functioning of the EIMMS.


Duties and Responsibilities

A Local Data Gathering and Analysing Expert that will be under the overall supervision of the Project manager and directly reporting to the PM, providing continuous performance of the tasks assigned for operationalising the EIMMS system and complete its data profile. His/her role is indispensable particularly in:

1-      Liaise with the National Agency of Environment and INSTAT in obtaining the data for at least the past 10 years for the monitored environmental indicators and process all data in EIMMS system 

2-      Liaise with the National Agency of Environment in obtaining and processing the GIS Maps available and update them in the EIMMS system as needed.

3-      Liaise with the Ministry of Tourism and Environment, and to collect and process the data and report on Multilateral Environmental Agreements reporting.

4-     Considering that the EIMMS system is in English , translate the 158 technical sheets from Albanian to English and process the data in the EIMMS portal

5-      Facilitate the information exchange process with local authorities and institutions to get acquainted with the project strategy and activities.

6-      Prepare public information materials to be disseminated through EIMMS.

7-      Other duties as required by the Project Manager.

 Deliverables:

30 June 2019- 20 % - Obtaining the data for at least the past 10 years for the monitored environmental indicators and process all data in the EIMMS system in English and Albanian.

30 August 2019- 20%- Collect and process the data and report on Multilateral Environmental Agreements reporting.

30 November 2019- 20%- Obtaining and processing the GIS Maps available and update them in the EIMMS system.

30 December 2019- 20%- Considering that the EIMMS system is in English an Albanian Language, translate the 158 technical sheets from Albanian to English and process the data in the EIMMS portal.

30 May 2020 – 20% - Update the data from the 2019 monitoring in the EIMMS system


Competencies

CORPORATE COMPETENCIES:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • Communication - Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.
  • Planning & Organizing – Develops clear goals in line with agreed strategies, identifies priorities, foresees risks and makes allowances accordingly.
  • Organizational Awareness - Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
  • Teamwork - Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
  • Accountability – Takes ownership of all responsibilities and delivers outputs in accordance with agreed time, cost and quality standards

FUNCTIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Thorough understanding of disability issues, human rights, social inclusion and social services
  • Excellent inter-personal and teamwork skills, networking attitude;
  • Capacity to deliver as per deadlines;
  • Ability to pick up new terminology and concepts easily.
  • Good technical, organizational, interpersonal and teambuilding skills essential;
  • Knowledge of programming and IT skills.


Required Skills and Experience

Required qualifications

  • Advanced University degree in the fields of environmental sciences, GIS, engineering or related fields.
  • At least 3 years of experience in environment and/or environment projects.
  • GIS knowledge and expertise in data gathering and maps processing in QGis/ ArcGis, or similar formats.
  • Data gathering and analysing, reporting and documentation skills.
  • Involvement on former UNDP and GEF programs in that area and previous experience is an advantage.

Languages required:

  • English and Albanian.

Evaluation Procedure

UNDP applies a fair and transparent selection process that would consider both the technical qualification of Individual Consultants as well as their financial proposals. The contract will be awarded to the candidate whose offer:

·        Is deemed technically responsive / compliant / acceptable (only technically responsive applications / candidates will be considered for the financial evaluation)

·        And has obtained the highest combined technical and financial scores.

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

 Combined weighted scoring: Technical (70%); Financial (30%).

o   Educational background                                                                                20 points

o   Professional experience and experience in similar assignments           30 points

o   Data gathering and analyzing, reporting and documentation skills      20 points

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

Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
 

Application Procedure

Interested applicants are advised to carefully study all sections of this ToRs and ensure that they meet the general requirements as well as specific qualifications described. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials.

The application should contain:

  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position. Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application.
  • Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability-please fill in the attached form...http://www.un.org.al/doc/PSU_%20Individual%20Contract_Letter%20to%20UNDP.docx
  • Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees, please upload the P11 instead of your CV. Download here.
  • Financial Proposal in ALL* - specifying a total lump sum in Albanian Lek  for the tasks specified in this announcement. Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant during the contract period (e.g. fee and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services).
  • Copy of Diplomas and copy of Passport.

*Kindly note that Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal are two separate documents and should be both part of your application.

How to Submit the Application:

To submit your application online, please follow the steps below:

  • Download and complete the UN Personal History Form (P11) for Service Contracts (SCs) and Individual Contracts (ICs);
  • Merge your UN Personal History Form (P11) for Service Contracts (SCs) and Individual Contracts (ICs), Financial Proposal Letter to UNDP Confirming Interest and Availability and cover letter into a single file. The system does not allow for more than one attachment to be uploaded;
  • Click on the Job Title (job vacancy announcement);
  • Click “Apply Now” button, fill in necessary information on the first page, and then click “Submit Application;”
  • Upload your application/single file as indicated above with the merged documents (underlined above);
  • You will receive an automatic response to your email confirming receipt of your application by the system.

Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.

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 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.


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