Food Security & Poverty Indicators Specialist


Location : Kuwait, KUWAIT
Application Deadline :12-May-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
01-Sep-2020
Duration of Initial Contract :3 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 months

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 agencies by providing them with necessary technical support to strengthen their capacities and skills to perform their expected duties.

 

Under the framework of the Institutional Capacity Development for Implementation of the Kuwait National Development Plan (ICDI/KNDP) project, UNDP and GSSCPD attempt to support the Central Statistics Bureau (CSB) to create an enabling environment for the effective 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 Food Security & Poverty Indicators Specialist to support the Assistant Undersecretary for Statistical Affairs 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-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.

 

Objective

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 regarding indicators for reporting against the Global SDGs 169 targets and 232 indicators particularly in food security and poverty indicators. 


Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions

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

  • Conduct a full review and assessment of available and disaggregated data to monitor the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and corresponding targets and indictors in relation to Goal 1; End poverty in all its forms everywhere and Goal 2; End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
  • Provide technical support in analyzing the indicators under Goal 1; End poverty in all its forms everywhere and Goal 2; End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture as well as identifying the data gaps between those goals.
  • Based on the Household Income & Expenditure survey data and the data available at the CSB and at other data providers, indicate and calculate, the following:

- The national poverty line (percentage of the population living below the national poverty line according to age and gender).

- The Multidimensional poverty (percentage of men, women and children of all ages who suffer poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions).

- Defining a concept of social protection that is compatible with the State of Kuwait (the percentage of the population that is covered by minimum limits / systems of social protection).

- Malnutrition rate.

- The spread of moderate/severe food insecurity among the population.

- Stunt growth rate.

-  Malnutrition spread rate.

  • 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 in relation to Goal 1; End poverty in all its forms everywhere and Goal 2; End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
  • Identify gaps and needs based on the analysis of the SDGs matrix in relation to Goal 1; End poverty in all its forms everywhere and Goal 2; End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.
  • Provide technical support and accommodate CSB requests for Food Security & Poverty in terms of reports or research.
  • Conduct working sessions on a National Level: Provide on the job training to ensure capacity building for the relevant teams at CSB and other counterparts to implement their role in relation to SDGs indicators.

Provide at least two (2) training workshop each month for CSB employees to ensure capacity building for the relevant teams at CSB and other counterparts to implement their role in relation to SDGs indicators as well as food security and poverty indicators.

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.

 

 

5. DELIVERABLES

 

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

 

Deliverables/ Outputs

Due Dates

Payment

Approvals

Deliverable 1 Submit an Inception report and a training plan for the duration of the consultancy. The consultant must conduct (2) monthly training workshop for CSB staff.

2 weeks after the start of the contract

%5

CSB & UNDP

Deliverable 2 Submit a full review and assessment of available and disaggregated data to monitor the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and corresponding targets and indictors.

4 weeks after the start of the contract

%20

CSB & UNDP

Deliverable 3 • Submit a report of analyzing the data gaps between sustainable development goals 1 and 2 related to poverty and food security.

 

• Submit a report that includes the calculations of the national poverty line, the Multidimensional poverty, the concept of social protection, the Malnutrition rate, the spread rate of moderate/severe food insecurity among the population, the Stunt growth rate and the Malnutrition spread rate.

8 weeks after the start of the contract

%25

CSB & UNDP

Deliverable 4 • Submit a report that includes a summary matrix of all 17 SDGs goals and targets and its assessment. The report must Identify gaps and needs based on the analysis of the SDGs matrix.

 

• Submit a Final report that includes the activities conducted during the period of the assignment.

 

• Conduct and complete working sessions staff role in relation to SDGs indicators implementation.

12 weeks after the start of the contract

%50

CSB & UNDP

 

Institutional Arrangement

  • The Specialist will work under the direct supervision of the Assistant Undersecretary for Statistical Affairs at CSB.  The Specialist will also report to GSSCPD and UNDP project team based at the International Cooperation Department at the GSSCPD by submitting regular reports on progress and impact of the assignment. 
  • All payments subject to approval based on submitted certified and approved interim, draft and final reports (with relevant attachments) by GSSCPD / CSB and UNDP. These interim and final reports will serve as justification of payment. 

Duration of Work

The duration of this assignment is expected to be 3 months. The starting date is expected within September 2020.

 

Duty Station

The consultant will be based in Kuwait at CSB headquarters for the duration of the assignment.

 

 

  1.  Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

 

 

? Lump Sum Amount 

 

? Daily Fee

 

 

  1. EVALUATION

 

 

? Option A -. Lowest price and technically compliant offer

 

 

 

 

?Option B -  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 points 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

Academic Degree:  Masters’ degree in Economics, Statistics or Food Security Statistics..

2

Experience: Experience in SDGs targets and indicators.

 

3

Language: Fluency in English  is a must, Arabic is desirable.

 

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 degree in Economics or Statistics.

25

4 years of proven practical experience in SDGs targets and indicators.

 

 

5 points  for additional years up to 5 years  

 

100

 

 

25

Experience working with statistical institutes. 

25

10 years’ experience in developing and construction of indicators

 

100

Arabic language fluency.

25

Technical Proposal/Interview: Good understanding of the assignment with all specific components proposed within TOR have been identified clearly and in a logical order to address TOR requirements:

Excellent           100% from the score

Good                  90% from the score

Satisfactory      70% from the score

Poor                   40% from the score

               Very poor          10% from the score

350

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.

 

 

 

  1. 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 or 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

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.


Required Skills and Experience

I. Academic Qualifications:

  • Minimum master’s degree in economics, statistics or food security statistics, PhD is an advantage.

II. Years of experience:

  • Minimum 4 years’ experience in SDGs targets and indicators;
  • 10 years’ experience in developing and construction of indicators;
  • Experience working in Statistical institutes. 
  • Previous experience in the Millennium Development Goals or Sustainable Development Goals;
  • Experience in using statistical computer programs (STATA, SPSS, E-Views, etc..,) and MS. Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).

III. Language Requirements:

Fluency in oral and written English is a must, Arabic is desirable. 


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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