Consultant - Social Cohesion Survey Sampling

Application Deadline :11-Jun-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Arabic   English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :15 Working Days
Expected Duration of Assignment :One Month


The King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue (KACND) aims to strengthen national unity and protect the fabric of the community by consolidating the values of diversity, coexistence and national cohesion. The Center does so by establishing a culture of dialogue and disseminating it among all members of society to achieve the public interest and maintain national unity. The UNDP project SAU10/106729 – Developing Indicator for King Abdulaziz Center for National Dialogue, with KACND intends to provide outputs in the validation of the National Cohesion Index methodology and its development to ensure its alignment with international standards.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objective within the Framework of the UNDP Project

The social cohesion sampling consultant will support in exploring KACND current sampling methodology for the National Cohesion Index and how best to enhance this sampling methodology to be aligned with survey aims and best international practices. The consultant will have key deliverables during the assignment:

  1. Fully revise KACND National Cohesion sampling methodology and develop new one according to the best international practices. The consultant will work with other consultants (survey designer and social cohesion index methodology) in addition to KACND scientific committee to approve the proposed sampling. The consultant should take into account the country context, available technologies and the aim of this index.
  2. The consultant should work with the different teams to ensure that the proposed sample and sampling methodology produce representative results on different levels (gender, locations, and pillars of the index). The consultant may consider consulting GSTAT in KSA as a source for the sampling framework.
  3. Participate in KACND scientific committee meetings to discuss the national cohesion index sample and sampling methodology.


By the end of the assignment, the consultant should deliver these outputs:

  1. Produce sound sample and sampling methodology based on best practices and approved by KACND and UNDP.
  2. Ensure that all produced knowledge is translated into key documents explaining the rationale behind the sample and sampling methodology adopted.



Key Competencies:


  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modeling the UN/UNDP’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.


  • Proven technical and intellectual skills in understanding and interpreting regional, national and local social science indices;
  • Ability to understand and analyze and political dynamics in the region;
  • Demonstrated ability for facilitation and coordination skills;
  • Demonstrated entrepreneurial abilities and demonstrated ability to work in an independent manner;
  • Background knowledge about the SDGs, United Nations and UNDP;
  • Good teamwork and interpersonal skills;
  • Flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks and work under pressure;
  • Excellent drafting and formulation skills;
  • Excellent computer skills especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint;


  • Demonstrated ability to think strategically and to provide credible leadership;
  • Demonstrated intellectual leadership and ability to integrate green finance with broader strategic overview and corporate vision;
  • Demonstrated flexibility in leadership by performing and/or overseeing the analysis/resolution of complex issues;
  • Ability to conceptualize and convey strategic vision from the spectrum of development experience.

Managing Relationships

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strategic partnerships;
  • Demonstrated well developed people management and organizational management skills;
  • Excellent negotiating and networking skills with strong partnerships in academia, technical organizations and as a recognized expert in the practice area.

Managing Complexity

  • Ability to address global development issues;
  • Demonstrated substantive leadership and ability to integrate knowledge with broader strategic, policy and operational objectives.

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Ability to strongly promote and build knowledge products;
  • Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information and best practices from within and outside of UNDP;
  • Demonstrates a strong capacity for innovation and creativity in providing strategic policy advice and direction.


  • Mature judgment and initiative;
  • Proven ability to provide strategic direction to the project implementation process;
  • Independent judgment and discretion in advising on handling major policy issues and challenges, uses diplomacy and tact to achieve result.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Master’s degree in social science, statistics, sociology or other closely related field.


  • Minimum 7 years of previous relevant working experience in social science, sociology or statistics, preferably with at least 5 years’ experience in supporting social science index sampling methodology design in developing countries;
  • Previous experience in designing international social science indices sampling methodologies is an asset;
  • Previous working experience with the United Nations (UN) is an advantage;
  • Experience in evaluating and conducting result based management
  • Strong teamwork skills and ability to work effectively independently as a consultant and gap         analyzer; Excellent leadership and influence skills
  • Demonstrated ability to proficiently and effectively guide and manage interdisciplinary teams comprised of staff with diverse backgrounds and varied skill sets


Language proficiency in both written and oral English is required. Knowledge of any other UN language, particularly Arabic, is an asset

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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