Ref.2020-109_consultant to analyze the current situation in the field of IT infrastructure and data dissemination methods within the Committee of Statistics and develop terms of reference for establishing a platform for digital publication on SDGs


Location : home based
Application Deadline :18-Sep-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English   Russian  
Expected Duration of Assignment :October - November 2020 (25 working days)

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

Important notice to the Applicants!

Only those applications/offers will be considered that have been submitted to the following e-mail address: procurement.kz@undp.org with the indication of Ref.2020-109 in the subject line. The application deadline is 4 PM (Nur-Sultan time) 18 September 2020. For detailed information on the position, required documents to be sent and evaluation procedure please refer to the Terms of Reference.

Background:

Since January 1, 2016, the world has officially launched the implementation of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development – a plan for active transformation, which is based on 17 sustainable development goals aimed at solving urgent global problems.

The 17 sustainable development goals and 169 targets (SDGs) are aimed at the realization of human rights for all, they are comprehensive and indivisible, and they balance the three components of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. These goals and targets will encourage national governments to act over the next 15 years in areas of great importance to humanity and the planet.

Official statistics will play a key role in providing data for monitoring the SDGs and related tasks. Statistical information is intended to meet the needs of a wide range of users, ranging from government authorities and entrepreneurs, to representatives of the media, non-governmental organizations and academia. Today, the dissemination of statistical information in Kazakhstan is carried out in several ways: through the issuance of paper and electronic publications, through the placement of information on official internet resources, as well as in social networks.

However, it is necessary to consider the fact that the latest web technologies and products encourage statistical organizations to supplement traditional methods of data dissemination with new tools for data dissemination and visualization. One such example is the emergence of a new type of statistical publication – a "digital" or "web publication", where static graphic materials (charts, maps) become “live” and show more information, which causes more positive feedback from users of statistical information, because it visually looks attractive and contains a large amount of data.


Duties and Responsibilities

* Description of Responsibilities: 

In order to support the national Committee on Statistics of the MNE of Kazakhstan in developing a digital publication on gender issues in the implementation of the SDGs in Kazakhstan, UNDP in cooperation with UN Women, is seeking a national or international consultant to analyze the current situation in the field of IT infrastructure and data dissemination methods within the Committee on Statistics and develop terms of reference for creating a platform for digital publication on the SDGs (example of a digital publication by link: https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/cache/digpub/keyfigures/).

The engaged consultant will work under the direct supervision of the UNDP Project Manager of "Partnering for building a national SDG Platform" project, in consultation with the head of the SDG statistics Department of the Committee on Statistics of the Republic of Kazakhstan and will provide an analysis of the current situation in the field of IT infrastructure and data dissemination methods within the Committee on Statistics and develop terms of reference for creating a platform for digital publication on the SDGs.

*Scope of work:

The consultant is expected to perform the following scope of work:

1) Analysis of existing IT infrastructure to create a database with SDG indicators and use the data for online dissemination methods.

2) Prepare terms of reference for the development of a digital publication for an IT company. The terms of reference should be agreed with UNDP, UN Women and the National Committee on Statistics of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The terms of reference should include details of the requirements described above and describe the proposed user interactions with the publication. The terms of reference should also describe the data sources for the content of the publication (indicators, disaggregated indicators, information on relationships). The terms of reference should describe possible technological capabilities and limitations, since the publication will be published on the website of the Committee on Statistics of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

The consultant undertakes to ensure that the tasks assigned within the scope of work are performed on time, in high quality and in accordance with UNDP policies, procedures and objectives, and to provide regular reports. 


Competencies

Core values:

  • demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling UN values and ethical standards;
  • demonstrates professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results;
  • sound judgment and maturity to foster a positive work environment;
  • displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Core competencies:

  • excellent communication skills, including the ability to convey complex concepts and recommendations, both orally and in writing, in a clear and persuasive style tailored to match different audiences;
  • ability to interact, establish and maintain effective working relations with a culturally diverse team, as a team member, to build trust, and to manage in a deliberate, transparent and predictable way;
  • strong coordination and facilitation skills;
  • demonstrates ethics and integrity;
  • ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with national partners and stakeholders and pro-activeness in identifying of beneficiaries and partners’ needs and matching them to appropriate solutions.

Functional competencies:

  • ability to develop clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
  • ability to work effectively as part of a team;
  • ability to work to tight deadlines and to handle multiple concurrent project components;
  • ability to manage projects for results, including the preparation of products;
  • ability to identify priority activities and tasks and allocate appropriate time and resources for effective and efficient work completion;
  • ability to monitor progress against milestones and deadlines;
  • ability to handle effectively multiple tasks without compromising quality, team spirit and positive working relationships;
  • ability to foresee risks and develop mitigation strategies.


Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in information technology, master's degree in information technology is an asset;

Experience: 

  • At least 3 years of experience in the field of information technology, creating databases, creating digital publications;
  • Experience in preparing terms of reference (at least 10 well-prepared TORs);
  • Knowledge of the Sustainable Development Goals, targets and SDG indicators is an asset.

Language requirements: 

  • Knowledge of Russian and English is required

Recommended Presentation of Offer:

The following documents only in PDF should be attached to the application (proposal) and sent by e-mail to the following address: procurement.kz@undp.org indicating Ref.2020-109 in the e-mail subject no later than 16.00 (Nur-Sultan time zone) 18 September, 2020:

  • Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability and Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per UNDP template provided;
  • Detailed personal CV, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number);
  •  Links to previously developed products;
  • Copies of higher education diplomas and other relevant documents.

Due to the technical features of e-mail, the size of the file/s should not exceed 19 Mb per e-message.

Please make sure you have provided all requested above documents. ! ONLY fully submitted applications would be considered!!!

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