System Developer to Develop an Integrated Solution of iPDNA, HBDA, ERNA, RDNA and DevLIVE+ Toolkits


Location : Home-based, PHILIPPINES
Application Deadline :10-Dec-20 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Expected Duration of Assignment :90 working days spread over 7 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

Project Title: Early Recovery Project

 

Project Description

The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, prone to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and typhoons. Climate change has increased the scale and frequency of disasters in the Philippines with an average of 20 typhoons affecting the country each year. The current COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need for a more integrated approach that considers the resilience of the country’s health systems to minimize overall impacts on the economy and the welfare of the marginalized.

 

Disaster response and recovery in the Philippines have been largely focused on infrastructure reconstruction while socio-economic recovery has been more challenging. Risk reduction and humanitarian and recovery measures have not been systematically integrated, which has eroded resilience-building efforts each time a new crisis occurred. As a result, the country’s poverty reduction efforts have often been compromised. Among those hardly hit are the most vulnerable on account of high exposure, inability to adapt, and weak socio-economic capacities. Those needing specifically targeted interventions include persons with disabilities, women, and children, informal settlers in the urban areas, upland dwellers and indigenous communities, small farmers, and fishermen.

 

In addressing these, disaster assessment is essential to quantify the situation by data. Multiple disaster assessment toolkits have been developed for various purposes and an integration solution is needed for better sustainability and simpler deployment.

 

The IT-enabled Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (iPDNA), supported by DFAT, UNDP Crisis Bureau, and the Bangkok Regional Hub, has been deployed for Typhoon Kammuri in December 2019 and the Taal Volcanic Eruption in 2020 in support of the NDMO. Realizing the fruitfulness of its deployment, it was decided to enhance the iPDNA capability. iPDNA is currently being tailored for the integration and deployment of the COVID-19 response in the Philippines context and a National Consultant is hired to support the process.

 

UNDP has developed a Household and Building Damage Assessment (HBDA) Toolkit to support authorities in crisis-affected countries around the world, to assess residential and non-residential infrastructure and collect timely data to inform decisions. The HBDA will also inform prioritization for risk-informed rehabilitation and rebuilding.

 

Early Recovery Needs Assessment (ERNA) has been deployed by UNDP in various nations and focuses on understanding the recovery needs for the host community and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), while understanding the causes for, actors engaged in, and capacities for early recovery and social cohesion in the south, thereby enabling early recovery programming with a view to bridging the ongoing humanitarian operation with medium-term recovery and development programming in the south.

 

Rapid Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (RDNA) is a response tool providing a quick “snapshot” of the disaster situation within the first 72 hours, thus, determines the type and extent of damages brought about by hazards, including its secondary threats, the critical needs of the affected population, and the local response capacities. It seeks to provide authorities and humanitarian actors the most pressing life-saving requirements. It has been deployed in the Philippines by OCD after various disaster events.

 

The Development through Local Indicators and Vulnerability Exposure Database (DevLIVE+) is a system and a tool that is used to collect, organize, visualize and manage baseline data and information on the household, building structures, and production areas for monitoring access to and delivery of basic services, assessing vulnerabilities and exposures to hazards and risks, and creating development pathways toward sustainable and progressive communities. The DevLIVE+ generates socio-demographic profiles, not only at the municipal or barangay level but up to the household level, including a typology of houses. It also provides disaggregated data by sex, age, work, educational attainment, or spatial location through charts, lists, or even map locations that would facilitate analysis in crafting the local land use and development plans. Considering that significant socio-economic indicators can be captured related to access to basic services among others, local decision-makers have found the tool essential in resource allocation, prioritization of barangays, and delivery of services, or justify their programs, projects, and activities using the DevLIVE+ to improve the conditions of communities who are most vulnerable, left behind, and lacking in access to government services.

 

In this context, an integrated digital solution of various DRR assessment toolkits would be an opportunity to explore in the Philippines. This assignment will contribute to embarking on a digital transformation by the integration of iPDNA, HBDA, ERNA, and RDNA disaster assessment tools as well as DevLIVE+ at the Global level and its piloting in the Philippines context.

 

Institutional Arrangements

 

The Consultant shall report to the Focal Person that is supervised by the Team Leader of the Climate Action Programme Team of the Philippine CO, and work very closely with the Data Analyst of the integrated digital solution development in the execution of the assignment.

 

Technical supervision shall be provided by the Technical Working Group (TWG) composed of personnel from the Crisis Bureau, the Bangkok Regional Hub and the Philippine CO. The TWG shall review outputs/deliverables and determine whether to accept them within ten (10) working days after submission. The work shall be coordinated with the Regional Programme Accelerating Disaster Risk Reduction and Enhancing Crisis Response through Digital Solutions and the Country Programme Recovery and Resilience Building in the Philippines.

 

The Consultant should work closely with the HBDA team to seek clarification and any technic, and with technical teams engaged with ERNA/RDNA, iPDNA retrofitting and DevLIVE+ development. The outputs shall be delivered through a participatory approach, engagement with government, involving training sessions and focus group discussions with team members.

 

Duration of Work

It is estimated that the work shall involve a total of 90 person-days spread over seven (7) months; commencing December 2020 and ending in June 2021.

 

Duty Station

The engagement is home-based and for accessibility and availability to allow for discussions and reporting on the progress of activities, regular online meetings shall be conducted. The Schedule of these meetings will be discussed post-award.

 

The Consultant will not be required to be based in Manila or to report to the office regularly, but a status report on the outputs shall be expected from time to time or when per requirement basis.

 

Scope of Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments

The financial proposals from possible candidates should be expressed in lump sum amount inclusive of all financial costs related to this engagement (i.e. transportation/travel to and from residence-Manila and/or within Metro Manila, health insurance for the duration of the consultancy, supplies & materials, reproduction, communications including internet). Travel expenses to project-related meetings and workshops outside of Metro Manila shall be paid for by the Project.

 

The Payment terms are as follows:

 

Percentage

Description

Deadline

        20%

Submission and acceptance of Inception Report

 

Jan 15, 2021

       20%

Submission and acceptance of Assessment report of iPDNA, HBDA, ERNA/RDNA and DevLIVE+ indicator compatibility (Supporting the Data Analyst); and

 

Corresponding indicator adjustment plan that enables data reuse among DevLIVE+ and disaster assessment toolkits (Supporting the Data Analyst); and

 

Strategy report for integrating ERNA and RDNA (Supporting the Data Analyst); and

 

Technical design of the proposed integrated package of iPDNA, HBDA, ERNA/RDNA and DevLIVE+ toolkits; and

 

Technical design of the cloud-based ERNA/RDNA digitalization toolkit

 

Feb 5, 2021

        40%

Submission and acceptance of a cloud-based ERNA/RDNA digitalization toolkit; and

 

The integration component of iPDNA, HBDA, ERNA, RDNA and DevLIVE;

 

Testing report of testing deployment, adjustments and bug fixing; and

 

Operation/User Manual for deployment and operation of the integrated component including data syncing and the digital ERNA/RDNA toolkit

 

Apr 16, 2021

         20%

Submission and acceptance of Final Report with lessons learnt, summary of the technical support and other findings during project implementation (Collaborating with the Data Analyst); and

 

Pilot deployment report of the integrated DRR assessment package with data reuse for at least one (1) event (Collaborating with the Data Analyst); and

 

One webinar recording on findings of this assignment (Collaborating with the Data Analyst); and

 

One webinar / on-site training recording on HBDA deployment (Collaborating with the Data Analyst); and

 

One webinar / on-site training recording on ERNA/RDNA deployment (Collaborating with the Data Analyst)

 

June 11, 2021

 


Duties and Responsibilities

The objective of this assignment is to develop a digitalized ERNA/RDNA toolkit and carry out an integrated solution of iPDNA, HBDA, ERNA, RDNA and DevLIVE+ toolkits in consideration of ethical standards, data privacy and security. The integration shall be based on a coherent technology architecture with compatible indicators and database structure, while existing platforms should be fully utilized. The Consultant shall work closely with the Data Analyst and the Climate Action Team. Specific tasks are as follows:

 

Design of An Integrated Solution

  • Support the Data Analyst in carrying out an indicator adjustment plan in consideration of gender equality and data reuse;
  • Support the Data Analyst in carrying out a strategy that imports DevLIVE+ data to disaster assessment toolkits as baseline information;
  • Design the technical architecture of the proposed integrated solution of iPDNA, HBDA, ERNA, RDNA and DevLIVE+ toolkits;
    • Separate toolkits with one integrated/interconnected database are preferred;
    • Including an automatic data export module for Common Operational Datasets (CODs)
    • Importing data from DevLIVE+ to disaster assessment toolkits as baseline information;
  • Support the Data Analyst in carrying out a clear Data Flow Diagram that characterizes data sharing across toolkits and identifies the gap to having an integrated solution;
  • Support the Data Analyst in exploring the feasibility to include ERNA in RDNA, and carrying out a strategy for integrated ERNA/RDNA;
  • Design a cloud-based ERNA/RDNA digitalization toolkit;
    • KOBO or ODK-based designs are preferred;
    • Offline functionality is required for non-Internet scenarios;

                                                                    

Development

  • Develop a cloud-based ERNA/RDNA digitalization toolkit based on the design above;
  • Develop the integration component of iPDNA, HBDA, ERNA, RDNA and DevLIVE+ based on the design above;
  • Develop an Operation/User Manual for deployment and operation of the integrated component including data syncing and the digital ERNA/RDNA toolkit.

 

Technical Support for Pilot Deployment and Capacity Building

  • Conduct testing deployment and adjustments;
  • Provide technical support in iPDNA, HBDA and ERNA/RDNA pilot deployment as well as DevLIVE+ data import for at least one disaster event [hydro-met, earthquake];
  • Conduct one (1) webinar session / on-site training session on ERNA/RDNA deployment, in collaboration with the System Developer;
  • Conduct one (1) webinar session / on-site training session on HBDA deployment, in collaboration with the System Developer;
  • Conduct one (1) webinar session on findings of this assignment;
  • Develop an Operation/User Manual for deployment and operation of the integrated solution including data syncing.

 

 

 

Expected Outputs and Deliverables

 

Deliverable/Output

Estimated Duration to Complete

Target Due Dates

Assessment report of iPDNA, HBDA, ERNA/RDNA and DevLIVE+ indicator compatibility (Supporting the Data Analyst); and

 

Corresponding indicator adjustment plan that enables data reuse among DevLIVE+ and disaster assessment toolkits (Supporting the Data Analyst); and

 

Strategy report for integrating ERNA and RDNA (Supporting the Data Analyst)

 

10 days

Jan 15, 2021

Technical design of the proposed integrated package of iPDNA, HBDA, ERNA/RDNA and DevLIVE+ toolkits

 

Technical design of the cloud-based ERNA/RDNA digitalization toolkit

 

15 days

Feb 5, 2021

Development of a cloud-based ERNA/RDNA digitalization toolkit;

 

15 days

Feb 26, 2021

Development of the integration component of iPDNA, HBDA, ERNA, RDNA and DevLIVE;

 

15 days

Mar 26, 2021

Testing report of testing deployment, adjustments and bug fixing; and

 

Operation/User Manual for deployment and operation of the digital ERNA/RDNA toolkit and the integrated component including data reuse

 

15 days

Apr 16, 2021

Pilot deployment report of the integrated DRR assessment package with data reuse for at least one (1) event (Collaborating with the Data Analyst)

 

10 days

May 14, 2021

One webinar recording on findings of this assignment (Collaborating with the Data Analyst)

 

One webinar / on-site training recording on HBDA deployment (Collaborating with the Data Analyst)

 

One webinar / on-site training recording on ERNA/RDNA deployment (Collaborating with the Data Analyst)

 

5 days

May 28, 2021

Final Report (Collaborating with the Data Analyst)

 

5 days

June 11, 2021

Progress report

 

Weekly

Every Monday after the approval of Inception Report

TOTAL

90 days

 


Competencies

Corporate competencies

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling 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.

Functional and technical competencies

  • Ability to work in a diverse and multi-cultural environment;
  • Self-motivated and ability to work under pressure and to meet strict and competing deadlines;
  • Displays analytical judgment and demonstrated ability to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;


Required Skills and Experience

Candidates will be evaluated based on the Combined Rating methodology:

  • Technical qualifications = 70%
  • Financial Proposal =    30%

For the evaluation of the Technical Proposal, the selection of the successful consultant must be based on the following qualifications (with the appropriate obtainable points):


 

Qualifications

Points Obtainable (100 points)

Education

Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, information technology, data science, mathematics or related fields

  • 20 points if relevant Master’s degree
  • 15 points if relevant Bachelor’s degree

 

 

                    20 points

 

Experience

At least 5 years of previous work experience on software development of humanitarian needs assessment or demographic survey, data warehousing or related field.

  • Minimum 5 years = 30 points; 2 point per year for additional years, up to a maximum of 40 points in total

 

                   40 points

At least 1 year of previous work experience on software development using Docker as virtualization / fast deployment technology

  • Minimum 1 year = 5 points

                    5 points

At least 2 years of previous work experience on ODK/KOBO-based software development

  • Minimum 2 years = 6 points; 2 point per year for additional years, up to a maximum of 10 points in total

                 10 points

At least 2 years of previous work experience that contains PostgreSQL/PostGIS database management.

  • Minimum 2 years = 5 points

                    5 points

Sample Work

Submission of two sample works related to any of the following themes: digital toolkit development of humanitarian rapid assessments or demographic surveys, data warehousing, BI application development or relevant fields.

  • 10 points per qualified sample work

 

                   20 points

TOTAL

                  100 points

Applicants who will only receive 70 points from the assessment of the CV will be qualified for the assessment of the Financial Proposal. 

 

Recommended Presentation of Offer

Interested applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Please group them into one (1) single PDF document as the application only allows to upload maximum one document. 

  1. Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three (3) professional references; and
  2. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP; 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. 

 

Interested applicants to note that personal Medical/health insurance (to be purchased by the individual at his/her own expense) is mandatory for the issuance of contracts. Upon award of the contract, the consultant must be ready to submit proof of insurance valid during the contract duration.

The following templates / Annexes and IC General Terms & Conditions can be downloaded from http://gofile.me/6xdJm/bE9TCw8fU:

  • General Terms and Conditions for Individual Contract
  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability
  • P-11 form

In view of the volume of applications, UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.

 



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