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Individual Contractor (IC) – Research and Data Analysis Consultant
|Location :||Home-based assignment.|
|Application Deadline :||01-Mar-21 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||5d 10h 28m|
|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 :||(30) working days over a period of six (06) calendar months|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||6 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.
This project aims to understand how Iraqis’ envision the social contract and to give analysis and recommendations for policy changes to help bridge the gap between the social contract as it stands and the population’s desires. The project also aims to understand the state of the social contract as well as key issues hampering its development. This project provides a unique opportunity to understand how the various segments that make up the population envision a reimagined social contract through dialogue with the population. Moreover, it provides the opportunity to bring these views together in a concrete manner and to create dialogue with the government on how to redefine the social contract, thus bridging the current divide in communication.
In this regard, big data analytics and AI will be used to complement the analytical work undertaken by UNDP. This will provide an understanding of how the social contract is discussed over time on social media platforms (mainly Twitter) as well as of the various issues that relate to the subject matter, such as, employment, service provision, security and so on. The analysis of Twitter use in Iraq will focus on the 2018-2021 period, and it will look into the perceptions of the users as well as the language used to word their opinions on selected topics that have been identified as relevant within the conceptual framework developed by UNDP, and in parallel, the analysis of the content and volume of tweets will offer a descriptive analysis over time and in reaction to specific events or incident.
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED WORK
Under the supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor of the Digital Lighthouse Initiative, UNDP is recruiting a Research Consultant and Data Analyst to lead the process of developing a social media analytical model and conducting primary research based on big data analytics generated on issues that relate to the social contract in Iraq. The analytical model should be based on the conceptual model developed by UNDP’s Research Team and identify specific pillars and dimensions that fall under the overarching concept of social contract. The analytical model will then be translated into a social media listening tool, which the Research Consultant contribute to in cooperation with a Big Data Analyst and UNDP Research Team, to gather and structure big data (primarily Twitter data) within the UN Big Data Principles on data protection and privacy.
The listening tool will produce quantitative analysis (volume of tweets, outreach, engagement metrics, etc.) and qualitative analysis to monitor the change in the perception of the Iraqi Twitter users over the period of 2018-2021. The analysis will run over specific periods, offering a comparative analysis of how perceptions and priorities are changing and will also look into specific timeframes with an attempt to offer differentiated analysis across groups (youth, women, specific cities, etc.) to the extent that the Twitter metadata allows.
The Research Consultant will have an advanced academic degree in social sciences with proven experience in designing and conducting quantitative analysis and analyzing social media content in a structure and systematic manner. The candidate should be familiar with big data analytics and machine learning models and have excellent analytical and writing skills.
Duties and Responsibilities
EXPECTED OUTPUTS AND DELIVERABLES:
Knowledge Management and Learning
Required Skills and Experience
PhD in Sociology, Political Science or Psychology and strong computer skills (SPSS is a requirement).
Language proficiency in both written and oral English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of any other UN language is an asset.
DURATION OF THE WORK
The expected duration of the assignment is expected to be up to thirty (30) working days over a period of six (06) calendar months from the contract signature date
This is a home-based assignment.
TRAVEL PLAN (OPTIONAL)
If any unforeseen travel outside the individual home-based city is requested by UNDP and not required by the Terms of References (ToR), such travel shall be covered by UNDP in line with applicable rules and regulations and upon prior written agreement. In such cases, the individual shall receive living allowances not exceeding the United Nations (UN) Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rate for such other location(s).
SCOPE OF PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS
Interested candidates should provide lump sum fees for requested services with detailed breakdown. This amount must be “all-inclusive”. Please note that the terms “all-inclusive” implies that all costs (professional fees, travel costs, living allowances, communications, consumables, etc.) that could possibly be incurred are already factored into the final amounts submitted in the proposal. Also, please note that the contract price will be Deliverables/Outputs based - not fixed - subject to change in the cost components.
The contractor will be paid an all-inclusive Deliverables/Outputs based lump sum amounts over the assignment period, subject to the submission of Certification of Payment (CoP) duly certified or an invoice and confirmation of satisfactory performance of achieved work (deliverables/outputs) in line with the schedule of payments table hereunder:
RECOMMENDED PRESENTATION OF OFFER
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications. Candidates that fail to submit the required information will not be considered.
Interested candidates shall submit required documents to Job Advertisement Website (https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_jobs.cfm) as one document not later than 01 March, 2021
Interested candidates can find Procurement Notice, Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability and P11 templates on the following link: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/
Please do not submit financial proposal in this stage. Financial proposal shall be requested from Candidates who are considered technically responsive
CRITERIA FOR SELECTION OF THE BEST OFFERS
This selection criteria will follow the Combined Scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted a max. of 70%, and combined with the price offer which will be weighted a max of 30%; using the following evaluation criteria
Step I: Screening and desk review:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology.
Applications will be first screened and only candidates meeting the following minimum requirements will progress to the pool for shortlisting:
Step II : Technical Review
Shortlisted candidates will undergo a technical evaluation and a submission of a proposal to tackle the assignment.
Technical evaluation Criteria max 100 points (Weighted 70):
Criteria A: PhD in Sociology, Political Science or Psychology and strong computer skills (SPSS is a requirement); (10 points)
Criteria B: At least (07) years of relevant research on relevant topics using quantitative methods; (30 points)
Criteria C: Track record in drafting reports and publishing articles in scientific and/or academic journals on relevant topics; (30 points)
Criteria D: Demonstrated experience in machine learning models and big data analytics, especially data gathered from social media platforms; (20 points)
Criteria E: Previous working experience with the United Nations; (10 points)
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation
For those offers considered in the financial evaluation, the lowest price offer will receive 30 points. The other offers will receive points in relation to the lowest offer, based on the following formula: (PI / Pn) * 30 where Pn is the financial offer being evaluated and Pl is the lowest financial offer received.
Step II: Final evaluation
The final evaluation will combine the scores of the desk review and the financial proposal with the following weights assigned to each:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the cumulative analysis methodology (weighted scoring method), where the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical Criteria weight: [70%]
Financial Criteria weight: [30%]
Only Individual Consultants obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70%) on the Technical evaluation would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.