Consultant to Develop guidelines and training on the collection of national account statistics


Location : Juba, Republic of South Sudan and Home-based, SOUTH SUDAN
Application Deadline :17-May-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
31-May-2021
Duration of Initial Contract :45 Working Days
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 Months (45 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

UNDP has signed a Letter of Agreement with the National Bureau of Statistics for the collection, analysis and use of key socio-economic data. To implement better policies for sustainable development, to set priorities in national development strategies, and to make informed choices on policy options for improved livelihood and wellbeing, requires the production and use of relevant, timely and accurate data and statistics.

The National Bureau of Statistics is the principal o?cial statistical agency for South Sudan. It was ?rst established in 1995 when it functioned as a Database and Monitoring Unit under the Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Association (SRRA). Over time, the unit evolved and was renamed the New Sudan Centre for Statistics and Evaluation (NSCSE) in 2003 under the then SPLM/SPLA administration in the then SPLM controlled areas of Southern Sudan. The Centre was established with a mandate to develop the necessary capacity to become the professional source and e?ective provider of o?cial statistical information for the SPLM controlled areas. This was in response to the urgent need for basic statistical data in order to support decision making and enable programme and policy monitoring in the South. Today, the NBS is an independent Statistics Bureau of the Government of Republic of South Sudan (GRSS), established by article 193 (1) of the transitional constitution 2011 and SSCCSE Act 2011. It is responsible for collecting, coordinating, analyzing, and disseminating all o?cial statistical information on economic, social, demographic, environmental and general activities, and conditions of the people of South Sudan.

UNDP and National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) work together to strengthened national statistical and data availability for informed policy decisions. Previously NBS estimation of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) relies on expenditure approach to estimate South Sudan’s GDP. NBS has done some preliminary work in data collection to estimate GDP by production.

With support from UNDP, NBS would like to recruit a National Account Specialist who will be working  closely with Chief, Economic Statistics Directorate, and other government agencies to compile, validate, process, and estimate GDP by production(activity) for period of forty- five working days.


Duties and Responsibilities

The National Accounts consultant in close collaboration with the Economic Directorate and relevant staff and specialists in NBS will carry out the assignment under direct supervision of Chief of Economic Statistics.

The National Accounts consultant will regularly report to the Economic Directorate, and work closely with the National Accounts team and will be required to submit the following progress reports:

  • GDP by activity estimates for 2016- 2020 and
  •  Reconcile GDP figures by Expenditure and Activity
  • Compilation guidebook produced in his or her country for the period of one week (seven day)
  • Training the key staff on job for the GDP by expenditures, Production, and Income approaches

Reporting.

All the reports shall be written such that they stand alone, without the reader needing to refer to other documents and shall include a dated cover letter with the distribution list, and shall note key issues of interest in the report for management’s attention. The report will be done monthly and a final report.

Facilities to be provide by the Client

The NBS shall

  • Issue all such instructions as may be necessary or appropriate for the prompt and effective implementation of the services.
  • Provide adequate office space, relevant documents necessary to enable the consultant to perform the services effectively and efficiently; and
  • Provide counterpart staff to work with the Consultant with a view to transfer knowledge to the concerned staff.


Competencies

  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity, by modelling the UN/UNDP's values and ethical standards. 
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UN/UNDP.
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment.
  • Self-development, initiative-taking.
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating teamwork.
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
  • Creating synergies through self-control.
  • Managing conflicts.
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
  • Informed and transparent decision making.


Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Post graduate degree in Statistics, economics, or other relevant field of study.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • At least ten years of experience in research, teaching or practical experience in compiling national accounts statistics.
  • Has knowledge and usage of statistics application software.
  • Practical experiences in advising the creation and development of National Accounts.
  • Demonstrates significant experience in preparation of National Accounts, capacity building, training, strategy development, applying technical solutions to address programmatic issues and implementation; and
  • Demonstrates strong communication skills and persuasiveness in presenting, negotiating, and resolving complex issues, both orally and in written in English.

Language:

Fluency in English, both oral and written, is required

 

Terms of Payment:

The consultant will be paid on a lump sum basis subject at completion of agreed tasks as follows

  • submission upon the GDP estimates progress report within two weeks (10%)
  • Draft preliminary estimates of GDP by activity (40%)
  • Final GDP estimates which will be subjected to International Monetary Fund validation through NBS (50%)

Selection Criteria:

  • Educational Qualifications (10 Marks)
  • Professional Qualifications and Certifications (10 Marks)
  • Proven and experience/satisfactorily implementation of similar assignment in the past (50 Marks)

Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.

Financial Evaluation - Total 30% (30 points).

Institutional arrangement: 

The National Accounts consultant will work under the close guidance of the Chief, Economic Statistics in NBS, South Sudan throughout the assignment period.

Duration of the work:

The expected duration of this assignment is [45 days] with a start date of 15th May 2021 and planned to be completed by end September 2021. 

The selected consultant will be based in South Sudan. 



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