UNDP-IC-2021-192 International Senior Empirical Economist

Location : Home based with possible travel to Pakistan, PAKISTAN
Application Deadline :18-Jun-21 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :22 Working Days spread over 10 months
Expected Duration of Assignment :22 Working Days spread over 10 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.


The Government of KP has adopted a multi-year Accelerated Implementation Program (AIP), 2019-2022, to address the key developmental gaps in the Merged Areas (MA), erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). AIP is the first three-year program under the Tribal Decade Strategy (TDS) of the government that seeks to address developmental disparity of the MA and bring these areas at par with other areas of Pakistan.

The TDS, with detailed discussion of the development challenges and issue of the MA is available on the following link:


The Draft Accelerated Implementation Programme is available on the following link:


UNDP is implementing its Merged Areas Governance Project (MAGP) as key partner in the process of erstwhile FATA development. MAGP seeks to support AIP implementation through technical assistance in the areas of project formulation, context specific innovations in service delivery systems, results oriented programming, data collection and analysis to contribute to development of locally feasible solutions. Increasingly, the Government 

Duties and Responsibilities

Description of Responsibilities

  1. Review the recent literature on program evaluation methods and their application to service delivery (education, health, water and sanitation)
  2. Review literate on development issues and microeconomic applications in Merged Areas and KP and study the departmental and sectoral data of KP
  3. Carry out review of international development practices in the subject area relevant to developing countries;
  4. Carry out discussions with Government and UNDP local teams to finalize area and focus of empirical analysis linked to priority developmental objectives in line with improvements in health, education, social services in the Merged Areas;
  5. Develop a preliminary proposal of innovative and problem driven empirical analysis to address the agreed key developmental priorities in the AIP;
  6. Participate and assist in detailed design of the empirical analysis with application of program evaluation methods and implementation notes and instructions;
  7. Develop an empirical methodology to address key development challenges in service delivery and governance in the Merged Areas;
  8. Develop scheme of data collection and periodic reviews;
  9. Develop data collection instruments, instruction manual, variable definitions and sample calculations;
  10. Carry out data analysis and contribute to empirically viable solutions in the sector through reports/papers on the intervention(s); and
  11. Present the analysis and results to stakeholders.

    Deliverables, Scope and Schedule of Payments



    Deliverables/ Outputs

    Schedule of Payments

    Review and Approvals Required

    1. Concept paper for empirical methodology & data collection instrument(s) with detailed methodological notes and instructions  



    2. Working paper on results coming out of data analysis of initial intervention including proposals for scale-up/iteration



    3. In-person presentation of analysis and results to stakeholders







Innovation - Ability to make new and useful ideas work.

Level 6: Exercises stakeholder-centered design approaches for office / programme / division.

Leadership - Ability to persuade others to follow.

Level 6: Ensures teams are resourced for success  and empowered to deliver.

People Management - Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.

Level 6: Guides substantive specialists / teams and expands credibility and innovation capacity.

Communication - Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.

Level 6: Creates confidence among stakeholders by delivering authoritative positions, compelling analysis, and contextual acumen.

Weight per Technical Competence

Weak: Below 70%


The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a WEAK capacity for the analyzed competence

Satisfactory : 70-75%


The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a SATISFACTORY capacity for the analyzed competence

Good: 76-85%


The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a GOOD capacity for the analyzed competence

Very Good: 86-95%


The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a VERY GOOD capacity for the analyzed competence

Outstanding: 96-100%


The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a OUTSATNDING capacity for the analyzed competence

Required Skills and Experience


Academic Qualifications:

  • Doctorate degree in economics or a closely related discipline
  • Significant published research in applied econometrics and related fields in similar contexts


  • At least 10 years of relevant experience working in economic research/applied econometrics and other relevant experience working in any of these fields is required


  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required;


The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):

  • A cover letter with a brief description of why the Offer considers her/himself the most suitable for the assignment;
  • Personal CV, indicating all past experience from applied econometrics and specifying the relevant work time periods (from/to), as well as the email and telephone contacts of at least three (3) professional references; CV should highlight any active research in the subject area of the assignment.
  • Writing Samples in applied econometrics; published papers in leading journals.


    Shortlisted candidates (ONLY) will be requested to submit a Financial Proposal.

  • The financial proposal should specify an all-inclusive daily fee.
  • The financial proposal must be all-inclusive and take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee; living allowances at the duty station; communications, utilities and consumables; life, health and any other insurance; risks and inconveniences related to work under hardship and hazardous conditions (e.g., personal security needs, etc.), when applicable; and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services under the contract.
  • The consultant should budget for 1 trip to Islamabad of 10 calendar days. Any approved additional travel will be reimbursed as per UNDP travel policy. The current DSA rate for Islamabad (Marriott) is $275.
  • In the case of unforeseeable travel requested by UNDP, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between UNDP and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed. In general, UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class he/she should do so using their own resources.
  • If the 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 a 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.: http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_file.cfm?doc_id=45780.

    In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal should be all-inclusive and include a breakdown.


    All envisaged travel cost must be included in the financial proposal as detailed above. In case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel cost including tickets, lodging and terminal expense should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.


    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:

  • Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
  • Technical Criteria weight: 70%

    Financial Criteria weight:  30%

    Only Consultants obtaining a minimum of 70% on the Technical evaluation will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.




    Max. Point

    Technical Competencies



    1. Doctorate degree in economics or a closely related discipline

    Min. Requirement.


    1. Significant published research in development economics in similar contexts. At least 3 samples are required.



    1. At least 10 years of relevant experience working in economic development research/development policy/evaluation/innovation or programme design and other relevant experience working in the international development field is required.



    1. Quality of writing samples



    Financial (Lower Offer/Offer*100



    Total Score

    Technical score 70 + 30 Financial


  • Institutional Arrangement and Duty Station:
  • The consultant will be working under the direct supervision of Lead Technical Advisor with close coordination with Lead Economic Advisor. The consultant will be based off-site.


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