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International Consultant on Research and Development to Support 2008 SNA implementation in Turkmenistan
|Location :||Home-based with missions to ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN|
|Application Deadline :||05-Dec-19 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Sustainable Development and Poverty Reduction|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English Russian|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||December 2019 - March 2020|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||20 working days with 2 missions to Turkmenistan|
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.
In 2018, UNDP and the State Statistics Committee of Turkmenistan engaged into the joint project “Strengthening institutional and statistical capacity on national accounts” that aims at strengthening the national statistical and institutional capacity for implementation the conceptual transition from 1993 version of the System of National Accounts (SNA) to 2008 version and expanding the scope, degree of detailed elaboration and quality of national accounts and complementary data of macroeconomic statistics.
The project components include the following: 1) national program for the 2008 SNA implementation and establishment of institutional mechanisms for coordination of national statistical system; 2) preparation of proposals for improving the system of statistical classifications; 3) adaptation to SNA 2008 requirements on business registers; 4) strengthening methodological, information and personnel potential in the area of national accounts of Turkmenistan in accordance with the requirements of the SNA 2008; and 5) strengthening ITC capacity to support the system of national accounts in Turkmenistan.
In SNA 2008, outputs of Research and Development (R&D) are now capitalized, meaning they are recognized as assets and the acquisition, disposal and depreciation of R&D fixed assets will be treated in the same way as other fixed assets. The 2008 SNA recommends that the output of research and development should be valued at market prices if purchased (outsourced) or at the sum of total production costs plus an appropriate mark -up representing the costs of fixed assets used in production if undertaken on own account. The value of R&D should be determined in terms of economic benefits it is expected to provide in future. This includes the provision of public services in the case of R&D acquired by government. In principle, R&D that does not provide an economic benefit to its owner does not constitute a fixed asset and should be treated as intermediate consumption.
In this regard, UNDP Turkmenistan is seeking for International Expert to support the State Statistics Committee of Turkmenistan (Turkmenstat) in implementation of the SNA 2008 by providing consultancy and expertise on development of national accounts and indicators related to Research and Development.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall guidance of the National Project Coordinator and direct supervision of the Project Manager, the International Consultant will be responsible to carry out the following tasks:
1. Review the existing documents related to implementation of SNA 2008, including World Bank report, materials prepared by UNDP international and national consultants, and provide overview of the main changes and modification in Research and Development (R&D) outputs between 1993 SNA and SNA 2008 versions as well as overview of international best practices in determining R&D services in accordance with SNA 2008. Provide recommendations on measurement of R&D services and its application in GDP calculation in accordance with SNA 2008.
Task Deliverable 1: Desk review report on the main changes and modification in insurance between 1993 SNA and SNA 2008 version, international best practices in determining R&D services in accordance with SNA 2008 including recommendations on measurement of R&D services and its application in GDP calculation in accordance with SNA 2008 prepared (home based with estimated 5 working days);
2. Hold a series of consultations with Turkmenstat, the Institute “Turkmensuvylymtaslama”, the Institute of Seismology and Atmospheric Physics, Academy of Sciences and other relevant agencies and organizations of Turkmenistan with the purpose to collect these institutions feedback on adoption of SNA 2008 modifications related to R&D services.
Task Deliverable 2: First five days mission to Turkmenistan completed and consultations conducted.
3. Develop a methodology aligned with SNA 2008 for calculating GDP that accounts R&D services, including relevant indicators and statistical forms. Support Turkmenstat in applying a new methodology and conducting experimental calculation of GDP that accounts R&D services in accordance with SNA 2008;
Task Deliverable 3: Methodology aligned with SNA 2008 for calculating GDP that accounts R&D services, including relevant indicators and statistical forms developed. Support to Turkmenstat in applying a new methodology and conducting experimental calculation of GDP that accounts R&D services in accordance with SNA 2008 provided. Round table discussions with participation of the relevant stakeholders (Turkmenstat, the Institute “Turkmensuvylymtaslama”, the Institute of Seismology and Atmospheric Physics, Academy of Sciences and other relevant agencies and organizations of Turkmenistan) to present a new methodology and experimental results is held (Estimated Time Input: 10 working days including 5 days mission to Turkmenistan);
4. Prepare a final report, including the recommendations and methodologies for measurement of R&D services in GDP.
Task Deliverable 4: final report, including the recommendations and methodologies for measurement of R&D services in GDP prepared and submitted (Estimated Time Input: 5 working days).
Deliverables and timeframe:
The following deliverables and indicative schedule are expected from the consultancy contract. The international consultant should deliver a monthly report at the end of each month to the project manager, indicating which of the key deliverables have been carried out or partially carried out together with an invoice for the number of days worked that month (minimum 5 days, maximum 10 days).
The average number of days to be worked each month shall be in the range of 5-10 working days. The calendar duration of the contract is estimated within 4 months. The total number of working days is 20 calendar days with two five days missions to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
The final schedule of both field missions and deliverables may be discussed and agreed upon in the beginning of consultancy assignment. It is expected that the international consultant carried out the above-mentioned tasks and visit Turkmenistan to hold round table in December 2019 or at the beginning of January 2020 and in March 2020.
This is an deliverables-based contract and shall also include the costs of consultancy required to produce the above deliverables and travel costs of two mission. The final schedule of payments will be agreed upon in the beginning of consultancy, but in general payment is expected on a monthly basis following submission of the monthly report together with associated deliverables. The calendar of deliverables and schedule and number of associated payments is subject to changes and revisions based on the consultant’s proposed plan to implement the assignment and the assignment action plan to be agreed and cleared by UNDP provided that the overall number of working days do not exceed 20 working days and the number and general nature of deliverables described above not reduced.
Required Skills and Experience
Submission of applications:
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications.
All experts applying for this position are required to provide:
The candidate with the highest total score shall undertake a validation interview with the panel.
Evaluation of proposals:
Individual Consultants will be evaluated based on the combined scoring methodology. When using this method, the award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Out of the maximum score, the score for technical criteria equals 70% and for financial criteria 30%.
The technical evaluation will take into account the following as per the scoring provided:
Financial proposal – 30% of total evaluation.
Additional requirements for recommended contractor:
Recommended contractors aged 65 and older, and if the travel is required, shall undergo a full medical examination including x-ray, and obtain medical clearance from the UN-approved doctor prior to taking up their assignment. The medical examination is to be cleared by the UN physicians, and shall be paid by the consultant.
The Russian version of the TOR can be found at this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sbhEkR_-gQ5gPTo7UlOFDBrBbFMMwHgq/view?usp=sharing .