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Digital Socio-Economic Impact Assessment (SEIA) & Household and Building Damage Assessment (HBDA) Junior Economist/Statistician
|Location :||Home based, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||19-Aug-20 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Additional Category :||Management|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :||English|
|Starting Date :|
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||3 Months (60 working days)|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||with possibility of extension subject to availability of funds and satisfactory contract performance|
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 United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the support of IMPACT Initiatives has developed the Household and Building Damage Assessment (HBDA) toolkit to facilitate the assessment of buildings and infrastructure affected by crises, as well as assess a series of basic socio-economic indicators in Health, Food Security, Education, and WASH at the household level. The HBDA allows prompt collection of digital and georeferenced data on damages in order to inform government prioritization for recovery planning.
Based on the past experiences of UNDP implementing Household Building Damage Assessment, (HBDA) implemented in natural disasters contexts in the Caribbean and in Albania, UNDP and Impact developed a digital assessment toolbox to serve in diverse contexts.
The rapid geographic and demographic spread of the COVID 19 worldwide is causing a ripple effect on health and economic systems that include trade restrictions, limited mobility of people and goods, slowdown in production in those countries where the virus has a high incidence. Assessments of socio-economic impact of the COVID are thus important for governments to identify urgent and medium to long-term measures to mitigate the impact and support recovery.
UNDP is adapting the HBDA toolkit to be used to run digital assessments on socio-economic impact of COVID-19 on households and micro and small enterprises. The adaptation has produced a digital Socio-economic Impact Assessment (SEIA) tool. Similarly, to the HBDA, the SEIA tool uses KoboToolbox, an open source for digital data collection, and Microsoft Power BI to analyze and visualize the data from the assessment. The SEIA uses also Microsoft Teams and other MS Office Products such us (MS Excel) for logistics, operations and team management.
This assessment will be implemented in multiple UNDP country offices in close coordination with national and international partners. It is likely that digital SEIA will reach a regional and global coverage, giving a unique experience to the experts to work a large-scale implementation and help to understand the impact of COVID-19.
UNDP has set up a Remote Support Unit (RSU) with multidisciplinary experts that can provide remote technical support to UNDP country offices and partners in setting up and implementing digital SEIA. The RSU will include experts on economics, statistics, information management, digital data collection tools (e.g. Kobo toolbox), data analysis and visualization, assessment design, GIS, among others. The RSU is coordinated by the Crisis Bureau and will have team members working from home
Duties and Responsibilities
SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED WORK
The junior economist/statistician will be part of the Economists/statisticians team of experts dedicated to methodological work on the digital SEIA toolkit as well as to assist UNDP country offices and partners with technical support required to the design and implementation of the SEIA at country level. This includes conducting analyses of humanitarian and socio-economic developments of developing and emerging economies, supporting in quantitative-qualitative analyses of the impact of Covid-19 on households and enterprises; and supporting in the selection of key indicators, sampling methodology, secondary data review and analysis, primary data analysis, etc.
The junior economist will provide support in the following tasks in the context of the team’s country (and regional) support on digital SEIAs:
The following deliverables are needed:
Knowledge of humanitarian and development theories and research; and socio-economic policy measures in developing countries context.
Speaks and writes clearly and effectively and demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
Works collaboratively with UN colleagues and partners to achieve deliverables for assessment.
Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed work deliverables for the assignment; identifies priority activities and allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; uses time efficiently.
Required Skills and Experience
I. Academic Qualifications:
Education: Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in development economics, humanitarian affairs, statistics, or other relevant area. required
II. Years of experience:
Fluency in written and spoken English is required; Knowledge of other UN languages is a determinant advantage
The award of the contract shall be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
a) responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
b) Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
* Technical Criteria: weight 70% (desk review)
* Financial Criteria weight 30%
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 490 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation
Technical Evaluation (700 points, Weight 70%)
All applicants will be initially screened against the minimum qualification requirements as specified above.
Responsive candidates will then be further evaluated against the following criteria:
DESK REVIEW OF TECHNICAL CRITERIA AS EVIDENT IN THE SUBMITTED APPLICATION:
Only those candidates who obtain a total technical score of 490 points and above on the technical evaluation will be considered for financial evaluation and will asked to submit a financial proposal
Financial evaluation (300 points, Weight 30%)
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
p = y (µ/z), where
p = points for the financial proposal being evaluated
y = maximum number of points for the financial proposal
µ = price of the lowest priced proposal
z = price of the proposal being evaluated
For the General Conditions of contracts for the Services of Individual Contractors, see http://www.undp.org/content/dam/undp/documents/procurement/documents/IC%20-%20General%20Conditions.pdf.
Note: only shortlisted candidates will be invited to submit a financial proposal. Please do not include your financial proposal in your technical application package.
The application package containing the following (to be uploaded as one file):
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 reference
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
The junior economist will report to the Programme Specialist in the Country Support Management Team (CSMT), Crisis Bureau UNDP.
Payment to the individual contractor will be made based on effective working days and by monthly payment conditional to deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the supervisor.
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