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00044412 - Statistician
|Advertised on behalf of :|
|Application Deadline :||21-May-21 (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 :||45 days|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||2.5 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 United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide. Volunteerism is a powerful means of engaging people in tackling development challenges, and it can transform the pace and nature of development. Volunteerism benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer by strengthening trust, solidarity and reciprocity among citizens, and by purposefully creating opportunities for participation. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing an increasing number and diversity of volunteers, including experienced UNV volunteers, throughout the world. UNV embraces volunteerism as universal and inclusive, and recognizes volunteerism in its diversity as well as the values that sustain it: free will, commitment, engagement and solidarity.
Every 3 years UNV produces a global flagship publication on volunteerism, The State of the World’s Volunteerism Report (SWVR). The latest SWVR report was published in 2018 under the title “The Thread that Binds: Volunteerism and Community Resilience” and contained a chapter on global volunteerism estimates, which was based on the background paper “Current Estimates and Next Steps: The Scope and Scale of Global Volunteering”. For the 2021 publication of the SWVR, UNV is looking for a Consultant Statistician to update and provide global volunteerism estimates. The report production is managed in UNV’s Volunteer Advisory Services Section (VASS). This consultancy will be managed by the VASS Policy Specialist as part of the overall SWVR project.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the guidance of the Statistics Specialist at the International Labour Organization (ILO), and working closely with ILO Statistics department, the consultant(s) will produce global estimates on volunteering as detailed below and produce a technical report of approximately 3,000 words (excluding references) plus infographics and annexes. The final product will inform the chapter on volunteer work estimates in the main 2021 SWVR report.
Focus of the research topic:
Measuring the scale and scope of volunteering worldwide through official statistical sources remains challenging. In terms of official statistics from national governments, only a limited number of countries have implemented the ILO recommendations on the measurement of volunteering which seeks to standardize volunteering measurement and which would most effectively facilitate aggregation and comparative analysis. Other government-led surveys focus on organizational volunteering, thereby missing the surely greater amount of volunteering activity worldwide which is carried out directly and informally between individuals and groups. And such surveys are far more easily found in the most developed economies and groups (such as OECD), leaving large gaps in terms of understanding volunteering behaviours across a range of contexts.
A number of other independent approaches and models have also been developed on the measurement of volunteering, including surveys such as the Gallup World Poll, regional barometers, Civicus Civil Society Index and models using aggregate methods (combination of national statistical data from omnibus surveys, and specially-commissioned surveys) to provide estimates in terms of global volunteering. For example, the Johns Hopkins Comparative Non-profit project produced data in 2011 and in 2016, the latter which additionally was able to provide estimates on the scope and proportion of informal volunteering worldwide, as well as to look in more detail at regional variations in volunteering activity.
For previous SWVRs, a number of background papers were commissioned to assess the magnitude of volunteering worldwide using existing data. This included comparative analysis of existing data sources’ strengths and weaknesses, and recommendations for future measurement statistics, including indices. Furthermore, approaches to estimating the economic value of volunteering were developed and evaluated in 2011.
UNV is now commissioning a refresh of global estimates to produce the latest data for the SWVR2021 report using the model applied in 2018 and described in the background paper “Current Estimates and Next Steps: The Scope and Scale of Global Volunteering”. The data should be accompanied by analysis of the strength of the model and process, and areas and opportunities to further develop and refine this work going forward.
The research and analysis should take into account new data from national official surveys (e.g. Labour Force Surveys, General Social Surveys and General Household Surveys) applying the modular approach recommended by the ILO. Such data, for approximately 60 countries, are available on the ILOSTAT website. Data for some other countries is being processed and will become available later.
Responsibilities and tasks:
1. Review all available data from UNV and ILO and finalize the approach and methodology for the updating of the global estimates and their possible disaggregation by different characteristics based on quality and availability of data.
2. Update the SWVR2018 data set provided by UNV, ideally up to 2020 (or latest possible date), with new (mainly Labour Force Survey) data on volunteer work participation, and the SWVR2021 Gallup Survey data from 8 countries, based on the agreed selection and prioritisation criteria.
3. Using the estimation model used by the UNV to produce the 2018 estimates, develop the 2021 estimates on volunteer work participation, including but not limited to the following:
4.Using the model provided by UNV, redevelop the 2021 estimates on full-time equivalent volunteers
5. Using a sub-set of data with a focus on the global South, provide additional analysis of volunteering patterns in relation to age group, urban/rural, and any other possible for example in the form of tables and graphs.
6. Write a technical report on data, rationales, estimates and suggestions, including the following:
The technical report will provide the best working summary of the foregoing that is feasible at this point, while fully recognising that the data found may be spotty and incomplete. Estimation and extrapolation methods should be used to provide data on magnitudes nationally and globally.
Required Skills and Experience
Fluency in written and spoken English is a requirement (additional UN languages an advantage).
Criteria for Selection of the Best offer
The selection of the best offer will be based on the combined scoring method – where the qualifications and methodology will be weighted – 70% and combined with the price offer which will be weighted 30%. UNV may conduct interviews with the shortlisted candidates prior to final evaluation.
Key selection criteria are:
Applicants have to provide a technical and financial proposal.
Qualified candidates must apply online via the UNDP Jobshop. Interested candidates are advised to carefully review these terms of reference and ensure that they meet the requirements and qualifications described above.
The technical proposal shall consist of:
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