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National Consultant (Data Analysis) for the Strategic Analysis Unit of Deputy Ministry for Policy and Technical Affairs – IDLG

undp/logo project

Background

UNDP Global Mission Statement:

UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with national counterparts on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.

UNDP Afghanistan Mission Statement:

UNDP supports stabilization, state-building, governance and development priorities in Afghanistan. UNDP support, in partnership with the Government, the United Nations system, the donor community and other development stakeholders, has contributed to institutional development efforts leading to positive impact on the lives of Afghan citizens. Over the years UNDP support has spanned such milestone efforts as the adoption of the Constitution; Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial Council elections; institutional development through capacity-building to the legislative, the judicial and executive arms of the state, and key ministries, Government agencies and commissions at the national and subnational levels. UNDP has played a key role in the management of the Law and Order Trust Fund, which supports the Government in developing and maintaining the national police force and in efforts to stabilize the internal security environment. Major demobilization, disarmament and rehabilitation and area-based livelihoods and reconstruction programmes have taken place nationwide. UNDP Programmes in Afghanistan have benefited from the very active support of donors. UNDP Afghanistan is committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability and works in close coordination with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN system as a whole to maximize the impact of its development efforts on the ground.

Organizational Context:

Local Governance Project-Afghanistan (LoGo) is a new project, building upon the lessons from UNDP’s Afghanistan Sub-National Governance Programme (ASGP). Through LoGo project, the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) and UNDP will jointly address the top three priorities of IDLG which are: 1) service delivery; 2) accountability; and 3) clear functions and mandates. The project builds on a new theory of change aimed at improving service delivery by enhancing the accountability and transparency of the local governments to the women and men of Afghanistan and building the capacity of the local governments to plan, budget and monitor service delivery effectively with the ultimate aim of increasing the legitimacy of the government and the trust between the state and society.

The GIRoA, with UNDP support, will focus on the following areas:

  • Subnational state institutions, (Provincial Governor Offices, District Governor Offices, Provincial Sector and Technical Services department, Provincial Council, Provincial Development Committees, Moustafiats, Department of Economy), enhance their capacities in outreach, planning, monitoring and budgeting for accountable and transparent service delivery;  

  • Municipalities deliver services in a more accountable and participatory manner;

  • Accountability of local governance enhanced through civil society oversight organizations/groups;

  • Central level government institutions develop and implement policy guidelines which improve local government accountability and service delivery;

  • The project will work with the relevant government ministries that cover subnational planning and budgeting, monitoring and evaluation and representative bodies as well as civic society.  These include the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG), the Ministry of Economy (MoEc), and the Ministry of Finance (MoF) and ensuring complimentary with the other programmes, especially USAID, GIZ, UN Habitat and the World Bank.

Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG)

The Independent Directorate for Local Governance (IDLG) was established through a presidential decree inAugust 2007. Its mandate is to strenghen local governance, help maintain security and faciliate development. IDLG with support from national and international organizations will take firm collective steps to help strenghten local adminstrations. In this context, IDLG has initiated four pillars of interventions for sub-national governance: 1) policy development; 2) Institutional building; 3) broader local governance – governance programs; and 4) support regular functions.

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work and Deliverables

Objective of the Assignment:

Local Governance -Study of Districts and District Governors

Since IDLG's establishment, no study of Districts and District Governors have been undertaken. In this first-ever study of District Governors, which is primarily aimed at informing policies and helping IDLG and the government in their decision-makings towards all dimensions of local governance, an in-depth analysis will have to be conducted to answer some of the key questions concerning the Districts and District Governors; and a correlations will have to run between the Districts Governors versus their performances and local stability in their areas using primary data collected by IDLG and secondary data from other organization such as The Asia Foundation, AREU etc.  Improving local governance in Afghanistan is a critical step toward a stable, legitimate state capable of overcoming conflict and insurgency. IDLG regularly collects huge amount of data on local governance including the districts, there is a greater need to analyze the data to form basis for evidence based policy and decision making.  

Key Features of the Assignment:

The points below outline some of the guiding and key questions for the consultant to be able to analyze the data and write the final report:  

  • An overview of District Governors positions filled, vacant and filled by acting governors;

  • Turn-over of district governors and average length of duty for district governors (DGs);

  • Number of district governors (DGs) recruited since NUG inception;

  • Characteristics of District Governors hired since NUG in terms of age, education, ethnicity, nativity, etc.;

  • What are the common features? Do we see a trend/change from the past? How are these performing compared to the previous District Governors;

  • Identify best/worst performing DGs in terms of providing security, governance, service delivery synchronizing with the survey of the Afghan people by the Asia Foundation etc. and elaborate on the reasons for best performance;

  • Identify youngest and oldest district governors and how are they performing;

  • Who are the top youngest district governors, where? And how are they performing? The consultant will come up with detailed questionnaire design inside a comprehensive proposal for this assignment. If selected, the questionnaire may be subject to change in close consultation with IDLG’s Deputy Ministry for Policy and Technical Affairs.

The consultant will work under the direct supervision of Subnational Policy Component Lead, in consultation with the focal point of Strategic Analysis Unit of Deputy Ministry for Policy and Technical Affairs – IDLG.

The specific tasks shall be the following:

  • Develop a comprehensive roadmap accompanied by action plan and questionnaire for conducting this study;

  • Data Quality Checking and Acquisition;

    • Perform initial analysis to assess the quality of the data, and identify shortcomings;

    • Liaise with IDLG internal departments and local governments (provincial governors, district governors, and provincial council offices) to fully understand data content;

    • Acquiring data from primary or secondary data sources and maintaining databases;

    • Design and carry out surveys on good local governance and analyze survey data.

  • Data Analysis and Data Visualization;

    • Interpreting data, analyzing results using appropriate statistical techniques;

    • Produce and track local government key performance indicators KPIs;

    • Create data dashboards, graphs and visualizations.

  • Report Writing

    • Mine and analyze large datasets, draw valid inferences and present them successfully to management using a reporting tool;

    • Develop and lead reporting processes.

  • Training and Capacity Building;

    • Provide expert advice in developing and implementing data analysis, data collection systems and other strategies that optimize statistical efficiency and quality for the Strategic Analysis Unit of the IDLG.

Expected Outputs and Deliverables; Estimated duration to complete and Payment percentage:

First Deliverable: 10 Working Days (29%);

  • Develop a roadmap for data gathering, data analysis, KPIs, acquisition of primary and secondary data, data filtering and quality check;

  • Prepare preliminary report and presentation on primary and secondary data;

  • Present KPIs and questionnaire for the assessment.

Second Deliverable: 10 Working Days (29%);

  • Data analysis and visualization using state­-of-­the-art data modeling, analysis and visualization techniques;

  • Develop simple statistical tools to an involving complex data and include several case studies and hands-on work with the R programming language or STATA tools;

  • Present findings of data analysis and visualization

Third Deliverable: 15 Working Days (42%);

  • Prepare a comprehensive final technical report keeping in mind that all guiding questions and concerns are answered/addressed;

  • Report should be easy-to-read, quantitative data is visualized and qualitative analysis are provided;

  • The report should be focused, extra supportive information should be outlined in Annexes not in the main body of the report.

Payment Modality: 

Payments under the contract shall be delivery based and be made on receipt of the specific milestone reports indicated above, and including a timesheet according to UNDP procurement formats for individual contractors. Indicated payment instalments in the table above shall be made upon approval of deliverables by IDLG DM-Policy Office. The report on deliverables will be reviewed by IDLG DM Policy team and LoGo SNP component. Upon receipt of final approval by DM Policy Office on satisfactory complete of the deliverable, the payment shall be released by UNDP/LoGo.

Competencies

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;

  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;

  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism.

Functional Competencies:

Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • In-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues;

  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside of UNDP.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to lead strategic planning, change processes, results-based management and reporting;

  • Ability to lead formulation, oversight of implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development projects;

  • Ability to apply development theory to the specific country context to identify creative, practical approaches to overcome challenging situations.

Management and Leadership:

  • Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback;

  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;

  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities;

  • Ability to lead effectively, mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills;

  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills;

  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure;

  • Proven networking, team-building, organizational and communication skills.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in public policy, political or social science, economics, public administration with extensive quantitative component and experience.

Years of experience:

  • At least 5 years of work experience with data, statistical and quantitative analysis;

  • Experience conducting similar research with written output;

  • Strong knowledge of statistical software such as R, Stata, SPSS and GIS;

  • Good understanding of national and local government processes.

Language:

  • Excellent language (English, Dari/Pashtu) and computer skills.

Working Arrangements

Institutional Arrangements:

  • The national consultant will work under the overall supervision of IDLG DM Policy – Strategic Analysis Unit and the LoGo Subnational Policy Component (SNP) lead.

Monitoring and reporting arrangements:

  • The consultant shall work under direct supervision of Strategic Analysis Unit and UNDP/LoGo project component lead and in close coordination with other relevant stakeholders;

  • IDLG DM-Policy - strategic analysis unit will provide office space and internet facility to consultant and work closely with the same team. LoGo SNP component will monitor progress in biweekly manner and shall request updates based on internal deadlines of LoGo project. The consultant however is expected to bring his/her own laptop and mobile phone and meet local communications costs. Costs to arrange meetings, workshops, travel costs and DSA during field visits (if any) shall be covered by LoGo project subject to approval by project director and if the cost is already forecasted in the budget document.

Duration of the Work

  • Contract duration of Data Analysis Consultant will be for 7 weeks with maximum 35 working days. Contract may be extended based on results, performance, and changes in deliverables, and subject to the justified approval from project director within the budget allocation.

 Duty Station

  • The duty station for the contractor is Kabul, Afghanistan for the entire duration of the contract. The Contractor will be required to report regularly and be present at the IDLG – Strategic Analysis Unit and LoGo project during the working hours. The contractor will follow the working hours and weekends as applicable to LoGo staff. Contractor’s movement for meetings and consultations shall be coordinated by LoGo project office. The contractor is at all times required to observe UNDP security rules and regulations.

Price Proposal and Schedule of Payments:

The contractor shall submit a price proposal as below:

  • Daily Fee – The contractor shall propose a daily fee which should be inclusive of his/her professional fee, local communication and transportation costs. The number of working days for which the daily fee shall be payable under the contract is maximum 35 working days.

The total professional fee, shall be converted into a lump-sum contract and payments under the contract shall be made on submission and acceptance of deliverables under the contract in accordance with the schedule of payment linked with deliverables.

Evaluation Method and Criteria

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology:

  • Cumulative Analysis.

The award of the contract shall 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 weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.

Technical Criteria weight 70%;

Financial Criteria weight 30%.

Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 49 points (70% of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Technical Criteria 70 points

Technical Proposal (30 marks)

  • Technical Approach & Methodology (20 marks) – This Explain the understanding of the objectives of the assignment, approach to the services, methodology for carrying out the activities and obtaining the expected output, and the degree of detail of such output. The Applicant should also explain the methodologies proposed to adopt and highlight the compatibility of those methodologies with the proposed approach.

  • Work Plan (10 marks) – The Applicant should propose the main activities of the assignment, their content and duration, phasing and interrelations, milestones (including interim approvals by the Client), and delivery dates. The proposed work plan should be consistent with the technical approach and methodology, showing understanding of the TOR and ability to translate them into a feasible working plan.

Qualification and Experience (40 marks) [evaluation of CV for shortlisting]:

  • General Qualification (15 marks);

  • Experience relevant to the assignment (25 marks).

Documents to be included when submitting the proposals:

Interested National consultants (Procurement) must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:

  • Duly accomplished Confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal Template using the template provided by UNDP (Annex II);

  • 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 references.

Technical Proposal:

  • Brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;

  • A methodology, on how they will approach and complete the assignment and work plan as indicated above;

  • Comprehensive work plan for entire consultancy period.
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.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: undp/logo project
  • Grade: National Consultant - Locally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Legal - Broad
    • Democratic Governance
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-03

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