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 homeApply Now
Duties and Responsibilities
- Scope of Work, Responsibilities and Description of The Proposed Work
- Update digital SEIA guidelines and training material with focus on methodology, limitations, and secondary data review/analysis, primary data analysis, among others;
- Review the essential indicators for standardization of data collected through digital SEIAs (household and MSMEs);
- Link to other UNDP sector, macro assessment tools (e.g. PDNA, RPBA, etc.) on offer and ensure effective integration of digital SEIA, ensure fruitful collaboration with relevant UNDP experts leading on the implementation of those tools;
- Apply relevant HH and MSMEs indicators to the Household and Building Damage Assessment (HBDA) toolkit and inform relevant methodological upgrades of the toolkit.
- Set assessment objectives and strategy;
- Provide guidance on baseline information and data sources of information;
- Secondary data review including the use of innovative data sources/information (e.g. Big Data, satellite imagery, etc.)
- Support contextualization of the HH questionnaire and give guidance on how the surveys can be run in countries;
- Define the sampling frame and provide sampling options;
- Prepare a template for a draft report format and presentation in close collaboration with the Information Management expert;
- Closely coordinate with and support UNDP Regional Economists.
- Lead the consolidation of country level digital SEIAs data and information for regional and global reporting and integration with data and information from other types of SEIAs led by UNDP at country and regional level;
- Lead the analysis, comparison and aggregation of data and other relevant information (e.g. from reports) from country level digital SEIAs at regional and global level;
- Develop a user-friendly report and presentation format for regional and global data from digital SEIAs in close in close collaboration with the Information Management expert;
- Lead the preparation and delivery of the regional and global report and presentation in close collaboration with the Crisis Bureau;
- Any other tasks deemed relevant by the Crisis Bureau to implement digital SEIAs
- A revised guidance material on digital SEIA and updated HBDA guidance
- A revised training module on digital SEIA
- A revised HH level and MSMEs questionnaire with minimum standard indicators to be collected in all digital SEIAs
- Technical Advisory Services to COs carrying out digital SEIAs as per the tasks above
- Templates for country level and global level digital SEIAs reports and presentations (e.g. power point)
- Consolidation of regional and global data and other info from country level digital SEIAs
- Report and presentation (e.g. power point) based on the aggregation of regional and global data from country level digital SEIAs
- Development of country factsheets covering the main humanitarian developments, socio-demographic, economic and environmental indicators.
- Development of a report and associated database reviewing the main SEIAs conducted worldwide
- Reports on the use of Satellite imagery for social media listening for SDG monitoring
- Delivery of methodological webinars over the various components of survey design, implementation, and analysis, as well as application of data science techniques applied to survey data
- Methodological reports on the integration of the digital SEIA into PDNAs and RPBAs
CompetenciesProfessionalism: Ability to plan own work and manage conflicting priorities. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work. Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively and demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed. Teamwork: Works collaboratively with UN colleagues and partners to achieve deliverables for assessment. Planning& Organizing: 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. Accountability: Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; delivers outputs for which one has responsibility within prescribed time, cost and quality standards; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules. Technical Competencies Proven experience of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis for research and applied work necessary, experience in international development projects an asset; Excellent command on data analysis and visualization software and other digital tools, with a focus on socio-economic analysis, strong command of innovative analytical tools, for example of big data and other digital data sources an asset; Sound knowledge of socio-economic policy measures in developing countries context required, knowledge of specific measures for crisis recovery an asset; Managerial Competencies Leadership: Establishes and maintains relationships with a broad range of people to understand needs and gain support; anticipates and resolves conflicts by pursuing mutually agreeable solutions. Working with multiple partners: Ability to establish effective working relations in a multicultural team environment and cultivate productive relationships with Government and other partners
Required Skills and ExperienceI Academic Qualifications:
- Education: At least advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) on development studies /economics/ social science required
- A minimum of 7 years of progressive experience in academia and in the field of research, statistics, analytical writing on conducting microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis and human impact analysis required
- Knowledge of the United Nations System and the Agenda 2030 in regard to its goals, targets and global indicators framework for the SDGs is desirable,
- Experience on macro-economic modeling, poverty economics, energy economics, water and sanitation or vulnerability assessments is required.
- Knowledge of data science and Machine Learning techniques is desirable
- Knowledge of statistical software packages and languages such as Stata, EViews, R, Python is highly desirable
- Criterion 1. Relevance of the experience in academia and in the field of research, statistics, analytical writing on conducting microeconomic and macroeconomic analysis and human impact analysis (4-5 years’ experience 200 points, 6 years’ experience 300 points 7 years and above 350 points (Maximum of 350 points)
- Criterion 2. Relevance of the experience on macro-economic modeling, poverty economics, energy economics, water and sanitation or vulnerability (Maximum of 250 points)(1-3years experience 100 points, 4-6 year of experience 170 points; and 7 years and above 250points)
- Criterion 3 • Knowledge of the United Nations System and the Agenda 2030 in regard to its goals, targets and global indicators framework for the SDGS (Maximum of 50 points)
- Criteria 5. Fluency (written and spoken) in an additional relevant language (Spanish, French, Arabic) Maximum 50 points (one additional language 20 points, two additional relevant languages, 40 points, 3 or more 50 points).
- The financial proposal should specify an all-inclusive daily fee, take into account various expenses that will be incurred during the contract, including: the daily professional fee; cost of travel from the home base to the duty station and vice versa, where required; 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.
- 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.
- Payment to the Individual Contractor will be made based on the actual number of days worked, deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager. Payments to the consultant will be based on the all-inclusive home-based professional daily fee .
- The work week will be based on 35 hours, i.e. on a 7 hour working day, with core hours being between 9h00 and 18h00 daily