MiDL - International Consultant on employment data analysis

Vacancy Number: Pr17/01634

Location:Chisinau, Moldova
Application Deadline: 16 Oct 2017, 23:59 (GMT+2:00)
Type of Contract:Individual Contract
Starting date: 25 Oct 2017
Reference to the project: Integrated Migration Local Development Project
Expected Duration of Assignment:Estimated workload up to 35 working days during 8 months
Submission Instructions:

Proposals should be submitted on-line by pressing “Apply on-line” link, no later than 16 October 2017.

Requests for clarification only must be sent by standard electronic communication to the following e-mail: zinaida.adam@undp.org. UNDP will respond by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all applicants.

This vacancy announcement can also be found at: https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=74975.

Supporting Documents:
Terms of Reference
Individual Consultant Procurement Notice
Offeror's Letter confirming Interest and Availability
Personal History Form (P11)
UNDP General Conditions of Individual Contract

Contacts:

Ms. Zinaida Adam.




Background

The Government of Moldova explicitly acknowledges its commitment to generate employment and link migration and development at the local level. Institutions at all government levels are becoming increasingly aware that migration is one of the factors affecting development ; this is especially true for emigrants and their potential to support the home communities through local essential service improvement (water, sanitation, education, health and social services), skill and knowledge transfer and income generating opportunities.         

Given the stringent need to further advance with the implementation of the Decentralization Strategy and embedding migration aspects into development processes, the State Chancellery together with United Nations Development Programme have designed a new Programme phase of the Integrated Migration and Local Development Programme. The project is designed to support Central Public Authorities (CPAs) and LPAs to develop and implement strategic policies, methodologies and procedures related to temporary, permanent and circular migration and link them to local development processes, which will enable further design and implementation of joint service improvement and income-generating initiatives, ensuring equal access for women, children, young people the elderly, the disabled, and other population groups  in selected localities. Moreover, the project is developed as a replicable approach with potentials for scaling up, with intensive capacity building and strengthening of national and local public authorities to better plan, manage, budget, and implement public service management with participation of community members, including migrants.

Thus, as seen above, integrating migration into local development requires a systematic, tangible and programmatic approach. The current project is proposed on the basis of the results achieved during the implementation of 3 phases of JILDP (2007-2015), which has put a series of methodological approaches and strategic frameworks in place. It supports integrated and systematic local development planning and management, by tackling both central and local levels.

The Overall Objective of the Programme is: Communities affected by migration benefit from improved essential local services, namely water and sanitation, health, social and education services, and have access to income-generating opportunities, including improved employment reintegration support for returnees.

Considering the specific local development context, the current situation and needs, the project sets up two primary outcomes:

Outcome 1: The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection and Family (hereinafter MLSPF)[1] and the National Employment Agency have mandates, capacities and resources to provide qualitative employment reintegration services to all returnees.

Outcome 2: Local public authorities have the capacities and resources to engage with community members, including migrants, and to promote knowledge transfer from abroad with a view to improving local essential services and offering opportunities for income-generating activities.

Working toward achieving the first outcome mentioned above, MIDL has provided support to the MHLSP (previously MLSPF), in developing and promoting the National Employment Strategy and its Matrix of Actions for 2017-2021, in cooperation with ILO (as part of the first Policy Component of MiDL). This strategic document was officially endorsed by the Government of Moldova and entered into force in January 2017, and contributes directly to the implementation of the National Action Plan for the Implementation of the RM–EU Association Agreement on the creation and implementation of strategic employment policies, the Government’s Activity Program as well as advancing the Agenda 2030 in Moldova. The National Employment Strategy aims at developing a “dynamic, flexible and inclusive” labour market, by interpolating economic policies on productive and inclusive jobs creation and education policies on adequate skills development, a modernized NEA and active labour market measures, while integrating gender aspects, accounting for, and capitalizing on the benefits of migration. The National Employment Strategy envisages a comprehensive analysis of data gaps and improving data collection for employment policies design, but also monitoring and evaluation of the National Employment Strategy implementation. At the same time, the research performed by UNDP Moldova on the nationalization of indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals revealed that the data is lacking for a series of SDG indicators as well[2]. This specific assignment is meant to support the Ministry in addressing these issues and improve the capacity of the Ministry and other directly implicated stakeholders in data collection and analysis for employment policy design, monitoring and evaluation.

[1] Following the 2017 Governmental Reform as of 26.07.2017, the Ministry of Health, Labour and Social Protection is the legal successor of the Ministry of Labour, Social Protection and Family.

[2] According to the analysis, 17 indicators were identified for monitoring the targets of SDG 8. Aut of the total 17 indicators, 7 indicators are available, 3 indicators are partially available and  7 are missing (the calculation methodology needs to be developed and/or the primary source of data collection needs to be identified)

Scope of work

UNDP Moldova is seeking an International Consultant to perform a thorough analysis of statistical data gaps necessary for employment policy formulation, monitoring and evaluation, and provide recommendations and support for improvement.

The assignment will require the completion of the following tasks:

  • Analysis of the indicators used for employment policy design, monitoring and evaluation
  • Statistical data gap analysis
  • Support in improving data collection
  • Capacity building of the main stakeholders

 For detailed information, please refer to Annex 1 – Terms of Reference.

Requirements for experience

1. Qualifications:

  • Master Degree or PhD in Economics, Employment Policies, Statistics, Public Policy or related areas.

2. Experience:

  • At least 7 years of professional working experience in the field of employment, labour market dynamics, employment statistical data analysis, economic analysisin the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries;   previous relevant experience in Moldova shall be considered an advantage;
  • Proven experience in providing support and consultancy to governmental institutions data analysis, statistical data collection, developing methodologies for statistical data collection in the field of employment;
  • Proven experience in developing analytical reports and conducting research in the field of employment, labour market, macro-economic analysis;
  • Proven experience in developing and delivering training programs for central governments, public employment services, statistics offices, workers and employers’ organizations, etc, in relevant fields;
  • Previous experience in development assistance or related work for a donor organization, consulting company, or NGO.

3. Competencies:

  • Demonstrated capacity  of   team-orientation   work, excellent   planning   and organizational skills;
  • Strong, research, communications and writing skills;
  • Fluency in English; Romanian and/or Russian will be considered an advantage;
  • Sensitivity and respect for sustainable development, human rights and gender equality;
  • Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy;
  • Ability to achieve results and deadlines in a timely manner, maintaining a high standard throughout;
  • Proven commitment to the core values of the United Nations, in particular, respecting differences of culture, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, language, age, HIV status, disability, and sexual orientation, or other status.

Documents to be included

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

1.  Proposal:

a. explaining how the applicant responds to each of the qualification requirements and why he/she is the most suitable for the work (particularly providing details on the previously implemented similar projects and assignments and previous experience in the fields related to this consultancy as described in the terms of reference);

b. describing a short vision on achievement of tasks;

2. Personal information (Personal History Form/P11) including records of past experience in similar projects/assignments and concrete outputs obtained with the three references;

3. Financial proposal in (USD, specifying a total lump sum amount) as described below;

4. Offeror's Letter confirming Interest and Availability.

Financial proposal

The financial proposal shall specify a total lump sum amount, and payment terms around specific and measurable (qualitative and quantitative) deliverables (i.e. whether payments fall in installments or upon completion of the entire contract). Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified in the TOR.

 In order to assist the requesting unit in the comparison of financial proposals, the financial proposal will include a breakdown of this lump sum amount (including travel, per diems, and number of anticipated working days).  

Travel

 All envisaged travel costs must be included in the financial proposal. This includes all travel to join duty station/repatriation travel. UNDP should not accept travel costs exceeding those of an economy class ticket. Should the IC wish to travel on a higher class she/he should do so using their own resources.

In the case of unforeseeable travel, payment of travel costs including tickets, lodging and terminal expenses should be agreed upon, between the respective business unit and Individual Consultant, prior to travel and will be reimbursed.