Individual Consultant - FDI Statistics

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Background

1. Position Information

Office/Unit/Project

General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT)

Functional Title

FDI Statistics

Duty station (City and Country)

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Type (Regular or Short term)

Regular

Office- or Home-based

Office

Expected starting date

TBC

Expected Duration

12 Months

2. Office/Unit/Project Description

Saudi Arabia has realised and sustained, for the last four decades, remarkable progress along the socio-economic development path. As a result of this, the Kingdom has been able to move to a high-income country.

The ongoing transformation of Saudi Arabia beneath the Vision 2030 plan is unlocking new possibilities at an extraordinary pace. The General Authority for Statistics of Saudi Arabia (GASTAT) is the authorized entity to measure many socio-economic indicators in the Kingdom, one of the most important indicators is the Foreign Direct Investment.

Building on UNDP added value, UNDP can provide holistic support in implementing the National Investment Strategy (NIS) along with its affiliated investment laws. The General Authority for Statistics (GASTAT) has requested support from UNDP in different areas. To this effect, UNDP aims to support GASTAT to accomplish multiple outputs by providing high calibre experts and undertaking capacity-building initiatives in the areas of Foreign Direct Investment Statistics (FDIS).

Duties and Responsibilities

Scope of Work

The FDI Statistics Expert will provide technical assistance related producing indicators and statistical time series essential for the analysis of national and international Investment and trade, economic trends, foreign direct investment Inward and Outward, external debts, external financial resources.

The FDI Statistics Expert will also implement capacity strengthening activities, including training and mentoring, for GASTAT staff. He/ She will work under the supervision of GASTAT administration. Specifically, the responsibilities under this assignment include the following:

  1. Technical support
  • Apply the latest methodology of IMF/BPM6 to compile data n stock and flow of FDI for the needs of balance of payments (CDIS) and International Investment Position (IIP). In addition to the data of the Coordinated Direct Investment Survey (CDIS).
  • Review and present the current status of the FDI data in Saudi Arabia in order to be the sole provider of FDI Statistics in the country,
  • Harmonize country statistics in accordance with internationally accepted definitions at all levels: national, regional and global.
  • Design FDI Statistics Database platform model, support the implementation, and advise on the application of methodologies to data analysis, and working closely with I.T team in GASTAT;
  • Determining the adequate size for the sample considering the financial resources, timeframe and the objectives of the survey; Designing methods for calculating weights for survey data and estimating sampling errors;
  • Prepare descriptions and complete documentation of methodologies and procedures to produce data on FDI
  • Compile, processes and manipulate data sets derived from a variety of sources such as financial surveys and financial statements analysis.

  • Assemble and examine original statistical material to ensure accuracy, clarity and validity; makes appropriate adjustments.

  • Update statistical series in established formats. Applies new data and derived statistics, enters data on survey reports, and provides information for publications on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and transnational corporation (TNC) activities.
  • Prepare charts, graphs and other outputs for reporting and presentation of various data.
  • Maintain relevant computerized databases on FDI, TNCs and on related economic data, and inputs such data into the respective database for capacity-building in investment for development purposes.
  • Respond to internal/external requests on questions related to FDI statistics and the operations TNCs).
  • Assist in liaising with other entities to obtain necessary statistical and other relevant information.
  • Prepare data sets upon request, respond to queries/requests and maintains/updates web pages.

  • Perform any other relevant tasks requested by the supervisor.

  1. Capacity Development
  • In addition to delivering the abovementioned technical support, the FDI Statistics Expert will advise GASTAT on principles and best practice in relation to FDI Statistics methodologies and frameworks.
  • Delivering training to GASTAT staff in calculating FDI and maintaining FDI databases

Providing coaching and on-the-job-training for the GASTAT staff as needed

Institutional Arrangement

The duty station for the FDI Statistics Expert is Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He/ She will be embedded within the Investment Department at

Travel and Insurance:

a) UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.

Competencies

Required skills and competencies

  • Ability to provide statistical technical advice on different sectors/theme.
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team and to work under pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish strong cooperative relationships with senior government officials.
  • Ability to work on any of the statistical packages to analyse data.
  • Good understanding and practice of capacity development.

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • Knowledge & experience of working with constituents in the Arab States, particularly in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness by modelling UN values and ethical standards.
  • Demonstrates professional competence and is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.
  • Display cultural, gender, religion and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Excellent command of Arabic and English

Professional Certificates

  • Certification of Training courses / workshops related to the field of FDIS.
  • Proof of experience

Required Skills and Experience

Minimum Qualifications of the Successful

Min. Academic Education

  • Advanced degree, preferably a master’s level in statistics, or economics with an emphasis on FDI.

Min. years of relevant Work experience

  • At least 8 years of relevant professional experience with national statistics offices, international organisation, or government in applying statistical theories and techniques

    Recommended Presentation of Offer:

Recommended Presentation of Offer Interested individual consultants must submit the following to demonstrate their suitability for the assignment.

  1. Duly accomplished Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided by UNDP;
  2. Personal CV or UNDP 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;
  3. Financial Proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided. If an 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 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.
  4. Design portfolio, including a,) a brief description of why the individual considers her/himself as the most suitable for the assignment; and b) at least five examples of mastery of basic design principles including typography, line, form, color, pattern, contrast scale, weight; creative data visualization capacity, multiple language designs, multiple audience designs and/ or advocacy/campaign designs.

2. Evaluation

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodologies:

Step I: Screening and desk review:

Individual consultants will be evaluated based on the following methodology.

Technical Criteria (CV review and Desk Review/Interview optional) – maximum 70 points. Only candidates who obtained at least 70% of points from the CV desk review (who will score at least 49 points) will be considered for the next stage of evaluation, i.e. financial evaluation.

Applications will be first screened and only candidates meeting the following minimum criteria will progress to the pool for shortlisting:

  • Advanced degree, preferably a master’s level in statistics, or economics with an emphasis on FDI.A relevant in-depth Multi-Disciplinary Background in sustainable urban development is essential.
  • At least 8 years of relevant professional experience with national statistics offices, international organisation, or government in applying statistical theories and techniques
  • Ability to provide statistical technical advice on different sectors/theme.
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as a member of a team and to work under pressure.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish strong cooperative relationships with senior government officials.
  • Ability to work on any of the statistical packages to analyse data.
  • Good understanding and practice of capacity development.

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

Weight Per Technical Competence

5 (outstanding): 96% - 100%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated an OUTSTANDING capacity for the analyzed competence.

4 (Very good): 86% - 95%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a VERY GOOD capacity for the analyzed competence.

3 (Good): 76% - 85%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a GOOD capacity for the analyzed competence.

2 (Satisfactory): 70% - 75%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a SATISFACTORY capacity for the analyzed competence.

1 (Weak): Below 70%

The individual consultant/contractor has demonstrated a WEAK capacity for the analyzed competence.

UNDP applies the “Best value for money approach” – the final selection will be based on the combination of the applicants’ qualification and financial proposal.

Financial proposal – Maximum 30 points

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

PRICE PROPOSAL AND SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS

The contractor shall submit a price proposal as below:

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. Financial proposal should include all relevant cost (consultancy fees, all envisaged travel costs, living allowances, etc.).

Financial evaluation - Total 30% (30 points)

The following formula will be used to evaluate the 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

Interested applicants are advised to carefully review this advertisement and ensure that they meet the requirements and qualifications described.

Given the volume of applications that UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.

UNDP reserves the right to reject any incomplete applications.

Please be informed that we don’t accept applications submitted via email.

Interested Offerors are required to submit an application via UNDP Jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP Jobsite system. Please note that UNDP Jobsite system allows only one uploading of application documents, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your online application submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an email acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload a maximum one document.

Any request for clarification/additional information on this procurement notice shall be communicated in writing to UNDP office or send to email mohammed.abbas@undp.org with a copy to nora.alzahid@undp.org While the Procurement Unit would endeavour to provide information expeditiously, only requests receiving at least 3 working days prior to the submission deadline will be entertained. Any delay in providing such information will not be considered as a reason for extending the submission deadline. The UNDP's response (including an explanation of the query but without identifying the source of inquiry) will be posted in the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice page as provided above. Therefore, all prospective Offerors are advised to visit the page regularly to make obtain update related to this Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice

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.

In view of the volume of applications UNDP receives, only shortlisted offerors will be notified.

3. APPROVAL

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Interested applicants are advised to carefully review this advertisement and ensure that they meet the requirements and qualifications described.

https://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=96463

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