Seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), 148 targets (global and nationally adjusted) and 187 indicators (global, nationally adjusted and national) have been adopted by the Government of Turkmenistan in September, 2016. Nationally adopted SDGs require the alignment of the national data collection methodology with the global definitions of indicators and/or development of new methods of data collection to monitor and measure the implementation of SDGs targets. The data quality, availability and disaggregation remain to be the challenging areas in the national statistic system. While Turkmenistan has great experience in collection of data on women in managerial positions and unemployment rate, age, sex, persons with disabilities, there is no such experience on data collection on time spent, unpaid domestic and care work, sex, age and location. It is expected to provide technical support to the State Statistics Committee of Turkmenistan (Turkmenstat) to strengthen reporting capacity in SDGs to ensure transparency and efficiency in reporting toward the progress of implementation of SDGs targets and address data gaps.
Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls are at the center of the Sustainable Development Goals, and 23% of the global framework makes specific reference to women, girls, and gender. Commitments for achieving gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment are enshrined in global treaties, most notably the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW); in policy commitments such as the Programme of Action agreed by 179 countries at the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), the Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995 and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and, more recently, the outcome of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20); in relevant outcomes of the General Assembly (GA); in the resolutions of the Security Council and the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); and in the agreed conclusions of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57, CSW 61).
The Governance Support Program in Turkmenistan, funded by USAID (GSP) and the Multi-Country Office (MCO) UN Women Kazakhstan (Central Asia) will cooperate to strengthen the national capacity on SDGs measuring system. It is expected that the International Consultant will assist the State Statistics Committee of Turkmenistan on development of the methodology on three gender relevant SDGs indicators applicable to the national content. The methods of data collection, processing and analysis should be based on existing and internationally accepted definitions/concepts/methodology of SDGs indicators 5.4.1, 5.5.2 and 8.5.2 including their globally agreed medata and supplementary sources of information indicated in medata.
Governance Support Program in Turkmenistan, funded by USAID (GSP) and implemented by The QED Group, LLC together with the Multi-Country Office (MCO) UN Women Kazakhstan (Central Asia) will cooperate to contribute to strengthening national capacity in mainstreaming of gender equality in the processes of public administration and jointly organize a three-day consultancy on gender equality mainstreaming in policy and decision making for national specialists.
Overall Objective and Purpose
The overall objective of this assignment is to assist the State Statistics Committee of Turkmenistan to define in detail the methodology and the upgrades required in the statistical system for SDGs indicators 5.4.1, 5.5.2 and 8.5.2, to measure progress in the implementation of the following SDGs:
Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.
Target 5.4: Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate.
Indicator 5.4.1: Proportion of time spent on unpaid domestic and care work, by sex, age and location.
Target 5.5: Ensure women's full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life.
Indicator 5.5.2: Proportion of women in managerial positions.
Goal 8: Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Target 8.5: By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.
Indicator 8.5.2: Unemployment rate, by sex, age and persons with disabilities.
-how to define baseline information, what data has to be collected, data collection tools, relevant templates, necessary IT requirements and software, etc.
Questions to Turkmenstat to assess the situation on collection and processing of data of relevant to SDGs indicators 5.4.1, 5.5.2 and 8.5.2 to be developed and submitted to Turkmenstat through the UN Women office. (2 days, home-based)
2 days: October 26-27, 2017
Materials and the program of the 3-day consultancy on development of methodology for SDGs indicators 5.4.1, 5.5.2 and 8.5.2 to be further provided to the specialists of Turkmenstat developed and submitted for review and approval. (2 days, home-based)
2 days: October 30-31, 2017
Facilitation of the 3-day consultation meetings with the specialists of Turkmenstat and other state institutions on development of the methodology for SDGs indicators 5.4.1, 5.5.2 and 8.5.2 in accordance with the globally accepted medata made applicable for Turkmenstat in data collection and processing. (3 days based in Ashgabat)
3 days: November 8-10, 2017
The plan of action for establishment or upgrading the measuring system for SDGs indicators 5.4.1, 5.5.2 and 8.5.2 with proposed budget and needed investments developed in consultation with the Turkmenstat and finalized by the Consultant.
Prepare a report (1-2 pages) on key consultancy discussions, with recommendations for strengthening the capacity of Turkmenstat and other state agencies participated in the consultancy. (1 day, home-based)
1 day: not later November 17, 2017
Required Skills and Experience
The work of the International Consultant will be coordinated with the Program Specialist of the UN Women and in close collaboration with the QED Group, LLC/GSP.
Duration of the Work
The total duration of the consultancy shall be 8 working days, including 3 days’ mission in Turkmenistan.
The consultancy meetings are tentatively planned for November 8-10, 2017. The dates of the workshop are contingent upon Turkmenistan Government approval.
The duty station will be Ashgabat city, Turkmenistan.
How to Apply
To apply for this position please follow the steps below:
Technical proposal: (1-2 pages) with brief description of the consultancy to be provided to Turkmenstat in accordance with the tasks described above.
Financial proposal: indicating the all-inclusive fixed total agreement amount, supported by a breakdown of costs in US dollars, indicating daily rate and travel expenses by economy class fair. The per diem rates can be found at https://aoprals.state.gov/web920/per_diem_action.asp?MenuHide=1&CountryCode=1112
Submit: Your proposed 3-day consultancy program, application, resume, and Biodata (USAID 1420 form).
Please note that applications submitted by other means; or without resume and/or completed biodata will not be considered. Only finalists will be contacted. No phone calls please. Reasonable accommodation requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The QED Group, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply. AA//V/D.