International Consultant: State Statistics Committee of Turkmenistan

TM
Category
Professional Services
Type
Temporary Part-Time
Close Date
9/27/2017

Overview

Background

 

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.

Responsibilities

Key Responsibilities

 

  1. Develop questions for Turkmenstat to assess the situation on collection and processing of data relevant to SDGs indicators 5.4.1, 5.5.2 and 8.5.2.
  2. Considering specifics of the current statistics of Turkmenistan and Turkmenstat’s capacities and levels of development, and, using 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 metadata, suggest methodology for collecting SDGs indicators 5.4.1, 5.5.2 and 8.5.2, which include, but not limited to the following:

-how to define baseline information, what data has to be collected, data collection tools, relevant templates, necessary IT requirements and software, etc.

  1. Develop materials and the program of 3-day consultancy on development of the methodology for SDGs indicators 5.4.1, 5.5.2 and 8.5.2
  2. Facilitate 3-day consultation meetings with the specialists of Turkmensat 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 globally accepted medata and applicable for Turkmenstat in data collection and processing. The distribution of time during the consultation for work on indicators should be done in the following proportions (60% for the indicator 5.4.1 and 20% and 20% for indicators 5.5.2 and 8.5.2 respectively).
  3. Together with the specialists of Turkmenstat facilitate the develop a plan of action for establishing or upgrading the measuring system for SDGs indicators 5.4.1, 5.5.2 and 8.5.2 with proposed budget and required investments (financial, human capacity, institutional). Based on the developed draft of the Plan of Action and held discussion during 3-day consultation, finalize the Plan of Actions.
  4. Prepare a report (1-2 pages) on key consultancy discussions, with recommendations for strengthening the capacity of Turkmenstat and other state agencies participated in consultancy process.

 

Deliverables

 

 

 

 

Deliverables

 

Deadlines

  1.  

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

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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

  1.  

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

  1.  

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

Qualifications

Qualifications

Required Skills and Experience

 

Education:

  • Advanced university degree in statistics and/or economics/or social science or other relevant fields.

 

Experience:

  • Minimum 6 years of relevant professional experience in statistics. Working experience in employment statistics is advantage,
  • Knowledge of the methodology (metadata; global level) for SDG indicators,
  • Experience and understanding of the Sustainable Development Agenda for 2016-2030,
  • Good knowledge of and working experience the CIS region,
  • Any experience in cooperation with the international statistics bodies (UNstat, Eurostat), will be an asset.

 

Language:

  • Russian with excellent writing and presentation skills. Knowledge of English is an advantage.

 

Experience:

  • 5 years of professional experience in gender equality and development with international organization/s. Previous experience with the UN is an asset,
  • 3 years of experience on gender mainstreaming into programming and results-based management,
  • 5 years of experience in development and facilitation of the workshops, trainings, and conferences with a specific focus on gender equality and women's empowerment,
  • Proven experience in writing and analysis, development of gender equality mainstreaming materials and delivering technical support.

 

Working arrangements

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.

 

Duty Station


The duty station will be Ashgabat city, Turkmenistan.

How to Apply

How to Apply

To apply for this position please follow the steps below:

 

  1. Please provide:

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

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Attach your resume.
  3. Click on the link Biodata AID1420-17  to complete the Biodata form and attach it to your application. 

 

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.

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