Apply as International Consultant: Website and Visualization Development for the Modeling Tools for Sustainable Development Website, BPPS/SPU
If you are looking home-based job, then UNDP is looking for a candidate of an International consultant, to work in the field of Website and Visualization Development for the Modeling Tools for Sustainable Development Website. You can read details below or apply from the official website.
|Location :||Home-based, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA|
|Application Deadline :||29-Aug-17 (Midnight New York, USA)|
|Time left :||11d 14h 38m|
|Type of Contract :||Individual Contract|
|Post Level :||International Consultant|
|Languages Required :
|Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
|Duration of Initial Contract :||60 working days, between September and 31 December 2017|
|Expected Duration of Assignment :||60 working days, between September and 31 December 2017|
|The purpose of this procurement exercise is to contract an individual consultant for Website and Visualization Development for the Modeling Tools for Sustainable Development Website to update the modelling tools for sustainable development website, improve existing/develop new visualizations, and generate an online training course to further disseminate the work done by the UNDP-UNDESA partnership in countries to support quantitative assessments for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.
The Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices, advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, South-South and Triangular cooperation initiatives, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Response Unit (CRU) to support emergency and crisis response. BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes. BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working. BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.
The Strategic Policy Unit (SPU) within BPPS has the primary objective to lead UNDP’s policy research agenda, policy incubation, provide forward-looking analysis, identify emerging development trends in multiple contexts (including crisis) and collaborate with academia and think tanks to advance UNDP’s contribution to global policy debates and the implementation of UNDP’s Strategic Plan.
UNDP will support UN Member States and other stakeholders in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. This support is framed by the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) common approach to supporting SDG implementation, MAPS, comprising: Mainstreaming of 2030 Agenda, Acceleration towards the SDGs, and Policy Support drawing on the expertise and programmatic experience of different parts of the UN. As UNDG Chair at the global and regional levels, custodian of the Resident Coordinator system, UNDP will mobilize the UN development system towards supporting SDG implementation.
In this context, the role of the SPU Unit is to ensure that UNDP plays a constructive and supportive role to UNDG in its efforts to support SDG implementation. The Unit is tasked to ensure that UNDP’s offering on SDG implementation is informed by the experiences with implementation on the ground and by the broader debates and analytical advances on SDG implementation. The Unit steers the operationalization of the MAPS approach. The Unit is also leading on providing analytical contributions to the policy discussions around SDG implementation.
To effectively provide this information UN DESA-UNDP and partners commissioned the development of a set of user-friendly, interactive and open source visualizations of modelling results based on country projects, as well as global and case studies developed by UN DESA with partnering institutions. These visualizations are now hosted in the website Modelling Tools for Sustainable Development, which was launched on February 2016. The website needs an update to integrate additional visualizations showcasing new material and country project results, as well as to include a subspace dedicated to the Outreach Training Course on Modelling Tools, incorporating training material and manuals, as well as establishing an open online course set as modules. In addition, further development is required to provide countries with a user-friendly visualization and data analyzer tool with the ability to manage large sets of data with complex interactions, and ease access of technical government officials to country results, manipulate data and make changes to parameters for a more flexible data analysis. A beta version of this table analyzer has been developed for capacity development projects, however further improvements are required.
Duties and Responsibilities
|SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED ANALYTICAL WORK
The consultant will work in close collaboration with the UNDP and UN-DESA team to update and upgrade the Modelling Tools for Sustainable Development website. Improvements will be made to the overall design of the webpage, existing model visualizations and table analyser. In addition, a new model-based visualizations will be developed as well as a side page to host the Outreach Training Course in an online format.
The consultant will complete the following tasks:
Web design and development
Assess the web architecture of the site and re-design it to improve ease of navigation of menus, submenus, homepage, models, sections/subsections, and githubs.
In close coordination with UNDP and UN-DESA team, generate a side page to the Modelling Tools for Sustainable Development website for the Outreach Training Course
– For the online training course, transform training material (short readers of 16 lines provided by the team) to HTML text along pedagogical standards.
– In the architecture for the online course, include a display for exercises in each of the modules to display statement of tasks and for answers.
– Insert “Read more” button to access supporting documents and references
– Include links to downloadable materials (Manuals, presentations)
– Bring, when relevant, pptx slides to HTML
– Test Outreach Training Course site in Beta mode.
Visualizations/table analyser development
– Specify source-units, display units, code names and variable labels
– Specify differences in plotting units between scenario pairs
– Add percent changes between time plots
– Integrate time stack bars and options for different graph styles to be defined by users.
Expected outputs and deliverables:
A – Updated version of the modelling tools for sustainable development policies website
with updated contents
B – Side page for the Outreach Training Online Course as well as downloadable version
C – Improved version of existing visualizations as well as 2-3 new visualizations.
Required Skills and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, Computer Science, or related field is required.
The application package contains the following:
Applicants are reviewed based on Required Skills and Experience stated above and based on the technical evaluation criteria outlined below. Applicants will be evaluated based on cumulative scoring. When using this weighted scoring method, the award of the contract will be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
Technical evaluation – Total 70% (700 points):
Criteria 1. Experience in programming languages and website development Weight = 25%; Maximum Points: 250;
Criteria 2. Experience in web-visualizations and data presentations (also covers experience in modelling and scenario-based data visualizations, data management and data structures) Weight = 25%; Maximum Points: 250
Criteria 3. Experience in working with international organizations, and in making available information to be understood by a wide audience from governments, civil society, and the private sector Weight = 20 % Maximum Points: 200
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (490 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (700 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial evaluation – Total 30% (300 points)
The following formula will be used to evaluate 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
Candidate obtaining the highest combined scores in the combined score of Technical and Financial evaluation will be considered technically qualified and will be offered to enter into contract with UNDP.
The consultant will work under the direct supervision, seek approval/acceptance of outputs from the Strategic Specialist, SPU, BPPS, UNDP, and Capacity Development DPAD-UNDESA during the course of the assignment and will be responsible for the fulfilment of the deliverables as specified above.
The consultant will be available for teleconference and meetings when required.
The Consultant will be responsible for providing her/his own laptop.
Payments are based upon output, i.e. upon delivery of the services specified above and deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager.
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.