Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Consultancy to the National Institute for Statistics Rwanda (NISR) to Incorporate National Statistical Classifications and Standards, Kigali, Rwanda

Objectives and Targets
The UNSD-DFID project on "Improving the collation, availability and dissemination of national development indicators, including Millennium Development Goals" aims to improve the communication and dissemination of development data at both national and international levels.

To facilitate implementation of this project in Rwanda, activities are taking place to develop and establish a National Registry using Standard Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) technology. The National SDMX Registry will be managed and maintained by the NISR and will be used to facilitate the promotion and use of consistent standards, classifications and metadata across the National Statistical System in Rwanda, to improve the quality and comparability of statistics produced across the NSS. The SDMX Registry will also be used to facilitate exchange of core national development indicators with the international level for dissemination via CountryData, a UNSD application which disseminates both national and international data for core development indicators.

The consultancy will work directly with the NISR, key contacts in line ministries and external technical experts to establish an inventory of definitions and standards relevant for the NSS and to codify these standards so that they can be incorporated into the Registry so that it fully meets the needs of the NISR and NSS in Rwanda. As a priority the consultant will seek to incorporate the on-going work in this area by the NISR into the SDMX Registry, including the Draft Classifications Manual (adopted from international classifications to suit the Rwandan context) and the Rwanda Metadata Compendium consultancy. The consultant will also work with the NISR and NSS to identify common levels of geographical disaggregation for Rwanda, such as Enumeration Areas, which will also be incorporated into the SDMX Registry. The consultancy will include a significant capacity-building component so as to foster a sense of national ownership of this area of work and assist in the smooth running of the project generally.

The main results expected from this consultancy are the following:
• A comprehensive inventory of definitions, standards, methodologies and metadata used for statistical compilation across the NSS in Rwanda.
• An established and functioning National Standard Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) Registry which incorporates the inventory established in part (i) for promotion across the NSS.
• Key NISR and relevant line ministry contacts trained on application and use of SDMX and the National SDMX Registry.

Work assignments
The consultant will support the project team in the NISR and undertake the following main activities:
• Conduct an initial scoping mission to clarify the specific requirements of the NISR and the NSS relating to the use of the National SDMX Registry for promulgating the use of statistical standards across the NSS. Based on this, the consultant will develop a detailed activity plan to ensure these requirements are met. This will cover both work to be done by the consultant in-country and through follow up, and on-going work to be done by key NISR staff to ensure implementation, ownership and sustainability.
• Compilation of data, metadata, standards, classifications and relevant code lists (such as those for administrative areas) from across the NISR and also key line ministries producing official statistics. This inventory will include but not be limited to the classifications and metadata contained within the Draft Classifications Manual and Rwanda Metadata Compendium.
• Work with the NISR, UNSD and external technical experts to codify these standards and incorporate them into the National SDMX Registry, following international guidelines where available and appropriate.
• Assessment of the statistical information systems and related processes with the NISR and key line ministries in the context of their readiness with respect to the SDMX environment;
• Identification of resource gaps and training needs across the NSS in order to fully implement SDMX as a way of sharing standards;
• Plan and implement training activities for NISR and line ministry staff in SDMX functions as required by the NISR
• Produce accompanying documentation for management and maintenance of the National SDMX Registry with respect to its function as a resource for use of common and consistent standards
• Promote the use of the National SDMX Registry to apply and maintain statistical standards, across the NISR and the NSS.
Delivery dates of output and details as to how and when the work must be delivered
After having completed an initial assessment, the consultant will develop a detailed work plan and timeline of activities within the first month and submit to both NISR and UNSD. A technical meeting will be held once every 2 months by teleconference with the consultant, NISR and UNSD to assess progress on this work plan.

Qualifications and experience
Masters degree in computer science, information systems or statistics. A minimum of five years' experience of progressively responsible experience in information systems, statistics or related area, including experience of XML and application of SDMX.
Experience of project management in a developing country context is an advantage. Experience of database and other data storage software is required. Good capacity for and experience in knowledge transfer and excellent communication skills.
Language: Excellent command of written and spoken English. Practical knowledge of French would be beneficial.

Supervisor/ Project Manager
The person in charge of this project is:
Name: Ian Rutherford
Title: Statistician
Office: United Nations Statistics Division
Address: 2 UN Plaza DC2-1642
Tel. +1-212-963-4965
E-mail Rutherford@un.org
Duration of contract (days, weeks, months)
Location: NISR, Kigali, Rwanda Duration: 40 days in total in country, composed of 4 separate missions of 10 business days each, with 15 days remote follow-up Start – end date: 1st August 2012 – 31 July 2013

The selected candidate will have the status of an individual contractor with the United Nations. The contract is governed by Administrative Instruction ST/AI/1999/7. In particular, the candidate shall not be regarded as a staff member of the United Nations. The candidate shall not be eligible for selection of a staff position within the United Nations Secretariat for a period of six months after the end of the contract.

The consultant will be required to submit a certificate of good health prior to the starting date of the contract.
Duty Station and Travel Logistics

The mission will be conducted at the National Institute of Statistics Rwanda (NISR), Kigali, with remote follow-up, under the supervision of the Director General NISR and reporting to the UNSD Project Manager in New York.

Travel to and from Rwanda shall be provided by the United Nations.
Performance indicators for evaluation of results, (specify evaluation criteria)

The consultant will submit progress reports every 2 months as well as a final mission report to UNSD. The consultant will receive formal feedback on interim and final reports from the UNSD Project Manager.

The main results expected from this consultancy are the following:
• A comprehensive inventory of definitions, standards, methodologies and metadata used for statistical compilation across the NSS in Rwanda.
• An established and functioning National Standard Data and Metadata eXchange (SDMX) Registry which incorporates the inventory established in part (i) for promotion across the NSS.
• Key NISR and relevant line ministry contacts trained on application and use of SDMX and the National SDMX Registry.

How to apply:
Please send your CV/resume and a covering letter outlining your suitability for this consultancy to Charlotte French (frenchc@un.org) by 11th June 2012.

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1 comment:

  1. Mbabazi se wamunyurahe atagushaka mu nzu yagize nkiye!

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