The UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development (the ‘Global Centre’) aims to identify, co-design and share innovative and technological solutions for sustainable development. We aim to catalyse new insights, partnerships and action on the ground in the countries where UNDP works. Our initial areas of focus are: Sustainable Agriculture, Sustainable Finance, and Smart Cities and Digitalisation. We aim to leverage expertise in Singapore, as well as across the network of 60+ new UNDP Accelerator Labs, and from experts and partners around the globe.
The Global Centre is a joint initiative of the Singapore Government and UNDP, currently being led by a small team that is focused on programme and partnership development – both with the public and private sector in Singapore and international partners (including the above UNDP network). Singapore Government partners include the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR), the Public Service Division, and the Economic Development Board (EDB).
As part of our work on Smart Cities and Digitalisation, we are looking to commission a consultant to undertake a comparative study on national data approaches – with a particular focus on cross-border data exchange, data localisation, and data governance more broadly – including the norms and principles that could inform data sharing within and between countries. Increasingly, there is a need to share data across national borders – whether to facilitate trade, or for public service delivery. In this context, we need to shape a system – informed by the above principles – to ensure that data can smoothly flow across borders in order to achieve a number of social, economic, and political objectives.
This is a foundational element of digital transformation, and has particular relevance for the Smart Nation Programme Office here in Singapore – and will play a key role in informing discussions regarding data governance in the countries where UNDP works. This work could also contribute to the explorations of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, including those highlighted in their 2019 report ‘The Age of Digital Interdependence’.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the supervision of the Director of the Centre, and the Advisor on Smart Cities and Digitalisation, the Consultant will deliver a comparative study of national data approaches – including how countries are exploring cross-border data exchange. This comparative study will focus on a number of countries in the ASEAN region, identified following an initial rapid desk review of best practice (and in consultation with the Smart Nation Programme Office and the Global Centre). The objective of the study will be to identify the national and international structures, standards, norms and principles needed to shape cross-border dataflows.
The comparative study is likely to comprise the below elements:
With regard to the latter aspect, we would be particularly interested in any attempt to quantify – through an example use-case or similar approach – the monetary and non-monetary value of cross-border data flows. This could include the economic value-add of each element of the data lifecycle. For example, the stages of data collection, processing, analytics, and the value arising from data-informed decision-making.
More widely, the cultural ‘shift’ to open data – in government, and across associated industries – could also be a likely component of this work. This may include the data skills needed in government, the governance structures needed more widely – including, for example, citizen ownership and control of their data; as well as the stakeholders involved in driving these developments (internal, external, national, donors, etc.).
The above is not an exhaustive list, and will likely be refined during the inception phase of the work – both following the initial rapid desk review, and in consultation with project stakeholders.
Expected Outputs and Deliverables
Through desk research and stakeholder interviews, the consultant will produce the following outputs:
All deliverables must be in English, and use accessible language suitable for a policymaker audience.
Beyond the above, the consultant will also produce weekly status reports to the Advisor on Digitalisation and Smart Cities (in a format to be agreed between the two parties).
The consultant will use their own equipment to complete the assignment.
All information collected for the report pertaining to the assignments as well as outputs produced under this contract shall remain the property of the UNDP who shall have exclusive rights over their use. The products shall not be disclosed to the public nor used in whatever format without written permission of UNDP in line with the national and International Copyright Laws applicable.
Institutional Arrangement/ Reporting Relationships
The IC will report to the Advisor on Digitalization and Smart Cities and, if needed, will work closely with colleagues from the other focus areas of Sustainable Agriculture, and Sustainable Finance.
Durations of the Work
Up to a maximum of 25 working days. The expected starting date is 15 June 2020, and the expected end date is 14 August 2020.
The assignment will be home-based, with possible travel to field locations (field travel to be covered by UNDP).
Contracts based on daily fee:
Payment to the IC will be made based on the actual number of days worked, deliverables accepted and upon certification of satisfactory completion by the manager;
The workweek will be based on 35 hours, i.e. on a 7-hour working day, with core hours being between 9h00 and 18h00 daily.
The estimated maximum number of workdays for the duration of the consultancy is as follows:
Ethics and Values:
Working in Teams:
Communicating Information and Ideas:
Self-Management and Emotional Intelligence:
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Learning:
Required Skills and Experience
Documents to be included when submitting proposals
Interested individual applicants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:
How to Apply:
Forms and General terms & conditions to be downloaded:
The Individual Contractor is required to have the aforementioned professional and technical qualifications. Only the applicants who hold these qualifications will be shortlisted and contacted.
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% (70 points):
The technical evaluation will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
Candidates obtaining a minimum of 70% (49 points) of the maximum obtainable points for the technical criteria (70 points) shall be considered for the financial evaluation.
Financial evaluation – Total 30% (30 points)
The following formula will be used to evaluate financial proposal:
p = y (µ/z), where
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 a contract with UNDP.
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