Background and context
The General Authority for Statistics GASTAT is a governmental entity that enjoys an independent legal personality.
GASTAT is the only official statistical reference for statistical data and information in Saudi Arabia. It executes all the statistical work, in addition to the technical oversight of the statistical sector, which includes a multiple system of centers and statistical units established within the administrative structures of government agencies and some private sector institutions as well.
GASTAT supervises the implementation of the national strategy for statistical work in coordination with the relevant entities. It also designs and implements field surveys, conducts statistical studies and researches, analyzes data and information, in addition to the documentation and archiving works of information and statistical data
that cover all aspects of life in Saudi Arabia from its multiple sources. Data are written, classified, and analyzed; their indicators are extracted as well.
GASTAT prepares statistical classifications and guides according to international standards to be used and updated. It also prepares statistical bulletins and reports of field surveys as well as statistical researches for publishing purposes.
Moreover, it also supervises the formation of a comprehensive system of national databases of the various statistical fields available at the data sources. It also works to spread knowledge and statistical awareness and provides recommendations to public entities to develop all the information systems and methodologies of the statistical work.
The General Authority for Statistics is the official body responsible for providing public entities, private establishments, individuals and international organizations with official statistics in accordance with statutory procedures; in order to support policy and decision-makers in these entities to move forward in implementing the developmental plans. On the other hand, statistical censuses such as the general population, housing and establishments’ census are considered the most important products of GASTAT, in addition to the periodic statistical indicators and indices in the economic, social, health, educational, agricultural, and workforce fields.
GASTAT also provides its services and statistical products through a huge digital base for data, indicators and statistics of various development fields in the Kingdom in different forms and multimedia. That is to facilitate the obtaining of the statistical data and information by the clients in a quick and efficient way, and at the highest level of transparency, accuracy, and integration between the components of the statistical sector.
Statistics and information sector in Saudi Arabia has also received a plenty of demands due to its important position and main role internationally and regionally.
Nationally, the continuous progress in the developmental path in Saudi Arabia also requires more accurate, comprehensive, timeless statistics to support decision and policy making, monitor the progress, and evaluate the impact and performance.
The analysis of the current situation of the statistics sector in Saudi Arabia, which is the base and starting point of preparing the strategy, has showed that this sector is an important priority to the country. The sector has also witnessed a remarkable progress in the statistical production- whether in administrative records or field work for census, surveys, and researches- in addition to the progress in the statistical systems, dissemination methods, and using the latest technologies. However, there are some obstacles and challenges that may face the statistical work and need to be solved in order to achieve a notable improvement in record time, these challenges include: lack of statistical awareness, numbers analysis by non-specialists, not referring to the main sources in some cases, lack of some information in administrative records, lack of providing the required data by some international groups and organization such as: (G20) where Saudi Arabia is a member, as well as inability in drafting and publishing statistical report,, etc.
Since its launch in 2017, the Institutional Support to Statistics project continues to provide an effective cooperation framework for strengthening the statistical capacities in support of Saudi Arabia’s Vision for 2030.
The project organised several consultations to understand the technical needs of the statistical system. The project also reviewed its success elements and the drawbacks to improve cooperation and achieve better impact.
The feedback and the needs of the statistical system convinced GASTAT and UNDP to amend their cooperation to further strengthen the statistical system in Saudi Arabia through a substantive revision of the Institutional Support to Statistics project. The revised project provides a framework to deliver demand-driven technical support and timely capacity development interventions aligned with the National Statistical Development Strategy. It also addresses the statistical needs triggered by the context of COVID-19. Specifically, the technical support will be delivered under the following outputs:
Output 1: GASTAT capabilities to produce statistical data and information in light of the Kingdom’s 2030 statistical vision strengthened.
Output 2: GASTAT capacities to integrate statistical analysis into decision-making processes enhanced with focus on achieving the SDGs and Saudi Arabia’s Vision for 2030.
Output 3: Modernisation of the statistical systems enabled
Output 4: Capacities for statistics governance and quality control strengthened
Output 5: Nowcasting solution developed and preliminary early estimates of GDP and economic activity in KSA produced
The project extension period (January 2021 to December 2024) provides the necessary time for the project to complete ongoing activities and deliver the revised outputs to achieve a more significant impact.
The project document will be provided amongst documents to be shared with the evaluator
Basic Project information is included in the table below:
Duties and Responsibilities
Evaluation purpose, scope, and objectives
The project has been ongoing since February 2016 and has, thus far, never been evaluated. Drastic changes have been taking place in the country and the project has had to adapt to the changes over recent years, this included changes in Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Project staff, resulting in changing project directions. To ensure the project has delivered its intended objectives thus far and to provide recommendations for the way forward, it is imperative to conduct a mid-term evaluation and ensure the project delivery is on track. This evaluation will benefit the General Statistics Authority in their planning for future years to meet Saudi Vision 2030 and highlight the impacts this project has had on Statistics sector over the past few years.
This evaluation should cover the project period between (2017 & 2021) and all the components of the project, and their impact on the sector in the whole country. However, the evaluator shall consider the Saudi Vision 2030 objective’s and other GASTAT- Initiatives in formulating the report which can both improve the sustainability of benefits from this project, and aid in the overall enhancement of UNDP Goals.
Especially regarding the intended Outputs:
Evaluation criteria and key guiding questions
Evaluation questions define the information that this evaluation will generate. Questions should be grouped according to the four OECD-DAC evaluation criteria: (a) relevance; (b) effectiveness; (c) efficiency; (d) impact and (e) sustainability (and/or other criteria used).
The mainstream definitions of the OECD-DAC criteria are neutral in terms of human rights and gender dimensions and these dimensions need to be added into the evaluation criteria chosen (see page 77, table 10 of Integrating Human Rights and Gender Equality in Evaluations).
Ratings must be provided on the following performance criteria. The completed table must be included in the evaluation executive summary.
Guiding evaluation questions can be further refined by the evaluator and agreed with UNDP and the- evaluation stakeholders in the inception report.
Evaluation Approach and Methodology
The methodology of work will consist of desk review of relevant project documentation and direct consultations with the project management, staff and other key local stakeholders during 5 days site visit to Riyadh in November 2021.
The overall duration of the assignment is expected to consist of a site visit of 5 days includes a corresponding amount of desk work to pre-review the required project documentation and to finalize the reporting. This makes the total working days to be 20 working days, the timeframe detailed shall be as stipulated below.
In carrying out the evaluation task, the consultant will pay particular attention to the following:
The evaluator must use gender-based methodology and tools and ensure that gender equality and women’s empowerment, inclusion of vulnerable groups as well as other cross-cutting issues and the SDGs, are included in the final evaluation report and the new project document.
The evaluation must provide factual information that is credible, reliable and useful. The final methodological approach including interview schedule, field visits and data to be used in the evaluation should be clearly outlined in the inception report and be fully discussed and agreed between UNDP, stakeholders and the evaluators.
As of 11 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a global pandemic as the new coronavirus rapidly spread to all regions of the world. Travel to and in the country is constrained by COVID-19. If it is not possible to travel to or within the country for the evaluation then the evaluator should develop a methodology that takes this into account the conduct of evaluation virtually and remotely, including the use of remote interview methods and extended desk reviews, data analysis, survey and evaluation questionnaires. This should be detailed in the inception report and agreed with the Evaluation Manager.
When the evaluation is to be carried out virtually, consideration should be taken for stakeholder availability, ability, or willingness to be interviewed remotely. In addition, their accessibility to the internet/computer may be an issue as many government and national counterparts may be working from home. These limitations and any others must be reflected in the evaluation report.
Evaluation products (deliverables)
An evaluation report and an associated power point presentation summarizing the findings of the evaluation and the proposed follow-up actions in a new UNDP Project Document format.
The consultant will be expected to deliver the following:
The consultant should present three hard copies of the report as well as an electronic copy. The draft final report should be submitted not later than three weeks after the end of the on-site mission and the final report within two weeks from receiving the comments of the project management and UNDP on the draft reports.
Evaluation consultant required competencies
The consultancy will be conducted by one international evaluator.
The evaluator shall have prior experience in evaluating similar projects and have sufficient experience in statistics related to initiatives and main national and international development operations.
The evaluator selected should not have been involved in designing, executing, or advising any aspect of the project in order to avoid any conflict of interest with the project related activities.
Required Skills and Experience
The evaluator must present the following qualifications:
This evaluation will be conducted in accordance with the principles outlined in the UNEG ‘Ethical Guidelines for Evaluation’. The consultant must safeguard the rights and confidentiality of information providers, interviewees and stakeholders through measures to ensure compliance with legal and other relevant codes governing collection of data and reporting on data. The consultant must also ensure security of collected information before and after the evaluation and protocols to ensure anonymity and confidentiality of sources of information where that is expected. The information knowledge and data gathered in the evaluation process must also be solely used for the evaluation and not for other uses with the express authorization of UNDP and partners.”
UNDP Saudi Arabia Country Office will select the consultant through a transparent process in consultation with GASTAT. UNDP will be responsible for the management of the consultant and will in this regard designate an evaluation manager. The project management unit will assist in facilitating the process (e.g., providing relevant documentation, arranging visits/interviews with key informants, participate in reviewing the evaluation deliverables and arrange for the consultant all necessary site visits and meetings in Saudi Arabia according to the ToR). UNDP country office in coordination with the project management unit shall arrange logistics for the mission including hotel reservation and transportation during the mission.
The evaluation manager will convene an evaluation reference group comprising of technical experts from UNDP, donors and implementing partners. This reference group will review the inception report and the draft evaluation report to provide detailed comments related to the quality of methodology, evidence collected, analysis and reporting. The reference group will also advise on the conformity of processes to the UNDP evaluation guidelines. The evaluator needs to show how he/she addressed the comments
The consultant will take responsibility, with assistance from the project team, for conducting the meetings and the review, subject to advanced approval of the methodology submitted in the inception report. Project staff will not participate in the meetings between the consultant and the evaluation participants.
The consultant will report directly to the designated evaluation manager and work closely with the project team.
If it is not possible for the consultant to travel to Saudi Arabia or project locations due to COVID-19 restrictions, a methodology that considers the conduct of the evaluation virtually and remotely should be developed. This should be detailed in the inception report and agreed with the evaluation reference group and the evaluation manager. support during the implementation of remote/ virtual meetings will be provided by the evaluation manager when needed. An updated stakeholder list with contact details (phone and email) will be provided by the country office to the consultant.
The final report will be approved by the evaluation commissioner.
UNDP with support of relevant stakeholders will develop a management response to the evaluation within 2 weeks of report finalization.
Time frame for the evaluation process
The detailed evaluation workplan will be agreed upon between the UNDP and the selected consultant. The Project evaluation will take place between 15 November-12 December 2021, including a combination of home-based work and one (1) in-country visit.
The evaluation will be carried during 20 working days over a maximum period of two months:
The Evaluator is expected to deliver the following:
*When submitting the final evaluation report, the evaluator is required also to provide an ‘audit trail’, detailing how all received comments have (and have not) been addressed in the final evaluation report
Payment modalities and specifications
In accordance with UNDP’s financial regulations, where the country office and/or the consultant determine that a deliverable or service cannot be provided satisfactorily due to the impact of COVID-19 and limitations on evaluation, that deliverable or service will not be paid.
Due to the current situation and the implications of COVID-19, a partial payment may be considered if the consultant has invested time in the production of the deliverable but has not been able to ensure its full supply due to circumstances beyond his control.
Application submission process and criteria for selection
As required by the programme unit.
Annexes can be used to provide additional detail about evaluation background and requirements to facilitate the work of evaluators. Some examples include:
Table 1. Sample evaluation matrix
Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications in one single PDF document:
The interested offeror must read the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice, which can be viewed at http://procurement-notices.undp.org/view_notice.cfm?notice_id=62795 for more detail information about term of references, instructions to the offeror, and to download the documents to be submitted in the offer through online.
UNDP reserves rights to reject any applications that are incomplete.
Please be informed that we don’t accept application submitted via email.
Interested Offerors are required to submit an application via UNDP Jobsite system as the application screening and evaluation will be done through UNDP Jobsite system. Please note that UNDP Jobsite system allows only one uploading of application document, so please make sure that you merge all your documents into a single file. Your on¬line application submission will be acknowledged where an email address has been provided. If you do not receive an e¬mail acknowledgement within 24 hours of submission, your application may not have been received. In such cases, please resubmit the application, if necessary. Please combine all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.
Any request for clarification/additional information on this procurement notice shall be communicated in writing to UNDP office or send to email firstname.lastname@example.org. While the Procurement Unit would endeavour to provide information expeditiously, only requests receiving at least 3 working days prior to the submission deadline will be entertained. Any delay in providing such information will not be considered as a reason for extending the submission deadline. The UNDP’s response (including an explanation of the query but without identifying the source of inquiry) will be posted in the Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice page as provided above. Therefore, all prospective Offerors are advised to visit the page regularly to make obtain update related to this Individual Consultant (IC) Procurement Notice
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
Annex-1 – Template Confirmation of Interest and Submission of Financial Proposal.
Annex-2 – Individual Consultant General Terms and Conditions.
Annex 3 : TOR
Forms are available on the following link
|Country:||-- Saudi Arabia|
|Closing date:||July 25, 2021|