Public Procurement Initiative (PPI)
TERMS OF REFERENCE
Junior Short Term Statistical Expert (JSTSE)
Location – Australia
Duration – Days
Junior experts 106 work days = 50 (legal) + 56 (statistics)
- Introduction to Public Procurement Initiative (PPI)
The Public Procurement Initiative (PPI) project was awarded to a consortium, Everis and DAI, and is funded by the European Commission.
The main objective of PPI is to provide public procurement trade negotiators with the necessary quantitative tools to assess the public procurement markets in selected third countries. At the centre of this objective is to define a methodology for data collection, assess public procurement markets and barriers in third countries. The analytical tools defined in the project will enable an assessment of the following:
- Size of public procurement markets, at central, regional and local government levels and, if applicable, state-owned enterprises (SOEs);
- Economic assessment of public procurement barriers, such as local content requirements, special regimes, equity requirements, price preferences, “buy local” policies and set-aside programmes;
- Effects of improved market access;
- Degree of contestability of public procurement market for European companies.
The methodology is to be tested in two pilot countries (Australia and Brazil), and then applied in five additional countries (China, India, Indonesia, New Zealand and Thailand). A final test of the methodology will be conducted through the collection of a representative sample of relevant publicly available procurement data for 5 non-EU G20 countries (TBC) that have not been previously covered.
The project has recruited Key Experts to lead the implementation and delivery of the project. The Key Experts involved are:
- Dr Sangeeta Khorana – Team Leader (trade and procurement liberalisation)
- Dr Jose Vila – Key Expert 2 (statistician)
- Mr Joao de Almeida – Key Expert 3 (legal analysis of public procurement)
The European Commission has specifically asked to limit the disclosure of this study to the maximum extent possible. Therefore, the Consortium will appreciate that the Short-term Experts can find the right balance between confidentiality and disclosure.
- Overall scope of work
Short-term Experts (“Experts”) are required in each of the seven target countries to work alongside the Key Expert to achieve these results. The Experts will support the project to collect data upon which to base and test the proposed methodology. The data collected will be used to feed the assessment of public procurement markets in third countries. This assessment will focus on public procurement markets and public procurement barriers.
In the assessment of public procurement markets, a baseline will be established for public procurement in each country (i.e. the total amount spent on government procurement), in addition the share of public procurement that is imported, or that is provided by non-local companies, is also required. After establishing these two values, the remainder will be the potential demand for public procurement.
The assessment of public procurement barriers (price preferences, local content restrictions, etc.) will be undertaken through the examination of the elasticity of imports to government spending on public procurement to gain information on the degree of public procurement restriction and discrimination.
The Short Term Senior Statistical Expert (s) will be supported and managed by PPI Key Expert 2.
- Key duties and responsibilities
Junior Short Term Statistical Expert will support the senior expert in quantitative analysis of procurement data and report directly to her or him.
The Junior Short Term Statistical Expert will participate in the tasks as below, under the direction of and in close collaboration with the Short Term Senior Statistical Expert:
- Collect and compile database on national accounts and IO tables data for last 5 years, and fill data using appropriate technique to support analysis of data by Senior Expert;
- Identify information sources on public procurement at national, subnational and ‘others’, including entities identified by Key Expert(s);
- Revise (or develop if these do not exist) equivalence tables for definitions, codes and classification from local systems to support the creation of harmonised database (based on GPA and international classification system);
- Support IT team for the automatic contract data collection;
- Compile, edit, impute contracts data for creation of harmonised database;
- Translation of the questionnaire to be administered to suppliers in national language (if national language is not English);
- Support implementation of on-line survey administered on contracts suppliers according to the methodology provided by KE2, cooperate with fieldwork company and follow up on surveys.
The Junior Expert will provide following deliverables to the Senior Short Term Statistical Expert and KE2 :
JSTSE – D1 and D2: Data collection.
- Identification and compilation of data from NA, IO, WIOD to support estimation of procurement market size, identify high procurement value sectors, and imported vs domestic content in procurements;
- Delivery of database with all data of national accounts and IO tables for last five years to Senior Expert;
- Report on procedure of compilation, imputation and projection of data on national accounts and IO tables (20 pages max);
- Compile information sources and all e-procurement portals of the country (20 pages max);
- Compile secondary information on public procurements data, i.e. entities, sectors and match equivalence of fields in preparation for database;
- Support IT team to compile raw database on public procurement contracts awarded in past five years, by procuring entity, type of procurement, contract value, procurement method, and supplier (name, nationality, address and contact data) in line with GPA Appendix I Annexes;
- Report on the procedure of automatic download (report 20 pages max).
JSTSE – D3: Barriers.
- Compile raw barriers data to support estimation of barriers impact using SPSS (report 10 pages max)
JSTSE – D4: Mode 3 survey implementation.
- Translation/adaptation of questions and pilot testing of questionnaire;
- Monitoring of fieldwork (weekly report);
- Report of the survey implementation (20 pages max), including fieldwork report.
JSTSE – Others:
- Support Senior Short Term Statistical Expert in delivery of weekly country progress report (1 page max) to report on activities during the duration of project phase;
- Any other specific deliverables agreed upon with KE2 and Team Leader within the remit of PPI project.
Reports and data to be produced must follow the template provided by KE2.
- Skills / expertise
- Advanced degree in Economics/Statistics;
- 4-7 years of experience of working with public procurement statistics and National Accounts (including Input-Output tables). Experience in collection and analysis of quantitative data of public procurement and experience in company survey management will be strongly preferred;
- Fluent in English (spoken, read and written) and national language of the country (prerequisite);
- Minimum 2 years of experience in statistical databases management, including data cleaning, imputation and extrapolation;
- Knowledge on the public procurement system of country (required);
- Experience with statistical code and classification systems;
- Experience in management of company surveys;
- Proficiency in use of tools for automatic data migration/capture.
- Short term Junior Statistical Expert will be required to work closely with Short term Senior Statistical Expert, PPI Statistical team and IT team.
The activity will be held in the period 2016 –2017 (TBA).
Closing date for applicants: 23rd September