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Coding and design of a data reporting and management system at NRB

UNCDF - NEPAL | Published November 29, 2016  -  Deadline December 30, 2016
Assist UNCDF and the Nepal Rastra Bank to develop an API, which will be able to communicate with the Management Information System or Core Banking Systems used by Financial Institutions to allow data to be pulled directly without the burden of manual reporting by FI staff.UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 48 least developed countries (LDCs). With its capital mandate and instruments, UNCDF offers “last mile” finance models that unlock public and private resources, especially at the domestic level, to reduce poverty and support local economic development. This last mile is where available resources for development are scarcest; where market failures are most pronounced; and where benefits from national growth tend to leave people excluded. Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) Nepal has made significant improvements over the years in terms of financial services delivery outlets/channels offered through both formal and informal financial institutions. Despite that, the level of adults Nepalese above 18 years who are excluded from financial services remains significant. The data from the Finscope Nepal survey 2014 showed that only 40% of the population are banked, with significant disparities between the regions.The central bank of Nepal, Nepal Rastra Bank had deployed various policy instruments to ensure that the financial services are able to make in-roads in remote and rural areas. Still financial services are concentrated in mostly urban and semi-urban areas, with Kathmandu valley region having the highest concentrationFinancial Institutions are required to report a range of data to NRB on a regular basis. Collecting, managing and analyzing key data reported by financial institutions is done by NRB’s Bank and Financial Institution Regulation Department. This is done through a basic reporting system that is managed in-house at NRB and operates on a PHP-MYSQL database system.The current system:· Allows Financial Institutions (FIs) download data reporting templates· Allows FIs to upload their data as formatted CSVs which are then housed in a MYSQL databaseNRB plans to develop a new system which will:· Allow Financial Institutions (FIs) to download data reporting templates· Allow FIs to upload their data in a range of forms including csv, xml, excel· Allow NRB to efficiently manage the accounts of the reporting FIs· Provide timely information on compliance to NRB staff (reports on what data has been submitted by which institution)· Generate standarised reports and send these, via various channels, to key staff on a regular basis· Provide an easy to use interface for the generation of complex, ad hoc reports· Provide an easy to use interface for FIs to upload their data· Authenticate users based on an API-Token· Provide the basis for a range of business intelligence and visualization tools that will allow users to interact dynamically with the data, including spatial data. Development of the visualizations is beyond the scope of this project but the system should be designed in such a way as to be interoperable with a wide range of data visualization tools.Location: Kathmandu, NepalTimeline: February 01, 2017 to April 30, 2017Location(s); Kathmandu, NepalTotal Maximum Number of Working Days for Assignment 300 Days (Multiple consultants allowed).This can be spread over a number of developers with no more than 2 simultaneous parallel processesDeliverables:User Authentication ModuleReporting entities management systemAPI based data collection and reporting systemData upload mechanismSystem for query based report generationGeo-spatial analysis moduleCompliance checking moduleDocument broadcasting or issue systemIntegration of database with front end-user interfaceApplication:Please refer to the annexes for the application process.​Proposals may be submitted via email to mm4p@uncdf.org,Please note that the response email cannot exceed 10MB. Your Technical and Financial Proposal must be expressed in English, and valid for a minimum period of 12 months.

UNDP/PN/46/2016: Administration and Project Assistant (APA)

UNDP/CI LRP - NEPAL | Published November 24, 2016  -  Deadline December 1, 2016
Description of the assignment: The APA will work under the direct supervision of the Team Leader and monitor the project progress reports in tandem with daily time sheet cards; Provide field level data/information to team to prepare Proposal/Concept note on livelihood recovery/community infrastructure taking into account PDRF and government recent announcements on recovery; produce admin and financial related documentation and its periodic reports; Provide support to prepare donor report, APR and other reporting requirement as necessary.Number of consultant required: 1Project name: Community Infrastructure and Livelihood Recovery Programme (LRP)Period of assignment/services (if applicable): One MonthDuty Station: CI LRP Office with frequent visits to field officeProposal should be submitted at the following address: Procurement Unit, UNDP (Ref.: UNDP/PN/46/2016: Administration and Project Assistant (SM), UN House, Pulchowk, PO Box 107, Kathmandu, Nepal or by email to procurement.np@undp.org not later than 1730 hours (Nepal Standard Time) of 1 December 2016. Any request for clarification must be sent in writing, or by standard electronic communication to the e-mail: query.procurement.np@undp.org mentioning Procurement Notice Ref: UNDP/PN/46/2016: Administration and Project Assistant (SM), on or before 28 November 2016. The procurement unit will respond to the inquiries by 29 November 2016. Inquiries received after the above date and time shall not be entertained.Any delay in UNDP’s response shall be not used as a reason for extending the deadline for submission, unless UNDP determines that such an extension is necessary.

ANALYSIS OF MEGATRENDS IN SOUTH ASIA AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR CHILDREN AND UNICEF

United Nations Children's Fund | Published November 15, 2016

 

Terms of Reference for INSTITUTIONAL CONTRACT

ANALYSIS OF MEDIUM AND LONG TERM MEGATRENDS IN SOUTH ASIA AND THEIR IMPLICATIONS FOR CHILDREN AND UNICEF

(Detailed ToR with footnotes, evaluation criteria and template for technical and financial proposal attached as annex)

 

1.   Background/Context of the Consultancy Requirement:

 

UNICEF Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) provides oversight, technical and management support for UNICEF Country Programmes of cooperation in eight countries operating in about 52 offices. (The eight South Asian Countries together are home to nearly 1.8 billion people but carry disproportionate burden of child deprivations, as shown in the Headline Results for Children in South Asia.) As in other regions, inequality in South Asia is compounded by a mix of social, political, environmental, cultural issues of gender, class, caste, location, ideology etc. and an increasing context of fragility.

 

To effectively operate in the dynamic regional context of South Asia, strategic foresight is critical for UNICEF. By clearly understanding key trends, growing inequalities, gendered norms and barriers and drivers of change, UNICEF strengthens its capacity to engage strategically in influencing policies and priorities to help ensure that development in South Asian countries benefits all, particularly the most disadvantaged. This includes the ability to anticipate and adequately respond to imminent changes such as regional integration, the greater role of the private sector, the growing impact of climate change, urbanization and other social, technological, environmental, economic, political and humanitarian trends. Collectively, these will determine fulfilment of child rights in the region and the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Justification:

The South Asia Regional Office intends to undertake a study to examine and understand the key trends that are shaping social development and in particular children's lives and well-being in the region. This should include an analysis of positive and negative trends, as well as existing and emerging inequalities for both boys and girls, barriers to child development, risks and opportunities. The study would form the basis of an in-depth conversation about how UNICEF in the South Asia region should proactively adapt, identify areas to strengthen its capacity and reinforce its strategic positioning. This exercise will build on global trends analysis work, analysis of children deprivations undertaken by countries and partners in South Asia, gender analysis and validity of the Headline Results for children in South Asia (http://www.unicefrosa-progressreport.org/).

 

Goal/Objective:

The South Asia Regional Office (ROSA) is looking for an institution to conduct an analytical study of key trends impacting child well-being and the fulfillment of their rights to survive, thrive and live in a secured protective environment free from gendered discrimination, abuse, violence and neglect. This study will provide critical intelligence to inform strategic decisions on UNICEF's approach, partnering and positioning in the region - in terms of blending of financial resources, social and political capital and mandates with critical stakeholders. These include governments, private sector, regional institutions, media, foundations, influencers, communities, children and adolescents in particular. Others include UN agencies, bilateral and multilateral bodies such as the EU, The World Bank, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and other emerging financial institutions in and outside South Asia. More immediately, the study will inform the Regional Office Management Plan 2018-2022, highlighting medium term areas of focus and results for UNICEF collaboration.

 

The study has three phases:

 

Phase 1: The selected institution will produce an inception report that will outline the methodology for conducting the study based on the guidelines outlined in Section 3 of the ToRs.  This will include the identification of analytical framework, relevant sources of information and coherent criteria for the identification and analysis of the megatrends and their implications for children in South Asia as well as recommended actions for UNICEF. In addition, the structure of scenarios, interviews and consultation schedule, and a broad overview of the regional social, technological, environmental, economic, political and humanitarian landscape should be outlined. It will also include a draft outline of the study report.

 

Phase 2: The second phase will be dedicated to data collection and analysis, interviews, and other consultation activities agreed in the methodology. This will include scanning the social, technological, environmental, economic, political and humanitarian trends including regional conflict identified in recent publications and regional consultations on the SDGs. The institution will assess the implications of these trends for overall development of the region with reference to child well-being, gender equality and the fulfillment of children's rights, as well as the emerging risks and opportunities. Analysis of the differential impact on the 1st and 2nd decades of children's lives shall be covered. This analysis should inform potential scenarios facing children and adolescents by 2030. The output of this phase will be a succinct 15-20 page report presented to the Regional Office.

Phase 3: The third and final phase will focus on the implications of these trends and scenarios for UNICEF programming, partnering and positioning. The institution will support ROSA in facilitating internal discussions resulting on the analysis and a set of recommendations to ensure UNICEF remains fit for purpose in the region. This will include engagement with selected staff at country and regional levels as well as facilitating a dialogue with senior management. It will conclude with a brief set of recommendations and rationale for prospective priorities to be endorsed by senior management.

 

4.   Terms of Reference/Work Relationship:

 

Technical Proposal/ Scope of work

 

The contracted institution will be required to:

- Develop an inception report highlighting the research methodology, timeline, key elements of the trend analysis including selection criteria, structure of the scenarios, interview schedule and outline of the report;

- Review and analyze existing studies and reports on the current and future social, technological, environmental, economic, political and humanitarian trends and gendered barriers and inequities in the South Asia region;

- Interview key external informants including, but not limited to, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, relevant UN entities, SAARC, regional academic institutions and think -Consult with key UNICEF staff at HQ, regional and country levels;

- Analyze existing data on social, technological, environmental, economic, political and humanitarian trends;

- Develop three scenarios that South Asia could face by 2030 and in medium term (4-5 years);

- Identify key implications of these trends and scenarios for children and adolescents in the region ( mention the implications for both boys and girls) and analyze key drivers - Present overall trends, scenarios and recommendations for consultation and inputs to the Regional Office Management Team;

- Draft report highlighting trends and the likely scenarios that the region could face and their implications for children in South Asia;

- Facilitate discussions on the implications of these trends for UNICEF

- Prepare consultation synthesis report on key implications of trends and scenarios for UNICEF with identified recommendations.

 

There are three distinct phases in this work assignment.  An indicative, but not comprehensive, list of key work assignments in each of these three phases is detailed below.

 

Phase 1 - Inception phase - December 2016

Purpose: Design the scope and methodology for the trend analysis and risk projections

 

 

Approach:

- Consultation with the ROSA senior management, DRP Policy Planning Unit and a selected group of country representatives;

- Refinement of the scope of the assignment;

- Design methodology for the trend analysis including selection criteria, key sources of information, interview schedule;

- Definition of framework for the development of likely scenarios;

·    Overview of the regional social, technological, environmental, economic, political and humanitarian landscape and gender barriers norms and practices in the region;

·    Outline of the study report;

·    Outline of the consultation plan for the identification and validation of the implications for UNICEF.

Phase 2 - Mapping of Regional Trends and Development of Scenarios - January 2017Purpose: Mapping regional medium to long-term development trends, analyzing their potential impact on children and identifying the implications for UNICEF strategic engagement and positioning in the region.

Approach:

- Screen existing global and regional social, technological, environmental, economic, political and humanitarian trends research and forecasting studies developed by other institutions such as UN agencies, the World Bank, NGOs, think thanks and academic institutions;

- Conduct brief analysis of data available particularly on demographics including urbanization, informal sector, financial, budgetary and fiscal issues and its relationship to socio-economic, gender equality and child indicators;

- Interview key regional stakeholders including ADB, UNESCAP and other UN entities, SAARC, World Bank, bilateral agencies, academic institutions and think tanks;

- Based on intelligence, data and evidence collected, identify key regional trends, which have most potential to impact equitable and sustainable development trends including children rights negatively and positively in the region in medium term and by 2030;

- Outline the potential impact, including opportunities and risks, of these trends on children rights in the region and develop potential scenarios;

- Identify best practices that have been developed as a response to negative trends

- Draft report on trends and scenarios impacting development trends with special reference to children by 2030 in South Asia.

 

Phase 3 - Implications for UNICEF - February 2017

 

Purpose: Facilitate internal discussions on the draft implication of these trends for UNICEF and support the identification of key recommendations for UNICEF in South Asia

 

Approach:

- Facilitate an in-depth participatory discussion (and validation of draft), utilizing appropriate foresight methodologies to identify key implications for UNICEF and recommendations for UNICEF's priorities and necessary strategic shifts.

- Prepare draft recommendations based on the analysis and discussion

 

Key deliverables:

- Consultation synthesis report (10 pages maximum) on key implications of trends and scenarios for UNICEF with identified recommendations

 

Reporting requirements 

1.   Inception Report  

- Draft report (5 days)

- Presentation (teleconference/Skype) (1 day)  

- Final report (5 days)

2.   Report on trends and scenarios for South Asia in 2030    

- Draft report (10 days)    

- Presentation (2 days)

- Revised draft report (2 days)  

- Final report (5 days)

3.   Consultations synthesis report on implication of trends for UNICEF    

- Draft report (2 days)

- Final report (5 days)

 

Financial Proposal

Applicants should also submit a financial proposal which confirms standardized rates for various types of services required for this consultancy. Applicants can propose different categories if desired but all the following should be considered:

 

Professional Fees / Technical Assistance

- Outline the cost of the technical assistance provided

- Please define rates for each member of your team (if applicable)

 

Travel:

- Include budget estimate of travel, international and local

- Note that travel cost must be the most economic and most direct route (economy class air ticket only)

 

Other fees:

Confirm if there are additional fees that will be included in technical proposals (miscellaneous, administrative, communication and overhead costs).

 

5.   Output  Results (Deliverables):

The contracted institutions will be responsible to deliver:

- Inception report

- Presentation on regional landscape and methodology

- Three plausible future scenarios for South Asia in 2030 and implications for children wellbeing

- Report on trends affecting children and 3 scenarios

- Facilitation of the workshop to discuss and validate the findings, scenarios and implications for children and UNICEF

- Final synthesis report on key implications of trends in the region for UNICEF with identified recommendations

 

Phase 1 - Inception phase - December 2016

Purpose: Design the scope and methodology for the trend analysis

 

Key deliverable:

- Inception report (15 pages maximum)

- Presentation of the regional landscape and the methodology (via teleconference/Skype)

 

Phase 2 - Mapping of Regional Trends and Development of Scenarios - January 2017

Purpose: Mapping regional long-term development trends, analyzing their potential impact on children and identifying the implications for UNICEF strategic engagement and positioning in the region.

Key deliverables:

·    Report outlining trend analysis and three likely scenarios of South Asia in 2030 and their implications for child-well-being (15 pages maximum)

·    Presentation of the key regional trends, scenarios and their implications for children and UNICEF

 

Phase 3 - Implications for UNICEF - February 2017

Purpose: Facilitate internal discussions on the draft implication of these trends for UNICEF and support the identification of key recommendations for UNICEF in South Asia

 

Key deliverables:

- Consultation synthesis report (10 pages maximum) on key implications of trends and scenarios for UNICEF with identified recommendations

 

 

Duration of the contract:

The contract will be from 1 December 2016 - 30 April 2017. It will follow the reporting schedule outlined above and the key phases as defined in the description of assignment.

 

Working Conditions:

The institution selected for this assignment must provide their own computers, communication devises, Internet connections, and workspaces.

The institution will be expected to travel to Kathmandu by 3rd week of February 2017 to engage with senior management. Other travel requirement may be identified at the inception phase.

 

Travel cost should include a trip to Kathmandu, Nepal. Travel cost shall be calculated based on economy class travel, regardless of the length of travel and costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals shall not exceed applicable daily subsistence allowance (DSA) rates, as promulgated by the International Civil Service

Commission (ICSC). Contractors will be responsible for their own bookings and travel to and from mission locations. In the event that additional travel is identified at the inception phase, the rules above will apply.

 

Qualifications:

 

- Proven expertise in conducting high-quality mega trend analysis, forecasting, scenario development and institutional policy analysis, with history of advising the UN, development and international organizations

- Strong technical knowledge in relevant social, technological, environmental, economic, political and humanitarian fields that impact children in South Asia

- Proven research, analysis, writing, presentation, facilitation and time management skills

- Proven track record in utilizing variety of foresight and related analytical methodologies

- Excellent oral and written communication skills

- Familiarity with UNICEF, the child rights agenda and sustainable development vision

 

 

Evaluation process and methods for selection:

Interested institutions are required to submit a technical proposal including a succinct understanding of the assignment, background on their institution, outline of the methodology, format of the trends and scenarios to be developed, implementation plan, sample report of trends analysis and profile of the proposed team to work on this assignment; as well as a financial proposal.

 

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