Terms of Reference
National Statistics System Expert
Short-term consultant for UNDP Project “Strengthening MDG Monitoring and Reporting Capacity of the Planning Commission”
Duration February – April 2005 (3 months)
Duty Station Planning Commission, Islamabad
The UNDP Pakistans project “Strengthening MDG Monitoring and Reporting Capacity of the Planning Commission” is to provide a team of experts to the Planning Commission in order to strengthen the MDG related data analysis, develop scenarios for putting Pakistan on track towards its MDG targets, and use those scenarios to contribute to the next Five Year Plan (2005-2010). The project is also expected to identify strengths and weaknesses in existing national statistics related to MDGs.
A project team will consist of three experts (i.e., Monitoring and Evaluation Expert, National Statistics System Expert, and Macro Economist with Public Finance Specialization) and a Research Assistant. The team will collectively be responsible for final report and workshop; however, for consolidation purpose, M&E Expert will be responsible for compiling the work of the team and submission of the final report and proceedings of the workshop to UNDP.
Under the overall guidance of Resident Representative of UNDP and direct supervision of both Chief Economist, Planning Commission and Deputy Resident Representative, UNDP, the National Statistics System Expert will undertake the following tasks
Statistical analyses of the available data to determine whether Pakistan is on track for achieving MDG Targets.
Conduct a detailed statistical analysis of the inputs required to achieve the output targets that contribute to MDGs.
Assess the information needs and evolve a system of feedback to the producers for improving information content of the data to be provided for monitoring exercises required for MDG.
Suggest two-way information flow system ensuring use of national information at provincial level planning authorities for adjustment(s) at province/district level.
Make use of the present design of data collection as much as possible and suggest statistical tools for simple map making and statistical analyses.
Based on the findings, suggest simple forecasting techniques for analyzing future trends in different scenarios, like budget provisions, GDP growth, and other performance indicators.
Inputs for the Analytical Report on MDG Monitoring and Reporting Capacity of the Planning Commission and documentation of the above responsible tasks if not included in the report
A national workshop to present findings and its proceedings
Strong quantitative analysis background, with experience in empirical work
Ability to handle and analyze primary data
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, as well as complete work in a timely manner
Strong report writing, coordination, and inter-personal skills