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Consultant for Adaptation of the Data Journalism Training Manual

Consultant for Adaptation of the Data Journalism Training Manual

Location :Home-based, TURKEY
Application Deadline :05-Oct-16 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left :2d 14h 9m
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :International Consultant
Languages Required :English  
Duration of Initial Contract :Estimated 15 October – 15 December 2016
Expected Duration of Assignment :Approximately 15 days

UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub (IRH) is UNDP’s main knowledge and advisory hub for the countries serviced by UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS (RBEC). The Regional Centre is in charge for regional programme implementation. Through its regional programme, the IRH provides advisory support and knowledge management and innovation services to UNDP Country Offices in 22 countries and territories in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, including those in Central Asia.

Sustainable Development Goal 16 frames the promotion of peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provision of access to justice for all, and the building of effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions at all levels as a priority for the 2030 development agenda. UNDP’s Strategic Plan (2014-2017) prioritizes democratic governance and peacebuilding as the key to strengthening the social contract between the people and the state in realizing resilient and sustainable development. To contribute to this overall goal, UNDP in ECIS works regionally and at country level on:
  • Advocating for openness, transparency and accountability of public institutions, anti-corruption and strengthening civil society engagement; 
  • Supporting legal reforms and developing parliamentary processes;
  • Strengthening the rule of law including community security and promoting rights and access to justice of marginalized communities;
  • Building efficient National Human Rights Institutions; supporting the implementation of international standards and recommendations;
  • Enhancing public services and institutional responsiveness including public sector performance measures, voice and participation, particularly of excluded groups including youth;
  • Supporting effective local governance frameworks, decentralization and implementation mechanisms;
  • Supporting conflict prevention through national dialogue, local peace committees, and confidence-building activities while building institutional capacity to address risks and crises;
  • Placing gender equality and women at the center of decision-making and peace efforts.
In the framework of the UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the regional programme, the Open Data in Europe and Central Asia (ODECA) platform will continue to strengthen the demand and supply side of open data. The overall goal is for societies in the ECIS region harness the benefits of the data revolution for sustainable development and inclusive governance. ODECA is placed within the Governance and Peace-building Team, the anti-corruption practice area.

In the next phase, ODECA intends to strengthen existing partnerships and broaden the scope of work in the area of open data. More specifically, it will focus on: strengthening a global network of open data leaders in government, promoting good practices on open data standards, strengthening networks of public interest innovation, measuring open data, and capacity building for all.

In this context, the UNDP IRH, will contract a consultant within the ODECA network, Outcome 2 “Citizen expectations for voice, development, the rule of law and accountability are met by stronger systems of democratic governance”, to adapt the Data Journalism Training Manual used at the Data Journalism Training to the context of the Commonwealth of Independent States. The activity is intended for teaching staff at tertiary education institutions, who will then integrate the curriculum in their classes. For this purpose, UNDP needs a qualified consultant who will incorporate local examples of data journalism from the Russian speaking countries into the existing Manual. 

Duties and Responsibilities
The Consultant will perform tasks for the UNDP IRH, under direct supervision of the Data Management Analyst and the overall guidance of the Governance and Peacebuilding Cluster Lead. The Consultant’s main tasks will be the following:
  • Review of the Data Journalism Training Manual and provide feedback;
  • Identification and revision of the Data Journalism examples from the Russian speaking countries to be incorporated into the Data Journalism Traning Material taking special consideration of the targeted beneficiaries, i.e. young students of journalism.   
Deliverables and timeframe:
Full sum to be paid upon completion of these deliverables:
  • Review the Data Journalism Training Manual (app. 1 day) (by October 20);
  • Identification and revision of the Data Journalism examples from the Russian speaking countries (app. 5 days) (by November 10);
  • Provide technical feedback on contextualizing the examples with a special focus on potential areas of difficulty (app. 1 day) (by November 15);
  • Technical review and incorporation of the data journalism examples within the Data Journalism Training Manual (app. 8 days) (by December 10).

Corporate Competencies:
  • Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability;
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism;
  • Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
Functional Competencies:
  • Strong interpersonal skills, communication and diplomatic skills, ability to work in team and multi-cultural environments;
  • Strong analytical, reporting and writing abilities;
  • Openness to change and ability to receive/integrate feedback;
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines.

Required Skills and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, media, digital media or related field. Master’s degree is an advantage. 
  • At least 2 years of relevant experience working in data driven journalism, digital media, print media or other related areas;
  • A portfolio of published stories using data for story-telling and published articles/blogs on the good practices of data journalism;
  • Experience with journalism in Russian speaking contexts.
  • Fluency in oral and written Russian and English is required.
Evaluation of Applicants:
Individual consultants will be evaluated based on a cumulative analysis taking into consideration the combination of the applicants’ qualifications and financial proposal.

The award of the contract should be made to the individual consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as:
  • responsive/compliant/acceptable, and
  • Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical (P11 desk reviews) and financial criteria specific to the solicitation. 
Only the highest ranked candidates who would be found qualified for the job will be considered for the Financial Evaluation.

Technical Criteria - 70% of total evaluation – max. 70 points:
  • Criteria A – Relevance of the education background – max 10 points;
  • Criteria B –Relevant experience working in data driven journalism, digital media, print media or other related areas – max 20 points;
  • Criteria C – A portfolio of published stories using data for story-telling and published articles/blogs on the good practices of data journalism – max 20 points;
  • Criteria D – Experience with journalism in Russian speaking contexts  – max 20 points.
Financial Criteria - 30% of total evaluation – max. 30 points.

Application procedures:
Qualified candidates are requested to apply online via this website. The application should contain:
  • Cover letter explaining why you are the most suitable candidate for the advertised position. Please paste the letter into the "Resume and Motivation" section of the electronic application. 
  • Filled P11 form including past experience in similar projects and contact details of referees (blank form can be downloaded from ); please upload the P11 instead of your CV. 
  • Writing sample(s) relevant to this assignment (internationally published stories using data for story-telling and published articles/blogs on the good practices of data journalism).
  • Financial Proposal* in USD - specifying total all-inclusive lump sum amount  for tasks specified in this announcement.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please make sure you have provided all requested materials. Please group all your documents into one (1) single PDF document as the system only allows to upload maximum one document.
*Please note that the financial proposal is all-inclusive and shall take into account various expenses incurred by the consultant/contractor during the contract period (e.g. fee, health insurance, vaccination and any other relevant expenses related to the performance of services).
Payments will be made only upon confirmation of UNDP on delivering on the contract obligations in a satisfactory manner.

Individual Consultants are responsible for ensuring they have vaccinations/inoculations when travelling to certain countries, as designated by the UN Medical Director. Consultants are also required to comply with the UN security directives set forth under
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Qualified women and members of minorities are encouraged to apply.
Due to large number of applications we receive, we are able to inform only the successful candidates about the outcome or status of the selection process.

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.