Data Base Management and IT consultant to support the work of the Labor Inspection in the Republic of Moldova on overseeing the implementation of the software/data base and provide coaching to local staff on the use and maintenance of the system

Vacancy Number: 129 /Pr-2011

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Location : Chisinau, MOLDOVA
Application Deadline : 15 July, 12:00 Moldova time
Type of Contract : Individual Contract
Project name: Women Economic Empowerment
Languages Required :
English  
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
1 September 2011
Period of assignment/services : Up to 200 days over a period of 1 year: September 2011 – August 2012
Terms of Reference 3  
Individual Consultant Procurement Notice 2  
Personal History Form (P11) 1  
UNDP General Conditions of Individual Contract 1  

Technical proposal and financial proposals should be submitted at the following email address: vacancies-moldova@undp.org no later than 15 July, 12:00 Moldova time.

Any request for clarification must be sent by standard electronic communication to the address corneliu.eftodi@unwomen.org. UN Women WEE staff will respond in writing or by standard electronic mail and will send written copies of the response, including an explanation of the query without identifying the source of inquiry, to all consultants.

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BACKGROUND

UN Women Sub-Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (former UNIFEM) has been actively working in Moldova since early 2003 and extended continuous support through various programmes and activities aimed at creating an enabling environment for gender equality, recognized as a prerequisite for sustainable development with a strong and active policy on gender equality. In fall 2009, UN Women has successfully mobilized additional financial support from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) to continue its efforts in the country on promoting gender equality and women’s advancement with the focus on implementation of gender equality legislation, Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination (CEDAW) and other gender equality legislative and policy obligations of the state.
Through a participatory process, during September – December 2009 UN Women managed to raise additional funds for implementation of the Programme “Women’s Economic Empowerment through Increased Employability in the Republic of Moldova”. The Programme is aimed at addressing the needs of the rural and sub-urban population, especially poor women in exercising their social and economic rights through increasing access to quality information and services in employment and social protection areas.
This will be achieved through improving local services, building capacity of the relevant institutions as well as improving policy and legislation based on the gaps identified through their practical application on the ground. The program is designed to be fulfilled within four years in line with the Government priorities set for 2009-2013 as well as the Reforms launched by the State in the areas of labor market and social protection.
The Program’s Development Objective is to make women in rural and sub-urban areas of Moldova be informed, empowered and able to better benefit of their social and economic rights.
The baseline information collected suggests that support should be provided to improve the coordination within the Ministry of Labour, Social protection and Family (MLSPF), to mainstream gender into the operations of the MLSPF departments responsible for promoting policies on labour and employment, as well as to raise the profile of gender issues within the National Employment Agency (NEA) and the Labour Inspection (LI). Considering the importance of the LI for the enforcement of WHR in the workplace, it was recommended that activities to support the LI planned in the program are scaled up. It is important to note that the current proposal on improving the Gender Equality Law (Law no. 5 of 9 February 2006, MO47-50 of 24 March 2006)) implementation mechanism, strongly recommends adding Labour Inspectorate as one of the key public institution for identification of discrimination in the work place.  Thus, it is imperative to assist the LI in introducing a mechanism for recording and acting upon cases of women’s discrimination on the job place.
For example, in 2009, the LI inspected 7,073 companies, which employ over 239,000 employees, out of which 119,000 women and 102 minors. Approximately half of the inspections (3,550) were geared towards checking workplace safety and health standards. As a result of these controls, 38,071 different violations have been recorded. Although according to LI representatives, cases of WHR violations are often identified during controls (such as dismissal or refusal to hire pregnant women or women with small children, hiring women on an unofficial payroll, and failing to provide adequate work conditions), no mechanism exists for recording such violations or even for reporting sex-disaggregated data.
Considering the current limitations within the LI, including limitation in increasing staff numbers, as a result of excessive hiring in the public sector in the past and the recent economic crisis, it was decided to support the LI in the use of informational technology to make its work more efficient for the direct benefit of women and the overall workforce. This includes assisting the LI in purchasing and/ or developing a specialized soft/programs supplemented with some basic equipments for target localities for the Labor Inspectorate to be able to both benefit from the electronic data base of norms and regulations as well as enable them to record and monitor the cases of violations of WHR on the job place through effective use/application of IT. Since this will be a first time LI using IT tools in their work, UN Women will contract an IT consultant to help LI in ensuring the development and application as well as management of the data base.

For more details, please read the Terms of Reference and Individual Consultant Procurement Notice.

 

SCOPE OF WORK, RESPONSIBILITIES AND DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED WORK

Under the overall guidance of WEE CTA and supervision of Programme Analyst, as well as in close cooperation with the Labor Inspection, the consultant will have to (i) support the oversee the implementation of the developed system/data base and (ii) provide on-the-job training to LI staff to effectively manage and maintain the database/software.
More specifically the consultant will be liable for providing the following services:

  • Work in conjunction with international consultant and the local company to develop the data base/software on ensuring the development and application of the system of indicators;
  • Maintain and update written instructions, forms and guidelines for the data base/monitoring system for all regional LI offices as well as for the central one;
  • Provision of hands on advice/training both for IT staff as well as for the labor inspectors in respect of software applications;
  • Audit the accuracy of information being provided through the reporting; data collection and monitoring system and follow up any discrepancies to ensure corrective action has been taken;
  • Provide advice and guidance into the types of qualitative and quantitative data (key indicators) that should be collected within the database. Include quantitative and qualitative indicators for monitoring;
  • Ensure that the reports produced by the database/software are in compliance with the requirements of LI and in accordance with the Technical Specifications provided by international consultant;
  • In conjunction with LI IT staff, and upon request of LI management, conduct regular audits (site visits) of LI territorial offices to evaluate the level of use of the data base and provide post development support packages e.g. consultancy, training etc. in relation to the needs of the local LI organizations.
  • For detailed information, please refer to Annex 1- Terms of Reference

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS

I. Academic Qualifications:

  • Relevant to the assignment advanced degree in IT technologies, statistics or other relevant field;
  • Other trainings in the area of assignment will be an asset.

II. Years of Experience:

  • At least 5 years of professional experience in database management;
  • At least 3 years of professional experience in data base design and maintenance is required
  • At least 3 years of professional experience of information management or monitoring data is required;
  • At least 2 years experience working with governmental organizations or programs in the development of software and database management systems is required;
  • Experience of defining and monitoring performance indicators is an asset;
  • Experience of "monitoring and evaluation" of projects is an asset.

III. Competencies:

  • Good knowledge of and experience  working with Labour Inspections
  • Knowledge on gender equality and women’s human rights
  • Excellent writing and IT skills
  • Fluency Romanian, good knowledge of Russian, upper intermediate level of English is required.

 

DOCUMENTS TO BE INCLUDED WHEN SUBMITTING THE PROPOSALS

Interested individual consultants must submit the following documents/information to demonstrate their qualifications:

 

FINANCIAL PROPOSAL

The financial proposal will specify the daily fee and payments are made to the Individual Consultant based on the number of days worked. Payments shall be made based on delivery of the services specified in the ToR and in accordance with the procedures described in the Remuneration section of the ToR.

Travel: Any travel under this assignment, including appropriate logistical arrangements shall be ensured/facilitated by UN Women.

 

Financial proposal

 

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.