Call for Prospective Project Staff of the Locally-Funded Project  on “Development of the Subnational Statistical System Towards Good Governance”






Call for Prospective Technical Adviser
on the Preparation of Report on the 2012 Small Area Estimates
of Poverty

(Posted 23 July 2015)



The Philippine Statistics Authority is inviting Project Technical Adviser whose expertise in poverty measurement and in presenting official poverty statistics would be needed for the preparation of the Report on the 2012 Small Area Estimates of Poverty.

1. Background

The Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2011-2016 has for its vision: “Achieve inclusive growth, create employment opportunities and reduce poverty”.  The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), on the other hand, which affirmed commitments of member countries of the United Nations towards reducing the worst forms of human deprivation, has its primary goal of halving poverty by 2015.  With MDG on its last year, it is imperative that policy- and decision-makers have access to subnational information on the poverty situation as most program interventions are implemented and done at the local level.

Official poverty statistics regularly generated by the former National Statistical Coordination Board (now part of the PSA) thru direct estimation from the Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) of the former National Statistics Office (now also part of the PSA) are only available at the national, regional and provincial levels, considering limited resources of the government and the Philippine Statistical System (PSS).

With the increasing clamour for lower disaggregation of poverty statistics, the then NSCB embarked on a Poverty Mapping Project with funding assistance from the World Bank (WB) Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) Trust Fund in 2004.  This Project made possible the generation of the first set of poverty estimates for 1,622 municipalities and cities in the country for the year 2000 by employing small area estimation (SAE) techniques developed by WB, called the Elbers, Lanjouw and Lanjouw (ELL) methodology.  These poverty estimates, which were first released in 2005, have been widely used by several government and non-government agencies, in particular, in the initial identification of priority areas in the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). 

Recognizing the need to have updated poverty estimates for use by the government in its poverty reduction programs, the former NSCB, again with the assistance of World Bank, generated the 2003 municipal and city level poverty estimates in 2008.  Further, considering the importance of the municipal and city level poverty estimates in program planning and targeting, the national government, the World Bank and the Australian Agency for International Development jointly provided the financial resources for the generation of the 2006 and 2009 municipal and city level poverty estimates, which were released in 2013 and 2012, respectively.

The ELL is an SAE technique that generate estimates thru the combined information from the Census of Population and Housing (CPH), FIES and the Labor Force Survey (LFS).  With the conduct of the CPH in 2010 and FIES-LFS in 2012 and the availability of the needed public use file (PUF), the estimation of the 2012 municipal and city level poverty estimates were made possible. 

2. Objectives of the Project

Building on the previous efforts undertaken through the previous projects on SAE of poverty, this study generated the 2012 updates of SAE of poverty.   

Specifically, the objectives of the Project are as follows:

  • Generate 2012 municipal and city level poverty estimates based on the SAE technique;

  • Generate poverty maps for 2012; and

  • Generate national and regional reports on the 2012 municipal and city level poverty estimates.

3. Project Outputs and Deliverables

With the project objectives stated above, the expected outputs of the Project are as follows:

  • 2012 SAE models and municipal and city level poverty estimates;

  • 2012 poverty maps; and

  • National and regional project reports on the 2012 SAE of poverty.

4. Scope of Work of the Technical Adviser

A team consisting of a Resource Person, Technical Adviser and the PSA Project Staff will work on this Project. The Technical Adviser will provide overall guidance in the preparation of the national and regional reports, which will present the 2012 SAE of poverty. The Technical Adviser will provide recommendations and expert advice on the way the reports will be prepared by the PSA Project Staff, in consultation with the Resource Person. The Technical Adviser will review and provide comments/inputs/recommendations on reports submitted by the Resource Person prior to finalization and presentation to the PSA Executive Committee. The Technical Adviser will also participate in validation workshops, technical meetings/workshops, dissemination forum and other related activities of the project.

More specifically, the Technical Adviser shall undertake the following tasks/ functions with the assistance of the Resource Person and PSA Project Staff:

    •  Stages 2 and 3 of the Project on the 2012 SAE of poverty

      • Provide comments/recommendations on the provincial and city/municipal GIS-based poverty maps;

      • Provide comments/inputs/recommendations on the national and regional reports drafted by the Resource Person and the PSA Project Staff.

      • Provide general directions/advice and participate in the conduct of the following activities:

        • Provincial validation workshops;

        • Technical workshops; and

        • Dissemination forum/activities

The Team, together with the Resource Person, will liaise very closely with the Technical Adviser/PSA Executive Committee during the entire duration of the updating activity.

5. Technical Adviser’s Qualifications

The Technical Adviser should have the following minimum qualifications:

    • Must have a doctoral degree in statistics or related field

    • Must have familiarity on the following data sets of major statistical activities: Census of Population and Housing (CPH), Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) and Labor Force Survey (LFS)

    • Must have knowledge and experience on small area estimation of poverty, particularly the ELL methodology adopted for this Project

    • Must have comprehensive knowledge of and long experience on the official poverty estimation methodology, the issues on poverty measurement and dissemination of official poverty statistics.

6. Technical Adviser’s Outputs

Based on the participation of the Adviser in the various statistical activities as well as independent review of the outputs of the Project and provision of inputs and recommendations to the Report, the Technical Adviser will submit result of review/comments/inputs/recommendations not later than 30 calendar days upon receipt of the following reports from the Project Staff:

Stages 2 and 3 for the 2012 SAE of poverty

    • Provincial and city/municipal poverty maps;

    • Conduct of the provincial validation workshop and dissemination activities

    • Draft national and regional reports on the 2012 SAE on poverty

7.  Institutional Arrangements

The PSA shall be responsible for selecting the Technical Adviser following prescribed rules and procedures of the PSA and the Government.

The Project Staff shall report to the PSA Executive Committee, which oversees the implementation of the project and evaluate the outputs of the Project Staff. The methodology and corresponding estimates generated from the project will be presented to the PSA Executive Committee, which may submit its recommendation/s to the PSA Board through the PSA Staff for policy action.

8. Technical Adviser’s Fees

The estimated cost for the tasks would be PhP350,000 for the Technical Adviser.

 9. Duration of Contract

The Technical Adviser is expected to render services for 30 days spread over 3 August to 31 December 2015.

10. Required Documents

All applicants are requested to submit the following documents on or before 30 July 2015:

  • Expression of interest

  • Curriculum vitae detailing the applicant’s qualification, relevant experience and competence, and references

For inquiries and clarifications, please contact Ms. Bernadette B. Balamban at telephone number 376-1991/376-1952 and email address .



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