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Call for Prospective Local and Foreign Project Consultants on the Formulation of the Philippine Statistical Development Program 2011-2017

The NSCB is inviting prospective Local and Foreign Project Consultants whose expertise in strategic planning, formulation of medium-term statistical development program, and budgeting would be needed for the formulation of the Philippine Statistical Development Program (PSDP) 2011-2017.

1.  Background

The Philippine Statistical Development  Program (PSDP) is a mechanism for setting the directions, strategies and priorities of the Philippine Statistical System (PSS) and defines the priority statistical programs and activities for the medium term.   The purpose of the PSDP is also to provide vital information support to the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) and to promote efficiency of statistical operations through optimum use of available resources and adoption of cost-effective measures.

The PSDP is prepared every six years, with the PSDP 2005-2010 as the latest in a series of  publications which began in the 1970s.   The PSDP 2011-2017 will be the eighth PSDP to be prepared by the PSS.  The NSCB spearheads the formulation of the PSDP,  with the participation of  government agencies, academe, private sector, data users and other stakeholders through the Interagency Steering Committee and the various sectoral technical/interagency committees and adhoc working groups.

An assessment of the PSDP 2005-2010 was undertaken by two World Bank consultants in 2010 to provide inputs to developing the next PSDP.  Several issues and concerns have been identified that need to be addressed in the next PSDP, which should also give high priority to advocating for more resources for the PSS.  It is envisioned that the PSS through improved PSDP and more resources will be able to improve the generation of timely, relevant, useful, and accessible statistics to strengthen evidence-based decision making and contribute to improving economic and social outcomes in the country. 
 
The Project intends to develop an improved PSDP for the period 2011-2017 that lays out a strategy to address the major constraints and challenges in the PSS and enable the PSS to contribute more in monitoring of the development targets of the country. The formulation of the PSDP 2011-2017 shall adhere to the PARIS21 “Guide to Designing National Strategies for the Development of Statistics (NSDS)” where processes to be undertaken shall ensure wide consultation with all stakeholders of the PSS.  The next PSDP will involve not only the major statistical agencies but also the other data producers, data users, and other stakeholders to ensure that the PSDP cover the entire PSS. 
      
2. Objectives of the Project

The following are the objectives of the Project:

3. Project Outputs and Deliverables

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

Component 1: Preparatory Activities for the PSDP 2011-2017
Component 2: Formulation of the PSDP 2011-2017

Component 3: Dissemination, Advocacy, and Monitoring and Evaluation of the PSDP 2011-2017

4. Scope of Work of the Consultants

The local and foreign Consultants and the NSCB Project Staff will work on the various phases of the Project.  The Consultants will liaise very closely with the NSCB Project Staff  and  the NSCB Project Management Committee during the entire duration of the Project.

More specifically, the Consultants shall undertake the following tasks/functions with the assistance of the NSCB Project Staff:

a.   Local Consultant (1)  for the Formulation of the PSDP 2011-2017

b.  Local Consultant (1)  for Budgeting and Formulation of Medium-Term Expenditure and Human Resource Framework

c.  Local Consultants (4)  for the Assessment of Key Sectoral Statistics

d.  Foreign Consultant (1) for the Formulation of the PSDP 2011-2017

e.  Local Consultant (1) for the Advocacy and Communication Plan

5. Evaluation Criteria

The following criteria will be used in the evaluation of the candidates and the selection of the Consultants:

a.  Local Consultants for the Formulation of the PSDP, Budgeting and Formulation of the Medium Term Expenditure and Human Resource Framework

Criterion

Weight  (%)

A. Education

10

B. Relevant Training

10

C. Knowledge and experience on strategic planning and budgeting for national statistical development 

20

D. Knowledge and experience in the formulation of the medium-term national statistical development program 

20

E. Knowledge and experience on official statistics, statistical indicator systems, and sectoral statistics

15

F. Comprehensive knowledge of the Philippine Statistical System

15

G. Overall work commitments and availability; current/pending projects and responsibilities

10

Total

100

b.  Local Consultants for the Assessment of Key Sectoral Statistics

Criterion

Weight  (%)

A. Education

10

B. Relevant Training

10

C. Knowledge and experience on official statistics, statistical indicator systems, and sectoral statistics, particularly on agriculture, health, education, and environment and natural resources statistics  

35

D. Knowledge and experience on assessment and strategic planning 

25

E. Familiarity of the Philippine Statistical System

10

F. Overall work commitments and availability; current/pending projects and responsibilities

10

Total

100

c.  Foreign Consultant for the Formulation of the PSDP

Criterion

Weight  (%)

A. Education

10

B. Relevant Training

10

C. Knowledge and experience on NSDS and strategic planning for national statistical development

20

D. Knowledge and experience in the formulation of the medium-term national statistical development program 

20

E. Knowledge and experience on official statistics, statistical indicator systems, and sectoral statistics

15

E. Familiarity of the Philippine Statistical System

15

F. Overall work commitments and availability; current/pending projects and responsibilities

10

Total

100

d.  Local Consultant for the Advocacy and Communication Plan

Criterion

Weight  (%)

A. Education

10

B. Relevant Training

10

C. Knowledge and experience on advocacy, dissemination, and communication activities 

35

D. Familiarity of the statistical activities and the Philippine Statistical System

20

E. Involvement in previous PSS/NSCB advocacy and communication activities

15

F. Overall work commitments and availability; current/pending projects and responsibilities

10

Total

100

6. Required Documents

All interested applicants are requested to submit the following documents on or before 22 July 2011:

For inquiries and clarifications, please contact Ms. Cynthia S. Regalado and/or Ms. Millicent Gay B. Tejada at telephone numbered 895-2439/895-2436 and e-mail addresses cs.regalado@nscb.gov.ph and mgb.tejada@nscb.gov.ph.

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