National Consultant - Data Collection and Analysis

UNDP - United Nations Development Programme, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, Finance and Accounts
Preferred Experience: 
1 to 3 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th December, 2018

Job Description


The SDG Integrated Solutions Platform pilot project is a joint initiative by ILO, UNDP, UNOPS and the Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) on behalf of the UN Country Team (UNCT). This project is closely aligned to Driver 1: Towards improved data, knowledge management and evidence-based policy, which is one of four areas of the United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) 2018-2022.

Generation and use of data is one of Sri Lanka’s greatest challenges in implementing and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Similarly, efficient coordination and timely knowledge sharing is also a major challenge. The Agenda 2030 is underpinned by a strong Follow up and Review process which requires the country to have up to date subnational data in order to measure progress and target interventions. As such, the lack of data has a direct impact on policymaking. The aim of this pilot project is to test new ideas in terms of data sourcing, tracking, funding as well as galvanizing knowledge networks and tapping into the wisdom of communities to achieve the 2030 agenda. The proposed SDG integrated solutions platform will provide a ‘one stop shop’ for data, stories and ideas to advance sustainable development in the country.

One of the main objectives of this project is to track and visualize public and private sector investment towards the SDGs in Sri Lanka through a data visualization widget. This will provide an overview of the SDG financing ecosystem in Sri Lanka, and, in doing so, identify where funding gaps exist. This innovation will for the first time, bring together government commitments and private sector contributions towards the SDGs and highlight the potential for innovative funding opportunities. It will advance the ‘whole of government’ and ‘whole of society’ approaches to foster interactive partnerships with diverse stakeholders.


The purpose of this consultancy is to collect and anaylse data on existing and/or budgeted public and private sector investment towards the selected SDGs.

This will involve the development of a methodology to collect the required data and the identification of relevant data sources. The consultant will be provided with a preliminary database of information on public and private sector activities and contributions towards the SDGs, compiled by gathering data from government and private sector reports. He/she will need to build on that database, filling information gaps through primary research. The data will also need to be cleaned, analysed and presented in a standardized format in order to facilitate effective data visualization through the online widget. Given the time duration of nine months for this project, the widget is likely to be piloted in a selected province/district. As such, the replicability and scalability of the methods of data collection and analysis will need to be ensured.

Duties and Responsibilities


Expected Outputs/Deliverables

  • Identify data sources and develop a methodology to collect data on public and private sector investment towards the SDGs in Sri Lanka;
  • Collect and analyse data on public sector contributions to the selected SDGs;
  • Collect and analyse data on private sector contributions to the selected SDGs;
  • Ensure the replicability and scalability of the methods of data collection and analysis.




  • Results oriented with expertise in data analysis and database management;
  • Experience in the use of statistical packages such as STATA, SPSS or E-Views is required;
  • Good communication (spoken and written) skills are required;
  • Econometric knowledge will be an advantage;
  • Expertise in the use of big data and public expenditure data will be an asset;
  • Good partnership and networking skills are desirable.

Required Skills and Experience

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Finance or other relevant field.
  • Language: Fluency in spoken and written English and Sinhala or Tamil.


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