System Developer to Develop an Integrated Solution

United Nations Development Programme, Philippines

Skill Required:, IT and ICT
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
10th December, 2020


Job Description

About the Organization:

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations' global development network. They advocate for change and connect countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life for them. They provide expert advice, training and grants support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. They promote technical and investment cooperation among nations.

Project Description

The Philippines is one of the most disaster-prone countries in the world, prone to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis and typhoons. Climate change has increased the scale and frequency of disasters in the Philippines with an average of 20 typhoons affecting the country each year. The current COVID-19 pandemic has emphasized the need for a more integrated approach that considers the resilience of the country’s health systems to minimize overall impacts on the economy and the welfare of the marginalized.

Disaster response and recovery in the Philippines have been largely focused on infrastructure reconstruction while socio-economic recovery has been more challenging. Risk reduction and humanitarian and recovery measures have not been systematically integrated, which has eroded resilience-building efforts each time a new crisis occurred. As a result, the country’s poverty reduction efforts have often been compromised. Among those hardly hit are the most vulnerable on account of high exposure, inability to adapt, and weak socio-economic capacities. Those needing specifically targeted interventions include persons with disabilities, women, and children, informal settlers in the urban areas, upland dwellers and indigenous communities, small farmers, and fishermen.

In addressing these, disaster assessment is essential to quantify the situation by data. Multiple disaster assessment toolkits have been developed for various purposes and an integration solution is needed for better sustainability and simpler deployment.

The IT-enabled Post-Disaster Needs Assessment (iPDNA), supported by DFAT, UNDP Crisis Bureau, and the Bangkok Regional Hub, has been deployed for Typhoon Kammuri in December 2019 and the Taal Volcanic Eruption in 2020 in support of the NDMO. Realizing the fruitfulness of its deployment, it was decided to enhance the iPDNA capability. iPDNA is currently being tailored for the integration and deployment of the COVID-19 response in the Philippines context and a National Consultant is hired to support the process.

Duties and Responsibilities

The objective of this assignment is to develop a digitalized ERNA/RDNA toolkit and carry out an integrated solution of iPDNA, HBDA, ERNA, RDNA and DevLIVE+ toolkits in consideration of ethical standards, data privacy and security. The integration shall be based on a coherent technology architecture with compatible indicators and database structure, while existing platforms should be fully utilized. The Consultant shall work closely with the Data Analyst and the Climate Action Team. Specific tasks are as follows:

Design of An Integrated Solution

  • Support the Data Analyst in carrying out an indicator adjustment plan in consideration of gender equality and data reuse;
  • Support the Data Analyst in carrying out a strategy that imports DevLIVE+ data to disaster assessment toolkits as baseline information;
  • Design the technical architecture of the proposed integrated solution of iPDNA, HBDA, ERNA, RDNA and DevLIVE+ toolkits;
  • Separate toolkits with one integrated/interconnected database are preferred;
  • Including an automatic data export module for Common Operational Datasets (CODs)
  • Importing data from DevLIVE+ to disaster assessment toolkits as baseline information;
  • Support the Data Analyst in carrying out a clear Data Flow Diagram that characterizes data sharing across toolkits and identifies the gap to having an integrated solution;
  • Support the Data Analyst in exploring the feasibility to include ERNA in RDNA, and carrying out a strategy for integrated ERNA/RDNA;
  • Design a cloud-based ERNA/RDNA digitalization toolkit;
  • KOBO or ODK-based designs are preferred;
  • Offline functionality is required for non-Internet scenarios;                                                         

Development

  • Develop a cloud-based ERNA/RDNA digitalization toolkit based on the design above;
  • Develop the integration component of iPDNA, HBDA, ERNA, RDNA and DevLIVE+ based on the design above;
  • Develop an Operation/User Manual for deployment and operation of the integrated component including data syncing and the digital ERNA/RDNA toolkit.
  • Technical Support for Pilot Deployment and Capacity Building
  • Conduct testing deployment and adjustments;
  • Provide technical support in iPDNA, HBDA and ERNA/RDNA pilot deployment as well as DevLIVE+ data import for at least one disaster event [hydro-met, earthquake];
  • Conduct one (1) webinar session / on-site training session on ERNA/RDNA deployment, in collaboration with the System Developer;
  • Conduct one (1) webinar session / on-site training session on HBDA deployment, in collaboration with the System Developer;
  • Conduct one (1) webinar session on findings of this assignment;
  • Develop an Operation/User Manual for deployment and operation of the integrated solution including data syncing.

Required Skills and Experience

Candidates will be evaluated based on the Combined Rating methodology:

  • Technical qualifications = 70%
  • Financial Proposal =    30%

Qualifications

Education

  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in computer science, information technology, data science, mathematics or related fields
  • 20 points if relevant Master’s degree
  • 15 points if relevant Bachelor’s degree

Experience

  • At least 5 years of previous work experience on software development of humanitarian needs assessment or demographic survey, data warehousing or related field.

Minimum 5 years = 30 points; 2 point per year for additional years, up to a maximum of 40 points in total

  • At least 1 year of previous work experience on software development using Docker as virtualization / fast deployment technology

Minimum 1 year = 5 points

  • At least 2 years of previous work experience on ODK/KOBO-based software development

Minimum 2 years = 6 points; 2 point per year for additional years, up to a maximum of 10 points in total

  • At least 2 years of previous work experience that contains PostgreSQL/PostGIS database management.

Minimum 2 years = 5 points

Sample Work

  • Submission of two sample works related to any of the following themes: digital toolkit development of humanitarian rapid assessments or demographic surveys, data warehousing, BI application development or relevant fields.
  • 10 points per qualified sample work

Source:https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=95624


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