Objective and Purpose of the Assignment
COVID-19 has driven the most significant global economic and public health crisis in the 21st Century.
Since 2019, COVID-19 spread rapidly across the world. As of 1 June 2020, there were 6.3 million reported cases, with an average daily increase of 1.6%. (global cases double every six weeks). In addition to the human cost, the outbreak has led to the sharpest economic downturn in more than eighty years. The global numbers hide the great inequality in both the spread and impact of COVID-19.
In April 2020, ADB’s Board of Directors approved a $20 billion package of support to developing member countries (DMCs), known as COVID-19 Pandemic Response Option (CPRO) financing. ADB committed a total of $13.7 billion of new resources along with $6.3 billion of reallocated resources to sovereign and nonsovereign operations.
IED requires the support of a national consultant to compile and analyze data and put together early evidence that is emerging from ADB’s COVID-19 interventions. The work of the national consultant will help IED to prepare a rapid assessment of current and future interventions.
Scope of Work
The national consultant will be engaged to help the evaluation team collect relevant data, compile, and organize the COVID-19 portfolio, and undertake analytical work.
Detailed Tasks and/or Expected Output
Task 1: COVID-19 operations portfolio: The most immediate task is to compile the COVID-19 portfolio.
This involves populating an excel spreadsheet with data extracted from ADB project documents. More specifically, this task will entail:
(i) Collection of data from selected portfolio datasets (Year X1 to Year X2) and classify by sector, modality, theme, category, country, region, and cost.
(ii) Extraction/collection, review and analysis of loan processing, supervision, project completion, and COVID-related project data from:
• Reports and recommendations of the president (RRP)report and linked documents.
• Monitoring and back-to-office reports.
• Staff and Management Review Meeting materials and notes; and
• ADB Compliance and other COVID-related documents.
(iii) Review and assessment of related TA documents (TA reports, completion reports and consultant reports) and synthesis of key findings.
Task 2: ADB human resources: the consultant would be expected to collect and compile data on ADB staffing, including for example health specialists and generalists and economic governance specialists and generalists.
Task 3: Public expenditure and economic data: The consultant would also be expected to find data from different sources on a range of topics i.e., DMC public expenditure on health and on social protection as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP); trends in budget deficits and public debt as a percentage of GDP(some of this data is available in ADB publications). Data would need to be arranged according to ADB regional country groups i.e., SARD, PARD, SERD, CWRD, and EAD, and by country classification i.e., low-income, middle-income etc.
Task 4: Collect other data, undertake analysis, and compile tables and charts. The consultant would be expected to respond to other requests for data collection and to undertake simple analysis as required, as well as present the data in tables and charts. Good understanding of excel spreadsheets is essential.
Minimum Qualification Requirements
The Consultant should have:
(i) Excellent computer skills with sound knowledge of electronic databases and statistical analysis; (ii) Familiarity with ADB operations and ADB’s policies and procedures; (iii) Familiarity with IED work and IED/ADB data repositories and databases; (iv) Experience in applied research; and
(v) Good analytical and writing skills.
Minimum General Experience
Minimum Specific Experience (relevant to assignment)
Deadline of Submitting EOI: 06-Jul-2020 11:59 PM Manila local time