Job Opening

Posting Title: Preparation and analysis work needed for the next development phase of RIGHTSTAT
Department/Office: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Duty Station: GENEVA
Posting Period: 12 January 2022 - 20 January 2022
Job Opening Number: 22-Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights-172223-Consultant
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Result of Service

1. Report of findings from the internal consultations to be delivered end February 2022;
2. Concept note for RIGHTSTAT Phase 2, including functional requirement analysis, and mock-up design of the dashboards to be delivered end March 2022;
3. Systems analysis of various geospatial visualizations tools to be delivered mid-April 2022;
4. Assessment of service providers, including specifications of possible platforms, pricing, timeframe, data privacy, security and ownership, sustainability, feasibility of consuming the beta version of RIGHTSTAT to be delivered mid-April 2022;
5. Draft SLA with the required technical specifications for the development of RIGHSTAT phase 2 to be delivered end April 2022.

In addition to these outputs, a monthly progress report (in English) on advancements in each area covered by the consultancy contract is required.

The consultant will be in daily contact with two METS staff and in regular contact with other relevant colleagues in METS and OHCHR. The consultant may be required to come regularly to OHCHR Headquarters in Geneva, depending on needs, at least once a week.

Work Location

Home

Expected duration

The consultant will work for three months, as follows:
1 February 2022 until 31 April 2022


Payments will be made upon submission of the monthly progress report, in each of the areas covered by the consultancy contract and their acceptance by OHCHR. This JO is issued subject to approval and release of the 2022 budget.

Duties and Responsibilities

OHCHR has developed a framework of indicators to respond to a longstanding demand to develop and deploy appropriate statistical indicators in furthering the cause of human rights and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Within the framework of the Methodology, Education, and Training Section's (METS) contributions to better integrate methodology, technology and data, OHCHR has developed a beta version of an application called RIGHTSTAT, compiling relevant, high-quality, and internationally comparable Human Rights Indicators with the aim of advancing the protection of human rights for all. RIGHTSTAT is guided by the Human Rights-Based Approach to Data, a set of principles for ensuring that data is produced following international human rights and statistical standards while putting people at the centre. The beta version of RIGHTSTAT currently contains 10 human rights and SDG indicators, and will progressively expand. It will be populated with new indicators and other data sharing and analytics capability in the future. RIGHTSTAT aims to provide a snapshot of the state of human rights engagement worldwide by measuring the level of countries' acceptance, intent, and commitment to implementing human rights standards. RIGHTSTAT itself builds on an existing interactive dashboard on treaty ratification released in 2013, https://indicators.in.ohchr.org/. This is the first-ever comprehensive data visualization portal containing the latest status of ratification of 18 treaties and optional protocols (treaties) for all United Nations Member States. As the majority of SDG indicators are directly relevant to the implementation and measurement of human rights, including the right to development, there is a significant room for expanding RIGHTSTAT using existing SDG indicators.

Using a systems engineering-based approach, the Consultant will support the preparation and analysis work needed for the next development phase of RIGHTSTAT (henceforth RIGHTSTAT Phase 2). The consultant will develop the concept note for RIGHTSTAT Phase 2, by performing the following tasks:

1. Lead internal OHCHR consultations on the beta version of RIGHTSTAT (both front-end and back-end dashboards) with the Human Rights Indicators and Data Unit (HRIDU) and the Information, Management and Technology Section (IMTS):
• Conduct interviews and consultations with focal points across the organization to develop functional requirements documentation detailing applications of RIGHTSTAT including reporting and visualizations. The output of the internal consultations is to be used in developing the concept note for RIGHTSTAT Phase 2.
• Conduct interviews with other UN entities with relevant data dashboards (e.g., UNSD, UNWOMEN, UNFPA, etc.)
• Analyze existing OHCHR databases and other sources of data for the indicators to automate data capture, including the treaty ratification dashboard and how it can be embedded to RIGHTSTAT, https://indicators.in.ohchr.org/

2. Conduct interviews with the developers of the beta version of RIGHTSTAT, the Service for Geospatial, Information and Telecommunications Technologies of the United Nations Global Service Centre within the United Nations Department of Operational Support.

3. Prepare a report of findings based on the internal OHCHR consultations.

4. Deliver a concept note for RISHTSTAT Phase 2:
• The concept note should include a mock-up design of the dashboards and the recommended added functionalities based on the results of the consultations (e.g., dynamically generated (downloadable) country profiles, downloadable maps and analytics, automated data capture, suggested new indicators, a searchable document repository, etc.).

5. Perform a systems analysis of various geospatial visualization tools, including those used by other UN entities (e.g., Tableau, Power BI and Carto), as alternatives to the current RIGHTSTAT platform :
• Provide information on the specifications of possible platforms, including their pricing, timeframe, data privacy, security and ownership, sustainability, etc.
• Assess the feasibility of consuming the beta version of RIGHTSTAT to these tools

6. Provide an assessment of possible service providers (developers) for RIGHTSTAT Phase 2.
• The Consultant will then work with technology vendors to develop the resulting system requirements, including system architecture and cost estimates.

7. Deliver a draft SLA (Service-Level Agreement) with the technical specifications required for the development of RIGHTSTAT phase 2.

These phases will include creating project boundaries, leading the technical planning effort, consulting key stakeholders, documenting the technical plans, requirements, specification, and system acceptance documents.

The consultant will work under the supervision of two staff members of METS, HRIDU of OHCHR in Geneva, and in close consultation with other METS and IMTS staff.

Qualifications/special skills

- First degree in data science, statistics, information technology, information systems management, business analysis, computer science and related areas.
- Advanced degree in data science, statistics, information technology, information systems management, business analysis, computer science and related areas.
- A minimum of two years of experience in information technology, writing functional design documents and related testing of developed solutions is required.
- Experience with data visualization tools, such as Power BI, Tableau, Qlik etc.
- Experience with geographical information system tools and web mapping service platforms, such as ArcGIS, Google Maps, Bing Maps, etc.
- Experience in agile software development methodology and practice is desirable.
- Experience in project management is desirable.
- Experience in geospatial information management and analysis is desirable.
- Experience in data collection and analysis is desirable.
- Experience working in the UN system is desirable.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office products is required.
- Knowledge of the software development life cycle, especially the planning, design, development, and implementation of computer information systems or related area is required.
- Knowledge of distributed systems and cloud service platforms (e.g., Azure) is desirable.
- Experience in innovation and developing concepts for other UN entities and large institutions.

No Fee

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