Project Officer (Data for Sustainable Development) at UNDP


The Lesotho Data for Sustainable Development Project a new project funded by the European Union and United Nations Development Program. The project is aimed at assisting the Government of Lesotho in the collection, analysis and dissemination of development data and building institutional and technical capacities for monitoring and evaluation of development programs and effective public management system. The project intends to strengthen national and sectoral capacities to generate and utilize data, facilitate accountability for resources and advocacy for evidence – based planning and results. The project will be implemented by the Ministry of Development Planning, through Dept of M&E and Bureau of Statistics, and managed by UNDP.


Duties and Responsibilities

The external consultant will act as a team leader, with support of the local and/other consultant, as may be necessary to deliver the following

  • Conduct the mapping of the Lesotho data ecosystem, including national official statistical capacity at the national and sub-national levels, legal and policy frameworks, entry points and obstacles for multi-stakeholder engagement on data for implementation and monitoring of the SDGs, National Strategic Development Plan and other regional programs, such as the Agenda 2063.
  • Evaluate data gaps and availability based on the principles for effective implementation of the SDGs and assess the capacity and institutional upgrading required to track and monitor NSDP, including the SDGs – sub-nationally and nationally.
  • Provide technical support and leadership for establishment of a national statistical ecosystem, and the development of an inclusive national M&E framework
  • Develop a national capacity building plan, by identifying gaps, opportunities, innovations and new technologies for participation, which could be leveraged in infrastructure/institutional requirements for the improved collection, dissemination, analysis and use of data, and efforts to support the creation of national and international legislative frameworks for monitoring and accountability of SDGs.

Required Skills and Experience

A. Qualifications of the Successful Individual Contractor

Education: A Master’s Degree or higher in Statistics, Economics, Development Studies and relevant fields

Special Skills and experience

  • A minimum of 10 -15 years of proven experience in providing technical assistance to national/sub-national governments in statistics and data, designing and implementing planning and monitoring processes, including a similar work such as policy advisory;
  • Of which, a minimum of 7- 10 years of proven experience in facilitating consultation sessions for the national/sub-national programs;
  • Of which a minimum of 7-10 years of proven experience in providing technical assistance to national/sub-national governments and international organizations for the design of the M&E framework.
  • Good experience in facilitating and managing technical workshops.


  • Fluent in English.

Closing date: 31 March 2017

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