|Purpose of consultancy||IMPACT is seeking a qualified developer, or group of developers, with demonstrated technical capacity to design and create an interactive, easily maintained information management product according to the parameters below.|
|Objective||The primary purpose of this interactive dashboard will be to illustrate trends in market data collected in humanitarian contexts throughout 2020 and 2021, with the aim of better understanding the microeconomic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on crisis-affected countries. Developing this dashboard is expected to involve some back-end work to display indicators drawn from many different datasets in a comparable manner.|
|Duration of consultancy||Approximately 20 working days, beginning on 20 September 2021 at the latest.|
|Expected completion date||The complete product must be finalised and validated by IMPACT HQ by 15 October 2021. Following validation, the consultant will be expected to train IMPACT HQ staff on the construction, modification, and maintenance procedures of the final product.|
|Application deadline||9 September 2021, 11:59 PM CEST|
IMPACT Initiatives is a humanitarian NGO based in Geneva, Switzerland (impact-initiatives.org). The IMPACT team comprises specialists in data collection, management and analysis, GIS, and remote sensing based in its Geneva headquarters and in its 26 countries of operation. The organisation’s main initiative is REACH (reach-initiative.org), which was established in 2010 as a joint initiative of two international NGOs aiming to promote and facilitate the development of information products that enhance the humanitarian community’s decision-making and planning capacity. REACH facilitates information management for aid actors through three complementary services: (a) needs and situation assessments facilitated by REACH teams; (b) situation analysis using satellite imagery; (c) provision of related database and mapping facilities and expertise.
One of the central pillars of REACH’s humanitarian data collection is to support cash and voucher assistance (CVA) and other market-based programming in humanitarian crises, through a workstream that includes rapid market assessments in response to situational developments, deep-dive market studies, and ongoing market monitoring to enable trend analysis. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, lockdowns and movement restrictions have caused unprecedented disruption to global markets and supply chains. While marketplaces themselves remained operational in most humanitarian contexts, restrictions on both cross-border and internal movement produced widespread shortages of key commodities, which in turn led to short-term availability issues and price increases at all levels of the supply chain. Furthermore, large-scale business closures and movement restrictions in many countries disproportionately affected the livelihoods of the most vulnerable, who were often dependent on earning daily income yet unable to engage in income-generating activities from their own homes.
Although the full economic cost of these measures has yet to be tallied, it is crucial for humanitarian actors to be able to quantify their effects on vulnerable households’ ability to afford basic commodities to understand how much and what type of help is needed to rebuild. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, REACH has been reorienting and partially harmonizing its Joint Market Monitoring Initiatives (JMMIs) to meet the challenges posed by the pandemic, with the result that it can now draw on a body of time-series market data collected across 16 diverse humanitarian crises throughout 2020 and 2021. REACH now intends, through this consultancy, to create an interactive visualisation of key market data collected globally throughout 2020, a task which may involve the compilation of data from various previously published outputs and manipulation of this data to ensure it can be compared across all countries.
The main objective of this consultancy will be to develop an interactive online dashboard that displays trends in market data collected in humanitarian contexts throughout 2020 and 2021, with the aim of better understanding the microeconomic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on crisis-affected countries. On the front end, this dashboard will visualise key indicators over time in a way that clarifies how prices, exchange rates, market functionality, etc. have changed over time in each monitored country. On the back end, it will rely on compiling and reanalysing market data from disparate sources to ensure that indicators from multiple countries can be displayed comparably side by side.
The primary target audience for this information product will be global and regional humanitarian actors, including donor agencies, UN agencies, international NGOs, and think tanks, who will be able to use these cross-crisis comparisons to understand the differential effects of COVID-19 on markets in humanitarian crises worldwide, to inform strategic decisions about resource allocation, to draft policy recommendations, and to develop preparedness plans for future outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics.
The developer(s) must display the competency to create an information product with the following core components, with modifications possible following mutual agreement between the developer(s) and IMPACT:
The dashboard must consolidate market data from 18 separate monthly market monitoring assessments launched in 16 countries worldwide. Each market monitoring assessment is expected to be internally standardised from month to month, but the dataset structure and variable names are expected to differ from country to country. It is therefore expected that the data from each country will need to be reanalysed and/or repackaged, ideally using standardised automated processes and minimal manual restructuring, in order to be displayed in a cross-comparable manner. For example, prices in different countries will need to be converted to a single reference currency using monthly exchange rates provided by IMPACT; trend lines will need to be normalised to account for different baseline prices in different countries; and commodity names and units will need to be standardised across countries. It will not be possible to fully standardise every indicator, and the limitations on doing so will be accounted for in the overall dashboard design and in decisions about which indicators to display or not display.
The IMPACT HQ Senior GIS Specialist and Global Cash and Markets Assessment Specialist will be the IMPACT focal points for the development of this dashboard. The developer(s) will be expected to lead on all technical tasks related to developing both the front end and back end of the dashboard, in close consultation with the two IMPACT HQ focal points. The developer(s) will be expected to maintain regular communication with the IMPACT HQ focal points throughout the duration of the project in the form of weekly email updates, monthly activity and expenditure reports, and remote technical meetings as necessary to provide specific information/clarifications or solve specific problems. IMPACT HQ will facilitate all communication with stakeholders, donors, and other humanitarian actors in the event that such communication is needed.
The developer(s) shall provide IMPACT with the following deliverables:
Please note that all deliverables will be subject to a minimum of two rounds of review and validation by IMPACT HQ before being finalised, which must be incorporated into the project schedule. All comments from IMPACT HQ must be addressed before any deliverable will be considered validated. The validation process must be completed before the project’s final deadline.
This assignment is planned to be accomplished within 20 working days, starting by 20 September at the latest. Both the front end and back end of this information management product must be finalised and validated by IMPACT HQ by 15 October 2021 at the latest. All validated deliverables must also be fully handed over to IMPACT staff by this date, including the master database used in the dashboard, the submission of full documentation (to be reviewed and approved by IMPACT), and the conduct of a training and handover session for relevant IMPACT staff.
Applicants are requested to outline their proposed approach in the following documents:
Complete applications must be received by 9 September 2021 at 11:59 PM CEST to be considered. Please, send the documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org.