Consultancy: Data Processing and Further Analysis, Data and Analytics Section, DRP, NYHQ – Requisition #511887

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 07 Apr 2018

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Background & Rationale

UNICEF has a critical role in monitoring the situation of children and women in the world and for reporting on progress toward internationally set goals, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda includes a number of child-related targets and indicators which cut across the 17 goals. It has been proposed that SDG follow-up and review should combine national, regional, global and thematic reporting. Member States expect UNICEF to continue to act as the global custodian of data for children and to play a leadership role in global and thematic reporting on children in the SDGs.

One of the primary activities undertaken by the Data Analysis Unit within the Data and Analytics Section (D&A) is compiling data and conducting statistical analyses for global monitoring and reporting. UNICEF’s work in the area of data analysis highlights trends and emphasizes patterns found within the data and suggests how these data can be used strategically to inform evidence-based policy and programmatic efforts. The results of UNICEF’s data analysis work appear in its flagship publications as well as data-driven thematic reports, articles, brochures, documents and other dissemination materials.

UNICEF assists countries in collecting and analyzing data in order to fill data gaps for monitoring the situation of children and women through its international household survey initiative the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS). MICS enables countries to produce statistically sound and internationally comparable estimates on a wide range of indicators in the areas of health, education, child protection, early childhood development, child functioning, water and sanitation and HIV and AIDS, to name a few. Taken together, the MICS and the USAID-supported Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS) represent the largest source of internationally comparable data on low- and middle-income countries. Both surveys have standard tabulation syntax files (either in SAS, STATA or SPSS) developed for data processing and analysis purposes.

Purpose

The purpose of this ToR is to identify and select a consultant to provide data processing and further data analysis support to D&A focal points across a range of topics. The primary source of this data will be household surveys such as MICS and DHS but there may, on occasion, be other types of data sources requiring processing and/or analysis such as censuses. The consultant will be expected to produce additional tables, tabulate findings and recalculate data as needed. In addition, the consultant is expected to support further analysis of both MICS and DHS datasets on various topics including, but not limited to, health, education, child protection, early childhood development, child functioning, water and sanitation and HIV and AIDS.

Expected results:

Produce result tables and recalculated data from MICS, DHS and other data sources on various topics important for the health and well-being of children, adolescents, women and men. Contribute to and produce further analyses of both MICS and DHS data on a variety of topics such as health, education, child protection, early childhood development, child functioning, water and sanitation and HIV and AIDS. The consultant is also expected to provide technical advice and data processing/analysis support on an ad hoc basis as needed.

Duty Station :Office-based at UNICEF HQ in New York.

Timeframe

Start date: 16 April 2018 End date: 28 December 2018

Deliverables

Duration

(Estimated # of Days)

Deadline

Result tables, confidence intervals and recalculated data on birth registration for selected MICS and DHS surveys

20

30 April 2018

Further analysis tables and recalculated data on child malnutrition for selected surveys

24

4 June 2018

Further analysis tables and recalculated data on newborn indicators for selected surveys

19

2 July 2018

Further analysis tables and recalculated data on topics related to education

24

6 August 2018

Further analysis tables using MICS and DHS data on various topics important for the health of children and women; support for ad hoc data processing requests

19

4 September 2018

Further analysis tables and recalculated data on indicators related to gender, child poverty and HIV

24

8 October 2018

Further analysis tables and recalculated data on indicators related to child health

20

5 Nov 2018

Further analysis tables on gender and adolescent well-being indicators

19

3 Dec 2018

Further analysis tables using MICS and DHS data on various topics important for the health of children and women; support for ad hoc data processing requests

19

28 Dec 2018

Total

188

Confidentiality of Data

The consultant must respect the confidentiality of data sets that have not yet been made publicly available and may only use these for tasks related to this assignment.

Remuneration

Payments will be made upon the satisfactory and timely submission and approval of the deliverables and not actual number of days worked. The consultant will be paid on the basis of a daily rate and will be responsible to cover all living expenses. No extra allowances will be provided to cover cost of living in NYC.

Key competences, technical background, and experience required

  • Advanced University degree (Master’s) in statistics or other similar discipline is required
  • Minimum 7 years proven professional work in data processing, preferably for household surveys
  • Proficiency with statistical software, preferably SPSS, is required
  • Ability to work independently in a timely manner
  • Ability to quickly respond to needs and demonstrate flexibility
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Fluency in English
  • Previous experience or familiarity with the data processing approach of MICS and/or DHS highly desired
  • Previous experience working with UNICEF or other UN partners is an asset
  • Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

    Remarks

    With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.

    At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage

    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

    How to apply:

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=511887

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