Thailand: Consultancy: Data Analysis for the ‘Growing Up Urban’ (GUUS) Meeting

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Thailand
Closing date: 15 Apr 2018

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Thailand is firmly established as a middle-income country. Economic growth over the last two decades has been impressive: poverty has fallen by around two-thirds since 1990, despite the 1997 economic crisis from which Thailand has fully recovered. This prosperity, combined with a growing awareness of and commitment to child rights, has resulted in successive governments investing in the wellbeing and future of children. These investments have brought hugh, often life-changing benefits to millions of children.

How can you make a difference?

The Social Policy and Economic Analysis Section, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office is seeking an individual consultant to provide support with quantitative and qualitative analyses for the UNICEF Supported “Growing Up Urban” meeting.

Nature of Consultancy:

UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) in collaboration with UNICEF Indonesia and the Office of the Mayor in Surabaya, Indonesia is organizing an event on 6-8 May 2018 in Surabaya. The ‘Growing Up Urban’ (GUUS) meeting will bring together 10-15 Mayors, Governors and senior urban decision-makers from countries in East Asia. Recognized for their catalytic roles and achievements in championing child rights in their cities, these representatives of fast-growing Asian cities will discuss how urban services, planning and budgeting for children could further be improved, made more equity-oriented and how Mayors/Governors committed to the cause of children can work together with UNICEF in making Asian cities more responsive to the needs of children and adolescents. The meeting will serve as a forum to discuss urban trends and risks, learn from innovations and new initiatives focusing on the urban context and children’s rights and foster a dialogue and peer-to-peer learning among “champions for children”.

Insights and recommendations emerging from the GUUS meeting will possibly inform discussions and outcomes at the forthcoming “United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific, UCLA conference” (i.e. a larger meeting of Mayors and senior urban administrators) which will be held in Surabaya later in the year as well as UNICEF’s urban programming in the region and globally.

To facilitate a good discussion, a comparative perspective, well-informed insights on pertinent strategies, how synergies between urban development and children’s growth could be created through child-centered urban governance, planning, budgeting and implementation – while also considering national-level policies and contexts – UNICEF EAPRO wishes to secure analytical support to the event and its follow up through a consultancy.

This analysis is expected to focus on 12 East Asian cities: Phnom Penh, Cambodia; Changsha, China; Shenzhen, China; Surabaya, Indonesia; Solo, Indonesia; Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia; Yangon, Myanmar; Zamboanga City, Philippines; Gunsan, South Korea; Bangkok, Thailand; Chiang Mai, Thailand; Da Nang, Viet Nam.

Work Assignment:

Under the overall supervision of the Regional Adviser – Social Policy and Economic Analysis, the consultant will undertake the following assignments:

A. Collect statistical data on demographic, social and economic indicators of 12 cities in East Asia participating in the ‘Growing Up Urban’ Meeting of Mayors in Surabaya along these 6 dimensions in the cities involved:

1. Core demographic and housing indicators (total population, child population by gender, fertility/mortality rates, urban population living in slums/informal settlements etc.)

2. Core economic indicators such as the GDP (total and per capita) the City produces, size of the formal sector/share of formal employment jobs, taxes and revenues raised, expenditures, financing).

3. Core indicators on households’ socioeconomic vulnerability such as data on intra-urban inequality such as Gini within the cities, data on income-consumption poverty (disaggregated if possible).

4. Data on migrant workers and/or their families, households (if possible by broken down by citizenship).

5. Core indicators on environmental issues/disaster hazards and related risks (e.g. air pollution, WASH).

6. Core indicators on access to/performance of basic social services (such as nutrition, nurseries for children under 2, kindergartens for children 3 and above, schools providing basic education, maternal/parental and child cash grants, social assistance/care/support services, crime prevention, social housing, water and sanitation, green spaces, leisure, entertainment and affordable transport).

B. Benchmark these city-level data, when possible, against national-level indicators (total and urban areas).

C. Make an effort to fill-in gaps for those cities where such data is particularly scarce through direct communication with UNICEF Country Offices.

D. Prepare a review on the availability of these indicators from published databases, analyses, nationally available surveys (in English), organize them in Excel files showing data and data-gaps and offer analysis of available data.

E. Make recommendations for graphic design on key indicators to be presented at the GUUS meeting and/or its follow up.

F. Assist with further analytical task related to the GUUS meeting and its follow up.

End Product:

Deliverables:

1. Proposal for

  • a statistical database with the above core indicators (including data gaps) in excel file
  • a set of tabulations with key results (to be used for infographics)
  • a brief analysis showing the initial results

    Deadlines: 1 May 2018

    Deliverables:

    2. Act as Rapporteur for sessions during the GUUS event in Surabaya

    Deadlines: 6-8 May 2018

    Deliverables:

    3. Final version of statistical and analytical deliverables (under 1 above)

    Deadlines: 14 June 2018

    Deliverables:

    4. Final draft of the Meeting Report delivered to UNICEF EAPRO

    Deadlines: 14 June 2018

    Estimated Duration of Contract: 25 working days between 19 April – 14 June 2018.

    Official Travel: Bangkok-based. One 3-4-day trip is foreseen between Bangkok and the venue of the GUUS event in Surabaya, Indonesia

    To qualify as a/an [champion or advocate] for every child you will have…

  • Advanced University degree in social sciences, demographic and social statistics.
  • At least 8 years of experience in international development with significant experience in quantitative and qualitative analysis and strong publication record.
  • Analytical experience on urban issues, relevant analysis published a very important asset.
  • Previous work experience and/or familiarity with UNICEF especially on Situation Analyses, poverty reports and related programming an important asset.
  • Experience in reporting support to conferences, meetings event an asset.
  • Experience in Asia and Pacific region desired.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  • Interested candidates are requested to submit CV or P-11, full contact information of minimum 2 references, availability, detailed work plan, proposed daily professional fee and all-inclusive travel cost to/from Bangkok and Surabaya, Indonesia and other incidentals in USD by 15 April 2018. Please note the air tickets under UNICEF contract shall be re-routable, refundable type (economy class and most direct route). The consultant will be responsible for own travel insurance, visa fee and terminal expenses.

    FORM P11.doc

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