Data Consultant

UN Children's Fund, Islamabad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
23rd April, 2019

Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

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. Our workplace policies promote flexible work arrangements, to support all staff in maintaining a healthy life balance, both in and out of the office.

We are the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification - the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace.

UNICEF prides itself on fostering a multicultural and harmonious work environment, guaranteed by a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

For every child, save lives!


The Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) is an international household survey programme developed and supported by UNICEF. MICS is designed to collect estimates of key indicators that are used to assess the situation of children and women. UNICEF is presently providing technical and some financial support in conducting National Coordinated MICS (NCMICS) to all provincial Governments and Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) at the national-level.

Under the Data Officer’s direct supervision, the consultant is expected to oversee and manage the project management needs, including, fulfilling additional data demands received from different sections within the PCO and from the Government.

The Consultant will also support and assist providing technical support during the entire implementation of Nationally-Coordinated Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (NCMICS) and National Nutrition Survey in Pakistan and other data evidence generation activities specifically related to Social Policy. The consultant will ensure an effective communication in responding promptly to Data related general needs and issues.

The following are specific tasks and support to be provided to the Social Policy:

  • Support overall project management design and implementation around the NCMICS and all MICS related work:
  • Providing ‘hands on’ support when required to the overall project implementation;
  • Reviewing and updating Survey documents (including Survey plan, questionnaires, tabulation plan etc.)
  • Providing support in closely monitoring data’s behaviour/pattern by ensuring the preparation of fortnightly field check tables for survey progress monitoring to ensure smooth functioning of the field work
  • Providing comments and feedback based on field check tables at the time of data processing on weekly-basis;
  • Provide support and ensuring the preparation of presentations for de-briefing sessions/meetings;
  • Reviewing the data analysis findings and provide support and ensuring the preparation of presentation for different stakeholders including comparative analysis;
  • Critically reviewing the Survey Findings Report (both at province and national-level);
  • Maintaining close coordination with the field team, UNICEF field and central office;
  • Liaising and coordinating with FOs and provincial and National Statistics Bureaus to arrange regular progress review/consultative meetings;
  • Implementing any other task related to MICS, and general data activities assigned
  • Provide technical support in the working around child-MPI
  • Ensuring timely technical support around data generating activities related to this or any other PCO’s Sections including the analysis of raw data; and,
  • Provide technical support in developing “District-profiles” and closely liaison with data and software development team
  • Provide technical support in developing a further analysis plan in consultation with each section to address their requirement
  • Ensuring quality around monthly progress reports to be shared with internal and external stakeholders.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

Qualifications of Successful Candidate: Master degree in statistics, economics, public health, nutrition, public policy, social sciences, education, demography, or related field.


  • At least, between three to five years of relevant work experience in university, research organization, consulting firm, or related;
  • Excellent quantitative/statistical and analytical skills, including ability to carry out statistical analyses autonomously; or qualitative data analytical skills. Applicants must clearly specify in the application if they have quantitative or qualitative skills (or both when applicable).;
  • Demonstrated experience conducting national surveys and at analysing household and/or other survey data or qualitative data, preferably with a focus on children. Experience with big data will be an asset;
  • Proven experience in monitoring, research and field engagement with strong experience in household surveys. Basic/extensive knowledge of MICS.
  • Substantive knowledge in one or more of the following: statistics, economics, public health, nutrition, public policy, social sciences, education, demography, or related field;
  • Excellent knowledge of SPSS and other statistical packages; and/or qualitative software such as MAXQDA, NVivo or similar. Experience and knowledge of STATA would be an advantage. Applicants must clearly specify in the application which software or package they excel at;
  • Ability to organize own work and to carry out a research project with limited supervision according to deadlines;
  • Commitment to UNICEF principles and mandate.
  • Experience with field work and data collection, including with vulnerable groups and/or emergency situations is desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships.
  • Prior contacts and demonstrated results within the UN system and with partners and around MICS and nutrition surveys will be a distinctive advantage;
  • Excellent writing, facilitation, and organizational skills, specifically within the UN system and/or with partners; and,
  • Executive coaching managerial experience will also be a distinctive plus

Language: Ability to speak and write fluently in English; good working knowledge of Urdu is a must.

For every Child, you demonstrate: 

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.


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