International Consultant (Data Analysis)

UN Children's Fund, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
Above 15 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th September, 2018


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.

Purpose of Activity/Assignment:

In line with the Joint Work between UNICEF and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh, UNICEF supports assessment of infant and young child and maternal nutrition counseling during antenatal care (ANC) at the community clinic in selected upazilas in Sylhet district. UNICEF has contracted the National Institute Prevention and Social Medicines (NIPSOM) to carry out the study. The final deliverable of NIPSOM is a report with descriptive information derived from the univariate and bi-variate analysis.

The study will explore:

  • Performance of health workers in providing counselling on maternal nutrition and infant feeding counselling to pregnant women and other family members during ANC
  • Community Clinic readiness to provide positive counselling on maternal nutrition and infant feeding during ANC
  • Health worker preparedness to provide positive counselling on maternal nutrition and infant feeding
  • Pregnant women’s experience and satisfaction with maternal nutrition and infant feeding counselling during ANC and intention to perform behaviors
  • Other family member’s experience and satisfaction with maternal nutrition and infant feeding counselling during ANC

The study design involves a mixed-method to assess the quality of maternal nutrition and infant feeding counselling services provided by health workers during antenatal care. It has five components:

  • Observation of the performance of ANC health workers in providing counselling on maternal nutrition and infant feeding counselling to pregnant women and other family members during ANC in Community Clinics: observations are recorded on structured questionnaires.
  • Structured interviews with administrators of Community Clinics to assess readiness to provide positive counselling on maternal nutrition and infant feeding during ANC
  • Structured interviews with ANC health workers to assess their preparedness to provide positive counselling on maternal nutrition and infant feeding to pregnant women and other family members during ANC
  • Structured client exit interviews with pregnant women on their experience and satisfaction with maternal nutrition and infant feeding counselling during ANC and their intention to perform behaviors
  • Structured family member exit interviews with other family members on their experience and satisfaction with maternal nutrition and infant feeding counselling during ANC

All data is recorded using structured questionnaires, and is quantitative.

To benefit from the rich data and information that this study will generate, further in-depth statistical analyses is needed to further examine the quality of counselling on infant and young child feeding and maternal nutrition counseling during ANC and their underlying issues. This requires an individual with advanced skills in conducting data analysis and with very good technical writing capability. The findings will be published in a scientific journal and utilized for advocacy towards improve infant and young child feeding and maternal nutrition counseling during ANC.

The purpose of the assignment is therefore to conduct in-depth statistical analysis of the data on the quality of counselling on maternal nutrition and infant feeding counseling quality during ANC, and to prepare two research papers.

Key tasks for the consultancy are:

  • Review background documents, including the study protocol, report on the preliminary findings of the assessment conducted by NIPSoM, and background literature on infant feeding, maternal nutrition and counselling in Bangladesh.
  • Develop an inception report with detailed description of the research topics, analysis plan and dummy tables
  • Clean dataset and conduct in-depth analysis of data from the study to assess the quality counseling of maternal nutrition and infant feeding and prepare data tables and figures
  • Prepare presentation and 2-3-page briefing document of the key findings and share with the technical members of the Infant and Young Child Feeding Alliance
  • Prepare two draft research reports (each narrative approx. 4000-5000 words, excluding references) in journal article format
  • Finalized the two draft research reports in a journal article format, based on feedback from UNICEF.

Note: the topics of these three research papers will be agreed with UNICEF during the inception period of the assignment. The format and style of the research report will be agreed in advance with UNICEF.

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

  • Postgraduate degree (MSc required, PhD desired) in nutrition, sciences, public health, nutrition, or related field.
  • A minimum of [15 years] of relevant professional experiences is required.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Expertise in the statistical analysis of nutrition or social science data required.
  • Expertise in maternal health, infant and young child feeding or interpersonal counselling desired.
  • Proven experience as an author of journal articles essential.
  • SAS/SPSS/Stata experience strongly preferred
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

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.

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.

Source:https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=516350


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