International Consultant Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys

UN Children's Fund, Suva, Fiji

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st March, 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.

For every child, proper health facilities:

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) is an international household survey programme developed and supported by UNICEF. MICS is designed to collect data on key indicators that are used to assess the situation of children and women. Over the past 23 years, MICS has evolved to respond to changing data needs, expanding from 28 indicators in the first round to more than 200 indicators in the current sixth round, and becoming a key source of data on women and children to monitor national goals and global commitments. For example, MICS was a major source of data for the UN Secretary General's Final Millennium Development Goals Report.

Since the inception of MICS in the 1990s, over 300 surveys have been carried out in more than 100 countries. As part of the global effort to further develop national capacities to generate and analyses high quality and disaggregated data, UNICEF launched the sixth round of MICS in October 2016. This new round is in accordance with the list of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators endorsed by the UN Statistical Commission in 2016, following the global adoption of the 17 SDGs and 169 targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The final SDG indicator framework currently includes 232 global indicators, of which around 30 per cent are household survey-based. Today, MICS, covering almost half of the SDG indicators that are household survey-based, is well positioned to play a central role in this new Agenda alongside other key demographic, health and socio-economic surveys and to complement data from administrative sources and censuses. The MICS questionnaires have undergone rigorous methodological and validation work to broaden the scope of the tools and include new topics that reflect SDG indicators and emerging issues in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development context, including: rapid water quality testing, social transfers, foundational learning skills (children age 7-14), child and adult functioning, migration status, use of clean fuels and technology, and victimization.

As governments develop national frameworks to monitor progress towards the SDGs and establish baselines, strategic planning and investments will be required to collect robust, more frequent, and timely data. This round of MICS presents a unique opportunity to support this process.

The UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office in Fiji will be supporting several MICS through the 2018-2022 Pacific Multi-Country Programme. The MICS was approved as a tool to support data collection to monitor national and regional priorities, including the Pacific Sustainable Development Indicators, by the Pacific Statistics Methods Board in 2018. The first country has completed data collection under this programme of support and 5 countries are expected to conduct their surveys in 2019. To ensure that the implementation of the MICS runs smoothly, specific deadlines are met and that the National Statistics Offices (NSOs) receives the technical assistance necessary to produce statistically sound and reliable data, the UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office will hire a UNICEF MICs Consultant (UMC) to join the support team.

How can you make a difference:

Under the overall supervision of the Social Policy Specialist and direct supervision of the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (MICS) will work with the team to support the NSOs in the respective countries for the preparation, implementation and completion of the MICS in Pacific. The UMC will advise the NSOs, especially the Survey Coordinator and sampling and data processing experts, during survey planning, questionnaire design, sampling, training, fieldwork, data processing, data analysis, dissemination and archiving, ensuring that MICS protocols and recommendations are being followed at all times. The UMC will communicate effectively between the UNICEF Pacific-Multi Country Office, NSOs, and partners, responding promptly to MICS related needs and issues as they arise.

The UMC will be responsible for coordinating and supporting the work of other resource persons hired by UNICEF to provide technical assistance to the MICS process. He will work in close collaboration with the survey team, the stakeholders, and Steering and Technical Committees and will represent UNICEF in meetings and workshops in relation to the survey as needed. The UMC will also work in close collaboration with the Regional MICS Coordinator, UNICEF EAPRO, Bangkok and the Global MICS Team in UNICEF HQ.

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

Education: University degree in, Demography, Statistics, Social Sciences, Epidemiology or any other related technical field is required.

Skills and Experience:

  • Proven minimum of 5-year experience in the coordination and/or management of quantitative household surveys (prior MICS or Demographic and Health Survey (DHS)requested;
  • Strong computer skills and strong expertise in statistical analyses (familiarity with data processing and data analysis software, particularly SPSS);
  • Experience with CAPI data collection;
  • Training experience and ability to organize and facilitate training and presentations;
  • Experience in data analysis and survey report writing.


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