National Household Survey Consultant

UN Children's Fund, Islamabad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
9th May, 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, a fair chance!

Background:

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 Chief of Section’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) 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.

Specific Tasks and Support to be Provided to the Social Policy Section:

  • Support overall project management design and implementation around the NCMICS and all MICS related work:
  • Developing a project management, risk management, quality control and stakeholder management plans; Monitoring the survey plan implementation and providing timely support to keep the survey on track;
  • Providing hands on support when required to the overall project implementation;
  • Reviewing and updating Survey documents (including Survey plan, questionnaires, tabulation plan etc.);
  • Closely monitoring data behaviour/pattern by ensuring the preparation of fortnightly field check tables for survey progress monitoring to ensure smooth functioning of the field work developed by the current Data Officer;
  • 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 developed by the Data Officer and for de-briefing sessions/meetings;
  • Reviewing the data analysis findings and provide support and ensuring the Data Officer's 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 other task related to MICS, and general data activities as assigned by the Chief of the Social Policy Section

Task to be Performed:

  • Within the context of a technical collaboration framework between UNICEF PCO, ROSA and NYHQs, provide overall support and project management plan, design and implementation to all data related UNICEF PCO's external and internal activities and projects.
  • Provide support in NCMICS:
  • Coordinate and (get fully involved) and ensure the below activities are completed timely:
  • Monitor the survey plan implementation and timely support to keep the survey on track.
  • Review and update Survey documents (including Survey plan, questionnaires, tabulation plan etc.).
  • Closely monitor the data behavior/pattern by preparing fortnightly field check tables for survey progress monitoring to ensure smooth functioning of the field work.
  • Provide comments and feedback based on Field check tables at the time of data processing on weekly-basis.
  • Prepare the presentation for de-briefing sessions/meetings.
  • Review the data analysis findings and preparation of presentation for different stakeholders.
  • Critically review the Survey Findings Report (both at province and national-level).
  • Maintain close coordination with the field team, UNICEF field and central office.
  • Liaison and coordinate with FOs and provincial and national Statistics Bureaus to arrange regular progress review/consultative meetings.
  • Any other task related to MICS activities can be assigned.

Additional activities are expected to be complied by the consultant:

  • Close coordination maintained with BoSs, FOs and PCO for field updates and informed decision.
  • Support the comparative analysis of field check tables (FCTs) for Sindh MICS Produced and debriefing session arranged under the responsibility of the Data Officer.
  • Presentations for debriefing sessions/meetings under the responsibility of the Data Officer or the Social Policy Section.
  • All data management activities related to MICS to be implemented by the consultant.
  • Adequate MICS' reporting.
  • Adequate MICS launch and dissemination.
  • MICS further analysis.
  • District profiling.

With the support from the Data Team, produce all National District profiles for each province. These profiles will be co-developed with the Data Team.

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

Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required AND COMPETENCIES

  • Master degree in statistics, economics, public health, nutrition, public policy, social sciences, education, demography, or related field. PhD a distinctive advantage.
  • At least, between eight and ten 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;
  • Demonstrated experience in project management in 'cascade' and/or 'Agile' environments. Prince II and/or Agile experience and/or current/valid certification will be a significant distinctive advantage;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing:
  • Proven experience in monitoring, research and field engagement with strong experience in household surveys. Basic/extensive knowledge of MICS, will be a distinctive advantage;
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of additional statistical packages; and/or qualitative software such as MAXQDA, NVivo or similar would be an advantage, so would be experience and knowledge of STATA. 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;
  • Some knowledge of canopee, GIS/GPS and other data mapping/analysis technologies will be advantageous;
  • Ability to speak and write fluently in English; good working knowledge of Urdu will be a distinctive asset;
  • 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/or around MICS 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

SPECIAL PROVISIONS: Due to the fact that the work involved in this consultancy is linked to other implementing partners performance, the length of the contract might change accordingly. Due to urgent nature of this consultancy we will start screening applications before closing date of the advertisement.

Source:https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=521074


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