Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
Millions of children are affected by migration or forced displacement either within their countries or beyond borders around the world. While we know that data on children’s safety, well-being, and their access to services allow us to better protect them, evidence shows that national ministries, offices and agencies collect and share data on children on the move on a limited and often ad-hoc basis. In some cases, the lack of resources or analytical capacities hampers timely analysis of the data, even where such data exist. These problems are particularly prevalent in low-income countries, and to a lesser extent in middle- and high-income countries.
Data gaps seriously impact the countries’ and international organizations’ ability to effectively protect children such children. Timely, high-quality data is necessary for evidence-based resource planning and mobilization, policy development and programme implementation that can protect children, ensure they have access to social services including schooling and receive support to realise their rights as enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Sufficient data on refugees with proper disaggregation exists in Jordan from UNHCR. Also, the census data covers other nationalities (regardless of refugee status) but does not include “Migrants” as a status. In addition, more information is needed on different groups of minorities on the move that include children (such as Roma children, Pakistani, Sudanese etc). To overcome these data and knowledge gaps and strengthen data structures, UNICEF aims to map available data and good practices in local data capacities in Jordan and provide recommendations on how to sustainably enhance the collection, analysis and use of high-quality, timely and disaggregated data in the area of migration and displacement, with a focus on child-specific data.
To implement the project UNICEF is recruiting one international consultant with expertise on migration data. Under the direct supervision of the UNICEF project leads at Headquarters and Country level in Jordan, the consultancy seeks to develop comprehensive data assessment tools, design questionnaires, map existing data and structures to collect, analyse and share data across governmental units and with international agencies. The consultant will also analyse the collected information and prepare a report providing an overview of existing data collection, analysis and sharing mechanisms, and recommendations to improve data quality, collection, sharing and hosting on migrant and forcibly displaced children in Jordan. The consultant will work closely together with the Department of Statistics (DoS) and other relevant institutions, including ministries, agencies and other data collecting bodies.
The main purpose of the consultancy is to provide support to Jordan Country Office, seek information, and carry out training to government agencies on use of child migration and displacement data, and provide recommendations on how to enhance these systems, and provide training as applicable.
DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT:
This assignment is part of a UNICEF HQ lead initiative to develop data assessment tools to understand data availability, data analysis and reporting flow, identify bottlenecks in the collection, analysis, and use of child migration and displacement data (with focus on all children on the move including Dom population in Jordan), and provide recommendations on how to enhance these systems. All tasks to be carried out as part of this consultancy should be done under the technical guidance of Data and Analytics Section, DRP, UNICEF HQ, and in consultation with UNICEF Jordan Country Office. The main responsibility of the consultant is to provide technical expertise and support to DoS for the smooth implementation of the DoS, MOPIC, UNICEF protocol
KEY TASKS/DELIVERABLES/TIME FRAME
Education: An Advanced university degree (Master's) or higher level in social sciences, demography, statistics and or other relevant areas.
Language: Superior verbal and writing skills in English and Arabic.