Statistics & Monitoring Specialist

UN Children's Fund, United States

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationTraining and Capacity Building
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th March, 2020

Job Description

Data & Analytics (D&A) is located within the Division of Data, Analytics, Planning and Monitoring (DAPM) at UNICEF's New York headquarters. D&A is the hub of UNICEF's technical guidance, quality assurance and technical data architecture for programme work on data across the organization. D&A provides leadership, strategic and normative guidance and technical support to UNICEF's work on generating evidence on the situation of children by supporting the collection, analysis, understanding and use of robust data and statistics, programme data, data science, big data analytics and data literacy.

How can you make a difference?

The primary function of this post is to improve the quality, availability and use of data on stillbirths and child mortality, which are high priorities of the Strategic Plan and the Cause Framework. The work also focuses on the areas with regard to equity highlighted by the Strategic Plan.

The incumbent focuses on the core areas of monitoring work on stillbirths and child mortality -- compilation of data for global indicators, data quality assessment, estimation, data analysis, methodological development and capacity development/technical support to countries. This function is carried out in collaboration with main institutional partners, national governments, and other organizations with expertise in this area. The incumbent's main functions include:

Data collection, analysis, use and quality assurance on issues related to stillbirths and mortality

  • Support UNICEF global, regional and country level data collection and analysis mainly at the outcome/impact levels of relevant indicators.
  • Carry out analysis and interpretation of data relevant to stillbirths and child mortality, including contributions to the UNICEF flagship publications, and other reports, as well as the preparation of peer reviewed journal articles.
  • Support dissemination of data, estimates, analyses and other products to maximize the use for advocacy, programming and planning purpose.
  • Provide technical support to field offices, countries and partners on data collection, analysis, use and quality assurance

Methodological development

  • Support the methodological development of indicators for measurement and monitoring of interventions related to stillbirths and child mortality.
  • Contribute to the on-going improvement in data availability and quality. In collaboration with main partners, modify existing measurement tools and develop new tools where appropriate. Test tools, support to develop guidelines for their use and provide support for implementation at country level.

Capacity development and country support

  • Contribute to the capacity development of countries to monitor stillbirths and child mortality indicators. The incumbent will develop training materials (and presentations), facilitate/coordinate regional workshops, giving presentations at these workshops and providing technical support as applicable
  • Contribute to developing the capacity within the organization for evidence-based policy, planning, programming and advocacy by developing/presenting materials on stillbirth and mortality data.

Strategic partnerships and representation

  • Contribute to regular sharing of data and related products with partners at the global, regional, and country levels.
  • Represent UNICEF at UN inter-agency meetings, international meetings and other areas of work as relevant.

Data dissemination and advocacy

  • Develop and regularly update visualizations of mortality and stillbirths related data to increase the visibility and understanding of the data and analysis internally and externally
  • Support the updating of the technical content through relevant websites and data portals.
  • Support innovative, effective and efficient ways to prepare and disseminate products, and provide inputs for making data, analyses, publications, and other relevant products accessible and available through a variety of channels that target different audiences.

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

  • Advanced university degree in demography, statistics, or in one of the social sciences with strong quantitative and statistical training and experience. (Required)
  • At least 5 years of professional experience at national and international levels in demography, statistics and specifically child mortality estimation and demographic or statistical modeling or other relevant fields required.
  • Previous experience at the national and international levels in database management, data visualization, data analysis, methodological development and other areas of applied statistics, data interpretation and use required.
  • Expertise in the analysis of household survey data, data obtained from population censuses, from administrative records and other sources required.
  • Experience writing technical reports and/or peer reviewed journal articles. (Required)
  • Advanced statistical programming skills in R required.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or local language of the duty station is considered as an asset.


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