Careers at UNICEF

Careers at UNICEF


Consultant for District Plans of Action for Purulia and Malda (2013-17) & Editing of Thematic Assessments 2013: Gap Analysis of MIS Systems

Location: Kolkata

Duration: 1.5 months

Closing Date: 28 October 2013

Purpose of Assignment & Background

Part 1: DPAC for Malda & Purulia

Goal: District Plans of Action for Purulia and Malda for the new country programme period of 2013-17 will be used by the District Administration and UNICEF Colleagues to work towards achieving key priorities of 2013-17 for women and children of these districts based on the performance of key indicators and prioritization of key initiatives for the next five years.

UNICEF will facilitate effective planning, implementation and monitoring of national flagship programmes (NFPs) at the district level through the operationalization of the DPACs.

It will also promote innovations and their documentation for future replication and scale up by the Government across other districts of West Bengal.

The DPACs will be finalized based on a participatory review process between UNICEF and the District Administrations of Purulia and Malda. Both sector specific reviews as well as district consultations are planned for the months of Sept - Nov 2013, based on the outcomes of which these documents will be prepared.

The DPACs will begin with an analysis of the situation of women and children in Purulia and Malda. They will subsequently review the barriers and bottlenecks pertaining to the implementation of flagship programmes catering to women and children in these districts and highlight areas requiring priority attention in the next five years.

These will also be used as a baseline for reviewing the progress made in the next five years in the priority districts. Finally, it will provide key recommendations and agreed upon priorities for all sectors for the next five years.

Rationale: Based on the Unicef India’s Country Plan of Action (2013-17) and the mutually agreed modalities of engagement between the Government of West Bengal (GoWB) and Unicef Office for West Bengal, the districts of Purulia and Malda have been identified as the priority districts for the next five years.

Innovative initiatives pertaining to UNICEF’s core programming areas like Nutrition, Reproductive and Child Health, Education, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, Child Protection, Polio, Emergency will be implemented with concerted focus in these two selected districts. Thus it becomes imperative to develop a common understanding on the present status of women and children in these two districts and make suitable programmatic interventions to improve upon the situation.

Part 2: Editing of Thematic Assessments 2013 – Gap Analysis of MIS Systems in West Bengal

Goal & Rationale: Data systems and MIS within State Departments need strengthening in terms of quality, timely availability, analysis of available data as well as effective dissemination of the same for decision-making. Equity and inclusion related goals and priorities of the XIIth Five Year Plan cannot be achieved without in-depth disaggregated data collection and analysis of various marginalized groups and communities in the state.

With a paradigmatic shift towards results based planning, programming and management for improved service delivery, an efficient and reliable data system is imperative. In most routine monitoring systems of state departments, a large body of data flows in but very little meaningful information is captured and little analysis is done. Even the reliability of the data is often in question, since it is usually collected at sub-district levels in a haphazard manner, in the absence of rigorous & transparent collection methodologies.

This makes the entire exercise of data collection futile. Triangulation of the data available from the routine monitoring systems with data available through other national surveys is worth exploring. Further, there is wide variation in available official data sources in terms of their sample size, methodology, indicators, definitional issues and periodicity.

Therefore, the compilation, collation, analysis and presentation of such data, to substantiate the condition of women and children for any given period, become a complex and tedious task. These lacunae directly affect the objectivity and focus of programme planning processes linked to the MIS systems like HMIS, UDISE, ICDS-MIS and NBA-MIS.

It is for these reasons that a comprehensive Gap Analysis of the existing MIS systems of key flagship programmes including NRHM, NBA. ICDS and SSA has been undertaken. For 2013, assessments of HMIS (NRHM), ICDS-MIS and NBA-MIS will be published. This assignment pertains to their comprehensive editing and provisioning of these in print ready format based on the inputs and feedback of UNICEF, Kolkata. 

Basic Objective

I. To create comprehensive District Plans of Action for UNICEF’s Priority Districts (2013-17) of Purulia & Malda as planning and advocacy tools for use by GoWB, relevant District Administrations, Line Departments and other implementing partners of NFPs at the state and district level. The DPACs will be formulated in line with the 4 PCRs outlined in GoI-UNICEF CPAP (2013-17) and according to the priorities outlined under each of these and those finalized at KFO for state & district modalities of engagement.

II. To publish the Gap Analysis of Key MIS Systems of West Bengal in 2013.

Major Tasks:


1. Background reading on available information;
2. Collation of relevant information and writing-up of the complete DPACs based on district review reports submitted by UNICEF POs;
3. Presentation of quantitative data in graphical and tabular form and use of blurbs to highlight key facts;
4. Selection of relevant pictures for the chapters;
5. Finalization and inclusion of references and other relevant information on the document.

Thematic Assessments: Comprehensive editing of all documents/pages and restructuring and re-writing of parts (wherever applicable) and comprehensive submission of a well edited final product to UNICEF in print ready format.

1. Proposed Layout/Structure of DPAC Malda & Purulia

i. Opening Note for the District Magistrate, Malda
ii. Opening Note by Chief, UNICEF Office for West Bengal
iii. Executive Summary
iv. Table of Contents
v. Background
a. Historical & Cultural Background
b. Geographic Information 
c. Demographic Information 
d. Administrative Information (Including number of blocks, GPs, HHs and villages as per Census 2011)

vi. Chapter 1: Reproductive and Child Health in Malda/Purulia
a. Situation Analysis:
b. Interventions:
c. Challenges:
d. Sector Priorities

vii. Chapter 2: Nutrition Status of Women & Children in Malda/Purulia

a. Situation Analysis:
b. Interventions:
c. Challenges:
d. Sector Priorities

viii. Chapter 3: Water, Sanitation & Hygiene in Malda/Purulia

a. Situation Analysis:
b. Interventions:
c. Challenges:
d. Sector Priorities

ix. Chapter 4: Education in Malda/Purulia

a. Situation Analysis:
b. Interventions:
c. Challenges:
d. Sector Priorities

x. Chapter 5: Child Protection in Malda/Purulia

a. Situation Analysis:
b. Interventions:
c. Challenges:
d. Sector Priorities

xi. Chapter 6: Integrated Communication Strategy in Malda/Purulia

a. Communication for Development: Existing Interventions & New Priorities
b. Advocacy and Communications: Existing Interventions & New Priorities

xii. Chapter 7: Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation in Malda/Purulia

a. Role of District Planning Committee (DPC) in Monitoring Results for Children
b. District Level Planning & Review Mechanisms
c. District Planning & Monitoring Unit (DPMU)
d. Community Monitoring Mechanisms
e. Innovation & Good Practices in Good Governance: Samadhan – A Public Grievance Redressal Mechanism in  Malda/Purulia 

Proposed Layout/Structure of Thematic Assessments:

The drafts of thematic assessments will be pre-structured and provided to editor but during the editing process, these may be restructured and re-written in parts (wherever applicable) and comprehensively edited as a whole, providing the final product to UNICEF in print ready format.
Tasks/Deliverables/Approx. Timeline
(1) Task: Writing & Finalization of DPAC Malda (with incorporation of UNICEF Feedback)
Deliverable: Completed Document
Deadline: 15/11/13
(2) Task: Writing & Finalization of DPAC Purulia (with incorporation of UNICEF Feedback)
 Deliverable: Completed Document
Deadline: 15/12/13
(3) Task: Comprehensively Edited Thematic Assessments based on UNICEF Feedback 
Deliverable: Final Submission 
Deadline: 30/11/13
Estimated duration of assignment:

1.5 months.

Duty Station:

Duty station is Kolkata.

End Product:

District Profiles for Purulia and Malda – all sections and chapters written, edited, finalized with pictures and references – ready to be sent for designing & printing.

Payment Terms:

Full payment on receipt and acceptance of deliverables.

Qualifications & Experience required:

1. PhD. MPhil or M.A. Degree in Social Sciences or related disciplines along with atleast 5 years of work experience.
2. Must possess an in-depth understanding of programme priorities of UNICEF;
3. Must possess previous work & research experience in development sector;
4. Preferably possess previous publications in recognized journals/books;

Application Procedures

(1)  Qualified female/male candidates are requested to please indicate their ability and availability to undertake the terms of reference above.

(2) Your application should be sent to by COB 28 October 2013 with subject line "Editing of DPAC & Gap Analysis of MIS, Kolkata" in separate files:

a) A cover letter, CV and P11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at

b) A financial proposal indicating deliverable based fee as per template attached. (download)
 (3) The financial proposals of only those candidates, who are found technically responsive, will be opened.

(4) Please note, offers without financial proposal will not be considered.

(5) Only short-listed candidates will be called for test/interview (if applicable).  Any attempt to unduly influence UNICEF’s selection process will lead to automatic disqualification of the applicant.

(6) Joint applications of two or more individuals are not accepted.



For every child
Health, Education, Equality, Protection