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Consultancy - Household Survey and Data Analysis

The United Nations Children's Fund, UNICEF


1.    Background:

UNICEF places a high priority on the availability of recent and reliable information for monitoring the situation of children, young people and families, for developing evidence-based policies and programmes, as well as for assessing countries’ progress toward national goals and global commitments, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

UNICEF assists countries in collecting and analysing data in order to fill data gaps for monitoring the situation of children and women through its international household survey initiative, the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS). MICS enables countries to produce statistically sound and internationally comparable estimates of a range of indicators in the areas of health, nutrition, education, child protection, water and sanitation and HIV and AIDS. For many countries, MICS surveys are among the most important sources of data used for situation analyses, policy decisions and programme interventions, for informing public opinion on the situation of children and women and influencing the public debate. MICS surveys are usually carried out by government organizations, with the support and technical assistance of UNICEF.  

2.     Objective:

Under the strategic guidance of the Regional Monitoring Specialist responsibilities of this consultancy include supporting Latin America and Caribbean Regional Officen (LAC-RO) to strengthen LAC countries capacity to generate and analyze data on children for Millennium Development Goals/World Fit for Children/Convention on the Rights of the Child monitoring and programme support, with a specific focus on national data collection on children and women’s issues through household surveys. Specific attention will be given to the use of MICS methodology in primary data collection and to supporting data management, analysis and dissemination (including further development of tools and strategies).

3.    Activities and Outputs

a) Under request of Regional Monitoring Specialist, review and provide feedback to COs on the following documents to ensure that they comply with MICS standards; 

1)  Survey plans (including budget and training plans)

2)  Questionnaires, Indicators, Manuals, Training agendas

3)  Sample design, if needed (in collaboration with the Regional Sampling Consultant when relevant)

4)  Data entry, editing and recoding programmes (in collaboration with the Regional Data Processing Consultant)

5)  Review of tabulation plans

6)  Review of datasets and tabulations (in collaboration with the Regional Data Processing Consultant)

7)  Review the preliminary and final reports produced by MICS countries

b) Carry out field visits, when necessary, required by Regional Monitoring Specialist to MICS countries at the following stages of MICS implementation

1)  Questionnaire design

2)  Fieldwork training and initiation of fieldwork

3)  Data analysis/Report writing

c) Support LAC Regional office in the organization of MICS workshops on measurement, data processing, analysis, data dissemination and use of data

d) Assist LAC Regional office in the coordination and analysis of strategic information for strengthening quality of Situation Analysis of children in the region

1)  Review Situation Analysis of Children’s and Women’s Rights to ensure that the most updated and sound statistics have been used

2)  Conduct a data needs assessment on children indicators for LAC countries

e) Assist LAC RO to promote comparability, data harmonization and elimination of data gaps on of the situation of children efforts in LAC countries

1)  Support the Working Group of Children and Adolescents from Statistical Office on the Americas in conducting an assessment on harmonization of selected SoWC indicators across LAC countries

2)  Support the Working Group to develop documents and guidance on harmonization of methodologies for the analysis and estimation of selected indicators

4.   Deliverables:

a.    Monthly delivery of progress report and substantive contributions to the specific activities.

b.    Mission reports for each country visited or MICS workshops supported (if any).

5.   Qualifications and Competencies:


Master’s Degree or equivalent in a field related to Social Sciences, Demography, Statistics, Epidemiology, or other related technical field with significant measurement or analysis component.

Skills and Experience

·        Minimum 3 years of experience in the management/analysis of quantitative household surveys;  

·        Expertise in statistical analyses (familiarity with data processing and data analysis software, SPSS highly desirable);

·        Experience in survey report writing;

·        Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;

·        Ability and willingness to travel to all countries across LAC;

·        Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective relationships with national partners.


Fluency in Spanish and English (oral and written).

6.   Duration of the contract and Consultant’s work place:

The contract duration is estimated from 1st July 2014 until 30th May 2015.

This is an office-based consultancy. The consultant will be based on UNICEF LAC Regional Office in Panama City.

7.   Official travel involved:

The consultant is expected to travel to countries conducting MICS for field monitoring and support MICS workshops under the request of the Regional Monitoring Specialist. Expenses related to the travel costs will be covered by UNICEF as per its rules and regulations.

8.  How to apply:

Qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter, CV and P11 form (attached) to by 30th May 2014 with the subject line ‘HOUSEHOLD SURVEY AND DATA ANALYSIS CONSULTANT’.

Please indicate your relevant experience, availability and suggested monthly rate.  Applications submitted without rate will not be considered.


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