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Monitoring Officer

Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS)

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Post Title: Monitoring Officer
Contract Type: Temporary Appointment
Proposed Level: P2
Duration: 364 days
Duty Station: Based in UNICEF Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office, Panama City, Panama
Supervisor: Regional Monitoring Specialist


Statistically sound and internationally comparable data are essential for developing evidence-based policies and programmes, as well as for monitoring countries’ progress toward national goals and global commitments. Since 1995, UNICEF has supported the implementation of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), assisting countries in generating high quality data on the situation of children and women over the last 17 years across four rounds of survey in more than 100 countries across regions in the world.

MICS surveys are usually carried out by government organizations, with the support and technical assistance of UNICEF. It enables countries to produce statistically sound and internationally comparable estimates of a range of indicators in the areas of health, 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, and for influencing the public opinion on the situation of children and women.

During 2012-2015, UNICEF is supporting the fifth round of MICS surveys (MICS5). MICS will be generating information for over 20 MDG indicators and will be, along with other nationally representative household surveys, critically important for final MDG reporting. 

To respond to the increasing demands for technical support, West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO) will hire a monitoring officer to work alongside the MICS coordinator to support quality and speedy design and implementation of this round of MICS in the region.


In the Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Section of UNICEF Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office (LAC RO) and under the overall supervision of the UNICEF Regional Monitoring Specialist (MICS Coordinator), the Monitoring Officer will work on supporting the preparation, design, implementation, data processing and completion of the MICS in selected countries in LAC.

Main Tasks

Under the supervision of and in collaboration with the regional MICS coordinator:

1.    Support the design, implementation, analysis and dissemination of MICS in LAC;

2.    Provide quality assurance on MICS datasets, data quality, tabulation plans and final report contents;

3.    Provide organizational, logistic and technical support on MICS Regional workshops (design workshop, data processing workshop and dissemination and further analysis workshop) in the region or in other UNICEF regions when needed;

4.    Support the recruitment of MICS consultants in the region and the management of consultant roster, contracts and missions; 

5.    In collaboration with the Regional MICS Coordinator, review and provide feedback to COs on the following documents for compliance with MICS standards;

a.    Questionnaires and Manuals, including the translated versions.

b.    Sample design (in collaboration with the Regional Sampling Consultants).

c.    Data entry, editing and recoding programmes (in collaboration with the Regional Data Processing Consultants).

d.    Pre-test report.

e.    Tabulation plans.

f.     Datasets and tabulations (in collaboration with Regional Data Processing Consultants).

g.    Summary findings and final reports.

6.    Support countries remotely or through in-country visits and in collaboration with partners (usually National Statistic Offices) in carrying out the following survey activities:

a.    Survey planning and questionnaire design.

b.    Pre-test training and pre-test.

c.    Fieldwork training and fieldwork monitoring.

d.    Data analysis.

e.    Report writing.

7.    As needed, support countries in data archiving.

8.    Provide country and regional status survey up-dates to RO and HQ, as well as background material, working papers and tables for briefing and review sessions.

9.    Update (or send for update) the LAC RO Intranet and ChildInfo websites with all MICS related material: preliminary and final reports, list of surveys, dissemination plans and secondary analysis, workshops, meetings and other events as well as all MICS related country documents

10. Assist LAC RO to promote comparability, data harmonization and elimination of data gaps on the situation of children in LAC countries.

11. As requested, support other tasks of the PME section such as support to other national surveys (DHS, RHS, national household surveys), situation analysis of children, etc.



At least a Master’s Degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Demography, Statistics, Epidemiology, or other related technical field is required.

Skills and Experience  

·         Between 2 to 4 years’ experience in implementation of Household surveys (Prior MICS/DHS coordination experience highly desirable);

·         Strong knowledge in data processing and statistical analyses (CSPRo for data processing and SPSS for  data analysis) is highly desirable;

·         Fluency in Spanish and in English requested; knowledge of Portuguese in addition is an asset;

·         Excellent oral and written communications in both languages;

·         Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;

·         Ability and willingness to travel to all countries across LAC and other UNICEF regions if needed;

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


      i.        Core values (Required)

- Commitment         
- Diversity and Inclusion     
- Integrity

     ii.        Core competencies (Required)

- Communication (I) 
- Working with People (II)   
- Drive for result (I)

    iii.        Functional competencies (Required)
-     Formulating Strategies and Concepts (I)
-     Analyzing (II)
-     Applying Technical Expertise (II)
-     Planning and Organizing (II)

Estimated Duration of the Contract

 364 days.

Official Travel Involved

The incumbent will be expected to travel to MICS countries and to MICS workshop locations.

UNICEF Supervisor

The Monitoring Officer will be under the supervision of the Regional Monitoring Specialist (MICS coordinator) at the UNICEF LAC RO in Panama.

The Regional Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Section and the MICS Global team in New York will also provide quality assurance and oversight for the work of the Monitoring Officer, including substantial feedback on the quality of the work.

Monitoring Officer Work Place

The Monitoring Officer will be based in Panama at the UNICEF LAC RO.

Confidentiality of Data and MICS Documents

The Monitoring Officer must respect the confidentiality of the MICS data as well as any country-specific MICS documents that will be produced throughout the MICS process. The Monitoring Officer can use the documents and the datasets only for the tasks related to these terms of reference.

How to apply

Send your signed Personal History Form (P-11 form attached) and CV and to no later than 31 July 2014.


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