National Household Survey Consultant, Islamabad, Req. # 521074

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Industry:
N.G.O./Social Services
Total Position:
1
Job Type:
Consultancy
Department:
UNICEF
Apply By:
May 8, 2019
Posted On:
Apr 8, 2019
Job Description

UNICEF works in some of the worlds toughest places, to reach the worlds most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. 

And we never give up.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply. Our workplace policies promote flexible work arrangements, to support all staff in maintaining a healthy life balance, both in and out of the office.

We are the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification - the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace.

UNICEF prides itself on fostering a multicultural and harmonious work environment, guaranteed by a zero-tolerance policy on sexual exploitation and abuse, and on any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment and discrimination. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

For every child, a fair chance!

Background:

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) is an international household survey programme developed and supported by UNICEF. MICS is designed to collect estimates of key indicators that are used to assess the situation of children and women. UNICEF is presently providing technical and some financial support in conducting National Coordinated MICS (NCMICS) to all provincial Governments and Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS) at the national-level.
Under the Chief of Sections direct supervision, the consultant is expected to oversee and manage the project management needs, including, fulfilling additional data demands received from different sections within the PCO and from the Government.
The Consultant will also support and assist providing technical support during the entire implementation of Nationally-Coordinated Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (NCMICS) in Pakistan and other data evidence generation activities specifically related to Social Policy. The consultant will ensure an effective communication in responding promptly to Data related general needs and issues.

Specific Tasks and Support to be Provided to the Social Policy Section:

  • Support overall project management design and implementation around the NCMICS and all MICS related work:
    • Developing a project management, risk management, quality control and stakeholder management plans; Monitoring the survey plan implementation and providing timely support to keep the survey on track;
    • Providing hands on support when required to the overall project implementation;
    • Reviewing and updating Survey documents (including Survey plan, questionnaires, tabulation plan etc.);
    • Closely monitoring data behaviour/pattern by ensuring the preparation of fortnightly field check tables for survey progress monitoring to ensure smooth functioning of the field work developed by the current Data Officer;
    • Providing comments and feedback based on field check tables at the time of data processing on weekly-basis;
    • Provide support and ensuring the preparation of presentations developed by the Data Officer and for de-briefing sessions/meetings;
    • Reviewing the data analysis findings and provide support and ensuring the Data Officer's preparation of presentation for different stakeholders including comparative analysis;
    • Critically reviewing the Survey Findings Report (both at province and national-level);
    • Maintaining close coordination with the field team, UNICEF field and central office;
    • Liaising and coordinating with FOs and provincial and National Statistics Bureaus to arrange regular progress review/consultative meetings;
    • Implementing other task related to MICS, and general data activities as assigned by the Chief of the Social Policy Section

Task to be Performed:

  1. Within the context of a technical collaboration framework between UNICEF PCO, ROSA and NYHQs, provide overall support and project management plan, design and implementation to all data related UNICEF PCO's external and internal activities and projects.
  1. Provide support in NCMICS: 
    1. Coordinate and (get fully involved) and ensure the below activities are completed timely:
    2. Monitor the survey plan implementation and timely support to keep the survey on track.
    3. Review and update Survey documents (including Survey plan, questionnaires, tabulation plan etc.).
    4. Closely monitor the data behavior/pattern by preparing fortnightly field check tables for survey progress monitoring to ensure smooth functioning of the field work.
    5. Provide comments and feedback based on Field check tables at the time of data processing on weekly-basis.
    6. Prepare the presentation for de-briefing sessions/meetings.
    7. Review the data analysis findings and preparation of presentation for different stakeholders.
    8. Critically review the Survey Findings Report (both at province and national-level).
    9. Maintain close coordination with the field team, UNICEF field and central office.
    10. Liaison and coordinate with FOs and provincial and national Statistics Bureaus to arrange regular progress review/consultative meetings.
    11. Any other task related to MICS activities can be assigned.

Additional activities are expected to be complied by the consultant:

i. Close coordination maintained with BoSs, FOs and PCO for field updates and informed decision.

ii. Support the comparative analysis of field check tables (FCTs) for Sindh MICS Produced and debriefing session arranged under the responsibility of the Data Officer.

iii. Presentations for debriefing sessions/meetings under the responsibility of the Data Officer or the Social Policy Section.

3. All data management activities related to MICS to be implemented by the consultant.

4. Adequate MICS' reporting.

5. Adequate MICS launch and dissemination.

6. MICS further analysis.

7. District profiling.

With the support from the Data Team, produce all National District profiles for each province.  These profiles will be co-developed with the Data Team.

8. Delivery of other UNICEF Data Products.

 

Deliverables:

Deliverable 1: 

1.1: A situation analysis that includes a stakeholders' capabilities and capacities assessment. (May 2019)

1.2: A detailed NMICS Project Management Plan that includes the following subplans: (June 2019)

Risk management plan, Communications plan, Stakeholder management plan, Accountability charter, Provincial/stakeholders support plans. 

1.3: Three Provincial Project Management Plans that include the following subplans-each of them-: (May 2019)

Risk management plan, Communications plan, Stakeholder management plan, Accountability charter, Provincial/stakeholders support plans.

These plans will be related to provincial MICS for Baluchistan, Sindh and KP.

1.4: These plans and their chapters mentioned in Deliverables 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 are timely and effectively supervised, managed and implemented according to UNICEF standards on a monthly basis.  (Monthly basis after a monthly review)

1.5: Develop a MICS dashboard that provides realistic forecasts around tasks completion (NMICS and three provincial MICS). The characteristics of the dashboard will be indicated by the Chief of Social Policy. (June 2019)

Deliverable 2:

2.1: All activities around survey documents are reviewed and a report is submitted to the Chief Social Policy on a monthly basis and to the MICS National Working Group on a biweekly basis. (Monthly basis after a monthly review)

2.2: These below products are produced under the direct responsibility of the Data Officer, however, hands on support, supervision and quality control is expected as one of the deliverables of this consultancy:

i. Three tabulation provincial plans are finalized and field check tables for MICS are produced.

ii. Reviewed survey documents and finalized survey plans of MICS per province and NMICS. (Monthly basis after a monthly review)

Deliverable 3: 

These below products are produced under the direct responsibility of the Data Officer, however, hands on support, supervision and quality control is expected as one of the deliverables of this consultancy: (Monthly basis after a weekly and monthly reviews)

  1. Weekly field check tables are Produced at a high quality and MICS debriefing sessions for each province are arranged: Balochistan, KP and Sindh.
  2. Feedback provided on the FCTs at the time date processing on weekly basis.
  3. A monitoring plan developed for data pattern and take remedial actions ensuring quality assurance compliances of International MICS protocols are reviewed, delivered and reported. This shall also involve providing day to day monitoring oversight to the process under the responsibility of the Data Officer.
  4. A tabulation plan for Baluchistan, KP, Sindh and the NMICS are finalised under the responsibility of the Data Officer, These are reviewed and reported to the Section's Chief.

Deliverable 4: 

One NMICS Report and three provincial reports: Plan, design and quality control all related NMICS/Provincial and provincial survey findings additional or tailormade reports.

(NMICS Report April 2020, Sindh report by October 2019, Baluchistan report by January 2020, KP report by December 2019, Tailormade reports on a  monthly basis to be agreed with the supervisor)

Deliverable 5:

5.1: A dissemination plan for each of the MICS related surveys: NMICS, Punjab, Sindh, KP and Baluchistan. This plan should have the approval of the Social Policy and, the Communications and Advocacy Chiefs.

(NMICS Plan by February 2020, Sindh Plan by August 2019, Baluchistan Plan by November 2019, KP Plan by October 2019)

5.2: Develop and agree with relevant stakeholders three provincial survey launch plans and one NMICS launch plan.

The plans should have the following subchapters and each subchapter needs to be agreed with relative colleagues: i.e. Chief Field Offices, Communications and Advocacy Chief, other stakeholders as directed by the Chief of Social Policy:

Subchapters: Communications plan, Accountability charter, Milestones map, Public relations plan,

Other to be decided or indicated by the Chief of Social Policy.

(NMICS Plan by February 2020, Sindh Plan by August 2019, Baluchistan Plan by November 2019, KP Plan by October 2019)

Deliverable 6:

One detailed further analysis plan for UNICEF to be co-developed with the Data Officer and implemented under the responsibility of the  Data Officer. (Plan by January 2020)

Deliverable 7:

National district profiles are produced and approved by the Social Policy Chief. The timeline for these profiles will be agreed after the completion of each provincial MICS.

The Punjab MICS has already concluded and the first set of profiles to be developed will be from the Punjab chapter. 

(Punjab by July 2019, Sindh by December 2019, Baluchistan by March 2019, NMICS by 2019)

Deliverable 8:

Deliver data product assigned by the Chief of Social Policy and with or without the support from the Data Team from time to time.

(Monthly basis after a weekly and monthly reviews)

Duty Station: Islamabad

Duration:

Start date: 01 May, 2019            End date:  April 15th, 2020

Anticipated Travel Itinerary:    

The consultant will be required to travel locally within Pakistan.        

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

Qualifications or Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required AND COMPETENCIES

  1. Master degree in statistics, economics, public health, nutrition, public policy, social sciences, education, demography, or related field. PhD a distinctive advantage.
  2. At least, between eight and ten years of relevant work experience in university, research organization, consulting firm, or related;
  3.  Excellent quantitative/statistical and analytical skills, including ability to carry out statistical analyses autonomously; or qualitative data analytical skills. Applicants must clearly specify in the application if they have quantitative or qualitative skills (or both when applicable).;
  4. Demonstrated experience conducting national surveys and at analysing household and/or other survey data or qualitative data, preferably with a focus on children. Experience with big data will be an asset;
  5. Demonstrated experience in project management in 'cascade' and/or 'Agile' environments. Prince II and/or Agile experience and/or current/valid certification will be a significant distinctive advantage;
  6. Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing:
  7. Proven experience in monitoring, research and field engagement with strong experience in household surveys. Basic/extensive knowledge of MICS, will be a distinctive advantage;
  8. Substantive knowledge in one or more of the following: statistics, economics, public health, nutrition, public policy, social sciences, education, demography, or related field;
  9. Excellent knowledge of SPSS.
  10. Knowledge of additional statistical packages; and/or qualitative software such as MAXQDA, NVivo or similar would be an advantage, so would  be experience and knowledge of STATA. Applicants must clearly specify in the application which software or package they excel at; 
  11. Ability to organize own work and to carry out a research project with limited supervision according to deadlines;
  12. Some knowledge of canopee, GIS/GPS and other data mapping/analysis technologies will be advantageous;
  13. Ability to speak and write fluently in English; good working knowledge of Urdu will be a distinctive asset;
  14. Commitment to UNICEF principles and mandate. 
  15. Experience with field work and data collection, including with vulnerable groups and/or emergency situations is desirable.
  16. Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships.
  17. Prior contacts and demonstrated results within the UN system and with partners and/or around MICS will be a distinctive advantage;
  18. Excellent writing, facilitation, and organizational skills, specifically within the UN system and/or with partners; and,
  19. Executive coaching managerial experience will also be a distinctive plus
  1. SPECIAL PROVISIONS: Due to the fact that the work involved in this consultancy is linked to other implementing partners performance, the length of the contract might change accordingly. Due to urgent nature of this consultancy we will start screening applications before closing date of the advertisement.

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

Interested in finding out more?  

You will have a rewarding experience working with a dynamic, diverse and committed staff who are making a difference in saving lives and building a better future for Every Child in Pakistan.   

To know more about UNICEFs work in Pakistan, visit the country website www.unicef.org/pakistan

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Remarks:

  • Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
  • Applicants are requested to submit a financial quotation indicating monthly fee as part of the application against each deliverable.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • Please note that Pakistan is a non-family duty station for International staff.

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