Consultancy Data Processing Expert (Consultant Roster) PM & E WCARO Dakar, Senegal. Home based with travels (once borders are open).

  • Added Date: Tuesday, 02 June 2020
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 16 June 2020

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s 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.

For every child, a Future

UNICEF places a high priority on the availability of recent and reliable information with which to monitor the situation of children and women. 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, including the Sustainable Development Goals. UNICEF RO assists countries in collecting and analyzing data in order to fill data gaps for monitoring the situation of children and women through household large scale surveys (including not limited to MICS, DHS, VAC), smart surveys, KAP studies, etc. Those household survey initiatives enable countries to address needs of data in the areas of health, education, child protection, water and sanitation and HIV and AIDS.

In WCA region, many surveys and studies that use sample need to increasingly use current technology for data collection and processing. It is thus critical for the RO to have a roster of data processing experts who can provide colleagues and partners the required level of technical assistance on a timely basis and at the critical stages of the survey. To do so, UNICEF RO intends to create a roster of experienced consultants for Data processing.

How can you make a difference?

As part of UNICEF RO efforts to increase the quality of data collection to better monitor progress towards the SDGs and the KRCs, or as part of program related studies (baselines, sectorial surveys etc.), the WCA Regional office PM&E Section intends to create a roster of experienced The Data processing expert. He/ She will therefore be expected to provide high-level technical assistance in the following areas:

Design the CAPI application and data processing tools that enable its use Lead technical work related to data processing (including not limited to : technical inputs and review of the application, compliance of application with the survey protocol, training of survey management team and field workers, specific assistance during fieldwork, data editing and analysis) Create national capacity and CAPI community of practice for proper use and to ensure quality of data.

The experts who will qualify to be part of the roster will then be recruited by country offices or regional office sections for large scale surveys (MICS), sample based surveys (baseline surveys, etc. ) and studies or research work that uses small scale surveys.

Scope of work

Under the overall supervision of the recruiting section (PME Specialist at regional or country level, etc.) the Data processing expert will be responsible for CAPI application elaboration, training of the survey team, CAPI related support during the field work, data editing and analysis and ensuring the quality of the data processing (in compliance with guidelines[1][1] and protocols) at all times.

The Data processing expert of this regional roster will carry out technical reviews and support partners and implementing agencies at key moments for the survey data processing work. So, he/she is expected to play a key role in support partners (in-country as well as remotely), implementing large scale or baseline surveys, in the following areas of work:

· Customization of the CAPI application

· Capacity development for the use of CSPro (Census and Survey Processing

System) software package for tablet data entry as well as data editing

· Capacity development for the use of SPSS (Statistical Package for Social Sciences) software package for data analysis (creation of analysis files, tabulation syntaxes)

·Review and finalization of datasets

Production and validation of the key finding’s result weighting and unweighting tables

·Finalization of the calculation of the wealth index

·Archiving the survey related documentation.

Deliverables and Schedules

To be defined by the recruiting office in line with the following options:

Usually, In the case of large-scale survey as MICS, specific key deliverables and duration (44 working days) are expected and figured out as in the below table

Technical Assistance Support Items

Tasks & Deliverables

Duration

1.DESIGN & PREPARATORY WORK

1.1Data Processing Workshop

1.2Support CAPI application development

1.3CAPI application review

1.4Support to CAPI pre-test

13 working days

2.SET UP CAPI SYSTEM

2.1Final Review of CAPI application

2.2Testing the CAPI application

2.3Setting up CAPI system locally

4 working days

3.FIELDWORK

3.1Support to training & Monitoring of Pilot

3.2Support Monitoring of fieldwork (remotely incl. Field Check Table production)

12 working days

4. SECONDARY DATA PROCESSING

4.1Support Secondary Editing

4.2Support the creation of analysis files

4.3Review of tabulation programs and tables

4.4 Finalize the wealth index calculation

8 working days

5. REPORTING

5.1Support Data Interpretation and Report Compilation (DIRC) Workshop in Country

5.2Survey Findings Report Review

5.3Advise and calculate the Standard Errors (SE) and share the SE tables

5.4Documentation of lesson learned and good practices

5.5Support archiving survey related documents with required software

7 working days

Study – Small-scale representative survey specific key deliverables and duration (11 working days)

Technical Assistance Support Items

Tasks & Deliverables

Duration

1. DESIGN & PREPARATORY WORK

1.1Support CAPI application development

1.2Support to CAPI pre-test & review

5 working days

2. SET UP CAPI SYSTEM

2.1Testing & Setting up CAPI system locally

1 working day

3. FIELDWORK

3.1Support to training

3.2Support Monitoring of fieldwork (remotely incl. Field Check Table production)

2 working days

4. SECONDARY DATA PROCESSING

4.1Support Secondary Editing

4.2Support the creation of analysis files

4.3Review of tabulation programs and tables

4.4Finalize the wealth index calculation

2 working days

5. REPORTING

5.1Survey Findings Report Review

5.2Advise and calculate the Standard Errors (SE) and share the SE tables

5.3Documentation of lesson learned and good practices

5.4Support archiving survey related documents with required software

1 working days

Timing

Start date: To be defined by the recruiting office in line with the following options

First option: Large-scale Survey (ex. MICS)

The total duration of the contract is usually 44 days over the period of 1st June 2020 to 31st December 2021.

The number of working days will be distributed (within calendar days) based on country needs and immediate availability for urgent work.

The consultant is expected to spend:

· Half (50%) of his consultancy time dedicated to in-country support at specific moments of

the survey implementation process (main training, field monitoring and Report compilation).

· The rest (50%) of the technical support work will be done remotely.

second option: Small-scale Survey for study (ex. Baseline/mid-line/end-line study)

The total duration of the contract is usually 11 days over the period of 1st June 2020 to 31st December 2021.

The number of working days will be distributed (within calendar days) based on country needs and immediate availability for urgent work.

The consultant is expected to spend:

· Half (50%) of his consultancy time dedicated to in-country support at specific moments of the survey implementation process (main training, field monitoring and Report compilation).

· The rest (50%) of the technical support work will be done remotely.

Reporting Requirements

During his/her period of assignment, the Data Processing Consultant will be providing, against data processing activities planned for the survey during the contract period, the following reports:

Country visit reports (including Training and or Presentation material if appropriate) for each country mission Progress report, bi-monthly Technical Report, at the end of the consultancy

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Profile / Requirements

Education:

At least a master's degree in Statistics or equivalent in Survey data analysis with special expertise in multi-dimensional data analysis.

Experience:

A minimum of 8 years relevant working experience in Data Processing for household surveys; Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset. Expertise with the Data processing methodology of household surveys like MICS or DHS (Demographic and Health Surveys) is a very strong asset; Prior experience with implementation of CAPI Household surveys required; Expertise in statistical analyses (familiarity with data processing and data analysis software, SPSS highly desirable); Experience of working in developing countries

Language Requirements:

Fluencyin English and French is mandatory. Good command of at least one of the following languages: Portuguese, Arabic, Spanish is a asset; Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; Ability and willingness to travel to all countries across West and Central Africa.

Administrative issues

He/she will be recruited for a home-based consultancy with travels (once borders are open). He/she will report directly to the recruiting manager/Specialist/Officer (PME Specialist, etc.)

Consultant will be required to sign the Health statement for consultants/Individual contractor prior to taking up the assignment The contract may not commence unless signed by both UNICEF and the consultant The Data Processing Consultant must respect the confidentiality of the Baseline survey data as well as UNICEF ethics standards. The consultant can use the documents and the datasets only for the tasks related to these terms of reference.

The consultant will be in charge of paying his/her own travels and daily subsistence allowances (DSA) in advance. WCARO will reimburse the cost for this upon requested and presentation of invoices.

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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 to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

Due to COVID19, office physical presence and travel restriction might be in place at the duty station. In this regard, it is expected that the selected incumbent will have the resources to work remotely as long as it is required.

[1][1] All guidelines are provided in the MICS6 manuals ton found in the MICS website : http://www.mics.unicef.org/

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