Consultant - Information Management and Assessment Specialist

  • Added Date: Thursday, 14 June 2018
  • Deadline Date: Saturday, 23 June 2018

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BACKGROUND

The cluster approach ensures clear leadership, predictability and accountability in international responses to humanitarian emergencies by clarifying the division of labour among organizations and better defining their roles and responsibilities within the different sectors of the response. It aims to make the international humanitarian community better organized and more accountable and professional, so that it can be a better partner for the affected people, host governments, local authorities, local civil society and resourcing partners.

The Education Cluster in South Sudan is co-led by UNICEF and Save the Children, with strong linkages with the Ministry of General Education and Instruction (MoGEI). At the sub-national level, Education Clusters are active in all States, especially those affected by conflict and displacement, and staffed by double hatting UNICEF and NGO Education Specialists.

OBJECTIVE

The purpose of this consultancy is to support the cluster in 1) Identifying the most context-appropriate methodology for the national assessment of the situation of education; 2) Assessing the situation of education and prioritizing counties for response (focus on school functionality, enrolment, a few other indicators may be added); 3) Building the capacity of education cluster and education section in the fields of data analysis and visualization. The Information Management/Assessment Specialist will be a member of the Cluster Coordination team.

ACTIVITIES, TASKS, DELIVERABLES AND TIMELINES, PLUS BUDGET PER DELIVERABLE

The consultant will be responsible for supporting the Education Cluster Information Management with focus on:

Providing technical advice to the Education Cluster Unit on the most appropriate assessment methodology, taking into account the broader education sector and donor environment as well as security accessibility; Mapping out which information is needed and can realistically be collected/analyzed on the situation of education in South Sudan and geographic prioritization (county level); this will be done through consultations with the Cluster team, Cluster members and Ministry of Education staff; Reviewing and improving existing tools (methodology, questionnaires, data input matrix, training of enumerators) on the basis of the agreement reached on the information needed and which can realistically be collected; Leading the national assessment, including supervision of national IMO and data entry team (Ministry of Education) in coordination / with support of the Cluster Coordinators. The consultant will liaise closely with the State Focal Points, who will collect data from the State and County Education officials; Writing the assessment report and prepare a presentation summarizing the methodology and main findings and policy recommendations of the assessment. Tasks and priorities may be adjusted on the basis of evolving humanitarian and education in emergency needs.

Tasks

In consultation and close collaboration with the Education Cluster Unit and Education Cluster partners, provide technical advice on the most context-appropriate methodology for the national assessment considering resource and access constraints. Review existing cluster tools developed for geographic and thematic prioritization, i.e., assessment methodology, questionnaires (incl. potential new indicators), data input matrix and dataset table. Lead the national assessment, and supervise cluster IMO and data entry team; conduct a result validation workshop to analyze findings. Train education cluster and section staff on data analysis and visualization, including keeping staff abreast of the latest trends, tools and technology in data analysis and visualizations.

Deliverables

Technical guidance provided to Cluster Unit on most context-appropriate methodology for the assessment. Output: Assessment proposal and methodology. Context- and needs-relevant assessment tools (questionnaires, data input matrix, dataset, training of enumerators) are updated and approved. Data is collected, cleaned and analyzed (dataset available). One validation workshop is conducted at the national level to analyze findings. Training priorities of education cluster and section staff assessed and agreed; staff trained on basic and advanced data analysis and visualization. An assessment report is prepared; a PowerPoint summarizing key findings and policy recommendations is available for presentation to education sector stakeholders, i.e., donors, Ministry of Education, and partners.

Payment schedule

Payment will be made upon satisfactory receipt of deliverables. Initial instalment of 20% will be paid on completion of first two deliverables; 40% will be paid on completion of 3rd and 4th deliverable and remaining 40% on completion of last two deliverables.

SELECTION CRITERIA AND MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Qualifications

University degree, preferably at an advanced level, in a subject area relevant to information management; extensive work experience relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for formal qualifications; formal training in cluster information management an advantage.

Experience

At least 3/4 years progressively responsible humanitarian work experience with UN and/or NGO, including information management in the first phase of a major emergency response relevant to the cluster; Extensive work experience outside the humanitarian sector which is relevant to this post may be considered as a replacement for humanitarian experience. Candidate with previous UNICEF consultancy experience in South Sudan will be preferred for this assignment.

Knowledge and Skills

Sufficient understanding of key technical issues for the cluster to be able to: engage with cluster participants; understand their cluster-specific information management needs. Excellent knowledge of MS Excel or MS Access (e.g. pivot tables and functions); proven technical expertise for managing data entry and storage, for analyzing diverse datasets, and presenting information in user-friendly tables, charts, maps, graphs and reports; proven skills in using GIS and map-making packages.

High degree of analytical skills using diverse and complex quantitative data from a wide range of sources is desirable. The knowledge of a statistical package software such as SPSS and/or STATA is highly recommended.

Languages

Fluency in English required.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to varied audiences.

Other requirements

Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment. The incumbent is expected to perform the above functions under difficult working conditions in conflict affected areas, related to office accommodation, procedures, workload, mobility, and institutional and personal safety. There is limited access to health care and recreational facilities, and this is compounded by long working hours and potentially stressful conditions.

Core cluster functions:

1. Supporting service delivery

1.1 Provide a platform to ensure that service delivery is driven by the agreed strategic priorities

1.2. Develop mechanisms to eliminate duplication of service delivery

2. Informing strategic decision-making of the HC/HCT for the humanitarian response

2.1. Needs assessment and gap analysis (across other sectors and within the sector)

2.2. Analysis to identify and address (emerging) gaps, obstacles, duplication, and cross-cutting issues.

2.3. Prioritization, grounded in response analysis

3. Planning and strategy development

3.1. Develop sectoral plans, objectives and indicators directly support realization of the HC/HCT strategic priorities

3.2. Application and adherence to existing standards and guidelines

3.3. Clarify funding requirements, prioritization, and cluster c

4. Advocacy

4.1. Identify advocacy concerns to contribute to HC and HCT messaging and action

4.2. Undertaking advocacy activities on behalf of cluster participants and the affected population

5. Monitoring and reporting the implementation of the cluster strategy and results; recommending corrective action where necessary

6. Contingency planning/preparedness for recurrent disasters whenever feasible and relevant.

7. Accountability to affected populations.

ACCOUNTABILITY

The consultant is accountable to:

Education Cluster Coordinators who will in turn ensure that the post holder is provided with all necessary support and guidance; Education Cluster members, who will in turn ensure that they deliver on their agreed minimum commitments; Inter-cluster coordination bodies established by the HCT/UNOCHA; Affected populations through agreed mechanisms.

Accountability to the Cluster Coordinator, cluster members, information management team members and inter-cluster coordination bodies will be expressed in regular review meetings.

Competencies Required

Core competencies:

Understands the rationale behind Humanitarian Reform, its main components and recent developments including the Transformative Agenda; Understands, uses and adapts the tools, mechanisms and processes developed as part of Humanitarian Reform; Demonstrates commitment to Humanitarian Principles Demonstrates commitment to Principles of Partnership Communicates, works and networks effectively with a wide range of people to reach broad consensus on a well-coordinated response, and demonstrates leadership where required; Thinks and acts strategically and ensures that cluster activities are prioritized and aligned within an agreed strategy; Demonstrates commitment to the cluster and independence from employing organization; Builds, motivates and leads information management team.

The following conditions of service apply to individual consultant:

1. LEGAL STATUS

Individuals engaged under a consultant contract serve in a personal capacity and not as representatives of a Government or of any other authority external to the United Nations. They are neither a staff members under the Staff Regulations of the United Nations and UNICEF policies and procedures nor an officials for the purpose of the Convention of 13 February 1946 on the privileges and immunities of the United Nations. Consultants may, however, be given the status of an experts on mission in the sense of Section 22 of Article VI of the Convention. If they are required to travel on behalf of the United Nations, they may be given a United Nations certification in accordance with Section 26 of Article VII of the Convention.

2. OBLIGATIONS

Consultants shall have the duty to respect the impartiality and independence of the United Nations and shall neither seek nor accept instructions regarding the services to be performed for UNICEF from any Government or from any authority external to the United Nations. During their period of service for UNICEF, consultants shall refrain from any conduct that would adversely reflect on the United Nations or UNICEF and shall not engage in any activity that is incompatible with the discharge of their duties with the Organization. Consultants are required to exercise the utmost discretion in all matters of official business of the Organization. In particular, but without limiting the foregoing, consultants are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the Standards of Conduct in the International Civil Service. Consultants are to comply with the UNICEF Standards of Electronic Conduct and the requirements set forth in the Secretary General's Bulletin on Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, both of which are incorporated by reference into the contract between the consultants and UNICEF. Unless otherwise authorized by the appropriate official in the office concerned, consultants shall not communicate at any time to the media or to any institution, person, Government or other authority external to UNICEF any information that has not been made public and which has become known to them by reason of their association with the United Nations. The consultant may not use such information without the written authorization of UNICEF. Nor shall the consultant use such information for private advantage. These obligations do not lapse upon cessation of service with UNICEF.

3. TITLE RIGHTS

UNICEF shall be entitled to all property rights, including but not limited to patents, copyrights and trademarks, with regard to material which bears a direct relation to, or is made in consequence of, the services provided to the Organization by the consultant. At the request of UNICEF, the consultant shall assist in securing such property rights and transferring them to the Organization in compliance with the requirements of the applicable law.

4. TRAVEL

If consultants are required by UNICEF to travel beyond commuting distance from their usual place of residence, such travel at the expense of UNICEF shall be governed by conditions equivalent to the relevant provisions of the 100 series of the United Nations Staff Rules (Chapter VII) and relevant UNICEF policies and procedures. Travel by air by the most direct and economical route is the normal mode for travel at the expense of UNICEF. Such travel will be by business class if the journey is nine hours or longer, and by economy class if the journey is less than nine hours, and first class by rail.

5. MEDICAL CLEARANCE

Consultants expected to work in any office of the Organization shall be required to submit a statement of good health prior to commencement of work and to take full responsibility for the accuracy of that statement, including confirmation that they have been fully informed regarding inoculations required for the country or countries to which travel is authorized.

6. INSURANCE

Consultants are fully responsible for arranging, at their own expense, such life, health and other forms of insurance covering the period of their services on behalf of UNICEF as they consider appropriate. Consultants are not eligible to participate in the life or health insurance schemes available to United Nations staff members. The responsibility of the United Nations and UNICEF is limited solely to the payment of compensation under the conditions described in paragraph 7 below.

7. SERVICE INCURRED DEATH, INJURY OR ILLNESS

Consultants who are authorized to travel at UNICEF's expense or who are required under the contract to perform their services in a United Nations or UNICEF office, or their dependants as appropriate, shall be entitled in the event of death, injury or illness attributable to the performance of services on behalf of UNICEF while in travel status or while working in an office of the Organization on official UNICEF business to compensation equivalent to the compensation which, under Appendix D to the United Nations Staff Rules (ST/SGB/Staff Rules/Appendix D/Rev.1 and Amend.1), would be payable to a staff member at step V of the First Officer (P-4) level of the Professional category.

8. ARBITRATION

Any dispute arising out of or, in connexion with, this contract shall, if attempts at settlement by negotiation have failed, be submitted to arbitration in New York by a single arbitrator agreed to by both parties. Should the parties be unable to agree on a single arbitrator within thirty days of the request for arbitration, then each party shall proceed to appoint one arbitrator and the two arbitrators thus appointed shall agree on a third. Failing such agreement, either party may request the appointment of the third arbitrator by the President of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal. The decision rendered in the arbitration shall constitute final adjudication of the dispute.

9. TERMINATION OF CONTRACT

This contract may be terminated by either party before the expiry date of the contract by giving notice in writing to the other party. The period of notice shall be five days in the case of contracts for a total period of less than two months and fourteen days in the case of contracts for a longer period; provided however that in the event of termination on the grounds of misconduct by the consultant, UNICEF shall be entitled to terminate the contract without notice. In the event of the contract being terminated prior to its due expiry date in this way, the consultant shall be compensated on a pro rata basis for no more than the actual amount of work performed to the satisfaction of UNICEF. Additional costs incurred by the United Nations resulting from the termination of the contract by the consultant may be withheld from any amount otherwise due to the consultant from UNICEF.

10. TAXATION

The United Nations and UNICEF undertake no liability for taxes, duty or other contribution payable by the consultant on payments made under this contract. No statement of earnings will be issued by the United Nations or UNICEF to the consultant.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The technical competencies required for this post are….

View our competency framework at

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

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.

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.

This vacancy is archived.

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