To contract a Consultant to serve as Survey Programmer and Data Manager for the Women’s Health and Life Experiences Survey in Guyana

  • Added Date: Saturday, 12 August 2017
  • Deadline Date: Friday, 01 September 2017

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Background

UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

For the Caribbean in general, gender-based violence (GBV) is one of the most prevalent forms of violence and it directly impacts citizen security, including the stability and health of a family and community. The most pervasive form of gender-based violence in the region/sub-region is violence against women.  Despite the prevalence of GBV in Guyana and other CARICOM territories, citizen security approaches too often fail to give consideration to GBV – including sexual violence - as a “serious” citizen security issue. Rather, GBV cases are often seen as “soft” issues or “private” family issues and separate from the state security concerns related to the more public manifestations of insecurity such as high rates of homicide, narcotics trafficking and gang violence.

Governments and Non-Government organisations in the Caribbean have expressed concern about the lack of data on citizen security and crime in general, including gender-based violence. UN Women, the Caribbean Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, UNDP and others will work to support nationally-owned processes to address these gaps throughout the CARICOM region.

To this end, with the support of the UN, CARICOM statistical experts and member states reviewed the various models which have been developed/utilized/are available for assessing the prevalence of gender-based violence, and agreed to CARICOM piloting and adopting a CARICOM Model on National Prevalence Surveys on Gender-Based Violence.  The CARICOM Model being piloted is based on the original WHO global model for assessing prevalence of intimate partner violence (with specific focus on women as the most affected group). Once adopted, the CARICOM Model should be implemented once every ten years in a country as a minimum.

Subsequently, commencing in 2017, a National Prevalence Survey on Gender Based Violence will be conducted to address the abovementioned data gaps. A consortium of partners, comprising the USAID, UNDP and UN Women will be providing support for the conduct of the survey.

The objectives of the Prevalence Survey are as follows:

  • To obtain reliable estimates of the prevalence and incidence of different forms of violence against women;
  • To assess the extent to which intimate partner violence against women is associated with a range of health and other outcomes;
  • To identify factors that may either protect or put women at risk of intimate partner violence against women;
  • To identify how men’s role in gender-based violence is manifested;
  • To document and compare the strategies and services used to deal with intimate partner violence.
  • To ensure that the data and results of the study are put to good use and utilized in the different departments and institutions for formulating policies and legislature and other programmes of intervention against gender based violence, in parallel with the Government of Guyana’s National Strategic Action Plan on Gender Based Violence, and as part of the broader Citizen Security priorities of Guyana.

 

To guide the piloting and implementation of the Prevalence Survey in Guyana, a National Steering Committee will be formed. It is to be chaired by the Government, under the joint leadership of the Ministry of Social Protection and the Bureau of Statistics. The Bureau of Statistics is the main implementing partner. A Research Sub-Committee will also be formed to guide the research management process. 

UN Women has contracted the Global Women’s Institute (GWI) of George Washington University to provide technical advice and support to the implementation of the Prevalence Survey model, where required.

Duties and Responsibilities

Objectives of the assignment

On behalf of the Bureau of Statistics, UN Women seeks to recruit a Survey Programmer and Data Manager to provide support to the following: designing and programming digital survey tools, forms and questionnaires; managing digital data collection activities with survey teams; providing hardware and software troubleshooting support throughout the survey lifecycle; creating and managing a central database; assisting with coordinating field operations with survey teams (including survey supervisors and enumerators) during the data collection period; managing data entry and data cleaning services; and preparing data collected for analysis.

Under the overall supervision of the Head of Surveys of the Bureau of Statistics, the Survey Programmer and Data Manager will be contracted for 100 days within the period September 2017 and March 2018.

Scope of Work and Deliverables

The Survey Programmer and Data Manager will be responsible for the following:

  • Creation of electronic (digital) data collection tools for tablet-based data collection activities, including survey questionnaires;
  • Adaptation and use of available survey creation software for questionnaires. Specific tasks will include programming the electronic survey software to tablet;
  • Installation of relevant tools and programs to the tablets, create data collection protocols and procedures for using digital equipment and software in the field and during the downloading of collected data to the central database;
  • Assisting in the planning and organizing of the survey, including arranging equipment assignments and coordinating field operations with survey teams;
  • Participating in the training of staff and external enumerators on digital data collection tools and equipment, including procedures for completing questionnaires, correct storage and maintenance;
  • Supporting survey expeditions and works, especially during survey pre-tests to evaluate and adjust digital tools and equipment, and during execution of the survey and data collection activities to support field-based survey teams;
  • Transporting, assembling, dismantling and maintaining surveying equipment, including tablets, battery chargers, and storage and cleaning tools for digital equipment;
  • Creating and executing equipment management and servicing plans for all digital field tools. Regularly check equipment and chargers for functionality and report faults to the Head of Surveys;
  • Development and maintainenance of the survey database, download digital survey data from tablets and assist in the preparation of survey plans and spreadsheets for management of data collection activities;
  • Maintaining and updating a computer database used for the storage and retrieval of all digital survey data and ensure back-up practices are carried out per survey plan guidelines and protocols. Develop and maintain a process for file storage and file protection, including regular data backups;
  • Accurate completion of all documentation associated with data collection and processing, and maintain and design office records including registration forms, equipment sign out sheets, filing of field survey tools and other relevant documents in the database and on the server;
  • Ensuring that the process of data capturing is closely monitored to ensure as few errors as possible;
  • Preparation and delivery for analysis, of a clean and error free dataset on the Women’s Health and Life Experiences Survey-Guyana.

Reporting Requirements

Under the overall responsibility of the UN Women MCO-Caribbean Representative and the Bureau of Statistics in Guyana, day to day supervision will be the responsibility of the Head of Surveys of the Bureau of Statistics.

Competencies

Core Values / Guiding Principles:

Integrity and Fairness:

  • Demonstrate consistency in upholding and promoting the values of UN Women in actions and decisions, in line with the UN Code of Conduct.

Professionalism:

  • Demonstrate professional competence and expert knowledge of the pertinent substantive areas of work. Conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results.

Cultural sensitivity and valuing diversity:

  • Demonstrate an appreciation of the multicultural nature of the organization and the diversity of its staff. Demonstrate an international outlook, appreciating difference in values and learning from cultural diversity.

Core Competencies:

Planning and organisation:

  • Planning and organization: Demonstrate strong capacities for results-oriented, timely and effective planning, and the ability to manage complex and large survey operations.

Work in teams:

  • Demonstrate ability to work in a multicultural, multi ethnic environment and to maintain effective working relations with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Communicating and Information Sharing:

  • Facilitate and encourage open communication and strive for effective communication.

Self-management and Emotional Intelligence:

  • Stay composed and positive even in difficult moments, handle tense situations with diplomacy and tact, and have a consistent behaviour towards others.

Conflict management:

  • Surface conflicts and address them proactively acknowledging different feelings and views and directing energy towards a mutually acceptable solution.

Appropriate and Transparent Decision Making:

  • Demonstrate informed and transparent decision making.

Required Skills and Experience

Minimum Requirements

The consultant should meet the following minimum criteria:

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Master’s preferred but not required) in areas such as Statistics, Mathematics, Computer Science or related subjects.

Required skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated knowledge of information technology principles and practices;
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team;
  • Demonstrated numeracy skills to record and interpret statistics, and undertake computations;
  • Demonstrated spatial skills to perform data archival and retrieval;
  • Demonstrated high level of communication both oral and written, with the ability to assist with resolving technical and procedural issues;
  • Demonstrated ability to operate technical and electronic equipment, including tablets, solar charging tools and data collection software, including programming of electronic survey data collection (e.g. ODK);
  • Demonstrated ability to complete projects and tasks in line with established procedures and instructions and in coordination with a research team;
  • Demonstrated keyboard skills and computer literacy to accurately and professionally record and produce information;
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative data collection skills;
  • Knowledge of SPSS, Stata, CSPro or other data analysis software;
  • Independent and self-motivating. Experience in developing countries is a strong plus, especially if it included managing survey teams.

To assess the experience and competencies of the Survey Programmer and Data Manager, shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend a competency-based interview.

Languages :

  • Fluency in English is required.

References:

  • Minimum of three client references that include the name of the contact person, title and contact information.

Remuneration:

  • The consultancy fee will be negotiated before contracting. Each payment will be based on a predefined and formal agreement between UN Women and the consultant and will be disbursed based on satisfactory completion of agreed deliverables.

Hardware, Software and Communication:

  • The consultant must be equipped with a laptop, which must be portable and must run at least Windows 7. The consultant must be reasonably accessible by email and telephone (preferably mobile). The use of reliable, internet-based (Skype or equivalent) is required.

Location and Duration:

  • The contract will run from 2 October 2017 until 30 March 2018. The consultancy will be based in Guyana.

Application for Consultancy

Applications must include:

  • A cover letter highlighting the specific post for which you are applying;
  • The completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment;
  • Detailed curriculum vitae including a description of main achievements;
  • Minimum of three client references that include the name of the contact person, title and contact information for Survey Programmer and Data Manager;
  • A detailed financial proposal quoted in United States dollars (US$) indicating:
    • Overall fees for one hundred (100) working of days;
    • A breakdown with daily rate;
    • Any costs to be incurred related to the consultancy.
  • Overall fees for one hundred (100) working of days;
  • A breakdown with daily rate;
  • Any costs to be incurred related to the consultancy.

All submissions should be submitted online via the UNDP Jobs. It is important to note that the UNDP Jobs portal can only accept one set of documents. As such, all application materials must be scanned into one document and submitted.


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