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Consultancy: Regional Household Survey Sampling

Apply now Job no: 512907
Work type: Consultancy
Location: Thailand
Categories: Monitoring and Evaluation

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, Childhood

Thailand is firmly established as a middle-income country.  Economic growth over the last two decades has been impressive: poverty has fallen by around two-thirds since 1990, despite the 1997 economic crisis from which Thailand has fully recovered.  This prosperity, combined with a growing awareness of and commitment to child rights, has resulted in successive governments investing in the wellbeing and future of children.  These investments have brought hugh, often life-changing benefits to millions of children. 


How can you make a difference?

The Programme Planning and Monitoring Section, UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office is seeking an individual consultant to provide sampling-related technical assistance to the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) and other UNICEF supported household surveys in selected countries across South East Asia and Pacific region.


Work Assignment:

Under the supervision of Statistics and Monitoring Specialist and in close collaboration with the UNICEF Country Office MICS focal point, the consultant will perform the following tasks:

  1. Provide in-country support to review or develop the sampling plan for MICS and other household surveys identified by UNICEF in South East Asia and Pacific regions following MICS guidelines.
  2. Review or perform sample selection for all stages of selection.
  3. Support countries remotely or during country visits to conduct any household listing activities that may be necessary.
  4. Facilitate a sampling session during the Survey Design workshops.
  5. Provide countries with a template for the calculation of sampling weights, and review and finalise the calculated sample weights.
  6. Review calculations of sampling errors.
  7. Prepare or review the sampling appendix of the final survey report.
  8. Respond to technical sampling queries from countries by e-mail.


Work Schedule:

  1. Depending on the country capacity and arrangements, either a report on sample design itself or report for each sample design reviewed outlining key recommendations and proposed changes and how the design meets or does not meet MICS technical standards – within 7 days after the visit to the country or submission of the draft design by the country.
  2. Country visit reports (including presentations and training materials) for each country visited – within 7 days after the visit.
  3. Regional workshop trip report – within 7 days after the visit.
  4. Presentations and training materials used in workshops and trainings – within 7 days after the workshop/training.
  5. As applicable, report on support to household listing activities and first and second stages of sampling – within 5 days after submission by the country.
  6. Final sampling weights for each country – within 5 days after submission by the country.
  7. Sampling chapter of each survey final report reviewed and with proposed modifications and/or additional information required – within 5 days after submission by the country.
  8. Evidence of other distance technical support through e-mail.
  9. Monthly activity report with the name of a country, the specific support provided, date and time spent for each task specified clearly.



The Consultant will prepare a monthly report on activities undertaken and completed against the deliverables.


Estimated Duration of Contract:  40 days spread over 11-month period (June 2018 – April 2019).


Official Travel: The consultant will be expected to travel to countries (countries to be determined) to attend/facilitate MICS workshops.


To qualify as a/an [champion or advocate] for every child you will have…

  • At least a Master’s Degree or equivalent in Demography, Statistics, Epidemiology, or any other related technical field with special expertise in survey sampling is required.
  • At least 8 years’ of experience in designing samples for household surveys (experience in countries without recent census information highly desirable).
  • Must be familiar with the sampling methodology of MICS and/or Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS).
  • Demonstrated training experience.
  • Experience of working in developing countries.
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to all countries across South East Asia and Pacific region.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective relationships with national partners.
  • Demonstrated leadership, managerial and supervisory ability.


Confidentiality of data and MICS documents

The Regional Sampling Consultant 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 Regional Sampling Consultant can use the documents and the datasets only for the tasks related to these terms of reference.


Interested candidates are requested to submit CV or P11, full contact information of minimum 2 references, availability, and daily professional fee in USD by 21 May 2018.


Download File FORM P11.doc




Only short listed candidates will be notified.


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.


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