National Consultancy: Data editing and processing Associate
Job no: 518360
Work type: Consultancy
Location: Macedonia, TFYR
Categories: Support: Programme
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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. Over the past 20 years, MICS has evolved to respond to changing data needs, expanding from 28 indicators in the first round to more than 200 indicators in the current sixth round, and becoming a key source of data on child protection, early childhood education, and a major source of data on child health and nutrition.
Since the inception of MICS in the 1990s, over 300 surveys have been carried out in more than 100 countries. As part of the global effort to further develop national capacities to generate and analyse high quality and disaggregated data, UNICEF launched the sixth round of MICS in October 2016. This new round is in accordance with the list of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators endorsed by the UN Statistical Commission in 2016, following the global adoption of the 17 SDGs and 169 targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. MICS is well positioned to play a central role in this new Agenda alongside other key demographic, health and socio-economic surveys and to complement data from administrative sources and censuses. The MICS questionnaires have undergone rigorous methodological and validation work to broaden the scope of the tools and include new topics that reflect SDG indicators and emerging issues in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development context, including: rapid water quality testing, social transfers, foundational learning skills (children age 7-14), child and adult functioning, migration status, use of clean fuels and technology, and victimisation.
As governments develop national frameworks to monitor progress towards the SDGs and establish baselines, strategic planning and investments will be required to collect robust, more frequent, and timely data. This round of MICS presents a unique opportunity to support this process.
UNICEF former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Country Office is supporting the State Statistical Office in implementing the 6th round of the survey programme in 2018-2019, providing necessary technical support to ensure smooth implementation of the survey. The 2018 MICS6 is implemented using CAPI (Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing).
How can you make a difference?
Under the overall supervision of the Child Rights Monitoring Specialist, with direct support by the National MICS Consultant (NMC), the MICS Data editing and data processing consultant will hands-on support and technical assistance to the IT team of the State Statistical Office for the implementation and completion of the MICS survey in the country. More specifically, it is expected that the MICS Data editing and data processing Consultant will work together with the Data processing expert from the State Statistical Office, responding promptly to MICS related needs and issues as they arise. The MICS Data editing and data processing consultant will report directly to the MICS Data Processing expert at the State Statistical Office.
MAIN TASKS RELATED TO THE JOB
- Support data collection and Central Office menu components, data transfer and data backup;
- Monitoring the data processing;
- Upkeep of Central Office components;
- Field Check Tables;
- Secondary data editing;
- Preparation of final tables.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
University degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Data programming.
- Proven minimum of 5-year relevant experience in the coordination and/or management of quantitative household surveys (prior MICS or Demographic and Health Survey (DHS)) requested;
- Strong computer skills and strong expertise in statistical analyses (familiarity with data processing and data analysis software, particularly SPSS);
- Experience in Social Statistics Survey (for example, Survey for Income and Living Conditions)
Other required competencies:
- Expertise in statistical analyses
- Skills in data processing and data editing
- Solid knowledge of SPSS and CsPro
Other required skills:
- Systematic, detail-oriented and thorough
- Team player
- Ability to work with great focus during an extended period of time.
DURATION of the contract: Three months
CONFIDENTIALITY OF DATA AND MICS DOCUMENTS: The MICS Data editing and data processing consultant must respect the complete confidentiality of the MICS data as well as any specific MICS documents that will be produced throughout the MICS process. He/She can use the documents and the datasets only for the tasks related to these Terms of Reference.
OFFICE ARRANGEMENTS: During the contract period, the MICS Data editing and data processing consultant is expected to provide direct support to the State Statistical Office and will, therefore, be based at the State Statistical Office, which will provide her/him space, adequate working conditions with Internet access and equipment as necessary.
ESTIMATED DURATION OF CONTRACT AND FEES: The engagement of the MICS Data editing and data processing consultant should start as soon as possible and she/he is expected to remain on board until the data collected during the fieldwork has been processed.
The duration of consultancy should cover a period of 3 months. Only candidates that can commit for this whole duration will be considered. The expected start date of the consultancy is December 24th 2018.
In the application letter (letter of interest) the applicant has to indicate the monthly fee for the services to be provided. The fees payable to a consultant shall follow the “best value for money” principle, i.e., achieving the desired outcome at the lowest possible fee. This contract does not allow payment of off-hours, medical insurances, taxes, annual and sick leave.
UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/output is incomplete or not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.
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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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
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.
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