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UNICEF looks for committed professionals willing to engage in the challenging and rewarding work of advocating for children's rights, helping to meet their basic needs and expanding their opportunities to reach their full potential.

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National Consultant to verify and clean the databases for the Special Report of the Ombudsman Institution on protection of the rights of children in residential care in Romania

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Work type: Consultancy
Location: Romania
Categories: Child Protection, Monitoring and Evaluation, Statistics and Monitoring, Consultancy

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, protection.


A partnership between UNICEF Country Office in Romania and the OI has been developed since 2013, in particular the Deputy Ombudsman (DO) on the rights of the child, family, young people, pensioners, and persons with disabilities. The cooperation framework during the last Country Programme period was defined through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the period 2014-2017 that laid out the areas and ways of cooperation. UNICEF provided technical assistance to the DO’s small field network of experts in working with vulnerable children and documenting child rights violations. A Special Report on "Respecting the rights of children deprived of liberty in Romania" published in 2014 is an example of a good practice bringing together the energies of a relatively new institution and the expertise of UNICEF.


The Law no. 35 on organization and functioning of the Ombudsman Institution has been amended as of 5 January 2018 (Law no. 9/2018) and established a Deputy Ombudsman (called Child Ombudsman) in charge specifically with protection and promotion of child rights within Ombudsman Institution, defined specific responsibilities related to the new mandate, and created 18 posts at central level (4 posts) and local level (the 14 Territorial Offices will have a person that will be in charge with Child Rights). UNICEF participated in the consultative process and provided technical inputs to the draft law. The new Child Ombudsman has been appointed end of April 2018. A new MoU for the period 2019-2022 is under preparation.


How can you make a difference?

Major duties and responsibilities

Working under the supervision of the Child Rights Systems Monitoring Specialist, the National Consultant will perform the following tasks:

  1. Verify the quality of data entry by re-entering in different data files the id number of the questionnaire/form, the name and type of the institutions (Q1 to Q8), as well as other 8 variables (closed-ended questions and question items) randomly selected from the questionnaires. The variables selected will be re-entered for all the completed questionnaires, i.e. 974 questionnaires with children, 441 questionnaires with staff of institutions (out of which will be kept two per institution); 194 institution forms and 194 observation forms. Compare the re-entered data with the original data files, check for any discrepancies and report the errors.
  2. Clean the original data files by identifying and correcting the incorrect or inaccurate records, checking the missing values, as well as checking the logical dependencies among various variables and correct the inconsistencies which are found.
  3. Code the answers to the open-ended questions in the Questionnaire for children, Questionnaire for staff in institutions, Institution form as per the Annex 1 to the TOR.
  4. Provide the cleaned data files, one for each type of instrument (questionnaires for children and staff in institutions, institution form and observation form), with all the variables labeled according to the conventions used in the printed questionnaires and the final list of institutions in the sample with the no. of questionnaires applied to children, staff in institution, interviews with managers, institution forms and observation forms.
  5. Draft a report on verification of the quality of data entry and processing and submit it to UNICEF.


Expected results, deliverables and deadline

The consultancy is proposed for 22 (twenty-two) working days and the expected result is cleaned databases for every instrument together with a final list of institutions and a verification report. The Consultant is expected to spend two days with the person who will conduct the data analysis to handover the cleaned data files and provide him/her with the needed explanations/clarifications and answer questions.

The work is expected to start on 17 December 2018.


To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Background, qualifications and experience

    • University graduate with a MA in sociology, statistics or other related fields;
    • At least 8 years of experience working in conducting social research with a focus on vulnerable children, child protection/child wellbeing issues;
    • Solid survey design and implementation experience, including surveys on child population (sampling, databases, data analysis);
    • Excellent experience working with databased, with a focus on verification and cleaning of databases;
    • Fluency in English and Romanian (native);
    • Previous experience in similar activities, preferably with UNICEF or other UN Agencies is an asset;
    • Availability to work during the period 17 December 2018 – 31 January 2019.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Excellent writing skills;
  • Good communication skills; excellent organisational skills and be able to cope with tight deadlines;

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

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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.


Payment will be made upon completion of the assignment based on certification that the services have been satisfactorily performed/delivered.


The consultant will sign a health statement prior to taking the assignment and the designation form will be completed. The consultant will be responsible for paying income taxes and any other due taxes as per applicable national legislation. UNICEF Terms and Conditions (attached) will apply.

How to apply

 Your online application should contain the following separate attachments:

  • an updated Curriculum Vitae and motivation letter focused on the skills and experience requested by the current consultancy
  • Financial Offer. Please indicate your availability and gross daily fee in RON to undertake the terms of reference above. Please see the suggested Download File Financial template_Individual consultant_social database.docx. Applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered. The Consultant will be responsible for paying income taxes and any other due taxes as per applicable national legislation.  

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



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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