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Consultancy: Data for Equity – Support for Workshop Preparation, Coordination & Follow-up- Data and Analytics, DAPM/NYHQ- REQ# 527712

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Work type: Consultancy
Location: United States
Categories: Consultancy

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Consultancy Title: Data for Equity – Support for Workshop Preparation, Coordination & Follow-up

Section/Division/Duty Station: Data and Analytics, DAPM/NYHQ

Duration: 01 December 2019 to 30 April 2020 

About UNICEF

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.

BACKGROUND

Immunization coverage is relatively high in most countries. Globally, the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) was able to maintain the coverage of the three doses of Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTP3) in the mid eighty percent during the current decade[1]. In recent years, no significant global improvement gains have been achieved on the coverage of traditional vaccines. To better target and tailor the vaccination services interventions, it is critical to use subnational data and strategies in identifying disadvantaged communities (due to many factors e.g. poverty, conflict, geographic barriers, transportation issues). Beyond disadvantaged communities, a significant number of children are unvaccinated due to other barriers such as religious beliefs, economic activities constraints, and more. UNICEF will organize a consultation with the implementing partners, the donors, selected countries and other external partners to develop a framework for the data strategy required to support equitable immunization strategies. 

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

The main purpose of this consultancy is to support UNICEF in organizing the consultation/workshop on data for equity and coverage mentioned above. The objective of the consultation/workshop is to develop preliminary recommendations for a strategy on equity data for immunization. The workshop will bring together the core Gavi alliance partners including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), The Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC), The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), The World Health Organization (WHO), The World Bank Group, and The Gavi Secretariat, and relevant members of the Equity Reference Group for Immunization (ERG). In addition, representatives from selected countries and extended partners (e.g. JSI, GRID3 partners, and others) will participate in the meeting.

There will be two main products/deliverables from this consultancy assignment:

  1. A landscape report on work done to date on equity data for immunization. The consultant will reach out to Gavi Alliance partners to document/map existing initiatives and their main activities.  The product will also capture partners’ perspectives on the direction of future initiatives and raise key questions for discussion during the workshop.
  2. A report following the consultation/workshop including some recommendations on the way forward in terms of supporting countries to reduce inequalities and increase immunization coverage. The report will provide all the specific recommendations on data strategies for equity e.g. use data to support the operationalization of equitable immunization service delivery strategies, data collection systems for local and real-time, indicators for global, national and subnational levels, integration of data for equity with the health Information System (HIS), collaboration with in-country data ecosystems.

NB: There will be two payments based on the two main products above. The first payment will be 60% of the total consultancy fee which corresponds to deliverables 1, 2 and 3 as shown below. The second payment will be the remaining amount (i.e. 40% of the total consultancy fee) for deliverables 4 and 5.

Scope of Work

Coordinate a survey-like consultation with the Gavi alliance partners, the UNICEF regional/Country offices and selected countries. The survey will collect information on their respective equity initiatives. In order to reduce burden, the survey will be target to specific teams conducting equity strategies as oppose to a wide/generic consultation.

  • Review and document past and current initiatives related to immunization equity for data such as UNICEF pilot work around the use of technology and innovative methods to estimate local target populations and improve microplanning. Beyond UNICEF work, the consultant will document other existing initiatives, including a few in-country initiatives. This landscape analysis will focus on strategies directly related to immunization and will prioritize
  • Prepare background material for the data for equity workshop and coordinate inputs from participants. While most presentations will be produced by workshop participants, the consultation will provide support to ensure the content of these presentations are relevant and ready for the workshop. The consultant will be responsible for producing other documents needed for the workshop e.g. agenda, list of participants, topics’ summary documents, etc.
  • Produce the final report of the data for equity meeting.
  • Support the preparation of the next ERG meeting and review and document the areas of alignment between the data for equity consultation and the ERG recommendations.
  • All material and products developed by the consultant for this assignment will be the sole and exclusive property of UNICEF.

Tasks/Milestone 

Stakeholders’ survey questionnaire and documentation of UNICEF’s data for equity piloting work

Deliverable 1: Stakeholders’ questionnaire and rapport on UNICEF equity work

15 December 2019

Analysis of the stakeholder survey and ERG meeting preparation document

Deliverable 2: Survey analysis report

15 January 2020

Final supporting documentation for the workshop (landscaping of the data for equity work by UNICEF and partners)

Deliverable 3: Landscape analysis

15 February 2020

Final material for the workshop e.g. agenda, list of participants, slides, topics’ summary documents, working group guidelines, etc.

Deliverable 4: Final supporting documentation for the workshop

15 March 2020

Final report of the data for equity workshop

Deliverable 5: Final report

15 April 2020

Qualifications 

(1) Education

  • An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: Epidemiology, Public Health or socio-economic with a quantitative profile, or another relevant technical field. 

2) Work experience

  • A minimum of eight years of experience in analyzing public health studies, socio-economic, demographic and health data.
  • A minimum of eight years of experience in analyzing public health studies, socio-economic, demographic and health data.
  • Previous experience conducting disparity analysis of immunization/health indicators using household surveys in particular the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) and the Multiple Cluster Indicators Survey (MICS).
  • Experience working with international organizations such as WHO, CD, BMGF and the Gavi secretariat.
  • Working experience with low income countries’ public health programs is an asset.

3) Competencies

  • Experience writing technical documents and reports in the areas mentioned above.
  • Strong organizational, planning, and analytical skills
  • Very good command of English language and ability to work in a multicultural environment required. 

Requirements:

  • Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal that will include:
  • your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference (can be downloadedhere: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_consultancy_assignments.html 
    • travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.
    • Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.
    • Indicate your availability
  • Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

U.S. Visa information:

With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.  

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

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. View our competency framework at: Here

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.

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