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National Consultant/Team of National Consultants to draft a Synthesis Report of the data collection systems analyses

Apply now Job no: 527721
Work type: Consultancy
Location: Romania
Categories: 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, equal opportunities.

 

How can you make a difference?

Summary

Consolidate into a synthesis report the data collection systems analyses in child protection, education and health sectors, by NIS and TransMonEE CAR 2016 on Children’s Access to Justice.

 

Background

 

While it is generally recognized that the overall routine data collection is well organized in Romania in all sectors, the reliability and effectiveness of data collection systems has been questioned[1]. At the same time, most child rights data are still incomplete and deserve updating in order to be more comprehensive and consistent. Practitioners acknowledge difficulties in the reporting done by physicians, schools or social workers at local level. Although sizeable investments were made into Management Information Systems, paper and pencil recording systems continue to prevail over electronic reporting that would allow i.a. for a streamlined aggregation at regional and national levels. There are also significant variations among sectors.

 

UNICEF contracted professionals with expertise from academia or research sector to conduct comprehensive data analyses of data collection systems and reporting in health, education, child protection sectors and by NIS to determine the status of critical issues by and across sectors and identified the existing bottlenecks. To address these bottlenecks and have in place an improved, consistent and more meaningful child rights monitoring in Romania specific conclusions and recommendations have been formulated for each sector as well as the National Institute of Statistics (NIS). In particular, the collection of equity data has been thoroughly examined.

 

As part of the Transformative Monitoring for Enhanced Equity (TransMonEE) exercise in 2016 a Country Analytical Report (CAR) on Children’s Access to Justice was prepared. The report explored what data were collected on the various dimensions of children’s access to justice, beyond juvenile justice and attempted to clarify the terminology and definitions used in the countries of the region, with a view to promoting the use of terminology and definitions that are consistent with the relevant international standards.

 

Justification

 

To have a comprehensive picture on the status of existing child data collection systems, analysis, use and dissemination at country level, a Synthesis Report on data collection systems and reporting in child protection, education and health sectors, by National Institute of Statistics (NIS) and TransMonEE CAR 2016 on Children’s Access to Justice will be produced. Specifically, it will consolidate information and identify the key areas where improvements should be made (such as bottlenecks in legislation and data collection processes / methods / instruments / indicators / capacities, existing overlapping and complementarities between the child data collection systems) and provide common and specific conclusions and recommendations in order to improve/develop  the existing data collection systems in place and ultimately achieve a more comprehensive and equity monitoring of child rights in Romania.  

 

Purpose

 

Consolidate into a synthesis report the data collection systems analyses in child protection, education and health sectors, by NIS and TransMonEE CAR 2016 on Children’s Access to Justice.

 

Major duties and responsibilities

 

Working under the supervision of the Child Rights Systems Monitoring Specialist and the overall programmatic guidance of the UNICEF Deputy Representative, the National Consultant/Team of Consultants is expected to analyse and synthetize the existing four reports on data collection systems in child protection, education, health and by INS, as well as information from the 2016 TransMonEE Country Analytical Report Romania on Children’s Access to Justice. The Consultant/Team of Consultants will conduct a desk review of the above-mentioned five reports, have meetings with the authors and, if needed, with representatives of the stakeholder institutions, to update the information concerning the situation of existing child data collection systems and clarify potential issues raised during the desk review.

 

The structure of the Synthesis Report will be based on the structure of existing sector reports and will provide a comprehensive picture on the analysed child data collection systems, including the areas where improvements should be made, the bottlenecks in legislation and data collection processes / methods / instruments / indicators / capacities, overlapping, complementarities between the existing child data collection systems, and provide common and specific recommendations in order to achieve a more comprehensive and child rights monitoring in Romania with an equity lens).

The report will also identify: 1/ cross-sectoral challenges in relation with data collection and analysis and make recommendations for improvement, 2/ reasons for limitations in collecting and analyzing data on some vulnerable groups (children with disabilities, Roma children) and 3/ limitations to disaggregation of data and come-up with cross-sectoral solutions. It will investigate the current status of coordination and communication between different actors in data collection and analysis and suggest ways of improvement. 

 

The draft synthesis report will be discussed and validated through (individual) consultative meetings with stakeholder institutions[2] at technical level. The Consultant/Team of Consultants will agree with UNICEF the list of institutions to be consulted to validate the findings and recommendations of the Synthesis Report. The final report will be presented and discussed in a round table with the stakeholder institutions at national level or in individual meetings with every key stakeholder.

 

Based on the findings and recommendations of the Synthesis Report, UNICEF intends to advocate for and support specific improvements in child data collection systems to strengthen collection, disaggregation and use of equity data for evidence-based policy formulation and implementation in the benefit of all children, including the most vulnerable ones.

 

Expected results, deliverable and deadline

 

The consultancy is proposed for 25 (twenty-five) working days and the expected result is a synthesis report of the data systems analyses in child protection, education, health, by NIS and TransMonEE Country Analytical Report on Children’s Access to Justice (max. 50 pages).

The work is expected to be carried out during the period of 25 November 2019 – 31 March 2020 over the proposed timeframe.

The draft and final reports will be submitted in Romanian language. Translation into English language will be in charge of UNICEF Country Office in Romania.



[1] Romania Country Report, Real-Time Monitoring for the Most Vulnerable (RTMMV) Global Study, Institute of Development Studies, 2012.

[2] Ministry of Labour and Social Justice, National Authority for the Protection of Child Rights and Adoption, Ministry of Health, National Institute of Public Health, National Centre for Public Health Information and Statistics, Ministry of National Education, Institute for Educational Sciences, Ministry of Justice, National Institute of Statistics.

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

  • University graduates with a MA in statistics, social sciences, sociology, education, health, social work or other related fields;
  • At least 8 years of experience working in the area of social statistics and verifiable experience in data collection processes/systems in health care, education, child protection, juvenile justice sectors and by NIS;
  • Experience in administrative data analysis;
  • Excellent skills in report writing and formulation of conclusions and recommendations;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Fluency in English and Romanian;
  • Advanced knowledge on international organizations reporting standards (e.g. European Commission, World Bank, UN agencies, programmes and funds)
  • Previous experience in similar activities, preferably with UNICEF or other UN Agencies is an asset;
  • Ability to cooperate with specialists in the fields identified; good communication and interpersonal skills; excellent organisational skills and be able to cope with tight deadlines;

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

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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.

 

Remarks:

Application deadline: 20 November 2019

 

The application must include:

  1. an updated CV focused on the skills and experience required by the current consultancy;
  2. list of relevant work/publications, incl. links or relevant sample work attached;
  3. a financial offer as per attached template, specifying the requested gross fee in RON, taking into consideration that the consultant will be responsible for paying all his/her due income taxes as per Romanian fiscal legislation. Applications which do not include the financial offer will not be considered.

 

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

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