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Consultancy to support research on UNICEF Yemen’s Emergency Cash Transfer Programme – (Geospatial analysis)
Social and Economic Policy Unit
After the outbreak of the conflict, Yemen’s economy rapidly contracted. Moreover, the government’s Social Welfare Fund (SWF), which used to provide cash assistance to the poorest third of the Yemen’s population, ceased its operations. As a result, livelihood conditions of the poorest in Yemen deteriorated dramatically. “To prevent the country from economic collapse and prevent the vulnerable population from descending further into poverty”, UNICEF started the Emergency Cash Transfer (ECT) project. The ECT project provides income support (unconditional, quarterly cash transfers) to the original SWF beneficiary cases and aims to “maintain the country’s social welfare system”.
UNICEF Yemen and UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti (henceforth UNICEF Innocenti) are exploring opportunities to use secondary data sources to shed new light on the functioning and role of the ECT. The envisaged research will examine the wider influence of the project in Yemen including its relationship with markets and conflict dynamics. The evidence is expected to be of direct relevance for programmatic decisions. The evidence would also allow for learning from Yemen’s experience for future programming.
The analysis will be split in two phases. The first phase will describe how the situation in Yemen evolved over the period since the outbreak of the conflict. As part of this exercise, the research team will generate a detailed mapping of (i) conflict intensity and hostilities, (ii) market prices, (iii) migration patterns, and (iv) ECT project implementation. This mapping exercise will be combined with a qualitative description of the conflict in Yemen. The second phase of the research will attempt to move beyond descriptive and assess the role of the ECT project. Questions that may be answered during this second phase include: How do the cash transfers and local conflict relate? How do cash transfers and markets interact? How do the cash transfers relate to internal migration?
UNICEF Innocenti is putting together a team with a diverse set of skills to help implement the analysis. UNICEF Innocenti seeks to hire a highly qualified consultant with extensive experience in geospatial analysis of conflicts and displacement to support the research project.
2. Purpose, objective(s), and expected results:
The proposed research will extensively rely on geospatial analysis and merging of secondary geocoded datasets. The purpose of the consultancy is to help guarantee that the geospatial analysis is of high quality and reliability. The consultant will provide technical support needed on all aspects of the data assembly and analysis. The expected end-product is a sound and trustworthy study that can serve both UNICEF Yemen’s programme implementation and be used for broader learning.
3. Description of the assignment:
The recruited consultant will be an integral part of the team of researchers implementing the research project. The consultant will make a critical contribution through his/her expertise in the use of georeferenced data.
The consultant will work with the team to identify appropriate data sources for the analysis, examine the reliability of spatial identifiers in the data, and help the team to merge these data sources. This activity will require extensive, hands-on work with the data.
During the first phase of the analysis, the consultant will provide the technical support needed to ensure accurate implementation of the geospatial analysis. This activity will both comprise hands-on data analysis and reviewing data analysis carried out by other members of the team. The consultant will help create maps and graphics that substantiate the findings of the analysis, support the preparation of presentations, and other activities needed to translate the findings of the research for a policy audience.
After the first phase of the analysis, the consultant will help the research team (in collaboration with UNICEF Yemen) to design the second stage of the research. The focus will be on evidence generation that is of direct use to UNICEF Yemen. Activities during this second phase of the analysis will be similar to those described for phase one. The consultant will help ensure that the draft and final research report exhibit technical rigor, yet present findings in an accessible way for a wide audience.
The recruited consultant will report to Jacobus de Hoop, Manager of Humanitarian Policy Research in UNICEF Innocenti’s the Social and Economic Policy team. The consultant will implement the research in collaboration with a wider team of researchers under recruitment.
4. Specific outputs/products/results with specific delivery dates:
• June 15: Identify and assess the reliability of georeferenced secondary data sources (~3 days)
• June 30 2020: Secondary data sources merged and ready for analysis (~7 days).
• July 31 2020: First phase of the analysis implemented and results submitted for review (~5 days).
• August 31 2020: First phase of the analysis completed, reflecting comments from internal and possibly external reviewers (~3 days).
• September 30 2020: Active support to design of the second phase of the analysis, including a written proposal (~3 days)
• October 31 2020: Second phase of the analysis implemented and results submitted for review (~5 days).
• November 15 2020: Second phase of the analysis completed, reflecting comments from internal and possibly external reviewers (~3 days)
• January 31 2021: Written contributions to research report completed (~6 days)
• February 28 2021: Incorporate feedback received in final research report (~5 days)
5. Qualifications and/or specialized knowledge/experience required for undertaking the assignment:
• PhD in geography, engineering or other related field
• At least 8 years of relevant post-PhD research experience (i.e. using georeferenced data and focusing on conflict and/or social protection)
• Outstanding and recent record of relevant policy publications and peer-reviewed articles
• Demonstrated experience creating maps based on secondary georeferenced data sources
• Demonstrated interest in implementing policy relevant research and translating research findings for a policy audience
• Strong team worker
• Ability to speak and write fluently in English
6. Core values
The consultant is expected to work in accordance with UNICEF’s five core values:
7. Location and duration of the consultancy
The consultant is expected to work remotely and no travel was foreseen at the time of writing. The consultant will work approximately 40 days over the period from June 2020 to February 2020 (approximate). UNICEF will not provide resources or facilities for implementation of the assignment.
The functional competencies required for this can be found 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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.
Candidates are kindly requested to attach to their applications the following documents:
- A cover letter
- Updated CV
- An all-inclusive financial proposal including daily rate
Those candidates who do not provide this documentation will not be considered.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.