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The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) Consultant (Fiji)

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Contract type: Consultant
Duty Station: Suva
Level: Consultancy
Location: Fiji/Pacific Island Countries
Categories: Research, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

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, results

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. In addition to being a data collection tool to generate data for monitoring the progress towards national goals and global commitments for promoting the welfare of children, MICS provided valuable data for MDG monitoring as a major source of data for the UN Secretary General’s Final Millennium Development Goals Report. 

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, with results of first surveys expected to be available by the end of 2017. 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. The final SDG indicator framework currently includes 230 global indicators, of which around 30 per cent are household survey-based. Today, MICS, covering almost half of the SDG indicators that are household survey-based, 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. 

UNICEF‘s MICS programme is also supporting countries in implementing longitudinal, representative household surveys with interviews conducted over the phone. This initiative is known as - MICS Plus. MICS Plus is a new initiative under UNICEF MICS programme with surveys conducted via phone. By collecting phone numbers from respondents through MICS and with their consent, it allows national statistics offices to use representative sub-samples of data from MICS survey as baselines to continue collecting data over time via mobile phones at frequent intervals, accumulating longitudinal data which can be rapidly analyzed and disseminated. Such approach facilitates faster decision making. Data collection using mobile phones is used for multiple purposes, including crisis monitoring in situations like COVID-19 pandemic, program coverage, opinion polling and qualitative follow-up of respondents. 

To ensure that the implementation of the MICS and MICS Plus surveys run smoothly, specific deadlines are met and that the implementing partner, the National Statistics Offices (NSOs) receive the technical assistance necessary to produce statistically sound and reliable data, the UNICEF Pacific Multi Country Office will hire a full-time MICS consultant (UMC) to join the Pacific MICS support team and oversee the MICS and MICS Plus processes from preparatory work to release of results. 

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Policy Evidence and Social Protection and direct supervision of Statistics & Monitoring Specialist, the UMC will work with the team to support and provide guidance to UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office and the NSOs for the preparation, implementation and completion of the MICS and MICS Plus surveys in PICs conducting MICS and MICS Plus surveys in 2022 and 2023. The UMC will advise the NSOs, especially the Survey Coordinator and sampling and data processing experts, during survey planning, questionnaire design, sampling, training, fieldwork, data processing, data analysis, dissemination and archiving, ensuring that MICS and MICS Plus protocols and recommendations are being followed at all times. The UMC will communicate effectively between the UNICEF Pacific-Multi Country Office, NSO’s, and partners, responding promptly to MICS and MICS Plus related needs and issues as they arise.  

The UMC will be responsible for coordinating and supporting the UNICEF technical assistance to the MICS and MICS Plus processes. S/he will work in close collaboration with the survey teams, the stakeholders, and Steering and Technical Committees and will represent UNICEF in meetings and workshops in relation to the survey as needed. The UMC will also work in close collaboration with the Regional MICS Coordinator, UNICEF EAPRO, Bangkok and the Global MICS Team in UNICEF HQ. 

Based on produced MICS and MICS plus reports, UMC will support further analysis reports (FAR) of existing MICS datasets and other available and compatible datasets in the region.  The further analysis will aim to answer new research questions, to examine an alternative perspective on the original questions of the MICS and MICS Plus surveys and to generate more information on children’s well-being in PICs that have already published MICS results. The analysis will be used to improve or start new partnerships, collaborations and cooperation with the goal of joining forces to improve data for improving children’s wellbeing 

How can you make a difference? 

  1. Provide technical and managerial support to the planned MICS Plus surveys in Samoa and Fiji; and planned MICS surveys in Vanuatu, Nauru, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Cook Islands, Tokelau and RMI; 

  1. Present the MICS and MICS Plus methodology, tools, and guidelines to partners/stakeholders (e.g. ministries, UN Agencies, etc.); 

  1. Finalize, in collaboration with national partners and UNICEF Pacific MCO, the Survey Plan and Budget, including timetable and share with the Regional MICS Coordinator; 

  1. Ensure that the Ethical Protocol and other ethical recommendations are addressed in the survey implementation process and that all MICS and MICS Plus related documents are shared with the national Ethical Committee on time for approval;  

  1. Oversee each stage of the survey process and ensure that the MICS and MICS plus protocols and standards are followed by the NSOs, more specifically during training and field supervision visits; 

  1. Communicate regularly with the UNICEF MCO and/or the UNICEF MICS Team responding to all MICS and MICS Plus related issues in a timely manner; 

  1. Provide monthly updates on MICS and MICS Plus activities to the UNICEF MCO and Regional MICS Coordinator; 

  1. Coordinate the work of NSOs specialists and the UNICEF MICS Team and other resource persons assigned by the UNICEF MCO and/or the UNICEF MICS Team to support different survey stages; 

  1. Ensure that external technical reviews by experts (i.e., Sampling, Data Processing, and Household Survey expert consultants) are carried out at key survey stages and coordinate the feedback and response between the MCO, the UNICEF MICS Team and the NSOs; 

  1. Ensure that all survey related documents and deliverables are properly archived throughout the survey process (for example: Memorandum of Understanding, Survey Plan and Budget, questionnaires, manuals, sample design, training/pre-test reports, expert reports, CAPI application, output and tabulation plan tables, syntaxes, datasets, Survey Findings Report, Statistical Snapshots, dissemination materials etc.); 

  1. Participate in all MICS Steering and Technical Committee meetings; 

  1. Participate in, and contribute to, MICS Regional Workshops; 

  1. Organize, as required, and facilitate in the national Data Interpretation and Report Compilation Workshop. 

  1. Ensure that lessons learned, problems, and good practices are documented throughout the MICS and MICS Plus processes and rapidly shared with the MICS community (other MICS implementing countries and the UNICEF MICS Team) through all means available. 

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

  • Education: Advanced University degree (Masters) in, Demography, Statistics, Social Sciences, Economics Epidemiology or any other related technical field. 
  • Experience: Proven minimum of 5-year experience at international level in the coordination and/or management of quantitative household surveys (prior MICS or Demographic and Health Survey (DHS); 
  • Strong computer skills and strong expertise in statistical analyses (familiarity with data processing and data analysis software, particularly SPSS); 
  • Experience with CAPI data collection; 
  • Training experience and ability to organize and facilitate training and presentations; 
  • Experience in data analysis and survey report writing 
  • Language: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is an asset.  
  • Skills: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 
  • Excellent oral and written communications in English is required; 
  • Familiarity and previous experience of working in Pacific countries and/or in the region highly desirable. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and to establish harmonious and effective relationships both within and outside the organization, more specifically with National Statistical Offices; 
  • Demonstrated leadership, managerial and supervisory ability;  
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively in-country and to attend regional workshops. 

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 

To view our competency framework, please visit here

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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. 

Remarks:  

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. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

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