Consultancy - Migration and Displacement Data and Research Analyst (Consultant), Data and Analytics (D&A) Team, DAPM NYHQ (remote based)

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Consultancy Title: Migration and Displacement Data and Research Analyst (Consultant)

Section/Division/Duty Station: Data and Analytics (D&A) Team, DAPM NYHQ (remote-based)

Duration: 16 October 2023 to 15 October 2024 (12 months)


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.


Purpose of Activity/Assignment:

Improving data and statistics on migrant and displaced children is key to ensuring that they are not left behind, and that their protection and development needs are addressed. Children on the move are generally vulnerable and often require especial care and assistance before, during and after the journey. But we know so little about migrant and displaced children– why they move, where they come from, what their fears and aspirations are, and other circumstances of their movement.

As part of UNICEF’s expanding efforts to improve statistics and data that can support evidence-based policymaking to protect and empower children on the move, the Data and Analytics Section (D&A) in the Division of Data, Analytics, Planning and Monitoring (DAPM) seeks a seasoned consultant to provide technical support and extensive data and research analysis to help achieve the objectives of the International Data Alliance for Children on the Move (IDAC).

Scope of Work:

The IDAC is a cross-sectoral global coalition, led by UNICEF- DAPM, which aims to improve evidence-based programming and planning to protect and empower migrant and displaced children. IDAC will implement an intensive three-year work plan with the following key objectives:

  1. Strengthening national data systems and capacities to protect migrant and displaced children;
  2. Establishing and promoting collaborative and innovative methods for child-specific data work; and
  3. Improving data visibility, availability, accessibility and usability

As IDAC Chair, UNICEF is driving the implementation of IDAC’s agreed work plan, in close coordination with other key agencies comprising the IDAC Secretariat, including Eurostat, IOM, OECD and UNHCR.

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

Working as part of the Demographics Team in D&A, and under the direct supervision of the IDAC Coordinator, the consultant will be responsible for the following tasks and deliverables:

  1. Prepare 3 issue briefs/publications focusing on issues concerning children on the move (such as the impact of climate change on children on the move, unaccompanied and separated children, missing migrant children, and children who stay behind), to address the key challenges and risks associated with child migration and displacement.

  2. Conduct comprehensive literature review on the numbers and situations of focus subgroups of children on the move.

  3. Summarize the main findings of the review.
  4. Conduct data analysis as applicable.
  5. Draft the issue briefs/publications with key messages and policy/ program considerations.
  6. Revise and finalize the issue briefs/publications in coordination with the IDAC Secretariat.
  7. Prepare other accompanying materials (including web and social media content) as needed to help ensure successful publication of the briefs.
  8. Support potential follow-up activities (e.g., webinars, briefings, roundtable discussions).

  9. Provide technical assistance for the development and implementation of a three-year IDAC work plan.

  10. Prepare a mapping of relevant data-related and child-focused initiatives and processes in migration and displacement contexts.

  11. Help with the organization of relevant workshops, webinars and meetings, including by drafting discussion papers, taking notes, and preparing summary reports.
  12. Conduct a comparative review of regional and global online platforms relevant to children on the move, to inform the conceptualization of a comprehensive IDAC online platform.

  13. Produce advocacy materials, such as quarterly newsletters and social media feeds, to share relevant and valuable information about the IDAC work, including recent and upcoming events, webinars, publications, new members, related processes, etc.

  14. Consolidate highlights of IDAC events, new data insights, newsworthy information, human stories, etc. that are relevant to migrant and displaced children.

  15. Craft effective messages for social media (i.e., Twitter) and email communications.
  16. Create and promote an IDAC LinkedIn page.

  17. Extend assistance to the IDAC s****upporting structures, including the IDAC Secretariat, the IDAC Advisory Board, the IDAC Working Groups, all IDAC Members, and the MYCP-led Youth Committee.

  18. Prepare presentation materials and summary of discussion and action points of the periodic meetings of the IDAC Secretariat, Advisory Board and all IDAC members as well as IDAC webinars.

  19. Lend admin and/or technical assistance in the organization of Working Group-led meetings or events.
  20. Provide liaison support to IDAC youth engagement.


Destination (indicative)

  • Copenhagen, Denmark (estimated no. of days = 4 days)
  • Addis, Ababa, Ethiopia (estimated no. of days = 5 days)
  • Bogota, Colombia (estimated no. of days = 5 days)



  • Advanced university (or Master’s) degree in statistics, monitoring and evaluation, political science, international policy and development or a relevant field.

Work experience

  • A minimum of four years of progressively responsible professional work experience in research and data analysis.
  • Proven experience in synthesizing complex policy issues and technical writing
  • Ability to work in an international environment and under tight deadlines.


  • Advanced knowledge about migration and displacement.
  • Advanced analytical and statistical skills.
  • Advanced communication skills both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to take initiatives and work independently.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment.


  • Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system
  • Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal that will include:
  • the costs per each deliverable and the total all-inclusive (lump-sum) fees for the whole assignment (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference.
    • travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.
    • Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, 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.

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.


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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