Consultant; WASH Insecurity Analysis - Data Analyst. Req
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Consultancy Title: Consultant; WASH Insecurity Analysis - Data Analyst
Section/Division/Duty Station: WASH, Programme Group - NYHQ
Duration: 15 November 2023 – 14 November 2024
Home/ office Based: REMOTE
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:
WASH is a key life-saving sector in emergencies and is required to facilitate safe and sustainable access to other services such as Health or Education. The absence of safe or appropriate WASH services can also expose people to the risk of gender-based violence. Against a backdrop of increasing severity and frequency of extreme weather events and protracted crises as the new norm, the WASH Insecurity Analysis will enable WASH actors to use robust methods to highlight the areas with the greatest WASH insecurities. The analysis will provide a framework to combine data in a standardized way with a focus on data quality to give users confidence in the results. In addition, the analysis will create a common understanding of WASH insecurity among humanitarian and development actors which is currently absent in the WASH sector.
Over the past decade, the WASH sector has made progress in terms of data availability, including in hard-to-reach areas and those affected by insecurity. However, the WASH sector lacks a common method to analyze this data to inform decision-making. Other sectors have common methods (e.g., the IPC and the Cadre Harmonisé for Food Security) which facilitates higher levels of confidence in decision-making on key issues such as resource allocation. Due to the lack of a harmonized approach to data analysis, the WASH sector faces challenges with evidence-based advocacy, mobilizing greater funding, and identifying the communities most in need of WASH related services.
The WASH Insecurity Analysis is based on the human right to water and sanitation, specifically the availability, safety, and accessibility dimensions of WASH services. WASH insecurity is influenced by WASH services levels but also by exposure to natural or human-induced hazards and underlying vulnerabilities, such as gender or poverty. WASH insecurity results in negative WASH related outcomes (e.g., increased rates of water and sanitation diseases) and ultimately, a denial of people’s human rights to water and sanitation. The WASH Insecurity Analysis identifies geographic areas and quantifies the population at risk of WASH insecurity and the population already experiencing WASH insecurity. It is a tool and a process that can bring together diverse stakeholders across the humanitarian to development continuum, including those working in the nexus space or fragile contexts and promotes localization through providing analytical insights at the local level before and after shocks. It can be used by governments and development actors to prioritize sectoral investments.
The WASH Insecurity Analysis uses secondary data to produce the analysis. There are three different functions to meet users’ needs related to comparability and granularity. A Base Score will form the core of the analysis and it will allow global level comparisons of WASH related needs and risks. The Modular Function integrates common (but not globally available) data into the Base Score and provides more granularity to facilitate planning in a country or in a specific region. The Tailored Function provides real-time analysis with a high level of granularity to inform rapid decision making at the local level, including after disasters. The current user interface is Excel to enable country level users with varying levels of skill to generate the analysis. However the Tailored approach will require higher level programming and analytical skill sets.
The WASH Insecurity Analysis is a cross-division initiative so while the Data Analyst is based in the WASH Programme Group, they will regularly collaborate across Divisions with the Global WASH Cluster under the Office of Emergency Programs (EMOPs) and the JMP WASH Unit and Frontier Data under the Division of Analysis, Planning, and Monitoring (DAPM).
Scope of Work:
The consultant will:
Provide support at least 10 countries to implement the analysis including:
Populating pre-filled data tables with data extracted from globally available data sources
- Collating secondary data including performing new analysis of existing raw data sets to provide the data points required for the Base Score
- Analyzing secondary data to complete Modular and Tailored analyses
Integrating geospatial data into the analysis in coordination with Frontier Data.
Identify and implement continuous improvements to the analysis, including:
Calculation process to combine indicators and weighting.
- Developing and refining calculation spreadsheets and interfaces (e.g., data entry forms)
Updating workflows for calculating the analysis to ensure simplicity and efficiency.
Support the development of the Modular and Tailored approaches.
Coordination with technical experts to develop modules, including indicator selection, weighting, and calculation process to integrate with the Base Score
- Develop proof of concept for new Tailored and/or Modular analyses
Terms of Reference / Key Deliverables:
- Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) Analysis.
- 1 report – By end of Month 1
- Develop and/or update user interface for country level data entry.
- 1 revised Excel User Interface – By end of Month 2
- Pre-populate data sheets for globally extracted data sets for at least 10 countries.
- 10 country data sheets – By end of Month 4
- Develop at least 2 “proof of concept” examples for the Tailored and/or Modular Approach.
- 1 report – By end of Month 7
- Support at least 10 countries to generate the WASH Insecurity Analysis, including producing a summary (2-3 pages) of support provided to each country.
- 10 reports – By end of Month 10
- Way Forward Report and presentation.
- 1 report – By end of Month 12
- An advanced university degree (master’s or higher) in one of the following fields: data engineering, computer programming, statistics, or another relevant technical field is required.
- Additional relevant post-graduate courses that complement the main degree are a strong asset.
- OR A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
- A minimum of  five years of relevant professional experience in data engineering, data analysis, statistics, or information management.
- Previous experience working with composite indices is highly prioritized.
- Demonstrated experience in designing data collation and analysis systems with appropriate tools (e.g., DataBricks, Python, etc), using geoespatial tools (e.g., ArcGIS) and/or performing data anlaysis using Excel, R, Stata, or other relevant software.
- Experience analysing data from humanitarian contexts or data related to water, sanitation, or hygiene (WASH) services is an asset.
- Fluency in English required. French or Spanish as a second language is an asset.
- Ability to coordinate remotely with team members and meet deadlines with minimal supervision.
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- Upload copy of academic credentials
- Financial proposal that will include/ reflect:
- the costs per each deliverable and the total lump-sum 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, 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
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