Humanitarian Performance Monitoring Consultant, Information Management, Panama-LACRO 6 months (Home-Based- Part-Time)

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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, hope

To support the increasing demands for having data and analysis of the UNICEF performance, UNICEF LAC RO is implementing a regional data strategy on Humanitarian Assessment, Planning, and Monitoring, which includes a key component regarding the automatization of the information management and reports production at both country and regional levels.

In that context, UNICEF LAC RO is supporting COs to strengthen their monitoring processes, including the monitoring framework, data collection instruments, and analytic tools based on a standardized plan of analysis. These tools will allow COs to provide rapid and high-quality analysis of their humanitarian information.

UNICEF is seeking services to carry out the activities necessary to support the automatization of the HPM at the regional level, including data collection, analysis, and visualization.

UNICEF promotes the rights and welfare of all children and adolescents in everything we do. Together with our allies, we work in 190 countries and territories to transform this commitment into practical actions that benefit all children, especially focusing our efforts on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded, worldwide.

The UNICEF Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office is based in in Panama, operating in 36 territories, including 24 country offices.

UNICEF works to put the rights and well-being of the most disadvantaged children at the heart of the social, political, and economic agenda, in line with our equity focus, working across our organization and with our partners in government, civil society and the private sector to support shifts in public policy, fuel social engagement, and increase investment for children.

For more information about UNICEF and its work. (

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall supervision of the UNICEF Regional Monitoring Specialist, the HPM Consultant will be responsible for providing technical assistance to the RO and COs regarding data processing, analysis, and visualization. Also, the consultancy will focus on developing a package for Rapid Need Assessments (RNA), including digital instruments for multi-cluster/Sector RNA based on the MIRA principles, CCCs indicators and benchmarks, that can be used in sudden onset emergencies.

The tools will be based on kobo software and will be translated in three languages, English, French and Spanish. The package will include specific sectoral digital tools for joint need assessment (Wash, Nutrition, Child Protection, Health, and Education) following the IASC guidance, and a multisector instrument.

The package will also be focused on different crisis and emergency scenarios considering the data needed and key population figures for specific location and populations such as IDPs, host communities (HC), cross border, or people in transit. The unite of measurement will be differentiated in each tool (e.g., household, community, or key informant).

The package will be based on a monitoring framework that allows a better understanding of the key information needed for pre-crisis and in-crisis analysis, and the metadata for each indicator to be gathered. The package will include a template for standardizing and automatizing the data analysis and visualize the data in real time using a central dashboard in power bi.

Finally, the consultant will support the HPM mechanisms at both regional and country levels in relation to automate the IM and production of mid-year HPM reports.

The main purposes are outlined below:

  1. Support the information management process related to UNICEF response in humanitarian context, including the preparation of data collection instruments, data processing, database management and visualization.
  2. Elaborate a package for rapid need assessments based on MIRA principles and the Core Commitment for Children.
  3. Develop and strengthen the COs capacities through the training on information management.
  4. Support the IM mechanism to inform the UNICEF COs progress in a timely manner, using interactive dashboards, and automatized reports.

Specific Tasks:

  • Support the organization of a regional monitoring framework on humanitarian context.
  • Elaborate standardized data collection instruments based on KOBO to support COs in gathering information about their high frequency indicators.
  • Support the establishing of a regional data infrastructure to automatize and streamline the information management.
  • Create syntaxes and processes using Kobo, excel, R, power BI, tableau, and/or geospatial analysis (or other commonly used software) to automate and streamline the data collection, analysis, and reports, including visualization.
  • Support the implementation of the different tools in UNICEF country offices, including trainings, preparing materials, websites/sharepoint as information repository, etc.
  • Integrate the different sources of information in a regional data repository.
  • Support the series of training aimed to COs in basic and advances data management tools.

Expected Results:

  • Monitoring framework on the information needed for pre-crisis and in-crisis analysis, including the metadata for each indicator, and instruments for data collection.
  • Mid-year HPM analysis and report.
  • Multisectoral need assessment package, including data collection instruments, and the process to automatize the reports and visualization of the data collected.
  • Integration of different humanitarian data sources in one single data repository.
  • Presentations and training materials used in workshops and trainings.
  • Monthly activity log with the name of a country, type of support, date and time spent for each task specified clearly




[in days]



HPM mid-year analysis


15 / 07 / 2022

Monitoring framework


29 / 07 / 2022

Multisectoral need assessment package


2 / 09 / 2022

Training on IM tools


30 / 09 /2022

Data repository on humanitarian performance


31 / 10 / 2022

Report on HPM support to COs (Bolivia, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, Perú)


30 / 11 / 2022

Final Report


27 / 12 / 2022



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

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Statistic or any discipline related to information management with special expertise in data base administration, is required.
  • Experience: At least 3 years of experience in designing and implementing monitoring tools and data analytics products:
    • 3 years of experience on data bases management.
    • 2 years of experience developing digital data collection tools and automatized analysis.
    • Demonstrated experience in implementing performance monitoring mechanism in humanitarian context.
    • Ability to work with tight deadlines, take initiative, be pro-active and work in a multi-cultural environment.
    • Experience of working on HPM with UNICEF will be considered an asset.
  • Language: Fluency in Spanish and English is required.
  • Technical Knowledge: Must be familiar / experienced with the following computer skills:
    • MySQL and PostgreSQL
    • Pentaho (ETL)
    • Kobo toolbox.
    • Power BI and Tableau.
    • Python.
    • RStudio, STATA or SPSS.
    • QGIS or ARCGIS.
    • Claud hosting: MS Azure.
  • Other skills: Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective relationships with UNICEF country offices.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF competencies: building and maintains partnerships, demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness, drive to achieve results for impact, innovates and embraces change, manages ambiguity and complexity, thinks and acts strategically, works collaboratively with others.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

Administrative details:


The Regional Humanitarian Monitoring Specialist will provide quality assurance and oversight for the consultant’s work with substantial feedback on the quality of the work. For each assigned country office, the consultant will work in close collaboration with the UNICEF emergency or HPM Focal point.

Workplace: Home-based

How to Apply? Application should be submitted online and should include: Resume, Cover Letter, University Diploma and Financial proposal. Qualified candidates are requested to submit daily and monthly fees in their financial proposal.

Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed 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.

Duration of contract: Estimated start date of this consultancy is the first/second week of July 2022 for a period of 6 months.

Insurance: The selected consultant must demonstrate a proof of medical insurance prior to the beginning of the consultancy and must be valid for the entire duration of the contract. In duty stations where UNICEF provides medical evacuation, the medical insurance that the contractor holds should include provisions for medical evacuation.

Vacancy Announcement Remarks:

Please note only short-listed candidates will be contacted. UNICEF reserves the right to make additional assessment of the pre-selected candidates, if needed 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. 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.

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. The candidate may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid).

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