MICS Data Processing Consultant, Data & Analytics Section, DAPM (Home-Based)

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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, a future

Throughout the past 25 years, the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) programme has come a long way to bring robust data on children and women to the forefront of the development agenda. Conceived initially as an idea in the field, the programme has helped transform the data landscape in countries by generating much-needed data for policy and programming, highlighting inequalities and identifying the under-served. The sheer number of countries implementing surveys has in turn transformed MICS into an indispensable source of data for key global development initiatives, such as the SDGs.

UNICEF is currently supporting the sixth round of MICS and preparing for launching the seventh round. The sixth round introduced a number of topics that has considerably expanded the coverage of MICS of the SDGs: with new modules such as water quality testing, early learning, social transfers, victimization and child functioning, MICS now covers 33 global SDG indicators.

The MICS programme has a firm commitment to ensuring that both methods and data from surveys meet or surpass internationally agreed-upon standards. MICS surveys are almost always carried out by government organizations, in particular by the National Statistics Offices, with the support and technical assistance of UNICEF. When countries adhere to the MICS protocols and recommendations, and make use of the standard tools provided, the survey process goes very smoothly. However, in many countries, the provision of survey tools alone is not sufficient unless complemented with additional support of experts providing technical assistance. The MICS programme has continued to strengthen technical support to countries, so that implementing partners can receive the required level of technical assistance at critical survey stages, on a timely basis.

To support MICS technical and data processing work, UNICEF HQ will hire experienced data processing consultant to provide support in further improving the standard tools, including development of new important functionalities and features, as well as to support further analysis work.

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall supervision of the Statistics and Monitoring Specialist (Data Processing Expert) of the MICS Team, the Data Processing Consultant will have the responsibility for supporting on-going methodological work on MICS, improvement of MICS data processing tools and contribute towards further analysis of MICS data, as follows:

  1. To technically review MICS Survey Quality Index methodology and existing associated programs developed in Stata.
  2. To translate existing, revised MICS Survey Quality Index Stata algorithms into SPSS, and in line with MICS SPSS analysis characteristics and components.
  3. To calculate combined sample weights for women and men samples.
  4. To append combined sample weights for women and men to the existing publicly available MICS data sets’ folders, and support their update on the website
  5. To conduct analysis of various MICS indicators on combined women and men samples.
  6. To support MICS datasets anonymization process.
  7. To technically review MICS6 survey datasets and Survey Findings Report, and their alignment with the latest MICS6 methodology.
  8. When applicable, to communicate any methodological update needed in MICS6 survey datasets or Survey Findings reports with the Implementing Partners, UNICEF Country and Regional Offices.
  9. To support MICS Global team in answering MICS users question related to data processing.

Total duration of consultancy is 85 days.

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

(1) Education

  • At least a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Information Technologies, Statistics, Demography, or any other related technical field with special expertise in data management.
  • The individual should have:
    • Knowledge of the CSPro;
    • Knowledge of the SPSS;
    • Familiarity with Stata;
    • Fluency in English and knowledge of another UN language as an asset.

2) Work experience

  • At least 8 years’ experience in data processing for household surveys;
  • Must be familiar with the data processing approach of both MICS and Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS);
  • Experience of working in developing countries;

3) Competencies

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


  • Completed profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials
  • Financial proposal that will include:
  • your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference (can be downloaded here: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_consultancy_assignments.html
    • 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

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at: Here

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.

Added 2 months ago - Updated 1 month ago - Source: unicef.org