Sampling Consultant for Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) Support, 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, hope

As part of the MICS programme, UNICEF continues to strengthen its MICS support mechanism at all levels, so that implementing partners in countries can receive the required level of technical assistance on a timely basis at critical survey stages and are in a better position to support the implementing partner. The number of MICS6 surveys included in the programme during 2017-2022 has now reached 75, which is the largest number of surveys in the history of the programme ( MICS7 is scheduled to start in 2023 and there are already numerous MICS7 surveys planned or in the pipeline.

As of September 2022, there are 14 surveys in pre-fieldwork stages and 10 surveys in fieldwork or post-fieldwork stages. 54 surveys are fully complete.

Survey managers are encouraged to continue carrying out survey activities effectively, through virtual interaction (emails, calls, and meetings on MS Teams, Skype, Zoom and similar platforms) between local survey team members, international consultants and UNICEF staff members. The Global MICS Programme team and consultants are expected to continue to provide online support and concrete guidance to survey teams on a case-by-case basis. All survey teams are encouraged to communicate regularly with Regional MICS Coordinators to share updates on their country situation, assess the implications of the current situation on their surveys, plan required adjustments to survey operations and overall planning, identify technical assistance needs, and develop a contingency plan for the way forward.

Forthcoming regional MICS7 Survey Design workshops, however, are expected to have in-person participation from the country teams as well as facilitators including the international consultants.

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall supervision of the Statistics and Monitoring Specialist (Household Survey Expert) of the MICS Team, the Sampling Consultant will have the responsibility for supporting MICS implementation and dissemination activities and the organization of the Regional MICS7 Survey Design Workshops, advise on sampling related issues, provide feedback on data analysis (calculation of sample weights) and report writing (review of sampling related components of final reports).

  • Specifically, consultant support is needed in the following sampling-related areas of work:
  • Reviews of MICS sample designs
  • Calculation of MICS sample weights
  • Calculation of MICS sampling errors
  • Reviews of sampling related chapters of the MICS survey final reports
  • In-person facilitation of selected Regional MICS7 Survey Design Workshops

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

  • At least a master’s degree or equivalent in Survey Sampling or Statistics with special expertise in survey sampling
  • At least 15 years’ experience at senior level in designing samples for household surveys
  • Expertise with the sampling methodology of MICS and/or DHS (Demographic and Health Surveys)
  • Proficiency in a range of PC/web applications, including but not limited to: SPSS, MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint
  • Extensive experience of working in developing countries on sampling
  • Fluency in English and at least one of the following languages: Spanish, French, Arabic, Russian
  • Strong organizational, planning, and analytical 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:
    • 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.

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