UNICEF Multiple Indicator Cluster (MICS) (Consultancy), Nauru, 3 Months

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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, support.

In the Pacific we work in Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu: These 14 Pacific island countries are home to 2.3 million people, including 1.2 million children and youth, living on more than 660 islands and atolls stretching across 17.2 million square kilometers of the Pacific Ocean, an area comparable to the combined size of the United States of America and Canada. Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu are classified as Fragile States according to World Bank/OECD criteria.

All 14 Pacific Island countries and territories have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, but only a third are on track with reporting obligations. Explore the different areas of our work in the link provided here www.unicef.org/pacificislands.

Background of Assignment:

The UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office is providing technical and financial support to several Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) to conduct Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS). MICS is an international household survey programme developed and supported by UNICEF. MICS is designed to collect estimates of key indicators that are used to assess the situation of children and women and has become a key source of data on child protection, early childhood education, and a major source of data on child health and nutrition. For many countries, MICS surveys are being used to generate data for monitoring and reporting progress towards achievement of national goals and global commitments aimed at promoting the welfare of children, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Since 2018, the UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office (UNICEF PMCO) has already supported the planning, implementation and completion of five MICS surveys namely Kiribati 2018-19, Tonga 2019, Tuvalu 2019-20, Samoa 2019-20 and Fiji 2021. Currently, the UNICEF PMCO is supporting the implementation of the 2023 Nauru MICS. Nauru MICS 2023 is almost concluding the data collection and the secondary editing phase and soon will be entering the analysis, report writing and dissemination stages. During this next phase, the Nauru Bureau of Statistics (NBoS) will require technical support and assistance to ensure data quality is maintained, data analysis is comprehensive, and quality reports are produced and disseminated.

To this end UNICEF Pacific Multi-Country Office in Suva, Fiji (UNICEF PMCO) will hire a full-time UNICEF MICS consultant (UMC) to oversee and ensure that the remaining stages of the Nauru MICS process runs smoothly, specific deadlines are met and that the implementing partner, the NBoS receives the technical assistance necessary to produce statistically sound and reliable data.

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Social Policy and direct supervision of the Statistics & Monitoring Specialist, the UMC will provide guidance and hands-on support to the UNICEF PMCO and NBoS for data analysis, Survey Findings Report (SFR) and Statistical Snapshot Report compilation, dissemination and archiving. The UMC will work closely with the NBoS’s Survey Coordinator and Data Processing team to ensure that the data cleaning, analysis and report compilation process is on track and adheres to MICS protocols. He/she will also work in close collaboration with the Nauru MICS survey team, the stakeholders, and Steering and Technical Committees and will represent UNICEF in meetings and workshops in relation to the survey as needed.

Please refer to the ToR for further information on the deliverables and the timelines


Please submit a separate financial offer along with your application. The financial proposal should be a lump sum amount for all the deliverables and should show a break down for the following:

  • Monthly / Daily fees– based on the deliverables in the Terms of Reference above
  • Travel (economy air ticket where applicable to take up assignment and field mission travel
  • Living allowance where travel is required
  • Miscellaneous- to cover visa, health insurance (including medical evacuation for international consultants), communications, and other costs.

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


  • Advanced University degree in Demography, Statistics, Social Sciences, Economics, Epidemiology or any other related technical field


  • Proven minimum of 5 year experience in the coordination and/or management of quantitative household surveys (prior MICS or Demographic and Health Survey (DHS)) preferred,
  • Strong computer skills and strong expertise in statistical analyses (familiarity with data processing and data analysis software, particularly SPSS),
  • Experience with CAPI data collection,
  • Training experience and ability to organise and facilitate training and presentations,
  • Experience in data analysis and survey report writing.


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills,
  • Excellent oral and written communication in Nauruan or any Pacific language(s) required,
  • Familiarity and previous experience of working in Nauru and/or in the Pacific region are highly desirable,
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and to establish harmonious and effective relationships both within and outside the organisation, more specifically with National Statistical Offices,
  • Demonstrated leadership, managerial and supervisory ability,
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively in-country and to attend regional workshops.

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.

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.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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