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International Health Data Consultant, Abuja, Nigeria (7 months)-Remote

Remote | Abuja

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Remote | Abuja
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: Closed

UNICEF Nigeria Country Office in Abuja, Nigeria is seeking a passionate and committed person to work in the role of International Data and Analytics Consultant and invites applications from highly motivated and committed persons who want to contribute to results for children. If you are that person, we encourage you to apply and become part of a highly motivated and committed team.

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, dedication

In Nigeria, UNICEF works in a complex humanitarian and development setting to fulfill and protect children's rights in partnership with the government, civil society, children, and families.  UNICEF Nigeria is one of the largest UNICEF Country Offices globally - click the link to learn more about UNICEF in Nigeria:

How can you make a difference? 

Each year in Nigeria over 7.5 million babies are born, of whom about 300,000 die during their first month of life. Despite our gains for child survival whereby the under-five child mortality has decreased in the last decade, available data shows that the rate of decline is slow. It is important to understand and address bottlenecks at decentralized levels and tailor an accelerated response to fast-track reduction in under-five mortality rate. In its effort to support strengthening of the PHC system to be able to make high-quality health care services available, accessible and affordable to all Nigerians, especially women and children. The BMGF set up the PHC Leadership Challenge (PHC LC) following the endorsement of the Seattle declaration by Nigeria Governors which seeks to fill critical leadership gaps in primary health care systems development in Nigeria.
UNICEF Nigeria country office in partnership with the NPHCDA and the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) is leading the implementation of the PHC LC whose approach is to measure progress against indicators as per an agreed performance monitoring framework (PMF) where each of Nigeria’s 36 + 1 state performance will be assessed annually. The PMF includes (i) key indicators to measure the quality PHC leadership provided by Governors and how this impacts access and utilization of priority health and nutrition services for the population especially women/girls and children; (ii) the metadata of each indicator and (iii) guide to scoring state-specific performance against the PMF indicators.
To effectively support and guide the technical team as well as the states in processes involving data analyses, decentralized digitalization of HIS, data visualization and data use and the like an understanding of the health data space (HMIS, DHIS2, RMNCAH) in Nigeria and global and national digital HIS strategies and practices is essential. This needs to be done across all levels, the PHC LCF technical committee and throughout the 36 + 1 states

Scope of Work

Major Tasks to be accomplished during this consultancy include,

  • Support the ongoing national and 36+1 state RMNCAH scorecard system down to facility level. This includes capacity building and mentoring support to planning officers towards institutionalizing this work.
  • Support the PHC Leadership Challenge PHC system performance framework linked with the annual operational plans, the M&E Plan of the National Strategic Health Development Plan II and initiatives like the MSDAT.  This includes work with the IVA to better understand state level performance.
  • Support data quality and other aspects on data initiatives in the Health Section including the different accountability frameworks under the programme.
  • Support the review of DHIS2 indicators/data elements and NHMIS report forms and registers including the extension of scorecard related products, such as with program score cards (e.g., Nutrition)
  • Support the linkages between community scorecards or facility profiles and GIS based catchment population estimates and visualizations.
  • Support Decentralized Digitalization of HIS and introduction of Automated data use apps.
  • Support in building capacity of the HIS workforce

  If you would like to know more about this position, please review the complete Job Description here...

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have… Download File TOR for International Health Data Consultant.pdf

  • A master’s degree in public health or related technical field discipline is required.
  • Prior experience in data analytics used for documenting programs in public health is required.
  • At least eight years or more experience working in MNCAH programs and/or health projects. Prior experience with HSS programming is an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce high quality data and programmatic materials.
  • Experience in writing for UN agencies (human interest stories, reports etc.) UNICEF specific experience will be a strong asset.
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required.

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. 



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

Applicants must submit their financial and technical proposals along with this application. Applications without these will not be considered. Use this form to provide your financial proposal...Download File All-Inclusive Financial Proposal Form (1).docx

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. 


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