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SHORT-TERM NATIONAL INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANCY: Data Landscape Analysis for Child Related Data in Türkiye

Ankara

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Ankara
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
    • Agriculture and Forestry
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2024-07-02

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.

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, education 

Fostering a thriving data ecosystem, in which the right data are in the right hands at the right time to impact decisions, can drive better results for the children of Türkiye.

A robust data system can play a key role in addressing the data gaps and facilitate the issue of reaching the correct data on a timely fashion.  Compared to census and national surveys, administrative records can provide timely and cost-efficient data for countries to design evidence informed policies.

Türkiye recognizes the vital role of data systems and administrative data in particular, which offer efficiency, precision, and an invaluable resource for policymaking. Transforming this data into actionable insights and fostering data interoperability are pivotal steps in enhancing data reliability and availability. Therefore, a thorough analysis of the data eco-system with respect to producers and coherence can play a key role in empowering the data availability.   

How can you make a difference? 

Consistent and credible data is critical to the improvement of children lives and essential to realizing the rights of every child. They make change possible by identifying needs, supporting advocacy, and gauging progress. Data is critical in carrying out advocacy and action towards children’s wellbeing by providing governments with facts on which to base decisions and actions to improve children’s lives. In Türkiye, although data systems are considerably strong, efforts are needed to enhance data systems are consolidated and able to inter operate to generate all the evidence needed to produce better-informed policies for children wellbeing.

In pursuit of this goal, UNICEF Türkiye Country Office in collaboration with TurkStat and line ministries would like to commission a data landscape analysis report and strategic action plan to examine the Türkiye data for children ecosystem through the lens of data demand, supply, and use. This is in line with the on-going conversations and continued efforts on addressing data gaps for refugee children, host communities and other vulnerable groups.

Objectives and Scope

The consultancy work should map Türkiye’s existing data for children landscape, and future priorities for data related to children; identifies data gaps, constraints, and challenges; and provides actionable recommendations to address these gaps and inform planning and decision-making. The analysis should focus on the data generated by ministries (both survey-based and administrative records) including but not limited to, Turkstat, MoNE, MoFSS, MoH, MoLSS, MoJ, PMM and other relevant line ministries or agencies. The overall purpose of the exercise is to address the gaps and improve the availability of child related data in Türkiye.

 

The specific Objectives of the Data Landscape Analysis for Child Related Data is:

 

  • To identify the challenges and gaps and develop strategies to improve coordination and data sharing among government institutions, specifically on some of the indicators on child well-being in Türkiye
  • To develop strategies, with action plan/s including responsible institution to address the bottlenecks for effective and efficient child related data generation and dissemination. This includes mapping the data landscape in the identified priority areas, specifically ministries by identifying capacity, systems and resource needs
  • Assess the level of interoperability and integration among various administrative data systems and identify areas for improvement.
  • To provide analysis of administrative data landscape taking into account the current and potential data actors (including demanders, suppliers, and users), existing data systems and capacities, (both government and major government partners), priorities of the government, the UN and the UNICEF country program, and future plans, opportunities, and threats for child well-being.
  • Define the data gaps in areas that relates to children well-being compared to CRM (Child Rights Monitoring) framework, National Development Goals (12th NDP) and internationally used set of child-wellbeing indicators like the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Propose measures for data integration and standardization to enhance the consistency and accuracy of definitions and data collection standards.

 

Based on the above, the analysis report should also:

  • Develop a strategic action plan that will focus on.
    • Ensuring the availability of disaggregated data on child wellbeing both at administrative level and through surveys with a collaborative and collective effort
    • Enhance coordination to generate and share data among government institutions, to support evidence-based planning and policy making at different levels
    • Identifying bottlenecks/challenges and propose corresponding recommendations
    • Design a roadmap to develop reporting tools and a common child database
  • The analysis should be consistent with the principles for data work and take into account data demand, supply, and use elements. It should focus on advancing ministries' data management systems and infrastructures to be user-friendly and to generate collective information.
  • The strategy to be developed should, to the extent possible, include indicative costs, allowing it to be easily translated into resource mobilization appeals.
  • The strategy to be developed should, to the extent possible, be developed along with key members of the TurkStat and Ministry officials in a consultative process.

 

The Data Landscape Analysis for Child Related Data will be developed from a combination of desk research and key informant interviews with key officials from the ministries, CSOs and other partners.

 

Methodology

The methodology of the exercise should follow the below steps at minimum. Consultant(s) can propose additional steps.  

Desk Review

  • Review legislation, policies, and regulations related to data collection, sharing, and protection concerning children.
  • Analyze existing data systems, surveys, and methodologies utilized by ministries and other stakeholders for collecting child-related data.
  • A stakeholder mapping form that facilitates capturing consistent information about children data stakeholders in the country, ensuring consideration of users, producers, and government institutions.
  • Categorize data sources by relevance to children, refugees, and SDGs.
  • Create an inventory of existing administrative and survey data sources across various sectors and government bodies.

 

Data Collection

  • Conduct key informant interviews with officials from ministries such as TurkStat, Ministry of National Education, Ministry of Family and Social Services, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Justice, and Presidency of Migration Management.
  • Engage with representatives from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), UN agencies, and other relevant partners involved in child welfare initiatives as data users.
  • Gather insights on current data collection methods, challenges, and opportunities for improving data sharing and utilization.
  • Discuss potential strategies for enhancing interoperability and integration among various data produced by different actors.
  • Consultant can suggest additionally focus groups discussions or questionnaires to collect more evidence.

 

Analysis

  • Analyze the collected data to:
    • Identify gaps, constraints, and challenges in the existing child-related data landscape.
    • Evaluate the level of interoperability and integration among different data systems and identify areas for improvement.
    • Assess the quality, consistency, and accuracy of existing data sets, including demographic information, health indicators, education statistics, and social welfare data.
    • Identify specific data gaps related to child well-being indicators and areas requiring further attention and investment.
    • Analysis should be presented in the form of a report

 

 Action Plan Development

  • Consolidate the findings and develop a strategic action plan based on the analysis and stakeholder inputs.
  • Outline specific strategies for ensuring the availability of disaggregated data and establishing a children database.
  • Estimate costs for implementing the action plan to facilitate resource mobilization efforts.

Deliverables

The Data Landscape Analysis for Child Related Data in Türkiye will include the following deliverables.

  • Inception report including the methodology for the field work.
  • Data Landscape Analysis for Child Related Data in Türkiye Report- an analysis of Türkiye data landscape. This should include identifying the major needs, existing initiatives, data quality and interoperability and new opportunities in data for children working in those areas. 
  • A strategic action plan included in the report to guide the government and UNICEF data for children’s actions and investments, including indicative costs and human resource implications wherever possible. The report should, to the extent possible, include indicative costs, allowing it to be easily translated into a costed action plan.

 

The payment will be made after UNICEF TCO approves each deliverable. The following table provides specifications about when payment will be processed:

 

All deliverables as per the scope of work must be satisfactorily completed and accepted by UNICEF TCO to facilitate payment. Delivery estimated working days are tentative.

 

Estimated Duration and Cost of Consultancy

    1. Duration: Consultant will work 60 days for the assignment, until 31 December 2024 to allow for final feedback and adjustments including the update of the report.
    2. Estimated Cost of Consultancy: Applications shall include a detailed financial proposal that elaborates on daily costs based on the completion of above-mentioned deliverables, including a total sum demanded. All costs, including travel, accommodation, administrative costs, etc. shall be covered by the contractor and should be included in the financial proposal as a separate heading and broken down into details of accommodation and travel costs in line with UN DSA rates. The candidate is required to specify their daily rates and the total amount as per the number of anticipated working days for each deliverable in the financial proposal and provide the breakdown of the lump sum amount as well as incidentals of each deliverable in TRY.
    3. Payment: UNICEF will issue a contract in TRY. The payment will be done in instalments upon submission of the deliverables as per the above list and will be executed in TRY.
    4. Payment Schedule: The payments will be made upon the delivery of outputs. In case of any unexpected delay(s) in the estimated time frame (approval process, force majeure, etc.), the duration of the assignment might be extended subject to the same conditions and mutual will of the parties.
    5. Travel Requirements: Travel, if required (local), the costs of travel shall be covered by UNICEF in line with applicable rules and regulations and upon prior written agreement. In such cases, the consultant shall receive living allowances not exceeding the UNICEF Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) rate for such other location(s). As per UNICEF operational guidelines, will be in economy class and will use the most economical route. No travel should take place without an email travel authorization from section prior to the commencement of the journey from the duty station.
    6. Reservations: UNICEF reserves the right to terminate the contract without a prior notice and/or withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if the rules and the regulations regarding confidentiality, ethics and procedures of UNICEF and the project partners are not followed, if work/outputs are incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.

    VII        Duty Station: The duty station for the consultant is hybrid, it will be Ankara mainly and home based for report writing period.

Confidentiality and Data Ownership

Data/information gathered by the individual consultant cannot be used for personal or professional goals by the institution or its employees without the prior request and approval by UNICEF. Ownership of the data belongs to UNICEF.

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

The selected individual consultant should meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 8 years of experience in data analysis and general familiarity on the data landscape studies.
  • A strong background in accessing, collecting and analyzing official data sources, national surveys and administrative records, including data integration, and data governance.
  • Familiarity with the data landscape (producers and users) in Türkiye, including knowledge of relevant government institutions and data sources.
  • Previous experience in the public sector or a deep understanding of Turkish administrative processes.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in data analysis, data mining, and statistical analysis.
  • Proficiency in data visualization tools and techniques to present findings effectively.
  • Strong research and documentation skills, as the analysis will require data collection and comprehensive documentation of findings.
  • Ability to create a clear project plan, including milestones and deliverables.
  • Proficiency in relevant software and tools for data collection, analysis, data visualization, and data management.
  • Understanding of data security and privacy regulations in Türkiye, measures for ensuring the confidentiality and integrity of sensitive data.
  • Strong communication skills for conveying complex technical information to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills of English and Turkish.

Management and Supervision

The consultants will work in close consultation with and under the supervision of UNICEF Türkiye Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, P3.

Applications and Selection Criteria

The Terms of Reference for this consultancy can be accessed here Download File ToR Data Landscape Analysis for Child Relate Data in Turkiye.docx

Applications should be submitted in English and should include: 

The applications will be evaluated from technical and financial points of view. Only short-listed candidates may be called for an interview.  

The applications will be evaluated from the technical and financial point of view. Technical aspects will be evaluated using the criteria outlined in the below matrix: 

 

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. 

Remarks:  

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

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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