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Consultancy: Regional Household Survey (MICS) - UNICEF - WCAR (Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa Republic, Togo)

UNICEF places a high priority on the availability of recent and reliable information with which to monitor the situation of children and women. Statistically sound and internationally comparable data are essential for developing evidence-based policies and programmes, as well as for monitoring countries’ progress toward national goals and global commitments, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNICEF assists countries in collecting and analysing data in order to fill data gaps for monitoring the situation of children and women through its international household survey initiative the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS). MICS enables countries to produce statistically sound and internationally comparable estimates of a range of indicators in the areas of health, education, child protection, water and sanitation and HIV and AIDS. MICS findings are typically among the most important sources of data within a country used as a basis for policy decisions and programme interventions, and for influencing public opinion on the situation of children and women. The current and sixth round of MICS is taking place in 2016 - 2018. MICS6 questionnaires have a lot of new modules (victimization, functional capacities, water quality tests, fundational skills for childen age 7-14, etc.) and were developed through consultations with experts from UN organizations, inter-agency monitoring groups and other global household survey programmes. The survey questionnaires and supporting documents have now been finalized. Regional workshops on survey design and data processing have also been organized to support countries in the planning and implementation of their surveys.

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.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Assignment Tasks

Under the overall supervision of the Regional MICS Coordinator, the Regional Household Survey Consultant is responsible for supporting UNICEF Country Offices (including UNICEF MICS Consultant hired by UNICEF Country Offices) and implementing partners in survey planning, questionnaire design, sampling, training, field work, data entry, data processing and report writing, and ensuring that MICS guidelines[1] and protocols are being followed at all times. 

Working closely with the Regional Survey Coordinator, the Sampling Consultant and the Data Processing Consultant, the Regional Household Survey Consultant will carry out technical reviews and support COs and implementing agencies at key moments in the survey process. The Regional Household Survey Consultant will also, often together with the Regional Survey Coordinator and / or the Sampling Consultant and / or the Data Processing Consultant carry out a series of country visits, in order to support survey teams and monitor quality of surveys at critical stages of survey implementation.  Specific tasks include: 

  1. Support the Regional Survey Coordinator in providing technical support and oversight for household surveys, particularly MICS, in the region; 
  2. Provide support to MICS6 Survey Design, Data Processing and Data Dissemination Workshops: facilitate selected sessions and work bilaterally with participating countries from the region; 
  3. Directly, provide support to assigned countries in the implementation of MICS6 activities including review and finalization of Country Survey Plan, review and finalization of sampling and questionnaires, testing of CAPI application, training, monitoring of fieldwork through field visits and review of weekly Field Check Tables, data analysis and, report writing. 

As needed, the Regional Household Survey Consultant will also take part in missions carried out by the Regional MICS Coordinator to support COs in negotiating, promoting, and presenting MICS to governments and other partners. 

[1] All guidelines are provided in the MICS6 manual


Expected Deliverables

  1. Bi-monthly reports for each survey outlining key recommendations and proposed changes and how the survey plans meet or do not meet MICS technical standards, including review of Field Check tables;
  2. Country visit reports (including presentations and training materials) for each country visited;
  3. Survey Design, Data Processing and Data Dissemination Workshop trip report;

4.      Presentations and training materials used in workshops and trainings;

5.      All of the above summarized appropriately in consultancy progress reports (incl. documented time spent). 

The total duration of the contract is 80 days over the period of 1st of September 2017 to 31 of July 2018. Number of expected working days for each country is as follow: 16 days for Togo, 32 days for DRC and 32 days for CAR, however, final number of days will be distributed based on country needs and immediate availability for urgent work. The consultant is expected to spend two-third of his consultancy time dedicated to DRC and CAR,  in-country at specific moments of the survey implementation process (main training, field monitoring). The rest of the technical support work will be done remotely. 

Qualifications of Successful Candidate


At least a Master’s Degree or equivalent in Demography, Statistics or Epidemiology.

Years of relevant experience

  1. At least 7 years of experience in the coordination and/or management of quantitative household surveys and at regional level.  Prior MICS/DHS coordination/management experience is required;
  2. Prior experience with implementation of CAPI Household surveys required;
  3. Expertise in statistical analyses (familiarity with data processing and data analysis software, SPSS highly desirable);
  4. Experience in survey report writing;
  5. Fluency in French is mandatory; Good command of English.
  6. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  7. Ability and willingness to travel to all countries across West and Central Africa.

     Competencies of Successful Candidate 

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Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable).  Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

The Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, UNICEF WCARO, will provide quality assurance and oversight for the consultant’s work with substantial feedback on the quality of the data processing reviews.

The consultant will be in charge of paying his own travels and daily subsistence allowances (DSA). WCARO will advance money for this upon request.

Payments will be made on the basis of an activity log and invoice (could be monthly or less frequent depending on the arrangements with the consultant and the volume of work).
Advance payments will be made for travels and DSA.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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  • Grade: International Consultant - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2017-09-12

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