Consultancy – International Consultant for MICS-Thailand, Bangkok
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The Social Policy Section, UNICEF Thailand Country Office is seeking an individual international consultant to provide technical support in planning, coordination and implementation of a National Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) in Thailand. The consultant will advise the National Statistics Office (NSO), especially the Survey Coordinator and sampling and data processing experts, during survey planning, questionnaire design, sampling, training, fieldwork, data processing, data analysis, dissemination and archiving, ensuring that MICS protocols and recommendations are being followed at all times. The consultant will communicate effectively between the UNICEF CO and NSO, responding promptly to the MICS related needs and issues as they arise. The consultant will also work in close collaboration with the survey team, the stakeholders, and Steering and Technical Committees and will represent UNICEF in meetings and workshops in relation to the survey as needed. The consultant will also work in close collaboration with the regional MICS Coordinator and the Global MICS Team in UNICEF HQ.
The Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (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. Over the past 20 years, MICS has evolved to respond to changing data needs, expanding from 28 indicators in the first round to more than 200 indicators in the current sixth round, and becoming a key source of data on child protection, early childhood education, and a major source of data on child health and nutrition. In addition to being a data collection tool to generate data for monitoring the progress towards national goals and global commitments for promoting the welfare of children, MICS provided valuable data for MDG monitoring as a major source of data for the UN Secretary General’s Final Millennium Development Goals Report.
Since the inception of MICS in the 1990s, over 300 surveys have been carried out in more than 100 countries. As part of the global effort to further develop national capacities to generate and analyse high quality and disaggregated data, UNICEF launched the sixth round of MICS in October 2016, with results of first surveys expected to be available by the end of 2017. This new round is in accordance with the list of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators endorsed by the UN Statistical Commission in 2016, following the global adoption of the 17 SDGs and 169 targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The final SDG indicator framework currently includes 230 global indicators, of which around 30 percent are household survey-based. Today, MICS covering almost half of the SDG indicators that are household survey-based, is well positioned to play a central role in this new Agenda alongside other key demographic, health and socio-economic surveys and to complement data from administrative sources and censuses. The MICS questionnaires have undergone rigorous methodological and validation work to broaden the scope of the tools and include new topics that reflect SDG indicators and emerging issues in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development context, including: rapid water quality testing, social transfers, foundational learning skills (children age 7-14), child and adult functioning, migration status, use of clean fuels and technology, and victimisation.
As governments develop national frameworks to monitor progress towards the SDGs and establish baselines, strategic planning and investments will be required to collect robust, more frequent, and timely data. This round of MICS presents a unique opportunity to support this process.
The UNICEF Thailand Country Office has already supported MICS surveys in 2005-06, 2012, and 2015-2016. To support regular data collection on children and women in Thailand as part of the 2017-21 Country Programme cycle, UNICEF Thailand Country Office will support the MICS as part of the 6th round of the survey programme in 2019, ensuring the implementation of the MICS survey runs smoothly, specific deadlines are met and that the implementing partner, the National Statistics Office (NSO) receives the technical assistance necessary to produce statistically sound and reliable data.
The 2019 Thailand MICS6 will be implemented using CAPI (Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing) in which the interviewer uses a tablet to record data. CAPI data collection can reduce the time needed to collect and process survey data, facilitate real time monitoring, improve the quality of the data and reduce survey costs.
Under the supervision of Social Policy Specialist, the consultant will:
- Provide technical support to the MICS survey;
- Present the MICS methodology, tools, and guidelines to partners/stakeholders (e.g. ministries, UN Agencies, etc.);
- Finalise, in collaboration with national partners and UNICEF CO, the Survey Plan and Budget, including timetable and share with UNICEF Regional Office (RO);
- Oversee each stage of the survey process and ensure that the MICS protocols and standards are followed by the NSO, more specifically during training and field supervision visits;
- Communicate regularly with the UNICEF CO, RO and/or Headquarters (HQ) responding to all MICS related issues in a timely manner;
- Provide monthly updates on MICS activities to the UNICEF CO/RO/HQ;
- Coordinate the work of NSO specialists and UNICEF Regional Consultants and other resource persons assigned by the UNICEF CO and/or RO to support different survey stages;
- Ensure that external technical reviews by experts (i.e. Regional Sampling Consultant, Regional Data Processing Consultant, and Regional Household Survey Consultant) are carried out at key survey stages and coordinate the feedback and response between the CO/RO/HQ and NSO;
- Ensure that all survey related documents and deliverables are properly archived throughout the survey process (for example: Memorandum of Understanding, Survey Plan and Budget, questionnaires, manuals, sample design, training/pre-test reports, expert reports, CAPI application, output and tabulation plan tables, syntaxes, datasets, Survey Findings Report (and Final Report), dissemination materials etc.);
- Participate in all MICS Steering and Technical Committee meetings;
- Participate in, and contribute to, MICS Regional Workshops;
- Ensure that lessons learned, problems, and good practices are documented throughout the MICS process and rapidly shared with the MICS community (other MICS implementing countries, RO, and HQ) through all means available.
- Monthly Progress Report of activities, describing activities undertaken during the month and highlighting problems met and solutions put in place to mitigate them, particularly covering the key activities such as sample design, questionnaire design, listing and mapping, pre-test, fieldwork training, data collection, data entry and editing, data processing and tabulation, report writing;
- Field trip reports;
- Regional workshop trip reports;
- Presentations and training materials used in trainings, workshops, and other meetings.
Estimated Duration of Contract: Minimum contract is for 11.5 months with possible extension of 11.5 months which is subject to progress of MICS process. 2-4 weeks is required before the renewal of the contract. The duration could be shortened subject to the process of MICS. Only candidates that can commit for this whole duration will be considered.
The consultant should remain on board until the Survey Findings Report (and Final Report) and the survey archive are produced.
Official Travel: The consultant will be required to work at either NSO or UNICEF, Bangkok depending on the ongoing assignments and tasks, as well as the need for coordination across different agencies. Travel within the country and to MICS Regional Workshops in other countries are required.
- University degree in, Demography, Statistics, Social Sciences, Epidemiology or any other related technical field is required;
- Proven minimum of 5-year experience in the coordination and/or management of quantitative household surveys (prior MICS or Demographic and Health Survey (DHS)requested;
- 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 communications in English;
- Familiarity and previous experience of working in Thailand and/or in the region highly desirable;
- Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and to establish harmonious and effective relationships both within and outside the organization, 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.
Interested candidates are requested to submit CV or P-11, full contact information of minimum 2 references, availability, examples of three latest publication papers produced, and proposed daily professional fee in USD by 19 June 2018.
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Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.