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Consultancy - Data Analysis for Social Protection and Social Policy Programs

Amman (Jordan)

Support the social protection section in the analysis of data for the targeting and monitoring of the Hajati cash plus programme. Furthermore, support in facilitating payment digitization and financial inclusion activities, coordination platforms, and knowledge management production. Support in data analysis for Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis for Jordan.

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BACKGROUND:

Jordan is home to 9.5 million people, where only 70 per cent are Jordanians while 13 per cent are Syrians, 7 per cent Palestinians, 1 per cent Iraqis and 9 per cent other nationalities (census 2015). Forty per cent of the population is under 18, 20 per cent between age 15-24 years, 63 per cent under 30 years and 62 per cent in the productive age between 15 to 64 years (Census 2015). Among the approximately 1.2 million Syrians are living in Jordan 661,859 are registered refugees, of which 51 per cent are children under 18 and 20 per cent live in camps (UNHCR, 2018).

While the government of Jordan have signed and ratified UN Convention on the Rights of the Children (UNCRC) and shown significant commitment towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with its first voluntary report (MOPIC, 2017), monetary child poverty and multidimensional child poverty remains high and there are significant disparities among the governorates. Poverty estimates from HIES (2010) shows that more than 14 per cent of the population fall below the national poverty line of 68JOD per person per month. Furthermore, according to UNHCR, 86 per cent of Syrian refugees in host community are living below the national poverty line of which 10 per cent are living below the abject poverty line of less than 28JOD per month. UNICEF (2018) shows that there are 85 per cent of the Syrian children fall below the national poverty line. Child multidimensional poverty in Jordan is reported at slightly above 20 per cent, these figures are derived from DHS 2012 (UNICEF-MENA 2017). Theses alarming trends call for designing programmes that can reach the most vulnerable children effectively and promote the achievement of SDGs for the country.

UNICEF in Jordan is shifting towards a vulnerability approach, which has potential to address cost-effectiveness and focus on multiple vulnerabilities faced by the children in Jordan. Changing from a rapid response to a systems approach requires an improved analysis of the inequities among children that exist across various characteristics, the implementation of innovative approaches in social protection programming that can be scaled up at country level and improve the efficiency of national programmes.

UNICEF intends to carry out the following by recruiting and international consultant that would support both the Social Policy and Social Protection sections to carry out analysis of data on children's welfare in the country. The consultant will also support with data analysis the implementation and monitoring of programmes that are carried by the Social Protection section.

OBJECTIVE:

Support the social protection section in the analysis of data for the targeting and monitoring of the Hajati cash plus programme. Furthermore, support in facilitating payment digitization and financial inclusion activities, coordination platforms, and knowledge management production. Support in data analysis for Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis for Jordan.

DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT:

All activities to be developed as part of this consultancy should be done in agreement with UNICEF Jordan Country Office and in collaboration with Social Protection and Social Policy Officers who will supervise the work of the consultant. The consultant is expected to participate in the coordination with governmental and UN partners such as the Ministry of Social Development, the National Fund, the Central Bank of Jordan, UNHCR, WFP and UNDP.

In close collaboration with the Social Policy and Social Protection sections, a series of reports are generated and disseminated throughout this consultancy to raise and sustain awareness and action of target groups on the need for an vulnerability and innovative driven approach in Social Protection programming in Jordan.

The work should incorporate themes of equity including vulnerable/excluded communities; youth livelihoods and engagement; and social cohesion.

KEY DELIVERABLES AND TIMEFRAME: 

All the deliverables that the consultant will produce should be on a thorough review of global, regional and national publications on the topic of targeting for social protection, payment digitization and cash transfer programmes, as well as related existing national policies, articles and publications in Jordan. This will include work with the public sector, universities and other actors such as donors, NGOs, etc.

Based on the literature review and scoping mission the consultant will develop a series of analysis that will guide the implementation of programmes and advocacy with national partners on targeting and on including innovative and effective approaches in programmes that aim at reaching the most vulnerable children in Jordan,

The table below explain main responsibilities and expected results.

Functions/responsibilities

Expected results

Time line

Support in analyzing survey data analysis of Hajati programmes beneficiaries.

Set of reports that explain the mains results of the programme and discuss the implication of the use of specific targeting methodologies.

September-January 2018

Support in facilitating payment digitization and financial inclusion activities, coordination platforms, and knowledge management production.

Two reports on payment digitization and financial inclusion.

Deliverables of taskforce coordination meetings met on time

September January 2018

 

Support in data analysis for Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis (MODA) for Jordan

 

Survey analysis using Household Income and Expenditure Survey (2018)

October to January 2018

The table below details expected deliverables:

Deliverables

Deadline

Paper on the revision and update of the targeting system for the Hajati programme

October 2018

Report of results of the Hajati program for the first semester of the 2018/2019 school year.

January 2018

PDM Report on Mobile Money Pilot

January 2018

Paper on Financial Inclusion situation in Jordan

November 2018

Data Analysis for MODA report

January 2018

Total

 

TRAVEL CONSIDERATION:  

For individual contractors and consultants, all travel arrangements to commence the assignment, including insurance and visas, will be managed and paid by the individual. Therefore, expected travel costs must be included as a budget item in the financial proposal.  Should a mission travel be required, UNICEF will manage and pay for travel via Travel Authorization. However, this will be subject to the following prerequisites:  Medical Clearance, Security Clearance through the Travel Request Information Process (TRIP) system, the Basic and Advanced Security in the Field Trainings, Travel Visa, and liability waiver. Trip prerequisites will be met at the expense of the consultant.

Travel cost shall be calculated based on economy class travel, regardless of the length of travel.  Costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals shall not exceed applicable daily subsistence allowance (DSA) rates, as promulgated by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC at http://icsc.un.org). The consultant must travel on UNICEF approved airlines.

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

Education: Bachelor's degree in Economics, Statistics, Political Science or any relevant field

Working experience: Minimum of 1 year experience in data management, information management or relevant fields. 

Technical knowledge:
- Data analysis and use of a statistical analysis software skills (STATA preferred)
- Knowledge and previous experience in the design, implementation and analysis of digitized payments and financial inclusion projects in 
   the MENA region desired
- Ability to produce assessment reports on humanitarian and development projects
- Knowledge of the context in the work of international NGOs and UN agencies in Jordan

Languages: Excellent English skills both written and spoken are required. Knowledge of Arabic is considered an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate: 

Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.

  • Candidates will not be considered if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts.
  • UNICEF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

For UNICEFs standards, please refer to UNICEF Procedure for Ethical Standards in Research, Evaluation, Data Collection, and Analysis (http://www.unicef.org/supply/files/ATTACHMENT_IV-UNICEF_Procedure_for_Ethical_Standards.PDF)

 

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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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Amman (Jordan)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Social Affairs
    • Statistics
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Legal - Broad
    • Protection Officer (Refugee)
    • Civil Society and Local governance
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-15

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