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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Istanbul
  • Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Statistics
    • Population matters (trends and census)
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-28

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Programme Specialist - Household Survey Expert - P3 ECARO - Based in Istanbul

Istanbul (Turkey)

In response to the increasing demands for technical support, arising from 15 countries planning to conduct MICS between 2018-2021 (or 20 MICS scheduled across those countries), ECARO will hire a household survey expert to support quality and timely design and implementation of all activities linked to MICS in the region.

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, [insert tagline]

In the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Section of UNICEF ECARO, and under the overall supervision of the UNICEF Statistics & Monitoring Specialist, the Household Survey expert will work on supporting the preparation, design, implementation, data processing and archiving -all activities leading to completion- of the MICS in countries across the ECAR.


How can you make a difference?

  • Support the design, implementation, analysis and dissemination of MICS in ECAR.
  • Provide quality assurance on MICS datasets, data quality, tabulation plans and final report contents.
  • Provide organizational, logistic and technical support on MICS Regional workshops (design workshop, data processing workshop and dissemination and further analysis workshop) in the region or in other UNICEF regions when needed.
  • Support the recruitment of MICS consultants in the region and the management of consultant roster, contracts and missions.  
  • Review and provide feedback to COs and NSOs on the survey tools and documents, in compliance with MICS standards and protocols, such as questionnaires and manuals, sample design, data processing systems, reports, tabulation plans, datasets and syntaxes, and dissemination products.
  • Support countries remotely and through in-county visits at various implementation steps of MICS process and in collaboration with partners (usually National Statistics Institutes)
  • Provide country and regional status survey up-dates to RO and HQ, including updates for the MICS web site and tracking MICS budget to ensure adequate and timely spending of funds
  • Contribute to capacity development in MICS, mostly for data processing and analysis in the region
  • As requested, work on some other tasks of the PME section.  

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

  • At least a Master's Degree or equivalent in Demography, Statistics or Epidemiology.
  • 5 years experience in implementation of Household surveys (Prior MICS/DHS coordination experience required);
  • Strong knowledge in data processing and statistical analyses (CSPRo for data processing and SPSS for data analysis) is highly desirable;
  • Knowledge of CAPI surveys
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently to all countries across ECARO
  • Fluency in English required; knowledge of Russian or other official languages in the ECAR in addition, is an asset; Please note that working knowledge of English is required for all assignments.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

The competencies required for this post are….

  • Communication, Level 2
  • Working with People, Level 2
  • Drive for Results, Level 2
  • Analyzing, Level 2
  • Applying Technical Expertise, Level 2
  • Planning and Organizing, Level 2
  • Following Instructions and Procedures, Level 2

Critical Competencies:

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective relationships with national partners.

Demonstrated quantitative analysis, survey design and implementation

View our competency framework at

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.



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.

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
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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