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Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) National Consultant


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Ashkhabad
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Statistics
    • Population matters (trends and census)
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
  • Closing Date: 2019-09-23

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The UNICEF Turkmenistan has already supported MICS surveys in 2006 and 2015-2016. To support establishing disaggregated data on SDG indicators and other international and national commitments, UNICEF Turkmenistan Country Office, together with UNFPA, supported the implementation of MICS as part of the 6th round of the survey programme in 2019. To this effect, trainings including for the fieldwork have been successfully completed earlier in the year and the data collection commenced in May and concluded in August. The 2019 MICS was implemented using CAPI (Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing) in which the interviewer uses a tablet to record data. A timeline for post-survey activates has been drafted and discussed with the RO.

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, reliable data

How can you make a difference?

Under the overall supervision of the Child Rights Monitoring Specialist, the National MICS Consultant (NMC) will support and provide guidance to the SSC and UNICEF Turkmenistan for with the post-fieldwork activities of the MICS survey in Turkmenistan. The NMC will advise the SSC, especially the Survey Coordinator data processing experts, data processing, data analysis, dissemination and archiving, ensuring that MICS protocols and recommendations are being followed at all times. The NMC will communicate effectively between all the parties supporting the survey, responding promptly to MICS related needs and issues as they arise.

The NMC will be responsible for coordinating and supporting the work of other resource persons hired by UNICEF to provide technical assistance to the MICS process. The consultant will 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 NMC will also work in close collaboration with the regional MICS Coordinator and the Global MICS Team in UNICEF HQ.

Specific Tasks

  1. Provide technical and managerial support to the MICS survey;
  2. Present the MICS methodology, tools, and guidelines to partners/stakeholders (e.g. ministries, UN Agencies, etc.);
  3. Oversee the final stages of the survey process and ensure that the MICS protocols and standards are followed by the SSC, more specifically during training and field supervision visits;
  4. Communicate regularly with the UNICEF CO, RO and/or Headquarters (HQ) responding to all MICS related issues in a timely manner;
  5. Provide monthly updates on MICS activities to the UNICEF CO/RO/HQ;
  6. Coordinate the work of SSC specialists and UNICEF Regional Consultants and other resource persons assigned by the UNICEF CO and/or RO to support different survey stages;
  7. 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 SSC;
  8. Ensure that all survey related documents and deliverables are properly archived throughout the survey process (for example output and tabulation plan tables, syntaxes, datasets, Survey Findings Report (and Final Report), dissemination materials etc.);
  9. Participate in all MICS Steering and Technical Committee meetings;
  10. Participate in, and contribute to, MICS Workshops;
  11. 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.

Specific Activities

In consultation and collaboration with the UNICEF CO and SSC, the NMC will be responsible for ensuring that the following activities regarding data analysis and report writing have been undertaken following the MICS guidelines and will contribute to the coordination of these activities:

  • Sampling Weights are included in the datasets and reviewed by the sampling expert of the SSC with the guidance and review of the UNICEF Regional Sampling Consultant;
  • MICS tabulation plan and standard syntax are customised and used in generating SPSS dataset and tables;
  • Dataset/Tables including the wealth index are substantively reviewed by technical (e.g. sampling expert) and subject matter experts at the SSC, as well as by UNICEF RO and HQ MICS Team before the report writing commences;
  • Coordinate and contribute substantively to the elaboration of the Survey Findings Report (and eventually to the Final Report), using the MICS template and according to MICS standards to ensure a timely release;
  • Ensure that the Survey Findings Reports (and Final Report) undergoes the technical review process by RO and HQ;
  • Coordinate the printing and distribution of the Survey Findings Report (and Final Report);
  • Organise and facilitate the presentation of the Survey Findings Report (and Final Report) through a national seminar;
  • Provide technical expertise and advice for wide dissemination of the Survey Findings Report (and Final Report) and main results;
  • Support the organization of an in-country Data interpretation and Communication workshop;
  • Ensure that the MICS survey archive with all final survey documents and materials (MOU, CSP, questionnaires, manuals, sample design, field reports, CAPI application, syntaxes, database, tables, survey findings report (and final report), dissemination materials, etc.) is being produced by the NSO.
  1. Attend to all MICS Regional and/or National Workshops.


Workplan and Deliverables  

The duration of consultancy should cover 5 months, commencing on 1 October 2019 and ending on 29 February 2020.

Only candidates that can commit for this whole duration will be considered.

Reporting requirements

  • Monthly Progress Report of activities, describing activities undertaken during the month and highlighting problems met and solutions put in place to mitigate them;
  • Presentations and training materials used in trainings, workshops, and other meetings.

In the event of unsatisfactory performance, UNICEF reserves the right to terminate the Agreement. In case of partially satisfactory performance, such as serious delays causing the negative impact on meeting the programme objectives, low quality or insufficient depth and/or scope of the assignment completion, UNICEF is entitled to decrease the payment by the range from 30% to 50% of the contract value as decided jointly by the Contract Supervisor and Operations Manager.

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


University degree in, Demography, Statistics, Social Sciences, Epidemiology or any other related technical field is required.

Skills and Experience:

  • Proven minimum of 5-year experience in 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.

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.

Other competencies:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Excellent oral and written communications in Russian and Turkmen are required; knowledge of English is highly desirable;
  • Familiarity and previous experience of working in Turkmenistan 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 organisation, 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.

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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.

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