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Statistics & Monitoring Officer (Child Mortality), P-2, D & A, DAPM, NYHQ, Temporary Appointment 364 days

New York City (United States of America)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City (United States of America)
  • Grade: P-2, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Public Health and Health Service
  • Closing Date: 2021-01-20

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The Statistics & Monitoring Officer, Child Mortality will work within the Data Analysis and Innovation Unit to support the statistical, monitoring and reporting work in the areas of child mortality.

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, results

Data & Analytics Section (D&A) is located within the Division of Data Analysis Planning and Monitoring (DAPM) at UNICEF’s New York headquarters. D&A is the hub of UNICEF’s technical guidance, quality assurance and technical data architecture for programme work on data across the organization. D&A provides leadership, strategic and normative guidance and technical support to UNICEF’s work on generating evidence on the situation of children by supporting the collection, analysis, understanding and use of robust data and statistics, programme data, data science, big data analytics and data literacy.

How can you make a difference?

The Statistics & Monitoring Officer, Child Mortality will work within the Data Analysis and Innovation Unit to support the statistical, monitoring and reporting work in the areas of child mortality.  The primary function of this post is to update and optimize the global mortality databases by age and other disaggregation’s, support the estimation of mortality indicators for children and adolescent as well as the country consultation process, to assist with analysis of mortality indicators. The post function includes provision of supports to coordination and facilitation of the UN IGME meetings and of its Technical Advisory Group. In addition, the post includes preparing for reports on child mortality under the supervision of the Statistics Specialist in the Data and Analytics Section, DAPM.

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:

    1. Data compilation, quality assessment and estimation of mortality. The incumbent will ensure a particular focus in the following

  1. Conduct UNICEF global, regional and country level data compilation mainly at the outcome/impact levels of relevant indicators.
  2. Conduct quality assessment on mortality data and relevant data.
  3. Support child mortality estimation work to generate reliable estimates for monitoring child survival goals.
  4. Support methodological work on estimation and relevant areas

     2. Data analysis and report

  1. Carry out data analysis to be included in inter-agency reports, UNICEF flagship publications, other relevant reports, as well as peer reviewed journal articles.
  2. Respond to ad hoc requests for data analysis
  3. Support report preparation and production
  1. Data dissemination and advocacy
  1. Support updating of relevant UNICEF-related website pages for mortality related indicators.
  2. Support innovative ways to best serve UNICEF’s in-house mortality data and information that is needed at country, regional and global levels.
  3. Support dissemination of data, estimates and other products to maximize the use for advocacy, programming and planning purpose.
  1. Capacity development and country support
  1. Contribute to the capacity development of countries to monitor mortality indicators. The incumbent will support the development of training materials (and presentations), support the organization of regional workshops, and providing technical support as applicable.
  2. Contribute to developing the capacity within the organization for evidence-based policy, planning, programming and advocacy by developing/presenting materials on mortality data.

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

  • A university degree in demography, statistics or relevant areas.
  • At least 2 years of professional experience at national and international levels in demography and specifically child mortality estimation and demographic modeling or other relevant fields.
  • Previous experience at the national and international levels in data analysis, data collection, measurement and other areas of applied statistics, data analysis, interpretation and use.
  • Expertise in the analysis of household survey data, data obtained from population censuses, from administrative records and other sources.
  • Experience writing technical reports and/or peer reviewed journal articles.
  • Advanced skills and proven experience in working with statistical programming (R), and strong computer skills including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), data bases (Access), and other statistical analysis software (SPSS, Stata). Please indicate your proficiency level of these programs in the CV.
  • Fluency in English is required. Fluency in another UN language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are...

  • Analyzing 
  • Applying Technical Expertise 
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Coping with Pressure and Setbacks 

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


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

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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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