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International: Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) Consultant, Khartoum, Sudan, 11 months

Khartoum (Sudan)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Khartoum (Sudan)
  • Grade: Consultant - Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Statistics
    • Population matters (trends and census)
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-20

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UNICEF is looking for an International MICS Consultant to provide technical and managerial support and provide guidance to UNICEF Sudan Country Office and the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) for the preparation, implementation and completion of the MICS survey in Sudan.

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, Hope

Sudan, surrounded by the Central African Republic, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Libya and South Sudan, positioned next to East, West, South and North Africa, is surrounded by complex conflicts in an unpredictable, volatile and rapidly evolving region. Sudan is by size the third biggest country in Africa, with a diverse population of around 42 million people. Sudan's children make up half of the total population, and the past two decades have seen their lives significantly improve: fewer girls and boys are dying before their fifth birthday, primary school attendance is increasing, immunization coverage is high and the country remains polio free. Still, millions of children continue to suffer from protracted conflict in Darfur, the Kordofan's, and Blue Nile, from seasonal natural disasters, malnutrition and disease outbreaks, and from under-investment in basic social services. More than three million of Sudan's school aged children are not in the classroom. UNICEF has been in Sudan since 1952 and continues with a presence in 12 of Sudan's 18 states. 

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How can you make a difference?

1.           Support MICS Survey team during survey planning, questionnaire design, sampling, training, fieldwork, data processing, data analysis, report writing ensuring that MICS protocols and recommendations are being followed throughout the survey.

2.           Communicate effectively between the UNICEF Sudan CO and Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), responding promptly to MICS related needs and issues as they arise.

3.           Coordinate and support the work of other resource persons hired by UNICEF to provide technical assistance to the MICS process. 

4.           Collaborate 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.

Tasks/Milestones:

  1. Oversee each stage of the survey process and ensure that the MICS protocols and standards are followed.
  2. Provide technical support for Survey Planning:

Deliverables/Outputs: Adaption of Sudan MICS to ensure the MICS protocols standards are followed.

Timeline: July 2021 – May 2022

Tasks/Milestones:

B.           Provide technical support for Survey Planning:

•            Support Steering Committee of all relevant national and international stakeholders, including National Ethical Committee.

•            Support Technical Committee comprised of all relevant technical experts.

•            Sample design:

Deliverables/Outputs:

Key decisions of the steering and technical committee are documented and addressed

Timeline: July 2021 – April. 2022

Tasks/Milestones:

  1. Provision of all necessary information to the UNICEF Regional Sampling Consultant; coordination and management of visits within survey plans.

Deliverables/Outputs

Sample design is finalized.

Timeline: July -August 2021

Tasks/Milestones:

II.           Support the finalization of the sample design is by the sampling expert of Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) with the guidance and review of the UNICEF Regional Sampling Consultant.

III.          Support the revision of listing and mapping materials and operations by the UNICEF Regional Sampling Consultant and carried out on the field per MICS recommendations.

IV.         Review the sample design by the UNICEF RO and/or HQ before finalization.

V.           Review the final selection of households.

VI.         Review the weights.

Deliverables/Outputs

Listing, Mapping materials and operations are reviewed and finalized.

Timeline: October -December 2021

Tasks/Milestones:

•            MICS questionnaires:

I.            Ensure the involvement of the appropriate UNICEF programme staff and the Technical Committee in the review of the customization of relevant sections of the MICS questionnaire.

II.           Select Modules to address country data gaps and SDG data needs.

III.          Support the questionnaires translation and back translation process.

IV.         Support the questionnaires and manuals undergo an ethical review.

V.           Support the pre-test of the questionnaires and producing the pre-test report.

VI.         Ensure the questionnaires are reviewed by the UNICEF RO and HQ before finalization.

Deliverables/Outputs:

Questionnaires are customized, reviewed, translated and finalized. Questionnaires are pretested, and pre-test report is produced.

 Timeline: July -August 2021

Tasks/Milestones:

•            Manuals:

  1. Customization and translation of MICS Household Listing and Mapping, Supervisor, Measurer, and Interviewer Manuals for the country specific context

Deliverables/Outputs:

MICS Household Listing, Mapping, Supervisor, Measurer, and Interviewer Manuals are customized and translated for the country specific context.

Timeline: July -August 2021

Tasks/Milestones:

•            CAPI application template:

I.            Support the customization of CAPI application template by the data processing expert of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) with the guidance of the UNICEF Regional Data Processing Consultant.

II.           Support the revision of CAPI application by the UNICEF RO and/or HQ before finalization.

  1. Support the customization of the secondary editing guidelines and Field Check Table syntax by the data processing expert of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) with the guidance of the UNICEF Regional Data Processing Consultant.

Deliverables/Outputs:

Secondary editing guidelines and Field Check Table syntax are customized

Timeline: July -August 2021

Tasks/Milestones: C.      Support the Listing and Mapping, Training and Fieldwork, and Data Processing:

•            Planning of Listing and mapping as per MICS guidelines.

•            Adaption of training schedules to the county context while following MICS guidelines.

•            Identification of resource persons to facilitate training (i.e. nutritionists for anthropometry training, survey experts for methodology, etc.).

•            Contribute to the fieldwork training.

•            Planning of fieldwork and fieldwork monitoring visits according to MICS guidelines.

•            Production of field Check Tables on a weekly basis, analysis by survey managers, and main findings reported to field supervisors for action. Sharing of field Check Tables with UNICEF RO.

•            Organization of UNICEF CO staff participation to assist in monitoring data collection.

•            Provision of necessary information to UNICEF Regional Data Processing Consultant; coordination and management of country visits

•            Establishment of hardware is made available for the CAPI application (data collection and central office menu components), and software is properly installed and a working, data transfer system and data backup system.

•            Monitoring of data processing and secondary data editing.

Deliverables/Outputs:

  • Training schedules are adequately adapted to the county context while following MICS guidelines.
  • Fieldwork and fieldwork monitoring visits are planned and performed according to MICS guidelines.
  • Field Check Tables are produced on a weekly basis, immediately analyzed and main findings reported to field supervisors for action. Field Check Tables are immediately shared with UNICEF RO.
  • Hardware is made available for the CAPI application (data collection and central office menu components), and software is properly installed and a working, data transfer system and data backup system is established.
  • Data processing and secondary data editing is regularly monitored.
  • Timeline: September -November 2021

Tasks/Milestones: D.      Provide technical support for Data Analysis and Report Writing:

•            Support the inclusion and review of sampling Weights in the datasets by the sampling expert of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) with the guidance and review of the UNICEF Regional Sampling Consultant.

•            Customization and use of MICS tabulation plan and standard syntax in generating SPSS dataset and tables.

•            Provide support to ensure dataset/Tables including the wealth index are substantively reviewed by technical (e.g. sampling expert) and subject matter experts at the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), as well as by UNICEF RO and HQ MICS Team.

•            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 Statistical Snapshots undergoes the technical review process by the UNICEF MICS Team.

•            Coordinate the printing and distribution of the Survey Findings Report and Statistical Snapshots.

•            Organize and facilitate the presentation of the Survey Findings Report and Statistical Snapshots through a national seminar.

•            Provide technical expertise and advice for wide dissemination of the Survey Findings Report, Statistical Snapshots and main results.

•            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, geocoding, tables, Survey Findings Report and Statistical Snapshots, dissemination materials, etc.) is being produced by the CBS.

Deliverables/Outputs:

Sampling Weights are included in the datasets and reviewed.

MICS tabulation plan and standard syntax are customized and used in generating SPSS dataset and tables

Dataset/Tables including the wealth index are substantively reviewed before the report writing commences.

Survey Findings Reports and Statistical Snapshots are elaborated using the MICS template and according to MICS standards and released timely.

Presentation of the Survey Findings Reports and Statistical Snapshots are facilitated and presented through a national seminar.

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 produced.

Timeline: December. 2021 – January 2022

Tasks/Milestones: E.      Support building the capacity of Central bureau of Statistics (CBS) staff in the planning and design, implementation, data processing and analysis of MICS survey.

Deliverables/Outputs:

Staff capacities and accountabilities in the planning and design, implementation, data processing and analysis of MICS survey is strengthened.

Timeline: July 2021 – April 2022

Tasks/Milestones:

  1. Communicate regularly with the UNICEF CO, RO and/or Headquarters (HQ) responding to all MICS related issues in a timely manner.
  2. Provide monthly updates on MICS activities to the UNICEF CO/RO/HQ;

Deliverables/Outputs:

Monthly progress report of activities is provided to UNICEF CO/RO/HQ, describing activities undertaken during the month and highlighting problems met and solutions put in place to mitigate them.

Timeline: July 2021 – April 2022

Tasks/Milestones:

A.           Coordinate the work of Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) specialists and UNICEF Regional Consultants and other resource persons assigned by the UNICEF CO and/or RO to support different survey stages.

B.           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 Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS);

Deliverables/Outputs:

Monthly progress update on the deliverable of resource person hired by UNICEF to provide technical assistance to MICS.

Monthly progress update on the deliverable of resource person hired by UNICEF to provide technical assistance to MICS.

Updates on the feedback responses between CO/RO/HQ and Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) are included in the monthly update.

Timeline: July 2021 – April 2022

Tasks/Milestones:

A.           Participate in all MICS Steering and Technical Committee meetings.

B.           Participate in, and contribute to, MICS Regional Workshops;

Deliverables/Outputs:

  • Documentations of all meetings attended
  • Workshop reports and documentations of all regional workshop attended.

Timeline:  July 2021 – April 2022

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Demography, Statistics, Social Sciences, Epidemiology or any other related technical field is required.

    *A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.

    A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience in the coordination and/or management of quantitative household surveys (prior MICS or Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) is required;

    • 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 organize and facilitate training and presentations;
    • Experience in data analysis and survey report writing.

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 UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communications in English and Arabic required;
  • Familiarity and previous experience of working in Sudan and/or in the region is 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.

 

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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.

 

Remarks:

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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

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