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Individual Contractor - Research and Data , Environmental Health Team / Child Health and Development Section, Beijing, China (Part-time 4 Days per Week - Office Based)

Beijing

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Beijing
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Statistics
    • Environment
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: 2022-09-30

Environmental Health Team at UNICEF China in cooperation with the Government of China runs multiple projects in the field of public health, climate change, and sanitation that rely on data and research to formulate policy, advocacy and system strengthening interventions. Such projects include: 1) Improving access to environmentally friendly sanitation facilities in Qinghai province of China; 2) Children’s environmental health data and awareness; 3) Climate Landscape Analysis, and 4) Climate Smart Schools. The Purpose of the assignment is to support these projects via finding, analyzing, synthesizing, summarizing, translating, relevant documents, data and information that will be feed into project design, implementation, and monitoring; Provide quality assurance on knowledge products (research/studies) delivered by partners and support UNICEF China programme officers in programme implementation.

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, Environmental Health

Background of Request for Individual Contractor:

Environmental Health Team at UNICEF China in cooperation with the government of China runs multiple projects in the field of public health, climate change, and sanitation that rely on data and research to formulate policy, advocacy and system strengthening interventions. Such projects include:

  1. Improving access to environmentally friendly sanitation facilities in Qinghai province of China. Here, UNICEF in cooperation with Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs as well as local governments, is piloting low carbon public sanitation facilities and exploring ways to help government scale up the piloted technology. To this end, UNICEF China will commission a study on Qinghai sanitation financing gap analysis that will help identify the gap between supply and demand of sanitation services, monetize the gap and identify funding/financing sources
  2. Children’s environmental health data and awareness – mosaic of projects implemented by different government agencies and directed to improve environmental health outcomes of children in China. To this end, UNICEF China has led identification of 22 core environmental health indicators for children (CEHI)​ in 2020-21 and now the objectives are to support government counterparts to create an interactive, public facing CEHI data visualization portal to host these indicators; development of environmental health index for cities to rank and evaluate their environmental health friendliness; designing environmental health awareness raising content for parents; development of tools for assessment of children’s environmental health awareness; and support evidence based environmental health policy development.
  3. Climate Landscape Analysis – a research and advocacy project aiming to model the impact of climate change and of climate mitigation policies on children and households as well as to design and advocate for measures to ensure that such households (especially socially vulnerable) are adequately protected. The findings of the analysis will also contribute to child sensitive climate policy advocacy in China.
  4. Climate Smart Schools – is a project aiming to support government’s initiatives towards low carbon transition of school education sector. With already established partnership with Ministry of Ecology and Environment of China, work is underway to conduct situation analysis on climate awareness in schools, develop and test climate awareness/skills modules. UNICEF is also working to establish new partnerships with potential government counterparts in school education sector that will lead UNICEF supporting the design and development of an online platform allowing monitoring of energy and water consumption of schools.

How can you make a difference? 

Purpose of Assignment:

The Purpose of the assignment is to support these projects via finding, analyzing, synthesizing, summarizing, translating, relevant documents, data and information that will be feed into project design, implementation, and monitoring; Provide quality assurance on knowledge products (research/studies) delivered by partners and support UNICEF China programme officers in programme implementation.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Data analysis, modeling, study/research design, quality assurance for research and studies, including:
    • Climate Landscape Analysis
    • Qinghai sanitation financing gap analysis
    • Situation Analyses on Climate Awareness in Schools
    • Other research/studies as required
  • Finding, translating, analyzing, summarizing relevant documents and information that will be feed into project design and implementation of:
    • Climate Smart Schools
    • Children’s environmental health data and awareness
    • Other projects
  • Support organizing events relevant to programme implementation
  • Undertake other tasks as needed

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

  • Minimum Academic Qualifications required and disciplines:

        At least master’s degree in economics, statistics, environment, health, or related fields.

  • Knowledge/Experience/Expertise/Skills required:
  • Minimum 3 years of experiencing in data analysis and research
  • Strong communication, teamwork, time/project management/coordination skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English as well as Mandarin is a must
  • Solid research experience involving both quantitative and qualitative data is a must
  • Experience in building statistical models is highly desirable
  • Experience in working for an international organization would be considered as an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA). 

 To view our competency framework, please visit here

 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 offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

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