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Senior Adviser Statistics & Monitoring (Health, Immunization, MNCAH & HIV), (P-5), Fixed Term, DAPM, #99845

New York City

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City
  • Grade: P-5, International Professional - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Statistics
    • HIV and AIDS
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2022-10-13

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director (Chief Statistician), DAPM, the Senior Statistics Specialist, Health and HIV supervises and leads the unit responsible for maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (MNCAH), immunization, and HIV monitoring and statistics, including child focused indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals and outcome level indicators to measure the results of the UNICEF Strategic Plan. The incumbent of the post represents the data measurement and monitoring work in these areas in a number of internal and external fora and thus works in close collaboration with other staff in the section and the division, as well as other UN agencies, organizations and national country-level institutions.

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, a future

The Division of Data, Analytics, Planning & Monitoring (DAPM) aims to: Drive decision making and organizational learning for now and the future, improve effectiveness and achievement of results of UNICEF and its partners to realize the rights and improve the life of every child in all contexts.

Within  DAPM, the Data & Analytics Section of the DAT Team provides statistical and for UNICEF, represents UNICEF in inter-agency and multi-party on issues around statistics and other data, and reviews to approve publications using internationally comparable data. The section contributes to the availability of internationally comparable data on children, including child-related indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals, produces Global Public Goods of data and methodologies; and builds national data capacity through UNICEF Country Offices. While the focus is on statistics, all forms and types of data are considered in order to help decision-makers (UNICEF, UN-system, government, civil society) be well informed on the situation and likely trajectory of the situation for children in development and humanitarian contexts.

The Unit plays these roles in all aspects of data related to Health Immunization. MNCAH (Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health) & HIV in all contexts , interacting with other Units where the issues intersect – particularly gender and disability issues.

How can you make a difference?

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director (Chief Statistician), DAPM, the Senior Statistics Specialist, Health and HIV supervises and leads the unit responsible for maternal, newborn, child, and adolescent health (MNCAH), immunization, and HIV monitoring and statistics, including child focused indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals and outcome level indicators to measure the results of the UNICEF Strategic Plan. The incumbent of the post represents the data measurement and monitoring work in these areas in a number of internal and external fora and thus works in close collaboration with other staff in the section and the division, as well as other UN agencies, organizations and national country-level institutions.

The primary function of this post is to enable UNICEF data to be data leaders for chidlren’s issues in the areas of  health, immunization and HIV throughout UNICEF,  Inter alia, this includes leading the  improvement in the quality, availability and use of data on children and women with respect to  and strengthening of Primary Health Care and national statistical systems for the production, use  of such data at the country level for programming and policy advocacy. The work focuses on the areas highlighted by the Strategic Plan, mainly maternal, newborn, Immunisataion, child and adolescent health and HIV, and also contributes to the availability and use of data for addressing public health emergencies. This post supervises and guides the  development of measurement methodologies, compilation of data for global reporting, data analysis, data visualizations, and capacity development/technical support to countries in  these  core areas, This function is carried out in collaboration with the Health Team (including immunization) in UNICEF Programme Group, main institutional partners (including UNICEF regional offices and country offices), UN-entities (including WHO and UNFPA), national governments, and other organizations with expertise in this area.

1. Overall leadership and oversight of Health (Immunization, MNCAH) & HIV monitoring work

  • Lead overall strategic thinking and direction of Immunization, MNCAH and HIV monitoring, including on mental health, and support to the organization,
  • Lead overall development and establishment of Immunization, MNCAH and HIV monitoring work plan and reporting,
  • Champion and lead the measurement and use of data on  Immunization, MNCAH and HIV in humanitarian situations & public health emergencies
  • Contribute to the development and Implement a purposeful strategy to support data functions of UNICEF Country Programmes.
  • Monitor deliverables against workplan and provide support and guidance to ensure objectives are met.
  • Lead resource mobilization for the Health (Immunization, MNCAH) & HIV unit, in close collaboration with the Health Team and Nutrition Team in UNICEF Programme Group (including immunization), and contribute to resource mobilization for the division
  • Contribute to the overall management and performance of the division

2. Technical leadership, advice and quality assurance of Immunization, MNCAH & HIV monitoring work

  • Provide technical leadership on Health, Immunization, MNCAH & HIV core monitoring activities such as methodological work, data collection (including through administrative data systems and household surveys, community based information and data systems and compilation, analysis, and actively promote innovations in measurement and analysis, including the use of technological innovations
  • Work closely with the Health Team in UNICEF Programme Group (including Immunization), UNICEF regional offices, regional partner organizations and UNICEF country offices, in supporting statistical capacity development within UNICEF and with national partners, including Health, MNCAH, immunization and HIV/AIDS related) national statistical systems and document and disseminate lessons learned from these efforts
  • Provide technical input and review all major Health, Immunization, MNCAH & HIV monitoring deliverables for quality assurance, with special attention to publications and country support work,
  • Lead in developing monitoring guidelines, tools, processes, and approaches to support country, regional and global monitoring of Health, Immunization, MNCAH & HIV programmes in stable and humanitarian response situations
  • Lead the generation of Health, Immunization, MNCAH & HIV evidence for use in country, regional and global advocacy and programmes
  • Contribute to knowledge management and organizational learning related to data, statistics and monitoring work. Facilitate knowledge sharing within UNICEF and with partners, particularly at the country level
  • Lead the work of predictive analytics and coordinate the development of core data and analytical capacity  particularly as applied to Public Health Emergencies
  • Collaborate with unit chiefs (sectors and data collection) within the Data & Analytics Team and within the Office of the Chief Data Officer, including on data governance
  • Provide technical guidance/input in response to questions from senior management, external partners and the media.

3. Strategic partnerships and representation in Health, Immunization, MNCAH & HIV monitoring collaborations

  • Represent UNICEF and provide its perspective in high level national, regional, global, UN, and other initiatives and events,
  • Lead and promote inter-agency monitoring and consultative processes
  • Lead on resource mobilization  through consolidating existing donor/partner relations, expand relationship with IFIs, developing innovative ways of formulating investmest cses for funding data work. and explore new aveunes through private sector and new forms of data partnerships, for data work around Immunization, MNCAH and HIV, as well as contribute to resource mobilization for foundational data activities such as MICS, RD4C, data communication
  • Work closely with other divisions (Programme Group, Emergency Operations. Global Communication & Advocacy, Supply Division ) with the aim of maximizing the use of data for programming and advocacy
  • Initiate opportunities for South to South Collaboration, especially for Immunization, MNCAH and HIV monitoring and evaluation and technical support to countries, including through establishing partnerships in the global south for provision technical advice and support to (national) governments. 

4. Management of the Health (Immunization, MNCAH) & HIV unit

  • Overall accountability for the management of Health & HIV unit (results, human resources, finance) 
  • Ensure an enabling positive workplace culture within the unit and contribute to upholding the UNICEF CRITAS (Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability & Sustainability) values by all staff in the division
  • Contribute to the overall management of the division, the DATA Team and the D&A Section
  • Oversee staff learning and career management within the unit and contribute to building data & analytical skills within staff of health, immunization, MNCAH and HIV teams, particularly at country level
  • Supervise, manage, and direct technical staff, including appraisal of staff performance Communicate standards of performance, and assign responsibilities for achieving results according to the defined tasks
  • Contribute to inter-sectoral collaboration in UNICEF’s data work
  • Brief senior management adequately on current activities and issues

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in epidemiology, public health, demography, statistics, social sciences or a directly-related technical field(s) is required.
  • A minimum of ten (10) years of relevant professional experience in health, Immunization, MNACH and HIV analysis, data collection, measurement methodological development and other areas of applied statistics and data interpretation is required.
  • Previous work experience in technical cooperation work with lower- and middle-income countries in these areas is required.
  • Prior experience in supervisory capacity is required.
  • Previous work experience with large-scale household Surveys, particularly MICS and DHS is highly desirable.
  • Previous work experience writing technical reports and/or peer reviewed journal articles is highly desirable.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:


UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others (8) Nurtures, leads and manages people.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework 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.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.

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.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

UNICEF is currently undergoing organizational changes; therefore, the exact location of the post has yet to be determined. Selected candidates may commence duties remotely until the location is confirmed. If reassigned or relocated to New York, candidates may be expected to relocate to a new location again during the initial contract or assignment period. 

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