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Individual consultancy Interviewer services of MICS main Fieldwork to support the State Statistical Committee and UNICEF Azerbaijan Country Office


  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Baku
  • Grade: Consultancy - Consultant - Contractors Agreement
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Statistics
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Population matters (trends and census)
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: 2023-02-09

Interviewers play an exceptional role in the collection of data, and the ultimate outcome of the exercise depends on how well they conduct the interviews. In this regard, UNICEF Azerbaijan Country Office and the State Statistical Committee (SSC) is recruiting interviewers for the above-mentioned activity.

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, monitoring 

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) is an international household survey programme developed and supported by UNICEF. It is accepted as an international standard for household surveying, providing the users with statistically sound and internationally comparable data of key indicators related to households, with a special focus on women and children.
The inclusion of the MICS in “State Programme on Improvement of Official Statistics in the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2018-2025”, approved by Decree No. 3672 of 14 February 2018 of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, will allow for the assessment of some 200 indicators – on topics ranging from maternal and child health, nutrition, foundational learning skills (children age 7-14), child and adult functioning, water quality, social transfers, use of clean fuels and technology, and victimization.
MICS has become a valuable tool in the monitoring of the implementation of “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Today, MICS is well-positioned to play a central role in the 2030 Agenda alongside other key demographic, health, and socio-economic surveys and to complement data from administrative sources and censuses. The sample size for the upcoming MICS in Azerbaijan will be 12,320 households and this survey will cover all economic regions of Azerbaijan except Eastern Zangazur.
Interviewers play an exceptional role in the collection of data, and the ultimate outcome of the exercise depends on how well they conduct the interviews. In this regard, UNICEF Azerbaijan Country Office and the State Statistical Committee (SSC) is recruiting interviewers for the above-mentioned activity.

How can you make a difference? 

The work of the interviewer is to visit the pre-determined households to gather data from household members by filling out the MICS questionnaires.
The interviewer works under the supervision of the supervisor.
Scope of Work:
- Attends the complete main fieldwork training and participates in the field exercises and pilot study.
- With the assistance of the field supervisor, locates the households in the sample that are assigned to her and visits the relevant district (city).
- Introduces herself to household members and asks permission to carry out the interviews
- Interviews all the respondents in the households in line with the established requirements (the number of interviewed households should not exceed 2 per business day) and administers the questionnaires.
- When in doubt about the coding of an answer in the questionnaire, writes a note in the CAPI application (or in the margin of the paper questionnaire) and checks the correct coding with the supervisor after leaving the household, or at the end of the day.
- During the interview, reviews the coding based on error messages that appear in the application and, if necessary, probes further to identify the correct response.
- Checks completed interviews to be sure that all questions from the questionnaire were asked before leaving the household.
- Enters the data collected on paper forms (Anthropometry module, the Water Quality Testing Questionnaire and the Questionnaire Form for Vaccination Records from Health Facilities) into the CAPI application.
- Makes call-backs to interview respondents who could not be interviewed during the first or second visit due to various reasons
- Carries out additional procedures for data collection, including testing salt iodine and observing the place for handwashing.
- Ensures that the information given is correct by keeping the respondent focused on the questions.
- Syncs the CAPI application with supervisors before leaving the household.
- Records specific observations on issues experienced at households in a computer and in accordance with practices for ensuring anonymity of the data of households and household members.
- Provides a written declaration of obligation for the protection of the confidentiality of the personal data of the respondents.
- Prepares additional debriefing notes for the supervisor on other problems or observations.
- Assists the person who performs the anthropometric measurements.
- Assists the supervisor in collecting vaccination records in health facilities, when necessary.

 Confidentiality of Data and MICS Documents:

They will protect the confidentiality of the data collected and stored on tablets/ and office servers/computers/archives and is only allowed to discuss those with direct supervisors in the office. She is expected to keep under her control the questionnaires, maps and other forms she is using for her work. She is not allowed to copy/photocopy/scan/ reproduce/ email and/or share totally or partially any data files, filled in questionnaires, or any confidential data/ information with third parties. Any breach of confidentiality will result in legal penalties. She is not allowed, under any circumstance, to publish, release, discuss, and share any survey outputs and survey phases or outcomes without prior written consent/ approval from direct supervisor.

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

  • Bachelor degree
  • Good knowledge of MS Office (word, excel, power point);
  • Fluent in the Azerbaijani language verbally and in writing; 
  • Those with Russian language skills, as well as previous experience with the State Statistics Committee on household surveys, censuses and other similar projects will be given preference.

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

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

  To view our competency framework, please visit  here

Application requirement
Due to the nature of the survey, only the applications from women will be considered.
Applicants are required to provide:
- a CV;
- a copy of ID document;
- a copy of the state document on higher education, a diploma;
- a short cover letter, highlighting relevant experience with similar type of assignments (max 300 words).
- recommendation letter (if available).
- a valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate or a document confirming immunity due to recovery from COVID-19, or a certificate of contraindication to C0VID-19 vaccination

 UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

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. 


Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. The shortlisted applicants will be contacted by UNICEF for a technical discussion and interview.

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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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.