UNICEF-Kyrgyzstan MICS National Consultant

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Purpose of the Assignment
Under the overall supervision of the Monitoring and Evaluation Programme Officer the UNICEF MICS Consultant (UMC) will support and provide guidance to UNICEF Kyrgyzstan Country Office and National Statistical Committee (NSC) for the preparation of the MICS survey in Kyrgyzstan. The UMC will advise NSC, especially the Survey Coordinator and sampling and data processing experts, during survey planning, questionnaire design, sampling and training of field staff, ensuring that MICS protocols and recommendation are being followed at all times. The UMC will communicate effectively between the UNICEF CO and NSC, responding promptly to MICS related needs and issues as they arise.
The UMC will be responsible for coordinating and supporting the work of other resource persons hired by UNICEF to provide technical assistance to the MICS process. He/she will work in close collaboration 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.
Assignment Tasks
  • Provide technical and managerial support to the MICS survey;
  • Present the MICS methodology, tools, and guidelines to partners/stakeholders (e.g. ministries, UN Agencies, etc.);
  • Finalize in collaboration with national partners and UNICEF CO, the Survey Plan and Budget, including timetable and share with UNICEF Regional Office (RO);
  • Oversee each stage of the survey process and ensure that the MICS protocols and standards are followed by the NSC;
  • Compile the package of the survey materials (such as Survey Plan, Questionnaires, survey protocols and manuals, etc,) and submit to the State Ethical Committee for an external ethical review.
  • Communicate regularly with the UNICEF CO, RO and/or Headquarters (HQ) responding to all MICS related issues in a timely manner;
  • Provide progress reports on MICS activities to the UNICEF CO on a monthly basis;
  • Coordinate the work of NSC specialists and UNICEF Regional Consultants and other resource persons assigned by the UNICEF CO and/or RO to support different survey preparation stages;
  • 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 and NSC;
  • Ensure that all survey related documents and deliverables (questionnaires, manuals, expert reports, final report, datasets, etc.) are properly archived throughout the survey process;
  • Participate in all MICS Steering and Technical Committee meetings;
  • Participate in, and contribute to, MICS Regional Workshops;
  • Ensure that lessons learned, problems, and good practices are documented throughout the MICS process and rapidly shared with the MICS community (other MICS implementing countries, RO, and HQ) through all means available.
  • Expected Deliverables
    Desk review of MICS methodological materials
    MICS Survey Design WS is attended and Work Plan is prepared
    Sample design is drafted and submitted to the UNICEF Regional Office
    PSU Sampling weights (selection probabilities) are provided with the narrative
    Questionnaires are customized and undergo translation and back translation process and then submitted to the UNICEF Regional Office
    Package of documents for ethical clearance is prepared and submitted to the Ethical Committee
    The Country Survey Plan is finalized and shared with stakeholders
    MICS Data Processing WS is attended
    Data entry CAPI application customised and submitted to the UNICEF Regional Office
    MICS tabulation plan and standard syntax files drafted for use in generating SPSS dataset and tables.
    Interviewers/Editors Manuals for fieldwork are customised
    Presentations and training materials are ready for all-staff training
    Qualifications of Successful Candidate
  • University degree in Social Sciences, Demography, Statistics, Epidemiology or any other related technical field is required.
  • Years of relevant experience
  • An experience in the coordination and/or management of quantitative household surveys (prior MICS or Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) coordination experience highly desirable);
  • Strong computer skills and strong expertise in statistical analyses (familiarity with data processing and data analysis software, particularly SPSS);
  • An experience with CAPI approach
  • Training experience and ability to organize and facilitate training and presentations;
  • Experience in data analysis and survey report writing;
  • Competencies of Successful Candidate
    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel extensively in-country and to attend regional workshops.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • To view our competency framework, please click here.
    Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.
    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=502189