MICS eagle and multidimensional poverty country consultant
Job Number: 527194 | Vacancy Link
Locations: Middle East and North Africa: Tunisia
Work Type : Consultancy
Background and Rationale
UNICEF places a high priority on the availability of recent and reliable information to monitor the situation of children and women and support decisions to advance it. Statistically sound and internationally comparable data are essential for developing evidence-based policies and programmes, as well as for monitoring countries’ progress toward national goals and global commitments, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNICEF assists countries in collecting and analyzing data in order to fill data gaps for monitoring the situation of children and women through its international household survey initiative the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS). Tunisia conducted 4 rounds of MICS and the most recent one was completed in early 2019. To fully and effectively utilize the potentials of the survey, UNICEF Tunisia is seeking for the individual consultant to develop two of the further analysis studies using the MICS 2018 and previous surveys.
The first study will be MICS-EAGLE (Education Analysis for Global Learning and Equity) Initiative which seeks to leverage data generated by MICS6 to positively influence education policy and practices, and thereby achieve better education outcomes for children through evidence-based situation and policy analyses. Analysis of MICS6 data will contribute to critical education sector development processes and can focus on different aspects depending on country’s needs.
Thematic analysis on education using MICS6 aims to complement existing MICS data analysis by conducting in-depth analysis to generate evidence which is not available through regular MICS reports. Additional in-depth analyses include analysis such as (a) further disaggregation based on national priorities (e.g. children with disability and attendance); (b) cross-tabulation among indicators (e.g. cross-tabulation of learning outcomes and education environment at home, or child labour status); and (c) regression analysis (e.g. estimating relative impacts of gender, location, socio-economic status (SES), ethnic group on school attendance).
To ensure the evidence produced has direct and significant implications for ongoing policy discussion at the country level, the MICS-EAGLE analysis plan for the education thematic report (hereafter, Country Report (CR)) is adapted to local context. This customization relies on consultations with Ministry of Education (MoE), National Statistics Office (NSO), education actors and UNICEF Country Office (CO) Education and MICS focal points with technical support by Regional Office (RO) and New York Headquarters (HQ) Data and Analytics Section.
Key findings, priority issues and sectoral actions discussed locally and compiled in the CR will provide specific linkages between the analysis results and ongoing policy discussion along with local education sector plan. To fully utilize existing evidence from other sources and further promoting evidence-based policy planning and advocacy, the participants of the national workshops will identify needs for further analysis which can be incorporated in the CR.
The second study focuses on deriving the multidimensional poverty estimate for different age children based on the Social Indicator Sample Survey (MICS6). The first Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) states “End poverty in all its forms everywhere”. Target 1.2 reads: “By 2030, reduce at least by half the proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions” and Indicator 1.2.2 is the “Proportion of men, women and children of all ages living in poverty in all its dimensions according to national definitions”. Thus, it is imperative to derive well-constructed baseline. The study will focus on review of the SISS data’s capacity to “capture the essence” of some dimension of poverty and by building consensus among stakeholders, construct the multidimensional poverty indicator for children.
The purpose of the assignment is development of the in-depth analysis on the following themes:
1. Education Analysis for Global Learning and Equity (EAGLE) (based on MICS 2018)
2. Multidimensional poverty analysis (MDP) (based on MICS 2018)
Specific activities include:
Conduct consultations with MoE and NSO throughout the MICS-EAGLE process to finalize analysis and to draft policy recommendations and action plans which are going to be presented at the National Workshop.
Conduct consultations with main actors and NSO throughout of the multidimensional poverty study to finalize analysis and to draft policy recommendations and action plans which are going to be presented at the National Workshop
Fill out Data Tables, and guide NSO and data focal persons through the tables and interpreting the data visualizations
Present the preliminary findings to CO and decision makers and incorporate their comments in customizing the CR
Conduct additional data analysis based on the consultations and workshop results
Prepare workshop materials (e.g. presentations, handouts, group work)
Facilitate discussions with participants in understanding the findings and their implications to sector policies and activities
Compile and report the workshop results
Incorporate the workshop results in the CR
Share the draft CR, gather and reflect inputs from various partners, and finalize the CR for publication
Draft communication materials (e.g. local news, CO website, MICS website)
Promote understanding of MICS-EAGLE Initiative and finding of the multidimensional poverty among main actors in the country
Consult RO for technical issues (e.g. customizing data tables, additional analysis, CR) and make suggestions for improving MICS-EAGLE Initiative and multidimensional poverty study
Populated Data Tables with visualizations for two themes
Draft presentations in the National Workshop based on pre-workshop local consultations
Successful implementation of National Workshop and workshop products (e.g. agreed sectoral actions, monitoring framework, list of needs for further analysis)
Final draft CR that incorporates policy recommendations, sectoral action plans and comments from partners, reflecting discussions of the National Workshop and additional data analysis based on the workshop results and post-workshop consultations
Monitoring Plan of the MICS-EAGLE and multidimensional poverty Country Implementation Plan to be developed by the national Team
Payment will be made upon the satisfactory and timely submission and approval of the deliverables and not based on the actual number of days worked. The final outputs must reflect all comments provided during the review process. Failure to finalize the outputs within the deadlines indicated below will result in cancellation of the present agreement. The consultant is not entitled to payment of overtime. All remuneration must be within the specified agreement.
Start date: November 2019 End date: February 2020
(Estimated # of Days)
|Populated Data Tables with visualizations|
|Presentations in the National Workshop based on pre-workshop local consultations|
|Successful implementation of National Workshop and workshop products (e.g. agreed sectoral actions, monitoring framework, list of needs for further analysis)|
|Final CR that incorporates policy recommendations, sectoral action plans and comments from partners, reflecting discussions of the National Workshop and additional data analysis based on the workshop results and post-workshop consultations|
|Education Report (CR) which:|
- Identifies key policy and data questions
- Monitoring progress in the education sector (monitoring frameworks, SDG4 indicators and national goals)
- Updating the situation of out-of-school children
- Comparing education outcomes across country-specific vulnerable groups
- Analyzing the interaction of key education indicators
|MDP (CR) which:|
- Identifies key policy and data questions
- Monitoring progress in the social protection systems (monitoring frameworks, SDG1 indicators and national goals)
- Updating the situation of children living in poverty
|Evidence-based Policy Discussion Note which includes:|
- Highlights of CR findings
- Necessary steps to analyze and unpack the causes for current situations
- Prioritized and concrete policy options
- An action plan for various stakeholders in the education sector and social protection systems
|Monitoring Plan of the Country Implementation Plan|
Key competencies, technical background, and experience required
Advanced University Degree Social Sciences, Education, or other relevant fields.
A minimum 8 years of relevant professional work experience in policy discussion, consultation with government, advocacy, and strategy development in the education sector. Experience in sector planning and sector review is an advantage.
A minimum of 3 years works in quantitative assessment of poverty in context of developing countries.
Proven experience in monetary poverty profiling and analysis.
Proven experience in multi-dimensional poverty profiling and analysis.
Excellent drafting skills and experience in publishing reports with substantial data analysis as well as presentation supports to disseminate data/results.
Strong quantitative skills and the capacity to analyze education indicators from household survey microdata. Advanced Excel and either SPSS or STATA required.
Knowledge and familiarity of national and international education goals.
Knowledge on poverty (monetary and multi-dimensional) analysis and SDGs
Excellent command of both French and English is required
Ability to work under tight deadlines.
Excellent communication skills, flexibility and willingness to understand fluctuating country contexts and to accommodate to various local demands.
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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
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.
Closing Date Mon Oct 28 2019 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (Afr. centrale Ouest)