Job Description

Lebanon PRIME section is looking for a national consultant to work under the Research & Evaluation Officer performing The Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) that is an international household survey programme developed and supported by UNICEF. 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,Research The Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) is an international household survey programme developed and supported by UNICEF. MICS is designed to collect estimates of key indicators that are used to assess the situation of children and women. Over the past 20 years, MICS has evolved to respond to changing data needs, expanding from 28 indicators in the first round to more than 200 indicators in the current sixth round, and becoming a key source of data on Child Protection, early childhood education, and a major source of data on Child Health and nutrition. In addition to being a Data Collection tool to generate data for monitoring the progress towards national goals and global commitments for promoting the welfare of children, MICS provided valuable data for MDG monitoring as a major source of data for the UN Secretary General’s Final Millennium Development Goals Report. Since the inception of MICS in the 1990s, over 300 surveys have been carried out in more than 100 countries. As part of the global effort to further develop national capacities to generate and analyse high quality and disaggregated data, UNICEF launched the sixth round of MICS in October 2016, with results of first surveys available since the end of 2017. This new round is in accordance with the list of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators endorsed by the UN Statistical Commission in 2016, following the global adoption of the 17 SDGs and 169 targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The final SDG indicator framework currently includes 230 global indicators, of which around 30 per cent are household survey-based. Today, MICS, covering almost half of the SDG indicators that are household survey-based, is well positioned to play a central role in this new Agenda alongside other key demographic, health and socio-economic surveys and to complement data from administrative sources and censuses. The MICS questionnaires have undergone rigorous methodological and validation work to broaden the scope of the tools and include new topics that reflect SDG indicators and emerging issues in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development context, including: rapid water quality testing, social transfers, foundational learning skills (children age 7-14), child and adult functioning, migration status, use of clean fuels and technology, and victimisation. As governments develop national frameworks to monitor progress towards the SDGs and establish baselines, strategic planning and investments will be required to collect robust, more frequent, and timely data. This round of MICS presents a unique opportunity to support this process. To ensure that the implementation of the MICS survey runs smoothly, specific deadlines are met and that the Central Administration of Statistics (CAS), which is the National Statistics Office (NSO), receives the technical assistance necessary to produce statistically sound and reliable data, the UNICEF Lebanon Country Office will hire a full-time Consultant staff to oversee the MICS process. The MICS will be implemented using CAPI (Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing) in which the interviewer uses a tablet to record data. CAPI data collection can reduce the time needed to collect and process survey data, facilitate real time monitoring, improve the quality of the data and reduce survey costs. In specific locations, the MICS6 will be implemented using PAPI (Paper-Assisted Personal Interviewing). How can you make a difference? Scope of work: • Familiarize with the MICS documents (questionnaires, tools, and manuals); • Provide technical and administrative support on the listing process and data collection process, as per the MICS guidelines; • Ensure that the Ethical Protocol and other ethical recommendations are addressed in the survey implementation process and that all MICS related documents are shared with the Ethical Committee (which will be the Institutional Review Board (IRB) through UNICEF RO) on time for approval; • Support CAS in overseeing each stage of the survey process and ensure that the MICS protocols and standards are followed, more specifically during training and field monitoring visits, which feeds into the over quality control of the implementation; • Communicate regularly with the UNICEF CO to all MICS related issues in a timely manner; • Ensure that all survey related documents and deliverables are properly archived throughout the survey process (for example: Memorandum of Understanding, Survey Plan and Budget, questionnaires, manuals, sample Design, training/pre-test reports, expert reports, CAPI application, output and tabulation plan tables, syntaxes, datasets,) • Participate in all Technical Committee meetings; • Ensure that lessons learned, problems, and good practices are documented throughout the MICS process. To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
  • A master’s degree in social science degree or any other relevant field;

  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience in Proven experience working in the humanitarian field (e.g., NGO, INGO, or UN);

  • Preview experience in providing training and Capacity Building;

  • Experienced with Results-based Management orientation and practices;

  • Excellent analytical and writing skills;

  • Proven experience with both quantitative and qualitative research and data Analysis, specifically household surveys;

  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.

  • Strong experience and knowledge in human rights issues, the human rights-based approach to programming, Child Rights, and child protection.

  • Fluency in English and Arabic are required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate… UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. 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 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 application will be reviewed under the best value for money principle, thus only applications with financial proposal will be considered (including the total fees in USD)
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