United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Statistics & Monitoring Specialist (Data & Analytics)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

Administrative data is routinely derived, structured information from systems such as Health Information Systems (HIS), Education Information Management Systems, Social welfare registries, Civil registration and national identification systems, court record systems etc. These routinely collected administrative data are an essential source of data for governments and development partners to monitor progress against the SDGs and ensure that decision makers have the data they need to plan and deliver the programmes required to achieve the SDG targets. It is no longer sufficient for these systems to be siloed within sectors as many of the conditions required for strong national administrative data systems are cross-cutting. Furthermore, administrative data systems are seeing rapidly evolving changes in technology, digitization, and associated governance structures. As a result, data are increasingly able to be linked in new ways allowing us to do more with these routinely collected data than ever before.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the 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.

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports Child Health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality Basic Education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.

For every child, Results Administrative data is routinely derived, structured information from systems such as Health Information Systems (HIS), Education Information Management Systems, Social welfare registries, Civil registration and national identification systems, court record systems etc. These routinely collected administrative data are an essential source of data for governments and development partners to monitor progress against the SDGs and ensure that decision makers have the data they need to plan and deliver the programmes required to achieve the SDG targets. It is no longer sufficient for these systems to be siloed within sectors as many of the conditions required for strong national administrative data systems are cross-cutting. Furthermore, administrative data systems are seeing rapidly evolving changes in technology, digitization, and associated governance structures. As a result, data are increasingly able to be linked in new ways allowing us to do more with these routinely collected data than ever before.

The value of administrative data sources has particularly been highlighted during the current Covid-19 pandemic. Well-functioning systems that are able to deliver continuous, reliable, information on the provision, use and users of national services are invaluable to governments and partners in order to understand the impacts of such events and adjust service provision accordingly. The ability to monitor changes over time is critical in such events.

The administrative data portfolio at UNICEF has three key pillars that demand support during this maternity cover:
  1. Build UNICEF capacity to effectively support administrative data system strengthening – both within and across key sectors, including uptake of best-practice examples.
  2. Support improved use of administrative data at UNICEF.
  3. In line with the UNICEF strategic plan, provide a Coordination role to assist UNICEF to more strategically engage with external partners on administrative data and systems, and related issues.
In addition, the position plays a key role in supporting responsible data practice and Data Sharing more broadly across the organization, particularly as these overlap with best practice in terms of Administrative data.

How can you make a difference?

  • Oversee and manage two consultants and a Junior Professional Officer supporting the combined portfolio of Administrative data, Data sharing, and Responsible Data for Children.
  • Continue to coordinate and work through UNICEF’s Administrative Data Task Team to strengthen collaboration and better support UNICEF's core strengths and potential added value in relation to administrative data.
  • In collaboration with the Admin Data Task Team and D&A colleagues, build a body of resources to assist country office colleagues work effectively with Administrative data.
  • Review and strengthen guidance including, but not limited to the Administrative data maturity model; and support country offices in the uptake/ use of available best practice and guidance.
  • Provide guidance and support that underpins appropriate data use and system Design (including technology; and responsible data use and protection), and implementation at the country level.
  • Provide support to sectoral colleagues (such as the EMOPS team) to review development plans (in particular with respect to data needs, flows, use, and management) for new or revised Administrative data systems.
  • Work with D&A colleagues to strengthen administrative data assessment in the data action planning work.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Masters degree in statistics, or equivalent data-related field; OR
  • Bachelors degree in statistics (or equivalent) may be considered sufficient with 10+ years relevant experience in a national or regional statistics office/ official (government) data role.
  • At least eight years of experience in data, statistics, or administrative data and data systems at the national, regional level or international level (ten if applying with a Bachelors degree)
  • Strong experience working with administrative data systems (in health, education, civil registration, social welfare etc.), including functional identity and data linkage. This should include system design, evaluation and data use. Cross-sectoral experience is considered desirable.
  • Proven research skills (including qualitative Analysis and study design) and demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publications and/or technical publication.
  • Experience formulating guidance documents and tools, including training or advocacy on data related issues. A solid understanding of UNICEF's core areas of work and familiarity with the UN statistical community
  • Excellent written and spoken language skills; and strong inter-personal communication skills. Proven experience coordinating or managing teams and/or projects is highly desirable.
  • A second language (particularly Spanish, or French) would also be valuable (but not necessary)
Competencies
  • Drive to achieve results for impact
  • Works collaboratively
  • Thinks and acts strategically
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity
For every child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, race, sexual orientation, nationality, culture, appearance, socio-economic status, ability, age, religious, and ethnic backgrounds, 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.

“UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/”
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