Closing Date : 2019-05-27
Duty Station : Basle, Switzerland
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Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Switzerland
Closing date: 27 May 2019

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Background

UNICEF places a high priority on the availability of recent and reliable information for monitoring the situation of children, young people and families, for developing evidence-based policies and programmes. In this context, the TransMonEE (Transformative Monitoring for Enhanced Equity) database captures a vast range of data on social and economic issues relevant to the situation and wellbeing of children, young people and women in the countries of Europe and Central Asia. The data represent a particularly useful tool for governments, civil society organization, funding institutions and academia in considering their decisions, policies, programmes and agendas. The database is updated every year in collaboration with the National Statistical Offices (NSOs), and uploaded in the TransMonEE website: http://transmonee.org.

The database was initiated by the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre in 1992 as part of the project on Public Policies and Social Conditions: Monitoring the Transition in CEE/CIS , better known as the MONEE Project. In 2009, the database migrated to the UNICEF Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia.

Each year country-specific templates are shared with the NSOs of participating countries, filled in and submitted by countries by the end of September with the data for the previous year. The UNICEF regional office for ECA then follows up with the countries for clarifications and additional information. The data are brought together, indicators calculated and checked again for consistency before being disseminated on the regional TransMonEE webpage.

Since 2011, the ECA region has been engaged in a continued process to improve child rights monitoring in the region and in particular, rights of the most disadvantaged children. This requires further strengthening the TransMonEE database content and structure, revising the overall pool of indicators with a view to enhancing coherence with the SDGs and increasing the availability of data on child protection indicators. Most of the countries are still struggling with availability of disaggregated data although there have been considerable improvements in recent years in terms of availability of data by age groups, sex and other potential markers of disparity.

In addition to continuous improvement and update of the content, the validation of the TransMonEE data has recently been to some extent automated. The website of the TransMonEE has been re-designed and was launched in October 2017. The database itself is undergoing a review process, while the approach to support countries producing quality and timely data is being also reviewed in parallel with the database.

UNICEF ECA Regional Office will hire a database management consultant to ensure the continuity of data collection and validation as well as to support the aforementioned planned improvements to the database and dataflows.

Objective

The database management consultant will be responsible for timely and quality management of the TransMonEE database. S/he will contribute to maintenance, annual update, validation and analysis of data, will prepare the publicly available version of the database. S/he will contribute to revising the content and structure of the database and improving linkages between the TransMonEE database and other sources. S/he will assist in the preparation of needed presentations for the annual TransMonEE meeting (Nov. 2019).

Main tasks

Main deliverables

DELIVERABLE 1: Publicly disseminated version of the updated TransMonEE database with 2016 data 30 June 2019DELIVERABLE 2: Mission reports and PP for the annual meeting - At each mission + 10 October 2019DELIVERABLE 3: TransMonEE country templates to be used for the 2018 data capture with an integrated validation module and updated guidelines 15 December 2019DELIVERABLE 4: Validated data after all the checks and corrections have been conducted and validation reports (including country data quality) 31 March 2020DELIVERABLE 5: Updated versions of country-specific databases and full TransMonEE database with 2016 data submitted by NSOs 30 April 2020

Qualifications and Competencies

Education:Minimum Master s degree in statistics, information systems, economy, demography or a related field

Skills and Experience

Minimum of 10 years of work experience in development and/or coordination of social statistics databases, the knowledge of TransMonEE being an asset,Experience working with the administrative data collection systems in Europe and Central Asia,Experience working with the data collected by other international organizations such as the European Union, UNECE, the World Bank,Advanced knowledge of MS Excel to work with macros and familiarity with different types of software used for database management, analysis and presentation, as well as knowledge of SDMXAbility to analyze diverse and complex quantitative data from a wide range of sources,Fluency in English is required and preferably fluency in at least one of the major languages used in the regionDemonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective relationships with national partners,Ability to communicate effective to varied audiences.

Consultant s Work Place and Official Travel

The consultant will work from home using their own equipment and stationary. The consultant will be expected to travel to 3 country offices and to the TransMonEE network meeting (Task 2). Travel expenses and accommodation will be covered by the consultant and will be reimbursed by UNICEF upon submission of receipts. The travel costs reimbursed shall be based on economy class travel and the costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals shall not exceed applicable DSA rates as per UNICEF rules and regulations. Agreement with UNICEF is required previous purchasing of flight tickets or other onerous travel arrangements.

Payment Schedule

Payments will be made in installments upon submission of the deliverables listed above, in accordance with the requirements of the ToR. The total paid will correspond to the number of days per deliverable multiplied by the daily fee.

Confidentiality of Data and TransMonEE Documents

The consultant must respect the confidentiality of the data as well as any country-specific documents that will be reviewed throughout the TransMonEE data collection process. The consultant can use the documents and the datasets only for the tasks related to these terms of reference.

Nature of Penalty Clause in Contract

If the documents are not submitted according to the deliverables stated in this TOR, the payments will be withheld. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines (fees reduced due to late submission: 20 days - 10%; 1 month -20%; 2 months -30%; more 2 months payment withhold). All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNICEF and UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future.

How to Apply

Please complete your profile in UNICEF's e-Recruitment system.Please provide (attach) a Personal History Form (P-11) highlighting previous engagements which meet the qualification criteria described above. Personal History Form (P11) can be downloaded from: https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_consultancy_assignments.htmlPlease indicate your ability, availability and daily rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference aboveApplications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered.

Remarks:

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, 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.


How to apply:

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=522374

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