UNICEF Serbia is seeking a qualified professional for the following assignment:
National MICS Consultant
Ref. Number: VN 61 – 525577
The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (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.
UNICEF Serbia has already supported all five previous rounds of MICS surveys, with the first one in 1996 and the last in 2014. In order to ensure availability of data necessary for monitoring of implementation of the key national priorities, EU accession goals, SDGs and priorities envisioned by the UN Development Partnership Framework, UNICEF Serbia Country Office will support a MICS as part of the 6th round of the survey programme that started in 2018.
To ensure that the implementation of the MICS survey runs smoothly, that the specific deadlines are met and that the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia (SORS) receives the technical assistance necessary to produce statistically sound and reliable data, the UNICEF Serbia Country Office will hire a full-time consultant to oversee the MICS process from preparatory work to release of results.
Work Assignment Overview:
Under the overall supervision of the Child Rights Monitoring Specialist, the National MICS Consultant (NMC) will support and provide guidance to UNICEF Serbia and the SORS for the preparation, implementation and completion of the MICS survey in Serbia. The NMC will advise the SORS, especially the Survey Coordinator and sampling and data processing experts, during survey planning, questionnaire design, sampling, training, fieldwork, data processing, data analysis, dissemination and archiving, ensuring that MICS protocols and recommendations are being followed at all times. The NMC will communicate effectively between the UNICEF CO and SORS, responding promptly to MICS related needs and issues as they arise.
The NMC will be responsible for coordinating and supporting the work of other resource persons hired by UNICEF to provide technical assistance to the MICS process. The consultant 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. The NMC will also work in close collaboration with the regional MICS Coordinator and the Global MICS Team in UNICEF HQ.
Duration of the assignment: 7 months, full time (1 September 2019 – 31 March 2020)
- Provide technical and managerial support to the MICS survey,
- Support Survey Planning,
- Support Listing and Mapping, Training and Fieldwork, and Data Processing,
- Support Data Analysis and Report Writing.
- University degree in Demography, Statistics, Social Sciences, Epidemiology or any other related technical field,
- Minimum 5 years of proven experience in the coordination and/or management of quantitative household surveys (prior MICS surveys, or Demographic and Health Survey – DHS),
- Strong computer skills coupled with strong expertise in statistical analyses (familiarity with data processing and data analysis software, particularly SPSS),
- Experience with CAPI data collection,
- Training experience and ability to organise and facilitate training and presentations,
- Experience in data analysis and survey report writing,
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills,
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Serbian,
- Familiarity with and previous experience of working in Serbia and/or in the region is highly desirable,
- Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and to establish harmonious and effective relationships both within and outside the organisation, more specifically with National Statistical Offices,
- Demonstrated leadership, managerial and supervisory ability,
- Ability and willingness to travel extensively in-country, as well as to attend regional workshops.
How to apply:
Qualified candidates are requested to submit their application through:
The application must include a financial proposal in RSD as a separate document, providing the following information:
a) Daily rate (all costs to be included e.g. health insurance, pension, usage of mobile phone),
b) Daily travel allowance for overnight stay in Serbia (including accommodation),
c) Transportation costs per km.
The closing date for applications is 18th August 2019.
Important note: Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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.
Deadline for applications: 24.08.2019.