Posted on :
7 Mar, 2011
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). MICS enables countries to produce statistically sound and internationally comparable estimates of a range of indicators in the areas of health, education, child protection, water and sanitation and HIV and AIDS. MICS findings are typically one of the most important sources of data within a country used as a basis for policy decisions and programme interventions, and for influencing public opinion on the situation of children and women.
MICS surveys are usually carried out by government organizations, with the support and technical assistance of UNICEF. The whole MICS process can last the duration of 12 months or more with UNICEF working closely with the implementing partner to ensure that MICS guidelines and international standards are being met at all stages. In 2011, Ghana is preparing to participate in the fourth round of MICS. In order to ensure that the MICS runs smoothly and that the implementing partner receives the assistance necessary to produce statistically sound reliable data, the UNICEF Ghana will hire a full time consultant to oversee the MICS process.
Under the overall supervision of the UNICEF Ghana Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, the UNICEF MICS Consultant (UMC) has the responsibility for supporting and providing guidance and technical assistance for the preparation, implementation and completion of the MICS in Ghana to UNICEF Ghana Office and Ghana Statistic Service (GSS) the implementing partner. The UMC will advise the implementing partner (especially the GSS MICS coordinator, sampling and data processing experts) during survey planning, questionnaire design, sampling, training, fieldwork, data processing, data analysis and dissemination, ensuring that MICS protocols are being followed at all times. The UMC will communicate effectively between the UNICEF CO and the implementing partner, responding promptly to MICS related needs and issues as they arise.
The UMC will be responsible for coordinating and supporting the work of other resource persons hired by UNICEF to provide technical assistance to the MICS process. He/she will work in close collaboration with the national technical team, the stakeholders and the steering committee and will represent UNICEF in meetings and workshops in relation to the survey.
As part of the overall global MICS recommendations to ensure quality of the survey and build national capacity, we seek a national or international, experienced survey manager with strong knowledge of household surveys implementation. The Survey manager will work in close collaboration with the national implementing partner, GSS, with the objective of providing direct in-house support in the effective management of the overall survey process, and build national capacity. This requires the manager to work full-time on the survey. The UNICEF core staff in the Section has a lot of other duties and responsibilities, and thus is unable to provide full-time support to the GSS in the implementation of the MICS.
Main Tasks related to the Job
1. Provide the technical and managerial support to MICS;
2. Present the MICS methodology, tools and guidelines to partners/stakeholders (Ministries, UN agencies and others);
3. Oversee each stage of the survey process and ensure that the MICS protocols are being followed and the survey standards are being met by the implementing partner;
4. Communicate regularly with the UNICEF CO (and Regional Office (RO) and/or MICS Global at HQ, if needed) responding to all MICS related issues in a timely manner;
5. Provide MICS progress reports to the UNICEF CO/RO/HQ on a bi-monthly basis;
6. Co-ordinate the work of implementing partner experts and UNICEF Regional Consultants and other resource persons assigned by the UNICEF CO and/or RO to support different survey stages;
7. Provide all necessary information to any other experts (Regional Sampling Consultant, Regional Data Processing Consultant, and Regional Household Survey Consultant) who will be coming to support the survey ; their visits are well managed and coordinated;
8. Ensure that external technical reviews of experts (i.e., Regional Sampling Consultant, Regional Data Processing Consultant, and Regional Household Survey Consultant) are carried out at key survey stages and coordinate the feedback and response between the CO/RO/HQ and the implementing partner;
9. Ensure that all recommendations from these experts are strictly implemented and in standardized way by all relevant parties (field teams and field supervisors for Household expert recommendations, data entry teams and supervisors for data processing expert recommendations);
10. Ensure that all survey-related documents and deliverables (questionnaires, manuals, expert reports, final report and datasets) are properly archived throughout the survey process;
11. Participate in all MICS steering and technical committee meetings;
12. Ensure that lesson learned, problems and good practices are documented throughout the MICS process.
In consultation and collaboration with the UNICEF Ghana and GSS, the UMC will be responsible for ensuring the following activities have been undertaken following the MICS4 guidelines and contributing to the coordination of these activities:
1. Survey Planning:
2. Listing, Training, Field Work, Data Entry:
3. Data Analysis and Report Writing:
Policy both parties should be aware of:
How to apply
Email a completed UN P11 Form and/or CV to [email protected] Kindly mention the post title in the subject line of the email application
Reference Code: RW_8EFQDQ-46
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
Closing date: 11 Mar 2011
Location: Ghana – Accra