Work Type : Consultancy
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BACKGROUND AND JUSTIFICATION
UNICEF provides technical assistance to countries in collecting and analysing data in order to fill data gaps for monitoring the situation of children and women and to respond and track the progress on the Agenda 2030.
Within this framework, technical assistance is required to a) support LAC RO in the launch of the new round of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS6) in LAC, and b) support LAC RO in its work to monitor the situation of children in the region.
Since 1995, UNICEF has supported the implementation of the Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), assisting governments in generating high quality data on the situation of children and women.
In 2017, the sixth round of MICS surveys (MICS6) has been launched with the objective of supporting countries to produce statistically sound and internationally comparable estimates in the areas of health, education and child protection, including a number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) indicators.
This data is essential for developing evidence-based policies and programmes, as well as for monitoring countries’ progress toward national goals and global commitments.
Currently 12 countries are doing MICS in the region, with potentially 3 more starting soon.
To respond to the increasing demands for technical support on the described initiatives, the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office (LAC RO) requires a consultant to work with its Monitoring & Evaluation team.
This consultancy is part of the Regional Office strategy for providing technical support and quality assurance to Country Offices undertaking MICS and supporting countries’ efforts to monitor the situation of children.
PURPOSE OF THE JOB Under the direct supervision of the UNICEF Regional Monitoring Specialist, the Statistics and Monitoring consultant will promote comparability, data harmonization and elimination of data gaps on the situation of children in LAC countries by supporting the launch of the new round of MICS in selected countries in LAC.
The consultant will also support the regional offices efforts to measure the situation of children in LAC through other surveys, further analysis of existing data, support to regional statistics groups, and other duties as needed.
EXPECTED RESULTS or MAIN TASKS RELATED TO THE JOB
DELIVERABLES Consultant will be paid by deliverable and based on working days per task agreed with the Supervisor (Regional Monitoring Specialist).
Expected deliverables for this consultancy are :
For tasks 8-9, the deliverables will be agreed upon on the basis of short ToRs with a description of the assignment. For the others, deliverables will follow established Global MICS guidelines.
Additional tasks could be included based on the needs and demands of the Regional Office.
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CONTRACT DURATION & FEES : Monthly payments on the basis of days worked and upon submission of an activity log and invoice.
If the number of days worked is less than 5 days, the payment will be made every two months.
OFFICIAL TRAVEL INVOLVED
The consultant will be expected to travel to countries under his / her supervision and to facilitate at regional MICS workshops.
Expenses related to these travels will be covered by UNICEF and paid to the Consultant as per UNICEF travel rules and regulations.
Consultant will make its own travel arrangements, with prior authorization of the supervisor. Costs for accommodation, meals and incidentals shall not exceed applicable daily subsistence allowance (DSA) rates, as promulgated by the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) (CF / AI / 2013-001, and Amend. 1, p. 6.31).
CONSULTANT’S WORK PLACE
Regional Household Survey Consultant will work from home using own equipment and stationary. During country visits, UNICEF CO or the implementing partner will provide working space for the consultant.
REPORTING RESPONSIBILITIES / SUPERVISION The Regional Monitoring Specialist will provide quality assurance and oversight for the consultant’s work with substantial feedback on the quality of the work.
For each assigned MICS survey country, the consultant will work in close collaboration with the UNICEF MICS Focal point, the UNICEF MICS Consultant and other UNICEF Regional MICS Consultants.
Working closely with the Regional Monitoring Specialist and the Regional Sampling and Data Processing Consultants, the Regional Household Survey Consultant will carry out technical reviews and advise COs and implementing agencies at key moments in the survey process.
The Regional Household Survey Consultant will also, often together with the Regional Monitoring Specialist and / or the Regional Sampling Consultant and / or the Regional Data Processing Consultant, carry out a series of country visits, in order to monitor progress and be present at critical stages of survey implementation.
CONFIDENTIALITY OF DATA AND MICS DOCUMENTS The Regional Household Survey Expert must respect the confidentiality of the MICS data as well as any country specific MICS documents that will be produced throughout the MICS process.
The Regional Household Survey Expert can use the documents and the datasets only for the tasks related to these terms of reference.
NATURE OF PENALTY CLAUSE IN CONTRACT UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work / output is incomplete, not delivered, or for failure to meet deadlines.
EVALUATION METHOD AND CRITERIA
Consultants and / or Individual Contractors (CIC) will be evaluated based on a cumulative methodology, being the award of the contract made to the CIC whose offer has been evaluated and determined as :
2. Having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and financial criteria specific to the solicitation.
Only candidates obtaining a minimum of 65 points (of the total technical points) would be considered for the Financial Evaluation.
A financial proposal that includes the daily fee for the assignment and number of days available per year must be submitted.
The total amount of points allocated for the economic component is 20. The maximum number of points will be allotted to the lowest price proposal and compared among those consultants which obtain the threshold points in the evaluation of the technical component.
All other price proposals will receive points in inverse proportion to the lowest price.
HOW TO APPLY Submit a cover letter that includes the daily fee and availability (number of days available), CV.
Please note only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
UNICEF reserves the right to make additional assessment of the pre-selected candidates, if needed
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.