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Consultancy: Technical Consultant Data Must Speak and RBM - Education Section, Programme Division - NYHQ- REQ# 523879

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Background & Rationale

Through the “promise renewed” commitment, and as part of efforts to strengthen organizational capacity to support quality education for all children, UNICEF has re-emphasized its focus on equity which is at the core of the 2018-2021Strategic Plan. Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, theSustainable Development Goals, UNICEF works to ensure the right of all children to education.One of the key outputsunder Goal Area2 “Every child learns” inthe2018-2021Strategic Plan is “Countries have strengthened theireducation systems for gender-equitable learning outcomes, including early learning” within which community participation in education is one of the five dimensions of aneffective education system for learning outcomes.

In order tosupport progress towards thisoutput and the related output of the 2014-2017 Strategic Plan, UNICEF-Education successfully submitted a project proposal to the Global Partnership for Education/Global and Regional Activities (GPE/GRA) fund. Theinitiative“Data Must Speak” (DMS), started in 2014 with two pilot countries, Madagascar and Togo, andhas sinceexpanded toChad, Namibia,Nepal,Niger, the Philippines andZambia,with the potential for further expansion. Theinitiativesupports the setting up of data feedback tools (such as district/school profile cards) for increasing accountability (in particular forpro-equity allocation of resources), community participation and improving school performance (learning outcomes, equity and drop-out rates’ reduction). InJanuary2019$1.27 millionin funding from the Hewlett Foundation was secured for Phase III of the project.

As part of the organization wide effort to enhance the level ofresults basedmanagement (RBM), theEducation section of Programme Division, in collaboration with the regional offices,supports country officeand globalreporting and monitoringe.g.through quality assuranceand analysisofresults data.


The consultant will serve as a technical resource for the implementation of the DMS Projectand RBM inEducationsection. In particular, the consultant will perform the following tasks:i)support DMS communicationand knowledge management;ii)support DMS in implementingcountry level activities including in the development of related tools;iii) supportthesecondary analysis of EMIS data on the link betweencommunity participation and education outcomes; and iv) support RBM processes within the Education section including through the quality assurance and analysis of resultsdata.

Expected results: (measurable results)

The following results are expected by the end of the consultancy:

  • At least three DMS knowledge sharing webinars hostedandtwodonor reportsprepared

  • At least three countries technically supported in the implementation of DMS and in the development of related tools

  • At least twoEMIS secondary analyses finalized as part of DMS knowledge generation activities

  • Education RBM processes supported through quality assurance and analysis of results data.

  • Duty Station

    Location of assignment:New Yorkbased, with several trips to DMS targeted countries.


    Start date:26August2019, End Date:11August 2020


    (See the last page for guidance on formulating deliverables)


    (Estimated # of Days)


    DMS communicationand knowledge management supportedincluding at least three webinarsand two donor reports

    60 days

    11August 2020

    DMS project tools finalized in terms of content and formatforat least three countries



    EMIS secondary analyses finalizedfor at least two countries



    Quality assurance and analysis of results data completed

    20 days





    Key competences, technical background, and experience required Deadline

  • Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, with a major focuson statistics, economics ormonitoring and evaluation.

  • Eight years of relevant work experience at the national and international levelsin fields relevant to Education programmes and including experience in education economics/statisticsand/or education Monitoring and Evaluation and capacity building.

  • Extensive knowledge and experience in Excel, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) and a statistical software (SPSS, SAS or Stata).

  • Demonstrated experience in working with UN agencies and governments would be an asset.

  • Fluency in English (ability to write reports in clear and readable language); French would be an assetasfourDMS participating countries are francophone.

  • Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.


    With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.

    At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.

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

    For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at :Here

    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

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