Statistics and Monitoring Specialist , Geneva - Switzerland

Statistics and Monitoring Specialist (P-3), #52561, Geneva - Switzerland, CEE/CIS RO

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for every child, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you.UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world. Learn more about UNICEF's work - Watch this video!
For every child, Purpose...Under the supervision of the Regional Advisor - Monitoring and Evaluation (P-5), the incumbent of this post will provide and mobilize technical assistance for country offices and government counterparts for the planning, managing and implementation of the regional evidence strategy. The incumbent is expected to lead the planning, analysis, reporting, and use of Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), other child relevant surveys and data sources and management/monitoring tools, to profile child deprivations for actions. The incumbent will also support further analysis and dissemination of MICS, censuses, administrative data collection systems and other child-related data in the region to enhance evidence based programme and policy actions to close child deprivation gaps in CEE/CIS and; contribute to global learning and sharing on Data for Children and the monitoring, reporting and accountability on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to the rights of children.The post combines high level technical expertise, sound statistical (or demographic) knowledge with partnering, systems and capacity building skills towards disaggregated data about children that feeds in systematically into equity analysis, advocacy, programming and policy making in the region towards the realization of the rights of most disadvantaged children in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Hence agility, persuasive and partnering attitudes are critical in interpreting guidelines, adaptation of data collection/analytical tools, methodologies and messaging of the regions Data for Children approach; driving results for most deprived populations.How can you make a difference?1. Provide technical support and mobilize technical as well as external assistance to UNICEF Offices and their partners for planning, designing and implementing the regional evidence Strategy for Children, maintaining the pre-qualified consultants roster for data expertise, supervising MICS staff and consultants in the planning, conduct, quality assurance, reporting and use of MICS and/ other child relevant surveys. This will enable:
  • UNICEF Offices and national partners to have useful, valid and reliable information on the situation of children and women and on the progress in realizing their rights and the reduction of equity gaps within the country;
  • the development of national capacities for child rights monitoring, evaluation and research, with special attention to the interest, concern and participation of government, community, and civil society stakeholders.
  • 2. Partner with the Statistics Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and statistical staff in UN Regional offices for ECA as well as other statistical institutions and data collection agencies (EuroStat, OECD, CIS Stat and other regional agencies) to strengthen data mining, analysis, research and statistical capacity of UNICEF staff, government statistical offices and officials to effectively manage and implement MICS, population based data collection activities, censuses and other child-related surveys, and towards stronger sectoral administrative data systems in pursuit of data driving results for children.3. Advocate with country offices and key partners in the use of appropriate monitoring tools to assess progress towards sustainable development and other human rights goals for children (e.g. SDGs, CRC, UNICEF Strategic Plan, the Declaration of the World Fit for Children, Sustainable Development Goals – SDGs, etc.) and contribute to global learning, reporting and sharing on Data for Children related to the, monitoring and reporting on SDG indicators.4. Support the design and implementation of regional studies, further analysis of MICS and other relevant sources of data to provide a regional perspective on progress towards the goals for children; strengthen the evidence base for equity-focused actions.5. Partner with National Statistical Offices (NSOs), sectoral agencies and UNICEF offices; and lead development of nationally-led child deprivation profiles and trend analysis with stakeholders in support of actions to close child deprivation gaps in ECA (the staff member will take principle responsibility for TransMonEE related work).
    6. Foster innovation, knowledge management and capacity buildingWork with Regional Office sections, supporting them in the development of regional indicators and in their monitoring efforts.7. Advise country offices on indicators, data strategies, and data gathering strategies - reviewing and monitoring data related activities (recorded in PRIME) throughout the year.8. Coordinate with research and evaluation staff in the unit - as well as with the Knowledge Management Specialist and Communications team to ensure that data from MICS and other data work is made available internally and externally (RO websites, SDG databases, other knowledge sharing platforms) by regional/country offices, accessible to public and policy makers to tackle social inequities.9. Work with headquarters, countries and partners to mobilize and leverage resources for regional/country child data related efforts; including the implementation of the global UNICEF data for children strategy as it relates to Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
    To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…- An advanced university degree (Master's) in demography or statisticsis required. An advanced university degree in another related discipline could also be considered, provided that the undergraduate degree is in demography or statistics.- A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience, in statistics, data collection, data analysis, monitoring and/or evaluation is required.- Prior hands-on experience with national statistical systems in data analysis, using both household surveys and administrative data sources is desirable.- Relevant experience within the UN System or other international development organization isan asset.- Prior hands-on working experience in the CEE/CIS region is an asset.- Fluency in English (written & verbal) is required. Working knowledge of Russian is considered an asset. Knowledge of other major languages spoken in the CEE/CIS region is desirable.
    For every Child, you demonstrate…Our core values of Commitment, Diversity & Inclusion, and Integrity as well as the following core and functional competencies:
  • Has highest-level communication skills, including engaging and informative formal public speaking (Communication – Level 2).
  • Creates and encourages a climate of team-working and collaboration in a multi-cultural environment (Working with People – Level 2).
  • Consistently achieves high-level results, managing and delivering projects on-time and on-budget (Drive for Results – Level 2).
  • Analyzes and integrates diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources (Analyzing – Level 2).
  • Sets clearly defined objectives and plans activities for self, own team or department (Planning & Organizing - Level 2).
  • Sets, develops and revises organizational strategy and develops clear visions of the organization's future potential (Formulating Strategies and Concepts – Level 2).
  • Demonstrates and shares detailed technical knowledge and expertise (Applying Technical Expertise - Level 3).
  • Has high-level leadership and supervisory skills; provides others with a clear direction; motivates and empowers others; recruits staff of a high caliber; provides staff with development opportunities and coaching (Leading & Supervising – Level 2).
  • To view our competency framework, please click here.
    This position is classified as "rotational," which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty.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 organisation.

    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=503035
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