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Consultant - Statistician, NO-C Level At The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Date Posted: 21/Apr/2017
Deadline: 01/May/2017

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) - For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Consultant - Statistician, NO-C Level

Job Number: 504234 
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Work Type : Consultancy
Supervisor: Chief, Social Policy and Gender Equality
Duration: 7 Months

Background/Purpose of Assignment

  • UNICEF Nigeria has been at the forefront of providing technical assistance to the production of the SITAN report which provides statistical and qualitative evidence of the status and trends of issues affecting Nigerian children.
  • An important element of the SITAN is the description and analysis of equity which is very much aligned with UNICEF’s Social Policy focus. Based on the findings from the SITAN, further and more recent statistical evidence is required to further analyse the immediate, underlying and structural causes of gaps that exist in realizing the rights of the Nigerian child; in particular urban children and adolescents, in particular due to the recent availability of MICS 2016 micro-data.
  • Therefore, this proposal seeks a National Consultant to provide statistical data to the UNICEF Nigeria Social Policy team, particularly in respect to the measure of child poverty, intra-regional comparisons, as well as trends in rural to urban disparities that exist in relation to the wellbeing of Nigerian children. It is expected that the National Consultant will liaise with relevant national data agencies, other research and specialized institutions in the process of data collection.
  • Purpose of the Consultancy: to assist UNICEF Nigeria measure, analyze, compare and summarize data on child poverty and urban and rural as well as intra-regional disparities that exist in realizing the rights of the Nigerian child (urban children and adolescents, in particular).

Specific Objectives:

  • Provision of estimates to multidimensional child poverty.
  • Intra-regional comparisons of multidimensional child poverty.
  • Identification and analysis of trends in Urban and Rural disparities that exist in the context of child well being in Nigeria.
  • Provision of an equity ranking of all 36 states of Nigeria.
  • Calculation of young people and adolescent Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) and their Vulnerability in Employment and Labour (VEL) in Nigeria.

Major Tasks to be Accomplished
Under the guidance of the Chief, Social Policy and Gender Equality unit, the consultant will provide statistical and analytical support to the unit by:

  • Producing estimates of multidimensional child poverty based on micro-data from national household
  • Surveys, in particular MICS 2016.
  • Producing estimates of inequality/disparities in children’s access to services (health, education, nutrition,  
  • WASH, HIV/AIDS, and child protection systems)  distributions in the sub-regions and between rural and urban areas. (rural to rural, rural to urban, urban to urban).
  • Contributing substantively to the design and compilation of identified indicator tables, identification and quality assessment and evaluation of new indicators and the creative presentation of statistical information for the Child Poverty Report to be prepared in collaboration with the MBNP, WB, and other partners.
  • Participating in the editing and quality control of tables, graphs and other statistical information contained in the chapters of the report, to ensure accuracy, consistency and clear presentation.
  • Comparing trends in rural and urban disparities across 36 states.
  • Producing estimates of young people and adolescent not in school or in employment
  • Producing the final tables which are part of the statistical annex and ensure quality and standards.

End Product:

  • Draft data analysis for Child Poverty Report, including data summarized into tables with corresponding text interpreting   the data (paragraph form, corresponding to each data table).
  • Final draft of data analysis reports on urban children, adolescents, and equity ranking of 36 States, revised based on comments from UNICEF Nigeria Social Policy team.

Qualifications and Specialized Knowledge/Experience Required

  • Advanced university degree in the Social Science disciplines with special focus on Statistics, Economics, Demography, monitoring and evaluation or any quantitative social science.
  • At least 7 years of relevant professional experience in applying statistical theory and techniques to design, plan and manage data collection and processing efforts for large scale surveys and/or census;
  • Excellent knowledge and application of statistical packages (STATA, SPSS, e.t.c) in calculating and analysing large datasets from various sources.
  • Proven experience with the analysis of datasets.
  • Ability to research, analyse and present complex information in a user-friendly manner.
  • Knowledge of the work of UNICEF and children’s rights and rights based approach would be an asset.
  • Good computer skills including and various office applications.
  • Local knowledge and understanding of cultural, social and economic conditions and intra-regional disparities in Nigeria.
  • Knowledge of CRC is desirable.

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