UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting applications for an individual Statistics and Sampling Expert Consultant

  • Harare


DUE : 15 JAN 2023

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
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UNICEF has been operating in Zimbabwe since 1982. We are a team of passionate professionals committed to the protection and fulfillment of children’s rights.

Supporting the Government’s vision of a prosperous and empowered upper-middle-income society, the 2022 to 2026 UNICEF Zimbabwe country programme is aimed at contributing to sustainable socioeconomic development that provides all children, including adolescents, with opportunities to fulfil their potential, lead a healthy life, access quality learning and protection and meaningfully participate in society.

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How can you make a difference?
UNICEF Zimbabwe is inviting applications for an individual to provide statistical and sampling expertise in setting up the monitoring and evaluation framework of the Emergency Social Cash Transfer (ESCT) programme and in cleaning and analysis of the generated evidence.

The goal of this assignment is to provide statistical and sampling expertise in setting up the monitoring and evaluation framework of the Emergency Social Cash Transfer (ESCT) programme and in cleaning and analysis of the generated evidence.

The ESCT programme was launched in August 2020 with the aim of providing support vulnerable households in selected urban localities. The overall objective of the ESCT is to reduce food insecurity, improve dietary diversity and maternal and child health outcomes of vulnerable households. It aims to achieve this through the combination of monthly cash transfers together with complimentary nutrition and child protection services (See ToC below). Households receive USD12 per member capped at 4 individuals.

In its upcoming phase, the programe will be focused on introduction of the programme in 5-7 new rural districts, where it will support with retargeting of HSCT districts and supporting them with six monthly payments before transition back to the Government. The programme will officially kick start during the third week of January.

During the first two phases of the programme collected/generated the following data:
Registration and baseline data, and endline data collected from beneficiaries in phase I districts (endline will be completed by the time of this evaluation)
Post Distribution Survey data
Pulse Survey Data (20 short questions administered through mobile text messaging)
Monthly beneficiary reports
Monthly beneficiary payment instructions and reconciliation reports
Grievance handling data

The specialist consultant is expected to engage with the various stakeholders during the inception phase and develop a sampling strategy and analysis plan for the ESCT programme. Moreover, the consultant is expected to clean the data created through the programme and provide initial analysis of the results and provide advice and training to staff on routine analysis of evidence generated by the programm

Major tasks and deliverables
Tasks/Milestone: Deliverables/Outputs: Level of effort (indicative), timeline & payment schedule Inception visit and engagement with key stakeholders Inception Report

7 days
By 17 Feb 2023 (20%) Review the TOC and Results framework and provide sampling strategy to enable measurement of the programme outcome areas in the most cost-effective manner and provider Sampling Strategy and analysis plan Sampling Strategy and analysis plan

18 days
By 23 Feb 2023 (20%) Clean the data from the various sources, with clear documentation and justification and we as initially analysis of results Cleaned data set and documentation of changes made and initial analysis of results

25 days
By 31 July 2023 (30%) Training of internal staff on analysis of routine data (PDM, Pulse survey) Training completed

10 days
By 30th August 2023 (20%) Technical inputs and advice on endline data collection and cleaning Advisory report

8 days
By 30th November 2023 (10%)

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Statistics, Economics or related field

Minimum 7 years experience in Sampling, Statistical and M&E
Expertise in sampling and statistical analysis, expertise in use of one of the following statistical packages (SPSS, STATA, R, etc.)
Working experience with Cash Transfer Programmes is an added experience.

English. Shona and Ndebele will be an added advantage

The detailed consultancy terms of reference is downloadable via this link ToR Sampling and Statistics Expert_A.pdf

If interested and available to undertake the individual consultancy, please submit your application online and attach the required documents including the technical proposal and an all-inclusive financial proposal incorporating an approximate travel days for field (local) travel.

Technical proposal: CV, Cover letter and proposal. The Technical Proposal should articulate an understanding of the TOR and include the proposed Tasks/Milestones, Deliverables/Outputs, Timeline and level of effort by deliverable. The similar table provided in the TOR is indicative. Applicants may use the indicative table as a guide or deviate as per the proposed approach. The proposal should also cost-effectively propose the international and/or local travel proposed by the applicant to undertake the assignment.

Financial proposal: To be submitted separately, the Financial Proposal should include the costs (providing a daily rate as justification) for each task, including consultant fee, proposed travel costs and perdiem, communications costs and any other proposed cost.

For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS).

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UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

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

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts.

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