UN Children's Fund Consultancy Job Positions in Uganda

UN Children's Fund Consultancy Job Positions in Uganda


Closing date: 17 Apr 2019
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Uganda is one of the over 190 countries and territories around the world where we work to overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination place in a child’s path.

Together with the Government of Uganda and partners we work towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, the objectives of the Uganda National Development Plan, and the planned outcomes of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.

Visit this link for more information on Uganda Country Office https://www.unicef.org/uganda/

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Under to the Social Policy and Child Protection teams through the Monitoring Specialist, Social Policy and Advocacy the consultant will conduct further analysis on FGM/C in Uganda, drawing on the wealth of data from the 2016 FGM/C survey as well as other data that is relevant and has recently become available, including the 2016 Uganda Demographic Health Survey as well as from the Uganda National Household Survey (UNHS, 2016/2017) and other sources.

Background:

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is an international non-profit organization that aims at supporting every child to realize their potential in life. UNICEF covers over 190 countries and territories across the world.

UNICEF’s strategic engagement with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) has resulted in the integration of child poverty, rights and deprivation related indicators in national statistics including the National Population Census (2014), Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (2016/17), Uganda National Panel Survey (UNPS, 2016) and Uganda National Household Survey (UNHS, 2016/17).

Important innovations introduced through UNICEF’s collaboration with UBOS include:
a) The integration of MICS modules on FGM, child discipline and ECD in the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey;
b) the implementation of Uganda’s first full-fledged disability-focused survey, which UBOS conducted using MICS’ Child Functioning modules for 2-4 and 5-17 year olds;
c) the successful piloting of the consensual deprivation approach in the Uganda National Panel Survey and its full integration in the Uganda National Household Survey; and
d) the successful utilization of u-Survey to assess the extent of FGM/C practices in six districts where FGM/C is practiced.

An important priority of UNICEF’s work has been to strengthen the evidence base, analysis and dialogue. This is because UNICEF recognizes that Uganda can only deliver on the promise of equity required under NDPII and the SDGs if the country has information on which children and families are thriving and which are being left behind.

Therefore, in addition to working with UBOS to continue strengthening the national statistical system, UNICEF supports research that can guide policy formulation and service delivery decision making with the aim of enabling the fulfilment of the rights of every child.

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) also known as female circumcision, excision or genital cutting, is a gross violation of human rights and direct manifestation of gender inequalities and discrimination and it is still practiced in some parts of Eastern Uganda. Women and girls who have undergone FGM/C suffer both short and long-term health risks as a result of the practice.

From a human rights and health perspective, it is unacceptable and the Government of Uganda has strengthened its effort to end the practice together with partners including UNICEF.

Addressing FGM/C
practice is one of the important strategies for accelerating socio-economic development and ensuring the full participation of women and girls in the development of the country.

Data on the current situation with respect to FGM/C in Uganda is essential for informing strategies for tackling the issue amid the prevailing efforts by different stakeholders

To address the limited availability of reliable data to shape programmes that will accelerate the elimination of FGM/C in Uganda, a pioneering survey was conducted to measure the prevalence of the practice, including key indicators on the knowledge, attitude and practices related to FGM/C perpetuation.

The survey was conducted in a representative sample of households in the FGM practicing districts of Eastern Uganda. The number of households selected from each of the sub-counties was sufficient to allow for the generation of indicators at sub-county level. A report was published in 2017, however a wealth of data is still available and would benefit from further analysis.

Key Tasks:

  • Review existing literature and Government policies on FGM/C practice in Uganda and produce a report on the review.
  • Review the existing FGM report, conduct further analysis / interpretation of the data from the FGM/C survey as well as from other relevant sources such as the UDHS, UNHS and information on the FGM/C in Uganda, with a view to produce a national report of the highest quality
  • Present analysis to UNICEF speaker series and selected stakeholders, consolidate feedback, finalize report accordingly
  • Produce advocacy / policy brief on the findings and recommendations of the analysis, targeting decision-makers, the public as well as CSOs

    To qualify asan advocate for every child you will have…

  • Masters Degree holder in any of the following fields: statistics, economics, sociology or social/political sciences.
  • Excellent research and advanced statistical analysis skills, including advanced statistical analysis. Familiarity with statistical software such as STATA, and analysis of raw data from large databases such as the population census, National Household
  • Surveys and Demographic and Health Surveys, is a significant advantage.
  • Good communication skills - proficient in speaking and writing in English.
  • Note: Eligibility requirement: have no immediate relatives working in UNICEF or have no other relatives in the line of authority which the intern will report to.

    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.

    The competencies required for this post are….

    View our competency framework at

    http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

    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.

    Remarks:

    Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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

    How to Apply:
    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 UN Children's Fund Consultancy Job Positions in Uganda
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