UNHCR Individual Consultancy: Data Analyst Jobs in Kenya

UNHCR Individual Consultancy: Data Analyst Jobs in Kenya


Background:

  • UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR ) is home to approximately 250 million children under 18 years of age – a population that is expected to double by the end of the century. ESA region is a complex and heterogeneous region comprising low-income and middle-income countries. The region continues to face multiple humanitarian crises fed by a combination of factors including cyclical drought and flooding, erratic weather patterns, and multiple instances of insecurity and conflict often leading to mass population displacements and causing widespread food insecurity and poor nutrition status in many countries in the region.

  • Persistently high levels of poverty and malnutrition and frequent disease outbreaks, including the Covid-19 pandemic, exacerbate humanitarian needs in the region and contribute to poor nutrition status.

  • Despite significant socio-economic progress in some countries, malnutrition in all its forms remains a serious concern in the Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR). While stunting prevalence among children under five decreased from 52 per cent in 1990 to 32 per cent in 2020, rapid population growth means that the number of stunted children increased from nearly 24 million to 28 million over this period, and the region is home to 15 per cent of the worlds stunted children.

  • In most countries, children from the poorest 20 per cent of the population are nearly twice as likely to be stunted (45 per cent) as those from the richest (26 per cent). At the same time, Global Acute Malnutrition (low weight for height, or wasting) affects approximately 6 per cent of children across the region, while in Eritrea, South Sudan, Somalia and Comoros the rate surpasses 10 per cent. Ninety per cent of the annual burden for treatment of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in ESAR is in 10 countries: Angola, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mozambique, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda and Zambia.

  • Several of the high burden countries for stunting are also high burden countries for SAM (Ethiopia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Somalia). At the same time, the number of children under five who are overweight has increased from 2.1 million in 1990 to 3.9 million in 2020 .

  • Reducing stunting, in order to provide opportunities for children to realize their full potential, is UNICEF’s second Regional Priority. The nutrition section rolling workplan details the activities planned to support the regions 21 countries to reduce stunting. A key area is around improved measurement and documentation of progress in reducing stunting and improved documentation of learning and research findings from programmes across the region.

  • Such documentation is developed in order to capture promising practice and improve programming quality, ensuring a solid evidence base for interventions and programme adjustments. Improved dissemination of documentation and learning is also key, in order to ensure accessibility of information generated to country offices to ensure it’s up-take and use.

    Justification:

  • This consultancy will require specialist data analysis skills, to mine existing data sets for associations and causal factors for chronic malnutrition and other forms of malnutrition.

    Scope of Work

    Goal:

  • The goal of this consultancy is to carry out additional data analysis using existing survey datasets to establish possible and likely causes of chronic malnutrition and other forms of malnutrition in selected countries in the region, in order to provide evidence for programmatic and policy review and re-alignment. This will be carried out in collaboration with the selected country offices.

    Details of AWP areas covered:

  • The areas covered by this consultancy are under Objective 1 of the Nutrition Rolling Work Plan, which is to enhance regional partnerships for adaptation, development and dissemination of relevant evidence-informed policies and guidance for accelerated implementation
    of nutrition interventions across the region. Specifically, the consultancy will fall under Activity 3 which states that at least 4 knowledge products are developed per year including innovative approaches, good practice and lessons learned, and their results are disseminated. This TOR includes development of 2 knowledge products.

    Activities and Tasks:

  • Carry out past survey data analysis / mining to investigate persistent high rates of stunting in 6 selected countries and to identify what interventions might have contributed to stunting reduction and what are the remaining barriers to stunting reduction.

  • Produce a detailed report (including executive summary, introduction and background, methodology, findings, discussion, recommendations and conclusion sections) per country, showing the associations and potential causal factors contributing to high levels of stunting in each country, and based on the findings, making recommendations as to how best to reduce stunting.

  • In follow up to the Nutrition Programme Review of 2018, review scale up of multi-sectoral programming in two countries, demonstrating what has contributed to stunting reduction (Malawi, Zimbabwe).

  • Produce a detailed report (including executive summary, introduction and background, methodology, findings, discussion, recommendations and conclusion sections) per country with the findings of the review.

    Work relationships:

  • The Knowledge Generation and Management Consultant will work under the overall guidance of the Regional Advisor for Nutrition and the direct supervision of the Nutrition Specialist (NIS). The consultancy will include close liaison with multiple country offices. UNICEF ESARO will facilitate introductions to relevant staff in relevant country offices, and the consultancy will require good collaborative skills.

  • The consultant will complete all activities and deliverables listed within the allotted time-frame.

  • End consultancy performance review will be conducted upon receipt of all deliverables by the consultant, inputs from the respective Regional Offices and finalized by ESARO.

    Outputs/Deliverables

  • Final reviewed reports of the data mining analysis in 6 countries to document barriers to stunting reduction

  • Final reviewed report of the analysis on effectiveness of multi-sectoral programmes for stunting reduction

    Required qualification, experience, languages and competencies

    Education

  • Advanced Degree in public health nutrition, epidemiology, statistics, analysis or related technical field.

  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.

    Work Experience

  • Minimum five years of professional work experience in statistical analysis and data analysis, preferably including experience in nutrition data analysis, with examples provided.

    Language Proficiency

  • Fluency in English required.

  • Ability to work in French and/or Portuguese an asset.

  • Excellent writing and editing skills in English.

    Other

  • Experience of working within UNICEF or other UN entities is an asset.

    Competencies:

  • The Contractor should have for the assignment;

  • Builds and maintains partnerships.

  • Demonstrates self-awareness and self-ethical awareness.

  • Drive to achieve results for impact.

  • Innovates and embraces change.

  • Manages ambiguity and complexity.

  • Thinks and acts strategically.

  • Works collaboratively with others.

    Competencies (additional):

  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively with project members/partners in various locations and from different country offices.

  • Ability to integrate different experiences, methodologies, and approaches from a diverse range of stakeholders and technical experts from multiple sectors into a coherent and useful documentation.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNHCR Individual Consultancy: Data Analyst Jobs in Kenya


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