UNICEF Consultancy - Stocktaking of Unicef Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Data Strategy Framework Jobs in Kenya

UNICEF Consultancy - Stocktaking of Unicef Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Data Strategy Framework Jobs in Kenya


  • 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.

  • Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

  • And we never give up.

  • For every child, Full potential

    Background and Justification

  • UNICEF is a firm believer that by asking the right questions and collecting and analyzing appropriate data can help us understand the experiences of children and inform decisions to drive better results. Both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UNICEF’s Strategic Plan explicitly recognize the key role of data in achieving results where the ultimate success of these plan rely on data that are fit-for purpose and put to use for children.

  • In 2019 UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa regional office (ESARO) developed a regional Data for children strategic framework and action plan (regional framework) to support country offices in proritizing their investments and aligning their work with the organization’s capacities. The regional framework was based on the 2017 global Data for Children Strategy Framework (D4C-SF) which was further contextualized to the ESA region.

  • The regional framework is principled on creating smart demand, supply and use with strong emphasis on strengthening national statistical systems, the four pillars of actions are intended to guide ESAR country offices and ESARO to be aligned and fit-for-purpose in monitoring and reporting against the SDGs, child-rights and informing the country programme results:

  • Pillars 1 addresses the need for UNICEF to advocate for and support the government’s demand to measure the progress against its own development plans and SDG targets related to children, through establishing monitoring frameworks and related indicators.

  • Pillar 2 addresses the need for UNICEF to support the government’s core capacity to produce high quality and timely data and statistics to enable child rights monitoring and analysis

  • Pillar 3 addresses the need for UNICEF to strengthen its internal capacity – both human and financial - to manage data work, through collaboration across different levels of the organization

  • Pillar 4 addresses the need for all UNICEF country offices to undertake a data landscape analysis that yields approprirate context-specific data action plans that cut across the three above-mentioned pillars of action.

    Objectives and Scope of Work

  • To facilitate the review and update of the regional data strategy framework for the next ROMP cycle a stocktaking and consultation exercise is required. This will reflect and document evidence on effectiveness and relevance of the regional data strategy framework and action plan (2019-2021) across the countries and the regional office in the past 3 years. The analysis will then facilitate articulating a regional vision and a strategic framework for supporting Data for children investments in the ESAR.

  • For effectively supporting the purposes of this assignment the following specific objectives are to be achieved:

  • Provide an overview of recent trends on data for children landscape in the region including emerging challenges and opportunities.

  • Review country office initiatives and identify key challenges and best practices in improving data for children demand, supply and use.

  • Assess the relevance and contribution of the regional framework to support country office results and strategies on data for children

  • Assess the alignment of the regional framework to national strategies for development of statistics (NSDS) or other similar country strategic plans, including to regional and global frameworks and strategies .

  • Map UNICEF ESAR data
    for children capacities in supporting the implementation of regional framework

  • Develop key recommendations and updated framework which is fit-for-purpose and aligned with UNICEF capacities and comparative advantage.

  • The stocktaking is expected to cover each of UNICEF’s 21 country offices in the region. The regional office is integral to supporting countries and will be part of the assessment. Furthermore, the analysis should define the linkages and complementarities, where relevant, with other aspects of the monitoring function within the organization (performance monitoring, field monitoring..etc).

    Approach

  • For effectively and credibly covering the outlined objectives with sufficient analytical depth and breadth, the following data collection methods are suggested (the contractor is encouraged to propose changes, as seen most appropriate for the assignment if these changes do not significantly increase cost):

  • Desk review: The desk review will be contributing to most of the objectives outlined above. This will entail the review of country, regional and global strategies, assessments, reports, progamme documents and plans. The desk review will provide a broad context on the state of statistical systems for data for children in the region, contribute to the mapping of country office intiatives and on the relevant and alignment of regional framework. A list of initial documents will be collaboratively established during the kick-off meeting.

  • In-depth interviews: In-depth interviews will be held with staff involved in strategic guidance of country office work and Monitoring staff on data related work, to understand country challenges and UNICEF priorities, including CO capacities and relevance of the regional framework. The interviews will be conducted remotely. At CO level, suggested interviewees are the Chiefs of planning and monitoring/Social policy and other relevant specialists/officers who are engaged on stategic data work and key sectoral staff and Deputy Representatives.

  • At regional level, suggested interviewees are: Deputy Regional Director, Regional Chief of Programme Planning and Monitorng (PPM) and regional chief of social policy.

    Desired competencies, technical background and experience

  • It is envisioned that assignment can be completed by one experienced individual. However, if the contractor proposes a team, the number of team members shall be determined by the contractor, as seen most suitable for the successful completion of the assignment, and the level of involvement of each team member must be specified in the proposal.

  • The consultant/team leader shall minimally meet the following requirements:

  • Advanced degree, preferably in international development, stastical systems, M&E or organisational development related field

  • Ten (10) years of experience in development work with focus on supporting monitoring and national statistical systems of which at least:

  • Two (2) years with or within UN agencies, and

  • Two (2) years with or within non-UN actors in international development

  • Five (5) years of experience in organisational analysis and development, preferably within multi-national organisations

  • Track record of producing concise reports that provide actionable recommendations based on research findings.

  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other languages used officially in countries of the region an asset (especially French and Portuguese).

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UNICEF Consultancy - Stocktaking of Unicef Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Data Strategy Framework Jobs in Kenya


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