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Job Vacancies UN Childrens Fund Position: Data Synthesis and Report Writing
for HPQ ConsultancyLocation: United States of America ( The ), Home based with
travel New YorkClosing Date: Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Terms of Reference Data Synthesis and Report Writing for Health for the Poorest
*. Background The Health for the Poorest Quintile (HPQ) project, funded by the
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), is a collaboration of in
country UNICEF offices in Sierra Leone, Uganda and Indonesia, UNICEF
headquarters in New York and non-governmental organizations identified within
each country along with the country governments. The project works primarily
through NGOs in districts with the highest U5MR and poverty level (i.e., the
worst-off fifth of districts) providing high-impact treatment interventions
using community health workers (CHWs). The priority interventions for this
project are based on those diseases which cause the greatest number of deaths in
children under 5 years of age and include antibiotics for pneumonia, zinc and
oral rehydration solution (ORS) for diarrhea, and treatment of malaria with
anti-malarial drugs. However, Indonesia, due to predominant neonatal mortality,
has included some neonatal and maternal interventions.
Each country examined key health indicators as well as poverty index and
childhood mortality rates and selected intervention districts. Each country
selected CSOs and training of CHWs and procurement of supplies is either
completed or in process. Each country has a similar monitoring and evaluation
framework that includes comparison districts and collects baseline and endpoint
data using household cluster surveys and qualitative surveys as well as
collecting process and utilization indicators quarterly (Annex 1).
UNICEF New York is managing the project providing technical support to the three
countries on monitoring and evaluation, writing summary annual reports based on
the data provided by the three country programs and writing a final evaluation
report. To date three annual reports have been submitted to CIDA and one
preliminary report based on endline survey data in Uganda and Sierra Leone. In
2013 there are three reports due to CIDA:.
March 31, 2013 Full evaluation report for Sierra Leone, completion of analysis
of intervention area endline survey in Uganda, annual report for Indonesia,
Sierra Leone and Uganda.
June 15, 2013 Preliminary results of baseline survey Indonesia.
June 30, 2013 Final evaluation report of all three countries.
The objectives of this consultancy are to: 1) Support UNICEF HQ to synthesize
the country data and write the reports due March 31, 2013. 2) Support UNICEF HQ
to write the June 15, 2013 report by reviewing the endline survey report from
Indonesia and editing and making other modifications as needed. 3) Support
UNICEF HQ to write the June 30, 2013 final evaluation report by synthesizing the
country data and writing the report.
*. Duty Station.
The consultant could be based anywhere. The consultant will be expected to have
frequent communication with UNICEF HQ and country programs as needed to collect
necessary reports and clarify and issues. The consultant will be expected to
travel to UNICEF HQ twice should they be based outside New York.
Collate and review the monitoring and evaluation plan, previous country specific
and summary annual reports, baseline survey reports, grant specifications,
previous country reporting templates, peer reviewed journal manuscripts that
have been drafted. Discuss with UNICEF HQ focal point to understand: a. What is
the evaluation framework b. What has already been analyzed and reported c. What
data analysis is still needed d. What data is missing and when these data are
expected e. What organization or individual in each country is responsible for
the monitoring and evaluation.
Develop a template for the each report with the focal point at UNICEF HQ.
Develop a template for each country specific report with the focal point at
Conference call with UNICEF HQ and country programs to be clear on reporting
timelines, what information is expected by when and how questions will be
addressed and how preliminary reports will be reviewed.
Run the Lives Saved Tool program for each project based on the baseline and
endline surveys that have been conducted to determine the number of lives saved
by treatments with pneumonia, malaria and diarrhea in the intervention and
Collect all endline survey reports and country reports based on templates.
Write draft reports and send to UNICEF HQ and countries for review.
Make revisions to reports based on feedback and finalize reports.
*. Activities and Outputs Outputs/deliverables Estimated Duration (person days)
Deadline Template for country reporting for March 31, 2013 report 4 February 22,
2013 Template for HQ report for March 31, 2013 report 4 February 22, 2013 March
31, 2013 report 12 March 27, 2013 Modification to March 31, 2013 report as
requested 1 April 1, 2013 Template for country reporting for June 31, 2013
report 4 May 1, 2013 Template for HQ report for June 31, 2103 report 4 May 10,
2013 Review and editing of June 15, 2013 endline survey Indonesia 2 June 12,
2013 June 30, 2013 report 12 June 27, 2013 Modifications to June 30, 2013 as
requested 1 June 30, 2013 TOTAL person days & amount payable 44.
* Equivalent to 2.2 working-months distributed along 5 calendar-months, includes
Date Destination Purpose Length (days) To be determined UNICEF NY Finalize March
31, 2013 final report 2-4 days To be determined UNICEF NY Finalize June 30, 2013
report 2-4 days.
The consultancy will take place between February 15, 2013 and June 30, 2013.
*. Key skills and experience required: The consultant should have the following
skills and qualifications:
Advanced degree (Masters level) in a relevant field (epidemiology, public
health, statistics, demography).
Minimum 5 years experience related to epidemiology and public health.
Prior experience or familiarity with Lives Saved Tool.
Prior experience writing quantitative reports based on survey data for UNICEF.
Excellent communication and writing skills.
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE CONSULTANTS.LEGAL STATUS Individuals engaged under a
consultant contract serve in a personal capacity and not as representatives of a
Government or of any other authority external to the United Nations. They are
neither staff members under the Staff Regulations of the United Nations and
UNICEF policies and procedures nor officials for the purpose of the Convention
of 13 February 1946 on the privileges and immunities of the United Nations.
Consultants may, however, be given the status of experts on mission in the sense
of Section 22 of Article VI of the Convention. If they are required to travel on
behalf of the United Nations, they may be given a United Nations certification
in accordance with Section 26 of Article VII of the Convention.
OBLIGATIONS Consultants shall have the duty to respect the impartiality and
independence of the United Nations and shall neither seek nor accept
instructions regarding the services to be performed for UNICEF from any
Government or from any authority external to the United Nations. During their
period of service for UNICEF, consultants shall refrain from any conduct that
would adversely reflect on the United Nations or UNICEF and shall not engage in
any activity that is incompatible with the discharge of their duties with the
Organization. Consultants are required to exercise the utmost discretion in all
matters of official business of the Organization. In particular, but without
limiting the foregoing, consultants are expected to conduct themselves in a
manner consistent with the Standards of Conduct in the International Civil
Service. Consultants are to comply with the UNICEF Standards of Electronic
Conduct and the requirements set forth in the Secretary Generals Bulletin on
Special Measures for Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse, both
of which are incorporated by reference into the contract between the consultants
and UNICEF. Unless otherwise authorized by the appropriate official in the
office concerned, consultants shall not communicate at any time to the media or
to any institution, person, Government or other authority external to UNICEF any
information that has not been made public and which has become known to them by
reason of their association with the United Nations. The consultant may not use
such information without the written authorization of UNICEF. Nor shall the
consultant use such information for private advantage. These obligations do not
lapse upon cessation of service with UNICEF.
TITLE RIGHTS UNICEF shall be entitled to all property rights, including but not
limited to patents, copyrights and trademarks, with regard to material which
bears a direct relation to, or is made in consequence of, the services provided
to the Organization by the consultant. At the request of UNICEF, the consultant
shall assist in securing such property rights and transferring them to the
Organization in compliance with the requirements of the applicable law.
TRAVEL If consultants are required by UNICEF to travel beyond commuting distance
from their usual place of residence, such travel at the expense of UNICEF shall
be governed by conditions equivalent to the relevant provisions of the 100
series of the United Nations Staff Rules (Chapter VII) and relevant UNICEF
policies and procedures. Travel by air by the most direct and economical route
is the normal mode for travel at the expense of UNICEF. Such travel will be by
business class if the journey is nine hours or longer, and by economy class if
the journey is less than nine hours, and first class by rail.
MEDICAL CLEARANCE Consultants expected to work in any office of the Organization
shall be required to submit a statement of good health prior to commencement of
work and to take full responsibility for the accuracy of that statement,
including confirmation that they have been fully informed regarding inoculations
required for the country or countries to which travel is authorized.
INSURANCE Consultants are fully responsible for arranging, at their own expense,
such life, health and other forms of insurance covering the period of their
services on behalf of UNICEF as they consider appropriate. Consultants are not
eligible to participate in the life or health insurance schemes available to
United Nations staff members. The responsibility of the United Nations and
UNICEF is limited solely to the payment of compensation under the conditions
described in paragraph 7 below.
SERVICE INCURRED DEATH, INJURY OR ILLNESS Consultants who are authorized to
travel at UNICEFs expense or who are required under the contract to perform
their services in a United Nations or UNICEF office, or their dependants as
appropriate, shall be entitled in the event of death, injury or illness
attributable to the performance of services on behalf of UNICEF while in travel
status or while working in an office of the Organization on official UNICEF
business to compensation equivalent to the compensation which, under Appendix D
to the United Nations Staff Rules (ST/SGB/Staff Rules/Appendix D/Rev.1 and
Amend.1), would be payable to a staff member at step V of the First Officer
(P-4) level of the Professional category.
ARBITRATION Any dispute arising out of or, in connexion with, this contract
shall, if attempts at settlement by negotiation have failed, be submitted to
arbitration in New York by a single arbitrator agreed to by both parties. Should
the parties be unable to agree on a single arbitrator within thirty days of the
request for arbitration, then each party shall proceed to appoint one arbitrator
and the two arbitrators thus appointed shall agree on a third. Failing such
agreement, either party may request the appointment of the third arbitrator by
the President of the United Nations Administrative Tribunal. The decision
rendered in the arbitration shall constitute final adjudication of the dispute.
TERMINATION OF CONTRACT This contract may be terminated by either party before
the expiry date of the contract by giving notice in writing to the other party.
The period of notice shall be five days in the case of contracts for a total
period of less than two months and fourteen days in the case of contracts for a
longer period; provided however that in the event of termination on the grounds
of misconduct by the consultant, UNICEF shall be entitled to terminate the
contract without notice.
In the event of the contract being terminated prior to its due expiry date in
this way, the consultant shall be compensated on a pro rata basis for no more
than the actual amount of work performed to the satisfaction of UNICEF.
Additional costs incurred by the United Nations resulting from the termination
of the contract by the consultant may be withheld from any amount otherwise due
to the consultant from UNICEF.
TAXATION The United Nations and UNICEF undertake no liability for taxes, duty or
other contribution payable by the consultant on payments made under this
contract. No statement of earnings will be issued by the United Nations or
UNICEF to the consultant.
How to apply:
Qualified candidates are requested to submit a cover letter with subject line:
Data Synthesis and Report Writing for HPQ Consultancy, CV and P 11 form (which
can be downloaded from our employment website at
http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/P11 (1). doc to
firstname.lastname@example.org by January 30, 2013. Please indicate your ability,
availability and daily rate to undertake the terms of reference above.
Applications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered.
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