Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: South Sudan
Closing date: 31 Jan 2017
If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.
For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
Purpose of the Position, Key Expected Results andKey Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks
The people of South Sudan suffered decades of conflict before Independence in 2011. When a new civil war began in December 2013, South Sudan had only nascent government institutions and some of the lowest development indicators in the world. To date, this conflict has displaced over two million people, 1.5 million of whom remain displaced inside the country. After many rounds of political negotiations and setbacks between the warring parties, there is little hope of a resolution to the conflict in the near term. The conflict in South Sudan is highly complex, with constantly shifting frontlines, varying accessibility and multiple displacements of affected populations.
In this complex environment, UNICEF is providing lifesaving basic social services through implementing partners, but also through direct implementation in hard to reach communities with Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM) missions which deploy technical experts to assess and directly respond to the situation on the ground. In 2016, the UNICEF South Sudan country Office (SSCO) reached over 1.2 million conflict-affected children with multi sectoral, lifesaving services including immunization, therapeutic feeding, water, sanitation, hygiene promotion, education and protection.
Within the SSCO, the SPPME section focuses on (i) delivering results in evidence generation, analysis, policy dialogue and advocacy, (ii) building social protection capacities and (iii) developing capacities in social inclusion and the mainstreaming of gender equality and girls/women empowerment in the SSCO programs and in UNICEF’s support to government. It further seeks to better understand and address the key risks faced by the Country Program by developing collaborations with other agencies and making better use of UNICEF’s and partners capacities to produce data that can feed common analytical work.
The SPPME needs support in its analytical work, and in developing its system to produce fact-based strategic and programmatic thinking. It is seeking a consultant through a long term agreement to build upon its information management system, produce ad hoc analyses, and train its staff as needed. This aims (i) to maintain a high level of awareness of the rapidly evolving situations, their impacts on children and women, and their implications in terms of the SSCO’s ability to deliver on our mandate, and (ii) to support an eventual move from emergency support to recovery, stabilization, and resilience.
The key focuses of the work will be to help proactively plan ahead of potential major crises, to develop an information system that produces real-time information on the situation of children and women, and to contribute to detecting and timely acting upon risks of mass atrocities.
- Function and key results expected of the consultant:
To improve UNICEF’s information management system as well as the planning, monitoring and evaluation of the SSCO’s response in South Sudan, the Consultant will work on the following tasks in close consultation and coordination with the Chief of SPPME through a remote consultancy and up to two visits in South Sudan working for a total of twelve months over the 24 months of the contract:
(i) Improve UNICEF’s system of information management and monitoring:
A 2016 analysis reviewed the extent to which UNICEF information management (IM) functions are synchronized across the different programs, from partners to Field Offices, from Field office to Juba, from clusters to programmes, and into the SSCO’s overall M&E system. It pointed to missing links between the information collected and these used to inform humanitarian and development work. It further reviewed UNICEF’s capacities in terms of IM systems, of qualified staff dedicated to the different functions, and of relevant IT resources. It provided recommendations on how to improve and streamline the information management functions across humanitarian and development work and how to ensure that information is directly linked and used in the Monitoring and Evaluation Framework. There is a need to implement the main recommendations of that IM analysis, along the lines below and to integrate new elements related to the real-time monitoring of the situation of children and women, and of the operating environment, constantly affected by crises largely of political and security nature and subjected to natural constraints (weather, road access) and bureaucratic impediments.
The main activities to be refined during the inception phase of the contract and revised as needed in coordination with the consultant will include:
Supporting the SPPME team to design and pilot a system for better risk-informed planning that links functions of program monitoring and information management and analyzes existing data that are often underutilized (many are used for reporting, but are rarely analyzed against other data). This system will further help develop analyses on the evolving risk of mass atrocities through a better informed understanding of political governance, and will as much as possible:
Help develop a system of real-time monitoring of the situation of children and women by tracking the evolution of key welfare indicators across the country based on data collected at the level of UNICEF’s ten Field Office as well as by implementing partners and information systems UNICEF contributes to (e.g., the education and health MIS) and following a set of indicators part of UNICEF’s core mandate to monitoring the realization of children’s rights. This will also include collecting information from “sentinel sites” where essential services are delivered, including schools, health centers, or even markets.
Help develop UNICEF’s current humanitarian access tracking matrix into a live system to analyze access constraints, document trends, and recommend actions to our development and humanitarian operations across the country.
Support the SSCO in developing tools to monitor key elements of situations leading to atrocity crimes, in a manner coherent with the UN’s Framework of Analysis for Atrocity Crimes.
Design and pilot a practical system of social, economic and political monitoring and analysis to understand and follow up local political economy and enable continued humanitarian access in collaboration with UNICEF’s Field Offices, UNDSS, UNMISS and local partners, making use of program and cluster data complemented by qualitative research methods.
Help refine SSCO’s current Business Continuity Plan trigger system (that reports on and analyzes indicators of access, security, political situation, and human rights abuses across the country) and link its findings to a system of early warning and risk-informed programming.
Help SSCO set up the basis of an early warning system to forecast crises (due to price volatility, weather shocks, displacements of population, threat of violence…) and to point to possible early action mechanisms.
Make full use of existing data already collected at all levels (partners, field offices, clusters, support to government through sectoral information systems—e.g., in health of education) in both development and humanitarian activities, and link these to information retrieved from different sources monitoring the media as well as the evolution of the economic and security situations across south Sudan.
Collect and link information on beneficiaries with information on the actions implemented and the services provided to them (i.e., knowing the characteristics of our beneficiaries in a way that could allow to follow change),
Develop institutional and technical linkages with offices of UNMISS working on understanding the dynamics of the political, social and economic situations that affect fear, movements of population and allocation of resources. Help exchange and integrate data and information from major UN partners (WFP, FAO, OCHA…)
Work with SPPME to support qualitative situation analyses with data exploration and analysis supported by relevant infographics and dynamic systems of data visualization.
Support as needed the team in charge of the monitoring and reporting mechanisms on the grave violation of child’s rights to improve their analysis and reporting systems, and to link them to other elements of information management for more complex analyses.
Enable the SPPME to produce relevant analyses and maps of information coming from our operations, including cross sectoral analysis, and analysis between the characteristics of beneficiaries and the types and quality of the initiatives implemented.
Provide technical inputs and recommendation to design innovation tools, including for real time monitoring, crowd sourcing, and social media based tools to engage the youth in social cohesion activities and in participation into peace building dialogues, consultations, and events.
Train UNICEF’s M&E and information management staff in Juba and in field offices on how to use and maintain this system for better risk-informed planning as well as how to use innovative tools to engage the youth in positive dialogue, social cohesion and peace building activities (including the use of UNICEF’s RapidPro and Ureport systems).
(ii). Timely produce infographics, maps, analyses and briefing material and train UNICEF staff to do so: The complexity of UNICEF’s operations in South Sudan requires highly skilled information and data management to feed into its planning, monitoring and reporting and communication and advocacy activities. The consultant will initially produce infographics, maps and analyses, while supporting the SSCO to gradually produce them on its own. These will include:
High quality 5W matrices (who does what, where, when, and for who) and technically accurate GIS mapping of UNICEF’s presence and responses in south Sudan to gain a proper understanding of the effectiveness of its responses and of their gaps. The SSCO needs to be able to produce on a real time basis a series of specific maps on its activities across the country by sectors, on the relations between needs and capacities to fulfill them, or on the location of partners among others.
Visualization products, including infographics for the Situation reports (sitrep) based on Humanitarian Performance Monitoring and other key situational and response indicators, for donor briefings and background materials, for social media and other uses
The preparation of ad hoc analytical notes, policy briefs and concept notes, including on (i) economic and political situations per region as they inform humanitarian and development access and the ability of the SSFCO to deliver on its commitments countrywide; (ii) the situation of children and women that will contribute to update UNICEF’s Situation Analysis of Children and Women; (iii) localized analyses on the evolving occurrences and risks of atrocity crimes across the country, feeding information in the UN-wide work on the prevention of mass atrocities.
The SSCO requires mapping and infographics to convey the severity of the situation for children as well as the breadth of UNICEF response to external audiences, including donors, government counterparts, and implementing partners as well as the media (of which social media).
As the emergency in South Sudan becomes more protracted, there is a risk that the world will increasingly forget South Sudan while the situation of children continues to worsen. Professional quality infographics, maps and briefing materials are essential fundraising and advocacy tools. Communication materials will be designed in collaboration with the SSCO’s communication and programme sections (health, education, WASH, nutrition, child protection). They will include briefing materials as well as reports.
The consultant is expected to provide a detailed implementation plan during the first one week of the assignment following discussions with the SPPME team and an initial work plan will be agreed that will be subject to amendment depending on upcoming needs in coordination with the consultant
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
- Profile required
Advanced University Degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, and / or data analytics. Advanced skills in information management, GIS mapping, production of infographics, and analyses from complex sets of data.
At least five years of documented relevant experience in information management, especially in the field of policy based research, political data analysis and assessment, social cohesion, with various use of crowd sourcing platforms and social media and outreach.
Proven ability to develop tools to explore unstructured and qualitative data sets, including on political trends, security incidents, and humanitarian access based among other on programme data, media reporting and intelligence reports.
Experience in post-conflict and fragile areas, including on issues of mas atrocities and genocide.
Experience applying innovative data analysis to conflict prevention and violent extremism
Fluent in spoken and written English.
- General Conditions
The contract will be initially for the equivalent of twelve months of work to be delivered over 24 months at an average of 22.5 days of work per months (i.e., for a maximum of 270 days).
Payment will be on days effectively worked for an acceptable quality of agreed deliverables.
Based on changing requirements or additional support required, the duration of assignment can be extended with mutual agreement and revised Terms of Reference.
Both parties can terminate the contact with one month written notice starting on the first day of the month. In case of poor performance the contract can be terminated with immediate effect.
The consultant will be required to sign the Health statement for the consultants/individual contracts prior to the assignment, and to document that they have the appropriate health insurance if and when travelling to and working in South Sudan.
The consultant will comply with UN security rules and regulations.
No contract may commence unless the contract is signed by both UNICEF and the consultant.
No travel will be undertaken by the consultant to the duty station without prior to the submission of insurance coverage and waiver in the event of injury while executing the duty.
Consultant will be required to sign the Health statement for consultants/Individual contractor prior to taking up the assignment, and to document that they have appropriate health insurance, including Medical Evacuation.
The Form ‘Designation, change or revocation of beneficiary’ must be completed by the consultant
Competencies of Successful Candidate
Diversity and Inclusion
Working with People
Drive for Results
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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 http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=502580