Organization:UN Children’s Fund
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Background & Rationale
Through the “promise renewed” commitment, and as part of efforts to strengthen organizational capacity to support quality education for all children, UNICEF has re-emphasized its focus on equity which is at the core of the 2018-2021 Strategic Plan (SP). Guided by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Sustainable Development Goals, UNICEF works to ensure the right of all children to education. The SP have a strong focus on equitable quality and inclusive learning within its education result.
One of the key outcomes in the 2018-2021 SP is “Girls and boys are provided with an equitable chance in life” and one of the related output indicators is “Countries with an increasing share of public spending benefiting children from the poorest quintile”. In order to monitor the progress towards this indicator, UNICEF-Education prepared a draft benefit-incidence methodology estimating the public spending on education by wealth quintile. This methodology needs improvements, in particular by taking into account more robustly the distribution of enrolment between public and private schools. Once done the related indicator will be included in the new SP education profiles (see below). The household survey data analysis of distribution of students by type of schools (public vs private) by wealth quintile will also contribute to the HQ-Education section’s position paper (under development) about the provision of education by private service providers for children from low-income families.
UNICEF-Education also contributes to the development of global public goods, jointly with key partners in the sector, such as the Global Partnership for Education, The World Bank, UNESCO and bilateral donors. Jointly with partners, UNICEF has developed a draft of the volume 3 of the Education Sector Analysis Guidelines, with four new chapters, in order to support Governments with the preparation of their education sector plan. Chapters need final adjustments based on comments received.
As part of the organization wide effort to enhance the level of results based management (RBM), the Education Section of Programme Division, in collaboration with the regional offices, developed draft SP Education profiles, which includes SP indicators, in order to monitor progress and support results reporting. The SP education Profiles will also include qualitative information coming from Country Offices that needs to be extracted and cross checked, country by country, from the internal UNICEF system of reporting. Other changes of the design of the SP education profiles need also to be done based on the brainstorming with education data specialists from UNICEF Regional Offices.
The consultant will serve as a technical resource for the implementation of the annual work plan of the Education Section in UNICEF Headquarters. In particular, the consultant will perform the following tasks: i) support the design finalization and automatization of the SP education profiles, including with integration of the qualitative country office information; ii) support the improvement of the benefit incidence methodology including by analysing household survey data and integration of the related indicator in the SP education profile; and iii) review and finalize the Education Sector Analysis Guidelines chapter on risk based on comments received and contribute to the finalization of another chapter.
Expected results: (measurable results)
The following results are expected by the end of the consultancy:
- Design finalization and automatization of the SP education profiles, including with integration of qualitative information in SP education profiles from all UNICEF Country Offices.
- Analysis of the distribution of enrolment between public and private schools by wealth quintile and level of education using household survey data of at least fifteen countries, assessment of the robustness of the methodology and update of the related methodological paper on benefit-incidence analysis and inclusion of the related indicator in the SP education profile.
- Review and finalization of the Education Sector Analysis Guidelines chapter on risk based on comments received, and support to the finalization of another chapter.
Duty Station :Remote
Start date: 22 October 2018End Date: 7 June 2019
(See the last page for guidance on formulating deliverables)
(Estimated # of Days)
Design finalization and automatization of the SP education profiles, including with integration of qualitative information in SP education profiles from all UNICEF Country Offices
31 January 2019
Review and finalization of the Education Sector Analysis Guidelines chapter on risk based on comments received and support to the finalization of another chapter
30 March 2019
Analysis of the distribution of enrolment between public and private schools by wealth quintile and level of education using household survey data of at least fifteen countries, assessment of the robustness of the methodology and update of the related methodological paper on benefit-incidence analysis and inclusion of the related indicator in the SP education profile
7 June 2019
Key competences, technical background, and experience required Deadline
- Advanced university degree, with a major focus on quantitative analysis e.g. statistics or economics.
- Eight years of relevant work experience at the national and international levels in fields relevant to Education programmes and including experience in education economics.
- Extensive knowledge and experience in Excel and a statistical software (SPSS, SAS or Stata).
- Demonstrated experience in working with UN agencies and governments would be an asset.
- Fluency in English (ability to write reports in clear and readable language); French or Spanish would be an asset as qualitative information from some UNICEF country offices are written in these languages.
Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above (including travel and daily subsistence allowance, if applicable). Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.
With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.
At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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 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 linkhttp://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=516598