Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 18 Jan 2019
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The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Vientiane, Lao PDR is looking for a qualified International Individual Consultant for Data Analysis Advisor to support Data Analysis Unit of the National Information Platform for Nutrition (NIPN). This programme is an international initiative of the European Commission with support from the United Kingdom Department for International Development and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The assignment expects to take a total of 11.5 months, starting from 28 January 2019 to 31 January 2019.The consultant will be based in UNICEF Vientiane, Laos with field travels to provinces for the entire duration of the assignment.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
The NIPN Data Analysis Unit in the Ministry of Planning and Investment is responsible for the creation and the management of a centralised nutrition data repository, analysis of available data and information and the interpretation of results and the dissemination of findings, with support from technical staff of line ministries and technical agencies. The NIPN Data Analysis Unit will be situated in the Ministry of Planning and Investment and will be headed by a senior staff of the Ministry of Planning and Investment as a Head of Data Analysis Unit. A data analysis technical team will be formed by the Ministry of Planning and Investment represented by delegated staff from various line ministries including health, water and sanitation, education, agriculture and social welfare and others. The Data analysis unit will be supported by a Data Analysis Advisor (International), Data Manager (local) and Statistician (local).
- The Data Analysis Advisor will provide expertise, technical advice, training and guidance to the staff and team working with the NIPN Data Analysis Unit at Ministry of Planning and Investment as well as provincial and district staff to generate, analyse and interpret data to track progress, inform policies and programmes for better nutrition in Lao PDR.
- The Data Analysis Advisor will be responsible to provide technical support to bring the data together from different sectors both admin data and household survey data to help the Policy Analysis Unit answer the questions posed by policy makers and programme planners.
The Data Analysis Advisor will also work closely with the Policy Analysis Unit and UNICEF Lao PDR Country Office to provide expertise in strengthening the capacity of Government counterparts at national and sub-national levels using the NiPN initiative as entry point to promote the convergence, results-based planning, monitoring, and budgeting to support key social sectors such as Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Forestry in delivering results for children in integrated manners and using evidence for decision making at various levels.
To perform the roles and responsibilities, the Data Analysis Advisor will have following scope of work to support the NIPN objectives in Lao PDR.
Set up the NIPN Data Analysis Unit within CDR:
- Facilitate the setup of the NIPN Data Analysis Unit within CDR and define clear role and responsibilities among team members and hosted agency.
- Develop workplan including milestone, indicators, and timeline to accelerate the progress of NIPN initiatives as well as create the interlink mechanism between two units (Data Analysis Unit and Policy Analysis Unit).
- Guide the collection, analysis and synthesis of background and contextual information on nutrition in Lao PDR and internationally, based on questions posed by the NIPN Advisory Committee and decision makers and with support from nutritionists and sector experts.
- Work closely with Policy Analysis Unit and UNICEF Country Office to design and provide oversight for research management process to effectively commission and administer research on relevance topics including: finalizing the initial selection of research topics; drafting research proposal guidelines, proposal assessment criteria, and technical appraisal criteria; providing guidance to the National Nutrition Steering Committee, coordination mechanism, planning, budgeting, monitoring and reporting at national and sub-national levels as well as developing a research monitoring process.
Strengthen the capacities of the NIPN Data Analysis Unit:
- Provide technical advice, training and practical support on the day to day operations of the NIPN including data cleaning, data management, data storage and data archiving, based on best practices and procedures.
- Build the capacity of government staff at national and sub-national levels participating in the NIPN initiative and staff and team of Analysis unit through training and on-the-job skills development.
- Develop a clear capacity building plan and reflected into the NIPN work plan to sustain the existing capacity of the Government institutions based on NIPN priorities by focusing on the quality of research and policy formulation.
- Strengthen the capacities of the NIPN analysis unit and sub-national staff to map and identify gaps in data and how they might be filled to the NIPN needs and define the principles for sharing and using data for results-based planning and budgeting at both national and sub-national levels.
- Support the development of, and partnering with, regional centres of excellence for countries willing to share training resources and expertise
- Organise experience sharing or learn from other initiatives; workshops, seminars or webinars; and by specialized short training sessions on topics of relevance to the project
Map sources of data of interest to the NIPN and define the principles for sharing and using data
- Undertake a landscape analysis of the existing data from relevant sectors for addressing the questions proposed by NIPN Advisory Taskforce, or Decision Makers.
- Work with staff of the NIPN to obtain data sets of relevance to nutrition from ministries, international agencies and civil society organisations and to catalogue and archive the files. If required, new data sets may be created from multiple sources and sectors, such as summary statistics by province or district, to track changes in nutritional status and other indicators over time and in space. These statistics may be used to create or contribute to existing data dashboards that make summary data available online to regions or districts for their own purposes such as planning or advocacy. The data will include existing sources of information in Lao PDR and reports and information from international journals and other sources, some of which will be found during a locally-led landscape analysis.
Lead to create a centralised repository for data related to nutrition:
- Responsible for creating a centralised data repository that contains all data sets of interest and relevance to the NIPN. The repository will be stored on a secure server in the Ministry of Planning and Investment and backed up regularly. This includes using the existing software to create a searchable database of datasets by adding meta-data to each data set to record its characteristics such as data types, location, date and organisations involved.
Create or support a web interface and dashboard to present summary statistics from the NIPN:
- The Data Analysis Advisor will work with the Data Analysis Unit to create a web interface and dashboard to present summary statistics from the NIPN. This will be used to browse, visualize and analyse data; to publish different kinds of data, from survey data to multidimensional tables; and to create an effective knowledge system for evidence-based decision making at national and sub-national levels to strengthening of planning, monitoring and coordination mechanism among key social sectors in delivering results for children in integrated manners and using evidence for decision making.
Perform quantitative and qualitative analysis of information:
- The Data Analysis Advisor will perform and lead the quantitative and qualitative analysis of information. This requires the identification of existing data, literature both in Lao PDR and internationally on the topic. This background work will then guide the quantitative analysis of data and support the interpretation of results.
Identify sources of data to address questions, ensure data quality and upload data sets:
- The existing data will reveal gaps in terms of variables not collected, gaps in data for groups in the population e.g. adolescent girls; gaps in data in space e.g. districts; and gaps in data in time e.g. frequency, season. The Data Analysis Advisor will assess the data available and the potential to answer the questions raised by the NIPN policy advisory committee or decision makers at various levels and obtain data sets for use. The gaps in data will be recorded and reported by the NIPN analysis unit, to be able to make recommendations for future data collection plans.
Write reports on data analysed with interpretation, conclusions and recommendations:
The Data Analysis Advisor will be responsible to produce the written documents tailored specifically to their intended audience at various levels, such as analytical papers, reports, reviews and policy briefs. A target number of outputs to be produced each year will be specified by the NIPN policy advisory committee during an annual planning meeting.
Qualifications and Experiences:
The expert should have the following qualifications and experience:
- A Master’s degree or a PhD in statistics, epidemiology or econometrics, or other related fields in data analysis including database development and management.
- If holding a Master’s degree, at least 8 years’ experience in the management, analysis and reporting of biomedical data, ideally including data on human nutrition, database development and management. If holding a PhD, at least 3 years’ experience in the management, analysis and reporting of biomedical data, ideally including data on human nutrition.
- Experience in managing, organising, creating, analysing and archiving data sets.
- Experience of analysing panel data from surveillance systems or multiple data sets of cross-sectional surveys. Proven experience in using Stata statistical software.
- Experience of using R and ARC-GIS software would be useful.
- Track record of successful delivery of high level expert advice to governments and international organizations; previous work with the UN an asset;
- Familiarity with and experience in the socio-economic and political environment of the Southeast Asian Region and Lao PDR is an asset.
- Experience of providing technical assistance to government for sector development and capacity building
- Ability to work in a multidisciplinary team and have the initiative to work independently to a deadline.
- Experience in analysing nutrition data software. Proven ability to write technical reports, documents or papers in English.
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