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 Policy Analysis Advisor to support Policy Analysis Unit of the National Information Platform for Nutrition (NIPN) programme. 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 2020. 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 Policy Analysis Unit will be situated in the NIER and will be headed by a senior staff of the NIER. A Policy analysis technical team will be formed by the NIER represented by delegated staff from various departments and sectors.
- The Policy Analysis Advisor will provide expertise, technical advice, training and guidance to the staff and team working with the NIPN Policy Analysis Unit at NIER as well as provincial and district authorities to review of policy documents/publications and support for developing questions for analysis, interpret information and findings, prepare key findings from data analysis, developing policy briefs to answer the questions posed by policy makers and programme planners at various levels, coordinating and convening the meetings. This will also include development of research governance and technical networks and engage in policy dialogue with the relevant government and other international institutions and networks, to influence policy and programming for better nutrition in Lao PDR.
- The Policy Analysis Advisor will work closely with the Policy Analysis Unit and UNICEF Country Office to provide the 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 programming approach. This will involve using data and evidence interpretation to create policy, results-based planning, budgeting, and monitoring to support key social sectors such as Health and Nutrition, Education, Agriculture and Forestry in delivering results for children in integrated manners. Ultimately this will promote the use of evidence for decision making at various levels.
To perform the roles and responsibilities, the Policy Analysis Advisor will have following scope of work to support the NIPN objectives in Lao PDR.
Facilitate the setup of the NIPN Policy Analysis Unit within NIER.
- Facilitate the setup of the NIPN Policy Analysis Unit within NIER and define clear role and responsibilities among team members and hosted organization.
- 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 methodical setting, reviewing the existing policy related to nutrition, evidence gap collection, planning and budgeting and archiving of the policy, questionnaires and project reports related to nutrition.
- 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 Data Analysis Unit and UNICEF Country Office to design and provide oversight for research management process to effectively commission and administer research on topics of relevance to Nutrition Policy Unit-funded research 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 Policy Analysis Unit:
- Support national and sub-national capacities, through learning by doing, to analyse, interpret, and report (at central and district level) on NIPN data for assessment, planning and decision-making purposes.
- 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.
- Organize regular country reviews focusing on the status of nutrition, including levels and uses of financial resources.
- Develop national expertise towards the formulation of national nutrition strategies/policies, improved coherence across different ministerial policies relevant to nutrition, joined-up results frameworks, and costed action plans.
- 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.
Identify and prioritize questions for analysis and develop frameworks
- Support and facilitate the NIPN Advisory Taskforce to develop the questionnaires for analysis. An analysis framework will be used to identify causal pathways or to develop a theory of change that can help to identify the information and data needed to understand how an outcome, such as preventing chronic malnutrition, can be best achieved by a policy, programme or intervention.
- Identify questions the government would need to see answered to develop or refine their policies and programmes.
- Bring together information needed to answer those questions including published literature, contextual information and data on programmes and investments from all sectors
- Consolidate relevant documents on the current status and trends of nutrition indicators, policies and programmes
- Develop research-to-policy guidelines to commission key research activities liked to certain nutrition policies.
Write reports on data analysed with interpretation, conclusions and recommendations
- Interpret results of data analysis in the light of current knowledge
- Produce written documents tailored specifically to their intended audience, such as analytical papers, reports, reviews and policy briefs for various levels
Present the findings of analysis in a format suitable for their intended audiences and disseminate information
- Disseminate findings and evidence to policy makers and programme planners at various levels especially sub-national level as per visibility and communication plan.
- Support Policy Analysis Unit in editing and formatting of policy briefs to be reader-friendly, available online, printed and dissemination. This could involve; web and media communications; publications, policy briefs, oragnising local events; and participation in conferences, meetings and annual NIPN event.
- Develop key messages for the EU Delegation and UNICEF Heads of Mission to facilitate taking the findings of the NIPN directly to policymakers, through the NIPN Policy Advisory Committee and other channels.
Undertake other relevant tasks to support the work of Policy Analysis Unit as requested by the Head of Policy Analysis Unit and Policy, Monitoring and Evaluation Section of UNICEF.
Qualifications and Experiences:
The expert should have the following qualifications and experience:
- An advanced university degree, Masters or above in any relevant field including, but not limited to: social science, social policy, policy development or international Health and Nutrition.
- Minimum 8 years of International development experience, including work in developing countries.
- Demonstrated experience in formulating the social policy and designing and implementing analytical activities.
- Proven ability to write policy briefs, research papers, articles, technical report, documents in English.
- Demonstrated experience of global health & Nutrition and/or social services issues, the legislative process and key policy issues; and a strong advocacy approach.
- Demonstrated professional and interpersonal communications skills suited for donor clients (including data visualisation, report writing and presentations), and experience in developing research dissemination products and protocols.
- 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.
- Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
- Experience in using the statistical software and analytical tools such as SPSS, STATA, ENA SMART, etc
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