Statistics Officer Health (Maternal Newborn Child Adolescents Health), Data & Analytics Section, New York

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: United States

City: New York, USA

Office: UNICEF New York

Grade: P-2

Closing date: Friday, 16 October 2020

Statistics Officer, Health (Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescents Health), P-2, TA, Data & Analytics Section, DAPM NYHQ

Job no: 532530

Position type: Temporary Appointment

Location: United States Division/Equivalent: Programme

School/Unit: Division of Analysis, Planning & Monitor

Department/Office: DAPM - Data and Analytics

Categories: P-2

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, results

Data & Analytics (D&A) Section is located within the Division of Data Analysis Planning and Monitoring (DAPM) at UNICEF’s New York headquarters. D&A is the hub of UNICEF’s technical guidance, quality assurance and technical data architecture for programme work on data across the organization. D&A provides leadership, strategic and normative guidance and technical support to UNICEF’s work on generating evidence on the situation of children by supporting the collection, analysis, understanding and use of robust data and statistics, programme data, data science, big data analytics and data literacy.

The Statistics Officer, Health (Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescents Health, MNCAH) will work within the Data Analysis Unit to support the statistical, monitoring and reporting work in the areas of Health (MNCAH).

How can you make a difference?

Data collection, compilation, analysis and quality assurance

Support UNICEF’s focal point for MNCAH within the Health and HIV team to compile data, including from surveys and administrative sources for the ongoing update of UNICEF global databases.

Validate data from various sources, to ensure they are of high quality and meet the key standards before inclusion into UNICEF global databases, publications, press releases, briefing notes, and presentations

Assist in statistical analysis of data and support the production of UNICEF publications and other reports, fact sheets, brochures, country profiles, dashboards and related materials

Provide technical support on reporting on prevalence and intervention coverage as required, including responding to ad hoc requests from senior management, Regional Offices (ROs), Country Offices (COS), and partner organizations

Help with reviewing the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey questionnaires, tabulation plans and other products on the MNCAH content.

Conduct quality assurance processes including content review and fact checking of data in products generated as part of the MNCAH portfolio.

Liaise with COs and ROs as needed to coordinate data reporting on specific topics including but not limited to COVID related situation, and other aspects of the MNCAH portfolio. Produce summary reports with compiled and available data.

Methodological development and interagency partnerships/working groups

Contribute to the on-going improvement of data quality at collection stage, including through household surveys and routine reporting systems

Contribute to the ongoing effort to harmonize the MNCAH, HIV and immunization databases

Support development, modification and testing of measurement tools

Provide organizational support to meetings

Occasionally represent UNICEF at technical meetings

Further analysis

Contribute to further analysis of data, including development and identification of appropriate analytical methods

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Conduct literature reviews and summaries for use in different publications

Data dissemination and advocacy

Provide input into making Health (MNCAH) data, analyses and products accessible and available through different media

Support updating of relevant UNICEF-related website pages for Health (MNCAH) related sections including databases, charts, references and content.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have...

A university degree in demography, public health, social sciences, epidemiology or statistics. An advanced degree in these areas is an asset.

Two years of work experience at the national or international levels in statistical data processing, data analysis, and development/maintenance of statistical databases.

Proven experience analysing, compiling and presenting data, with a focus on Health (MNCAH)-related areas.

Proven experience in data analysis and writing to disseminate key data and findings to technical and non-technical audiences, particularly related to health (MNCAH indicators).

Proven experience in working with STATA or R (preferable).

Proven experience in working with data from household surveys in particular DHS and MICS.

Proven experience in conducting extensive literature reviews and summarizing findings.

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are...

Functional Competencies:

Analyzing II

Applying Technical Expertise II

Planning and Organizing II

Copying with Pressure and Setbacks I

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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 has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.