Consultancy - Nutrition Documentation Data and Analytics (D&A), New York

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: United States

City: New York, USA

Office: UNICEF New York

Closing date: Wednesday, 2 December 2020

Consultancy - Nutrition Documentation, Data and Analytics (D&A), DAPM NYHQ (home based)

Job no: 536269

Position type: Consultancy

Location: United States Division/Equivalent: Programme

School/Unit: Division of Analysis, Planning & Monitor

Department/Office: DAPM - Data and Analytics

Categories: Consultancy

Consultancy Title: Nutrition Documentation

Section/Division/Duty Station: Data and Analytics/Division of Data, Analysis, Planning and Monitoring/NYHQ

Duration: 60 days over a period of 4 months


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. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.


UNICEF places a high priority on the availability of reliable information with which to monitor the situation of children and women. Statistically sound and internationally comparable data are essential for developing evidence-based policies and programmes, as well as for monitoring countries‘ progress toward national goals and global commitments, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

The purpose of this assignment is to support the D&A nutrition team on the documentation of processes used to maintain and update the global UNICEF nutrition databases, including the nutrition data source catalogue, data quality review, data processing and regional aggregation. Additionally, the method to estimate SDG 2.2 on stunting and overweight has been revised for the first time in 15 years and an extensive country consultation is underway. The incumbent will support the work of categorizing and documenting a summary of this process as well.

Scope of work:

Document the process of generating global aggregates: Create a series of technical documents on the tools and processes used by the D&A nutrition team to generate global and regional estimates for various nutrition indicators.

Document responses from Joint Malnutrition Estimates Country Consultation: Support documentation of responses from national SDG focal points.

Document the tools and processes of data quality review: Create a technical report on the process of data quality review including all tools and criteria used to assess the quality of sources included in the database.

Develop indicator calculation manual: Support the D&A team to develop a consolidated indicator calculation manual that outlines specifically how the various indicators are calculated, provide examples from DHS & MICS, common sources of differences between indicators calculated and MICS & DHS final reports and where applicable, how a specific indicator’s calculation has evolved over time.


(1) Education

An advanced university degree in public health, nutrition or biostatistics

2) Work experience

At least 2 years of demonstrated experience in drafting technical reports and documents.

Knowledge of data collection and analysis is preferred, knowledge or experience with nutrition would be an asset.

3) Competencies

Strong organizational and planning skills

Tags basic education biostatistics child health data collection data processing data quality sdgs stunting subsistence allowance sustainable development sustainable development goals water and sanitation

Highly detail oriented

Excellent written and verbal communication in English.


Completed profile in UNICEF’s e-Recruitment system and provide Personal History Form (P11) Upload copy of academic credentials

Financial proposal that will include:

your daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference (can be downloaded here:

travel costs and daily subsistence allowance, if internationally recruited or travel is required as per TOR.

Any other estimated costs: visa, health insurance, and living costs as applicable.

Indicate your availability

Any emergent / unforeseen duty travel and related expenses will be covered by UNICEF.

At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.

Payment of professional fees will be based on submission of agreed satisfactory deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.

U.S. Visa information:

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.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process

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.

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.


Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered ‚staff members‘ under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

Advertised: Nov 17 2020 Eastern Standard Time Application close: Dec 01 2020 Eastern Standard Time