Data and Research Consultant, Education in Emergencies (EiE), Canada

Organization: UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Country: Canada

City: Toronto, Canada

Office: UNESCO in Toronto, Canada

Closing date: Friday, 12 February 2021


Parent Sector : UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS)

Duty Station: Canada

Job Family: Education

Type of contract : Non Staff

Duration of contract : From 7 to 11 months

Recruitment open to : External candidates

Application Deadline (Midnight Paris Time) : 12-FEB-2021

UNESCO Core Values: Commitment to the Organization, Integrity, Respect for Diversity, Professionalism

Request to submit a written proposal for a work assignment with the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) for 10 months starting March 2021.


Background Emergencies and population displacement pose new challenges to every region of the world. One of the key challenges is the lack of accurate, reliable and timely data, needed to strengthen systems for humanitarian assistance and to guide effective education responses. Information on education of crisis-affected and displaced populations is currently based on data collection mechanisms associated with programmes implemented by different organizations. Often, these data sources cannot be compared or readily interpreted because they lack standardized concepts and definitions and because they are based on diverse processing and verification procedures.

In order to address these challenges, UIS is seeking a Data and Research Consultant to support the Futures and Innovation’s team in the development and elaboration of the EiE project portfolio. The consultant will work as part of the team in conceptualising the EiE statistical framework, conducting mapping and consolidation of indicators, data and methodologies on EiE and producing research outputs that elaborates the current state-of-the-evidence on EiE.

Long Description

Objectives and key tasks Under the direct supervision of the Programme Specialist, EiE Statistics and the overall guidance of the Director of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), the Consultant will perform the following tasks:

Developing a framework that operationalises concepts of EiE into statistical definitions, indicators and methodologies across emergency contexts and geographies.

Mapping and developing an inventory of existing global and regional EiE data sources, networks and initiatives by international agencies, civil society, including a gap map for EiE data

Performing data visualisation and mapping exercises, to compare EiE data over time across regions and countries.

Supporting the design and development of a global data platform that integrates methodologies and data on the education of crisis-affected and displaced populations.

Supporting the development of instruments and guidelines on the integration of EiE data into the Education Management Information Systems.

Drafting reports that contribute to the production of high-quality research papers and reports on the education status of crisis-affected populations.

Long Description

Deliverables The consultant will support the development and finalisation of the following outputs to the UIS:

An inventory of EiE data, platforms and stakeholder mapping at global, regional and national levels

A statistical framework for EiE

Data platform conceptualisation and content design

Two high-quality papers on EiE

Monthly payments will be made upon satisfactory submission of deliverables against pre-determined timelines

Communication and technical arrangements The work will be carried out remotely. The consultant will be in regular communication with UIS staff via email, video conference or phone. This a desk-based consultancy. No travel costs are envisaged as part of this assignment.

COMPETENCIES (Core / Managerial)

Accountability (C)

Communication (C)

Innovation (C)

Knowledge sharing and continuous improvement (C)

Planning and organizing (C)

Results focus (C)

Teamwork (C)

Building partnerships (M)


For detailed information, please consult the UNESCO Competency Framework.



Advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in statistics, education, international development or social sciences


Tags continuous improvement data collection data processing database management displacement education in emergencies gender parity humanitarian assistance information systems knowledge sharing management information systems social sciences

A minimum of 4 years professional experience of which 2 years involving the statistical analysis of administrative, household or population survey data, preferably in education.

Knowledge and experience (research or statistical) in EiE is desirable.

Demonstrable experience to design, plan and execute research and analyses autonomously.

Experience of working within a UN agency or similar international organisation is desirable


Ability to organize own work and to carry out tasks with limited supervision according to deadlines

Developing country experience and/or familiarity with emergency contexts is considered an asset

Proficiency in database management and data processing/analysis software (e.g. MS Access, SQL, R, Stata) or similar statistical software.

Strong communication and writing skills in English.


Excellent knowledge of English, a working knowledge of another UN language is a strong asset


Interested candidates should click on "Apply Now", then download and complete the Employment History form (Word file). At the end of the Word file, insert extra pages with the following required information:

A cover letter describing the candidate’s interest and qualifications, availability for the assignment;
A financial proposal for the assignment, to be quoted as a monthly fee (in USD) from March 1, 2021-Dec 31, 2021;
An approach, methodology and proposed workplan for the assignment (no longer than 2 pages); and

An up-to-date CV, including most recent and relevant research publications).

Upon completing the Word file with all the requested information above, upload the file at the "My Employment History Form / My Documents" section of the online application form. Only applications with the above requested information will be considered.

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