Statistics & Monitoring Specialist (Immunization), (P-4), Fixed Term, DAPM, #20436

Job no: 558196

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: United States Division/Equivalent: Programme

School/Unit: Division of Analysis, Planning & Monitor

Department/Office: DAPM - Data and Analytics

Categories: Health, Health and Nutrition, Research, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

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, Hope

The Division of Data, Analytics, Planning and Monitoring (DAPM) was established in 2019 to drive decision making and organizational learning, improve effectiveness and achievement of results of UNICEF and its partners to realize the rights and improve the life of every child. DAPM promotes the use of data and monitoring to achieve transformative impact on lives of children.

The Division is responsible for driving, shaping and guiding UNICEF’s evidence-informed analysis, strategic planning, programme monitoring and organizational performance management. As such, DAPM enables the organization to deliver on results in a more coherent manner, based on agile and contextualized programming process, and on data, evidence, and analysis, as well as the application of human-rights based and results-based management approaches.

Within DAPM, the Data & Analytics Team (DAT) is the global go-to for data on children. It leads the collection, validation, analysis, use and communication of the most statistically sound, internationally comparable data on the situation of children and women around the world. For this purpose, both traditional and innovative data and analysis - including administrative and household survey data as well as geospatial analysis, big data and machine learning - are used. DAT upholds the quality, integrity and organization of these data and makes them accessible as a global public good on the website.

DAT provides leadership, strategic and normative guidance and technical support to generate data and evidence on children. The team works together with other teams within UNICEF as well as partner organizations, to support statistical systems strengthening at the country level. DAT is also fostering a data-driven transformation in how UNICEF works internally and together with partners that includes positioning UNICEF as a leader on data for children, protecting children through governance of data and building an organization-wide culture of data.

How can you make a difference?

The primary function of this post is to improve relevance, quality, availability and use of health data and relevant contextual information on children and women. The work focuses on UNICEF’s strategic priorities in immunization data including related health systems and population data. This function is carried out in collaboration with main institutional partners, in particular WHO, national governments, and other organizations and initiatives with expertise in these areas.

The functions, accountabilities, and related duties/tasks of this position include:

Identify key immunization-related indicators for monitoring immunization and primary health care programmes through ongoing assessment of the current data landscape and data science best practices, as well as review of existing approaches, indicators, and measurement tools.

Carry out data assessment and analysis of immunization data for inclusion in global and corporate advocacy materials, evidence-based products, and for programme monitoring and development purposes. Develop data pipelines, tools to encourage data use, and content for reporting on the situation of children and women in the area of immunization and primary health care.

Test measurement and monitoring tools in field situations, develop guidelines for their use and provide support for their implementation at regional and country level. Expand existing measurement tools such as the electronic Joint Reporting Form; develop new tools to capture immunization programme and child population data; Collaborate with the World Health Organization and other partners on the estimation of immunization coverage and trends and other related programmatic data at the global, regional and country levels.

Guide collaborations with international partners to maximize effectiveness of data science work and to position UNICEF as a leader in immunization data. Represent UNICEF in international meetings and fora and in key partner meetings on immunization data and data science related activities.

Provide technical advice on reporting of immunization-related data as required, including answering requests by senior management and outside agencies and organizations. Contribute to developing capacity within the organization for better appreciation of the uses of immunization-related data in policy, planning, programming and advocacy, and advance modeling of child health outcomes and predictive analytics capacity within the organization.

Lead overall development and establishment of the immunization team’s work plan and reporting; Monitor deliverables against the immunization team’s work plan and provide support and guidance to ensure objectives are met; Supervise, manage and direct technical staff including appraisal of staff performance.

Overall accountability for the management of the immunization team’s financial allocations and efficient and effective use of resources; responsibility for resource mobilization and contributing to division and section-wide efforts in resource mobilization, in consultation with the section Chief.

Contribute to the overall results of the division, as outlined in the Office Management Plan (OMP) and based on evolving needs, including in humanitarian response.

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

An advanced university degree (Master’s) in public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, data science, statistics, applied mathematics, economics, or quantitative social sciences.

A PhD in related areas is desirable.

A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional experience at national and international levels in global health quantitative analysis.

Experience with immunization programmes and working with multiple types of data sources (household surveys, administrative data, supply data, mobility data, etc.) required.

Strong statistical and modeling competence, required (estimating and predicting child health outcomes preferred);
Experience analyzing geospatial data highly desirable.

Fluency in statistical packages, i.e. R (preferred), Python, SPSS or Stata required.

Strong experience with data visualization tools, i.e. Shiny (preferred), Tableau or PowerBI.

Experience using statistical analysis and machine learning methods to surface insights and build data-driven products highly desirable.

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

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 Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others (8) Nurtures, leads and manages people

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

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.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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.


The Division is currently undergoing organizational changes, therefore the exact location of the post is still under consideration. As such, the selected candidate has the option of starting the assignment remotely or should the candidate move to New York, s/he would be expected to relocate to another location as the case may be, during the contractual period.

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

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

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Advertised: Dec 22 2022 Eastern Standard Time Application close: Jan 22 2023 Eastern Standard Time

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Closes Jan 22 2023

Statistics & Monitoring Specialist (Immunization), (P-4), Fixed Term, DAPM, #20436 in United States

The primary function of this post is to improve relevance, quality, availability and use of health data and relevant contextual information on children and women. The work focuses on UNICEF’s strategic priorities in immunization data including related health systems and population data. This function is carried out in collaboration with main institutional partners, in particular WHO, national governments, and other organizations and initiatives with expertise in these areas.

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