UNICEF is hirng a Consultant – Adolescent Girls Research, WCARO, Dakar, Senegal.
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The Global Affairs Canada funded Back to School Better project, initiated in September 2020, aimed to increase gender equality and promote the empowerment of refugee and displaced girls in Burkina Faso, the DRC and Mali by addressing the barriers to the personal safety of girls as well as the systemic/cultural barriers they face to realizing their right to education in the context of COVID-19, stemming from social and cultural norms, practices and beliefs, as well as their physical displacement. The project is based on the premise that education helps break the vicious cycle of vulnerability and disadvantage: better educated women marry later; give birth to fewer and healthier children; are more likely to participate in the formal labour market; earn a higher income, and provide better health care and education to their children. Yet little is known about the drivers of education outcomes among displaced populations, nor how they intersect with wider social and gender norms in these contexts, and girl right outcomes other than education, such as early marriage, as well as with access to services. The initial proposal is annexed to this TOR.
This consultancy supports a specific research initiative to advance learnings to assist in the above-mentioned program delivery, and development of next phases and possible extension of programmatic activities. Using existing household data, (primarily MICS and DHS) for all countries in the region where this is readily available over the last 5 years, the consultant will be tasked with:
Presenting a descriptive statistical analysis of the situation of adolescent girls aged 10-19 years in all 24 countries in the region that have recent available data, contrasting displaced and non-displaced populations
Unpacking predictors of a) child marriage (currently married and married before 18,15 years of age) and b) education outcomes (currently enrolled in school and primary school completion) for girls in both populations, and
Developing a bivariate probit, difference in difference or other suitable econometric model of risk factors associated with being currently married or currently enrolled in school.
The deliverables will include (1) a full report including tables, (2) two research briefs designed for wide circulation, and (3) Powerpoint slides.
Scope of work
Secondary data analysis and research using MICS, DHS and other sources in countries where recent household level data is available in the 24 countries of WCA region, with priority to Burkina Faso, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Mali.
Deliverables, tasks, timeframe and payment schedule:
- % of Payment
Completion of inception presentation including research methodology and scope
- July 25 2021 (10 days)
Completion of descriptive analysis and statistical profile reports for each country
- August 10 2021 (20 days)
Completion of 3-4 page research brief
- August 15 2021 (10 days)
Completion of predictive analysis and model
- September 30 2021 (30 days)
Completion of analytic report and powerpoint slides, delivery of presentation to donor
- November 30 2021 (40 days)
TOTAL: 110 days
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
The ideal candidate will have excellent research and research communications skills.
- Master’s degree or equivalent in statistics, with preference for PhD Minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience
- Expertise in data analysis of household surveys, including DHS and MICS and comfortable working with development statistics
- Experience with advanced statistical analyses of data and willingness to explore new approaches and innovations in data
- Excellent writing and analytical skills (of publication standard), especially in synthesizing complex information for multiple audiences.
- High degree of flexibility and initiative.
- Knowledge of the work of UNICEF and rights-based approach.
- Fluency in English or French, with ability to understand a second UN language.
- Kindly attach your financial offer
For every Child, you demonstrate commitment
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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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.
Closing date : 18 July 2021.
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