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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.
Background and Justification
The
National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) is a
planning approach and a toolkit for elaborating a country owned strategy
and roadmap towards strengthening the national statistical system. It
aims to align the statistical development with national development
plans and needs and mainstream use to drive development results guided
by the principles of inclusiveness, transparency, and accountability.

The guidelines for the development of NSDS[1] was developed by the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21[2])
in 2004. This has gone through several updates since its inception
considering lessons learned from decades of experience in more than a
hundred countries.

The NSDS is a framework, a process and a
product built through the collective and coordinated work of the
National Statistical System[3] (NSS). They are government owned strategies and are used for the benefit of the country.

  • A framework from which the strategic planning is outlined for the statistical development.
  • A
    process following a results-based, stage-phase-step approach in
    designing a strategy. This helps in enabling collaboration and
    coordination between stakeholders in the national statistical system and
    development partners.
  • A product for statistical development
    providing a country with: a medium-term vision, detailed and costed
    action plans, and comprehensive advocacy tool

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Data
and evidence are instrumental for guiding policy, programming, and
advocacy work at all levels of the United Nations Children’s Fund’s
(UNICEF). The UNICEF Strategic Plan, 2022–2025 affirms the
organization’s global commitment to “transforming the landscape of data
for children” as a cross-sectoral systemic outcome that is critical to
addressing the underlying causes of children’s vulnerability, gender
inequality and exclusion in all settings, including humanitarian crises
and other fragile contexts. UNICEF also supports countries with their
Universal Periodic Review and reporting on the convention on the rights
of the child, which includes quantitative assessments of the situation
of children and their rights.

While global availability and
quality of data has been improving, critical challenges remain with the
accessibility of demand-driven, quality and quantity data for driving
results for children, including the systematic uptake and use across all
relevant stakeholders, especially in low and lower middle-income
countries and fragile states. Addressing these challenges is necessary
for identifying effective and efficient policies, leave no one behind
and drive the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs).

NSDS is a strategic opportunity for UNICEF to support
governments and statistical authorities in the prioritization of
bottlenecks and strategic interventions for resilient, inclusive, and
sustainable NSS for monitoring child rights and leaving no one behind.
UNICEF is, thus, well-positioned to leverage country NSDS processes for
children given its extensive country presence, its long history
supporting government and ministries on development (national, sectoral
plans and strategies across line ministries), broad partnership networks
and global mandate and expertise on child rights.

There is also
widespread uptake and utilization of NSDS processes and framework
across low and middle-income countries in developing strategies for
strengthening their NSS. In 2021, 28 International Development
Association (IDA) borrower countries were engaged in NSDS process
(planning, designing or implementing)[4].
In Sub Saharan Africa most countries have a version or iteration of it.
UNICEF engagement and investment on this process can have multiplier
effects within and across regions.

Furthermore, UNICEF has a
strong partnership with National Statistical Offices (NSO) and various
line ministries on data and statistics. Since the 1990’s UNICEF has been
supporting national statistical offices on conducting child rights
focused surveys through its MICS programme, and strengthening
administrative data systems[5] related to children and their interoperability.

Towards
this, UNICEF in collaboration with PARIS21 are in pursuit of a hiring
an expert to lead the development and drafting of guidelines for the
integration and articulation of child rights and child related
statistics needs in NSDS processes and relevant toolkits.

Scope of Work
The
main purpose of this consultancy is to develop a toolkit that supports
countries in advancing and mainstreaming children’s rights in all
aspects of national planning and policy making through the generation
and use of inclusive, timely and pertinent data and statistics on the
situation and wellbeing of children.

Under the supervision of
the Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office Child rights monitoring
manager (UNICEF) and PARIS21 Inter-regional Adviser the consultant will
lead the work on developing guidelines for mainstreaming child rights in
the global NSDS[6]
guidelines (framework, process, product) and identify, reference
existing and/or develop relevant tools and templates to support
countries in articulating child related statistics needs in their NSDSs.

The key activities of the consultancy are outlined below, these will be further augmented during inception phase:

  • Conduct a desk review of the latest NSDS guidelines vis-à-vis country implementations and lessons learned[7]
  • Identify entry points across the phases, stages and steps of the development lifecycle of NSDS for mainstreaming child rights
  • Draft
    a model framework for mainstreaming child rights across NSDS through
    consultations with expert groups, country level stakeholders and other
    relevant partners
  • Draft the complete set of guidelines covering
    every stage of the NSDS process/lifecycle on integrating child rights
    ensuring concepts are clear with internationally coherent definitions
  • In
    consultation with the relevant stakeholders identify and develop the
    necessary tools and templates to support mainstreaming of child rights
    in NSDS and provide examples for operationalization
  • Draft a supporting summary document to accommodate the posting of the guidelines on web-page and make it user-friendly
  • Conduct validation workshop(s) with various stakeholders on the guidelines and the tools
  • Develop a 3–5-day training schedule and materials
  • Submit finalized guidelines, toolkit and training materials after incorporation of all inputs and comments
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This
work is part of a broader and multiyear partnership between UNICEF and
PARIS21 on supporting the strengthening of national statistical systems
towards realizing children’s rights. As part of that work, this activity
supports the strengthening of strategic engagement in national
statistical planning processes and articulating the specifics needs for
ensuring statistical systems deliver results for children and leave no
one behind.

An expert task force will be convened to
support the development of this toolkit and provide inputs at the
critical phases of the project. This task force will be consisting of
UNICEF and PARIS21 relevant experts, including technical experts from
national statistical offices and relevant partners.

Deliverables/tasks

Duration (Estimated # of working days)

Tentative Deadline

Schedule of payment

  1. Kick-off meeting

1

Mar 15th

 

  1. Inception report

5

April 1st

20%

  1. Desk review and consultations

17

May 1st  

 

  1. Draft guidelines on mainstreaming child rights in NSDS, and Tools and templates developed

6

May 15th 

30%

  1. Validation workshop

2

June 5th

 

  1. Finalized guidelines and toolkit submitted, including user-friendly summary web page document

4

June 15th

30%

  1. Training materials finalized

5

July 1st  

20%

Kickoff meeting – after the contract has been awarded a meeting call
will be scheduled with the immediate managers of this consultancy. A
whole working day is budgeted but the meeting itself will be 1-2 hours
maximum. It is expected that the consultant conducts an initial
background review and familiarizes with the background and requirements
and uses the opportunity to discuss the way forward and clarify any
ambiguities before proceeding with the inception phase.

An inception report[1]
– that further elaborates the context, scope and understanding of the
work with a complete description of the approach, sample, instruments,
processes, ethical considerations, details of the deliverables and
outlines, and a detailed workplan and quality assurance mechanism –
should be submitted and approved before proceeding to next phase.

Desk
review and consultations – based on the inception report this stage
consists of documentary review and specific consultations with a
pre-determined list of stakeholders that can contribute and further
articulate on how best to structure the guidelines and its content,
including the identification what sort of tools and templates can best
facilitate child rights and related statistics in NSDS processes. The
list of the stakeholders will be agreed upon during the inception phase.

Draft guidance document and tools – a first complete draft of
the guideline articulating how child rights and children related
statistics are incorporated across all steps of the NSDS guidelines –
organized according to global NSDS structure. This should also
facilitate integration on the global NSDS webpage. The tools should also
be incorporated as annexes and referenced within the guidelines – these
will also be hyperlinked as part of the final package.

Validation
workshop – this will be an opportunity to present the toolkit for wider
group of stakeholders and validate the guidelines and various products.
The mode/venue and timing will be decided later[2].

The
final guidelines and toolkit – the final package building on the
initial drafts, review and validation workshop is delivered
incorporating at least one round of feedback and inputs from the task
force and other relevant stakeholders. The revised toolkit should be
shared in clean and track changes with responses to all provided
comments before final clearance. The consultant will also produce a
user-friendly

summary web page document to be included in the
main NSDS Guidelines website. The summary page should explain the
rationale and the concrete actions to be taken at every stage of the
NSDS lifecycle to integrate child rights data. The actions should make
reference (link) to the corresponding stage in the main NSDS Guidelines
and overall reference to the tools and template of the toolkit. The full
toolkit will be uploaded in this specific web page in the main NSDS
Guidelines website.

Develop training materials – develop a
3-5-day training programme including relevant materials encompassing
presentations, cases studies, quizzes and handout to help with the
dissemination and capacity building of relevant stakeholders on the
toolkit and facilitate uptake – the material should be adaptable to both
online and face-to-face training.

All products will be
delivered in accessible relevant electronic formats: Microsoft office
suite formats as relevant in docx, pptx and xlsx. The products should be
copy-edited with clear and concise language and publication ready as
per UNICEF book style guidance.

All documents, including
reports, files, analytical tools, and resulting data are the
intellectual property of UNICEF and will follow UNICEF open access
policy requirements as and when publication ready documents are
produced.

Some of the preliminary background documentation available:

  • PARIS21 NSDS guidelines (including gender statistics)
  • Country NSDS strategies and plans (PARIS21 repository and national statistical office websites)
  • Country NSDS evaluations (ibid)
  • Sectoral strategies and documentations
  • UNICEF Strategic plan 2022-25
  • UNICEF country reports and country programme documents
  • UNICEF and PARIS21 NSDS checklist 2021
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Payment Schedule
The payment schedule is based on deliverables as per the above table upon delivery of satisfactory and complete products.

Desired competencies, technical background and experience
The candidate should have:

  • At
    least a master’s degree in public policy, development planning,
    economics, development studies, statistics, or similar disciplines.
  • At least 10 years proven experience in development planning, and data and statistics strategies.
  • Possess
    strong knowledge of national statistical systems, development data
    initiatives, advocacy for data use and financing for data and
    statistics, negotiation and influencing, etc.
  • Have proven
    experience working with integrating child rights related issues in
    national policies and strategies, at least one core child rights related
    sector.
  • Experience with consultative and participatory approaches in developing guidelines and strategies
  • Excellent
    drafting, interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills, and
    ability to think innovatively and strategically
  • Excellent command of Microsoft Office software.
  • Fluency in English. Working level of French is an advantage.

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In addition, the candidate must exhibit the UNICEF Core Values of:

  1. Care
  2. Respect
  3. Integrity
  4. Trust
  5. Accountability
  6. Sustainability

Administrative issues

  • As
    this is a remote-based consultancy the working hours will be arranged
    with the consultant – ideally to be available within the core hours of
    CET/EAT.
  • Any planned travel will be by most economical fare and reimbursement will be as per UNICEF policy.
  • The consultant is expected to be home based with potential[1]
    travel for a validation workshop (date and location to be determined)
    depending on COVID-19 travel restrictions for which the UNICEF office
    would cover subsistence allowances and travel costs.
  • The
    selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa
    (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the
    contract are valid for the entire period of the contract.

Conditions

  • 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 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.

Risks
The
consultant should also identify potential risks that can impact quality
and timeliness of the work and suggest relevant mitigating measures. A
more comprehensive risk assessment and mitigation measures will be
developed as part of inception report, though some challenges include:

  • Delays in securing the relevant stakeholders for consultations and/or incomplete or insufficient responses
  • Limited availability of high-quality documentation
  • High volume of documentation
  • Various and differing ideas and inputs from stakeholders

How to apply
Qualified candidates are requested to submit to the online recruitment portal (Talent Management System):

  • a cover letter – highlighting their suitability and experience for the job
  • CV or P11 form, and
  • technical proposal (not more than 4-5 pages)
  • Two references of similar work and published/accessible writing samples that can be shared

Interested
candidates to indicate their ability, availability, and rate
(daily/monthly) expressed in US$ to undertake the terms of reference.
The fees should be inclusive of other costs incurred such as travel or
subsistence allowances for international consultants who might have a
travel.

Applications submitted without a fee/ rate will not be considered.

  • Applicants should quote a potential 3 days travel plan to Nairobi, Kenya as a tentative within their budgets.
  • This should be crisp document with no repetition at most 10 pages without annexed tools.

Point to note

  • All consultations will be done remotely though an in-person validation
    and launch workshop could be planned as part of other regional events
    depending on the opportunities.
  • This should be crisp document with no repetition at most 10 pages without annexed tools.
  • All
    consultations will be done remotely though an in-person validation and
    launch workshop could be planned as part of other regional events
    depending on the opportunities.

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Resource materials
[1] Find the latest version of the guidelines here
[2]
Established in 1999, by the United Nations, the European Commission,
the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the
International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank to promote the better
use and production of statistics throughout the developing world.
[3] See PARIS21 and UNICEF glossary for definitions of terms for further clarification throughout the document
[4] NSDS Status report, March 2021. Click here to access the report
[5] CRVS, HMIS, EMIS, CPiMS
[6]
NSOs are usually the lead in NSDS development they do so in
coordination and collaboration with a range of stakeholders, such as
Ministries, departments, institutions who are producers and or users of
data and statistics including other international and national partners
and agencies, including UNICEF Country Offices.
[7] This will be based on the review of available documentation from country NSDSs and evaluations
Advertised: 15 Feb 2023 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 28 Feb 2023 E. Africa Standard Time


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