National institutional consultancy for Secondary data analysis of Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey

Duty station: Minsk, Belarus

The consultancy is expected to take place during the period of 5 August 2020 – 30 November 2020. The exact schedule of the activities will be agreed with the contractor based on the consultancy implementation progress. The final date for the submission of final deliverables should be 30 November, 2020. 

Background and rationale

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) is an international household survey programme developed and supported by UNICEF. Over the past 25 years MICS has evolved to respond to changing data needs, expanding from 28 indicators in the first round to 200 indicators in the current sixth round, and becoming a key source of data on child protection, early childhood education, and a major source of data on child health and nutrition.

Purpose and scope 

Currently available data from MICS statistical snapshots only show descriptive statistics, limiting the ability of policymakers, line ministries and academia to further understand the drivers of identified issues. Therefore, UNICEF together with the World Bank undertake secondary analysis of MICS6 data to provide a better understanding of the condition of children and women in Belarus in certain areas. The findings will be used to advise government and partners on policy and programme interventions in social sector. 

Areas for secondary data analysis covering SDG indicators for all Belarus regions:

  • Nutrition/ exclusive breastfeeding
  • Health, specifically gaps in knowledge on diseases (HIV etc)
  • ECD
  • Foundational learning skills 
  • Violence
  • Gender equality 
  • Social protection

Where relevant wealth, disability and other disaggregations will be described.

TASKS:

  1. Prepare for the analysis. Develop methodological framework for the analysis in consultation with UNICEF team. Construct all necessary key variables from the raw data and prepare a data set for the analysis.
  2. Conduct the descriptive analysis answering the policy questions. Run regression models and tests to determine the key variables, examine results, correct and fine-tune methodological framework, re-run regressions if required iteratively. Prepare a brief report with infographics identifying children and families at risk vulnerable to the COVID-19.
  3. Conduct cross-country comparative analysis: create a table of descriptive analysis of all the relevant indicators and run regressions for the key indicators to identify key predictors
  4. Draft final report and policy brief and validate key findings with the government partners
  5. Prepare regional presentations
  6. Conduct workshop presenting key findings (on-line if the COVID-19 situation stays not safe)

SUPERVISION, WORK RELATIONS & OVERSIGHT

The contractor will be supervised and report directly to the UNICEF M&E Specialist. 

UNICEF staff members, consultants, contractors and partners will follow the GUIDANCE ON EXTERNAL ACADEMIC PUBLISHING (January 2017) when engaging in external academic publishing, whether in print or digital form, of the final Research Study Report.

The Consultant must respect the complete confidentiality of the data as well as any specific survey documents that will be produced. The Consultant can use the documents and the datasets only for the tasks related to these Terms of Reference.

Payments

Payments to the consultant will be conducted based on the submitted invoices with the number of consultancy days in line with actually reported deliverables. 

Unsatisfactory performance

UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs are uncompleted, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines.

Qualifications or specialized knowledge/experience required

The experts from the selected company are required to have:

  • At least 5 completed projects in public policy research with household data analysis;
  • Advanced university degree and/or academic background in economics or management;
  • Extensive experience in conducting econometric research using MICS and other household surveys data; 
  • Familiarity with the national legislation on social sectors, local governance, public finance management and budgeting;
  • Record of work with the government on public policies in social sector;
  • Availability of publications or academic works on the topics relevant to the study;
  • High analytical and conceptual skills and ability to work in a team;
  • Fluency in Russian; 
  • Fluency in English (written and spoken) is an asset;
  • Record of work with UN is an asset. 

All consultants are required to know the principles and requirements of the UNICEF Procedure for Ethical Standards in Research, Evaluations and Data Collection and Analysis (UPES), confirmed by submission of a completion certificate for an online course called “Introduction to Ethics in Evidence Generation”.

PROCESS FOR APPLICATION

Proposal from candidates should include:

Methodological proposal with timeline and agency profile should be provided along with financial proposal. The National Institutional Consultancy is to indicate financial proposal for the services to be provided.

Criteria for the selection of proposals:

Selection of the consultancy will be on competitive basis.  

Applicants should submit their applications in English by e-mail to yyafimenka@unicef.org by closing date 30 July 2020 to be eligible for consideration. 

Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. Only short-listed bidders will be contacted.