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:
Where relevant wealth, disability and other disaggregations will be described.
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 to the consultant will be conducted based on the submitted invoices with the number of consultancy days in line with actually reported deliverables.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.