National Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS) Consultant

UN Children's Fund, Kingston, Jamaica
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Job Summary

Job Description

Location of Consultancy: Kingston, Jamaica

Duration: 11.5 months

Anticipated Start Date: May 2019

Anticipated End Date: May 2020

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, the right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential and to the benefit of a better world.

The overall strategic underpinning of theJamaica's programme is based on a keen interest to measure tangible results for children in the effort to increase positive outcomes in safety and justice, health, education and child protection and a decrease in negative outcomes for children.

How can you make a difference?

The Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) will providekey indicators which will be used to assess the situation of children and women as well as provide valuable data for monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

TOR - Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys.pdf


  • Provide technical and managerial support to the MICS survey;
  • Present the MICS methodology, tools, and guidelines to partners/stakeholders (e.g. ministries, UN Agencies, etc.);
  • Finalise, in collaboration with national partners and UNICEF Country Office (CO), the Survey Plan and Budget, including timetable and share with UNICEF Regional Office (RO);
  • Ensure that the Ethical Protocol and other ethical recommendations are addressed in the survey implementation process and that all MICS related documents are shared with the national Ethical Committee on time for approval;
  • Oversee each stage of the survey process and ensure that the MICS protocols and standards are followed by STATIN, more specifically during training and field supervision visits;
  • Communicate regularly with the UNICEF CO, RO and/or Headquarters (HQ) responding to all MICS related issues in a timely manner;
  • Provide monthly updates on MICS activities to the UNICEF CO/RO/HQ;
  • Coordinate the work of STATIN specialists and UNICEF Regional Consultants and other resource persons assigned by the UNICEF CO and/or RO to support different survey stages;
  • Ensure that external technical reviews by experts (i.e. Regional Sampling Consultant, Regional Data Processing Consultant, and Regional Household Survey Consultant) are carried out at key survey stages and coordinate the feedback and response between the CO/RO/HQ and STATIN;
  • Ensure that all survey related documents and deliverables are properly archived throughout the survey process (for example: Memorandum of Understanding, Survey Plan and Budget, questionnaires, manuals, sample design, training/pre-test reports, expert reports, CAPI application, output and tabulation plan tables, syntaxes, datasets, Survey Findings Report (and Final Report), dissemination materials etc.);
  • Participate in all MICS Steering and Technical Committee meetings;
  • Participate in, and contribute to, MICS Regional Workshops;
  • Ensure that lessons learned, problems, and good practices are documented throughout the MICS process and rapidly shared with the MICS community (other MICS implementing countries, RO, and HQ) through all means available.


  • Survey Planning
  • Listing and Mapping, Training and Fieldwork, and Data Processing:
  • Data Analysis and Report Writing:
  • Attend to MICS Regional and/or National Workshops as requested.

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


  • University degree in, Demography, Statistics, Social Sciences, Epidemiology or any other related technical field.


A minimum offive (5) years proven experience in the coordination and/or management of quantitative household surveys; Experience with MICS is an asset;

  • Strong computer skills and strong expertise in statistical analyses (familiarity with data processing and data analysis software, particularly SPSS);
  • Training experience and ability to organise and facilitate training and presentations;
  • Experience in data analysis and survey report writing;
  • Experience with CAPI data collection is an asset;
  • Developing country work experience is considered an asset;

For every Child, you demonstrate¦

UNICEF's core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communications in English;
  • Familiarity and previous experience of working in Jamaica and/or in other Caribbean country highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment and to establish harmonious and effective relationships both within and outside the organisation, more specifically with National Statistical Offices;
  • Demonstrated leadership, managerial and supervisory ability; Ability and willingness to travel extensively in-country and to attend regional workshops.

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.


Before commencing work, a consultant or individual contractor shall submit a statement of good health and take full responsibility for the accuracy of that statement, including confirmation that he or she has been informed of the inoculations required for the country or countries to which travel is authorized. Consultants and individual contractors shall assume all costs that may occur in relation to the statement of good health.

Consultants and individual contractors are required to certify that they are covered by medical/health insurance.


UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines. Performance indicators against which the satisfactory conclusion of this contract will be assessed include: timeliness/quality of submission and responsiveness to UNICEF and counterpart feedback.


UNICEF shall hold all property rights, such as copyright, patents and registered trademarks, on matter directly related to, or derived from, the work carried out through this contract with UNICEF.