The UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti undertakes activities to ensure that high quality research contributes to evidence-informed policy making for programming for children among UNICEF country offices and their national partners. The Social and Economic Policy (SEP) Unit within Innocenti has an active research agenda covering three main areas of work:
- The impact of social protection programs (e.g. cash transfers, school incentives, adolescent empowerment) on household economic security and adolescent well-being;
- Child poverty analysis in OECD and developing countries encompassing both a deprivation and monetary approach;
- Thematic research on child well-being in OECD countries culminating in the Report Card, a flagship publication of Innocenti. The team in the Social and Economic Policy Unit conduct econometric research, including primary data collection in collaboration with UNICEF country offices, using large, household survey data. Research outputs include working papers, journal articles, book chapters, and research briefs.
Stream 3-Child Poverty
Under this area, the consultant will support UNICEF country offices and/or their counterparts (e.g., national statistics offices, national research centers, ministries) in conceptualizing and creating national child poverty reports using the MODA (Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis) approach and using MICS/DHS data or national survey data (e.g., LSMS, household budget surveys, poverty surveys, etc.); introduce national counterparts to child poverty analysis in general, and the MODA approach in particular; assist with interpreting results and writing of reports; provide feedback and review the entire process. The consultant will also contribute to synthesis papers in order to demonstrate the construction of national child deprivation measures, their use, and patterns of child deprivation cross countries. The consultant will apply the MODA or other deprivation approaches to longitudinal data to analyze the dynamics of overlapping deprivations in order to contribute to a generalized understanding of child poverty dynamics.
- Master degree in statistics, economics, public policy, social policy or related field.
- Demonstrated experience at analyzing large-scale household survey data, preferably in regard to poverty and human development with a focus on children; experience with longitudinal data an asset.
- Ability to carry out statistical analyses autonomously.
- Excellent quantitative/statistical and analytical skills.
- Substantive knowledge on measurement of child deprivation and poverty, and determinants of child well-being.
- Ability to organize own work and to carry out a research project with limited supervision according to deadlines.
- Ability to speak and write fluently in English; good working knowledge of French or Spanish an asset.
- Excellent knowledge of Stata and other statistical packages.
- Current knowledge of key debates around child poverty, well-being, and policies to support families and children.
- Experience with field work and data collection.
- PhD in Social Sciences or related discipline.
- Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.
Duration of roster-based consultancies
Consultants who are selected from the roster will work an average of between 18-20 days per month and will be issued a contract which is subject to UNICEF General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants / Individual Contractors. The length of the contract will depend on funding availability.
Supervision and work arrangements
Consultants who are selected from the roster will work under the supervision of the Chief of the Social and Economic Policy Unit and other senior staff in the unit. Longer-term consultants (more than six months) will work an average of 18-20 days per month at Innocenti premises in a shared office. The work may include incidental travel to participate in field work, workshops or conferences; such travel will be governed by UNICEF travel policies for consultants.
You need to send CV and cover letter. The cover letter should indicate the main research stream (if any) the applicant would like to work in, preferred start date and contract duration (no more than 11.5 months), daily fees in EUR, a description of previous experience relevant to the position, and acknowledgement that they understand the position for longer term assignments is based in Florence, Italy.
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