Vacancy Announcement - NIDI Data Collectors (4 Local Positions): UNFPA South Sudan

UNFPA South Sudan is seeking applications on a local consultancy position for Data Collectors (4 positions).

Purpose of consultancy:

The South Sudan Household and Health Survey (2010) shows total fertility rate of 7.5 children and with adolescent birth rate of 158/1,000 girls aged 15 – 19 years attributable to high rate of child marriage (40% of girls are married before the age of 18 (2010 SHHS)) and limited access of young people to youth-friendly sexual reproductive health information and services. It also showed family planning uptake is low (contraceptive prevalence rate is 4.5% for all methods and 1.7% for modern methods). Overall, 26% of women aged 15-49 years have an unmet need for contraception, with 19% having an unmet need for spacing and another 7% having an unmet need for limiting (2010 SHHS).

In July 2017, South Sudan committed to the Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) global partnership that supports the rights of women and girls to decide, freely, and for themselves, whether, when, and how many children they want to have. FP2020 works with governments, civil society, multi-lateral organizations, donors, the private sector, and the research and development community to enable 120 million more women and girls to use contraceptives by 2020. South Sudan committed to raise its CPR to 10% by 2020.

In order to estimate the additional resources needed for reaching the above-mentioned goal, there is need to have a clear idea of how much is currently spent on family planning. Information on these expenditures is limited, and therefore this exercise aims to create a comprehensive picture of family planning expenditures within a country.

Being part of the 69 FP2020 countries, South Sudan is expected to conduct the 2017 UNFPA/NIDI Resource Flows Survey on Family Planning. The purpose of this survey is to gather financial information in the country to provide stakeholders with validated information on how much is spent on family planning and how such resources are allocated. This consultancy therefore aims to facilitate the process of data collection and validation for expenditures in 2018.

Scope of work:

The Data Collectors will work under the supervision of the Survey Coordinator and closely with UNFPA and MOH to:

· Identify appropriate respondent institutions from public, NGO, and private sector to administer the NIDI survey questionnaires to

· Collect family planning resource data from identified organizations/ institutions using standard questionnaires provided by NIDI

· Review questionnaires filled out by respondents for completeness and quality

· Enter the data online on platform provided by NIDI

· Convene and facilitate a stakeholders meeting to review and validate the clearance report once the data has been analyzed and report generated by NIDI

Duration and working schedule:

  • The assignment is expected to take 5 working days.
  • The successful candidate is expected to start immediately in 1 August 2019.

Place where services will be delivered:

  • The consultant is expected to operate from within Juba since most of the data providing institutions are based or have head offices in Juba.

Delivery dates and how work will be delivered:

The following deliverables will be expected:

  1. Introductory meeting and orientation on NIDI survey for data-providing institutions

  2. Questionnaires for data collection completed and returned by all institutions

  3. Data entry into online NIDI survey completed

  4. Validation workshop conducted and report completed

  5. Clearance report for NIDI survey submitted

  6. Evaluation report (see below)

Where required, reports are to be submitted both electronically and in hard copy by the end of the assignment.

Monitoring and progress control including reporting requirements periodicity format and deadline:

  • The consultant is expected to submit weekly progress reports/ briefs on tasks and assignments. These reports must be submitted by the last day in each week they are due. A final evaluation report/ knowledge transfer note on lessons learnt is expected at the end of the assignment. The evaluation report (of approximately 3-5 pages) specific for family planning, should contain: an overview of the relevant government departments and national NPIs to which surveys were sent; response rates; quality and coverage; challenges encountered; role of private sector in family planning; relevant recent publications on family planning; and suggestions for strengthening the monitoring of family planning activities .

Supervisory arrangements:

  • Under the overall direction and strategic guidance of the Survey Coordinator, the consultant will work closely with RHCH Specialist and M&E Analyst.

Required expertise qualifications and competencies:

The Data Collector should have strength in health systems research, with substantial experience in planning, implementing and writing reports of national level or large scale socio-economic and health surveys.

The key qualities desired in candidates shall include:

  • A Bachelor degree or postgraduate diploma in the area of public health, health economics, demography and population studies, statistics, social science and related research oriented disciplines with four to six years’ experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to speak, write and read English. A working knowledge of Arabic language or “Juba Arabic” would be an asset.
  • An enthusiastic and positive attitude and enjoy leading a team; an excellent team player
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with quantitative research and information technology, including proficiency in word processing.
  • Previous in-depth knowledge and understanding of issues of sexual reproductive health and family planning in South Sudan or similar context is desirable. Other desired skills include: good diplomatic skills and experience interacting with government agencies, development partners, and civil society organizations.

How to apply:

This vacancy announcement is for qualified South Sudanese nationals only.

Applicants are kindly requested to send their applications to [email protected] buy COB 22 July 2019 . Applications received after this date will not be taken into consideration.

All applications should be clearly marked with subject line “NIDI – Data Collector (Local post)”.

Applications will be short-listed on the basis if relevant qualifications and work experience. Due to the large number of applications received for UNFPA South Sudan vacancies, only applicants short-listed will be contacted.

General Information:

UNFPA is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staffs and encourages applications from qualified female candidates and persons with disabilities.

UNFPA is a United Nations organization whose staff are expected to uphold the highest standards of integrity, neutrality and impartiality. This includes respect for and commitment to human rights, diversity, and non-violent means of dealing with all kinds of conflict. UNFPA staff are expected to uphold these values at all times, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for UNFPA jobs.

UNFPA has zero tolerance of sexual abuse, abuse of authority and exploitation.

The United Nations does not charge fees at any stage of the recruitment process (application, testing, interviewing, etc). The United Nations does not concern itself with information related to bank accounts.