United Nations Children’s Fund is seeking a Monitoring Officer at NO-B level for a 1-year temporary appointment in Beijing
UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential – to the benefit of a better world.
How can you make a difference?
We are now seeking a committed and dynamic Monitoring Officer to join our Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Team. He/she will be responsible for coordinating efforts both within the office as well as with other UN agencies on monitoring and reporting against the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and providing related technical assistance.
The SDGs provide an opportunity to promote action on knowing who and where the most deprived and vulnerable children and families are, and how best they can be reached with equitable and quality services. China is a data rich country, and the SDGs are not just broader than the MDGs, but indicator heavy which requires a much greater level of data disaggregation. China presently has available official data for less than 30% of all the SDG indicators. There are also concerns on the extent to which we will have disaggregated official data, underscoring the fact that it will be very challenging to meet the needs of SDG monitoring.
The data collection landscape in China is also complex – with different ministries tasked with collecting different kinds of data. There is a need for a coordinated mechanism by which we can mine the data being generated across different line ministries; identify gaps by way of indicators for which we do not as yet have an established methodology or standard in China; and try to fill these gaps.
In order to be able to do this, we need to undertake some analysis as well as map and help coordinate efforts within the office and UNICEF programme sections that work with different Line Ministries; as well as with other UN Agencies.
The main responsibilities include the following:
• Do a stocktake of child-related SDG indicators in China: Review global SDG indicators, UNICEF’s SDGs for Children indicators, stocktake of data availability, including disaggregation and map these with government indicator frameworks, including the NPA.
• Assist in preparing the metadata by indicator, for the proposed set of indicators, covering all necessary/standard elements for the metadata, and paying special attention to consistency between national and international definitions, while identifying what further efforts are needed to produce comparable indicators.
• Help establish and maintain a database on “SDG info for Children in China” to house both data and metadata for SDG indicators, and develop related data publications.
• Scoping analysis of UNICEF’s current sectoral engagement in country-led data collection activities (at national level, or piloting at provincial/county level to feed into national level).
• Assist in providing technical assistance to Programme Sections of UNICEF China on data related initiatives, as needed.
• Support preparations related to the UN Sub Group on Data for Development which has been established to facilitate a coordinated approach amongst UN agencies on SDG monitoring and reporting.
To qualify, you will have…
• Advanced university degree in Statistics, Demography, Economics, Sociology or other relevant discipline.
• Minimum three to five years of professional work experience in survey design and data analysis.
• Technical excellence in managing and using data, proven knowledge in quantitative methodologies.
• Familiarity with China’s official statistical systems in Line Ministries and a good understanding of indicators.
• Experience in helping prepare documentation and data publications targeting different audiences.
• Fluency in Chinese and English.
• Nationality of P.R. China, with good understanding of China’s context.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
• Respect for and adherence to UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, and Integrity
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work in a multicultural environment
• Strong drive for results, setting high standards for the quality of work
• Interest in learning and researching, gathering comprehensive information to support decision making
If you recognise yourself from the above and wish to make a difference for every child, please send a Cover Letter and CV to email@example.com or apply online through www.unicef.org/employ (requisition 505808). For conditions of service, Click here . The deadline for receipt of applications is 30 July 2017.
In our effort to obtain a gender-balanced workforce, we’re particularly looking at qualified male candidates to join the team