Batch Recruitment: Technical Officer (Data), NOA,,(Temporary Appointment for 364 days), Multiple duty stations (Port Sudan, & Kassala), Sudan, MENA (Sudanese only)

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UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling.

UNICEF is a place where careers are built: we offer our staff diverse opportunities for personal and professional development that will help them develop a fulfilling career while delivering on a rewarding mission. We pride ourselves on a culture that helps staff thrive, coupled with an attractive compensation and benefits package.

Visit our website to learn more about what we do at UNICEF.

For every child, results 

II. Strategic Office Context and purpose for the job 

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations. 

 Strategic office context:  

 Early childhood is a particularly precarious time for children in Sudan due to high under 5 mortality rates, poor health and nutrition outcomes, and extreme vulnerability to child protection concerns. Approximately 76 per cent of infants do not make it past their first year of life in Sudan, and although there has been a steady decline in the infant mortality rate in Sudan, it consistently remains higher than the African average. Children who make it past infancy are highly susceptible to communicable diseases particularly diarrhea, malaria, and acute respiratory infections, which are compounded by malnutrition which is the single largest risk factor of mortality and illness in early childhood. Additionally, poor birth registration rates present barriers to healthcare access for children which can exacerbate healthcare deprivation. Lack of birth registration also makes children vulnerable to neglect, deprivation and abuse of the human rights throughout their lives due to lack of recognition by the state.

Children are at risk of violence in the home in early childhood, and children with disabilities face even further discrimination and deprivation. 

 Mortality in child’s early years (0-5 years) can be attributed to multiple causes. As a result, child mortality indicators are widely utilized as a key markers of overall population well-being, inequality, and service provision, quality and use for a variety of public services. According to MICS survey 2014, 48 per cent of all under 5 deaths in Sudan occur within the first month of life, and 76 per cent occur within the first year (28 per cent of which occur between 2-11 months). Only 24 per cent of deaths occur between 12-59 months. 

 In April 2021, UNICEF Sudan Country Office (SCO) launched a new Mother and Child Cash Transfer Plus (MCCT+) in two eastern states of Kassala and Red Sea States, with the funding support from KfW/BMZ. MCCT+ is an integrated social protection programme for pregnant women and children during the first 1,000 days of life. MCCT+ builds on UNICEF’s ongoing support to primary health care (PHC) facilities which serve as the platforms for an integrated package of services and support to vulnerable women and children.The programme is expected to contribute to a reduction in child and maternal mortality and malnutrition through improved family practices and access to essential services for to first 1,000 days of life. 

 MCCT+ was originally designed as a government programme implemented by the Ministry of Social Development, the ministry responsible for social protection in Sudan, with UNICEF technical and financial support. In light of the October 2021 military takeover, the programme is being reoriented as a nexus programme implemented by UNICEF with support from frontline workers including social workers, midwives and health and nutrition staff. 

 To date, the MCCT+ programme has successfully enrolled approximately 52,000 women benefiting 312,600 individuals in 4 localities in Kassala and 5 localities in Red Sea state. In early 2024, UNICEF will expand the programme to reach an additional 30,000 pregnant women in additional states. In this expansion, UNICEF will collect data through KoboCollect and import this data into HOPE, UNICEF’s management information system for humanitarian cash programme operations. 

  Purpose for the job: 

 Under the general guidance of the Data Specialist, the incumbent is responsible for delivering timely beneficiary data management services while upholding UNICEF data protection policies. 

How can you make a difference? 

III. Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks: 

  1. Grievances data oversight, Reporting and Third-Party Monitoring 

  • If required, provide technical oversight on the ToRs of the Third-Party Monitoring, assessment of technical proposal based on agreed criteria, and selection of the third party for verification of existing payees’ lists 

  • Draft process and output monitoring report based on data available in HOPE and TPM sources 

  • Support SLCO section in drafting programme monitoring report when required 

  • Coordinate partners grievances management work by supporting the documentation of grievances management in HOPE system 

  1. Data Processing and Analysis 

  • Write, manage, and update scripts in python and other relevant language to consolidate, parse, clean and prepare external personal data sources for import in HOPE 

  • Consolidate different data sources such as KoBo registration surveys, RapidPro surveys, payment records in CashAssist, post-distribution monitoring (PDM) surveys and other monitoring data (such as market monitoring, grievance and feedback data, etc.) for the purpose of data analysis and data comparison, including longitudinal comparisons 

  • Perform advanced statistical analysis for report writing, including data analysis tables and visual representation of findings  

  • Detect individual record flagged as error upon import in HOPE and perform adequate correction based on programmatic instructions 

  • Spot check and ensure quality of data stored in HOPE and in other digital platform for the case of programmatic non personal data 

IV. Impact of Results  

  • Beneficiaries grievances are handled in a timely manner 

  • Monitoring and reporting function is performed for Cash transfer project 

  • UNICEF Data Protection Policy and Information security standards are upheld 

Download File JD_CIU_ Technical Officer_Data_Specific_SUD24069-Port Sudan -Kassala.docx

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

Education: University degree in information technology, social science or a related field complemented with relevant industry certifications and work experience. 

Experience: Minimum one year of professional work experience of data or humanitarian program/project management experience, including with multiple stakeholders.  Experience in emergency contexts desirable

Knowledge and skills:  

Experience in implementing humanitarian cash transfers programme 

• Experience in beneficiary data system for humanitarian cash transfer at field level 

• Experience in business operation environments with a proven track record of interfacing with multiple stakeholders (internal and external) and successful project completion 

• Experience in working with UN agencies or NGOs (UNICEF experience preferred) at interagency level 

• Detailed knowledge of the project lifecycle and fluency in project management methodologies 

• Experience collaborating across multiple functions and working with operational subject matter experts, technical resources and architecture teams. 

• High motivation, and dedication to deliver results within strict timeframes. 

 Language Requirements: Fluency in English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset. 

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

V. Competencies and level of proficiency required 

Core Values attributes 

  • Care 

  • Respect 

  • Integrity 

  • Trust 

  • Accountability 

  • Sustainability 

 Core competencies skills 

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1) 

  • Works Collaboratively with others (1) 

  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1) 

  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1) 

  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1) 

  • Drives to achieve impactful results (1) 

  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1) 

Functional competencies   

  • Applying Technical Expertise (2) 

  • Analyzing (2) 

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts (2) 

  • Planning and Organizing (2) 

  • Deciding and Initiating Action (2) 

  • Adapting and Responding to Change (2) 

  • Coping with Pressure and Setbacks (2) 

  • Relating and Networking (2) 

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of measures to include a more diverse workforce, such as paid parental leave, time off for breastfeeding purposes, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority, and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.


UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female are encouraged to apply.

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason. 

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.

All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.

Additional information about working for UNICEF can be found here.

Advertised: 04 Jul 2024 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 18 Jul 2024 E. Africa Standard Time

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