Data Specialist (Analytics), NOC, Temporary Appointment # 00128246, Islamabad, Pakistan

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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, Education

Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges. 

UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among others things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves.  

In particular, UNICEF will work so that:

  • Every child survives and thrives — being in good health, immunized, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
  • Every child learns.
  • Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
  • Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. 

To learn more about UNICEF’s work in Pakistan, please visit the country website and videos on YouTube and Vimeo

Smart demand, supply and use of data and information drives better results for children especially when the right data and information are in the right hands at the right time as this leads to decisions that are better informed, more equitable and more likely to protect children’s rights. This post focuses on use of data and information (both scientific and non-scientific). The primary function of this post is to connect analytics, monitoring and learning to support evidence-based advocacy, conduct visualizations as well as to be a knowledge broker and support improved results for children. This post provides leadership, oversight and technical capacity for the responsible analysis and use of data and information within UNICEF as well as with its partners. It includes technical support to field Offices in their own data and information analysis work to inform policy changes.

How can you make a difference?

Main duties and responsibilities for the post include the following:

Data analysis and advocacy

  • Support the analysis of data on the situation of children, including in humanitarian situations, and the transformation into insight to inform management and programme teams for evidence-based policy advocacy, policy advice and programmatic action.
  • Provide support to the development of visualisation products including maps, dashboards, infographic as well as financial/resource analyses that present information in a way that is easily understood by decision makers.

Innovation and frontier data

  • Lead on the data science work including development of and utilization of data frameworks and tools to make use of big data sources. These sources include mobile phone data, remote sensing data, social media data, etc.
  • Provide technical assistance to PCO, Field Offices and partners in the country in the areas related to data science.

Data responsiveness to emergencies       

  • Provide technical assistance to strengthen national and provincial statistical and data systems that have “flex”, including baseline investments needed to strengthen responsiveness to emergencies
  • Responsible to strengthen information management functions within PCO for data sharing, adherence to standards, coherence, and relevance

Capacity building

  • Participate in capacity-building activities to enhance data analysis skills
  • Promote evidence-based decision-making by organizing tailored training for the field offices colleagues, government and Implementing partners

Coordination and knowledge management

  • Share lessons learned from data analysis and research and Identify and promote best practices in data analytics.
  • Conduct research on emerging trends and methodologies in data analytics.
  • Contribute to knowledge management initiatives within UNICEF Pakistan

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

The following minimum requirements:

  • An advanced university degree Master in statistics, data science, demography, or a related field that includes strong quantitative training and experience.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience at the national/international levels in data analysis, data science, data harnessing, measurement, methodological development, and other areas of applied statistics, data interpretation, and use in sectors of concern to UNICEF.
  • Working experience in humanitarian settings.
  • Experience in data visualizations and tools is required.
  • Good analytical and evidence-synthesis skills
  • Working experience in knowledge management and the ability to data and information into a narrative is an asset.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, especially in communicating complex information and concepts to non-specialist audiences.
  • Technical and non-technical skills required. 
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are 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), Drive to achieve impactful results (1), Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

View our competency framework at Data Specialist (Analytics), NOC, Temporary Appointment # 00128246, Islamabad, Pakistan 1 Competency Framework Brochure.pdf

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

Life at UNICEF:

Working at UNICEF is highly rewarding. With an attractive remuneration package encompassing competitive pay and benefits, a culture that helps staff thrive, and diverse opportunities for personal and professional development, we aim to help you maintain a fulfilling life both at and outside the office.

We make sure you and your loved ones receive the resources and care that you need to thrive. We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. Our contracts, wellbeing policies, and initiatives ensure that you are well equipped to effectively deliver for children such as;

  • Tax exemption, family allowances, hardship benefits, 10 UN holidays and annual leave allowance, maternity, paternity, adoption leave, medical and dental insurance, pension, etc.
  • Career support, staff wellbeing program, breastfeeding policy, flexible work arrangements, childcare room, family support, policies & initiatives, security, etc.
  • UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements. 

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.

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 also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and regulations and will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks. 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.


  • The VA is re-opened to all (internal and external candidates). Those who have applied earlier to the requisition, need not to re-apply as their candidature remain under consideration.
  • Verified educational certificates/HEC Attested Degrees are a pre-requisite for employment at UNICEF. During the recruitment process, candidates must present HEC-attested degrees/certificates.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
  • UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to delivering the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female candidates are encouraged to apply.
  • UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Appointments are also subject to immunization (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees considered for employment with UNICEF are usually required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if medical clearance is not obtained or necessary inoculation requirements are not met within a reasonable period for any reason.

Advertised: 24 Apr 2024 Pakistan Standard Time
Applications close: 19 May 2024 Pakistan Standard Time

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