International Consultancy: Market Research Data Analyst,12 months, Sustainable Markets Centre (SMC), UNICEF Supply Division, Part time, Remote/Homebased.

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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, Love …….

As the largest single vaccine buyer in the world, UNICEF has a unique and longstanding expertise in procurement and logistics to help children in need. UNICEF procures more than 2 billion doses of vaccines annually for routine immunization and outbreak response on behalf of nearly 100 countries.

Through the Sustainable Markets Centre (SMC), UNICEF Supply Division seeks to positively influence the market dynamics to ensure commodities are fit for purpose, available, affordable, and produced by a competitive supply base, as well as to encourage product innovation of essential commodities to meet the changing needs of children in the SDG era. While SMC will coordinate the efforts of influencing markets across UNICEF Supply Division’s different procurement centres and units, with each procurement centre playing a critical role in identifying and defining the procurement approaches required, SMC assists and facilitates this body of work with strategy design/review, market research, analysis, supplier financing, communication, leveraging partnerships, and promoting market information transparency and achieve sustainable markets.

As part of its broader commitments to information transparency and facilitating the free flow of information, UNICEF published in 2020 the COVID-19 Vaccine Market Dashboard, the go-to public resource for the latest information on the world’s COVID-19 vaccine market and the COVAX Facility’s vaccine deliveries. It received +700,000 unique page views since its launch and was archived in December 2023.

SMC continued on its efforts to foster market information transparency in the health space, in particular immunization markets due to its volume. UNICEF is the largest procurer of vaccines worldwide – in 2023 alone, UNICEF procured $2.211 billion USD on vaccines/biologicals. In April 2024 UNICEF launched the Vaccine Markets Dashboard with the two-fold objectives of providing access to UNICEF’s vaccine deliveries information and a holistic market landscape for various vaccine markets. Although the Dashboard currently covers a limited number of vaccine markets, it is to expand and include more vaccine markets where UNICEF plays a key role in procurement and supply.

In this line, SMC is looking for a consultant to contribute to the expansion of vaccine products and vaccine prices sections in the Dashboard. S/he supports efforts in gathering market intelligence, more specifically on vaccine types, manufacturer, prices, development and approval status etc. and translating it into the dashboard.

How can you make a difference? 

Generate relevant market intelligence: 

  • Perform market research on the agreed number of vaccine markets. The research should look into vaccine manufacturers, prices, pipeline, approval, and development status through media monitoring, desk research, internal sources etc. The exact vaccines markets for research are to be defined by SD, SMC, and other centers.
  • Create and connect data sources, import, and transform data for market intelligence. Translate data into informative visuals and reports.
  • Document, maintain and regularly update the collected information on vaccine markets and data sources
  • Perform ad-hoc data analysis. Given the request, this will include identifying the best way forward and methodology, collecting the information from identified sources (which may include ERP systems, existing dashboards, and external sources), organizing the information, performing the analysis, and presenting it in the most suitable format and platform.
  • With the ability to properly understand the business requirements, the consultant will conceptualize, develop, and implement business process and solutions that can result in relevant market intelligence, and improved data monitoring and/or reporting.

Maintenance, administration, and development of MS Power BI dashboards:

  • Maintenance and administration of the Vaccine Markets Dashboard and other dashboards when needed.  It includes ensuring daily operation of the dashboard, spotting technical / data errors and ensuring corrective actions are taken, and ensuring underlying data is refreshed as planned.
  • Improvement of data infrastructure for existing MS Power BI dashboard
  • Respond to queries (data extracts and reports) for Vaccine Market Dashboards and other dashboards managed by SMC
  • Development of new Power BI dashboard as necessary. It includes connecting to data sources, creating tables and data connections, creation of frames and visualizations, and overall administration of the Power BI dashboard (including operation and maintenance).
  • Update and maintain the dashboards traffic report when needed.

Reliable master data quality: 

  • Ensure master data is reliable and quality assured.
  • Regularly perform benchmarks of information to ensure data is as comprehensive as possible.
  • Monitor the dashboards, and if/when needed, reach out to relevant stakeholders to implement preventive and corrective actions to ensure data quality.
  • Perform and automate a rigorous data quality assurance processes to ensure data quality and completeness.

Provide documentation and training:

  • Ensure relevant documentation is in place, and provide a final report with all relevant data/materials/outputs produced during the assignment
  • The consultant shall provide all needed documentation related to reports/dashboards and design development as needed such as: data model diagrams, main query logic, etc. The consultant is expected to provide colleagues with initial training and documentation on the maintenance of the BI analytics dashboard, including data sources and data models.

The consultant will interact with UNICEF staff to receive any clarifications and guidance that may be needed. The consultant may also engage with external service providers to request inputs needed to develop the required deliverables. On a weekly basis, the consultant’s work will be coordinated with the Market Research Officer. Each deliverable will be delivered in draft for comments and feedback before finalization.

The Consultant will duly inform UNICEF of any problems, issues or delays arising in the course of implementation of assignment and take necessary steps to address them.

All reports and results are to be submitted to the UNICEF in electronic form (*.pbix, *.docx, *.xlsx, *.pptx, and *.pdf or other formats accepted by UNICEF).

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Information Systems Management, Data Science, Statistics, Engineering, Economics, or other relevant filed is required.
  • A relevant first level university degree in the above areas combined with 5 years of relevant qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of two (2) years professional work experience with proficiency in use of data processing, data warehouse, data reporting, data visualization, data analysis, business intelligence, and performance monitoring is required.
  • Good knowledge of vaccine markets in the development contexts
  • Strong skillset in MS Power BI and knowledge of DAX
  • Strong skillset in Excel, including complex formulas and pivot tables
  • Systems competent, preferable with knowledge of SAP, data warehousing, SQL and able to use the MS standard computer software
  • Good presentation skills and experience with communicating analysis results visually and in writing
  • Good knowledge of planning and/or project management principles and practices.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset. 

Desired experience/qualifications:

  • A high level of attention to detail
  • Proven ability to work independently
  • Knowledge and experience in market research and/or market data analysis is considered an asset

The consultant will interact with UNICEF staff to receive any clarifications and guidance that may be needed. The consultant may also engage with external service providers to request inputs needed to develop the required deliverables. On a weekly basis, the consultant’s work will be coordinated with the Market Research Officer. Each deliverable will be delivered in draft for comments and feedback before finalization.

The Consultant will duly inform UNICEF of any problems, issues or delays arising in the course of implementation of assignment and take necessary steps to address them.

All reports and results are to be submitted to the UNICEF in electronic form (*.pbix, *.docx, *.xlsx, *.pptx, and *.pdf or other formats accepted by UNICEF).

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

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

To view our competency framework, please visit  here

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 offers reasonable accommodation for consultants/individual contractors with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the selection process and afterwards in your assignment. 

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 principles 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. 

 

Remarks:  

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. 

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws. 

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. Selected candidates are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the assignment. It does not apply to consultants who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their consultancy contracts. 

Advertised: 02 Jul 2024 Romance Daylight Time
Deadline: 12 Jul 2024 Romance Daylight Time

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