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At UNICEF, we believe the right data, in the right hands, at the right time can have a significant impact on improving development outcomes for children. Administrative data – collected through the routine provision of services – is a critical source of information for both service delivery and monitoring development outcomes for children. Ensuring that we can do more with existing data, and that we take advantage of the changing data landscape as countries invest in national ID systems, data linkage and new technology is reflected as a key priority of both UNICEFs new Strategic Plan and the 2021 UN Data Strategy. The importance of administrative data in ensuring timely information for decision makers has been further highlighted during the Covid-19 pandemic, as countries look at how to strengthen existing data collection systems and, where these have been impacted, how to “build back better”.

The administrative data maturity model (ADaMM) was developed to assist countries to benchmark their national administrative data landscapes and prioritize investments to improve data for children. This work, started in response to the 2018 Data for Children Strategy, has gained additional momentum in response to the demand for improved disaggregation of data and growing demand for both “real time” and holistic cross sectoral data as a result of the pandemic and other emergency situations.

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The Programme Officer (Administrative Data) position sits within the new Data Governance Unit within the Data and Analytics Section of the Division of Data, Analytics, Planning and Monitoring, under the overall leadership of the Chief Data Officer. Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Statistics Specialist (Administrative Data), the role will support the implementation and uptake of the administrative data maturity model and development of associated resources to build organizational capacity in strengthening administrative data systems and working effectively with administrative data (including data linkage).

The position is New York based but may be undertaken remotely. Some travel to support country work may be required from time to time.

How Can You Make a Difference?

This position will support UNICEF’s work to improve cross-sectoral administrative data capacity, system maturity, and inclusion of children in national identification and statistics systems. This is a key component of UNICEFs work on strengthening national data systems to ensure that they can “flex” to meet changing community needs, and contributes to our ongoing collaboration on strengthening data on refugee and displaced children with UNHCR under the Blueprint for action.

This position will play a key role in strengthening the availability, quality and use of administrative data to deliver for children through: Supporting the development of resources to support country offices and national governments to benchmark and strengthen their administrative data maturity

Work closely with the sectors in the Data & Analytics Section in integrating support to country level (administrative) data systems strengthening within each of the sectors and for further data analysis

Supporting regular communication with regional and country offices to identify support needs and challenges

Undertaking project design and review to develop key resources under the guidance of the Statistics Specialist.
Researching good practice examples and standards to support development of concept notes, discussion papers, guidance documents and training as required.
Drafting policy and guidance documents as required under the work program
Ensuring responsible data for children principles are reflected in the developed guidance
Engaging with colleagues across D&A to support improved integration of this work with sectoral work plans.

Building and maintaining the resource library/ tools to support the use of ADaMM

Identifying, reviewing and sharing new resources from partners and networks
Ensuring that the resource library is up to date
Working with communications and KM colleagues to ensure that information is accessible and useful for field colleagues

Providing technical support to countries undertaking a maturity assessment of their administrative data systems

Providing input to LTA and contract development
Providing direct consultation to countries to assist in the understanding and use of key aspects of the maturity model
Supporting capacity building at the regional and country office level to develop future peer to peer support
Identifying critical issues and raises these as appropriate for higher level review/ support
Responding to basic enquiries through the Evidence Helpdesk related to administrative data

Supporting data linkage of administrative data sources to address data gaps for children

Providing technical input to support the work of the UN Legal Identity Agenda on the use of identifiers in national administrative data systems, and proportional use of data.
Engaging with colleagues in D&A (and in particularly the Data Collection Unit and DAIU)
Supporting the Statistics Specialist (Administrative Data) on engagement and delivery of shared principles under the Inter-Agency working group on Biometrics, and related products.

Providing technical support to strengthen administrative data maturity (and support systems that “flex”) in humanitarian and emergency contexts

Supporting the Statistics Specialist (administrative data) to revise and adapt materials for this context
Providing technical support to country offices on the use of administrative data tools in fragile and refugee settings.
Conducting research, and draft concept papers/ guidance under the direction of the Statistics Specialist (Administrative Data) to address gaps and concerns as they arise.
Engaging with colleagues across D&A to support improved integration of this work with sectoral work plans.

Strengthen administrative data partnerships and contribute to fundraising for the data function and for strengthening (administrative) data systems in particular

Identify potential partnerships contributing to (administrative) data systems strengthening in regions and countries
Supporting the Statistics Specialist (Administrative Data) to convene the Admin Data Task Team and engage with the broader PD system Strengthening Lab
Supporting the Statistics Specialist through representation on / engagement with key partner forums including UN LIA, the GPSDD Administrative Data Collaborative, UN Data Strategy working groups, etc as needed.
Identify potential partners for resource mobilization, prepare presentations, pitch documents and donor proposals for fundraising and contribute to negotiations with potential donors (public / private), when needed

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

An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Official Statistics, or equivalent.
*A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
A minimum of five (5) years of relevant professional experience in official statistics
Strong experience working with administrative data systems (in health, education, civil registration, social welfare etc.), including functional identity and data linkage. This should include system design, evaluation and data use.
Proven research skills (including qualitative analysis and study design) and demonstrated record of peer-reviewed publications and/or technical publication.
Experience formulating guidance documents and tools.
Strong experience in training or advocacy on data related issues.
A solid understanding of UNICEF’s core areas of work and familiarity with the UN statistical community is considered an asset.
Excellent written and spoken language skills; and strong interpersonal communication skills.
Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).
The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…
Builds and maintains partnerships
Demonstrates self awareness and ethical awareness
Drive to achieve results for impact
Innovates and embraces change
Manages ambiguity and complexity
Thinks and acts strategically
Works collaboratively with others
To view our competency framework, please visit here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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.


Duties may be performed remotely.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally 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 a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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