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This position is based in Nairobi with travel to the field. The candidate will work under the overall guidance of the UNFPA Representative and direct supervision of the Population and Development Program Manager. The consultant will contribute to the co-ordination and management of quality, timely and integrated programme and technical support to national statistical, population and related institutions. The Specialist will support national mechanisms for a multi-sectoral approach to capacity development of population and socio-economic statistics in Somalia, ensure that that UNFPA’s programs on population and development are implemented in the context of the ICPD Programme of Action and UNFPA Strategic Plan; and ensure that Population and Development issues are firmly placed within national development processes and national strategic frameworks.

Building on the experience of the 2014 Population Estimation Survey (PESS), Ministries of Planning and Health requested the support of UNFPA, development partners and donors to conduct a Somali Health and Demographic Survey (SHDS) as a next step in filling the most important health and demographic data gaps, further strengthening the capacities of Planning and Health Ministries and fostering the use of objective indicators for policy formulation, planning and measuring progress.

The Somali Health and Demographic Survey (SHDS) will collect vast amount of data broadly covering demographic characteristics, fertility, health issues (including maternal and child health; sexual and reproductive health and rights including family planning; and gender issues including GBV), and relevant socio-economic variables.

The data collected in this survey will assist the authority to monitor indicators in the National Development Plan (2017-2019) especially quality basic education, health, water and sanitation services; improved health outcomes, reduced maternal and child mortality, reduction in malnutrition rates as well as prevention and control of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

The survey will also build the capacity of new staff at planning and health institutions in Somali authorities and intends to fully utilize the personnel involved in PESS and further build their capacities in generating reliable statistics for Somalia.

The collection of high quality SHDS data will largely depend on the establishment of robust quality control frameworks.

The consultant will develop a data collection/entry system using Census and Survey Processing System (CSPro) for both Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing System (CAPI) and paper-based health and demographic household data collection. The final deliverable is a ready-to-use, fully documented Data Collection/Entry and Management System in CSPro that will minimize data error, ensure data integrity, and protect respondent privacy with practical methods.

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