Statistics & Monitoring Specialist (WASH)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
New York, NY, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
International Organization
Experience Level: 
Mid-Level/Senior (8-9 Years)
Degree Required: 
Advanced Degree (Master's or JD)


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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, a safe and clean environment.

Data & Analytics (D&A) is located within the newly formed Division of Analysis, Planning and Monitoring at UNICEF's New York headquarters. D&A is the hub of UNICEF's technical guidance, quality assurance and technical data architecture for programme work on data across the organization. D&A provides leadership, strategic and normative guidance and technical support to UNICEF's work on generating evidence on the situation of children by supporting the collection, analysis, understanding and use of robust data and statistics, programme data, data science, big data analytics and data literacy.

How can you make a difference?

As the Statistics and Monitoring Specialist (WASH), your main functions will include:

Data collection and analysis

  • Support UNICEF global, regional and country level data collection and analysis mainly at the outcome/impact levels of relevant indicators, and provide technical guidance as needed.
  • Carry out in-depth analysis and interpretation of data related to WASH, including contributions to UNICEF flagship publications and other major reports and the preparation of technical papers including peer reviewed journal articles.
  • Provide technical advice on data availability and data quality, including responding to ad hoc requests to senior management, Programme Division, Regional Offices, Country Offices, partner organizations and others
  • Support the visualization and dissemination of data, estimates and other products to maximize the use for advocacy, programming and planning purposes.

Methodological development

  • Provide technical inputs to the methodological development of indicators and standards for measurement and monitoring of WASH.
  • Lead the ongoing development and refinement of statistical methods for estimating national, regional and global progress on WASH in households, schools and health care facilities.
  • Contribute to the on-going improvement in data availability and quality. In collaboration with external partners, modify existing measurement tools and develop new tools where appropriate. Test tools in field situations, develop guidelines for their use and provide support for implementation at country level.

Capacity development and country support

  • Contribute towards building the capacity of regional and country offices and national stakeholders to monitor WASH. The incumbent will support the development of training materials and help to deliver training workshops by delivering presentations and providing technical support and advice.
  • Contribute to developing capacity within the organization for evidence-based policy, planning, programming and advocacy by supporting the development of new ways to visualize and disseminate WASH data.

Strategic partnerships and external representation

  • Build and maintain partnerships with other UN agencies or organizations/institutions working in relevant areas.
  • Lead or participate in interagency monitoring groups and partnerships with regard to WASH monitoring and statistics.
  • Contribute to regular sharing of data and related products with partners at the global, regional, and country levels.
  • Represent UNICEF at international meetings and other areas of work as required.
  • Support fundraising activities and reporting to donors.

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

  • Advanced university degree (Masters or PhD) in statistics, public health or another relevant subject with strong quantitative training and experience.
  • At least 8 years of professional experience at national and international levels in data analysis, data collection, measurement, methodological development and other areas of applied statistics, data interpretation and use, relevant to WASH statistics.
  • Experience in the analysis of household survey data, data obtained from population censuses, from administrative records and other sources.
  • Experience writing technical reports and/or peer reviewed journal articles.
  • Experience delivering presentations and training on data collection to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), statistical analysis software (SPSS, Stata, R).
  • 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 core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are:

  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
  • Analyzing
  • Relating and Networking
  • Deciding and Initiating Action
  • Applying Technical Expertise
  • Planning and Organizing

View our competency framework at

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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


The VA is open to internal and external candidates.

This position is classified as "rotational" which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty.

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

UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at

Opening Date Tue Dec 10 2019 09:00:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time) Eastern Standard Time
Closing Date Sun Jan 12 2020 23:55:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time