Information is an essential commodity for children to survive and thrive. Information poverty refers to chronic lack of abilities, skills and material means to obtain, analyze and apply information. It is further characterized by a lack of essential information and a poorly developed information infrastructure. The Information Poverty Project attempts to create a lightweight and common framework to compare information availability across communities. Based on a set of simple indicators, the Index allows practitioners and policy makers to understand a community’s abilities and vulnerabilities with regards to access to information, based on which targeted interventions and preventative measures could be taken.
The office requires a person with extensive experience in research, especially related to building indices, creating technical manuals, monitoring and evaluation. In addition, understanding of the areas that UNICEF operates in is of significant advantage.
The Information Poverty Project is seeking a Research Consultant to
- Provide critical technical expertise to the subject of information availability and poverty
- Support the prototyping of the Information Poverty Index and/or phase classification, and
- Advise developing and testing plans for ongoing iterations of the product
1) Work plan for 2 months
2) Bi-weekly meetings with UNICEF outlining progress on project
3) Participate in and lead expert consultations within UNICEF and the broader expert community as needed
4) 2-3 iterations of prototypes and user’s manual, concretely:
- Index manual including but not limited to: introduction, methodology and analytical framework, tools and resources, all with appropriate diagrams and tables
- Sample index (with computing process) created for 1-2 countries
- User’s manual with step-by-step guidance on how to build/update a country profile
5) Connections established between the information poverty index and other socio-economic indices across organizations
6) Prototype testing plans and future work plans created for advanced iterations
The successful candidate shall have:
- Advanced degree in information technology, information systems, economics, applied mathematics or other related field. Background in sociology, political science or other social sciences appreciated
- Extensive experience with research and development of indices, information systems or other knowledge products
- Familiarity with international frameworks and standards for information systems
- Familiarity with open source innovations in technology, design processes and methods, in particular with regards to international development
- Ability to work in a team and in a diverse work environment
- Experience with processing large amounts of information and synthesizing it
- Fluency in English, fluency in another UN official language a plus
Duration: 2 months Consultancy, part-time.
Location: UNICEF NYHQ, or remote. Consultant may be asked to travel to UNICEF New York Headquarters as needed.
Start Date: Immediate
Reporting to: Senior Advisor, Innovation, UNICEF NYHQ
- Salary commensurate with experience.
- Monthly payment based on outputs to deliverables, certified upon review and report with supervisor.
- UNICEF recourse in case of unsatisfactory performance:
- Payment will only be made for work satisfactorily completed and accepted by UNICEF.
Qualified candidates are requested to submit:
- Cover letter/application.
- Financial quote for consultancy at a daily rate in US Dollars.
- P 11 form (which can be downloaded from our website at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/index_53129.html).
Applications are to be sent to: email@example.com with subject line: Information Poverty Project by 31 January 2015.