UN Women: Data Analysis and Monitoring Specialist

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Application Deadline :09-Oct-18 (Midnight New York, USA)
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-3
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Duration of Initial Contract :1 year


UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.

The Strategic Planning Unit (SPU) in UN Women HQ focuses on assisting UN Women and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links strategic planning and Results-Based Management (RBM) with more effective and new ways of working.  The SPU is the custodian of RBM as well as field and HQ level strategic planning and results-based reporting in UN Women. The SPU provides quality assurance on strategic planning and results reporting exercises at the corporate and field levels. It takes a collaborative approach to strategic planning and programmatic learning, creating space for innovation and enabling UN Women and its partners to be more effective, knowledge and data-driven, and driving higher quality UN Women programming.  It is also charged with engagement on all planning inter-agency initiatives, including UNDAFs. SPU is also the leading unit as business owner for UN Women results management systems to support strategic planning and results-based monitoring and reporting processes as well as data aggregation and analysis to communicate on results with stakeholders. 

Under the direct supervision of the Chief, SPPEU, the Data Analysis and Monitoring Specialist is responsible for consolidating, aggregating, analyzing quantitative and qualitative data of Strategic Plan at the corporate/HQ level to contribute to the corporate level monitoring and reporting on the implementation of UN Women’s Strategic Plan. He/She systematically captures Strategic Plan data, allowing UN Women to monitor cumulative progress and achievement of results and targets as outlined in the Strategic Plan results frameworks. He/she provide technical support to field offices and HQ to strengthen UN Women’s capacity on data collection and analysis. He/she is also responsible for using key findings form data analysis to strengthen UN Women’s results communication within and beyond UN Women.

Duties and Responsibilities

Conduct data collection and analysis to support systematic monitoring and reporting of UN Women’s Global Strategic Plan at the corporate level:

  • Lead the development, finalization and implementation of data collection/analysis plan per Strategic Plan (SP) indicator for systematic monitoring and reporting of UN Women Global Strategic Plan Integrated Results and Resources Framework (IRRF) in collaboration with various units of HQ and field offices of UN Women and key partners;
  • Lead the development of approaches and tools to better quantify and report on UN Women results in a systematic manner and to link with SDG targets and indicators;
  • Design and conduct data collection methods, including (but not limited to) survey and questionnaires, to collect necessary quantitative and qualitative date at the corporate level;
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data to identify trends and provide overview of performance;
  • Coordinate with HQ units to validate the quality of data collected from the field and HQ levels (baseline, targets, actual monitoring data) before using those for corporate monitoring, review and reporting exercises;
  • Provide customized technical support and address gaps in those Global SP indicators whose data collection and analysis methodologies need improvement;
  • Collect, aggregate and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data on results from the field and HQ on UN Women Global Strategic Plans through results management systems and online platforms of UN Women and beyond, and summarize and present key findings to the field and HQ of UN Women to feed into monitoring, reporting and next cycle of planning of Strategic Plan and to contribute to decision making processes;
  • Provide technical inputs related to data collection and analysis for the monitoring and reporting process of Common Chapter of Global Strategic Plan, with UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF.

Provide technical support to UN Women field offices and HQ units on data collection and analysis:

  • Provide technical support to HQ units and field offices to specify and improve methodologies for data collection and analysis per Strategic Plan indicator as well as SN/AWP and project levels to strengthened evidence-based monitoring and reporting;
  • Develop specific training materials and tools on statistics, data collection and analysis to strengthen capacity of UN Women personal in those areas;
  • Explore the use of innovation and big data for results monitoring and reporting and train UN Women staff on relevant tools.

Provide technical contributions and guidance to evidence-based communication on UN Women’s results and achievements with stakeholders and external partners:

  • Collect, aggregate and analyze both qualitative and quantitative data on results from the field and HQ on UN Women Global Strategic Plans through results management systems of UN Women and beyond, and summarize and present key findings to be used for communication with key partners, donors and the public;
  • Prepare visual presentation of results data and UN Women’s performance for internal and external audiences;
  • Provide data and visualization of data for the update of UN Women Strategic Plan online portal and other external websites;
  • Contribute to communication of UN Women’s results linking with SDG goals, targets and indicators.

Provide technical contributions to integration of data collection, analysis and results communication in UN Women business processes and procedures in the areas of strategic planning, monitoring, reporting and knowledge management:

  • Ensure that data collection, analysis and results communication are systematically integrated in programming-related policies, procedures, guidance and tools of UN Women under PPG framework.

Provide technical contributions to development and enhancement of UN Women IT systems to strengthen collection, analysis and communication of results data:

  • Provide inputs to the specification of business cases and functional requirements specifically related to data collection, analysis, visualization of data, and results communication in the processes of development of new and/or enhancement of existing IT systems of UN Women;
  • Provide technical support in conducting User Acceptance Testing specifically those functionalities that support systematic data collection, analysis and results communication of UN Women Global Strategic Plan.

Provide any other support as requested by supervisor.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality analysis of data related to global strategic plan;
  • Timely and quality advice and guidance to field offices and HQ on data collection and analysis;
  • Knowledge is well managed and widely disseminated;
  • Proper integration of data, analysis and results communication in strategic planning, monitoring and reporting;
  • Timely and accurate reporting.


Core Values:

  • Respect for Diversity;
  • Integrity;
  • Professionalism.

Core Competencies:

  • Accountability;
  • Creative Problem Solving;
  • Effective Communication;
  • Inclusive Collaboration;
  • Stakeholder Engagement;
  • Leading by Example.

Please visit this link for more information on UN Women’s Core Values and Competencies: http://www.unwomen.org/-/media/headquarters/attachments/sections/about%20us/employment/un-women-employment-values-and-competencies-definitions-en.pdf.

Functional Competencies:

  • Strong  knowledge of gender statistics and data, including collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Excellent knowledge of developing indicators for systematic results-based monitoring and reporting
  • Ability to link key institutional processes to promote overall organizational effectiveness;
  • Strong knowledge of and experience in the application of RBM in programming, monitoring, reporting and evaluation;
  • Understanding of database systems and statistical analysis software;
  • Ability to go beyond established procedures and practices, introduce new approaches and strategic innovations.
  • Familiarity and knowledge on SDGs global indicators for monitoring and reporting is an asset.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Advanced university degree (at least a master’s degree) in development related disciplines, economics, statistics, project management, or public policy or other social science fields.


  • At least 5 years of experience in the areas of data collection and analysis with statistics for monitoring or reporting in the areas of international development;
  • Familiarity in statistical software (ex. STATA, SAS, SPSS) for data collection and analysis;
  • Experience in data management;
  • Experience in capacity building work around data, such as conducting training and/or providing technical support in the areas of statistics, data collection and analysis is an asset;
  • Experience in producing manuals, guidance and/or practical tools on statistics, data collection/analysis is an asset;
  • Experience working with web-based results tracking systems would be an asset;
  • Familiarity and experience with the UN system at the country, regional and/or global level is an asset. 


  • Fluency in English, both oral and written, is required; 
  • Proficiency in other UN languages is an advantage.


  • All applications must include (as an attachment) the completed UN Women Personal History form (P-11) which can be downloaded from http://www.unwomen.org/about-us/employment Kindly note that the system will only allow one attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.


In July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. The creation of UN Women came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. It merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system (DAW, OSAGI, INSTRAW and UNIFEM), which focused exclusively on gender equality and women's empowerment.


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