Real-time Monitoring Developer (International Consultant) at United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (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.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Real-time Monitoring Developer (International Consultant)

Job Number: 533056
Location: Abuja Nigeria
Work Type: Consultancy

UNICEF supports governments and partners in implementation of education programme to achieve key results for children. UNICEF measures its effectiveness of programme delivery through monitoring the progress of key indicators such as result matrices in country programme development, UN joint work plan, Sustainable Development Goals indicators, Indicators reporting key results for children, as part of donor commitments, and most recently to measure the progress on COVID-19 responses for continuing learning. This monitoring concern at least 134 indicators, from almost 12 different sources. To achieve this goal some monitoring systems are already in place for some specifics projects (GEP3, EAC), however there is a need to harmonize the monitoring in a comprehensive and flexible global system for Education Section. This system should be link to UNICEF Education Section Workplan for easy reporting at different level and also for relevant feedback to all the actors.

The Section achievements are measure from various sources and one of the most important source is EMIS data collected annually in the 36 States and FCT. However, there is not a robust harmonized online tool for this data collection across the country and to show the trends on the key statistics of Education in NIGERIA. UNICEF trough FME will support the implementation and the deployment of an Annual School Census online data collection tool and data visualization tool.

Purpose of Activity / Assignment
How can you make a difference?

  • The consultancy is to support the design and development of a harmonized monitoring platform for UNCIEF Basic Education Section, to support Federal Ministry of Education (FME), NEMIS team to finalize and deploy an efficient Annual School Census real-time data collection online tool and a data visualization platform to make available NIGERIA Education Key Statistics data for evidence-based planning. In addition a real-time monitoring system was developed to enhance monitoring data collection, evidence generation and effective tracking of progress including for value for money analysis.
  • The current real-time monitoring system has a single platform handling different datasets with similar features – mobile device-based, cloud-based, open source supported platform, 3-tier architecture and compatible to all standard databases. The system has been built around the overall architecture of UNICEF GEP3 intervention monitoring database but needs to be upgraded to accommodate additional data needs of the wider education programme including humanitarian response projects.
  • Reporting to the Education Specialist (M&E), the consultant will also be responsible for testing and making necessary adjustment to the different systems prior to their deployment for effective use. The consultant will work closely with especially GEP3, EAC team, humanitarian team UNICEF Basic Education section and FME NEMIS team. To view the TOR, please click HERE

Job Requirements
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

  • Advanced degree in ICT, M&E, Information Management, Computer Science or related fields
  • At least 5 years professional experience with ICT, M&E or Information Management.
  • Competent in relational database design such as MS-Access or MS SQL Server with broad understanding of information management systems and technology,
  • Extensive knowledge and skills of computer programs applications, particularly in the area of database management system (e.g.: SQL programming)
  • Demonstrated experience developing innovative information technology solutions for developing countries.
  • Previous experience developing data systems for mobile devices and familiarity working with open source applications and mobile platforms.
  • Communicates effectively, both orally and in writing, to varied audiences,
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment, sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

  • UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are:

Application Closing Date
23rd July, 2020; 23:55:00 GMT+0100 (West Africa Standard Time).

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors.
  • Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.
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