Monitoring Specialist (Data & Analytics) (Re-advertised)

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UNICEF Malawi Country Programme (2019-2023) is aligned with the Government of Malawi’s Growth and Development Strategy (MDGS III) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The programme supports the Government of Malawi to meet its commitment to respect, protect and fulfil children’s rights in line with international conventions and standards. The country programme is guided by the principles of children’s rights, equity, gender equality, inclusion and resilience, and supports evidence-based, integrative and innovative programming. The vision is that ‘all girls and boys in Malawi, especially the most disadvantaged and deprived, realize their rights’.  The programme focuses on: early childhood (parenting, high-impact social services, early stimulation and learning), middle childhood and adolescence (learning, multi-sectoral services, active citizenship), communities (decentralized services and systems, community ownership, social norms), programme effectiveness (monitoring, evaluation, HACT, Innovation, Social Protection and Social Policy and External Communication.  The programme is based on ‘leaving no child behind’, realizing ‘rights for all children in Malawi’.

The data analytics function enables UNICEF’s programmes to reach the most disadvantaged children and women through use of GIS, remote sensing, data analytics and remote and real time monitoring. Data analytics helps to unmask disparities by geography, sex, age and wealth and better inform design of targeted interventions to ensure no child is left behind. Without accurate measurement of progress towards achievement of results for children and women, it would be difficult to know whether we are making a difference to the lives of children and women or not.

How can you make a difference?

The Malawi Country Office offers an exciting and rewarding career opportunity for you to join our dynamic team in the Programme Planning and Monitoring section where you will be responsible for geospatial data monitoring and analytics in support programme planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation functions.   In your role as Monitoring Specialist (Data and Analytics), you will be under the supervision and overall guidance of the Chief of Programme Planning and Monitoring.  The data function is cross-cutting in nature.  By supporting programme sections to address critical data gaps, you will contribute towards effective monitoring and measurement of key results for children.

This job presents a unique and significant opportunity for a qualified, vibrant, motivated and committed person to be to contribute to the overall achievement of transformative results for children by delivering on the following key responsibility areas, but not limited to – you are however encouraged to read the attached and detailed job description    Classified JD – Malawi_MLW21004__Monitoring-Specialist-Data-and-Analytics_NOC_2021.pdf  in order to  view the full role and its requirements:

  1. Through data analytics, foster innovation in strategic country programme analysis, planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation.
  2. Support interoperability of sectoral data and information management systems.
  3. Support data innovations for humanitarian performance monitoring.
  4. Contribute to data generation, analysis, sharing and use in support of the monitoring of progress in the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals for Malawi.
  5. Build internal and external networks on data for children.

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

Education :

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s Degree) in Data Science, Geospatial Science, Geographic Information Systems, Statistics, Environmental Science majoring in GIS, or other relevant disciplines is required
  • *A first-level university degree in a relevant field combined with two additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an advanced university degree


  • A minimum of five years of professional experience is required in the areas of data science and/or geospatial science, preferably with exposure to academic/research work and the private sector
  • Experience working in a developing country is considered as a strong asset
  • Background and/or familiarity with emergency is considered as an asset
  • Proven experience in leading implementation of a successful geospatial data project
  • Demonstrable experience in analyzing and interpreting big datasets is an added advantage
  • Experience in interpreting data collected via satellite and drone imagery is an added advantage

Technical Competencies :

  • Demonstrated competencies in analytical and quantitative skills
  • Skills in GIS, remote sensing techniques, satellite image interpretation and analysis is essential
  • Knowledge of emerging data analysis including big data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence is an asset
  • Familiarity with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), aerial mapping technology and mobile-based real-time monitoring platforms, and application of these technologies for development and emergency planning, response, monitoring and reporting are desirable

Language :

  • Fluency in English – both verbal and written is required
  • Fluency in any of the main local languages is required

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