Reporting Consultant At UN High Commissioner for Refugees

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is offering a home-based Consultancy within the Education Section in the Division of Resilience and Solutions, Copenhagen.

UNHCR is a global organisation dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people. Every year, millions of men, women and children are forced to flee their homes to escape conflict and persecution. We are in over 125 countries, using our expertise to protect and care for millions.

Title: Reporting Consultant

Duty Station: home-based

Duration: for 110 working days, starting as soon as possible until 31 January 2022

Contract Type: Individual Consultancy

Closing date: 26 July 2021

Start date: as soon as possible

Organisational context

The position is responsible for delivering products supporting the 15by30 roadmap, specifically including a tertiary enrolment reporting tool for use by stakeholders submitting refugee tertiary enrolment data, data visualisation and reporting on the same, as well as products to support the corporate ambition and requirements on the UNICEF-UNHCR Blueprint. The incumbent will take forward, elaborate, and systematise the initial global tertiary enrolment data collection exercise conducted in later 2020 and support build out of the five pillars to the 15by30 roadmap, specifically in terms of enrolment projections, cost and location. The position will also support preparations for the High Level Officials Meeting (HLOM) of the Global Refugee Forum (GRF), in December 2021, helping to develop visual materials for side-events linked to the RewirED summit, while also coordinating visual submissions from the Education co-sponsorship Alliance.

Responsibilities of the position include: carry forward work begun to collect, consolidate and analyse global enrolment data for refugees in higher education across five higher education pillars; formulate recommendations for systematic data collection and reporting against the 15% target on an annual basis by country and regional offices, partners, States; develop accessible and effective data visualisations for the 15by30 roadmap and for a range of other documents and publications, including providing these around planned evaluations. Along with developing data visualizations through partner submissions for the GRF.

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Duties and responsibilities

Description of activities:

In line with the 15by30 target for refugee tertiary education, set out in Education Strategy 2030, and in light of the recently launched Aiming Higher global fundraising campaign for tertiary education, there is an urgent need for UNHCR to monitor and report on progress towards tertiary enrolment targets across five pillars: the DAFI scholarship programme, connected higher education programmes, refugee participation in national technical and vocational education and training (TVET) and university degree programmes, and complementary education pathways for admission.

To date, UNHCR and partners are lacking a systematic, predictable way to collect and consolidate tertiary education enrolment reporting. Efforts to develop a reporting structure and capacity in 2020 were threefold: first, UNHCR conducted the first ever data collection across the five pillars of higher education for refugees, second, UNHCR established an online presence associated dashboard for 15by30 roadmap data, and third, UNHCR conducted consultation across partners, country and regional offices to better understand available data sources, feasible reporting timeframes, data limitations and other factors to inform a future reporting structure. Further work is urgently needed to put in place an accessible, accurate system for all stakeholders to report on refugee enrolment in tertiary education at the end of 2021.

Similarly, UNHCR’s commitments under the UNICEF-UNHCR Blueprint are a relatively new and substantial piece of work requiring additional investments in data visualisation and presentation. Analysis and reflection of the UNHCR’s investments under the country level Joint Action Plan, combined with relevant activities in FOCUS has begun but additional work is needed to consolidate the information, improve accessibility of the information and ensure that the overall presentation of the information is usable by senior management, regional bureau and country programmes.

Finally, with major changes to the global communications team, in order to deliver data visualisation aspects on corporate commitments such as the Global Education Report, it is necessary to have this capacity within the education team. The role will also support preparations for the GRF HLOM.


· Q2 2021 – Consolidation of UNHCR-UNICEF Blueprint dashboard and data representation based on recommendations identified during presentation of the dashboard in February 2021.

· Q2 2021 – Analysis of the global tertiary education enrolment data collection exercise completed, presentation to global Tertiary Education Task Force.

· Q2 2021 – Data visualisation inputs and content for the annual DAFI report

· Q3 and Q4 2021 – Consolidate UNHCR-UNICEF Blueprint dashboard, information and data representation.

· Q2 and Q3 2021 – data visualisation of education related aspects of Global Trends and other elements as required in the Global Education Report.

· Q4 2021 – Reporting methodology drafted and presented to tertiary education stakeholders, including per-pillar data on enrolment, cost, duration, location, and other parameters.

· Q4 2021 – interactive visualizations developed from Education co-sponsors submissions available for use at the HLOM.

· Q4 2021 – Q1 2022 – Preparation of update on education pledges and overall enrolment, cost and projection data for 2021 GRF stocktake.

Essential minimum qualifications and professional experience required

· Education: Advanced University degree in Journalism, Law, International Relations, Economics, Business Administration/Management, Social Sciences or a related fields;

· At least three years of professional experience in data analysis, visualisation or reporting;**

· Specialised expertise in refugee higher education data collection and analysis;**

· Familiarity with UNHCR’s tertiary education objectives and requirements related to the 15by30 roadmap;**

· Familiarity with UNHCR’s Blueprint commitment and investments, and UNHCR’s country and regional education programmes and data sources;**

· Strong track record of effective communication with UNHCR country, regional and global DIMA colleagues;**

· Excellent written, communication and presentation skills in English.**


The successful candidate will be working home-based.


The consultancy is planned to be home-based.

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit their letter of motivation and Personal History Form (PHF) to indicating DRS/2021/018; First Name/Last Name, Reporting Consultant in the subject of the email.**

Personal History Forms are available at PHF Form Supplementary Sheet.

Applications without PHF Form will not be considered.

The UNHCR workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures, languages and opinions. UNHCR seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. Applications are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.

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