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Consultancy - Individual Deprivation Measure Statistics Support

International Women's Development Agency
  • Commencing ASAP
  • Full-time until February 2020 OR part-time until April 2020

Who Are We?

The Individual Deprivation Measure (IDM) is a new, gender-sensitive measure of multidimensional poverty. It has been developed to assess deprivation at the individual level and overcome the limitations of current approaches that measure poverty at the household level. The current IDM Program is a partnership between the Australian National University and International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) with funding and strategic support from the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Our goal is that by April 2020 the IDM is ready for global use as an individual measure of deprivation and a tool for tracking how development is changing the lives of the most deprived.

Consultancy Background

The IWDA IDM team is seeking statistics support to augment IWDA IDM research team capacity to further analyse IDM Fiji data and write up results for publication in academic journals.

The IDM Program is in the final year of implementing of the current program and is working to maximise outputs including technical and academic outputs, to demonstrate the potential of IDM data and build the evidence base on which to promote interest in the IDM.

Consultancy Objectives

The purpose of this consultancy is to replicate and extend previous analysis of IDM Fiji data, and write up the results for publication including in academic journals. The consultant will work with the IWDA IDM research team to achieve this purpose, conducting statistical analyses in R and modelling analyses used in previous work.

The consultant will have a defined number of statistical techniques to apply within a pre-defined theoretical framework, with code in R already existing for some of these analyses. For this reason, the consultancy has a strong focus on written publication of work, with an indicative expectation of five papers in 6 months. The consultant will share authorship with IWDA IDM research staff, with author order depending on contribution as laid out in the journal/s selected.

Researcher Requirements

Candidates should possess the following skills and experience:


  1. Strong knowledge of statistical concepts including regression analysis
  2. Strong knowledge of and experience with R
  3. Completed (or completing) graduate level university qualification in social science, psychology, development, economics, statistics, or related fields
  4. Excellent attention to detail and commitment to data integrity
  5. Strong writing skills
  6. Experience in presenting the results of quantitative analysis in reports and academic papers


  1. Experience with analysis of multidimensional data
  2. Experience with communicating technical information to a general audience
  3. Understanding of the broader gender data landscape

All IWDA consultants are required to

  • Support and demonstrate IWDA’s Values and Behavioural Competencies
  • Act at all times in accordance with IWDA’s Code of Conduct and Policies
  • Comply with IWDA’s Occupational, Health, Safety & Wellbeing Policy and practices
  • Support a child safe organisation and undertake a police check prior to commencement and every 3 years thereafter.
  • Endorse IWDA’s Child Protection Code of Conduct

A full Position Description is attached below.

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