Global MICS Team (November 2008)

Information on the current status of the Global MICS Team:

New York Headquarters
At HQ, in addition to Attila Hancioglu (Global Coordinator), Ngagne Diakhate (Data Processing Expert), and Emma Holmberg (Programme Officer), is now also Turgay Unalan, who joined the team in September 2008 as a Household Survey Specialist. Many MICSers already know Turgay, as he was involved with MICS3, attending regional workshops, assisting several countries in their analysis and reports, and reviewing reports from many MICS3 countries. Turgay is from Turkey - before joining UNICEF, was working as a lecturer/researcher at the Hacettepe University Institute of Population Studies in Ankara. Turgay has been involved in various household surveys in Turkey and elsewhere, recently with Azerbaijan and Maldives DHS surveys.

Regional Offices (Monitoring Specialists/MICS Coordinators)
One of the most welcomed and important developments in MICS4 is the creation of new posts at each regional office who will be responsible for coordination of MICS and other household survey activities at the regional level. Here is the current situation in terms of recruitment for these positions:

Central and Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CEECIS):
George (Gogita) Sakvarelidze, who was the MICS3 Coordinator for the countries in CEECIS, will continue his work at CEECIS RO (Geneva) to coordinate MICS4 activities in the region.

Eastern and Southern Africa Region (ESAR):
Bo Pedersen, previously M&E Officer in Ghana, will be coordinating MICS4 Activities in the ESARO Office (Nairobi).

Western and Central Africa Region (WCAR):
Michele (Michka) Seroussi is the new MICS4 Coordinator in Dakar. She brings expertise from DHS surveys, where she was working previously, as well as several NGOs in Africa.

East Asia and the Pacific and South Asia (EAPR and SA):
Rhiannon James will be responsible for coordinating MICS4 activities in South and East Asia and the Pacific, at the Asia Pacific Shared Services Centre (APSSC in Bangkok). Rhiannon was previously the MICS Coordinator of the MICS survey in Somalia, and later, the Data Archiving Focal Point at HQ, as a consultant.

The interview and recommendation process for the MICS Coordinator position for the countries of the Miiddle East and North Africa Region (MENAR) has been completed. The new MICS Coordinator will be on board very soon.

In the region of The Americas and the Caribbean (TACR), candidates have been identified for the position, but interviews have not been held as yet.

We hope that with the MENAR and TACR MICS Coordinators, this very dynamic, impressive team is completed very soon.


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