United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Consultant (Evaluator, Case Study Researcher - Civil Registration and Vital Statistics Systems Summative Evaluation)

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

The Evaluation Office seeks an Evaluator – Case Study Researcher to conduct desk-based country case studies as part of a corporate independent evaluation titled “Evaluation of UNICEF work in strengthening civil registration and vital statistics systems” 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. And we never give up. For every child, evaluate As part of the Global Evaluation Plan (2017-2021), the UNICEF Evaluation Office is commissioning an evaluation of UNICEF’s contribution to strengthening civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems. The evaluation will examine the relevance, effectiveness, coherence and innovation of UNICEF’s strategies and programmes to strengthen national CRVS and will comprise summative and formative elements. How can you make a difference? The purpose of the consultancy is to support learning on what works to strengthen CRVS systems and under which circumstances. The intent is to inform the strategies, design and implementation of future UNICEF initiatives; and to contribute to UNICEF’s accountability for its performance and results. Specifically, the consultancy will contribute to the independent corporate evaluation by synthesizing existing knowledge on CRVS systems strengthening for seven case study countries. The 11 countries under consideration are: Bangladesh, Botswana, Guinea, Haiti, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Tajikistan. The Evaluator will be in charge of (a) analyzing and summarizing a core set of documents per country, and (b) to determine and fill data gaps. Specifically:
  • Contribute to the refinement and finalization of the annotated country case study outline; 

  • Analyze and summarize data in accordance with the agreed template and overall evaluation approach, plan and timeline;

  • Draft seven country case study reports that clearly lay out:

    • The specificities of the national CRVS system;

    • The roles of other actors and stakeholders in the national CRVS response;

    • The details of UNICEF’s programmatic response;

  • Revise the case studies based on feedback from the Evaluation Office, and other reviewers;

  • Manage and keep updated the bibliography and knowledge sharing platform for each country case study.

Deliverables: The level of effort is estimated at 85 days over the period 27 July through 20 December 2020. Expected deliverables are as follows:
  1. Annotated country case study outline: 2 days

  2. Pilot case study report: 12 days

  3. Revised and final pilot case study report: 2 days

  4. Drafts of six remaining case studies: 60 days

  5. Revised and final versions of four case studies: 6 days

  6. Submission of full bibliographies, all relevant documentation and raw data to knowledge sharing platform: 3 days

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have....
  • An advanced university degree in the social sciences or a related field;

  • Significant experience in conducting research, data analytics or evaluations in the realm of CRVS (at least 5 years);

  • Experience supporting global thematic evaluations;

  • Documented track-record in analyzing and synthesizing quantitative and qualitative information from different sources;

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a remote team and ability to produce quality work;

  • Good communication and people skills; ability to express ideas and concepts concisely and clearly in written and oral form;

  • Prior experience with UNICEF or the United Nations is an asset;

  • Language proficiency: Fluency in English; ability to read French/Spanish an advantage.

For every Child, you demonstrate… UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. 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. How to apply: Applications must be sent by 07 July 2020 11.59 pm EST. Applications must include:
  • CV, which should include up-to-date contact details of at least three reference persons.

  • Cover letter with the following information:
    • Description interest and relevant qualification/work experience for this assignment;

    • Financial offer, with a single comprehensive daily rate in USD. Applications submitted without this rate will not be considered.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
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