Job Description

UNICEF is looking for a seasoned professional who ensures that UNICEF Country Office has useful, valid and reliable information on the situation of children’s and women’s rights; the performance of UNICEF-supported Programmes including their relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability, and in Emergency contexts, their coverage, Coordination and coherence.

If you have the required profile, you are highly encouraged to apply. Taking up this assignment is motivating and rewarding.

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, Joy How can you make a difference? KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES and DUTIES & TASKS

1.  Integrated Evaluation & Research Plan (IMEP) 

  • Make professional contributions to and provide technical assistance for the planning and establishing the major research evaluation objectives, priorities, and activities in UNICEF’s multi-year and annual IMEPs, in consultation with child-rights and implementing partners.
  • Likewise, support the development of UNDAF Evaluation Plans from a sound results-based programming process.
  • Identify the Evaluation objectives, priorities, and activities required for effective CO and partner Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans,
  • In humanitarian response situations, within the first month, draft and recommend a simple one-month data-collection plan to cover key data gaps as required for the initial emergency response.
  • After the initial humanitarian response, support management of the medium-term response with a revised  IMEP
 2.  Situation Monitoring and Assessment 

  • In coordination with other stakeholders, support the collection of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and other key social development indicators (through MICS or other surveys) to improve national planning.
  • Support partners in the establishment and management of national statistical databases (e.g., DevInfo), ensuring that key indicators are readily accessible by key stakeholders. Potential uses include the Situation Analysis, Common Country Assessment, Early Warning Monitoring Systems, and Mid-Term Reviews.
  • Develop a collectively Situation Monitoring and Assessment  system owned by all key partners which supports the preparation of country level statistical and analytic reports on the status of children’s and women’s rights issues; and which allow,  when opportunities emerge, to influence developmental and social policies.  To include Technical Support to global reporting obligations including national reports on progress toward the MDGs, and toward CRC and CEDAW fulfilment.
  • In humanitarian response situations, provide professional support for one or more rapid assessments (inter-agency or independently if necessary) to be carried out within the first 48-72 hours, working in close collaboration with the humanitarian clusters partners.
4.  Evaluation

  • Technically support programme partners to formulate Terms of Reference and evaluation designs of high quality, when relevant drawing on the know-how of knowledge institutions, in compliance with the organizations programme evaluation policies and guidelines.
  • Monitor and ensure the quality of the field work and Data Management during the implementation phase, and the quality of the analysis and ease of understanding during the report writing phase.
  • Disseminate evaluation findings and recommendations to the intended audiences in user-friendly methods.  In particular, to ensure that effective participatory feedback is provided to community and civil society stakeholders.
  • Monitor and ensure that a management response to the findings and recommendations of the evaluation is completed, recorded, and followed up for implementation.  Most specifically, ensure that evaluation recommendations are submitted to the Country Management Team and follow-up actions recorded in CMT minutes. Submit electronic copies of all evaluations to NYHQ via the Evaluation Data Base web portal, with full accompanying documentation.
5.  Evaluation Capacity Building

  • Promote the awareness and understanding of the shared responsibility of Evaluation function among all staff members through  communication, training, learning and development activities organization wide.
  • In close collaboration with partners, ensure that an Evaluation capacity building strategy for UNICEF/UN staff national partners and institutions exists in the context of the IMEP, or UNDAF Evaluation plan.  Pay particular attention so the capacity needs of national partners such as professional evaluation associations will be strengthened by involvement in evaluation processes and possibly through specific capacity building initiatives.
  • Collaborate to implement capacity building strategies as a joint commitment with other developmental partners. Utilize a range of appropriate skills building strategies including self-learning, seminars and workshops and practical experience in order that UNICEF and UN staff have the basic knowledge and skills in understanding and applying new Evaluation policies, tools, methods to fulfil their responsibilities. Similarly, Design and implement strategies suited to the skills needs of national partners.
  •  Actively seek partnerships with knowledge institutions for the identification of capacity gaps and development of strategies to address them.
6.  Coordination and Networking 

  •  Collaborate with Regional Evaluation Advisers and HQ Evaluation Office for overall coordination of priority research, monitoring and evaluation activities, especially those of regional scope requiring the coordinated effort of multiple countries.
  •  Partner with the Regional Evaluation Adviser to ensure that current and accurate Evaluation data and results are included in regional reports, multi-country studies, and knowledge sharing networks.
  •  Undertake lessons-learned reviews on successful and unsuccessful Evaluation practices and experience at the national level, and ensure they are shared as appropriate. Similarly, pay attention to Evaluation knowledge networks to identify innovations and lessons learned that may be relevant for the CO and partners to improve their Evaluation function.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in social sciences, statistics, planning development, planning.
  • A minimum of Eight[8] year of relevant professional experience in programme development and implementation including monitoring and evaluation activities.
  • Developing country work experience (for IP) or field work experience (for NO)
  • At least one instance of exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness planning. Active involvement in a humanitarian crisis response programme preferred.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

Core Competencies
  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)
  UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

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.

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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