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For every child, hope
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in Programmes, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
How can you make a difference?
The Research and Evaluation Manager is responsible for contributing to the design and effective conduct and uptake of evaluations, social data monitoring, and research in accordance with UNICEF mission, guiding principles, standards, commitments, regulatory framework (including policies, procedures and guidance), as well as professional norms and standards. The Specialist also provides technical and operational support to the Chief Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation and the Country Management Team (CMT) to facilitate the overall planning, design, and implementation of the country office Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation & Research Plan (PRIME) and is responsible for managing and monitoring the implementation of PRIME efforts within the country office, and where appropriate across offices, between agencies and with national and international stakeholders and collaborators.
The effective technical and operational support provided by the Specialist to the CMT and a wide range of stakeholders contributes to the successful planning and execution of evaluation and research efforts that in turn result in improved Country Office and national stakeholders’ planning, performance and achievement of concrete and sustainable results.
Effective implementation of evaluation and research activities enhances UNICEF’s capacity and credibility in delivering highly effective programs and concrete and sustainable results that directly improve services to mothers and children in the country.
The development of national capacities, including those of government, private, academic, community, and civil society stakeholders, for evaluation and research fosters the ability and the desire for country-led action, and supports the growth of an evidence-based culture in programming and policy making at all levels.
Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks:
1. Evaluation. Ensure that UNICEF-supported evaluations are designed and implemented to established UN quality standards, and the results are disseminated in a timely fashion to stakeholders in order to improve programme performance and contribute to wider learning.
Duties & Tasks:
- Guide the office and partners to identify priority evaluation topics in accordance with the coverage guidelines of the UNICEF Evaluation Policy, and in accordance with the commitments contained in UNICEF’s Strategic Plan and in the agreed country programme.
- Support development of national policy or policies (e.g. by sector) on evaluation by public, civil, and private partners. Support country-led evaluations of policies and programmes and the consideration of the results by partners. These country-led exercises may examine aspects of the UNICEF-government programme of cooperation or may look at entirely national efforts.
- For UNICEF-supported evaluations, guide UNICEF programme specialists and programme partners to formulate Terms of Reference and evaluation designs of high quality. Manage the recruitment of appropriate and highly qualified consultants. Work closely with external evaluation consultants/teams to enable them to deliver results according to the agreed Terms of Reference. Take timely action and/or alert stakeholders to quality concerns and suggest actions to remedy any problems.
- Review draft and final evaluation reports and gather inputs from stakeholders in order to deliver feedback to the evaluators. Develop and implement a multi-method communication plan to disseminate the evaluation report to intended audiences via user-friendly methods. Support stakeholders to prepare a formal management response that reflects their reaction/views on the evaluation recommendations.
- Upload completed evaluations into the global Evaluation and Research Database to allow sharing and final quality review. Monitor and report on the implementation of agreed management response actions, including entering information in the designated corporate data base(s).
2. Plan for Research and Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation (PRIME). Ensure that the Country Office and national partners use a well-prioritized and realistic plan of research, monitoring and evaluation activities that will provide the most relevant and strategic information to manage the Country Programme toward achieving expected results and towards coping with potential and actual emergencies.
Duties & Tasks:
- Prepare PRIME and regularly track progress and report to senior management. Enhance the culture of evidence generation and use and make professional contributions to and provide technical assistance for the planning and establishing of major research, monitoring and evaluation objectives, priorities, and activities in UNICEF’s multi-year and annual PRIME exercises.
- Support the development of UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) monitoring, evaluation and research plans.
- Identify the monitoring, evaluation and research objectives, priorities, and activities required for effective CO and partner Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans. In humanitarian response situations, adjust the prevailing PRIME plan in accordance with monitoring, evaluation and research guidance for emergency situations. Likewise, adjust the PRIME in accordance with the transition through the stages of transition and recovery.
- Identify gaps in knowledge and work with sector specialists to ensure these are addressed in planned evidence activities. Facilitate cross-sectoral collaboration in research and data collection activities.
- Provide technical support to ensure that a set of programme performance indicators is identified and adjusted as necessary in the context of the multi-year and annual PRIMEs and associated office-wide management plans and work plans.
- Consolidate evaluation and research plans within required systems and documentation, including the PRIME planning software and in the costed evaluation plan that accompanies the country programme documentation for consideration by the Executive Board. Monitor progress and support CMT, annual reviews, mid-term review and other review moments that lead to plan revisions. Provide input to management reports, including relevant sections of the annual reports.
3. Research Management. Ensure that UNICEF-supported research is designed and implemented according to established UNICEF policies and procedures, and the results are disseminated in a timely fashion to stakeholders in order to improve programme performance and contribute to wider learning.
Duties & Tasks:
- Establish and facilitate research quality assure processes at the CO level in accordance with the UNICEF Policy on Research. Ensure that the Standard Operating Procedures outline the quality assurance process for research and that checklists, guidance and other tools are available to research project managers from all sectors.
- Convene the CO internal Research Steering Committee.
- Technically support UNICEF programme specialists and programme partners to formulate Terms of Reference for high quality research projects.
- Review the Terms of Reference for upcoming research projects and drafts of research reports.
- Assist with the peer review process of major research projects and coordinate feedback to Supervisor/CMT/stakeholders to ensure quality and compliance with the UNICEF Policy on Research and country office research priorities.
- Assist with the recruitment and selection of appropriately qualified research consultants, ensuring that the selection process is in compliance with UNICEF standards for performance, accountability, transparency and ethics.
- Assist research project managers from all sectors with the development of a multi-method communication plan to disseminate research findings to intended audiences via user-friendly methods.
- As part of Country Office Reporting, upload completed research reports to the global Evaluation and Research Database to allow global sharing and final quality review.
- Ensure all research follows the ethical principles and standards outlined in the UNICEF Procedure for Ethical Standards in Research, Evaluation and Data Collection and Analysis.
4. Evaluation and Research capacity strengthening and partnership building. Ensure that the evaluation and research capacities of Country Office staff and national partners – including government and civil society – are strengthened, enabling them to increasingly engage in and lead evidence generating processes. Ensure that the UNICEF office is effectively linked to wider UNICEF evaluation and research developments in a way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning on effective E&R management.
Duties & Tasks:
- Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with local/national governments, UN system agency partners, donors, NGOs, funding organization, research institutes, including universities, and the private sector to reinforce cooperation and/or pursue initiatives.
- Ensure that sufficient systems and procedures are in place at the Country Office to enable an appropriate ethics review of all UNICEF-supported evidence activities (evaluation, research, studies) as per the UNICEF Procedure for Ethical Standards in Research, Evaluation and Data Collection and Analysis.
- Implement capacity building initiatives, to enhance the competencies of a wide range of internal and external partners/stakeholders organizations to build their evaluation and research policies, procedures, tools and systems. Encourage staff and partners to complete available e-modules on evidence activities and participate in workshops of research management, impact evaluation, uptake, ethics, etc.
- Participate in strategic discussions, meetings and other international/national meetings and workshops. Exchange information and ideas to facilitate policy formulation, discussion and agenda setting on evaluation and research related issues.
- Keep abreast, research, benchmark, introduce and implement best and cutting-edge practices on evaluation and research planning and management. Institutionalize and disseminate best practices and lessons learned to maximize the use of E&R results to support improve programming and results delivery. Promote innovative approaches and good practices through advocacy and operational support/services.
- Support the development of evaluation and research associations that foster access by individual professional evaluators/researchers to knowledge, skills development, and networking opportunities.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Education. An advanced university degree in the social sciences, economics, statistics, or in research methods is required.
- Experience. A minimum of eight years of professional experience in the research and evaluation of programmes and socio-economic and other related issues at the international level some of which preferably were served in a developing country is required. Relevant experience in programme/project development evaluation and research in a UN system agency or organization is an asset. Experience with leading data collection, evaluation or research efforts as a team leader or principal investigator is desirable. Professional expertise in E&R process management, dissemination of results, and responding to recommendations. Professional technical knowledge of methodologies employed in E&R including Results-based Management (RBM), theories of change, standards and models, research designs, quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods of data collection, validity/reliability testing of data, data analysis and interpretation, and statistical inference methods. Exposure to mobile technology platforms, ‘big data’ and other innovative techniques is a significant advantage. Technical knowledge in routine monitoring systems; preferably those associated with Health, Nutrition, Education, Child Protection, or WASH sectors. Technical knowledge on use of disaggregation of data, especially with respect to equity, gender and Human Rights. Familiarity with ethics review processes. Refereed publications which show sound experience with research methods are desirable.
- Language Requirements. Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic or another official UN language is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s applicable core values, core competencies and functional competencies are:
- Drive for Results [II]
- Working with People [II]
- Communication [II]
- Leading and Supervising [II]
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II]
- Analyzing [II]
- Relating and Networking [II]
- Persuading and Influencing [II]
- Creating and Innovating [II]
View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf.
- 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 organisation. We are the first United Nations agency to be awarded the EDGE certification – the leading global standard for gender equality in the workplace.
- 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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles
- 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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