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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: New York City | Washington D.C.
  • Grade: Mid/Senior - Internationally recruited position - Mid/Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Women's Empowerment and Gender Mainstreaming
  • Closing Date: 2015-12-11

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Gender Action Plan (GAP) Consultant on M&E and Meso Methodology (Special Focus on Girls' Education)

New York City (United States of America) | Washington D.C.

Background & Rationale

UNICEF Gender Action Plan (GAP) elaborates the gender dimensions of programmatic results across the seven outcomes areas of the Strategic Plan, and especially focuses on four cross-sectoral targeted priorities – ending child marriage, promoting gender-responsive adolescent health, advancing girls’ secondary education, and addressing gender based violence in emergencies. Progress towards the implementation of the GAP on both programmatic results and institutional effectiveness is measured against outcomes, outputs and indicators incorporated into the Strategic Plan and consolidated within the GAP. UNICEF reports annually to the Executive Board on progress accordingly and as part of this process all regions assess country level performance against the GAP through specific reviews, annual reports and monitoring data.

As part of its role in supporting the enhancement of UNICEF’s programming excellence on gender equality and in advancing field level ability to deliver on results, the Gender Section (GS) at UNICEF HQ is seeking a consultant to 1) support strengthened field level capacity on measuring and monitoring progress on the GAP and 2) advancing the development and application of a “meso methodology” for implementing cross-sectoral programming on the Targeted Gender Priorities, with a particular sectoral focus on girls’ education.


The purpose of this consultancy is two-fold: 1) to provide technical support to country offices and to work interactively with them, HQ, and Regional Office counterparts to strengthen results- based programming, monitoring and reporting mechanisms of the four targeted priorities as well as mainstreaming components of the GAP; and 2) to draft a meso-methodology that specifies the data, information and analysis required for a systems level review and prioritization of sectoral entry points for achieving targeted priority results for girls at scale; the draft would particularly focus on entry points in the education sector and girls’ secondary schooling in two targeted priority countries.

The consultant will work with the senior team in the Gender Section to prioritize Country Offices most poised in their Country Programme Cycle to effectively implement the GAP Programmatic Assessment tool and establish more robust indicators and measures for assessing progress on the GAP. S/he will support field missions to those prioritized Country Offices to support the establishment of programmatic assessments and indicator development. S/he will support the Gender Section in the consolidation of the field based learning on programme assessments and indicator development to strengthen capacity building guidance and tools, and to feed into improvements in the corporate level GAP M&E mechanisms.

The consultant will also work with the Gender and Education Sections in articulating the key components—including data, information and analysis—of a meso methodology that helps country offices to prioritize scalable interventions on girls’ secondary schooling with the strongest evidence base, most opportune entry points, and clearest causal chain in achieving both education and child marriage results. This will involve undertaking field missions to at least two Country Offices where the girls’ education priority overlaps with the child marriage Targeted Priority. The missions will serve to provide analytical and advisory inputs to the Gender and Education Sections in articulating a field relevant methodology for intervention prioritization, modalities for implementing at-scale interventions along with an accompanying theory of change and results framework. As complementary to this process, the consultant will also support the design and implementation of a Game Plan for Girls’ Secondary Education, a process led by the Girls Education Results Manager in collaboration with the Gender Section. S/he will support the development and roll out of both the meso methodology and the Game Plan so that countries are able to capture changes at the level of the girl, such as the number reached by UNICEF programmes, retained in school or with improved learning outcomes.

Expected results (measurable results):
High quality M&E, capacity building, analytical and advisory services provided to the Gender Section and Education Section, as well as UNICEF Country Offices, in the implementation of the Gender Action Plan, specifically:

A. Country Office capacity and results-based programming, monitoring and reporting mechanisms of the GAP related to the four targeted priority areas as well as mainstreaming components are strengthened. Activities shall include but not be limited to:

  • Prioritization of Country Offices effectively positioned to implement the GAP Programmatic Assessment tool
  • Strengthen and establish robust indicators for measuring shorter term progress on the GAP
  • Provide technical support to prioritized Country Offices to operationalize the Programmatic Assessment Tool
  • Develop and strengthen capacity building guidance and tools based on field learning with regard to the Programmatic Assessment Tool

B. Draft meso-methodology for prioritizing girls’ secondary education programme strategies at scale and with a link to child marriage developed with specific relevance to two countries.

Activities shall include but not be limited to:

  • Contribute to the development of a meso-methodology for undertaking a sectoral analysis, with a particular focus on advancing girls’ secondary education and linking it to child marriage.
  • Provision of analytical and advisory services to the Gender and Education Sections in the development of a methodological and results framework and strategies for undertaking girls’ secondary education at scale.
  • Undertake technical missions in at least 2 Country Offices to feed into the above processes
  • Support the design and implementation of a Game Plan for Girls’ Secondary Education from an M&E perspective.

DELIVERABLES (Deadlines between estimated start in December 2015 and 30 November 2016)

  • Monthly status report of on-going work outlined in components A and B delivered
  • Detailed work plan for overall project scope to be agreed upon with HQ Gender and Education Sections
  • List of priority countries for use of Programmatic Assessment Tool and menu of GAP indicators developed
  • Mission reports from technical support to COs drafted; M&E contribution to Girls’ Secondary Education Game Plan drafted
  • Meso-methodology documentation and tools drafted and created
  • GAP reporting tools and Guidance developed
  • Mission report from technical support to COs completed


The consultancy will be located in and managed by the HQ Gender Section and will work in close collaboration with the HQ Education Section Girls’ Education Results Manager.

Duty Station: New York, HQ with mission travel to regional and country offices expected

Key competences, technical background, and experience required:

  • Advanced university degree in sociology, demography, economics, education or other social sciences.
  • At least 8 years relevant experience and expertise in the areas of M&E and economic and/or sectoral analysis at mid-level.
  • Background in girls’ education
  • Strong research and analytical skills, with experience in developing conceptual and assessment frameworks, M&E, and field level capacity building on results based programming and measurement.
  • Strong conceptual and writing skills, with ability to articulate research, evaluation and measurement concepts in a programmatically relevant manner.
  • Demonstrated ability to link girls’ education with broader aspects of girls’ empowerment and cross-sectoral outcomes
  • Experience with review, assessment, and/or design of girls’ education initiatives and linking them with sectoral analysis and recommendations.
  • Experience in researching, documenting, and synthesizing sectoral and programmatic information and data into cohesive methodologies and frameworks. Monthly status report of on-going work outlined in components A and B delivered

Applicants are requested to send their submissions to with subject line: Gender Action Plan (GAP) Consultant on M&E and Meso Methodology (Special Focus on Girls' Education) by 11 December 2015, 5:00pm EST.

Applications must include:

· Cover letter

· CV, and

· P-11 form

· Indicate where you heard about this advertisement.

Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above. Applications submitted without a daily/monthly rate will not be considered.

NOTE: Files should not exceed 5.0MB limit.

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