Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
To ensure that the 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. To work within the UN country team to support UNCT goals for delivering valid and reliable information on the attainment of the MDGs and other goals, and on the performance of UN-supported programmes To assist in the development of national capacities for monitoring, evaluation and research, with special attention to the interest, concern and participation of government, community, and civil society stakeholders.
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PURPOSE OF THE JOB
To ensure that the 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.
To work within the UN country team to support UNCT goals for delivering valid and reliable information on the attainment of the MDGs and other goals, and on the performance of UN-supported programmes.
To assist in the development of national capacities for monitoring, evaluation and research, with special attention to the interest, concern and participation of government, community, and civil society stakeholders.
1. Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Planning. The Country Office and national partners have a well-prioritised and realistic plan of research, monitoring and evaluation activities that provides all the relevant and strategic information needed to manage the Country Programme.
2. Situation Monitoring and Assessment. The Country Office and national partners have timely and accurate measurements of change in conditions of children, women, and their families in the country or region; this information is available to facilitate planning and measure program impact.
3. Programme Performance Monitoring. The planning function of the Country Office has quality information to assess progress towards expected annual and multi-year results.
4. Evaluation. UNICEF-supported evaluations attain established UN quality standards, and the results are disseminated in a timely fashion to stakeholders for improving programme performance and contributing to national and corporate learning.
5. M&E Capacity Building. The monitoring and evaluation capacities of Country Office staff and national partners - government and civil society - meet the expectations and requirements of their positions and responsibilities.
6. Coordination and Networking. The UNICEF office is linked to wider UNICEF M&E developments in way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning on effective M&E management.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES and DUTIES & TASKS
Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.
1. Evaluation (note: for all evaluation matters, the M&E Specialist will report to the Representative)
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
- Work with the Country Management Team and national partners in to identify strategic evaluation topics. This may include joint evaluation of public policies and programmes, impact evaluation of models and pilots and participation to strategic multi-country evaluations. Include strategic evaluations as an essential component of the CPD in the Costed Evaluation Plan (CEP). Target coverage is a minimum of 3 strategic evaluations over the course of the 5 year programme cycle - including 1 country programme evaluation in 10.
- Formulate Terms of Reference and evaluation designs of high quality, when relevant drawing on the know-how of knowledge institutions, in compliance with the UNEG evaluation norms and standards.
- Recruit and supervise the independent evaluation team. Establish evaluation reference groups (internal and external stakeholders) that contribute throughout all evaluation phases.
- Monitor and ensure the quality of the field work and data management during the evaluation implementation phase, and the quality of the analysis and ease of understanding during the report writing phase as per UNICEF 2018 evaluation policy and guidelines.
- Ensure that the evaluation follows the established standard operating procedures and adheres to quality assurance mechanisms for evaluations. Facilitate comments on the draft evaluation report towards its validation and finalization.
- 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. Submit electronic copies of all evaluations with all annexes to the global database for sharing and quality rating.
- Support the development of the management response to the evaluation recommendations. Monitor and report on the implementation of the management response.
2. Plan for Research, Impact Monitoring and Evaluation (PRIME)
Ensure that the Country Office and national partners use a well-prioritised and realistic plan of research, monitoring and evaluation activities that will provide the most relevant and strategic information to manage the Country Programme, including tracking and assessing UNICEF's distinct contribution.
Duties & Tasks
- Make professional contributions to and provide technical assistance for the planning and establishing the major research, monitoring and evaluation objectives, priorities, and activities in UNICEF's multi-year (CEP) and annual PRIME, in consultation with child-rights and implementing partners.
- Likewise, support the development of UNDAF M&E Plans from a sound results-based programming process.
- Identify the M&E 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
3. Situation Monitoring and Assessment
Ensure that the Country Office and national partners have timely and accurate measurement of change in conditions in the country or region, including monitoring of socio-economic trends and the country's wider policy, economic or institutional context, to facilitate planning and to draw conclusions about the impact of programmes or policies.
Duties & Tasks
- In coordination with other stakeholders, support the collection of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other key social development indicators (through MICS, TransMonEE or other data gathering efforts) to improve national planning.
- Support partners in the establishment and management of national statistical databases (e.g., HELIX), 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.
- Support the preparation of country level statistical and analytic reports on the status of children's and women's rights issues when opportunities emerge to influence developmental and social policies. To include technical support to global reporting obligations including national reports on progress toward the SDGs, 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.
4. Programme Performance Monitoring
Ensure that the Country Office has quality information to assess progress towards expected results established in annual work plans.
Duties & Tasks
- 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 IMEPs, the Annual Management Plan and Annual Work Plans, as outlined in the Programme Policy and Procedures Manual).
- Coordinate with partners to ensure that monitoring systems are properly designed, and that data collection and analysis from field visits are coordinated and standardised across programmes to feed into to programme performance monitoring, with special attention to humanitarian response.
- Drawing on monitoring and analysis of key program performance and management indicators, provide professional input to management reports, including relevant sections of the annual reports.
5. M&E Capacity Building
Ensure that the monitoring and evaluation capacities of Country Office staff and national partners - government and civil society - are strengthened enabling them to increasingly engage in and lead monitoring and evaluation processes.
Duties & Tasks
- Promote the awareness and understanding of the shared responsibility of M& E function among all staff members through communication, training, learning and development activities organization-wide.
- In close collaboration with partners, ensure that an M&E capacity building strategy for UNICEF/UN staff national partners and institutions exists in the context of the PRIME, or UNDAF M&E 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 M&E policies, tools, methods to fulfil their responsibilities. Similarly, design and implement strategies suited to the skills needs of national partners.
6. Coordination and Networking
Ensure that the UNICEF office is effectively linked to wider UNICEF M&E developments in a way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning on effective M&E management.
Duties & Tasks
- Collaborate with Regional M&E 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 Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser to ensure that current and accurate M&E data and results are included in regional reports, multi-country studies, and knowledge sharing networks.
- Undertake lessons-learned reviews on successful and unsuccessful M&E practices and experience at the national level, and ensure they are shared as appropriate. Similarly, pay attention to M&E knowledge networks to identify innovations and lessons learned that may be relevant for the CO and partners to improve their M&E function.
JOB GRADE FACTORS
P3 Level (Level 3)
Country Program Size: Small to medium CP (based on UNICEF's Country Office Category).
Risk of Emergencies: Humanitarian crises, if they occur, are expected to arrive in sudden-onset natural disasters or in longer-term recurrent problems like drought.
Technical Breadth: Must be capable of independent leadership in PRIME development and management. Should have significant professional strength and office leadership responsibilities in at least 3 of the remaining 5 functional areas (Social Data, Programme Planning, Evaluations, Capacity Building, Coordination and Partnership)
Sectoral Breadth: Will be required to offer substantive support to 2-3 of the 5 MTSP Key Results Areas; should possess academic or professional work exposure to the MTSP themes prioritized in the Country Programme.
Innovation and Conceptualization. Considered fully competent to apply standardized approaches and models; expected to seek support from regional or HQ level when innovating approaches, techniques and policies.
Technical and Managerial Engagement: Primary roles are in technical support and quality assurance. Normal counterparts are ministerial and academic/private specialists. Is occasionally a Coordinator/Team Leader with broader managerial roles.
Capacity Strengthening: Fully competent to organize and help deliver specialized training, including the design of materials and methods. Not expected to develop capacity strengthening strategies without external support.
Supervisory Role: Not expected to supervise more than one professional post at levels 1-2. May supervise multiple consultants up to Level 4 work.
QUALIFICATION AND COMPETENCIES ( indicates the level of proficiency required for the job.)
Advanced university degree in social sciences, statistics, planning development, planning.
Note: Successful completion of a formal training on Evaluation is required for the post.
- Work Experience:
- Professional work experience in programme development and implementation including monitoring and the management of independent evaluation activities as follows: Level 3 - Five years of relevant professional work experience. 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.
- Language Proficiency
Fluency in English and another UN language (Russian). Fluency in the national language of the duty station is an asset.
4. Competency Profile (For details, please refer to UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles.)
i) Core Values (Required)
- Diversity and Inclusion
ii) Core Competencies (Required)
- Communication [ II ]
- Working with People[ II ]
- Drive for Result [ II ]
iii) Functional Competencies (Required)
- Leading and Supervising [ II ]
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
- Analyzing [ III ]
- Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]
- Planning and Organizing [ II ]
iii) Technical Knowledge
a) Specific Technical Knowledge & Competencies Required (for the job)
(Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.)
- Knowledge of Project Evaluation.
- Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Evaluation Process Management, Follow-up on Recommendations and Dissemination of M&E results.
b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group)
- Professional technical knowledge/expertise in demography, statistics, and data management.
- Professional technical knowledge/expertise in methodology of M&E, including theories, standards and models, quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods, validity/reliability testing of data, data analysis and interpretation, and statistical inference methods.
- Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Activity Monitoring & Evaluation, Evaluation Design, data analysis, and reporting.
- Gender equality and diversity awareness
c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job)
- Professional/technical knowledge/expertise in Team Management, Coaching & Training.
- Mastery of UNICEF's M&E policies and procedures.
- Latest programme monitoring and evaluation theory, methodology, technology and tools.
- Understanding of UN Mission and system, current key UN topics; and International Code of Conduct.
- Understanding of UNICEF Mission Statement and UNICEF Guiding 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.
- Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
- Location: Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
- Grade: P-3, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Closing Date: 2018-09-20