Consultancy: Programme Assistant, Evaluation Office, NYHQ, for 11½ months
New York City (United States of America)
The Programme Assistant supports the Independent Corporate Evaluation (ICE) cluster through providing a range of tasks in developing, implementing, executing and monitoring the related workplan activities, ensuring timely and effective delivery that is consistent with UNICEF rules and regulations. S/he supports the ICE team through an understanding of the information resources processes, manuals and policies that underpin UNICEF work. Duration: 11½ months
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, we evaluate..
This consultant post is located in UNICEF’s headquarters-based central Evaluation Office (EO), which serves as steward of UNICEF’s largely decentralized evaluation function, steering the development of evaluation policy, strategy and systems, including evaluation quality assurance processes. Its director reports to UNICEF’s Executive Board through an annual report on the evaluation function, which includes information on selected evaluations. The Evaluation Office focuses on the promotion of an enabling environment for evaluation and providing ready access to evaluation information. It also commissions independent corporate evaluations, usually conducted in collaboration with external consultants, and undertakes evaluation capacity development within and outside the organization. The position of Programme Assistant is part of the cluster conducting Independent Corporate Evaluations (ICE) on UNICEF strategic plan goal areas and will report to the Senior Evaluation Specialist (P5).
Description of Duties:
Under the close supervision and guidance of the supervisor, the Programme Assistant supports the Independent Corporate Evaluation (ICE) cluster through providing a range of tasks in developing, implementing, executing and monitoring the related workplan activities, ensuring timely and effective delivery that is consistent with UNICEF rules and regulations. S/he supports the ICE team through an understanding of the information resources processes, manuals and policies that underpin UNICEF work
How can you make a difference?
The Programme Assistant is responsible for the timely and accurate execution of the administrative tasks which are important for ensuring that corporate evaluations are well planned, managed and implemented. Typical activities will include the following:
- Works closely with the ICE team to provide support in achievement of work priorities and objectives; assists to monitor work progress; supports follow-up system of actions taken and reports.
- Compiling, researching, analyzing and synthesizing qualitative and quantitative data and information from a variety of sources on subject matters relevant to the respective evaluations being planned
- Ensuring that key documentation and updated essential data on the respective evaluations is maintained in ‘OneDrive’ for ease of access.
- Preparing background material for use in discussions or briefing sessions with HQ divisions, ROs, COs and with evaluation consultants.
- Arranges for effective stakeholder meetings including interview schedules, meeting logistics, and taking notes.
- Participates in discussions of new or revised procedures and practices; collects, documents information on bottlenecks and recommended solutions and follows up on the action actions.
- Arranges for and/or attends meetings on day-to-day matters and provides support in making the necessary logistical arrangements.
- Gathers and shares information as needed in support of improving the processes and daily operations of the ICE team.
- Develop databases to facilitate use of corporate monitoring, research and audit data
To qualify as an advocate for every child, you will have…
- Completion of secondary education is required, preferably supplemented by technical or university courses related to the field of work.
- A minimum of 5 (five) years of relevant administrative or programme work experience is required.
- Fluency in English (verbal and written) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN Language is considered an asset.
- Training and experience using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other UNICEF software such as SharePoint; knowledge of integrated management information systems required.
- Thorough knowledge of UNICEF administrative policies and procedures.
- Organizational, planning and prioritizing skills and abilities.
- Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with visitors.
- High sense of confidentiality, initiative and good judgment.
- Ability to work effectively with people of different national and cultural background.
- Ability to work in a team environment to achieve common goals and to provide guidance to more junior support staff.
- Strong office management skills.
- Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Good analytical skills.
- Be a US permanent resident/citizen.
For every child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
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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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Please send application and other supporting documentation no later than 26 April 2019
- Opportunity for teleworking
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.