Temporary Appointment: Senior Evaluation Specialist, P-5, Evaluation Office, New York, USA, #110414, 364 days
New York City (United States of America)
This position is to manage the institutional effectiveness evaluation portfolio of the UNICEF Evaluation Office, and to strengthen the contribution of the evaluation function at the strategic and policy levels through the conduct of corporate institutional effectiveness evaluation that transcend the sectoral areas of the Strategic Plan. Duration: From July 2019 to June 2020
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, Evaluate
The Evaluation Office (EO), at UNICEF HQ provides global leadership and oversight for the evaluation function. As such the office is responsible for developing an agenda and work plan to evaluation UNICEF's programemes and processes. The EO conducts and/or manages independent, corporate evaluations and evaluation syntheses, provide technical assistance and qualify assurance for evaluations commissioned at the decentralized level (country and regional office, as well as other division in HQ office), and develop evaluation methods. The Evaluation Office is also responsible for publishing a global evaluation plan that accompanies respective corporate strategies.
The purpose of this position is to manage the institutional effectiveness evaluation portfolio of the UNICEF Evaluation Office, and to strengthen the contribution of the evaluation function at the strategic and policy levels through the conduct of corporate institutional effectiveness evaluation that transcend the sectoral areas of the Strategic Plan.
How can you make a difference?
Among other areas of work, the Senior Evaluation Specialist is responsible to manage the institutional effectiveness evaluations that are useful, independent, credible and meet UNEG professional standards, and to ensure that corporate learning and accountability needs are met through the conduct of evaluations. The post extends beyond the conduct of evaluations to the entire range of actions to stimulate understanding and utilization of the evaluation results.
The Senior Evaluation Specialist's key responsibilities include:
- Managing institutional effectiveness evaluations as per the UNICEF Global Evaluation Plan, that are useful, credible, and independent, and meet UNEG standards.
- Carrying out evaluations of complex programmes, policies and cross-cutting themes and lead evaluations teams.
- Supervising effectively evaluations conducted by staff members and consultants.
- Ensuring that evaluations meet high professional standards in line with the UNICEF Evaluation Policy and UN Evaluation Norms & Standards.
- Collaborating with other UN evaluation units and professional evaluation bodies to advance institutional effectiveness.
- Providing leadership, guidance, and direction for independent corporate-level evaluations related to institutional effectiveness. To coordinate as appropriate, with field offices, Headquarters divisions and external partners.
- Managing and/or providing leadership, guidance for organizational reviews, meta-analyses, quality reviews, M&E partnership management, and methodology development related to institutional effectiveness through joint efforts with or as a technical support to other corporate and external stakeholders.
- Supporting important reviews that are asked for by the senior management of the evaluation office like on PSEA/SHA
- Initiating and collaborating on efforts to improve the dissemination and use of evaluation findings through outreach to internal and external stakeholders via writing, visits, web seminars, etc., and by presenting UNICEF in an advocacy capacity to global networks and consultations on institutional effectiveness themes.
- Providing leadership, guidance, and direction on the use of the evaluations at the strategic and policy related levels.
- Undertaking special assignments as requested by the Director of Evaluation.
LEVEL AND MANAGEMENT
The Senior Evaluation Specialist will report to the Director of Evaluation. S/he will work in close collaboration with the Evaluation Office colleagues.
To qualify as an advocate for every child, you will have…
- An advanced university degree (Master's) in evaluation, public policy, economics, statistics, in research methods, or another field related to institutional effectiveness.
- At least ten years of professional work experience as an evaluator or in a comparable role examining institutional effectiveness within multi-lateral agencies, large scale public or private sector organizations is required.
- Experience related to UNICEF's mandate.
- Knowledge of conducting mixed-method evaluations that relay on both qualitative and quantitative approaches and a variety of data collection modalities (surveys, interviews, focus groups, direct observation, desk reviews).
- Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other official UN languages (Arabic, Chines, French, Russian, Spanish) is an asset.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability and core competencies of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity.
The functional competencies required for this post are: Leading and supervising, Formulating strategies and concepts, Analyzing, Relating and networking Applying technical expertise, Persuading and influencing, Planning and organizing, Creating and innovating.
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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.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.