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Evaluation Specialist (Multi-Country), P-4, for The Gambia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone based in Freetown, Post # 00117282,FT

Freetown (Sierra Leone)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Freetown (Sierra Leone)
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-24

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UNICEF is looking for an Evaluation Specialist to provide support to The Gambia, Liberia, and Sierra Leone Country Offices in ensuring the credibility, impartiality, and independence of the 3 Country Offices in regional evaluation initiatives. Under the guidance of the Regional Evaluation Adviser in Dakar, the Multi Country Evaluation Specialist based in Freetown will ensure that evaluation efforts underway in the rest of the region fully contributes to those made in the 3 countries as well as be responsible for contributing to the design and effective conduct and uptake of evaluations in accordance with the UNICEF evaluation policy.

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, support

How can you make a difference?

The Evaluation Specialist will, on the basis of efficiency and effectiveness considerations, be located in the Freetown (Sierra Leone). A matrix management approach will be applied in which the Regional Office and cooperating Country Offices contribute to the performance review of the MC Evaluation Specialist. The MC Evaluation Specialist reports to the Regional Evaluation Adviser (P-5) for evaluation oversight, and to the Representatives of the 3 Country Offices (CO) that fall under his/her responsibilities (Liberia, Sierra Leone, The Gambia) for administrative oversight, including in matters related to evaluation sponsorship, planning, funding and use. The MC Evaluation Specialist works in close coordination with the evaluation staff/focal persons in the 3 Country Offices in the development and implementation of the CO costed evaluation plan, and works with the CO to undertake thematic evaluations, evaluation of humanitarian action (for Level 1 emergencies) evaluability assessments, and other evaluative activities for which Country Offices are accountable. S/he works with the CO in engaging competent evaluators who conduct their work in accordance with the norms and standards of the UNICEF evaluation policy.

The Evaluation Specialist works in accordance with the norms and standards of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) and the UNICEF evaluation policy. S/he provides guidance to staff involved in managing evaluations in the countries under his/her responsibility and consults the supervisor when major policy decisions and actions must be undertaken.

Key accountabilities

A. Evaluation Leadership

Support the Country Offices and their national partners to develop and implement a plan of evaluation activities that will provide relevant and strategic information to manage Country Programmes and relevant national policies and programmes toward achieving results for children in both humanitarian and non-humanitarian environments and conduct the following:

  • Guide the COs and their partners to identify priority evaluation topics in accordance with the UNICEF Evaluation Policy, the UNICEF Strategic Plan, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Country Programme Document, and national policies and programmes.
  • Monitor progress and support Country Management Teams (CMTs), Country office Annual Reports and, where applicable, Mid-term Reviews (MTR), as well as other review moments that lead to plan revisions. Provide input to management reports, including relevant sections of the Country Office Annual Report.

B. Evaluation Conduct and Use

Ensure that UNICEF-supported evaluations are designed and implemented according to established UN quality standards, and the results are disseminated in a timely fashion and used by stakeholders in order to improve programme performance and contribute to wider learning.

The Multi Country Evaluation Specialist will support Country Offices to:

  • Undertake an evaluability assessment of themes listed in the costed evaluation plans of the CO assigned to him/her, as required, and make recommendations on changes to improve the evaluability of the programs.
  • Support country-led evaluations of policies and programmes and the consideration of the results by partners. 

C. Evaluation Capacity Strengthening and Partnership building

Ensure that evaluation capacities of Country Office staff and national partners – including government and civil society – are strengthened, enabling them to increasingly engage in and lead evaluative evidence generating processes.  Ensure that the Country Office is effectively linked to wider UNICEF capacity development initiatives in a way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning. 

The Multi Country Evaluation Specialist will support Country Offices to:

  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with local/national governments and sub-regional governmental bodies, UN system agency partners, donors, NGOs, funding organization, research institutes, including universities, and the private sector. Promotes joint Govt/UNICEF evaluations that rigorously assess national policies, programmes and innovative models.
  • Foster policy-level and academic partnerships to support national evaluation capacity development initiatives. Ensure that evaluation capacities of country office staff and national partners – government and civil society – are strengthened enabling relevant Government units to increasingly engage in and lead evaluation processes. 

Please see detailed Job Description attached. Download File TOR MultiCountry Evaluation Specialist.pdf

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An Advanced University Degree in evaluation, research methodology, social sciences, public policy, statistics and/or economics is required. A degree or certification/accreditation in Evaluation is a significant advantage.
  • A minimum of 8 years of professional experience in the implementation of equity-focused evaluations and the management of the evaluation function at national and international level.
  • Experience in evaluation design and in conducting evaluations as per UNICEF and/or UNEG norms and standards for Evaluation in the UN System.
  • Experience in related evidence functions is an asset, including Social Policy, Public Policy, Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis, Research, Programme Audit, and Programme Planning and Monitoring.  Experience in these areas cannot be substituted for the Evaluation experience but is an advantage.
  • Experience in the West and Central African region where the post is situated is advantage.
  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of French, Portuguese and Spanish (the other three UN languages spoken in UNICEF Country Offices in the West and Central Africa Region) is an asset.
  • Technical knowledge of methodologies employed in Evaluation, including Results-based Management (RBM), theories of change, stakeholders mapping, standards and models, research designs, quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods of data collection, validity/reliability testing of data, data and qualitative information analysis and interpretation, and statistical inference methods.
  • Technical knowledge in routine monitoring systems; preferably those associated with Health, Nutrition, Education, Child Protection, Social Policy or WASH sectors.
  • Publications which show sound experience with evaluation methods are an advantage.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

“UNICEF only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

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