Chief Social Policy Evaluation Analytics and Research

UN Children's Fund, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
6th January, 2019

Job Description

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, A Future:

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in Programme, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated.

There is growing evidence that investing in the health, Nutrition, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. Therefore, the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

How can you make a difference?

Under the guidance of the Representative, responsible for the coordination of the planning and development of the country programme of cooperation to improve the status of women and children in Bangladesh, consistent with the UNICEF mission, goals and strategies and to develop and implement in co-ordination with the Deputy Representative and the Programme Section Chiefs, the Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, the Mid-term and Terminal review of the Programme with a view to providing the critical inputs for a knowledge/evidence based planning of the sectoral and cross-sectoral programmes in Bangladesh. Oversee/lead development of Social Policy agenda of UNICEF Bangladesh, consistent with the Country Programme vision and commitments (Programme throughput of US $ 70-80 million per year).

  • Monitor social policy development at the international and national level which are relevant to UNICEF policy directions and programme thrusts. Develop methodologies and partnerships and identify new approaches for effective programme delivery and ensure that goals/objectives are met. Write position papers for use in the development of UNICEF global/regional/national programme policy. Participate in relevant international/regional and national meetings and workshops.
  • Provides leadership in data related activities relevant to UNICEF, including MICS. Coordinate and supervise the activities leading to the preparation of the Situation Analysis and situation update for programme development ensuring periodic update by monitoring and analysing the social, political and economic trends in the country as they affect the women and children both at the country level and district level where the programme is being implemented. Provide overall leadership, guidance and direction for programme planning and analysis through ongoing consultations and inter-sectoral exchanges and coordination of activities, information and experience to achieve programme objectives.
  • Serve as the focal point for national and multi-state research, evaluation activities for Bangladesh country office and for the collection, analysis and dissemination of analytical information on qualitative and quantitative indicators for assuring Child rights and related Goals. Coordinate the major programme evaluation exercises, and ensure the preparation of annual report and programme status reports. Follow-up on the implementation of the recommendations to ensure that programme goals and objectives are met.
  • Provide leadership on knowledge management within UNICEF Bangladesh for translation of research and evaluation outcomes into programmatic strategies and interventions as well as for forging strategic alliances with partners in the wider civil society.
  • Establish the overall framework for the sectional programme workplan, monitor compliance and performance standards, and provide support and guidance to ensure that programme objectives are met and undertake field visits to monitor and assess programme implementation and decide on required corrective action. Supervise and guide field level activities, assess government and partners abilities to plan and organize training programmes for the purpose of capacity building and programme sustainability.
  • Interact, negotiate and advocate programme goals and strategies on behalf of UNICEF with high level and senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bilateral agencies and NGOs, identify strategic alliances and influence policy development to facilitate achievement of programme objectives.
  • Ensure that the overall commitment, activities and expenditure of donor funds are in accordance with agreements with donors as well as monitor reporting obligations of supplementary funds.
  • Support overall management of the country office by functioning as the Secretary to the Country Management Team as well as participate in various management committees related major office functions including programmes and support budget management, operations and human resources and training.

To qualify as an advocate for every child, you will have:

  • Education: Advanced university degree in Social Sciences or other relevant disciplines. Practical training in programme management and evaluation, survey and research analysis, or applied statistical data analysis in social sciences an asset.
  • Experience: Ten years of relevant professional work experience, including both international and national work experiences.
  • Professional work experience in Social Policy and program development and implementation including monitoring and evaluation activities. At least one instance of exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness planning. Active involvement in a humanitarian crisis response programme preferred.
  • Language: Fluency in English and another UN language. Working knowledge of local language (Bangla) an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are:

  • Leading and Supervising [ III ]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ III ]
  • Analyzing [ III ]
  • Relating and Networking [ III ]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [ III ]

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.


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