Evaluation and Learning Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Mali

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th April, 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.

For every child, Change:

In June 2018, the UNICEF Executive Board approved the revised Evaluation Policy of UNICEF. The Policy sets out the purpose and use of evaluation in UNICEF, provides definitions, norms and standards, and outlines governance arrangements and accountabilities as well as performance standards for the evaluation function. It aims to increase the quality, independence, credibility and utility of evaluative evidence for learning, decision making and accountability which, in turn, support better results for children. The revised Evaluation Policy requires an increase in coverage and quality of evaluations.

Mali Country Office has identified 3 evaluations to be conducted in 2019 as per its updated Costed Evaluation Plan: (i) Evaluation of UNICEF capacity development strategy in Mali; (ii) Evaluation of Child Survival Development component of the Country programme 2015-2019; and (iii) Impact evaluation of the Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting elimination approach (including abandonment declarations).

In addition to these evaluations, Mali Country Office has identified the need for scaling up its Learning through documentation and analysis of its existing approaches, with a view to identify best practices and lessons learned. Priority approaches selected for learning are (i) integrated or inter-sectoral initiatives (education and nutrition, education and protection, wash-nutrition-health); (ii) humanitarian-development nexus initiatives; (iii) Mama Yelleen and Community Based Nutrition Support Groups (GSAN) .

To facilitate the successful implementation of these evaluations and learning, the Country Office is seeking for an additional support to increase its technical capacity to meet its accountabilities.

Purpose for the job:

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of the PME section and in close collaboration with the Deputy Representative, the Evaluation and Learning will also report to the Representative in matters related to evaluation. She/he is responsible to ensure the coordination of the 3 Country Office-led evaluation as per the Office Costed Evaluation Plan and the conduct of learning exercises.

The Evaluation and Learning Manager will be responsible for the management of the Mali Country Office evaluations, including Country Programme Evaluation (CPEs) as well as regional or multi-country evaluations; technical support to, and quality assurance of, evaluations managed by country office; the conduct, documentation and support to dissemination of participatory learning exercises; and the setup of formats and processes for evaluation and learning in Mali Country Office.

How can you make a difference?

  • Conceptualize and design of the planned evaluations and learning that are managed by the Country Office. This includes liaising closely with key evaluation ‘owners’ from the outset, including Government institutions and programme sections (for programmatic or cross-sectoral evaluations and learning).
  • Set up Evaluation Reference Groups (ERG) upon the launch of evaluations and manage and chair the ERGs throughout the evaluation processes. Ensure that all comments on evaluation terms of reference, inception reports and draft reports are recorded and responded to by the evaluation team, and available to all participants through an evaluation audit trail.
  • Finalize terms of reference, in collaboration with key evaluation stakeholders, and manage the advertisement of requests for proposals as well as the selection and recruitment of evaluation teams.
  • Work with the respective programme sections in preparing a dissemination and engagement plan around evaluation findings and recommendations.
  • Manage all phases of the evaluation process, including the inception, data collection and finalization phases, facilitating – in coordination with programmatic focal points – appointments, meetings and other logistical arrangements.
  • Organize review workshops, including on emerging findings and recommendations for evaluation and learning.
  • Review all evaluation products throughout the evaluation process, solicit external quality reviews through the WCAR quality review facility, and bring any issues of concern to the attention of the Regional Evaluation Adviser and the Country Office Management.
  • Facilitate the Management Response process, and support programme sections in operationalizing their dissemination and engagement plans. Monitor the implementation of Management Responses.
  • Liaise with national counterparts, including government and civil society, as well as UN and other development partners, to strengthen demand for high-quality evaluations, build evaluation culture, and manage joint evaluations.
  • Coordinate and organize learning exercises, using a participatory approach (lessons learned workshops, missions
  • Draft learning reports, share with appropriate stakeholders for comments and finalize learning reports and accompanying documentation
  • In close collaboration with the External Communication section, develop accompanying documentation and communication material around the learning exercises (videos, Power Points, short brief, etc) for an internal and external audience (including donors).
  • Set up templates, processes and foras (as needed) for continuous and cross-sectoral documentation and learning, including record keeping, for scaling up and quality improvement of programmes.

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

  • An advanced university degree (master’s or higher) in social sciences, statistics, international development or development economics, social or community development, or another relevant technical field.
  • A minimum of [5] five years of relevant professional experience in development programming – including planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. Relevant professional experience in any UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing, managing and quality assuring evaluations is indispensable.
  • Familiarity with the range of development issues addressed by UNICEF in the Western and Central Africa region is an asset. Prior work experience in the region is a distinct advantage.
  • Experience in providing technical support to development stakeholders at different levels – including government, civil society, as well as UN and other partners – on evaluation-related issues, including national evaluation capacity development, would be a plus.
  • Experience in working with multiple stakeholders is an asset.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English and French is required. Knowledge of a local language is an asset


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