Evaluation Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Nepal

Skill Required:, Finance and AccountsMonitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
29th July, 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, Results:

The Multi-Country (MC) Evaluation Specialist post will, on the basis of efficiency and effectiveness considerations, be located in in the Regional Office for South Asia, ROSA. 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 Country Offices that fall under his/her responsibilities for administrative oversight, including in matters related to evaluation sponsorship, planning, funding and use. The MC Evaluation Specialist works in close coordination with the Country Office evaluation staff/focal persons in the development and implementation of the Country Office costed evaluation plan, and works with the Country-Office 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 incumbent 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.

How can you make a difference?

The MC Evaluation Specialist works with the evaluation specialists/focal points in their duties in the assigned countries of Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives

The MC Evaluation Specialist ensures credibility, impartiality, and independence of the evaluation function in the COs under her/his responsibility. He/she also facilitates the development and implementation of evaluation workplans in each Country Office and provides guidance and technical support to sectors and to the Country Management Team as well as the national government on evaluation and on related matters.

The MC Evaluation Specialist helps the Country Offices to manage its evaluation partnerships, including inter-agency relations within the UN, and collaboration with the Regional Office and Headquarters. The Specialist may also be assigned more specific duties that enable her/him to be a resource person across the region, including methodological work, resource mobilization, and procurement support for evaluations. This position will be a regional resource person for evaluation capacity strengthening & partnership building [Key function set #3 below].

The Specialist is responsible for contributing to the design and effective conduct and uptake of evaluations in accordance with the UNICEF evaluation policy. He/she ensures that the UNEG Norms and Standards for evaluation as well as well UNICEF evaluation coverage benchmarks and quality standards are upheld.

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


An Advanced University Degree in the social sciences, economics, public policy, statistics, or in research methods 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 development and/ or humanitarian settings is required.
  • Experience with building staff and organizational capacities in Evaluation
  • Experience in supporting national evaluation capacity and working with professional evaluation associations is an advantage;
  • Experience in evaluation design and in conducting evaluations as per UNICEF and UNEG norms and standards for Evaluation in the UN System;
  • Familiarity with methods used in conducting both "up-stream" evaluations (e.g. focusing on policies, strategies and systems), as well as "down-stream" evaluations (e.g. focusing on delivery of programmes and projects) is an asset.
  • 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. A Experience in these areas cannot be substituted for the Evaluation experience but is an advantage.
  • Language Requirements
  • Fluency in English is required. A Knowledge of another official UN language or a prominent language of the duty stations covered by the MC Evaluation Post is an asset

Technical Knowledge:

  • Professional expertise in evaluation process management, dissemination of results, and utilization.
  • 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, C4D, Adolescents or WASH sectors
  • Technical knowledge on utilization of evaluation and other evidence approaches to realize Gender Equality and Human Rights based development.
  • Familiarity with ethics review processes.
  • Exposure to mobile technology platforms, ˜big data" and other innovative techniques
  • Use of data and information quantitative and qualitative software for data analysis is an asset
  • Knowledge of UNICEF & UNEG Evaluation norms & standards
  • Communication skills (oral, written and in developing effective and user-targeted materials).
  • Publications which show sound experience with evaluation methods are an advantage


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