Evaluation Specialist

UN Children's Fund, United States

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
26th August, 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, evaluate

This position is located in the Evaluation Office (EO) in New York, which conducts global evaluations of strategic significance to the organization and oversees UNICEF's evaluation function, steering the development of evaluation policy, strategy and systems, including evaluation quality assurance processes. In addition, the EO undertakes methodological work to address evaluation challenges encountered by UNICEF and partners, drawing on international best practice and is committed to investing in methods and tools that deliver credible and timely evaluations

The Evaluation Specialist (P4) will report to Senior Evaluation Specialist (P5) under the overall guidance of the Director of Evaluation and in collaboration with other Evaluation Specialists.

The Evaluation Specialist is responsible for managing the evaluation portfolio related to global water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities. The scope of work covers primary evaluations but may also include high priority research (studies and surveys) that draw on the same skills. The results of the specialist's work will be critical for measuring the outcome and impacts of UNICEF's WASH investments, particularly in sub-areas, where UNICEF is taking a global leadership role. The results obtained will be considered by UNICEF and partners when determining strategic investment to reach SDG and other global WASH.

How can you make a difference?

Manage global evaluation of UNICEF's WASH programming

  • Support implementation of the Global Evaluation Plan through management of corporate level evaluations related to WASH programming. This includes a range of activities including:
  • Liaising with the UNICEF WASH team to determine a relevant and realistic scope for evaluations
  • Developing a list and repository of relevant documents for use during the evaluation inception and data collection and analysis phases
  • Facilitating access to data as well as communications and meetings between evaluation teams, the various stakeholders in HQ as well as in the regional and country offices, and the Chair of the Evaluation Advisory Group
  • Providing technical and logistical support to the EO and the evaluation team; helping to organize country visits and desk-based case studies, and other data collection activities
  • Reviewing and providing inputs/QA on data collection methods and tools as well as on the evaluation deliverables (inception report, document review report, country case study reports and interim report)
  • Creating an archive of the evaluation material (data and analysis).

Contribute to other evaluation and evidence related initiatives within the Evaluation Office

  • Contribute to the work and coordination of the EO independent corporate evaluation team (e.g. inputs to other evaluative exercises; participation in meetings and inputs into SOPs/guidance/manual/templates, etc.);
  • Provide technical advice and quality assurance on evaluation TORs, reports and other evaluation initiatives sent by HQ-WASH, ROs and COs (on demand);
  • Contribute to or manage corporate evaluations on UNICEF's work on environmental issues.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master's or higher) in social sciences, evaluation, operational research, M&E and/or WASH or a related field.
  • A minimum of eight years of relevant professional work experience in programme evaluation, M&E and operational research.
  • Some exposure to WASH and emergency programming, including humanitarian evaluations, would be an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language is an asset (particularly French).


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