Innovation Monitoring and Evidence Consultancy

United Nations Children's Fund

Stockholm, Sweden

This role will be primarily responsible for reviewing OOI and its Portfolio, Culture and Scale (PCS) team’s performance management framework and systems (responsibility #1 below). This role also supports various evidence-related tasks under the guidance and direction of the Innovation Manager (Evidence, Performance, and Programme Management), and in close collaboration with relevant innovation Hub leads and Portfolio Managers.

Main responsibilities will be:

Strengthening results-based management in portfolio management:

  • Review OOI performance management plan and develop/adjust Hub and Portfolio KPIs and monitoring modalities
  • Strengthen result chains of each portfolio linking all solutions with portfolio problem statements, portfolio/Hub-level KPIs, Office Management Plan (OMP) KPIs, Strategic Plan (SP) indicators, and the SDGs
  • Undertake monitoring, corrective actions and reporting for all Portfolio-related KPIs, SP & OMP KPIs on a regular basis
  • Support reviewing portfolio problem statements as needed
  • Review reporting templates and data flows to ensure timely and efficient reporting and data compilation
  • Liaise with INVENT manager to visualize results in the performance portal

Generating evidence for acceleration and scale-up: strategic and technical guidance HQ and field innovation initiatives to ensure evidence elements are sufficiently integrated in innovation solutions:

  • Develop detailed guidance on innovation-appropriate indirect and direct beneficiary counting
  • Support developing and implementing Monitoring, evaluation and evidence strategy, plan and its implementation for the Office of Innovation
  • Create or identify externally and adapt, pilot and scale innovative approaches to building evidence around innovations that support organizational learning and scaling of innovations
  • Develop learning, capacity building resources, and access to technical assistance to build awareness, competency in and diffusion of these approaches to support evidence generation implementation across the organization’s innovation work.
  • Develop mechanisms to support offices to apply these evidence methodologies appropriately, such as decision support to identify the appropriate methodologies, developing/leveraging LTAs or rosters of practitioners, TORs, technical assistance to office to support implementation
  • Where required and in collaboration with portfolio managers, provide direct technical assistance to key innovation projects around evidence building strategies
  • Provide technical support to portfolio managers in any evidence activities they manage – e.g. reviewing the methodology section of ToRs, advising on innovationā€appropriate approaches
  • Support monitoring, learning and evidence generation for donor, key partner and funding reporting
  • Provide thought leadership around measurement of innovation and support any ongoing project developing guidance on innovation measurement

Generating evidence for acceleration and scale-up: direct delivery by OOI:

  • Aggregate, track and accompany the various Monitoring, evaluation, and evidence generation activities being undertaken across the Hubs, Portfolios and OOI Teams and the capture and communication of insights derived from individual activities and across the aggregate activities
  • Support finalizing all commissioned reviews, case studies, toolkits, analysis and assessments together with portfolio managers
  • Develop a work practice and plan that regularly shares internally and externally what we are trying, learning, insights, working out loud.
  • Design and deliver events, thought leadership and learning opportunities, in collaboration with the capacity building/knowledge management lead and in coordination with OOI Communication Team

Generate learning for the portfolio approach:

  • Support commissioning and carrying out a review exercise to reflect and document learning with regards to the portfolio approach

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Social Sciences or Humanities, Innovation-related field, International Relations, Business Administration, or another related technical field.
  • A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree. 
  • A minimum of 8 years of relevant professional experience in relevant professional experience is required at national and international levels in the areas of performance management, monitoring and evaluation, innovation and/or social and economic development and cooperation
  • Demonstrated experience with performance management, KPI development, results-based management, logic model, theories of change, review/evaluation management is critical
  • Professional work experience in monitoring and evaluation activities, especially with a focus on measurement of innovations/innovation programmes, expertise in approaches such as Social Impact Assessment, LEAN impact, Adaptive learning models, Social blueprint/model canvas, is an asset.
  • Demonstrated expertise in innovation practice, spanning start-up to scaling innovations, especially in the social and/or development sectors.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset. 
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.