Monitoring & Evaluation Expert

UN Children's Fund, United States

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
16th October, 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.

About UNICEF

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world's leading children's rights organization would like to hear from you. For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF has over 12,000 staff in more than 145 countries.

BACKGROUND

The Government of the Netherlands launched a new partnership – called Partnership for Improved Prospects (PROSPECTS Partnership) - to help transform the way governments and other stakeholders respond to forced displacement crises. The Partnership is aiming for a paradigm shift from a humanitarian to a development approach to improve prospects for forcibly displaced persons and their host communities in selected countries of Africa and the Middle East. Five multilateral organisations participate in this partnership: International Finance Corporation (IFC), International Labor Organization (ILO), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and the World Bank (WB). The partnership is currently in its inception phase, and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (NL MFA) and partners committed to developing an overarching M&E framework.

The Partnership aims to a) develop a new paradigm in responding to forced displacement situations through a shift from humanitarian aid to sustainable development work actors, and b) help transform the way governments and other stakeholders, including the private sector, respond to forced displacement crises – and in particular: (1) to enhance the enabling environment for the socio-economic inclusion of forcibly displaced persons (to mitigate their plight during years of exile and to best prepare them for their return); (2) to enhance access to education and skills development with particular attention to vulnerable children; and (3) to strengthen the resilience of host communities through inclusive socio-economic development that also benefits forcibly displaced persons. It attempts to accelerate efforts towards sustainable solutions for countries confronted with large influxes of refugees, based on evidence-based solutions and country-led approaches, as well as to test, and learn from innovative, operational solutions. The Partnership focuses on the Middle East (Jordan, Lebanon), the Horn of Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda) as well as interventions in Egypt, Iraq, and Sudan.

While the Partnership itself aims to be innovative, an M&E system for establishing progress and impact of the Partnership should be fitting to be able to support informed decision-making, enhance learning and to stimulate the building of evidence. In this respect, a challenge is the large heterogeneity of the project portfolio. An M&E system must find a balance between generally formulated indicators and the need to measure progress and impact at project level. Without the development of a balanced M&E system, there is a serious risk that top-down formulated M&E guidelines (including indicators) will be impractical and even impossible to implement on the ground, while a completely bottom-up project-led approach runs the risk of reporting on diverging and incomparable indicators, making aggregation impossible.

Besides the generally formulated indicators, a Theory of Change (ToC) and a clear definition of assumptions (both regarding the policy logic as well as the value added by the partnership itself) will be developed. These will help to develop learning questions for the Partnership and serve as a basis for the evaluations that will follow at a later stage. NL MFA will hire an expert who will lead the development of the Partnership M&E framework under a temporary contract (ending 31 March 2020).

For this purpose, UNICEF is looking to recruit an M&E expert (until May 2020). The expert will provide technical support from UNICEF’s side to the development of the Partnership’s M&E and Global Theory of Change and he/she will represent UNICEF in the Partnership’s M&E working group.

Terms of Reference / Deliverables

During this inception phase of the partnership, this consultancy seeks to provide strategic support to the M&E expert hired by MFA to develop the M&E framework and Global Theory of Change, to represent UNICEF in the Technical Working Group and to assist UNICEF Country Offices (CO) in the process of definition of baselines.

Activities

This consultancy will focus on three streams of activities:

  • Supporting the MFA Expert in the development of the M&E Framework and Global Theory of Change of PROSPECTS Partnership.
  • Identify and ensure that UN/UNICEF indicators are well represented in the framework
  • Provide general technical support and ensure quality and timely results
  • Represent UNICEF in the M&E Technical Working Group

Liaise with COs to:

  • Support in developing baselines for the Global M&E Framework
  • Ensure that Country level TOCs are well aligned to the Global TOC.
  • Ensure that indicators included in the framework are relevant and appropriate for the country contexts.
  • Assist in the preparation of the Multi Annual Country Regional Programmes for what concerns the Situation Analysis and M/E parts.
  • Support in reporting against the new Results Framework in the 2019 Country Updates.
  • Technical support to the Global Coordinator of the Partnership
  • Assist in the preparation of the Multi Annual Global and Regional Programmes for what concerns the Situation Analysis and M/E parts.
  • Support in the preparation of the Final Seed Funding Report.
  • Support in the preparation of the 2019 Global Report collecting data from countries and ensuring coherence and alignment with the new Results Framework and Global Theory of Change.
  • Possible field visits to the countries to define baselines and targets could be part of the assignment, to ensure embeddedness of the M&E framework in the country teams

Qualifications

Education

  • Advanced university degree in Statistics/Economics/ Development Management or other related fields.
  • Expertise in communication, coordination, and preferable excellent understanding of Results Based Management.
  • The individual should be highly proficient in a range of PC/web applications, including but not limited to: MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, MS Outlook.

Work experience

  • At least 8 years of progressively responsible professional work experience levels at the mid-level in Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • Proven experience with the monitoring and/or evaluation of IDPs/ migration/ protection/education programmes;
  • Proven experience with the monitoring and/or evaluation of complex partnership programmes;
  • Proven experience with and a good understanding of UN (UNEG) reporting, monitoring and evaluation requirements;
  • Preferably experience with working with UN/multilateral institutions;
  • A good understanding of the Global Compact on Refugees, SDGs and the SDG monitoring system;
  • Previous experience with M&E and data analysis with UNICEF or other UN agencies strongly preferred.
  • Experience working in East Africa and Middle East is considered an asset.

Source:https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=526844


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