Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
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.
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.
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.
This consultancy will focus on three streams of activities:
Liaise with COs to: