Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Sierra Leone

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
13th January, 2018

Job Description

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

The Social Policy, Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation (SPPM&E) section provides support in social policy and strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation to all programmes in UNICEF.  The section provides the same support to the government MDAs particularly the Ministries of Finance, Health, Education, Social Welfare and Local Government including Local Councils…. The objective of this section is to provide technically sound methodologies to all programmes and counterparts for upstream and downstream work and identifying significant issues on the situation of women and children, the fulfillment of their rights and the achievement of the SDGs and PRS goals.  Emphasis is placed on collecting and disseminating, disaggregated data that is accurate and valid to indicate impact on programme interventions on the population, especially women and children in hard to reach communities.

How will you make a difference .

To make a difference in the lives of children and women in Sierra Leone, under the general guidance of the Chief, Social Policy, Monitoring & Evaluation, you will be responsible for to ensure that the UNICEF Country Office has useful, valid and reliable information on: the situation of children’s and women’s rights; the performance of UNICEF-supported programmes including their relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability, and in emergency contexts, their coverage, coordination and coherence through:

  • Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Planning. The Country Office and national partners have a well-prioritized and realistic plan of research, monitoring and evaluation activities, developed collaboratively that provides all the relevant and strategic information needed to manage the Country Programme.
  • Situation Monitoring and Assessment. A collectively Situation Monitoring and Assessment  system owned by all key partners is in place, through which the Country Office and national partners have timely and accurate measurements of change in conditions of children, women, and their families in the country or region; this information is available to facilitate planning and measure program impact.
  • Programme Performance Monitoring. The planning function of the Country Office has quality information collected and disseminated with the participation of all concerned partners to assess progress towards expected annual and multi-year results.
  • Evaluation.  UNICEF-supported evaluations attain established UN quality standards, and the results are disseminated in a timely fashion to stakeholders for improving programme performance and contributing to national and corporate learning.
  • M&E Capacity Building. The monitoring and evaluation capacities of Country Office staff and national partners – government and civil society – enhanced with the contribution of UNICEF knowledge partners meet the expectations and requirements of their positions and responsibilities.
  • Coordination and Networking. The UNICEF office is linked to wider UNICEF M&E developments in way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning on effective M&E management.                                                               

To qualify as a Champion for every Child, you will have.

  • Recognized advanced university degree in social sciences, statistics, planning development, planning;
  • Five years of relevant professional work experience at field level;
  • Should have a working knowledge of the use of statistical software like, EXCEL, STATA, and SPSS; will be an asset;
  • Experience working in the UN or other international development organization and/or field experience, will be an asset;
  • At least one instance of exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness planning. Active involvement in a humanitarian crisis response programme, preferred;
  • Experience working on surveys and/or evaluations, will be asset;
  • Fluency in English is required and any local language will be an added advantage;

For every Child, you demonstrate

  • Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.


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