Monitoring Initiative on Child Marriage

UN Children's Fund, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th May, 2019

Job Description

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Background & Rationale

UNICEF’s 2018 release of trend data on global and national rates on child marriage--target 5.3.1 in the Sustainable Development Goals--shows that while there has been a global decline in child marriage rates, this progress is uneven across countries with high burden and high prevalence, and that dramatic acceleration is required to end child marriage in one generation. Current assessments also show that despite the increasing attention to the issue globally and nationally, resultant action and resources remain far short of the scale of the problem, and tangible progress in results remains fragile.

Consistent and regular tracking of robust data and evidence on child marriage and its drivers is essential for accelerated policy and programmatic action and timely course correction on efforts to reduce rates at the national level, especially in high prevalence/high burden countries. National and regional stakeholders who are committed to addressing child marriage and advancing girls’ rights are keen to access regular and high quality analyses relevant to their local contexts in order to assess national and subnational level progress, hold governments and other decision makers accountable, and shape ongoing policy and programmatic action. More democratized formulations of data, analyses, and visuals are needed in order to cater to the tailored advocacy needs of these constituents.

UNICEF—in collaboration and consultation with Girls Not Brides and a broad range of stakeholders—is developing the child marriage monitoring initiative, with the aim of a) routinely consolidating and analyzing national, regional, and global data and trends on child marriage and related drivers; b) presenting accessible presentation and visualization of these analyses online, in publications and key forums, and c) and facilitating translation of the analysis into action at the national, regional, and global levels.

Scope of Work

The Consultant, Monitoring Initiative on Child Marriage will work closely with the Special Advisor Gender Evidence and Measurement, key colleagues in the gender, child protection, and data and analytics teams, as well as key partner organizations to:

  • review and synthesize best practices and gaps in data consolidation and presentation among 6-8 existing monitoring mechanisms/data initiatives as they can be directly relevant to the current initiative;
  • conduct research as required on data democratization, donor priorities, governance options, indicator selection, construction, and disaggregation, and
  • contribute to the development of concept notes, proposals, and presentations for sharing with partners, donors, and stakeholders.

Expected results: (measurable results)

The consultant will support the achievement of the following key results:

  • Establish a solid technical and conceptual foundation for the initiative, based on learning from existing mechanisms and initiatives.
  • Establish technical, partnership, fundraising, and functional priorities and direction for the initiative.
  • Advance fundraising and partnership efforts for the initiative.Timeframe:
  • Advanced university degree (Masters or Ph.D.) in the social sciences with a measurement focus (economics, demography, sociology, public health etc.);
  • Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience and expertise in undertaking quantitative and qualitative research on some combination of gender, adolescent, reproductive health, economic, policy, or social change issues. Experience with child marriage data and research a plus.
  • Strong conceptual and analytical skills relevant to Gender and Adolescent issues and ability to translate research and measurement analysis from one issue area to another.
  • Experience in developing proposals, and packaging technical materials strategically for donors and partners.
  • Excellent writing skills in English. Ability to express ideas and concepts clearly and concisely in written, visual, and oral forms.
  • Comfort with fluidity and flexibility in shifting tasks, focus, and plans of action.
  • Responsiveness to deadlines and deliverables, and ability to work independently and flexibly.


  • With the exception of the US Citizens, G4 Visa and Green Card holders, should the selected candidate and his/her household members reside in the United States under a different visa, the consultant and his/her household members are required to change their visa status to G4, and the consultant’s household members (spouse) will require an Employment Authorization Card (EAD) to be able to work, even if he/she was authorized to work under the visa held prior to switching to G4.
  • At the time the contract is awarded, the selected candidate must have in place current health insurance coverage.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results. View our competency framework at : Here

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


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