Research and Evaluation Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
2nd January, 2020

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.

For every child, knowledge.

Bangladesh Country Office and national partners have a well-prioritized and realistic plan of research and evaluation activities, developed collaboratively that provides all the relevant and strategic information needed to manage the Country Programme.

How can you make a difference?


Research and Evaluation Planning and Running:

  • Ensure that BCO and National partners use a well-prioritised and realistic plan of research and evaluation activities that will provide the most relevant and strategic information needed to manage the Country Programme, including tracking and assessing impact of UNICEF’s distinct contribution.
  • Develop, manage and carry out thematic research and evaluation to feed into the country programme monitoring for the realization of children's rights. Promote research and evaluation on emerging issues of child rights to support policy and UNICEF advocacy. Identify partners, develop research and evaluation designs, terms of reference and work plans for specific studies. Organize expert consultations; identify data and reference materials; prepare technical reports; manage review processes, and oversee the finalisation of studies.
  • Ensures that annual management and work plans are supported by timely released findings from research and evaluation.
  • Contribute to office-wide initiatives by identifying significant new research, evaluation, researchers and research institutions implementing quality research relevant to UNICEF as a whole and by preparing accessible syntheses of research findings.

Research and Evaluation findings met UN quality standards

  • Technically support programme staff and national partners to formulate Research and Evaluation Terms of Reference and design of high quality, when relevant drawing on the know-how of knowledge institutions, in compliance with the UNICEF programme evaluation policies and guidelines.
  • Monitor and ensure the quality of the field work and data management during the implementation phase, and the quality of the analysis and ease of understanding during the report writing phase.
  • Disseminate research and evaluation findings and recommendations to the intended audiences in user-friendly methods. In particular, to ensure that effective participatory feedback is provided to community and civil society stakeholders.
  • Monitor and ensure that a management response to the findings and recommendations of the evaluation is completed, recorded, and followed up for implementation. Most specifically, ensure that evaluation recommendations are submitted to the Country Management Team and follow-up actions recorded in CMT minutes.
  • Submit electronic copies of all evaluations to Regional Office and NYHQ via the Evaluation Data Base web portal, with full accompanying documentation.

Research and Evaluation capacity building

  • Ensure that the monitoring and evaluation capacities of the BCO staff and national partners – government and civil society – are strengthened enabling them to increasingly engage in and lead research and evaluation processes.
  • Promotes knowledge management by exchange of knowledge, information, experience or lessons learned on research and evaluation activities. Promote the awareness and understanding of the shared responsibility of research and evaluation function among all staff members through communication, training, learning and development activities organization-wide.
  • In close collaboration with partners, ensure that a research and Evaluation capacity building strategy for UNICEF/UN staff national partners and institutions exists in the context of the IMEP, or UNDAF M&E plan. Pay particular attention so that the capacity needs of national partners such as professional evaluation associations will be strengthened by involvement in evaluation processes and possibly through specific capacity building initiatives.
  • Collaborate to implement capacity building strategies as a joint commitment with other developmental partners. Utilize a range of appropriate skills building strategies including self-learning, seminars and workshops and practical experience in order that UNICEF and UN staff have the basic knowledge and skills in understanding and applying new M&E policies, tools, methods to fulfil their responsibilities. Similarly, design and implement strategies suited to the skills needs of national partners.
  • Actively seek partnerships with knowledge institutions for the identification of capacity gaps and development of strategies to address them.

Coordination and Networking

  • Collaborate with Regional evaluation Advisers and HQ Evaluation Office for overall coordination of priority research and evaluation activities, especially those of regional scope requiring the coordinated effort of multiple countries.
  • Partner with the Regional Evaluation Adviser to ensure that current and accurate M&E data and results are included in regional reports, multi-country studies, and knowledge sharing networks.

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

  • Advanced university degree in social sciences, statistics, planning development or economics.
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of professional work experience at national and international levels in research and evaluation including international work experience.
  • At least one instance of exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness planning. Active involvement in a humanitarian crisis response programme preferred.
  • Background and familiarity with Professional work experience in programme development and implementation including monitoring and evaluation activities.
  • 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.
  • Professional technical knowledge and expertise in Evaluation Process Management,
  • Follow-up on Recommendations and Dissemination of M&E results.
  • Advanced technical knowledge of theories, principles and methods of Research and evaluation as well as in programme design and monitoring
  • Recognized specialist knowledge of successful approaches for identifying and monitoring research and evaluation Knowledge of Project Evaluation


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