Research & Evaluation Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Bangladesh

Skill Required:, Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
17th September, 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.

For every child, a safe environment.

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nation.

The Research & Evaluation Specialist, at the P3 level, is based in the UNICEF Bangladesh Country Office, in the Social Policy Evaluation, Analytics and Research (SPEAR) Section, reporting to the Chief, SPEAR.

Purpose for the job:

Under the overall guidance of the Chief, SPEAR Section and in support of the Government of Bangladesh – UNICEF Country Programme, aligned with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), Sector Programmes, MDGs and Sustainable Development Goals, the incumbent of the post is responsible to:

Ensure that the country programme has valid, reliable and quality evidence on the programme interventions including their relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability, and in emergency contexts, their coverage, coordination and coherence.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

Quality assurance of evaluation and research activities: Ensure that evaluation and research activities led and supported by the Country Office comply with methodological standards as well as organisational policies and guidelines.

  • Technically support programme partners to formulate Terms of Reference and evaluation designs of high quality in compliance with the organization's programme evaluation policies and guidelines.
  • Provide oversight and quality assurance of UNICEF-commissioned research and evaluation activities in compliance with Country Office Standard Operating Procedures for the Planning, Management and Quality Assurance of UNICEF-supported Evaluations, Surveys, Studies, and Research.
  • 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 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 via the EISI web portal, with full accompanying documentation;
  • If outsourcing, manage the consultants/team of evaluation researchers, while coordinating with Section Chiefs/programme staff to ensure the objectives of the evaluations are clearly defined and the stakeholders understand their respective roles and responsibilities. Act as a focal person of contact facilitating timely coordination mechanism for productive outcome;
  • Participate/contribute to global and/or regional evaluations and researches studies ensuring that the tasks are well coordinated taking into account all existing data/information available;
  • Act as Section focal point for mid-year and end-year reporting on results and for the Annual Report.

Support to thematic research on generating evidence for SDG monitoring, child poverty and social protection: Ensure that the office generates quality evidence to monitor the SDGs, on trends and patterns in child poverty and to support the implementation of social protection interventions.

  • Provide methodological and technical support to thematic research on priority areas for the SPEAR Section, with a particular focus on generating evidence for SDG monitoring, child poverty and social protection.
  • Support the identification of partners and the establishment of research partnerships around these thematic areas;
  • Conduct quality assurance of data collection, management, analysis and report-writing for thematic research products.

Evaluation and research planning: Ensure that the Country Office and national partners use a well-prioritised and realistic plan of research and evaluation activities that will provide the most relevant and strategic information to manage the Country Programme, including tracking and assessing UNICEF’s distinct contribution. Specifically:

  • Lead the planning and establishing of the major assessment, research and evaluation objectives, priorities, and activities in UNICEF's multi-year and feed into UNICEF's annual IMEPs. Ensure that the plan is clear, practical and approved by the Country Management Team and is managed properly taking into account any modifications that are necessary due to changes in the programme plans.
  • Identify the research and evaluation objectives, priorities, and activities required for effective CO and partner Emergency Preparedness and Response and outcomes.
  • Participate in and use information from the Situation Analysis, Common Country Assessment, Early Warning Monitoring Systems, and Mid-Term, Mid-Year and End-Year Reviews, collaborate with Section Chiefs and advise on further research/assessment on key areas that further define UNICEF's comparative advantage in priority areas.
  • In line with the organisation’s Research Policy ensure that principles and standards that should guide research are upheld; identify emerging and strategic issues for further research; support the development of a well-prioritised research agenda for UNICEF Bangladesh.

Partnerships and capacity-building for evaluation and research: Ensure that the Country Office builds sustainable partnerships for research and evaluation and engages in capacity-building on research and evaluation for partners as well as UNICEF staff.

  • Establish and maintain a network of partnerships with research organisations, think tanks and academic institutions to generate quality research that can support policy, programming and advocacy on behalf of children and contribute to further knowledge on children in Bangladesh.
  • Collaborate with Regional and HQ Research and Evaluation Advisers for overall coordination of priority quality research, monitoring and evaluation activities.
  • Partner with the Regional Evaluation Adviser to ensure that current and accurate data and results are included in regional reports, multi-country studies, and knowledge sharing networks.
  • 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 evaluation/research standards and policies, tools, methods to fulfil their responsibilities. Similarly, design and implement strategies suited to the skills needs of national partners;
  • Engage in partnerships to build national capacity on evaluation and research standards, policies tools and methods and institutional arrangements to facilitate the use of evaluations for enhance institutional accountability and learning.

Impact of Results:

The Research & Evaluation Specialist makes decisions on the design, planning and undertaking of research and evaluation data collection and analysis with government and other counterparts. The incumbent also makes recommendations on the modification of research and evaluation plans.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Statistics, Demography, Development Planning, Economics, Social Sciences, or a related technical field.
  • A minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at national and international levels in programme monitoring, evaluation and reporting. Practical experience in community-based research.
  • Fluency in English and another UN language required. Working knowledge of local language (Bangla) is an asset.


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