Research & Evaluation Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Islamabad, Pakistan

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th March, 2020

Job Description

UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, amongothersthings, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves.

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

Planning for Research and Evaluations

Ensure that the Country Office and national partners use a well-prioritized and realistic plan of research, integrated monitoring and evaluations (PRIME) that will provide the most relevant and strategic information to manage the Country Programme with regard to research and evaluations.

Evaluation Function

Ensure that UNICEF Pakistan has a high quality and robust evaluation function through evaluations designed and implemented as per UNICEF/UNEG quality standards, and the results are disseminated in a timely fashion to stakeholders in order to improve programme performance and contribute to wider learning.

Research and Situation Monitoring for programme development and management

Ensure that the Country Office has a high quality research function and that CO and national partners have timely and accurate measurement of change in conditions in the country including monitoring of socio-economic trends and the country wider policy, economic or institutional context, to facilitate planning and to draw conclusions about the impact of programmes or policies

Programme support for development and evaluation of social policies

Ensure that the Country Office has information and quality research to develop relevant social policies for UNICEF relevant sectors and integrate processes to evaluate social policies

M&E and Research Capacity Building

Ensure that the monitoring and evaluation capacities of Country Office staff and national partners government and civil society are strengthened enabling them to increasingly engage in and lead monitoring and evaluation processes.

Knowledge Creation through Coordination and Networking

Ensure that the UNICEF office is effectively linked to wider UNICEF research and evaluation networks in a way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning on effective programme planning and M&E and research management. Also ensure that UNICEF work with regard to SDGs is well coordinated with UN and government partners.

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

  • Advanced university degree in Social Sciences; Development Studies or Statistics. A first University Degree in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in academic and research fields, programme management, monitoring and evaluation, in a related field.
  • Experience in research quality assurance, framework development, the theory of change -log-frame, development of qualitative and quantitative indicators and proxies.
  • Experience and updated knowledge on a variety of evaluative studies and approaches: cost-benefit analysis, randomized control trials, return on investment.
  • Experience working with donors is essential, so it is the ability to present complex information in an executive and succinct manner.
  • Other experience that can be considered an asset: Value for Money (VfM), nutrition, health, work with adolescents, WASH, Social protection, child protection.
  • Understanding of the Pakistani context at a provincial level and experience working in changing and fast pace environments.
  • 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.


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