Senior Evaluation Specialist

UN Children's Fund, New York, United States

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th May, 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.

And we never give up.

For every child, Evaluate

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.

Equity also applies to UNICEF's work in humanitarian settings. During emergencies and humanitarian contexts, children are especially vulnerable to disease, malnutrition and violence. Children living in conflict areas are worst off. The chaos and insecurity of war threatens or destroys access to food, shelter, social support and health care, and results in increased vulnerability in communities, especially for children. Of the populations without sanitation and safe drinking water globally, approximately half live in countries affected by conflict. UNICEF focuses on these children and their families to provide them with the essential interventions required for protection, to save lives and to ensure the rights of all children, everywhere. UNICEF's humanitarian action is guided by the UNICEF Strategic Plan and its Core Commitments for Children in Humanitarian Action (CCCs) which outlines what UNICEF commits to do across all sectors - health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), child protection, and education - as part of any humanitarian response. The CCCs are aligned to international standards and guided by humanitarian principles.

How can you make a difference?

The Senior Evaluation Specialist will provide strategic leadership for humanitarian evaluations in UNICEF and be responsible in conducting corporate evaluations on the UNICEF humanitarian response. The Senior Evaluation Specialist is also responsible for conducting the evaluation of Level 3 humanitarian response, as well providing quality assurance for other types of evaluation of the UNICEF humanitarian response at the decentralized level. Furthermore, the Senior Evaluation Specialist is also responsible for capacity development of UNICEF staff engaged in the evaluations of humanitarian action (EHA), and their counterparts as required, to ensure the attainment of norms and standards outlined in the 2018 Revised Evaluation Policy (with attention to coverage and quality norms). To do this you will...

Manage and conduct humanitarian evaluations, including complex and large-scale utilization focused and timely evaluations, that are impartial, independent, credible and that meet professional standards.

  • Provide leadership, guidance, and direction for overall strategy development for humanitarian evaluations conducted by UNICEF and /or in cooperation with the UN and other partners;
  • Undertake corporate evaluations that cover emergency preparedness, humanitarian response, early recovery, rehabilitation, reconstruction, and transition to development;
  • Undertake evaluation of the UNICEF response to Level 3 emergencies, and support regional and country offices to evaluate the organization's response to other levels of emergencies;
  • Contribute to interagency humanitarian evaluations, including preparation of ToR, designing; framing the evaluation questions and quality checking products produced by these EHA;
  • Ensure EHA commissioned are independent, credible, utilization focused, timely and have products that can improve the outcomes and possibly the impact of the response being evaluated;
  • Manage the evaluation as per the standards, norms and codes set by UNEG, ALNAP and other relevant accredited international bodies.

Promote EHA that are useful throughout the evaluation function of UNICEF and ensure that evaluation findings and recommendations are followed-up and adequately implemented.

  • Provide leadership, guidance, and direction for meta-analyses and lessons learnt from utilization focused and credible evaluations related to humanitarian action;
  • Ensure that the humanitarian sector reforms and UNICEF's other improvements in humanitarian action, underpinned in the CCC revision and other guidance, are taken into consideration during the planning of EHA. Ensure quality of the final reports of selected EHA produced by the Evaluation Function;
  • Communicate evaluation findings and recommendations. Ensure systems are in place for following up on the implementation status of recommendations; and when necessary intervene to ensure adequate implementation of important recommendations.

Contribute to strengthening the evaluation function in UNICEF focusing on EHA.

  • Promote adherence to the UNEG norms and standards in in the management of the UNICEF humanitarian evaluation portfolio;
  • Contribute to improvements in implementation and methodological approach of evaluation of humanitarian action;
  • Coordinate with external agencies in this regard as appropriate (e.g. ALNAP, IASC);
  • Develop guidance for and provide support to, humanitarian evaluation conducted by Regional and Country offices, including providing support to capacity development initiatives related to EHA;
  • Liaise and cooperate with professional evaluation bodies, learning and evaluation networks linked to EHA, especially those within the UN context;
  • Act as the focal point for joint evaluations carried out as part of the humanitarian reform processes, including evaluations related to the humanitarian sector reforms, the agenda for humanity, the humanitarian landscape and its implication for the 2030 Agenda, among others.

Support innovation, knowledge management and capacity building at national, country office and regional office levels as appropriate.

  • Seek and acts upon self-development opportunities to continue professional growth in evaluation of humanitarian action and UN system-wide efforts;
  • Partner with UN, research organizations and other partners to pilot emerging and innovative data collection systems during humanitarian evaluations;
  • Provides staff at CO and RO engaged in EHA with relevant capacity development opportunities, coaching, and sets appropriate standards of appropriate behavior;
  • Supports the development of effective and efficient capacity development initiatives for all UNICEF staff engaged with EHA;
  • Supports efforts of national evaluation capacity development related to EHA that are promoted at Regional and Country levels.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master's) in a social science, evaluation or a field related to the sectors that covers humanitarian programmes is required; a PhD in the subject areas mentioned is desirable.
  • At least ten years of professional experience in humanitarian evaluation with knowledge of inter-agency evaluations is required.
  • Experience related to UNICEF's mandate.
  • Knowledge of current knowledge of: designing and implementing inter-agency and rapid and timely humanitarian. Previous work experience in a developing country and/or in a humanitarian context is an asset. Knowledge of working modalities of UNICEF in humanitarian setting is desirable.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other official UN languages is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF's core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability.

The functional competencies required for this post are: Leading and supervising, Formulating strategies and concepts, Analyzing, Relating and networking, Applying technical expertise, Persuading and Influencing, Planning and Organizing, Creating and Innovating.

Source:https://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=521984


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