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Purpose for the job:
The Social Policy, Research and Evaluation Manager reports to the Representative for general guidance and direction, and is responsible for managing and supervising all stages of social policy programming and related advocacy from strategic planning and formulation to delivery of concrete and sustainable results. This includes programmes aimed at improving
- public policies to reduce child poverty;
- social protection coverage and impact on children;
- the transparency, adequacy, equity and efficiency of child-focused public investments and financial management; and
- governance, decentralization and accountability measures to increase public participation and the quality, equity and coverage of social services.
This encompasses both direct programme work with government and civil society partners as well as linkages and support to teams working on education, health, child protection, water and sanitation and polio eradication. The Manager is responsible for overseeing the Country Office research and evaluation function, including research and evaluation planning and quality assurance.
Summary of key functions/accountabilities:
- Establish the Section’s annual work plan with the social policy, research and evaluation team; set priorities/targets and performance measurement. Monitor work progress and ensure results are achieved according to schedule and performance standards.
- Establish clear individual performance objectives, goals and timelines; and provide timely guidance to enable the team to perform their duties responsibly and efficiently. Plan and ensure timely performance management and assessment of the Team.
- Supervise team members by providing them with clear objectives and goals, direction and guidance to enable them to perform their duties responsibly, effectively and efficiently.
Improving data on child poverty & vulnerability and increased use for policy and programme action
- Oversees the collection, analysis and user-friendly presentation of data on multidimensional and monetary child poverty, including strengthening national capacity to collect routinely, report and use data for policy decision-making.
- Provides timely, regular data-driven analysis for effective prioritization, planning, and development; facilitates results-based management for planning, adjusting, and scaling-up specific social policy initiatives to reduce child poverty.
- Analyzes the macroeconomic context and its impact on social development, emerging issues and social policy concerns, as well as implications for children, and proposes and promotes appropriate responses in respect of such issues and concerns, including government resource allocation policies and the effect of social welfare policies on the rights of children
Strengthening social protection coverage and impact for children
- Develops social protection policies, legislation and programmes with attention to increasing coverage of and impact on children, with special attention the most marginalized. Identifies, generates and presents evidence to support this goal in collaboration with partners.
- Promotes strengthening of integrated social protection systems, providing technical support to partners to improve the design of cash transfers and child grants and improve linkages with other social protection interventions such as health insurance, public works and social care services as well as complementary services and intervention related to nutrition, health, education, water and sanitation, and child protection.
- Undertakes improved monitoring and research around social protection impact on child outcomes, and use of data and research findings for strengthening programme results.
Improving use of public financial resources for children
- Oversees and undertakes budget analysis to inform UNICEF’s advocacy and technical assistance to Ministries of Finance, planning commissions and social sector ministries to improve equitable allocations for essential services for children. Works with sector colleagues to build capacity to undertake costing and cost effectiveness analysis on priority interventions to help inform policy decisions on child-focused investments.
- Identifies policy options for improved domestic financing of child-sensitive social protection interventions.
- Undertakes, and builds capacity of partners for, improved monitoring and tracking of public expenditure to support transparency, accountability and effective financial flows for essential service delivery, including through support to district level planning, budgeting and public financial management as well as facilitating community participation.
Research and Evaluation Management
- Supervises and coordinates with senior management and nominated Country Office staff the development of a strategic Integrated Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Plan (IMERP), including its reflection in PRIME, and oversees its timely implementation including quality support to research and evaluation initiatives.
- Oversees the development and maintenance of standard operating procedures on evaluation, research and the Integrated Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Plan (IMERP), including the definition of quality standards in line with the UNICEF Evaluation Policy and the UNICEF Research Policy.
- Oversees and guides evaluation and research planning processes, ensuring compliance with relevant SOPs and regional and headquarters guidance, as well as adherence to quality assurance requirements, including ethical standards relating to the conduct of research with children.
- Chairs and facilitates review meetings of reference groups and presentations of findings, ensuring the identification of clear action points and conclusions.
- Ensures that final research and evaluation reports comply with expected standards; and oversees adequate follow-up in terms of posting on global databases as well as management responses, as appropriate.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Economics, Public Policy, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, or other relevant disciplines.
- A minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience is required.
- 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.
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.
The functional competencies required for this post are:
- Leading and supervising (II)
- Formulating strategies and concepts (II)
- Analyzing (III)
- Relating and networking (II)
- Persuading & Influencing (II)
- Planning & Organizing (III)
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.