Consultancy: Evaluation Consultant to support a portfolio of global thematic evaluations, Evaluation Office, New York, USA , (Remote) 9 months

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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. 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.  the EO undertakes methodological work to address evaluation challenges encountered by UNICEF and partners, drawing on international best practice and is committed to investing in methods and tools that deliver credible and timely evaluations. The work of the unit is guided by the Plan for Global Evaluations 2022-2025 seeks to contribute to deepening organizational accountability and learning, in support of the UNICEF Strategic Plan 2022-2025, and in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

How can you make a difference? 

The position of the evaluation consultant is part of the Evaluation Office’s Independent Corporate Evaluations unit and will reports to a Senior Evaluation Specialist. The Evaluation Officer will be engaged with subject matter in UNICEF’s priority areas including health, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, child protection, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH). 

The consultant will support in the commissioning, management and conduct of evaluations, in promoting follow up and use of evaluation findings and recommendations, and in promoting the evaluation function. The incumbent will also work closely with colleagues to explore and introduce new methods and technologies into the work of the EO. 

Key functions/accountabilities:

    1. Support the conduct and/or management of evaluations that are impartial, independent, credible, and meet professional standards.

  • Assist in the planning, preparation, and data collection process of evaluation exercises.
  • Support evaluations conducted by staff members and consultants.
  • Apply evaluation quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis tools, techniques, and approaches.
  • Keep abreast of developments in the area of evaluation including training on evaluation techniques, processes, and methodological approaches.
  • Review evaluation reports and other knowledge products related to the evaluation to support quality control efforts.
  1. Assist in the identification, diffusion and introduction of new and emergent methods and technologies for use in evaluation.
  • Support to identify methods and technologies with potential application in UNICEF’s corporate evaluations.
  • Support to identify, map, and assess possible internal and external structured datasets for use in evaluation methodologies.
  • Plan for the introduction and piloting of new methods and technologies within UNICEF’s corporate evaluations, including use of remote, digital, AI-powered, and other rapid tools for data collection and analysis.
  • Support organization-wide learning through dissemination of information regarding the use of new and emergent methodologies and technologies.
  1. Assist in ensuring that evaluation findings and recommendations are followed up.
  • Assist in the appropriate presentation and communication of evaluation results and other knowledge products for dissemination across internal and external channels.
  • Ensure that databases and document repositories are up-to-date, useful, and user-friendly.
  • Assist in the monitoring of evaluation management responses and follow up on evaluations, engaging with both evaluation managers and the concerned programme section.
  • Participate in meetings, workshops, webinars, and other discussion fora to establish a dialogue on evaluation results.
  1. Assist in the effective deployment of human and financial resources of the Evaluation Office.
  • Assist in evaluation planning and preparation of evaluation budgets for individual evaluations.

The evaluation consultant will perform other related duties and assignments as and when required.

This is a full-time consultant position for a duration of nine months (September 2024 through May 2025).  The consultant will work remotely as an integrated part of the team responsible for Goal Area 1, Goal Area 3, and Goal Area 4.    

Deliverables:

  • A comprehensive repository of country-level information and data.
  • Well-planned and organized field missions by teams with full participation of the respective Country Offices resulting in quality case studies.
  • Well-planned and organized stakeholder engagement through evaluation reference groups.
  • Analysis to support scoping and background for global thematic evaluation.
  • Support communication and dissemination and communication activities including key processes and events (e.g., webinars, policy briefs, social medial posts).
  • Timely completion of daily tasks of evaluation management.

Payment will be made based on monthly invoice.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s) in social science, economics, international or development studies, monitoring and evaluation or related field is required. 
  • Three years of relevant experience required, including two years of professional experience in evaluation.
  • Knowledge of current development issues is required.
  • Previous work experience in a developing country and/or in a humanitarian context is required.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with methods and technologies applicable to evaluation is a required.
  • Previous experience in applying quantitative analytical methods in evidence generation is required.
  • Experience related to UNICEF’s mandate is an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of other official UN languages is an asset.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates must submit the following documents:

  • CV and cover letter.
  • The daily rate and availability within duration of this assignment.
  • The shortlisted candidates may be asked to submit short examples (of completed analyses or published papers, in line with the required qualifications described above.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:  

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. 

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered “staff members” under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws. 

 

Advertised: 02 Jul 2024 Eastern Daylight Time
Deadline: 17 Jul 2024 Eastern Daylight Time

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