Evaluation Specialist (Pacific Multi-Country Office and Papua New Guinea), P-4, Suva, Fiji, #111580

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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. 

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In the Pacific we work in Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu: These 14 Pacific island countries are home to 2.3 million people, including 1.2 million children and youth, living on more than 660 islands and atolls stretching across 17.2 million square kilometers of the Pacific Ocean, an area comparable to the combined size of the United States of America and Canada. Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu are classified as Fragile States according to World Bank/OECD criteria. All 14 Pacific Island countries and territories have ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, but only a third are on track with reporting obligations. Explore the different areas of our work here: UNICEF Pacific Islands

In Papua New Guinea, which has over 850 indigenous languages and one of the most ethnically diverse populations, widespread poverty, and gender inequality make it hard for many children to realize their rights. In Papua New Guinea, UNICEF’s works effectively both ‘upstream’ (with governments) and ‘downstream’ (at the grassroots level) to carry out its mission through a programme of cooperation jointly developed with the government guides our work in the country. Find out more here: UNICEF Papua New Guinea

How can you make a difference?

Supervised and guided in a matrix management setting by the Representatives of the PMCO, PNG CO, and the Regional Advisor Evaluation for the East Asia and Pacific Region, the Evaluation Specialist will work in close collaboration with each office’s Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation teams on the development and implementation of the Offices’ costed evaluation plans, will be responsible for providing technical guidance, development and implementation of thematic evaluations, evaluation of humanitarian action, defined strategic engagement and technical support towards national evaluation processes relevant to UNICEF’s mission, and other evaluative activities for which Offices are accountable. S/he works with the CO in engaging competent evaluators who conduct their work in accordance with the norms and standards of the UNICEF evaluation policy.

The incumbent works in accordance with the norms and standards of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) and the UNICEF evaluation policy. S/he provides leadership on, and/or guidance as appropriate, to staff involved in evaluations in the countries under his/her responsibility and consults the supervisor when major policy decisions and actions must be undertaken.

The MC Evaluation Specialist has a leadership and technical role, directly implementing evaluation priorities in collaboration with the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation staff in each country.  The position ensures quality, credibility, impartiality, and independence of the evaluation function in the Country Offices under her/his responsibility. She/he is also responsible for ensuring that equity and the gender equality perspectives are mainstreamed in evaluation design, analysis and related processes.

She/he also facilitates the development and implementation of evaluation workplans in each Office and provides guidance and technical support to sectors and to the Country Management Teams as well as the national government on evaluation and on related matters.

The MC Evaluation Specialist works closely with the Country Offices to manage their evaluation partnerships, including inter-agency relations within the UN and key evaluation-related stakeholders in respective countries, and collaboration with the Regional Office and Headquarters.

The MC Evaluation Specialist is responsible to contributing to the design and effective conduct and uptake of evaluations in accordance with the UNICEF evaluation policy. He/she ensures that the UNEG Norms and Standards for evaluation and UNICEF evaluation coverage benchmarks and quality standards are upheld.

The MC Evaluation Specialist contributes to the development and implementation of COs’ knowledge management plans and the Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (IMEP), ensuring that evidence, lessons learnt and documentations from evaluations are presented, communicated, used, stored and shared effectively, per UNICEF’s policy and guidance on knowledge management.

In agreement with his/her host country management and other supported COs, the MC Evaluation Specialist may also be assigned more specific duties that enable her/him to be a resource person across the region, including methodological work, resource mobilization, and procurement support for evaluations.

Key function, accountabilities, and related duties/tasks

1. Evaluation Leadership

Support the Country Offices under his/her responsibility and their national partners to develop and implement a plan of evaluation activities that will provide relevant and strategic information to manage Country Programmes and relevant national policies and programmes toward achieving results for children in both humanitarian and non-humanitarian environments.

The Multi-Country Evaluation Specialist will work with assigned Country Offices and:

  • Guide the offices and their partners to identify priority evaluation topics in accordance with the UNICEF evaluation policy, the UNICEF Strategic Plan, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Country Programme Document and national policies and programmes.
  • Identify the Evaluation objectives, priorities, and activities required for effective Country Office and partner Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans. In humanitarian response situations, support the Country Office adjust the prevailing evaluation plan in UNICEF Evidence Information System Integration system (EISI), in accordance with guidance for emergency situations. Likewise, adjust the evaluation plans in EISI in accordance with the transition through the stages of transition and recovery.
  • Identify gaps in evidence and knowledge and works with PME and section chiefs to ensure these are addressed. Facilitate cross-sectoral collaboration in the execution of these efforts.
  • Provide technical support to ensure that a set of evaluation performance indicators is monitored and fed into decision-making processes in the context of the multi-year and annual evaluation plans in EISI, as well as associated office-wide management plans and work plans, ensuring close follow up on the implementation of planned evaluative activities.
  • Consolidate evaluation plans within required systems and documentation, including the EISI planning platform and in the Costed Evaluation Plan that accompanies the Country Programme Document for consideration by the Executive Board. Ensure that evaluation findings and lessons learned are incorporated in the Country Programme, and other planning, and reporting documents. Support the conceptualization of MTRs (where applicable) from an evaluation perspective.
  • Monitor progress and support Country Management Teams (CMTs), Country office Annual Reports and, where applicable, Mid-term Reviews (MTR), as well as other review moments that lead to plan revisions. Provide input to management reports, including relevant sections of the Country Office Annual Report.

2. Evaluation Conduct and Use

Ensure that UNICEF-supported evaluations are designed and implemented to established UN quality standards, and the results are disseminated in a timely fashion and used by stakeholders in order to improve programme performance and contribute to wider learning.

The Multi-Country Evaluation Specialist will support Country Offices to:

  • Undertake an evaluability assessment of themes listed in costed evaluation plans, as required, and make recommendations on changes to improve the evaluability of the programs.
  • Work with Country Offices and their partners to formulate Terms of Reference and evaluation designs of high quality. The MC Evaluation Specialist is to sign off on the TORs before they can advance to recruitment of the evaluation team. Work with the country office evaluation specialist/focal point to manage the recruitment of appropriate and highly qualified consultants.
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  • The MC Specialist will closely manage and monitor the implementation of the evaluation, quality review the deliverables and will indicate when the quality is high enough that it can be accepted. As part of this role, she/he will help establish and manage the necessary governance bodies (Steering Committee; Reference Group) for their inputs into the quality assurance process.
  • Work closely with external evaluation consultants/teams to enable them to deliver results according to the agreed Terms of Reference. Exercise sufficient oversight so that quality is assured, and any quality issues are detected soon enough that timely remedial action is possible.
  • Develop and implement a multi-method communication plan to disseminate the evaluation report to intended audiences via user-friendly methods. Fosters organizational accountability and learning based on the outcomes of the evaluations, working with other Evaluation Managers in the region. Promotes further dissemination and use of evaluation to internal and external audiences (including national government, development partners, CSOs and private sector partners. Regularly documents emerging good practices of evaluation use in the countries under her/his responsibility.
  • Support stakeholders to prepare a formal management response that reflects their reaction/views on the evaluation recommendations. Assist the COs to monitor and report on the implementation of agreed management response actions. At a larger scale, support the CO to find means to engage partners around the value of the evaluation, with a consistent goal of increasing utilization and reach.
  • Support country-led evaluations of policies and programmes and the consideration of the results by partners.

3. Evaluation Capacity Strengthening and Partnership building

Ensure that evaluation capacities of Country Office staff and national partners including government and civil society- are strengthened, enabling them to increasingly engage in and lead evidence generating processes. Ensure that the Country Office is effectively linked to wider UNICEF capacity building developments in a way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning.

The Multi-Country Evaluation Specialist will support Country Offices to:

  • Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with local/national governments and sub-regional governmental bodies, UN system agency partners, donors, NGOs, funding organization, research institutes, including universities, and the private sector. Promotes joint Govt/UNICEF evaluations that rigorously assess national policies, programmes and innovative models.
  • Ensure that sufficient systems and procedures are in place within the COs under his/her responsibility for appropriate ethics reviews of evidence activities as per the UNICEF Procedure for Ethical Standards in Research, Evaluation and Data Collection and Analysis.
  • Foster policy-level and academic partnerships to support national evaluation capacity development initiatives. Ensure that evaluation capacities of country office staff and national partners – government and civil society- are strengthened enabling relevant Government units to increasingly engage in and lead evaluation processes.
  • The MC Evaluation Specialist is expected to be a well-informed focal point on a range of learning options and themes related to evaluations, and a first point of contact for the COs to arrange upskilling efforts.

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

Education 

  • An Advanced University Degree (master’s degree or higher) in the social sciences, economics, public policy, statistics, or in research methods or other relevant areas is required. A degree or certification/accreditation in Evaluation is a significant advantage.

Work Experience 

  • At least 8 years of professional experience in implementing equity-focused evaluations and managing the evaluation function at national and international level. Experience in development and/ or humanitarian settings is required.
  • Strong track record for leading and managing evaluations that are of high relevance, quality, credibility, and use, and for achieving these outcomes with an equally strong track record for demonstrating behavioural independence as well as solid consultation skills is required.
  • Experience with building staff and organizational capacities in Evaluation is required.
  • Experience in supporting national evaluation capacity and working with professional evaluation associations is required.
  • Proven experience in establishing effective partnerships in both development and humanitarian environments is required.
  • Experience in evaluation design and in conducting evaluations as per UNICEF and UNEG norms and standards for Evaluation in the UN System is required.
  • Familiarity with methods used in conducting both ‘up-stream’ evaluations (e.g., focusing on policies, strategies and systems), as well as ‘down-stream’ evaluations (e.g., focusing on delivery of programmes and projects) is an asset.
  • Experience in related evidence functions is an asset, including Social Policy, Public Policy, Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis, Research, Programme Audit, and Programme Planning and Monitoring. Experience in these areas cannot be substituted for the Evaluation experience but it is an advantage.
  • Proven experience and competencies in working with, influencing and leading teams comprised of diverse background, level of expertise and at multiple geographical locations is required.
  • Experience in the East Asia & Pacific region is advantageous.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a prominent language of the duty stations covered by the MC Evaluation position is an asset.

Technical Knowledge

  • Professional expertise in evaluation process management, dissemination of results, and utilization is required.
  • Technical knowledge of methodologies employed in Evaluation, including Results-based Management (RBM), theories of change, stakeholders mapping, standards and models, research designs, quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods of data collection, validity/reliability testing of data, data and qualitative information analysis and interpretation, and statistical inference methods is required.
  • Technical knowledge in routine monitoring systems; preferably those associated with Health, Nutrition, Education, Child Protection, Social Policy or WASH sectors is required.
  • Technical knowledge on utilization of evaluation and other evidence approaches to realize Gender Equality and Human Rights based development is required.
  • Familiarity with ethics review processes is required.
  • Exposure to mobile technology platforms, ‘big data’ and other innovative techniques is required.
  • Use of data and information quantitative and qualitative software for data analysis is an asset.
  • Knowledge of UNICEF & UNEG Evaluation norms & standards is an advantage.
  • Communication skills (oral, written and in developing effective and user-targeted materials) are required.

For every Child, you demonstrate… 

UNICEF Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS). 

The competency areas required for this post are… 

  • Nurtures, Leads, and Manages People (2) 
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2) 
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2) 
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2) 
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2) 
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2) 
  • Drives to achieve impactful results (2) 
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2) 

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels. 

Remarks 

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. 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. 

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements. 

With regard to higher educational qualifications, UNICEF only considers degrees obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/ 

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. 

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason. 

This position is classified as “rotational” which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty. 

Internal and external candidates are welcome to apply. 

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

Advertised: 21 Jun 2024 Fiji Standard Time
Deadline: 07 Jul 2024 Fiji Standard Time

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