Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist (CRM), NOC, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, post #00086371

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UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling.
UNICEF is a place where careers are built: we offer our staff diverse opportunities for personal and professional development that will help them develop a fulfilling career while delivering on a rewarding mission. We pride ourselves on a culture that helps staff thrive, coupled with an attractive compensation and benefits package.

Visit our website to learn more about what we do at UNICEF.

Since 1994, UNICEF’s Office in Turkmenistan has been working with the Government to fulfil its obligation in realization of child rights under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The current Country Cooperation Programme for 2021 – 2025 between UNICEF and the Government of Turkmenistan aims to support the Government of Turkmenistan in fulfilling its obligations to respect, protect and implement children’s rights, as stipulated in the Convention on the Rights of the Child and further confirmed in the National Action Plan for the Realization of Children’s Rights (NAP). Within the new Programme, UNICEF will be partnering with more institutions to ensure equitable access to high-impact and quality health, nutrition and early childhood development services; to protect children from all forms of violence, ill-treatment and socio-economic vulnerabilities; as well as to increase access to quality inclusive education and learning opportunities for Turkmenistan’s children and youth.

For more information about UNICEF Turkmenistan please click here  

For every child, results

Through its current country programme, which was designed in partnership with the Government of Turkmenistan, UNICEF supports national efforts to accelerate the realization of children’s rights and progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for children. Moreover, the programme is aligned with the 2023-2028 National Action Plan for Realization of Children’s Rights and forms an integral part of the 2021–2025 United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Turkmenistan.

How can you make a difference?

Under the general guidance of the supervisor (Deputy Representative), the incumbent is responsible for leading UNICEF’s work to strengthen national capacities for monitoring the situation of children and implementation of the CRC primarily through data generation, situation analysis, evaluation and improved evidence and policy interface. This includes:

  1. Strengthening national data systems for child rights monitoring, working with National Statistical Offices as well as other members of the national statistical system to improve the availability, disaggregation and recency of national data and evidence from all possible sources, with a potential for inter-operability and real-time monitoring systems;
  2. Influencing the national child rights monitoring system, agenda, policies and programming to position outcomes for children using data, analysis, evaluation results and other forms of evidence in line with CRC recommendations, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), EU targets and other frameworks, including supporting national capacities in CRC reporting and monitoring;
  3. Managing UNICEF’s evaluation portfolio and enhancing national evaluation capacities, coordinating and leading UNICEF’s evaluation and overall evidence agenda. This encompasses direct programme work with national stakeholders and linkages and support to all teams in the programme;
  4. Managing and coordinating UNICEF’s evidence planning, facilitating the discussion on prioritising UNICEF-supported data and evidence generation, reinforcing quality assurance, seeking and coordinating strong linkages between evidence-generation activities, wherever appropriate and feasible and ensuring evidence uptake.
  5. UNICEF programme management in child rights monitoring, engaging in programme design, establishing partnerships, and monitoring the performance of activities under the purview of the post, including the optimum use of resources.

To learn more about the position, please read the attached GJP. Download File Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (Child Rights) Level 3 Final_an for adv.pdf

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

The following minimum requirements:

Education: An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required: public policy, statistics, or another relevant social science field.

Work Experience: A minimum of five years of professional experience in social development planning and implementation and relevant experience in data ecosystems, evaluation or similar is required.
1. At least one (1) year of working with data and analytics is required, with a good understanding of data sources, data/statistical analysis, data quality assurance mechanisms and ethical considerations in data/research.
2. Experience with managing evaluations and related processes and governance mechanisms is highly desirable.
3. Familiarity with child rights and normative frameworks regarding child rights is desirable.
4. Background and/or familiarity with emergencies is considered an added advantage.

• Skills:  Technical knowledge/expertise in demography, sociology, statistics, and data management, as well as evaluation management processes and international norms and standards is desirable.

Language Requirements:  Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of either Turkmen or Russian language is required.  


For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others (8) Nurtures, leads and manages people

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

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.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). 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 is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.


As per Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children and encourages qualified female and male candidates to apply. For this position, eligible and suitable male candidates and persons living with a disability are strongly encouraged to apply.

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions 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. 

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.

All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.

Additional information about working for UNICEF can be found here.


Advertised: 30 Apr 2024 West Asia Standard Time
Deadline: 12 May 2024 West Asia Standard Time

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