Deadline: 23 September 2019
United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) is currently seeking applications from eligible applicants for the post of Evaluation Specialist in New York, United States.
The Evaluation Specialist will be responsible to provide support for background research work, management and quality assurance of 2-4 evaluations that will be implemented during the contract duration.
UNICEF works for a world in which every child has a fair chance in life.
Key Jobs Responsibilities
The Evaluation Specialist will perform the following functions:
- Provide technical support and backstopping concurrent major humanitarian evaluations to ensure that they are impartial, independent and credible and meet professional standards (60%)
- Conduct background research and gather key background documents for use in developing evaluation Terms of References and subsequently for use within the full evaluation.
- Support procurement and recruitment of the evaluation team; assist in the review of proposals submitted by preparing tabulation of applicants for the evaluation team that will feed into the selection process.
- Ensure sound design of humanitarian evaluations, the development of robust evaluation tools, methodologies and techniques, and application of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis techniques and approaches.
- Collate and present relevant information for all phases of the evaluation in a concise and digestible format.
- Build an electronic depository of evaluation-related publications, reports and data sets for use in the evaluation and maintain until project finalization.
- Promote evaluations that are useful and ensure that evaluation findings and recommendations are followed up (20%)
- Ensure that humanitarian evaluations planned are strategic and are in line with the revised 2018 evaluation policy, and Board-approved Plan for global evaluations (2018.2021).
- Provide technical support to Inter-Agency Humanitarian Evaluations (IAHE)/joint evaluations, and ensure relevant UNICEF Divisions, ROs and COS are engaged accordingly.
- Ensure evaluation results, recommendations and lessons learned are packaged in user-friendly formats and made available to different audiences using a variety of communication channels.
- Organize meetings, workshops and other discussion fora in order to establish a dialogue on evaluation results, recommendations and lessons learned.
- Support innovation, knowledge management and capacity building (10%)
- Workclosely with the Innovation, Learning and Uptake Unit of the Evaluation Office.
- Keep abreast, research, benchmark, introduce and implement best and cutting-edge practices on evaluation methodology, planning and management.
- Institutionalize and disseminate best practices and lessons learned to maximize the use of humanitarian evaluation results to support improved programming and results delivery.
- Undertake specific evaluation projects for the Director (10%):
- Provide quality research and/or editorial support for the production of corporate reports and recommendations, including contributing to environmental scanning to keep abreast of new approaches in evaluation and partnership for evaluation.
- Undertake ad-hoc projects in support of the Evaluation Office’s leadership and the evaluation function, as designated by the Director.
Applicants must have:
- An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in a social science or related field is required, ideally with a focus on development studies and/or evaluation.
- Minimum 5 years of professional experience in development and in emergency response, preferably with UNICEF or other UN agencies or other international partners at the global, regional or country levels.
- Experience with UNICEF’s programmes in emergency contexts, UNICEF’s corporate emergency procedures and the Core Commitments to Children highly desirable.
- Experience in conducting/managing multi-disciplinary evaluations, including those of humanitarian action required.
- Strong publication record, and experience in using quantitative and qualitative research approaches.
- Excellent computer skills, including familiarity with main statistical packages.
- Ability to work in a multicultural environment and establish harmonious and effective working relationships, both within and outside the organization.
- Fluency in spoken and written English is required.
- Knowledge of another UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) is an asset.
How to Apply
Applicants must submit their applications through online process.
For more information, please visit UNICEF.