Consultant – Evaluability Assessment for UNICEF Country Programmes (Thailand, Viet Nam and Lao PDR), UNICEF Thailand Country Office, Bangkok, Thailand, Job No

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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 fulfilling 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, a better future

UNICEF works to ensure the rights of all children in the East Asia and Pacific Region. This means the rights of every child living in this country, irrespective of their nationality, gender, religion or ethnicity, to:

  • survival – to basic healthcare, peace and security;
  • development – to a good education, a loving home and adequate nutrition;
  • protection – from abuse, neglect, trafficking, child labour and other forms of exploitation; and
  • participation – to express opinions, be listened to and take part in making any decisions that affect them

    How can you make a difference?

UNICEF Thailand Country Office (TCO) is seeking a knowledgeable evaluator/consultant to conduct the evaluability assessment of the Country Programme Document 2022-2026 (CPD) for Thailand CO (TCO), Viet Nam CO (VCO), and Lao PDR CO (LCO).

The purpose of an evaluability assessment for UNICEF is to provide programme staff and partners with evidence on the extent to which results can be demonstrated in the near, medium and long term based on programme documentation and the monitoring systems being established. An evaluability assessment will provide assurance to stakeholders that the programme is robust, that objectives are adequately defined, that causal linkages are clarified, that its indicators are validated and measurable, and that systems are in place to measure and verify results.

Work Assignments:

For the three COs, the primary purpose of this Evaluability Assessment is to determine whether the causal pathways toward results for children are logical and to review the adequacy of the mechanisms to track performance and demonstrate results for children at different levels. The secondary purpose is to provide recommendations to the management and relevant stakeholders on improving the tools and systems to better implement, monitor and evaluate those results.

Major responsibilities:

• Conduct all parts of the evaluability assessment, being directly accountable to UNICEF.

• Ensure the quality of the process, outputs, methodology and timely delivery of all products.

• Take direct responsibility for all deliverables being of satisfactory quality.

• Ensure that the deliverables emerge in a timely fashion, following a high-quality in-depth analytic process, as well as ongoing consultation with the UNICEF Evaluation Manager.

Specifically, the exercise will include:

  1. Assessment of the logic and alignment of the planned results based on a desk review of the planning documents and information collected possibly through an online survey and interviews with staff from the Country Office and Regional Office (vertical assessment)

  2. Assessment of the adequacy of the mechanisms and systems in place to collect, analyse and use data to track performance and demonstrate the results. This will be reviewed by looking into the existing M&E frameworks for each Country Programme (CP) outcome area, the Evaluation Plan and other support documents, as well as information collected through strategic interviews with staff (horizontal assessment).

  3. Recommendations to further improve the design, data collection systems and evaluation readiness of the CP outcomes. This would include the preparation of the systems and tools to conduct an evaluation of the CPD at the end of the cycle (2025).

  4. Provide an indication of whether an evaluation of the CPD at the end of the cycle would be feasible, credible and useful. It will identify what overarching questions the evaluation could focus on.

  5. Provide recommendations to adapt the CP design, monitoring and evaluation systems, M&E systems and capacity development

Work Schedule:

CO

Phase

Activity

Work load

Timeframe

Deliverables

VCO

Inception

Inception consultations (online) Initial desk review

7 days

Nov 2022

Inception report VCO

Development/ Data collection

Desk review and analysis Internal/external meetings (online) Interviews with internal staff and key stakeholders (online)

20 days +

5 days for internal review

Nov-Dec 2022

Draft report VCO

Validation and finalization

Presentation to internal staff and key stakeholders (online) Final report writing, including comments and feedback

10 days

January 2023

Final report VCO

LCO

Inception

Inception consultations (online) Initial desk review

7 days

February 2023

Inception report LCO

Development/ Data collection

Desk review and analysis Internal/external meetings (online) Interviews with internal staff and key stakeholders (online)

20 days +

5 days for internal review

Feb-Mar 2023

Draft report LCO

Validation and finalization

Presentation to internal staff and key stakeholders (online) Final report writing, including comments and feedback

10 days

April 2023

Final report LCO

TCO

Inception

Inception consultations (online) Initial desk review

7 days

May 2023

Inception report TCO

Development/ Data collection

Desk review and analysis Internal/external meetings (online) Interviews with internal staff and key stakeholders (online)

20 days +

5 days for internal review

May-Jun 2023

Draft report TCO

Validation and finalization

Presentation to internal staff and key stakeholders (online) Final report writing, including comments and feedback

10 days

July 2023

Final report TCO

End Product(s):

Inception Phase:

  1. Inception consultations (online);

  2. Initial desk review;

  3. Drafting of the inception report, including methodology, data collection tools, list of interviews, outline and work plan.

Development/Data collection:

  1. Desk review and analysis.

  2. Internal/external meetings (online).

  3. Interviews with internal staff and key stakeholders (online).

  4. Draft report writing

Validation and finalization:

  1. Presentation to internal staff and key stakeholders (online);

  2. Final report writing including comments and feedback.

Duration of Contract: 126 working days, from 1 November until 31 July 2023

Official Travel: No.

Work Location: Homebased.

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

Key qualifications:

• At least ten years of professional experience in evaluations, research, and evaluability assessments or other formative exercises, with evidence of understanding global standards, theories, models and methods related to organizational/institutional effectiveness issues.

• Minimum first advanced degree [Master’s Level] in a relevant field across the social sciences, with an advantage for degrees or major emphases in evaluation or related evidence fields.

• Direct expertise in the Southeast Asia region.

• Familiarity with thematic areas included in the CPD represents a strong advantage.

• Proven experience in leading exercises similar in scope to the present task.

• Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.

Interested candidates are requested to submit CV, full contact information of minimum 3 references, availability, and proposed daily professional fee in USD by 8 November 2022****.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People, and Drive for Results.

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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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 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.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.

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