Data and Research Specialist

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This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.

UNICEF Libya is starting a new country programme 2023 – 2025 that is aligned with UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework of the same duration, in Libya, and derived from UNICEF global strategic Plan 2022 – 2025. Under the new Country Programme, UNICEF Libya will focus on mainstreaming accountability to affected population (AAP)

This IUNV is part of UNICEF Libya’s efforts to strengthening the Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) and provide technical support to Research, Evaluation, and Knowledge Management in the country office. Recently, UNICEF Libya has taken a mapping exercise of current AAP practices which was then used as the basis to produce the office’s strategy for strengthening Accountability to Affected Populations and an action plan that UNICEF Libya will mainstream in the new country programme.

Under the overall guidance of the Deputy Representative of Programme and the direct supervision of Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation Specialist, and in close coordination with the various programme sections, the UN Volunteer Data and Research Specialist will:

• Accountability to Affected Population (AAP):

  1. Work with section chiefs and programme staff of the Country office to promote a strong culture that support the integration of accountability to affected population (AAP) principles in UNICEF’s programmes, in particular EU-funded programmes and support AAP capacity development initiatives/capacity building of all staff.
  2. Work with management and programme managers/staff to supporting the realization/ implementation of concepts of AAP action plan and provide support to programme staff to integrate AAP strategy and action plan throughout the programme management cycle (design, budgeting, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation), and in needs assessment frameworks, including adaptation of tools, collection, analysis, and reporting processes.
  3. Act as the focal point of the CO on the AAP, including the coordination of the Common Feedback Mechanism (CFM), and participation in-country and regional AAP meetings.
  4. Contribute to quantitative and qualitative analysis, as well as data collection processes, in relation AAP related issues for UNICEF reporting (end-of-year reporting, mid-term review, programme evaluation, etc..), covering EU programmes.

• Research, Knowledge Management, and Evaluation:

  1. Provide technical and organization support to the production of quality evidence generation as in the CO IMEP, EISI, including follow up/quality control to the on-going and planned research, evaluations and studies, including supporting MICS.
  2. Develop and design data collection tools/ templates and assist with regular data collection/generation process.
  3. Contribute to design of TORs, training materials, communication materials related to the research, evaluations and studies within the country office, including these funded from the EU.
  4. Provide capacity building to UNICEF staff and partners on data analysis, and M&E.
  5. Participation in interagency groups related to data, research, knowledge management and evaluation.
  6. Technical support the Libya country office evaluations, including management and response to project specific, donor, and programme evaluations.
  7. Any other relevant tasks requested by supervisor.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:

• Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; • Provide annual and end of assignment self- reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities.
• Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly arrived UN Volunteers; • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Results/expected outputs

• As an active UNICEF Libya Country Office (LCO) team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNICEF LCO and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including: • AAP Strategy and Action Plan is implemented and reported on. • UNICEF Libya Staff are trained on the concept of AAP. • IMEP and EISI updated (including updated IMEP for 2023). • Quality studies finalized and published, as per IMEP. • Quality assurance and control to studies, research and evaluation is provided. • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

• Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNICEF; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNICEF procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented;

• Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNICEF in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority;

• Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues;

• Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.

• Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities;

• Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups; • Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort; to operate independently in austere environments for protracted periods; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary;

• Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes solidarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards UNICEF’s mission and vision, as well as to the UN Core Values.

the national and/or international level in monitoring and evaluation, with focus on data analysis and research; • Experience with UN agencies, or other international development organization is an asset; • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills; • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing; • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel; • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various MS Office applications (Excel, Word, etc.) and email/internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment

The IUNV will be based in Tunis, Tunisia but working for Libya Country Office. The IUNV will be travelling to Libya on mission subjected to approved visa and accommodation at the UN agencies’ compound (Janzour Tourism Village).

Geography and Climate: Tunisia, the smallest country of the North African coast, with a population of slightly over 10 million of which about 60% live in urban locations, has one of the highest living standards on the continent. Tunis is the capital of the country and the largest city (population of approximately two million in and outside the city proper). As a small country, all destinations within Tunisia can be reached in a day drive. Tunisia borders with Libya (Southeast) and with Algeria (West).

Tunisia has a Mediterranean climate. Along the coast of northern Tunisia, summers are hot and dry, and winters are warm and rainy. In the northwest, there is occasional snowfall in the mountains. In southern Tunisia, it is hotter and drier. Southern Tunisia, where the Sahara begins, is semi-desert. In some parts, there are oases with giant palm trees and small market gardens.

Economy: The country does not have vast stocks of hydrocarbons like its neighbours Algeria and Libya but has prospered under long-standing government policies to develop manufacturing, tourism, and agriculture. At the same time, social programs limit population growth, provide a high standard of education, and ensure a relatively decent standard of living for all. The largest percentage of Tunisia’s exports are agricultural and mining products, which generate over 11 billion dollars a year. Tunisia's biggest export partners are France and Italy. Tunisia is a member of the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD), the Arab Monetary Fund, and the Union of the Arab Maghreb (UMA).

Public transportation: In addition to the private taxi services, the state runs a reliable and cost effective public transport system.

Safety and security: The crime rate is low, but there have been cases of theft. Walking alone during daylight hours is permitted, but you may want to be more careful at night. Tunisia is still undergoing a critical period of democratic and social transition. The heated political debate has, at times, developed into a localized confrontation among ideological opponents. Although these tensions are unrelated to foreigners, it is nevertheless important to remain updated on the political situation. Therefore, security advice is sent systematically by UNDSS and UNHCR security staff. Since 2015, there have not been terrorist attacks in Tunisia

Working in Tunisia for Libya country is a unique operation. It provides for an interesting and enriching environment, but also requires a mature level of cultural awareness, as well as more stamina and commitment than elsewhere to make life comfortable and affordable. Therefore, flexibility and the ability and willingness to live and work in harsh and potentially hazardous conditions, involving physical hardship and little comfort, are essential.

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