Individual Contractor – Evaluation Specialist (Bangkok-based), UNICEF East Asia and Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO), Bangkok, Thailand, Job No
Application deadline 3 months ago: Thursday 20 Oct 2022 at 16:55 UTCOpen application form
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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?
The Evaluation Section, UNICEF East Asia Pacific Regional Office (EAPRO) is seeking an individual consultant to provided support to evaluation portfolio as it relates to EAPRO’s regional evaluation strategy and its associated Annual Workplans.
The overall purpose of the assignment is to support the EAPRO’s evaluation function to achieve objectives and targets established in the global Evaluation Policy, the Regional Evaluation Strategy, and associated evaluation related workplans in the Regional Office and the Country Offices. A non comprehensive list of tasks include: support evaluation capacity development both at national and regional levels; fulfill research needs of the function; quality assurance of products presented by Independent Evaluation Teams; support efforts to disseminate findings, conclusions and recommendations from evaluations undertaken in the region to internal UNICEF staff and external partners.
Under overall guidance form and supervision of the Regional Adviser – Evaluation (RA-Ev), the consultant will undertake following tasks:
- Support the RA-Ev in the management of evaluative work being undertaken in the region:
- Gather key background documents for use in the scoping and execution of evaluations;
- Support the process for the development of evaluation terms of reference, which includes managing and/or guide independent consultants in delineating the scope of the evaluation and engaging in consultations with evaluation stakeholders;
- Collect and present relevant information for all phases of the evaluation in a concise and digestible format for use by external and independent consultants commissioned to undertake evaluations;
- Examine quality and comment upon interim products and drafts report and consolidate comments by all reviewers for transmission to the independent evaluation teams or consultants;
- Support evaluation report editing and formatting for publication;
- Liaise with NYHQ Evaluation Office, EAPRO’s Country and Regional units/section to facilitate site visits and interviews for HQ recruited evaluation teams;
- Gathering research evidence, and other inputs to support EAPRO commissioned evaluations;
- Contribute to the development and review of evaluation-related regional, procedures and tools;
- Technical support for the quality assurance of regional and country level evaluation deliverables, to ensure evaluation teams deliver high quality reports and EAPR evaluations comply with UNICEF and UNEG standards and guidelines.
- Provide support in the management of ad-hoc evaluative work as stipulated in the EAP Evaluation Strategy 2022 and the associated regional evaluation AWP.
- To provide quality support to drafting concept notes, terms of reference, dissemination of reports, undertake research to ensure products produced are inline with HQ Evaluation Office requirements, and disseminate same knowledge within the EAP region’s evaluation function;
- Promote the evaluation function in the region under the guidance of the RA-Ev;
- Design regional surveys and data collection methodology that will collect information to update the indicators outlined in the evaluation strategy. This includes the annual satisfaction survey of Representatives and Deputy Representatives in EAP region;
- Provide advice, information and guidance to regional project and programme managers on evaluation;
- Undertake other tasks as assigned by the supervisor.
- Provide support in the Evaluation dissemination and use
- Design and support a systematic plan to keep updated all repository/platforms with electronic version of evaluation-related publications, reports and data sets;
- Support Evaluation Teams to ensure that evaluation findings are useful, practical and implementable;
- Provide assistance to senior management of Country Offices for uptake and implementation of the recommendations of evaluations;
- Disseminate important information from evaluations to key stakeholders and the wider public;
- Monitor the evaluation management responses with a view to address the recommendations;
- Support for the identification and dissemination of good practices, innovations and knowledge on evaluation related matters;
- Support for the identification of opportunities for evaluation evidence use.
- Support the National Evaluation Capacity Development in EAP region
- Support for the evaluation capacity development for EAP RO and CO staff by improving
- evaluation planning and management processes at country level and providing training to staff managing evaluation
- Elaborate evaluation guidelines and manuals according to the demand in the region.
- Organize dissemination workshops, webinars and seminars for evaluations as required.
- Other assignments as may be assigned to her/him
The assignment will cover the period of 15 January 2023 to 31 December 2023 (11.5 months/Full time).
In general, the output of the consultancy will be in support of implementation of evaluations being commissioned by the Regional Office and Country Office’s in the region. Specifically, the output’s from this consultancy are reviewing of scoping documents; reviewing of terms of reference; establishment of research documents; support to Evaluation Quality Assurance (EQA) established in the region; support to Knowledge Management activity of the evaluation function; and setting up of interviews, webinars and seminars related to the evaluation function of EAP region. The details of which evaluations and what products will be established in a quarterly workplan to be established by the consultant and endorsed by the RA-Ev.
Duration of Contract: 15 January 2023 to 31 December 2023 (11.5 months/Full time)
Official Travel: Some travel within the region, COVID situation permitting. The consultant will not travel if any quarantine period in Government approved facilities is required.
Work Location: EAPRO with some travel within the region, COVID situation permitting. The consultant will not travel if any quarantine period in Government approved facilities is required.
The consultant will be based in EAPRO’s Bangkok office and will work in close collaboration with UNICEF EAPRO and COs in focus countries. The consultant will use his/her own equipment. UNICEF email address will be provided. A limited desk space and access to internets and some level of access to UNICEF intranet will be provided.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
Education and experience
- A bachelor level university degree or higher in social sciences, preferably with specialization in evaluation, Economics, or Development or similar subjects.
Skills and capabilities:
- At least 5 years in progressively responsible professional work related to evaluation and supporting evaluation management.
- Strong analytical, quantitative and qualitative research skills.
- Experience in conducting evaluations for UN agencies preferably including UNICEF or major bilateral donor Country Programmes, and familiarity with UNEG Norms and Standards and Ethical Guidelines. Experience with evaluation offices of UN organizations is necessary.
- Developing Country work experience, experience within EAP region will be preferred.
- At least one instance of exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness, planning. Active involvement in Humanitarian Crisis Response Programme preferred.
- Be committed and willing to work in a complex environment and able to produce quality work under limited guidance and supervision.
- Having effective communication, advocacy and people skills and the ability to communicate with various stakeholders and to express concisely and clearly ideas and concepts in written and oral form.
Language and Computer literacy:
- Fluency in English and preferably another UN language.
Interested candidates are requested to submit CV or P-11, full contact information of minimum 3 references, availability, and proposed monthly professional fee in USD by 20 October 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.
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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.
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.