Individual Contractor for Monitoring & Evaluation (M & E), Education Section, Beijing, China, 11.5 months, office-based

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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 fulfill 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, Education

UNICEF in China promotes policies and laws that better deliver on children's rights. We have about 100 staff members working with the Government of China and other partners to ensure that the benefits of the country's development reach the most impoverished children. And we share what we learn with others.

The Education Section works with the Government of China and our partners, communities and parents, to provide the country’s most disadvantaged children with learning opportunities that will change their lives. We help to strengthen China’s education system, so that it addresses the needs of the most excluded and vulnerable children, including those with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and rural and urban poor, while ensuring that girls and boys have the same opportunities. We also promote nurturing environments that ensure that children develop into well-rounded individuals, by meeting their physical, cognitive, creative and social and emotional needs.

The 2015-2025 education program also embraces key strategic shifts and will have a renewed focus on upstream engagement and policy work. It will strategically focus on evidence generation and research, policy analysis, advocacy for children’s rights and adaptation of international evidence to China’s context. There will also be a shift from child-friendly schools to child-friendly education systems, scaling-up of adolescent programs, particularly integrating life skills into the secondary technical and vocation education & training (TVET) reform process and expanding alternative learning pathways for out-of-school adolescents.

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How can you make a difference?

UNICEF China is looking for Monitoring & Evaluation (M & E) consultant to support the Child-Friendly Schools evaluation (2001-2020) through coordination, review of documentation and data sources, review of analysis and through expert input into the methodology and tools design proposed by the institutional contractor who carries out the evaluation. In addition, the M & E consultant is also expected to develop a common M&E framework for the Child-Friendly Education Systems work (2021-25), including identifying sets of indicators and working with the education team to establish project baselines, conduct initial analysis and recommending adjustments to project designs.

The main tasks of this consultancy are:

Assignment 1

Support Child-Friendly-School Evaluation (2011-2020)

- To review the available sources for the CFS evaluation from the previous project cycles (2001-2020) and assess any evaluability and quality issues. Deliverables: List of evaluation documentation, capturing any known quality or evaluability issues

- To co-ordinate with the international contractor (once commissioned) on a regular basis, record progress and provide ongoing M&E technical input and/or comments. Deliverables: Monthly progress reports; feedback to international contractor on methodology, tools and other technical issues.

Assignment 2

Develop a common M&E framework for the Child-Friendly Education Systems work (2021-25)

- To design a common M&E framework and supporting toolkit for the seven projects that are part of Child-Friendly Systems work (2021-25). Deliverables: M & E framework; assessment toolkit.

- To provide M&E related training for programme staff and counterparts on protocols of programme monitoring and evaluation, design of training manual and management tools and quality checklist as appropriate. Deliverables: Project management plans; Internal Number of Training conducted.

- To support projects build baseline, using the common framework and toolkit. Review baseline data and make recommendations to project plan. Deliverables: Project baselines; project recommendations

- Provide ongoing M&E related support and trouble-shooting support to education programme staff.

For more details, please refer to the TOR TOR M & E Consultant.pdf

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • Minimum Academic Qualifications required and disciplines:

Master’s degree in education, statistics, monitoring and evaluation, human resource development, international development or another related field

  • Knowledge/Experience/Expertise/Skills required:
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in monitoring and evaluation of multi-sectoral programs, including in education and/or social development areas of work in China;
  • At least 3 years of experience in leading design and planning monitoring and evaluation framework, log frames, TOC of programmes, particularly those linked to social sectors, evaluation, survey implementation, advanced statistical research;
  • A least 3 years of practical experience in survey design using quantitative and qualitative methods, survey administration, analysis and reporting would be an asset
  • Excellent inter-personal, mentoring, facilitation, and communication skills.
  • Flexibility and experience in working remotely;
  • Fluency in Chinese and English (both oral and written) is required.
  • Familiarity with UN system in China or other countries is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

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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.

The selected candidate is solely responsible to ensure that the visa (applicable) and health insurance required to perform the duties of the contract are valid for the entire period of the contract. The candidate may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid).

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