Monitoring & Evaluation (Child Rights Systems) Specialist, NOC (FT, ), Minsk, Belarus - for Belarus nationals only!

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This is a NO-3 contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. More about NO-3 contracts.

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

The new UNICEF Strategic Plan highlights, the importance of evidence and data to document “what works and does not work to achieve results for the most disadvantaged children, and why”. The SP also underscores the importance of information and knowledge to “influence domestic planning, financing and delivering of services for children”.

In Belarus, UNICEF is committed to strengthening national capacities to engage in CRM/SDG monitoring, making it imperative to strengthen the quality of evidence on what works for children. This is a key strategy of UNICEF Country Programme (2021 – 2025), in which the Country Office is focusing on system strengthening to integrate international child welfare standards into policies and systems and provide more inclusive and participatory processes. The 2021–2025 country programme builds on the previous investments to address remaining vulnerabilities for children and youth through four interlinked programme components: strengthening family environments; access to justice; future generations; and partnerships and investments for children. The CPD for 2021-2025 aims that “By 2025, national child rights monitoring and evaluation system strengthened and integrated to monitor, evaluate and report on achieving SDGs and the realization of Child Rights”. To attain these results (as included in the CPD), it is of utmost importance to reinforce national monitoring and guarantee systems for delivering on child rights. To deliver on the expected leadership of UNICEF, reliable, predictable and sustainable professional capacity is necessary. The office needs to secure a set of skills that are essential to monitor progress towards the full realisation of child rights for all children and to ensure high quality of evaluations to strengthen national information, data and knowledge systems.

How can you make a difference?

Under the direct supervision of the Representative, and in close coordination with the Deputy Representative on programme related issues and Regional Advisor M&E for technical assistance and quality assurance, Monitoring and Evaluation (Child Rights Systems) Specialist is accountable for planning and implementation of child rights monitoring (CRM), research and evaluation policies, strategies and activities in UNICEF Belarus Country Office. This position will oversee development of crosssectoral partnerships for child rights monitoring and leveraging resources for children with public institutions.

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

  1. Strengthen monitoring capacity of national, regional and local partners - from the Government, the parliament, independent child rights institutions/mechanisms and civil society. Support counterparts’ and partners’ capacity to generate high quality disaggregated data and evidence to influence, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate international commitments, national, regional and local policies, allocations of resources and programme implementation models, focusing on child-related disparities and inequities.
  2. Ensure that the Country Office and national partners have timely and accurate measurement of change in the conditions of disadvantaged and excluded children in the country. This includes monitoring of socio-economic trends and national policies, legal frameworks, economic and institutional context, in order to facilitate planning and draw conclusions about the impact of programmes or policies on equity for children.
  3. Develop partnership and collaboration with internal and external counterparts, including those of the UN and national partners, to exchange information; improve the ability to collect and disseminate data on the situation of children; and coordinate the planning and implementation of Human Rights related activities. Linkage to the regional and global Child Rights Knowledge Networks to ensure that national policies and legal frameworks are in accordance with international Child Rights standards.
  4. Lead development of cross-sectoral partnerships for child rights monitoring and leveraging resources for children with public institutions – such as the National Commission’s on the Rights of the Child, the National Statistical Committee (Belstat), line ministries, international development organisations, NGOs and think tanks.
  5. Directly supervise, provide guidance and support to the Monitoring and Evaluation officer (NOB).
  6. Maintain collaboration with relevant Regional Advisers and HQ Officers for effective overall coordination on support and technical guidance.
  7. In collaboration with programme team, support planning, monitoring and implementation of activities by providing technical guidance and contribute to the country programme advocacy strategy results.
  8. Lead the planning and management of the evaluation function at the country office in line with UNICEF’s evaluation policy by developing a workplan for the evaluation function, managing the overall implementation of the evaluations and providing guidance and technical support to sectors and the senior management and CMT on evaluation related matters. Identifies and leads the implementation of CO evaluations.
  9. Manage the CO evaluations, ensure they are impartial, independent and credible and meet UNICEF/UNEG quality standards. Contribute to represent UNICEF in UNSDCF evaluations and other cross sectoral and thematic evaluations. Contribute to the conceptualization of the country programme effectiveness reviews/ strategic moments of review and new Country Programme Documents from an evaluation perspective. Foster organizational accountability and learning based on the outcome of the evaluations.
  10. Lead and coordinate the preparation of the multi-year rolling and annual IMEPs (integrated Monitoring, Evaluation and Research plans – now called “PRIME”) of the CO.
  11. Develop and manage internal quality assurance system for evaluations; and follow up on evaluation findings and recommendations.
  12. Foster policy level and academic partnerships with a view to support national evaluation capacity development initiatives; and contribute to the generation and dissemination of innovations and knowledge on evaluation related matters.

To successfully influence national policies and to unlock resources for children, generation of knowledge and alternative and innovative ways to reach excluded groups are crucial strategies. Child Rights Monitoring and Evaluation are essential parts of this effort and often serve as important catalyst for change – especially when partner staff are engaged.

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

  • Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Economics, Statistics, Public Policy, Social Policy or other relevant disciplines.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional work experience.
  • Experience in managing independent evaluations.
  • Formal training in evaluation (online or face-to face courses)
  • Fluency in English and in Russian/Belarusian required.

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: https://uni.cf/UNICEFValues

Core Values

  • Care
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Trust
  • Accountability
  • Sustainability

UNICEF competencies required for this post are:

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others (8) Nurtures, leads and manages people.

Core competencies (For Staff with Supervisory Responsibilities)

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and Supervising [ II ]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]
  • Analyzing [ II ]
  • Relating and Networking [ II ]
  • Persuading and Influencing [ II ]
  • Creating and Innovating [ II ]

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

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.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

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:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (COVID). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Added 4 months ago - Updated 4 months ago - Source: unicef.org