UNICEF is an organization with a universal mandate, representing the interest of children –- over one third of the global population. The mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child and to ensure every child has the opportunity to lead a decent life, realize their potential, and have their rights respected, protected, and fulfilled. The Strategic Plan 2018-2021 explicitly recognizes the critical role of evidence in achieving these results.
As an organization, UNICEF has to respond to a world that is changing at a faster rate than ever before, changes that represent threats as well as opportunities. In this context evidence becomes an increasingly important asset; evidence to guide interventions in favour of children in a diverse and changing landscape; evidence on if and how particular innovations and technological changes can work for children; evidence to underpin policy advocacy towards governments and other actors who set the policies that will make the most difference for children. Data collection, evaluation, and research represent the three pillars of UNICEF’s evidence generation efforts.
Getting the right data into the right hands at the right time to impact decisions for children requires the appropriate balance of data demand, supply and use. When all three pieces are functioning well, data can be used to inform strategic planning, to monitor and adjust performance of government systems, and to engage communities in dialogue. When any element of this chain falls short, the potential of data to improve results for children also falls short. UNICEF’s approach to data is based on a commitment to strengthening government systems. Because data are a core element of every part of government with which UNICEF interacts, it is not limited to a single government office or sector. UNICEF also has a leadership role to play in influencing the policies, standards and investments – both within and outside of government – that shape the future of data.
The purpose of evaluation is to ensure that UNICEF has timely, strategically focused and objective information on the performance of its policies, programmes and initiatives to produce better results for children and women. It is to strengthen evidence-based decision-making and advocacy, transparency, coherence and effectiveness. Furthermore, the purpose and use of evaluation is to determine the relevance, impact, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the interventions and contributions of the organizations of the United Nations system.
Research is another element of a larger organizational effort to strengthen the generation of evidence in support of UNICEF’s country programmes as well as for its role in advocacy and policy dialogues. This has been identified as a key strategy for achieving the objectives of the UNICEF Strategic Plan. Ultimately UNICEF research should contribute its overall objective of realizing the rights for every child, especially the most disadvantaged.
In order to support the above, the UNICEF Regional Office for ECA is seeking technical expertise, competencies and skills in the following areas: surveys and administrative data systems, research and evaluation, and knowledge management.
Potential candidates will be required to have a minimum of eight years of relevant professional experience (two years or more in the ECA region is an asset) as well as expertise and competencies in one or more of these sub-areas:
(1.1) Design; (1.2) Sampling; (1.3) Survey field supervision/quality assurance; (1.4) Data processing with CsPRO; (1.5) Statistical analysis; (1.6) Data warehouses, databases; (1.7) Data visualization.
- Research and evaluation
(2.1) Design of protocols (including data gathering tools and methodologies; (2.2) Quantitative methods and techniques; (2.3) Qualitative methods and techniques; (2.4) Economic/cost-benefit analyses; (2.5) Research involving Experimental and quasi-experimental approaches; (2.6) Research ethics and safeguards when gathering data from children and vulnerable groups; (2.7) Managing Independent Evaluations; Conducting Project Evaluations as team leader; (2.8) Conducting Project Evaluations as team member; (2.9) Conducting Strategic Evaluations as team leader; (2.10) Conducting Strategic Evaluations as team member; (2.11) Conducting UNICEF Country Programme Evaluation as team leader; (2.12) Conducting UNICEF Country Programme Evaluation as team member; (2.13) Writing or Reviewing a UNICEF Situation Analysis about Children.
- Non-survey data systems
(3.1) Real-time monitoring systems; (3.2) Big data; (3.3) Sectoral Administrative data system; (3.4) Integrated Administrative data systems; (3.5) Census design and analysis; (3.6) Other data systems.
- Administrative data systems
(4.1) Creating/modifying/using survey frames, directly as the frame or to supplement/update an existing frame; (4.2) Replacement of data collection (e.g. use of administrative data available instead of seeking survey data or other); (4.3) Analysis (use in editing and imputation, direct tabulation, indirect use in estimation); (4.4) Assessment of information from other sources/systems (data confrontation).
- Knowledge management
(5.1) Documenting lessons learned/good practices; (5.2) Developing knowledge management strategies; (5.3) Facilitating after action review/moments of reflection/lessons learned workshops; (5.4) Web-based knowledge sharing platforms/ searchable repositories/ communities of practice; (5.5) Information management.
- Data dissemination and communication
(6.1) Writing analytical reports using data; (6.2) Designing/coordinating advocacy campaigns; (6.3) Creating data visualizations and infographics; (6.4) Creating data Dashboards; (6.5) Generating maps with GIS.
Qualifications of Successful Candidate
Minimum Qualifications required for roster profiles:
Advanced university degree from an accredited academic institution in statistics, epidemiology, qualitative, quantitative and/or economics or related field, and a minimum of 8 years of experience one or more of the areas listed above. Sectoral expertise in at least one of UNICEF’s regional priorities for children in the region: human and child rights; child protection; access to the justice system; early learning and school readiness; Early Childhood Development; inclusive quality education; maternal and child health; prevention, care and treatment of children with HIV and AIDS; social protection; social inclusion; gender equality; public finance management; protection from risks of disasters; and adolescent well-being.
Competencies of Successful Candidate
Any candidate to the UNICEF's Pre-qualified Consultants Roster should be:
- Able to communicate effectively to varied audiences, including formal public speaking;
- Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment;
- Able to work with different stakeholder from government institutions, academia and NGOs;
- Able to analyze and integrate diverse and complex quantitative and qualitative data from a wide range of sources;
- Able to produce high quality reports and presentations;
- Able to demonstrate, apply and share evidence derived from research;
- Adopt a flexible attitude and adaptability to rapidly changing circumstances;
- Computer literate;
- Fluent in English and preferably at least one of the major languages used in the region
How to Apply
Applicants are invited to (a) complete their UNICEF profile and (b) fill in the supplementary skills checklist. The vacancy is available on the UNICEF employment website at: http://jobs.unicef.org/cw/en-us/job/517556?lApplicationSubSourceID=
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Please apply to the Regional Roster by 25 November, 2018, 11:55 p.m. CET.
Please note that only candidates who are under serious consideration will be contacted. Once pre-qualified, consultants will be eligible within the period of three years to be selected for consultancy assignments with UNICEF ECA. In the selection of its staff and consultants, UNICEF is committed to gender balance and diversity without distinction as to race, sex or religion, and without discrimination of persons with disabilities: well qualified candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
If you have any issues in submitting your application, please contact eRecruitment@unicef.org and provide this job number as a reference: 517556.
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.
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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.