UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Closing date: 17 Feb 2017

The UNICEF and UNFPA Evaluation Offices plan to jointly commission an evaluability assessment of the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage. An evaluability assessment is an exercise to determine the overall readiness of the programme to be evaluated in a reliable and credible fashion and check the coherence and logic of the programme. https://www.unicef.org/evaluation/index_94425.html

As requested, please find below the job description:

1. Team Composition and Consultant Profile

This evaluability exercise is to be carried out by a multi-disciplinary team hired through evaluation professionals. The evaluability assessment team members will not have been involved in the design, implementation or monitoring of the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage during the period under review, nor will they have other conflict of interest or bias on the subject.

The core team is expected to be composed of two internationally recruited core members, including the team leader. The core team should draw upon specialized technical expertise, research and editorial assistance as necessary. The team members must be able to communicate clearly in English and must have excellent analytical and drafting skills. A working knowledge of Portuguese and French will be an advantage, in particular for the data collection phase.

Team Leader – Evaluation Expert – 65 days

The team leader must have an extensive experience in leading evaluability assessments and/or evaluations of a similar size, complexity and character, as well as technical expertise in areas related to child marriage, education, adolescent health, gender equality and women’s empowerment, human rights, behaviour and social change. His/her primary responsibilities will be:

  • guiding and managing the team throughout the evaluability assessment phases;

  • setting out the methodological approach;

  • reviewing and consolidating the team members’ inputs to the evaluability assessment deliverables;

  • liaising with the Joint UNICEF/UNFPA Evaluation Management Group representing the evaluation team in meetings with stakeholders;

  • Delivering the inception reports, and evaluation report (country case study notes) in line with the requested quality standards.

Minimum qualification required:

  • 10 to 15 years of experience conducting or managing evaluations. Preference will be given to candidates with experience conducting evaluability assessments or programmatic evaluations on areas such as adolescents and youth, child marriage, child protection, gender equality and education.

  • Experience working with the United Nations, particularly UNICEF and UNFPA. Preference will be given to candidate who have a strong understanding of UNICEF’s and UNFPA’s policies and programming.

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Development Studies, Sociology, Economics, Social Studies, International Relations or other related field.

  • Awareness of ethical risks in programming around sensitive issues, both in programme delivery and in all aspects of M&E.

  • Proven skills in evaluation methodology, research analysis, including quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis techniques.

  • Demonstrate expertise/experience in developing results frameworks, tools or guide for monitoring and evaluation;

  • Be fully acquainted with results-based management orientation and practices;

  • Excellent report writing skills, analytical skills, and computer skills.

  • Excellent command in written and spoken English and preferably French.

  • Experience leading teams.

Team Member – Thematic Expert with Evaluation Experience – 60 days

The team member will bring together a complementary and balance combination of the necessary technical expertise in the thematic areas directly relevant to the evaluability assessment (e.g. child marriage, education, adolescent health, gender equality and women’s empowerment, human rights, behaviour and social change). He/She must also have experience in applying evaluation methods in their respective areas of expertise. The team member will:

  • contribute to the design of the evaluability assessment methodology;

  • undertake in-depth documentary review;

  • conduct field work to generate additional evidence from field visits and consultations of a wide range of stakeholders;

  • participate in team meetings, including with stakeholders;

  • prepare inputs and make contributions to the evaluability assessment deliverables.

Minimum qualification required:

  • 5 to 10 years of experience in relevant programming areas. Preference will be given to candidates with experience conducting evaluability assessments or programmatic evaluations on reducing child marriage including child protection, adolescent health, gender equality and education.

  • Experience working with the United Nations, particularly UNICEF and UNFPA. Preference will be given to candidate who have a strong understanding of UNICEF’s and UNFPA’s policies and programming.

  • Master’s degree or equivalent in Development Studies, Sociology, Economics, Social Studies, International Relations or other related field.

  • Proven skills in, research analysis, including quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis techniques.

  • Demonstrate expertise/experience in developing results frameworks, tools or guide for monitoring and evaluation;

  • Be fully acquainted with results-based management orientation and practices;

  • Excellent report writing skills, analytical skills, and computer skills.

  • Excellent command in written and spoken English and preferably French.

How to apply:

How to apply:

Interested individuals should send an Application Package clearly indicating the position being applied for:

  1. Team Leader – Evaluation Expert
  2. Team Member – Thematic Expert with Evaluation Experience

The Application Package should include the following:

  1. Cover letter, indicating why you are applying for the consultancy and how your qualifications match the ToR for the “*UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage: Evaluability Assessment*”;

  2. Updated CV/Resume, and completed Personal history Profile (P11); a blank P11 can be found at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/P11.doc ;

  3. A sample report of a similar exercise/subject or an evaluation report, with a clear indication of the applicant’s contribution in the report; (hyperlinks to the document are preferred);

  4. Availability and daily fee;

The application should be sent to evalofficeapplications@unicef.org , no later than close of business on 17 February 2017.

Candidates should also indicate in the email subject the consultancy they are applying for, as follows:

Email Subject: Application for UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage: Evaluability Assessment – Team Leader;

Email Subject: Application for UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage: Evaluability Assessment – Team Member;

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