Nepal: Research & Evaluation Specialist(TA) P3,Kathmandu

Organization: UN Children’s Fund
Country: Nepal
Closing date: 23 Jun 2017

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For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Position

Under the general guidance of the Chief, Planning & Evaluation, you will be responsible for delivering on evaluation and research intermediate results within the country programme

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

1. Integrated Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Plan : Ensure that the UNICEF Office and national partners have a well-prioritised and realistic plan of research, and evaluation activities that will provide the most relevant and strategic information to manage the Country Programme, including the tracking and assessing UNICEF’s specific contribution.

Duties & Tasks:

  • Make contributions to and provide technical assistance for the planning and establishing the major assessment, research and evaluation objectives, priorities, and activities in UNICEF’s multi-year and feed into UNICEF’s annual IMEPs. Ensure that the plan is clear, practical and approved by the Country Management Team and is managed properly taking into account any modifications that are necessary due to changes in the programme plans.
  • Identify the research and evaluation objectives, priorities, and activities required for effective CO and partner Emergency Preparedness and Response and outcomes.

  • 2. Situation Assessment: Ensure that the Country Office and national partners have timely and accurate measurement of change in conditions in the country or region, including monitoring of socio-economic trends and the country’s wider policy, economic or institutional context, to facilitate planning and to draw conclusions about the impact of programmes or policies.

    Duties & Tasks:

  • In coordination with other stakeholders, support the collection of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and other key social development indicators (through MICS or other surveys) to improve national planning.
  • Participate in and use information from the Situation Analysis, Common Country Assessment, Early Warning Monitoring Systems, and Mid-Term, Mid-Year and End-Year Reviews, collaborate with Section Chiefs and advise on further research/assessment on key areas that further define UNICEF’s comparative advantage in priority areas.

  • 3. Research and Evaluation: Ensure that UNICEF-supported research and evaluations are designed and implemented to established UN quality standards, and the results are disseminated in a timely fashion to stakeholders in order to improve programme performance and contribute to wider learning.

    Duties & Tasks

  • Participate/contribute to global and/or regional evaluations and researches studies ensuring that the tasks are well coordinated taking into account all existing data/information available.
  • Technically support programme partners to formulate Terms of Reference and evaluation designs of high quality in compliance with the organization’s programme evaluation policies and guidelines.
  • Act as Secretariat for the Country Office Research & Evaluation Management Team, ensuring oversight and quality assurance of UNICEF-commissioned research and evaluation activities in compliance with Country Office Standard Operating Procedures for the Planning, Management and Quality Assurance of UNICEF Nepal-supported Evaluations, Surveys, Studies, and Research.
  • Monitor and ensure the quality of the field work and data management during the implementation phase, and the quality of the analysis and ease of understanding during the report writing phase.
  • Disseminate evaluation findings and recommendations to the intended audiences in user-friendly methods. In particular, to ensure that effective participatory feedback is provided to community and civil society stakeholders.
  • Monitor and ensure that a management response to the findings and recommendations of the evaluation is completed, recorded, and followed up for implementation. Most specifically, ensure that evaluation recommendations are submitted to the Country Management Team and follow-up actions recorded in CMT minutes. Submit electronic copies of all evaluations to NYHQ via the Research & Evaluation Data Base web portal, with full accompanying documentation.
  • If outsourcing, manage the consultants/team of evaluation researchers, while coordinating with Section Chiefs/programme staff to ensure the objectives of the evaluations are clearly defined and the stakeholders understand their respective roles and responsibilities. Act as a focal person of contact facilitating timely coordination mechanism for productive outcome.
  • 4. Capacity Building: Ensure that capacities of Country Office staff and national partners – government and civil society – are strengthened enabling them to increasingly engage in and lead during relevant research, assessments and evaluation processes.

    Duties & Tasks:

  • Promote the awareness and understanding of the shared responsibilities during relevant research studies amongst relevant staff members, government officials and partners through effective communication, orientation, training, learning and development activities organization-wide.
  • In close collaboration with partners, ensure that research, assessment and evaluation plans are shared in timely fashion, so that relevant members can plan logistics accordingly. Pay particular attention to training/orientation of the stakeholders such as professional evaluation associations so that their capacity will be strengthened by involvement in evaluation processes.
  • Collaborate to implement capacity building strategies as a joint commitment with other developmental partners. Utilize a range of appropriate skills building strategies including self-learning, seminars and workshops and practical experience in order that UNICEF and UN staff have the basic knowledge and skills in understanding and applying evaluation standards and policies, tools, methods to fulfil their responsibilities. Similarly, design and implement strategies suited to the skills needs of national partners.
  • 5. Knowledge Creation through Coordination and Networking: Ensure that the UNICEF office is effectively linked to wider UNICEF research and evaluation developments in a way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning on effective programme planning and management.

    Duties & Tasks

  • Collaborate with Regional and HQ Research and Evaluation Advisers for overall coordination of priority quality research, monitoring and evaluation activities.
  • Partner with the Regional Evaluation Adviser to ensure that current and accurate data and results are included in regional reports, multi-country studies, and knowledge sharing networks.
  • Undertake lessons-learned reviews on successful and unsuccessful practices and experience at the national level that are drawn from relevant reach and evaluation reports, and ensure they are shared as appropriate with relevant key stakeholders. Similarly, pay attention to knowledge management and store information for easy access and ease of use informing staff on accessibility in timely fashion. Share information in concise and easy to understand form with relevant persons as and when necessary especially when needed for specific purpose such as contribution to UNDAF, annual reports and management reports and meetings.
  • Make use of technology and on-line networks to maximise learning and contribute to the overall information management network at regional and global level.
  • Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Advanced university degree in social sciences, demography, development planning, statistics or a related technical field.
  • Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in research, programme monitoring and evaluation. Practical experience in community-based research.
  • Fluency in English and another UN language is required. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset

    Competencies of Successful Candidate

    Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity
  • Core competencies

  • Communication
  • Working with People
  • Drive for Results
  • Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising [ll]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ll]
  • Analyzing [ll]
  • Relating and Networking [ll]
  • Deciding and Initiating Action [ll]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [ll]
  • Technical Knowledge

  • Strong analytical, quantitative and qualitative research skills
  • Specialized training in statistics
  • Experience and ability to organize and implement training
  • Good analytical, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation, and various office applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multicultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization
  • To view our competency framework, please click here.

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