Evaluation Specialist (Multi-Country: Thailand, Vietnam, and Lao PDR), P-4, Fixed Term, UNICEF Thailand Country Office, Bangkok #111581 #569905

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    $107,792 - $140,628 / YEAR
  • Job type:
    FULL_TIME
  • Posted:
    2 months ago
  • Category:
    Audit and Oversight, Evaluation
  • Deadline:
    13/03/2024

JOB DESCRIPTION

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, better future.

Learn about what we do to create a fair chance for every child in Thailand, click here.

 

How can you make a difference?

The Multi-Country (MC) Evaluation Specialist post will, on the basis of efficiency and effectiveness considerations, be located in Thailand Country Office and under administrative supervision of the respective Representative. Irrespective of the location, the MC Evaluation Specialist will be accountable to the Representatives of Vietnam, Lao PDR and Thailand Country Offices with technical guidance and oversight, through matrix reporting line to the Regional Advisor, Evaluation.

The MC Evaluation Specialist works in close coordination with the PME section Chief/evaluation focal point(s) and programme staff, in the development and implementation of the Country Office costed evaluation plan, works with the Country-Offices to undertake thematic evaluations, evaluation of humanitarian action (for Level 1 emergencies), evaluability assessments, defined strategic engagement and technical support towards national evaluation processes relevant to UNICEF’s mission, and other evaluative activities for which Country Offices are accountable. S/he works with the CO in engaging competent evaluators who conduct their work in accordance with the norms and standards of the UNICEF evaluation policy.

Major Responsibilities

1. Evaluation Leadership

Support the Country Offices under his/her responsibility and their national partners to develop and implement a plan of evaluation activities that will provide relevant and strategic information to manage Country Programmes and relevant national policies and programmes toward achieving results for children in both humanitarian and non-humanitarian environments.

The Multi-Country Evaluation Specialist will work with assigned Country Offices:

• Guide the offices and their partners to identify priority evaluation topics in accordance with the UNICEF evaluation policy, the UNICEF Strategic Plan, the Sustainable Development Goals, the Country Programme Document and national policies and programmes.

• Identify the Evaluation objectives, priorities, and activities required for effective Country Office and partner Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans. In humanitarian response situations, support the Country Office adjust the prevailing evaluation plan in UNICEF Evidence Information System Integration system (EISI), in accordance with guidance for emergency situations. Likewise, adjust the evaluation plans in EISI in accordance with the transition through the stages of transition and recovery.

• Identify gaps in knowledge and works with PME and section chiefs to ensure these are addressed. Facilitate cross-sectoral collaboration in the execution of these efforts.

• Provide technical support to ensure that a set of evaluation performance indicators is monitored and fed into decision-making processes in the context of the multi-year and annual evaluation plans in EISI, as well as associated office-wide management plans and work plans, ensuring close follow up on the implementation of planned evaluative activities.

• Consolidate evaluation plans within required systems and documentation, including the EISI planning platform and in the Costed Evaluation Plan that accompanies the Country Programme Document for consideration by the Executive Board. Ensure that evaluation findings and lessons learned are incorporated in the Country Programme, and other planning, and reporting documents. Support the conceptualization of MTRs (where applicable) from an evaluation perspective.

• Monitor progress and support Country Management Teams (CMTs), Country office Annual Reports and, where applicable, Mid-term Reviews (MTR), as well as other review moments that lead to plan revisions. Provide input to management reports, including relevant sections of the Country Office Annual Report.

2. Evaluation Conduct and Use

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

The Multi-Country Evaluation Specialist will support Country Offices to:

• Undertake an evaluability assessment of themes listed in costed evaluation plans, as required, and make recommendations on changes to improve the evaluability of the programs.

• Work with Country Offices and their partners to formulate Terms of Reference and evaluation designs of high quality. The MC Evaluation Specialist is to sign off on the TORs before they can advance to recruitment of the evaluation team. Work with the country office evaluation specialist/focal point to manage the recruitment of appropriate and highly qualified consultants.

• The MC Specialist will closely manage and monitor the implementation of the evaluation, quality review the deliverables and will indicate when the quality is high enough that it can be accepted. As part of this role, she/he will help establish and manage the necessary governance bodies (Steering Committee; Reference Group) for their inputs into the quality assurance process.

• Work closely with external evaluation consultants/teams to enable them to deliver results according to the agreed Terms of Reference. Exercise sufficient oversight so that quality is assured, and any quality issues are detected soon enough that timely remedial action is possible.

• Develop and implement a multi-method communication plan to disseminate the evaluation report to intended audiences via user-friendly methods. Fosters organizational accountability and learning based on the outcomes of the evaluations, working with other Evaluation Managers in the region. Promotes further dissemination and use of evaluation to internal and external audiences (including national government, development partners, CSOs and private sector partners. Regularly documents emerging good practices of evaluation use in the countries under her/his responsibility.

• Support stakeholders to prepare a formal management response that reflects their reaction/views on the evaluation recommendations. Assist the COs to monitor and report on the implementation of agreed management response actions. At a larger scale, support the CO to find means to engage partners around the value of the evaluation, with a consistent goal of increasing utilization and reach.

• Support country-led evaluations of policies and programmes and the consideration of the results by partners.

3. Evaluation Capacity Strengthening and Partnership building

Ensure that evaluation capacities of Country Office staff and national partners – including government and civil society- are strengthened, enabling them to increasingly engage in and lead evidence generating processes. Ensure that the Country Office is effectively linked to wider UNICEF capacity building developments in a way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning.

The Multi-Country Evaluation Specialist will support Country Offices to:

• Build and strengthen strategic partnerships through networking and advocacy with local/national governments and sub-regional governmental bodies, UN system agency partners, donors, NGOs, funding organization, research institutes, including universities, and the private sector. Promotes joint Govt/UNICEF evaluations that rigorously assess national policies, programmes and innovative models.

• Ensure that sufficient systems and procedures are in place within the COs under his/her responsibility for appropriate ethics reviews of evidence activities as per the UNICEF Procedure for Ethical Standards in Research, Evaluation and Data Collection and Analysis.

• Foster policy-level and academic partnerships to support national evaluation capacity development initiatives. Ensure that evaluation capacities of country office staff and national partners – government and civil society- are strengthened enabling relevant Government units to increasingly engage in and lead evaluation processes.

• The MC Evaluation Specialist is expected to be a well-informed focal point on a range of learning options and themes related to evaluations, and a first point of contact for the COs to arrange upskilling efforts.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

Education:

•  An Advanced University Degree (master’s degree or higher) in the social sciences, economics, public policy, statistics, or in research methods or other relevant areas is required. A degree or certification/
accreditation in Evaluation is a significant advantage.

Work Experience:

•  At least 8 years of professional experience in implementing equity-focused evaluations and managing the evaluation function at national and international level. Experience in development and/or humanitarian settings is required.

•  Strong track record for leading and managing evaluations that are of high relevance, quality, credibility, and use, and for achieving these outcomes with an equally strong track record for demonstrating behavioral independence as well as solid consultation skills.

•  Experience with building staff and organizational capacities in Evaluation.

•  Experience in supporting national evaluation capacity and working with professional evaluation associations.

•  Proven experience in establishing effective partnerships in both development and humanitarian environments.

•  Experience in evaluation design and in conducting evaluations as per UNICEF and UNEG norms and standards for Evaluation in the UN System.

•  Familiarity with methods used in conducting both ‘up-stream’ evaluations (e.g., focusing on policies, strategies, and systems), as well as ‘down-stream’ evaluations (e.g., focusing on delivery of programmes and projects) is an asset.

•  Experience in related evidence functions is an asset, including Social Policy, Public Policy, Quantitative and Qualitative Data Analysis, Research, Programme Audit, and Programme Planning and Monitoring. Experience in these areas cannot be substituted for the Evaluation experience but it is an advantage.

•  Proven experience and competencies in working with, influencing and leading teams comprised of diverse background, level of expertise and at multiple geographical locations.

•  Experience in the East Asia & Pacific region is advantageous.

Language Requirements: 

•  Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a prominent language of the duty stations covered by the MC Evaluation Post is an asset.

Technical Knowledge:

•  Professional expertise in evaluation process management, dissemination of results, and utilization.

•  Technical knowledge of methodologies employed in Evaluation, including Results-based Management (RBM), theories of change, stakeholders mapping, standards and models, research designs, quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods of data collection, validity/reliability testing of data, data and qualitative information analysis and interpretation, and statistical inference methods.

•  Technical knowledge in routine monitoring systems; preferably those associated with Health, Nutrition, Education, Child Protection, Social Policy or WASH sectors.

•  Technical knowledge on utilization of evaluation and other evidence approaches to realize Gender Equality and Human Rights based development.

•  Familiarity with ethics review processes.

•  Exposure to mobile technology platforms, ‘big data’ and other innovative techniques.

•  Use of data and information quantitative and qualitative software for data analysis is an asset.

•  Knowledge of UNICEF & UNEG Evaluation norms & standards.

•  Communication skills (oral, written and in developing effective and user-targeted materials).

•  Publications which show sound experience with evaluation methods are an advantage.

Working arrangements:

The MC Evaluation Specialist reports to the three Representatives, under the direct administrative supervision of the Representative, Thailand, with a matrix reporting line to the Regional Evaluation Advisor. He/she is expected to spend agreeable proportionate time to support the three Country Offices on site. The missions to the two other countries outside of the duty station should coincide with country offices’ major events, including work planning, reviews, CPD development, staff retreats, NCED activities, among others, as agreed with the respective Representatives.

The MC Evaluation Specialist will ensure that, amid-overlapping priorities of the COs, that technical support is proactively provided to all the countries adequately and in timely manner, both remotely and onsite. He/she will be required to dedicate a certain no. of days each month to the other two assigned countries. Planning for evaluation workplans and travels will be discussed jointly with the three representatives, and updates provided each quarter.

The MC Evaluation Specialist will be expected to participate in various meetings and country office committees (as required by each country office), including the CMT, Research & Evaluation/IMEP Tasks Force, Knowledge Management Working Groups, among others.

 

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS)

The core competencies required for this post:

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
  • 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)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

Successful candidate will be offered an attractive remuneration package under the UN system.

Only shortlisted candidates with pre-screening according to child safeguarding will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Please submit application and relevant documents no later than 13 March 2024.

 

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.

UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children.

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.

We make sure you and your loved ones receive the resources and care that you need to thrive. Our offer includes a wide range of benefits to our staff, including reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. Our contracts, wellbeing policies and initiatives ensure that you are well equipped to effectively deliver for children such as;

  • Annual leave, Family emergency leave, Sick leaves, maternity, paternity, adoption leave, medical and dental insurance, pension.
  • Career support, learning and capacity development, staff wellbeing programme including mental health, breastfeeding policy, flexible work arrangements, family support, and security etc.
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