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, Evaluate
Enhancing quality of evaluations at the decentralized level is a key objective for the UNICEF Evaluation Office. The Revised UNICEF Evaluation Policy (2018) makes clear that a quality assurance process should be undertaken for terms of reference, inception reports and evaluation reports and carried out by an external expert or staff member with no role in managing the evaluation. Regional offices provide quality assurance for evaluations managed by the country offices, and the Evaluation Office provides such services for those managed by the regional offices.
A quality assessment process, the Global Evaluation Report Oversight System (GEROS), is in place for all final evaluation reports. The assessments are conducted by an external service provider. The Evaluation Office is responsible for ensuring that the results of these assessments are shared with the commissioning office and made available to UNICEF management and the Executive Board.
The regional offices currently take various approaches to quality assurance of evaluations. In some regions the Regional Evaluation Adviser assumes full responsibility and works closely with country offices as they plan, design and manage evaluations. Other regions have engaged an external service provider which reviews and provides feedback on draft evaluation reports and, in some cases, the terms of reference and inception reports as well.
How can you make a difference?
This assignment is to provide UNICEF with information about how well its quality assurance processes for evaluation at decentralized levels are working in order to improve these processes. It is hoped the review will foster cross-regional exchange about lessons learned and assist the Evaluation to institute necessary guidance and capacity support.
The objectives of the assignment include:
This review will not include the quality assessment system (GEROS) which is subject of a separate review. This review is rather aimed at quality assurance, from the planning for an evaluation through the final evaluation report. The review will cover all regions. It will also not include the quality assurance system for corporate evaluations which is the subject of another review.
Key Questions and Methods
Specific questions for examination will be developed jointly between the Evaluation Office and the consultant, with guidance from the regional evaluation advisers. Overall, the main areas of inquiries include the following:
The consultant will develop the approach and methods for this assignment. It will involve a review of the available documentation about QA in each region, key informant interviews and, if necessary, a survey involving all stakeholders within UNICEF as well as external QA service providers. Information is available about the quality of evaluations in the annual meta-analyses which summarize the results of GEROS assessments. It should be noted, however, that the regional contexts vary in the number and type of countries they support and the resources available (human and financial) for evaluation.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Care, Respective, Integrity, Trust, Accountability.
The functional competencies required for this post are: Leading and supervising, Formulating strategies and concepts, Analyzing, Relating and networking, Applying technical expertise, Persuading and Influencing, Planning and Organizing, Creating and Innovating.
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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, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
How to apply:
Interested candidates should submit the following documents through the vacancy portal by Monday 10 June 2019:
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.