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Consultant, Team Member, Evaluation Office, New York

Job no: 528365

Position type: Consultancy

Location: United States Division/Equivalent: Operations

School/Unit: Evaluation Office

Department/Office: Evaluation Office, New York

Categories: Finance and Administration, Human Resources, Information Communication Technology, Supply/Logistics, Internal Audit Management, Legal, Operations and Business Management

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

UNICEF’S Evaluation Office is commissioning a formative evaluation to examine the relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and coherence of a programme to better understand and respond to the particular vulnerabilities of children on the move in the Horn of Africa region. The evaluation is scheduled for implementation during 2020.

The umbrella term ‘children on the move’ refers to girls and boys moving for a variety of reasons, voluntarily or involuntarily, in a documented or undocumented manner, within or between countries, with or without their parents or other primary caregivers, and whose movement, while it may open up opportunities, might also place them at risk (or at an increased risk) of economic or sexual exploitation, abuse, neglect or violence. It includes children whose movement involves kidnapping, smuggling or trafficking networks. [1]

The Children on the Move (COTM) programme to be evaluated is part of a larger collaboration between the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UNICEF, known as the Ending Violence, Abuse and Exploitation of Children (EVAEC) programme. Through this collaboration, DFID provides £15 million over three years to prevent and respond to violence, abuse and exploitation of children. One third of the funds are earmarked for advocacy and alliance building through the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children (End Violence) while the remaining two thirds are reserved for hands-on initiatives in support of children on the move in Somalia (Somaliland and Puntland), Sudan and Ethiopia. It is this latter component that will be subject to the evaluation. Further information can be found in the Evaluation Concept Note and COTM programme document and results framework.

Purpose of the Evaluation

The purpose of the evaluation is twofold: First and foremost, the evaluation will be a global public good informing the sector, contributing to learning and knowledge exchange on what works for strengthening child protection systems for children on the move. Within UNICEF, it will inform strategy development, design and implementation of future UNICEF initiatives in the realm of protecting children on the move from violence, exploitation and abuse. A secondary objective is to contribute to UNICEF’s accountability for its performance and results. Depending on the maturity of programme implementation, this may not be fully feasible in all settings. The evaluation will contextualise why countries have taken different approaches to work towards expected results.

The Team Member will be working under the supervision of a Team Leader (external consultant) and in collaboration with another Team Members (data expert/UNICEF staff member). National consultants will support the evaluation locally in Somaliland and Puntland (Somalia), Ethiopia and Sudan.

How can you make a difference?

Key responsibilities:

  • Provide child protection and migration expertise in all aspects of the evaluation;
  • Collect, record and analyze data in accordance with the overall evaluation approach, plan and timeline;
  • Ensure use of consistent interview protocols and templates for recording observations;
  • Lead on designing topic guides for focus groups and interviews and on obtaining ethical approval for the evaluation;
  • Draft sections of the report as assigned by the Team Leader.

Former UNICEF staff or consultants who have worked on UNICEF’s Child Protection programming in the three countries concerned will be considered for this position only if (1) they meet technical qualifications and if (2) no conflict of interest exists, i.e. they have not been involved in designing or implementing the programme under scrutiny. Any prior involvement with UNICEF must be declared in the application. Travel arrangements will be made directly by the consultant and reimbursed as per UNICEF travel policy.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will haveÂ…

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s) in a social science or related field is required, a PhD is considered an advantage;
  • Significant experience in child protection, migration or related areas, with a focus on evidence generation (at least 5 years relevant experience);
  • Experience in ethically involving children (adolescents) and caregivers/community members in evidence generation activities;
  • Strong conceptual, analytical and writing skills and ability to work effectively in a team;
  • Commitment and willingness to work in a challenging environment (travel to all four locations) and ability to produce quality work under limited guidance and supervision;
  • Good communication and people skills; ability to communicate with various stakeholders and to express ideas and concepts concisely and clearly in written and oral form;
  • Language proficiency: Fluency in English is mandatory; good command of Arabic or other target language is desirable.

For every Child, you demonstrateÂ…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are…

  • Leading and Supervising (Level II)
  • Relating and Networking (Level II)
  • Applying Technical Expertise (Level III)
  • Analyzing (Level III)
  • Formulating Strategic and Concepts (Level II)

View our competency framework at http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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:

Applications must include:

  • CV, which should include up-to-date contact details of at least three reference persons or P-11 form, which can be downloaded from: http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/P11.doc.
  • Short cover letter with the following information:
    • Description of the applicant’s interest and relevant qualification/work experience for this assignment;
    • A financial offer, with a single comprehensive daily rate in USD. Applications submitted without this rate will not be considered.
  • A concise technical proposal (2-5 pages, A4/letter) laying out how the applicant proposes to contribute to the evaluation. This should include context-specific and child protection/migration related expertise and information going beyond what is detailed in the concept note.
  • At least two samples of previous evaluation reports (authored or co-authored by the applicant).

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Advertised: Dec 09 2019 Eastern Standard Time Application close: Jan 10 2020 Eastern Standard Time

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