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About UNICEF: Employment

Batch recruitment for regional Monitoring and Evaluation advisors in Geneva, Amman, and Panama City

This page is developed to provide applicants with information relevant to the Monitoring and Evaluation batch recruitment.

To access information on the application process and to apply to these posts. Please note that this advertisement campaign is closed.

To view M&E position job descriptions/job profiles click on the links below to open the PDF documents:
1. Job Description - Regional Office for Central & Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States CEE/CIS
2. Job Description - Regional Office for Middle East and North Africa MENA
3. Job Description - Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean TACRO
To read UNICEF Monitoring and Evaluation policy, strategies and reports click the links below to view the PDF documents:
1. Revised Evaluation Policy of UNICEF
2. Global Leader on Statistics for Children brochure, Statistics and Monitoring Section
3. Concept note for the global meeting on the future of UNICEF’s humanitarian action
4. Concept note for the Resilience workshop in Kathmandu. 18-20 November
5. CEECIS RO – Evaluation Technical Note – Regional Evaluation Management Process
6. CEECIS RO – Evaluation Technical Note – Decentralised Evaluation Management Process
7. CEECIS RO – Regional Analysis Report
8. Briefing Note Enhanced Programming and Results through Monitoring Results for Equity Systems

Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor (P-5), UNICEF Regional Office for Central & Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States CEE/CIS (based in Geneva, Switzerland)
Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor (P-5), UNICEF Regional Office for Middle East and North Africa MENA (based in Amman, Jordan) 
Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor (P-5), UNICEF Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean TACRO (based in Panama, Panama)

NB the posts in CEE/CIS and MENA are to be filled immediately.  The post in TACRO is to be filled in January 2014.

Closing date: 25 September 2013

Talent Group
A talent group is a roster of qualified candidates for a specific functional area and level. To be included in a talent group, candidates must have gone through a full assessment process for a specific post and been found suitable.

In this batch recruitment exercise the candidates who go through the competitive assessment process and are not appointed to one of these vacant positions, but are found suitable will be placed in the P-5 Monitoring and Evaluation talent group for two years.

Subsequently, if a vacant post comes up in the functional area of Monitoring and Evaluation, instead of advertising, the candidates in the talent group will be shared with the hiring office to review for fit. If there is a post-person match, the post will be filled through a direct selection without being advertised. We expect further openings at the P-5 level in Monitoring and Evaluation in the near future.

Purpose of the positions:
The Regional  Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor (P5 level), provides authoritative advice and cutting-edge technical expertise to the Regional Director, Deputy Regional Director, Country Offices and governments of their region in the development of policies, strategies and systems in the area of Monitoring and Evaluation. 

These positions facilitate the application and adaptation of UNICEF goals, policies, and strategies within the context of UNICEF’s evolving role with particular focus on strengthening the monitoring of the situation and children and women across their respective regions to support evidence based policy and decision making.  They also provide guidance, oversight, quality assurance, coordination and leadership in policy and strategy development for strengthening the monitoring and evaluation function and monitoring and evaluation capacity in their regions, which includes monitoring in humanitarian action.

Development of innovative approaches and new techniques are required, as are contributions to policy development and change, and developing or establishing regional guidelines and contributing to policies and guidance on data collection, analysis and evaluation.

The positions contribute to strengthened UNICEF roles in enhancing the respective governments’ own monitoring of the situation of children and women and social sector reforms affecting children, adolescents and women by supporting Country Offices in their efforts to strengthen national and sub-national monitoring, evaluation and research capacities.

The roles are expected to add to improved monitoring and evaluation functions by providing technical leadership, management advice, quality assurance and oversight to Country Offices in their regions. This will include facilitating the application and adaptation of monitoring and evaluation policies, strategies and tools, including the implementation of Household Surveys, Monitoring of Results for Equity Systems (MoRES) for the regions, with the aim to ensure relevance, efficiency and effectiveness of UNICEF’s country programmes of cooperation.

The positions help to ensure availability of useful, valid and reliable up-to-date evidence and information disaggregated by various characteristics including gender and socio-economic status on the progress towards realization of children’s and women’s rights in their regions. This may require conducting further analysis of data. They are also responsible for ensuring the availability of reliable information on the performance of UNICEF-supported and governments’ own programmes, in terms of their relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability for enhancing equity and child rights.

Each Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor is a member of an internal network of regional monitoring and evaluation advisors, and coordinates closely with the UNICEF Office of Evaluation on development, application and adaptation of global policies, strategies and lessons learned. Each Advisor also works very closely with the Data and Analytics Section to develop, apply and ensure high quality support in the critical area of situational monitoring of children and women. The Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Advisors coordinate and support a network of M&E specialists/focal points in the Country Offices of their respective regions. They also represent UNICEF to ensure its relevance in regional networks of monitoring and evaluation professionals and institutions, and they actively seek partnerships with knowledge institutions to identify and address capacity gaps.

Qualifications and competencies:
• Core values: Diversity and Inclusion, Integrity and Commitment;
• Core Competencies: Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results Technical analysis using data;
• Other skills and competencies: 
• Leading Vision and Change, Analytical and Conceptual Thinking, Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Entrepreneurial Thinking, Deciding and Initiating Actions, Persuading and Influencing, and Leading and Supervising.  
• Advanced university degree in areas related to statistics and monitoring (demography, epidemiology or related social statistics) and evaluation and /or social sciences with exposure to international development.
• 12 years of progressively responsible professional experience in all, or at least most, aspects of monitoring (situational monitoring and experience with household surveys) and evaluation, programme management, and/or advisory support resulting in recognized relevant technical expertise.
• Knowledge of global human rights issues, specifically relating to children and women, and the current UNICEF position and approaches to these issues.
• Fluency in English is required. Fluent Spanish is required for the TACRO post. For the MENA and CEE/CIS posts another UN language relevant to the region would be an asset.



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