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Evaluation Specialist (R - WASH)

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Published: Jan 5, 2023 (26 days ago)

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The Evaluation Specialist works with the UNICEF Evaluation Section, and in close coordination with the R-WASH PMU, in implementing and supporting the generation of evaluative evidence on the R-WASH programme. The Evaluation Specialist also works with KFW, UNHCR Programme and Evaluation Team of the R-WASH Programme, to ensure that programmatic perspectives of KFW and UNHCR are factored into evidence generation activities.

The Evaluation Specialist ensures credibility, impartiality, and independence of the evaluation function with special focus on WASH and climate change programmes. He/she supports the development and implementation of evaluation workplans for WASH and climate change programming and evaluation proposal development. As a member of the UNICEF ESARO Evaluation Section, the Evaluation Specialist also supports UNICEF’s broader evaluation function in the Regional Office and across the region.

The Evaluation Specialist helps UNICEF to manage its evaluation partnerships, including inter-agency relations within the UN, and collaboration with Headquarters. The Evaluation Specialist may also be assigned more specific duties that enable her/him to be a resource person across the ESA region, including methodological work, resource mobilization, and procurement support for evaluations.

The Evaluation Specialist is responsible for contributing to the design and effective conduct and uptake of evaluations in accordance with the UNICEF Evaluation Policy. He/she ensures that the UNEG Norms and Standards for evaluation as well as well UNICEF evaluation coverage benchmarks and quality standards are upheld.


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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in social sciences, statistics, public policy or related technical field. Relevant formal training in evaluation will be a significant advantage
  • A minimum of five of progressively responsible professional experience in  research and evaluation design and in conducting evaluations as per UNICEF and UNEG norms and standards for evaluation in the UN system.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with, and experience in applying, both quantitative and qualitative methods is essential. Understanding of 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 advantageous.
  • Experience in related evidence functions including social policy, public policy, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, programme audit, programme planning and monitoring is an asset. 
  • Familiarity with, and work experience, in sub-Saharan African countries, with a particular focus on humanitarian settings, is an advantage; as is familiarity with WASH and climate change-related issues.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language spoken in the Eastern and Southern African Region would be an asset.


Responsibilities

The Evaluation Specialist works with the UNICEF Evaluation Section, and in close coordination with the R-WASH PMU, in implementing and supporting the generation of evaluative evidence on the R-WASH programme. The Evaluation Specialist also works with KFW, UNHCR Programme and Evaluation Team of the R-WASH Programme, to ensure that programmatic perspectives of KFW and UNHCR are factored into evidence generation activities.

The Evaluation Specialist ensures credibility, impartiality, and independence of the evaluation function with special focus on WASH and climate change programmes. He/she supports the development and implementation of evaluation workplans for WASH and climate change programming and evaluation proposal development. As a member of the UNICEF ESARO Evaluation Section, the Evaluation Specialist also supports UNICEF’s broader evaluation function in the Regional Office and across the region.

The Evaluation Specialist helps UNICEF to manage its evaluation partnerships, including inter-agency relations within the UN, and collaboration with Headquarters. The Evaluation Specialist may also be assigned more specific duties that enable her/him to be a resource person across the ESA region, including methodological work, resource mobilization, and procurement support for evaluations.

The Evaluation Specialist is responsible for contributing to the design and effective conduct and uptake of evaluations in accordance with the UNICEF Evaluation Policy. He/she ensures that the UNEG Norms and Standards for evaluation as well as well UNICEF evaluation coverage benchmarks and quality standards are upheld.


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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in social sciences, statistics, public policy or related technical field. Relevant formal training in evaluation will be a significant advantage
  • A minimum of five of progressively responsible professional experience in  research and evaluation design and in conducting evaluations as per UNICEF and UNEG norms and standards for evaluation in the UN system.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with, and experience in applying, both quantitative and qualitative methods is essential. Understanding of 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 advantageous.
  • Experience in related evidence functions including social policy, public policy, quantitative and qualitative data analysis, programme audit, programme planning and monitoring is an asset. 
  • Familiarity with, and work experience, in sub-Saharan African countries, with a particular focus on humanitarian settings, is an advantage; as is familiarity with WASH and climate change-related issues.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another UN language spoken in the Eastern and Southern African Region would be an asset.


  • Design and Management of the R-WASH Process Evaluation

Support the design, management and coordination of the R-WASH process evaluation and ensure its implementation in line with established UN quality standards, dissemination of results in a timely fashion and use by stakeholders in order to improve programme performance and contribute to wider learning.

  • Coordination and Support to the R-WASH Impact Evaluation

R-WASH Evaluation coordination with KFW, UNHCR, UNICEF ESARO and Country Offices

  • Support to the Regional Evaluation Function, with a Focus on WASH and Climate Change Evaluations

Ensure that evaluations are planned, designed and implemented in accordance with 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.


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