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  • Posted: Aug 22, 2019
    Deadline: Sep 4, 2019
  • UNICEF is the world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, ...
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    Evaluation Specialist, P-4, Temporary Appointment (364 days), Nairobi, Kenya, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office (ESARO)

    UNICEF ESARO is seeking a temporary staff to support the increasing evaluation portfolio within the region.

    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, results. 

    In June 2018, the UNICEF Executive Board approved the revised Evaluation Policy of UNICEF. The Policy sets out the purpose and use of evaluation in UNICEF, provides definitions, norms and standards, and outlines governance arrangements and accountabilities as well as performance standards for the evaluation function. It aims to increase the quality, independence, credibility and utility of evaluative evidence for learning, decision making and accountability which, in turn, support better results for children.

    The revised Evaluation Policy requires an increase in coverage and quality of evaluations. To facilitate the successful implementation of the Policy, ESARO is increasing its technical capacity to meet its accountabilities.

    How can you make a difference?

    Under the direct supervision and technical guidance of the Regional Evaluation Advisor of ESARO, the Evaluation Manager will be responsible for (i) the management of ESARO evaluations, including Country Programme Evaluation (CPEs) as well as regional or multi-country evaluations; and (ii) technical support to, and quality assurance of, evaluations managed by country offices.

    Major Duties And Responsibilities

    Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

    • Manage ESARO-led evaluations

    Conceptualize and design, as well as manage and quality assure, CPEs and regional or multi-country evaluations 

    Duties & Tasks


    • Conceptualize and design evaluations that are managed by ESARO, including CPEs, regional or multi-country evaluations. This includes liaising closely with key evaluation ‘owners’ from the outset, including country offices (for CPEs) or programme sections (for programmatic or cross-sectoral evaluations).
    • Set up Evaluation Reference Groups (ERG) upon the launch of evaluations, and manage and chair the ERGs throughout the evaluation processes. Ensure that all comments on evaluation terms of reference, inception reports and draft reports are recorded and responded to by the evaluation team, and available to all participants through an evaluation audit trail.
    • Finalize terms of reference, in collaboration with key evaluation stakeholders, and manage the advertisement of requests for proposals as well as the selection and recruitment of evaluation teams. Work with the respective programme sections in preparing a dissemination and engagement plan around evaluation findings and recommendations.
    • Manage all phases of the evaluation process, including the inception, data collection and finalization phases, facilitating – in coordination with programmatic evaluation focal points – appointments, meetings and other logistical arrangements. Organize review workshops, including on emerging findings and recommendations.
    • Review all evaluation products throughout the evaluation process, solicit external quality reviews through the ESARO quality review facility, and bring any issues of concern to the attention of the Regional Evaluation Adviser.
    • Facilitate the Management Response process, and support programme sections in operationalizing their dissemination and engagement plans. Monitor the implementation of Management Responses.


    • Support country office-led evaluations

    Provide technical advice to country offices on evaluation design and management, support their quality assurance, and assist in developing country office’s capacity on evaluation-related matters 

    Duties & Tasks


      • Assist country offices in conceptualizing and designing select evaluations.
      • Review the terms of reference, inception reports and draft evaluation reports of country office-led evaluations, identifying ways in which they could be strengthened.
      • Support country offices – through in-country training and other methods – in strengthening their capacity to plan, design, manage and use evaluations, in line with UNICEF’s Evaluation Policy and the Regional Evaluation Framework.
      • Assist country offices in liaising with national counterparts, including government and civil society, as well as UN and other development partners, to strengthen demand for high-quality evaluations, build evaluation culture, and manage joint evaluations.

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

      • An Advanced university degree in social sciences, statistics, international development or development economics.
      • A minimum of eight years of professional work experience in development programming – including planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation.
      • Demonstrated experience in designing, managing and quality assuring evaluations is indispensable.
      • Thorough understanding of results-based management (RBM) theory and practice is essential.
      • Familiarity with the range of development issues addressed by UNICEF in the Eastern and Southern Africa region is necessary. Prior work experience in the region is a distinct advantage.
      • Experience in providing technical support to development stakeholders at different levels – including government, civil society, as well as UN and other partners – on evaluation-related issues, including national evaluation capacity development, would be a plus.
      • Experience in working with multiple stakeholders is an asset.
      • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
      • Excellent written and oral command of the English language is crucial. Knowledge of other official languages used across the Eastern and Southern Africa region, including French and Portuguese, would be an asset.

    For every Child, you demonstrate…

    UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    The competencies required for this post are Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing, Applying Technical Expertise, Planning and Organization, Relating and Networking.

    View our competency framework at

    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.


    Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to UNICEF on to apply
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