Monitoring & Evaluation Officer – UNICEF, Belém, PA

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UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children’s rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, inspiration

UNICEF wants to make sure that all children in Brazil can enjoy their rights, particularly those who have been excluded from the country’s progress and those who grow up in especially vulnerable circumstances. To achieve its goals, UNICEF works both at national level to influence policies and programmes for children as well as in the regions where most of the disadvantaged children live: in the Semi-arid and Amazon regions and the large cities. We aim to broaden the base of our supporters and to strengthen people’s engagement by involving them in different actions and projects for children and adolescents. For this we need YOU. If you are committed to children’s rights and to improving their chances in life, contact us.

 

How can you make a difference?

Under the coordination of the Chief of Territory and technical supervision of the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer is accountable for the accomplishment of key end-results by providing professional expertise and assistance as follow:

1. Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Activities

Provide technical support to ensure that the Country Office, sub-national partners and stakeholders use well-prioritized and realistic plans of research, monitoring and evaluation activities that will provide the most relevant and strategic information to manage the Country Programme, including tracking and assessing UNICEF’s distinct contribution.

Tasks:

Make professional contributions to and provide technical assistance for the planning and establishing of major research, monitoring and evaluation activities;
Participate in and manage strategic studies and evaluations to improve programme and organizational effectiveness, including public policy evaluations and joint evaluations of UNICEF or of multi-partner programs;
Support studies and evaluations conducted by UNICEF Brazil and partners, in order to guarantee relevance, high-quality data collection, analysis and evidence that support advocacy for results for children;
Support the planning and implementation of emergency data collection and M&E plans when needed.
2. Situation Monitoring and Assessment

Provide technical support to ensure that the Country Office and national partners have timely and accurate measurement of change in conditions in the country or region, including monitoring of socio-economic trends and the country’s wider policy, economic or institutional context, to facilitate planning and to draw conclusions about the impact of programmes or policies.

Tasks:

Provide technical support to ensure that the country office has the necessary information for UNICEF to effectively report on and advocate for children’s rights through the appropriate channels;
In coordination with other stakeholders, support the collection and analysis of country-level and disaggregated data related to Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and other international commitments;
Coordinate with the Country Office and partners and provide assistance in their using up-to-date information;
Contribute to data collection and quality assurance of global databases;
Keep monitoring the situation of children’s and women’s rights with national partners and keep updated with information from quality research that address issues and challenges affecting children and their families. Identify and monitor rapidly emerging situations affecting children, such as epidemics and other types of emergency.
3. Programme Performance Monitoring

Provide technical support to ensure that the Country Office has quality information to assess progress towards expected results established in its Country Programme and Annual Work Plans.

Tasks:

Monitor the Country Programme indicators systematically and prepare periodic disaggregated, equity-focused analyses and reports;
Provide support to programme section to compile and organize the information about the programme implementation (Result based approach);
Provide technical support as necessary to identify and adjust programme performance and donor proposal indicators, in the context of the Country Programme, the Annual Management Plan and Annual Work Plans;
Provide technical support to ensure that programme monitoring systems are in place and carry out data collection and analysis from field visits ensuring that they feed into territorial and country-level reporting;
Contribute with relevant information in the preparation of internal and external reports.
4. Evaluation

Provide technical support to ensure that a well-prioritized and strategic selection of evaluations at programme or Country Office strategy level is managed in order that each evaluation is designed and carried out with quality process and products and that evaluation results are useful to the intended audience.

Tasks:

Provide technical and managerial support to the evaluation function in the country office, by actively participating in the selection, design, implementation, dissemination and response to public policy, programme and specific project evaluations;
Provide support to ensure that the relevant programme partners participate in all phases of the evaluations;
Contribute to the effective dissemination and sharing of knowledge, findings, conclusions, recommendations and lessons from evaluation to the intended audience, with a view to improving programme performance and contributing to wider learning;
Assist in feeding evaluation results into key UNICEF programme planning processes. Support effective participatory feedback, including to community and civil society stakeholders.
5. M&E Capacity Development

Provide technical support to ensure that the monitoring and evaluation capacities of Country Office staff and national partners – government and civil society – are strengthened, enabling them to increasingly engage in and lead monitoring and evaluation processes.

Tasks:

Contribute to the formulation and implementation of an equity-focused M&E capacity development strategy for national and subnational partners, with special attention to: i) the analysis of capacity gaps; ii) the identification of and collaboration with knowledge institutions to strengthen such areas; and iii) the interest, concern and participation of primary stakeholders;
Support, provide and promote the implementation of learning and training initiatives aimed at the development of Country Office staff capacities in monitoring and evaluation.
6. Communication and Partnerships

Provide technical support to ensure that all of the above tasks are carried out and accomplished through effective communication and partnerships.

Tasks:

Facilitate or contribute to integrated planning of research, monitoring and evaluation activities within the Country Office, with national and subnational partners and stakeholders;
Provide technical support to Country Office staff and national partners on data collection, data management and data analysis for basic monitoring and evaluation;
Provide syntheses of M&E results in the territory to inform the country office senior management and territory team;
Ensure that the recommendations of specific evaluations are communicated to the relevant territorial partners for implementation, with advice on the Implementation Plan and follow-up action for future programming;
Facilitate learning from the results of monitoring and evaluation within the territory team and among territorial partners and stakeholders.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have…

University degree in social sciences, development studies, statistics, research or other related areas.
At least two years of professional work experience in programme development and implementation preferably in monitoring and evaluation.
Fluency in Portuguese and English. Knowledge of an additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, Russian, and Spanish) is considered an asset.
Working experience in the region and State and/or municipal level is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

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

The functional competencies required for this post are Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing, Applying Technical Expertise and Planning & Organizing.

Technical Knowledge:

Experience in data collection and analysis, and in data management tools (e.g. Excel, Statta, etc.).
Experience in a context of results-based management.
Experience in writing technical documents.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all religious and ethnic backgrounds, representing the diversity of Brazil, such as black and indigenous people, to apply to become a part of our organization. Candidates will be treated equally regardless of gender, sexual orientation, special needs, social and HIV/aids status. UNICEF is a smoke-free environment.

Remarks

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. Candidates must be Brazilian citizens or have a valid work permit.

In relation, please note that all candidates who wish to apply to this Vacancy Announcement are requested to prepare and submit their respected UNICEF applications in English language.

Office: Belém, Brazil

Application close: July 08

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