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Research & Evaluation Specialist, P-3, Nairobi, Kenya

Vacancy No:  E-VN-2014-000794

Duty Station: Nairobi

Country: Kenya

Region: ESARO

Job Level: P-3

Position#: 00063459

Application Close: 24-Apr-14

Contract Type:  Long-term Staff (FT)

Purpose of the Position: Under the supervision of the Senior Social Policy Specialist, you will ensure that the UNICEF Country Office has useful, valid and reliable information on:
  • the situation of children's and women's rights;
  • the performance of UNICEF-supported programmes including their relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability, and in emergency contexts, their coverage, coordination and coherence.
  • To work within the UN country team to support UNCT goals for delivering valid and reliable information on the attainment of the MDGs and other goals, and on the performance of UN-supported programmes.


To assist in the development of national capacities for monitoring, evaluation and research, with special attention to the interest, concern and participation of government, community, and civil society stakeholders.

Key Expected Results

1. Integrated Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Plan (IMEP): Ensure that the Country Office and national partners use a well-prioritised and realistic plan 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.

2. Situation Monitoring and Assessment: 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.

3. M&E Capacity Building: 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.

4. Evaluation: Ensure that UNICEF-supported evaluations are designed and implemented to established UN quality standards, and the results are disseminated in a timely fashion to stakeholders in order to improve programme performance and contribute to wider learning.

5. Programme Performance Monitoring: Ensure that the Country Office has quality information to assess progress towards expected results established in annual work plans.

6. Coordination and Networking: Ensure that the UNICEF office is effectively linked to wider UNICEF M&E developments in a way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning on effective M&E management.

Qualifications of Successful Candidate
  • Advanced university degree in Social Sciences, Demography, Development Planning, Statistics or a related technical field.
  • Five years of relevant work experience at national and international levels in programme monitoring and evaluation. Practical experience in community-based research.
  • Fluency in English and another UN language. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station is an asset.

Competencies of Successful Candidate
  • Communicates effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking.
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.
  • Has good leadership and supervisory skills; co-ordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear.
  • Analyzes and integrates potentially conflicting numerical, verbal and other data from a number of sources.
  • Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.
  • Demonstrates and shares detailed technical knowledge and expertise.
  • Creates organization-wide processes to help ensure that all adhere to procedures and policies.
  • Adjusts team or department's approach to embrace changing circumstances.



Closing Date: 02-May-14


UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

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