Panama: Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (Consultancy)

Organization: UN Children's Fund
Country: Panama
Closing date: 06 Dec 2016

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. 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, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Assignment

Under the guidance of the LACRO ZIKA Regional Adviser and the supervision ZIKV Team Coordinator, and in close coordination with the the LACRO Chief of Programme & Planning and the Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist; the Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (performance monitoring & reporting) shall ensure quality reporting of results through i) performance monitoring of the ZIKV response at the regional and country office level, and ii) an evaluation of the regional ZIKV response strategy/plan that follows global quality standards for evaluations in the UN system (e.g., UNEG norms & standards). In addition, the Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will ensure that UNICEF norms and standards are applied at all stages of research related to the ZIKV response.

Assignment Tasks

  • Support de design of RO results framework for ZIKV related activities, this includes the guidelines of regional indicators and how they are measured. For this activity, is important the identification of synergies with regular programme performance monitoring and evaluation at RO and CO level.
  • Ensure that RO results are measured and followed according to the performance monitoring plan of the ZIKV response.
  • Ensure data is collected regularly to report results on a regular basis according to the monitoring framework of the Regional Zika Strategy.
  • Management of the ZIKV response management evaluation, including the elaboration of the TOR and follow up the evaluation to ensure the compliance of the UNEG standards and norms. Ensure there is a steering committee and results are discussed within UNICEF and other stakeholders previous publication. At the end of the evaluation process, ensure the dissemination of results and finalize the management response at the regional level.
  • Knowledge management of results within LACRO, COs and other stakeholders. This include the systematization of lessons learned based on evidence.
  • Support research (KAP studies, systematization, etc.)
  • Capacity building in Monitoring and Evaluation in ZIKV Context.
  • Expected Deliverables

  • A monitoring and evaluation system updated in RO and COs (Framework, indicators, tools and MoV) and country office ZIKA focal points and partners with capacities and tools for performance monitoring and reporting on results.
  • Reports on results on ZIKA response for UNICEF, donors, Situation Reports, partners and governments prepared with an emphasis in Outcomes and Outputs.
  • Zika database from LACRO and COs results established and updated in a monthly basis.
  • Epidemiological Situation updated monthly.
  • National capacities for monitoring and evaluating of different components of ZIKV response plans strengthened in priority LAC countries.
  • A monitoring and evaluation toolkit for ZIKV Response in RO and COs with a pilot validation of the tools.
  • A systematization of the LACRO Zika Response with the main lessons learned and best practices of the response.
  • A monthly dashboard of the main activities and results implementing as part of the Zika Response Strategy in RO and COs, including epidemiological summaries from OPS/WHO reports (To be included in the regional SITREP)
  • TORS of ZIKV response management evaluation, technical review of inception report and draft evaluation report prepared by the evaluators. Preparation of the management response associated to the evaluation with specific actions to be implemented by the Regional Office.
  • Research Studies and Evidence Studies managed at regional and country level (KAP studies, etc) and conclusions consolidated and shared.
  • Evaluation of ZIKV Response Plan in countries and region supported.
  • Capacity building on ZIKV Response M&E provided in LACRO and UNICEF Country Offices.
  • Integration of ZIKV Response in UNICEF Regular Programs supported.
  • Qualifications of Successful Candidate


    Advanced university degree in social sciences, public health, business administration, statistics, planning, or other related fields.

    Work Experience:

  • 5-8 years or more of relevant professional work experience in design and monitoring and evaluation of development programmes.
  • Experience working in Developing Countries
  • Familiarity with emergency responses (public health emergency experience an asset)
  • Familiarity with C4D strategies in health.
  • Planning and managing international teams.
  • Experience working with universities and other, non-traditional knowledge centres
  • Languages:

    Fluency in English and Spanish. Fluency in Portuguese and/or French an asset.

    Technical Knowledge:

  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in demography, statistics, and data management.
  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in methodology of Monitoring and Evaluation, including theories, standards and models, quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods, validity/reliability testing of data, data analysis and interpretation, and statistical inference methods.
  • Strong knowledge/expertise on evaluation methodologies. Experience applying the DAC standards and UNEG norms.
  • Experience with monitoring and evaluation of behavioural change interventions (C4D) an asset.
  • Emerging international good practice in monitoring and innovation.
  • Other skills and Attributes:

  • Capacity to work in stressful conditions.
  • Willingness to travel extensively through the LAC-region (over 50%).
  • Flexibility and adaptability to shifting conditions and work demands.
  • Capacity to communicate effectively, work collaboratively with RO & CO colleagues and partners.
  • High level of Integrity and commitment to UNICEF’s mission and professional values.
  • Analytical and conceptual ability, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.
  • Please indicate your ability, availability and daily/monthly rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference above.

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