Consultancy: Team Leader for the Independent Joint Evaluation

  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Jul 09

Position description

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, evaluate

The UNICEF and UNFPA Evaluation Offices plan to jointly commission an Independent Joint Evaluation of the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme to Accelerate Action to End Child Marriage (GPECM). The exercise to determine the overall readiness of the programme to be evaluated in a reliable and credible fashion and check the coherence and logic of the programme.

The initial phase of the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme is spanning from 1 January 2016 to 31 December 2019, with an indicative four-year budget (2016-2019) estimated at $246.7 million.  The Global Programme focuses on five key outcomes:

  1. Adolescent girls at risk of an affected by child marriage are better able to express and exercise their choices.
  2. Households demonstrate positive attitudes and behaviours regarding gender equality and equity.
  3. Relevant sectoral systems deliver quality and cost-effective services to meet the needs of adolescent girls.
  4. National laws, policy framework and mechanisms to protect a promote adolescent girls’ rights are in line with international standards and properly resourced.
  5. Government(s) support and promote the generation and use of robust data and evidence to inform programme design, track progress and document lessons.

The beneficiaries of the UNFPA and UNICEF Global Programme are adolescent girls (ages 10-19) at risk of child marriage or already in union, particularly adolescent girls in the 12 programme countries[1]. Initial calculations estimate that the programme will reach approximately 2.5 million adolescent girls.

The Evaluation Offices of UNICEF and UNFPA commissioned an evaluability assessment of the GPECM, in accordance with the GPECM Evaluation Plan. The exercise was conducted between April and September 2017, and covered the GPECM from its launch in January 2016 to August 2017.  The evaluability assessment has been conducted with the purpose of determining the extent to which progress towards GPECM objectives can be readily and reliably measured, monitored and evaluated.

How can you make a difference?

The evaluation is expected to provide an independent assessment of the progress made with a view of identifying key lessons learned from the first two years of implementation and improving upon the interventions in progress.

The focus of the evaluation is both outward-focused (to ensure accountability), and inward-focused (to provide learning and insights for global, regional and country level management of the GPECM). In terms of accountability it tracks and independently validates programme progress and results. In terms of use and programme improvement, it uses a dual approach. Firstly, it learns lessons from early programme implementation experience.  Secondly, it reviews ways to improve programme management effectiveness.

The evaluation recognises in its design that the Global Programme is a complex, jointly managed programme, with multiple partners and donors, that is implemented across 12 countries using different strategies.

The proposed evaluation is in line with the findings and recommendation of the evaluability assessment report of the Global Programme concluded in November 2017. It will be jointly managed by the UNICEF and UNFPA Evaluation Offices and conducted by a team of external specialists.

The primary objectives of this evaluation are to independently assess progress against the stated goals of the Global Programme and help to improve programme implementation and management by identifying good practices and lessons learned from the first phase of its implementation.

The specific objectives are:

(i)       Assess progress towards and results achieved against objectives of the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme and the extent to which sustainability considerations have been built-in;

(ii)      Assess the extent to which issues of human rights, cultural sensitivity, equity and gender equality have been taken into consideration in programme implementation;

(iii)     Assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the implementation of the UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme;

(iv)     Assess the effectiveness of the joint management modalities at global, regional and national levels;

(v)      Assess the extent of coordination with partners at the various levels of the global programme (Global, Regional and HQ);

(vi)     Identify lessons and distil good practices from the implementation of UNFPA-UNICEF Global Programme.

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