Evaluation Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Jordan

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st November, 2019

Job Description

In the 1970s UNICEF established presence in Yemen to respond to the urgent needs of children in the poorest country in the Middle East. In 1991, Yemen ratified the Convention on the Rights of the Child and it was enacted immediately. Since then the country has been making steady progress for children until it plunged into a brutal conflict in 2015 but even before that, Yemen needed large amounts of humanitarian assistance.

In collaboration with local authorities, non-governmental organizations and community partners, UNICEF is working in all the governorates in Yemen to respond to the needs of children throughout the country with a continuum of services to help children survive and grow to their full potential through the following programmes: Health, Nutrition, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Basic Education, and Child protection.

How can you make a difference?

The Evaluation Specialist will support the Yemen Country Office in providing stakeholders with useful information towards strengthening accountability and enhancing the learning capacity of the office and its partners.


Manage evaluations of projects and programmes mentioned in the costed evaluation plan. In particular:

  • Draft Terms of Reference for evaluations that reflect the key information needs of the UNICEF country office and have been discussed with relevant sectors and endorsed by the Representative.
  • Manage the hiring of consultants.
  • Manage the consultants implementing the evaluation, ensuring that relevant UNICEF rules, UNEG norms and standards as well as best practices on humanitarian evaluation are respected.
  • Act as secretariat of steering committees of evaluations ensuring that relevant stakeholders have an opportunity to comment on all documents.
  • Ensure the quality review process is upheld at all stages of the evaluation.
  • Arrange learning events to disseminate the results of the evaluation at the end of the field work and at appropriate times during the programming cycle.
  • Follow up with management so that the management response is received in a timely manner.
  • Follow up on management actions in the management response.
  • Ensure that the Costed Evaluation Plan of Yemen Country Office is updated and in compliance with the UNICEF evaluation coverage norms. Prepare and implement annual workplans for evaluation and reflect these in EISI.
  • Ensure that projects and programmes planned are evaluable, i.e. that they include a good theory of change, that the monitoring framework is clearly articulated and that baselines are mentioned if applicable.
  • Lead the UNICEF contribution to the Yemen National Evaluation Capacity building efforts.

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.

  • Collaborate with Regional Evaluation Adviser and HQ Evaluation Office for overall coordination of priority research, monitoring and evaluation activities, especially those of regional scope requiring the coordinated effort of multiple countries.
  • Partner with the Regional evaluation Adviser to ensure that current and accurate evaluation data and results are included in regional reports, multi-country studies, and knowledge sharing networks.
  • For more details on the Job Profile, click here: Download File JD Evaluation Specialist TA P-4 Amman outpost.doc

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in evaluation, economics, social sciences, or related field.
  • Minimum eight years of relevant professional work experience in evaluation activities.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Experience in managing evaluations, as team leader of evaluations, in humanitarian evaluation.
  • Aware of good and best practices in the evaluation community.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.


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