UNICEF Jobs – Peacebuilding M&E Specialist at United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund

Job Title: Peacebuilding
M&E Specialist

Organisation: United
Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
Grade: P 3
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Chief of
Learning
About UNICEF:
UNICEF, the United Nations
Children’s Fund, is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights
of every child are realized.  Uganda is
one of the over 190 countries and territories around the world where we work to
overcome the obstacles that poverty, violence, disease, and discrimination
place in a child’s path.
About PBEA Project:
The four-year Peacebuilding,
Education and Advocacy Programme (PBEA), is a partnership between UNICEF, the
Government of the Netherlands, the national governments of 14 participating
countries and other key supporters. The goal of the PBEA is to strengthen
resilience, social cohesion and human security in conflict-affected contexts,
including countries at risk of – or experiencing and recovering from –
conflict. Towards this end, the programme will strengthen policies and
practices in education for peacebuilding. Fourteen countries have been selected
across East Asia and the Pacific, South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa,
Eastern and Southern Africa, and West and Central Africa to participate in the
programme, including Uganda. PBEA supports diverse and complementary
interventions to mainstream conflict sensitivity and promote peacebuilding
throughout the education sector. PBEA-supported interventions place schools at
the centre of peaceful communities where collaborative partnerships between
institutions, schools and communities support social cohesion and access to and
enjoyment of quality education.
In order to achieve these
results, the program will focus on five key outcomes. Outcome One aims to
increase inclusion of education into peacebuilding and conflict reduction
policies, analyses and implementation. Outcome Two will increase institutional
capacities to supply conflict sensitive education. Outcome Three aims to
increase capacity of children, parents, teachers and other duty-bearers to
prevent, reduce and cope with conflict and promote peace. Outcome Four will
increase access to quality, relevant conflict sensitive education that
contributes to peace. Outcome Five is cross-cutting and will contribute to the
generation and use of evidence and knowledge in policies and programming
related to education, conflict and peacebuilding.
PBEA spans engagement in the
sectors of education, child protection, communications and advocacy:
ECD Support: Bringing communities together around common
goals, Increases retention and enrolment, Builds up service provision around
the country
Quality and Child Friendly
Schools
which provide access to
conflict-sensitive education, Education builds conflict resilience, Education
is an important peace dividend, Education which provides economic opportunity
is paramount to building peace, Teacher training to support implementation of
national education curriculum
Violence Against Children: Ending cycle of violence, Providing
psychosocial support, Strengthening judicial and protection systems for
children, strengthening the RTRR process and knowledge of same.
Engaging Youth: (Support to employment and income
generation, providing opportunities to engage in issues (U-Report), piloting
the use of technologies, support to bringing back children to school, youth
Scouts, etc.)
Community Engagement: District Dialogues, Community baraazas,
Communication campaigns, U-Report
Advocacy Research, Learning,
Policy:
Advocate for the
inclusion of Education in peacebuilding planning, programmes, and policies AND
research agenda which helps UNICEF build knowledge base on youth engagement in
particular
Job Justification: Monitoring
and Evaluation remains a crucial aspect of the PBEA program, which is piloting
a new approach for UNICEF. Documenting change in areas of social cohesion,
resilience and human security as a result of the program interventions
underpins the ‘learning by doing’ approach of the program and requires a robust
and highly specialized methodology that captures output and outcome level
outcomes and substantively contribute to the overall implementation of the PBEA
program research outcomes by generating useful knowledge about best practices
and impact. Moreover, as we approach the last 12 months of programming
it is imperative that a final-year M&E strategy is developed and
implemented so that relevant lessons are captured and articulated into a PBEA 2
proposal to be submitted to the donor in the course of 2015.
Job Summary: The UNICEF Peacebuilding M&E
Specialist will design and implement a comprehensive, innovative and
participatory monitoring and evaluation methodology for the final year of the
PBEA program utilizing qualitative and quantitative tools to guide the work of
UNICEF staff and partners.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Actively
    facilitate a broad stakeholder consultation exercise to identify ‘most
    significant change’ program areas for the remaining of the program, and to
    build consensus around key M&E processes and expected Outputs/Outcomes
  • Conduct
    a capacity needs assessment of relevant UNICEF staff and partners in relation
    to their role in the M&E process and develop/implement relevant
    training/mentoring interventions
  • Intuitively
    review program approach, methods, and tools and the remaining activities
    to be evaluated and identify strengths/weaknesses in relation to documenting
    peacebuilding impact
  • Review
    existing internal/external data and identify opportunities for their
    utilization in M&E processes/products
  • Develop
    an end-year M&E Plan that supports the program logic/theory of change
    and that links the interventions with immediate, intermediate, and
    end-of-program outcomes. The M&E Plan will also include all design,
    activity, reporting and monitoring templates.
  • Intuitively
    review the relevant reporting mechanisms/calendar and identify/develop a
    supportive and timely M&E work plan, including all relevant activities
    and products e.g. annual project reviews, participatory impact
    assessments, process monitoring, operations monitoring and lessons-learned
    workshops.
  • With
    stakeholders, set out the framework and procedures for the evaluation of
    all program activities. Review their existing approaches and management
    information systems and agree on any required changes, support and
    resources.
  • Outline
    a complete schedule of UNICEF/PBEA M&E synergies which shows when all
    key activities will be carried out and when information will be available,
    and ensure responsibility is allocated to specific individuals (not
    organizations) for all M&E activities
  • Establish
    an M&E database (including a schedule for quarterly Programme
    Assurance visits (PQAs) and End user feedback) to record all relevant
    activity information required for each activity, including budget and
    expenditure, nature of services, indicator measures, strategies and status
  • Identify,
    and design mitigation measures to address, issues and/or constraints that
    will affect the implementation of the M&E plan
  • Oversee
    the collection, processing, and analysis of PBEA M&E data.
  • Significantly
    contribute to the development of the PBEA Programme annual report.
Key Performance Indicators: 
  • Inception
    brief/Presentation of outcomes of the consultation exercise and next steps
    (Inception brief)
  • Capacity
    needs assessment and training/mentoring strategy developed. Initial
    trainings with all relevant stakeholders developed and implemented (Capacity
    building)
  • Review
    of existing M&E system and plans for the remaining of the program
    (Evaluability)
  • Paper
    outlining existing/source of relevant data and a strategy for their
    utilization (Data sources)
  • Updated
    M&E Plan (M&E Plan), timeline, and templates (M&E Plan)
  • Reporting/M&E
    calendar/framework developed (M&E calendar)
  • Updated
    M&E work plan reflecting all relevant stakeholders’ inputs (M&E
    workplan)
  • M&E
    schedule developed to link PBEA and UNICEF M&E systems (including PQA
    schedule) developed and interventions planned (PQA schedule) and shared
    with all relevant UNICEF staff/partners (M&E schedule)
  • M&E
    Database developed and relevant UNICEF staff/partners trained in its use
    (M&E database)
  • Ensure
    the M&E risk strategy drafted and presented to relevant UNICEF staff
    and partners (M&E risk strategy)
  • Continuous
    collection, processing, and management of M&E data in collaboration
    with UNICEF programmatic focal points, PBEA implementing partners, and
    Ministry of Education and Sports counterparts (M&E data collection)
  • Contribution
    to PBEA end report to reflect the efficiency, effectiveness, impact,
    sustainability, and relevance (M&E final report)
Methodology: Desk-based
review of PBEA M&E Framework, participatory capacity building/meetings,
field-based implementation of M&E activities and collection of data,
desk-based analysis of M&E data, desk-based preparation of analytical
M&E reports.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    ideal candidate for the United Nations UNICEF Peacebuilding M&E
    Specialist should hold an advanced university degree (or equivalent) in
    research or evaluation methods with evidence of high quality research and
    evaluation activities previously designed and conducted; Possession of a
    University degree in development, education, or related social science
    discipline, and advantage
  • Demonstrated
    practical experience in quantitative and qualitative evaluation design,
    conduct, and management
  • Past
    experience developing M&E systems for multi-sector programs in
    resource-constrained settings
  • Demonstrable
    experience of assessing education and/or peacebuilding programs in
    Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Proven
    ability to facilitate learning from M&E findings and implementation
    teams and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Past
    exposure and experience in developing and implementing gender and conflict
    sensitive, participatory and innovative M&E interventions, including
    the use of ICT.
  • Significant
    experience of designing and implementing M&E to capture cross-cutting
    issues such as gender.
  • Proven
    experience with the logical framework approach and other strategic
    planning approaches and sound grasp of the intervention logic (Theory of
    Change)
  • Willing
    to undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders
    e.g. Ministry and District officials, education staff, children and youth,
    local civil society organizations, communities.
  • At
    least ten years of relevant work experience in M&E for peacebuilding
    programming
  • Working
    knowledge of local social, cultural, political, economic context in East
    Africa/Uganda an advantage
  • Fluency
    in spoken and written English is required
How to Apply: 
All interested and eligible
candidates who wish to join the UNICEF should send a cover letter, a Resume and
a Personal History (P11) form, Download Here, via
E-mail to: ugderecruit@unicef.org, with copy to mllamazares@unicef.org
Deadline: 12th  January 2015.
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