Background & Description

The Research and Evaluation (R&E) Specialist reports to the Chief of Social Policy. Under the guidance of Chief of Social Policy, the R&E Specialist will ensure that the country office has useful, valid and reliable information and recommendations for adjustment on:

  • the situation of protection and fulfillment of children and women rights,
  • the performance of UNICEF-supported programmes including their relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability, and in emergency contexts, their coverage, coordination and coherence under the core commitments for children in emergencies.
  • implementation and effectiveness of cross cutting strategies and strategic shifts, including equity in use of services and protection of rights, human rights based approach, gender equity, disaster risk reduction and other crosscutting areas that the country office will opt to focus on.

The incumbent will be expected to:

  • Lead all evaluative and research work within the country office and provide quality assurance and technical oversight for high quality evaluation and research function for the country office.
  • Work with one UN programme to support achievements of strategic outcomes under UNSDF by delivering valid and reliable information on the attainment of the SDGs and other goals, and on the performance of UN-supported programmes and to integrate evaluations under the UNSDF work.
  • Be a leader within UNICEF Pakistan on equity focused and gender sensitive research and evaluations.
  • Coordinate closely with the regional office, other country offices and headquarter staff in programme division and evaluation office.
  • Work effectively with all programmes for a well established plan of research and evaluations outlined in regularly updated PRIME.
  • Take on a leadership role in guiding evaluation within the On UN to maximize synergy on research and evaluations and support the establishment of a monitoring and evaluation framework for SDGs which enhances partnership between the UNCT, government and other key players to collectively track progress on SDGs and other international commitment for children. Lead the development of national capacities for evaluation and research within the public sector, with special attention to the interest, concern and participation of government, community, and civil society stakeholders. 
  • Support in creating a learning environment and creative knowledge through sharing relevant information/studies based on the outcomes of research and evaluation that would also enhance better planning, cross sector coordination and achievements of results. 

How can you make a difference?

Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

  1. Planning for Research and Evaluations

Ensure that the Country Office and national partners use a well-prioritized and realistic plan of research, integrated monitoring and evaluations (PRIME) that will provide the most relevant and strategic information to manage the Country Programme with regard to research and evaluations.

  1. Evaluation Function

Ensure that UNICEF Pakistan has a high quality and robust evaluation function through evaluations designed and implemented as per UNICEF/UNEG quality standards, and the results are disseminated in a timely fashion to stakeholders in order to improve programme performance and contribute to wider learning.

  1. Research and Situation Monitoring for programme development and management

Ensure that the Country Office has a high quality research function and that CO and national partners have timely and accurate measurement of change in conditions in the country including monitoring of socio-economic trends and the country wider policy, economic or institutional context, to facilitate planning and to draw conclusions about the impact of programmes or policies

  1. Programme support for development and evaluation of social policies  

Ensure that the Country Office has information and quality research to develop relevant social policies for UNICEF relevant sectors and integrate processes to evaluate social policies

  1. M&E and Research 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.

  1. Knowledge Creation through Coordination and Networking

Ensure that the UNICEF office is effectively linked to wider UNICEF research and evaluation networks in a way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning on effective programme planning and M&E and research management. Also ensure that UNICEF work with regard to SDGs is well coordinated with UN and government partners.

Requirements and Skills
  • Advanced university degree (Master's or above) in Social Sciences; Development Studies or Statistics.
  • *A first University Degree (Bachelor's) in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible professional work experience at the national and international levels in academic and research fields, programme management, monitoring and evaluation, in a related field.
  • Experience in research quality assurance, framework development, the theory of change -log-frame, development of qualitative and quantitative indicators and proxies.
  • Experience and updated knowledge on a variety of evaluative studies and approaches: cost-benefit analysis, randomized control trials, return on investment.
  • Experience working with donors is essential, so it is the ability to present complex information in an executive and succinct manner.
  • Other experience that can be considered an asset: Value for Money (VfM), nutrition, health, work with adolescents, WASH, Social protection, child protection.
  • Understanding of the Pakistani context at a provincial level and experience working in changing and fast pace environments.
  • Familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • 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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About Organization

Ever since 1948 when its first office was established in Pakistan, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has been committed to the aspiration that one day, each and every child in the country, no matter where they live, or their family circumstances, will be guaranteed the right to survive. UNICEF does not stop there – the right to life is ineffectual if ill-health, ignorance, violence or exploitation denies a child his or her right to thrive. For this reason, UNICEF envisions a day when all children everywhere get a fair chance in life, and avail of meaningful opportunities to reach their full potential, unhampered by discrimination, bias, or favoritism.

This conviction underpins our work in Pakistan. Working in partnership with government at every level from the local to the provincial and federal, alongside committed donors, NGOs, CSOs and private organizations, UNICEF celebrates important achievement while recognizing that there is a long way to go before UNICEF can achieve the dream of a world fit for children.

Through the equity strategy, which emphasizes the most excluded and disadvantaged children, UNICEF translates our commitment to child rights into action. UNICEF are guided by key documents such as the Core Commitments for Children in humanitarian situations, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to which Pakistan is a signatory, as well as the aspirations of first the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and now the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNICEF focuses on increasing access to services and opportunities by women and girls in all facets of life, and promote gender-sensitive action as a core priority.

This year, under government leadership to eradicate polio, UNICEF saw the number of cases plummet and geared up for a final push to end a disease which has brought disability and heartbreak to millions. UNICEF celebrated Pakistan’s National Vision for Coordinated Priority Action to Address the Challenges of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child Health and Nutrition (2016–2025) which created a new framework for health care, and new strategies to help caregivers learn how to ensure that all children get the right nutrition at the right age. 

UNICEF helped bring children to school and investigated alternative streams for those left behind by the formal education system. UNICEF successfully piloted innovative ways of helping to register children at birth, and assure them of an identity.

Pakistan is prone to both natural and man-made disasters. UNICEF continued helping displaced and returning families in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Recognizing the importance of preparing for future disasters, UNICEF supported training in disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and disaster risk management.

This year, UNICEF celebrated Pakistan’s achievement of its sanitation target under MDG 7. Our Pakistan Approach to Total Sanitation was a key contributor to this success. 

In 2016, UNICEF begins efforts to help Pakistan achieve the SDGs – an opportunity to advance the rights and well-being of every child. Meaningful success will depend on renewed and effective partnerships at every level, from the federal government down to communities where our work has the most tangible impact. It requires high quality data and research, and innovative ways of addressing challenges. It requires an equity-based approach, so those who are traditionally excluded also benefit. As part of Pakistan’s One UN II programme and Delivering as One, UNICEF joins our United Nations peers in helping Pakistan’s governments meet this pressing challenge.