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Subject: CONSULTANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Temporary Project Manager, Real-time Impact Monitoring Initaitive - CLOSING 17 MAYSent by: Shushan MebrahtuTerms of Reference for Temporary AppointmentTemporary Project Manager, Real-time Impact Monitoring InitiativeBackgroundThe Secretary General’s Office, together with participating UN agencies,launched the Global Impact and Vulnerability Alert System (GIVAS) early2009. The purpose of the GIVAS is to inform decision makers with solid realtime quantitative information and analysis when global crises hit the mostvulnerable. UNICEF has been proactively engaged in this process since itsinception – from drafting the GIVAS concept note to contributing to thefirst GIVAS report. This exercise has also reinforced the previouslyidentified need for UNICEF to step up its global real time monitoringefforts.As a result, UNICEF initiated a project that will step up its capacity tomonitor impact and changing vulnerabilities in real time (later referred as“the project”). The pilot phase of the project has been launched in March2010 and will last for one year. During this pilot phase real timemonitoring systems will be established in some 10 pilot countries, buildingwherever possible on existing systems. A set of five common globalindicators covering the areas of health, nutrition, education and childprotection, has been defined and will be collected across the pilots. Inaddition to these five common indicators each pilot country is encouragedto collect data on any other indicators relevant to their specific countrycontext. The project will be carried out in close partnership with nationaland local governments, UN partners, NGOs and private sector partners.National capacity development and national ownership are crucial elementsand it is expected that by the end of the pilot phase countries will beable to carry on the project in a sustainable manner.Within UNICEF, the Governance, UN and Multilateral AffairsDivision/Multilateral System Analysis Unit (GMA/MSA) has been leading thisengagement and work, in partnership with Division of Policy and Practice(DPP) and Programme Divisions (PD).Objective of the TA positionUnder the guidance and direct supervision of MSA Chief, the temporaryproject manager will coordinate UNICEF’s work on real time monitoringsystems internally as well as with external partners as specified below inthe next three months while the decision on the longer term arrangement isbeing agreed upon.Specific TasksThe tasks of the temporary project manager will include the following:A. Wider GIVAS initiative managed by the Executive Office of the SecretaryGeneral:
 
a. Assist the Chief of MSA in coordinating UNICEF’s relationship withthe Executive Office of the Secretary General’s GIVAS team, includingrepresenting UNICEF in the inter-agency Working Group and regularliaison with the GIVAS team.b. Act as the main contact point for the UN GIVAS Secretariat.c. Manage the joint UNICEF-WFP study on the impact of the financialcrisis in five countries, which is funded through the Rapid Impactand Vulnerability Analysis Fund (RIVAF) and meant to feed into theGIVAS mid-May.B. UNICEF internal:a. Manage the pilot phase of the project and assist the COs in theimplementation of the project.b. Coordinate preparation of a starter kit for pilot Country Officescontaining key documents, such as fact sheets for each of the pilots,templates for common documents (such as consultant contracts, etc.)c. Effective coordinate the project-related activities between UNICEFHeadquarters, the pilot Country Offices and the Regional Officesparticipating in the project.d. Build a roster of technical experts in different areas of expertise,such as monitoring and evaluation, surveillance systems, and mobiletechnology innovations.e. Foster exchanges between pilot Country Offices and provide technicalsupport where required and appropriate.f. Oversee the pilot phase, monitor the continued implementation of theproject at country-level, identify challenges and bottlenecks as theyappear and propose solutions to resolve them.Working ConditionsThe three-month temporary position (SSA contract) is office-based with notravel expected.Qualifications and CompetenciesEducationAdvanced University Degree in social sciences, statistics or a relatedtechnical field.Work ExperienceFive years of progressively responsible professional work experience atnational or international levels in monitoring and evaluation or relatedfields. Practical experience (2-3 years) in developing countries ishighly desirable. Previous work experience with UNICEF would be anasset.LanguagesFluency in reading comprehension, written and oral English. Other UNlanguages an asset.Software skillsAdvanced knowledge of Microsoft Office software, knowledge of DevInfo orsimilar database applications plus basic knowledge of statisticalsoftware (e.g., SPSS).

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