Subject: CONSULTANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Temporary Project Manager, Real-time Impac t Monitoring Initaitive - CLOSING 17 MAY Sent by: Shushan


Terms of Reference for Temporary Appointment Temporary Project Manager, Real-time Impact Monitoring Initiative Background The Secretary General’s Office, together with participating UN agencies, launched the Global Impact and Vulnerability Alert System (GIVAS) early 2009. The purpose of the GIVAS is to inform decision makers with solid real time quantitative information and analysis when global crises hit the most vulnerable. UNICEF has been proactively engaged in this process since its inception – from drafting the GIVAS concept note to contributing to the first GIVAS report. This exercise has also reinforced the previously identified need for UNICEF to step up its global real time monitoring efforts. As a result, UNICEF initiated a project that will step up its capacity to monitor impact and changing vulnerabilities in real time (later referred as “the project”). The pilot phase of the project has been launched in March 2010 and will last for one year. During this pilot phase real time monitoring systems will be established in some 10 pilot countries, building wherever possible on existing systems. A set of five common global indicators covering the areas of health, nutrition, education and child protection, has been defined and will be collected across the pilots. In addition to these five common indicators each pilot country is encouraged to collect data on any other indicators relevant to their specific country context. The project will be carried out in close partnership with national and local governments, UN partners, NGOs and private sector partners. National capacity development and national ownership are crucial elements and it is expected that by the end of the pilot phase countries will be able to carry on the project in a sustainable manner. Within UNICEF, the Governance, UN and Multilateral Affairs Division/Multilateral System Analysis Unit (GMA/MSA) has been leading this engagement and work, in partnership with Division of Policy and Practice (DPP) and Programme Divisions (PD). Objective of the TA position Under the guidance and direct supervision of MSA Chief, the temporary project manager will coordinate UNICEF’s work on real time monitoring systems internally as well as with external partners as specified below in the next three months while the decision on the longer term arrangement is being agreed upon. Specific Tasks The tasks of the temporary project manager will include the following: A. Wider GIVAS initiative managed by the Executive Office of the Secretary General:


Assist the Chief of MSA in coordinating UNICEF’s relationship with the Executive Office of the Secretary General’s GIVAS team, including representing UNICEF in the inter-agency Working Group and regular liaison 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 financial crisis in five countries, which is funded through the Rapid Impact and Vulnerability Analysis Fund (RIVAF) and meant to feed into the GIVAS mid-May.

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UNICEF internal: Manage the pilot phase of the project and assist the COs in the implementation of the project. Coordinate preparation of a starter kit for pilot Country Offices containing key documents, such as fact sheets for each of the pilots, templates for common documents (such as consultant contracts, etc.) Effective coordinate the project-related activities between UNICEF Headquarters, the pilot Country Offices and the Regional Offices participating in the project. Build a roster of technical experts in different areas of expertise, such as monitoring and evaluation, surveillance systems, and mobile technology innovations. Foster exchanges between pilot Country Offices and provide technical support where required and appropriate. Oversee the pilot phase, monitor the continued implementation of the project at country-level, identify challenges and bottlenecks as they appear and propose solutions to resolve them.

Working Conditions The three-month temporary position (SSA contract) is office-based with no travel expected. Qualifications and Competencies Education Advanced University Degree in social sciences, statistics or a related technical field. Work Experience Five years of progressively responsible professional work experience at national or international levels in monitoring and evaluation or related fields. Practical experience (2-3 years) in developing countries is highly desirable. Previous work experience with UNICEF would be an asset. Languages Fluency in reading comprehension, written and oral English. Other UN languages an asset. Software skills Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office software, knowledge of DevInfo or similar database applications plus basic knowledge of statistical software (e.g., SPSS).

Core Competencies · Commitment: Passionately and enthusiastically demonstrates responsibility and dedication to UNICEF and its mission and mandate. Aligns one’s conduct with UNICEF’s goals, ideals and guiding principles. Commits to building a culture that embodies these ideals. Drive for Results: Effectively translates ideas into actions. Has a drive to implement goals and objectives, to accomplish tasks, ensuring the end-results or services are delivered to the clients by deadlines. Makes things happen through perseverance and tenacity. Achieves quantifiable and measurable results. Embraces Diversity: Values differences in gender, culture, opinions, values, perspectives, ideas, skills, expertise, knowledge, and experiences. Managing and leveraging diversity to maximize UNICEF’s effectiveness. Integrity: Acting with uncompromising ethics and honesty at all times, in all situations, both professionally and personally. Self-Awareness and Self-Regulation: Knows and manages one’s own emotions, strengths, weaknesses, passions, interests, and values. Teamwork: Cooperates and works effectively with others in the pursuit of common goals.



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Functional Competencies · · · Strong analytical and conceptual abilities. Good communication skills. Good demonstrated understanding of development monitoring and evaluation, and of international development issues. · Strong knowledge of setting up and maintaining in-country surveillance systems. · Familiarity with sampling and data collection techniques and tools (quantitative and qualitative). · Very good drafting and writing abilities, including in the presentation of analytical notes. How to Apply Interested candidates should submit an up to date UN Personal History Form and Curriculum Vitae on or before 17 May 2010 directly to this e-mail address:

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