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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, evaluate

The Evaluation Office (EO), in UNICEF (New York), provides global leadership and oversight for the evaluation function. EO is responsible for developing an agenda and work plan to evaluate UNICEF’s programmes and processes. We conduct and/or manage independent, corporate evaluations and evaluation syntheses, provide technical assistance and quality assurance for evaluations commissioned at the decentralized level (country and regional offices), as well as other divisions in HQ offices. EO is also responsible for publishing a global evaluation plan that accompanies respective corporate strategies.

The plan for the Evaluation of UNICEF’s work on children in Cities is anchored in the 2018-21 corporate evaluation plan aimed at generating information to improve UNICEF’s performance in delivering its accountabilities to children. The plan is also aimed at ensuring that UNICEF’s results on children in urban cities are visible and/or traceable in the respective country programmes. The main objectives of this evaluation are multi-fold;

  • To assess the relevance of UNICEF’s approach(es) working in cities to deliver results for children;
  • To better understand the results achieved so far by UNICEF, for children in cities;
  • To identify good practices and lessons learnt from various sustainable approach(es) of UNICEF’s work in cities to inform future directions.

Please see this link to the detailed TORs; 

How can you make a difference?

The Evaluation Office is seeking an Urban Policy Specialist who will work with a senior Evaluation Expert to undertake this evaluation. The Urban Policy Specialist under the direction of the Evaluation Team Leader is jointly accountable for the quality and deliverables. He/she will provide support and accomplish necessary tasks as approved in the inception report and agreed by the Team leader.

The timeline for the execution of the evaluation is May – September 2019, while submission of the evaluation report to the UNICEF’s Executive Board is planned at the end of 2019.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Public Policy, Social sciences, economics or other related fields. Additional qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the university degree;
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant professional Urban programming experience. Familiarity with UN system or UNICEF will be an asset.
  • Up-to date knowledge, skills, comprehensive practice and/or experience in the field of Urban issues, obtained through research, programming, and/or academic endeavors
  • Evaluative expertise will be an added advantage.
  • Familiarity with results-based management orientation and practices and preparing products in the UN style; familiarity with UNICEF's programming and management systems will be an added advantage
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and core competencies of Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are: Leading and supervising, Formulating strategies and concepts, Analyzing, Relating and networking, Applying technical expertise, Persuading and Influencing, Planning and Organizing, Creating and Innovating. For more details, view our competency framework at:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

How to ApplyInterested candidates should submit a letter of interest, and resume(s), as well as examples of relevant evaluation reports and or study reports, clarifying their role and contribution to the evaluation as they relate to Urban programming, by May 19th2019.

This should be accompanied by a financial proposal, indicating the daily feesand a technical proposal (of up to 15 pages) demonstrating a candidate’s knowledge of Evaluation methods and approaches, data collection and tools and Urban approaches, especially with UNICEF context, and how they propose to deliver on the above TORs with quality evaluation services.


The position is home-based withtravel toHQ New York as necessary. Travel to selected countries for data collection is also expected.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. Reference persons may be contacted as well.