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Giga Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Contract type: Temporary appointment

Level: P-3

Duration: 364 days

Application deadline: 10 March 2024, at 11.55 pm CET

Link to apply via UNICEF Portal

Summary

The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist plays a key role in the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) function within the Giga management team. This position is tailored towards an individual with a robust background in data-centric monitoring, program monitoring and reporting, data analysis and visualization, and evaluation. Reporting to the Senior Adviser (Giga Financing and Market Shaping), the Specialist will also work closely with the Planning Officer to ensure an effective M&E framework is in place and adhered to. They will also coordinate with the ITU’s planning personnel and the Office of Innovation (OOI) to ensure alignment in monitoring frameworks and to foster a culture of data-driven decision-making.

Your responsibilities will be…

Technical Programme Monitoring, Reporting and Data Analysis:

  • Develop and implement robust M&E systems and frameworks to track program progress against set objectives and indicators.
  • Utilize advanced data analysis techniques to interpret complex data, providing insights into program performance and areas of improvement.
  • Provide contributions for programme monitoring reports.

Programme Evaluation:

  • Work closely with the Planning Officer to ensure effective planning and implementation of evaluation-related activities.
  • Support conducting periodic evaluations/evaluability assessments to assess the impact and effectiveness of the program, identifying lessons learned and recommending corrective actions.

Coordination with ITU and Office of Innovation [OOI]:

  • Liaise with the ITU’s planning personnel and OOI to align M&E frameworks, ensuring consistency in monitoring and data reporting standards.
  • Share planning and monitoring frameworks, methodologies, and programme monitoring reports with ITU and OOI to foster collaborative learning and improvement.

Capacity Building and Technical Support:

  • Provide technical support and training to program staff in M&E methodologies, data collection, and analysis to enhance their M&E capacity.
  • Develop and disseminate user-friendly M&E tools and templates to facilitate data collection and analysis.

Reporting and Documentation:

  • Prepare and submit timely and accurate M&E reports, documenting program achievements, challenges encountered, and solutions adopted.
  • Ensure proper documentation of all M&E activities, data, and findings for future reference and for sharing with stakeholders.

Stakeholder Engagement and Communication:

  • Engage with various stakeholders, including government partners, donors, and other relevant entities, to ensure alignment in M&E practices in countries where Giga is supporting universal school connectivity efforts.
  • Communicate program progress, challenges, and achievements to stakeholders in a clear and concise manner.
To qualify for this position, you will have…
  • Master’s degree in Statistics, Data Science, Monitoring and Evaluation, or a related field. *A first University Degree 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 5 years of relevant work experience in monitoring and evaluation, with a focus on data analysis and programme planning.
  • Proficiency in data analysis software (e.g., SPSS, R, or similar) and strong technical skills in data management and analysis.
  • Experience in designing and implementing M&E frameworks and tools, preferably within international or supranational projects.
  • Experience in providing training and technical support to improve the M&E capacity of program staff.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams and stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and manage multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • The successful candidate will be an individual who values data accuracy and integrity and has a keen eye for detail. They should be ready to play a critical role in advancing the monitoring and evaluation function of Giga, contributing to the program’s overall effectiveness and success.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
About our team

We are a fast-paced, multi-disciplinary team of software engineers, finance specialists, data scientists, policy experts, and much more. Our team is a distributed workforce and plans to remain distributed into the foreseeable future. We are growing fast. Our team has grown by over 400% in the last 6 months as we rapidly scale to meet our stated mission.

About Giga

Giga is a joint initiative of UNICEF and ITU to connect every school in the world to the Internet by 2030. Working with corporate and non-profit partners, Giga maps schools’ Internet access in real time, creates models for innovative financing, and supports governments contracting for connectivity. It is part of ITU’s Partner2 Connect Coalition, UNICEF’s Reimagine Education initiative, and the UN Secretary General’s Common Agenda and Roadmap for Digital Cooperation 

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About UNICEF

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. 

UNICEF has a 70-year history of innovating for children. We believe that new approaches, partnerships and technologies that support realizing children’s rights are critical to improving their lives. 

About ITU

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies (ICTs), driving innovation in ICTs together with 193 Member States and a membership of over 900 companies, universities, and international and regional organizations.