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Giga Programme Evaluation Specialist

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Contract type: Consultancy

Duration: 12 months 

Application deadline: 10 March 2024, at 11.55 pm CET

Link to apply via UNICEF Portal

Summary

Giga seeks a Programme Evaluation Specialist to join one of the most innovative and impactful initiatives at the United Nations, whose aim it is to connect every school in the world to the Internet and every young person to information, opportunity and choice. The Programme Evaluation Specialist is positioned within the Management team of Giga, with a distinct focus on conducting in-depth evaluations to generate knowledge products that encapsulate the progress, impact, and lessons learned from Giga’s initiatives. Reporting to the Senior Advisor, Management, this specialist is envisaged to be an expert in program evaluation with a knack for storytelling, translating data and findings into compelling narratives that can be shared internally across teams, as well as externally with other UN agencies and stakeholders.

Your responsibilities will be…

1. Programme Evaluation and Knowledge Generation:

  • Design and implement comprehensive evaluation frameworks and methodologies to assess the effectiveness, impact, and sustainability of Giga’s initiatives.
  • Conduct thorough evaluations, synthesizing data and findings into knowledge products that encapsulate the program’s progress, challenges, and lessons learned.

2. Narrative Development and Storytelling:

  • Translate evaluation findings into compelling narratives, showcasing the journey, impact, and value addition of Giga’s initiatives.
  • Develop a variety of knowledge products, such as case studies, success stories, lessons learned reports, and other evaluative documents that articulate Giga’s narrative.

3. Knowledge Sharing and Dissemination:

  • Foster a culture of learning and sharing by disseminating knowledge products across Giga teams and with external stakeholders, including other UN agencies.
  • Organize knowledge-sharing sessions, workshops, and forums to facilitate the exchange of experiences, findings, and best practices.

4. Coordination with Internal and External Stakeholders:

  • Collaborate with internal teams to ensure alignment in evaluation methodologies and to gather the necessary data and insights for evaluation.
  • Engage with external stakeholders, including other UN agencies, to share knowledge products and learn from external evaluations and experiences.

5. Capacity Building:

  • Provide guidance and training to Giga team members on evaluation methodologies, data interpretation, and knowledge product development.
  • Enhance the evaluation capacity within Giga, ensuring the team is equipped with the necessary skills to conduct evaluations and generate knowledge products.

6. Reporting and Documentation:

  • Ensure meticulous documentation of evaluation processes, methodologies, and findings for future reference and for sharing with stakeholders.
  • Prepare and submit timely evaluation reports and knowledge products, ensuring they are accessible and understandable to a diverse audience.

Please access the full Term of Reference (ToRs) and read a more detailed description of the assignment in this file in order to prepare your financial proposal and know more about the role: Programme Evaluation Specialist ToR.pdf

To qualify for this position, you will have…
  • Master’s degree in Evaluation, Social Sciences, 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 program evaluation, with a demonstrated track record of generating knowledge products.
  • Experience in organizing knowledge-sharing sessions and disseminating knowledge products to a wide range of audiences.
  • Proficiency in evaluation methodologies, data analysis, and narrative development.
  • Exceptional storytelling and communication skills, with the ability to translate complex data into compelling narratives.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work collaboratively with diverse teams and stakeholders.
  • Strong attention to detail and a commitment to producing high-quality work.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.
  • The successful candidate will be an individual with a passion for evaluation and knowledge generation, ready to contribute to Giga’s learning and knowledge-sharing culture. The ability to work both independently and collaboratively within a dynamic, multidisciplinary team is crucial for success in this role
Payment details and further considerations
  • Payment of professional fees will be based on the submission of agreed deliverables. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold payment in case the deliverables submitted are not up to the required standard or in case of delays in submitting the deliverables on the part of the consultant.
  • Consultant is responsible for his/her own health and travel insurance.
  • Consultant is responsible for arranging his/her own travel, including visa.
  • This consultancy is based in Geneva.
How to apply
  • Interested applicants are required to submit a financial proposal with an all-inclusive fee.  Please see the financial proposal template here: Consultancy Financial Offer template.docx
  • Financial proposal must include travel costs (economy class) and daily subsistence allowance, if travel is required as per TOR and any other estimated costs: visa, travel/health insurance
  • Applications without a financial proposal will not be considered.
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.