International Consultant (Assessment of the UNICEF Field Office in Tamale), Accra, Ghana

Accra | Accra

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For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children's survival, protection and development. The world's largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Purpose of the Assignment:

To undertake an assessment of the Tamale Field Office on its current role/engagement/strategies and provide recommendations for repositioning and modalities for operation to better respond to the changing and future context of the country and the overall framework of the UNICEF and Government of Ghana's new country programme of Cooperation (2018-2022).

Assignment Tasks:

To assess the relevance, effectiveness, impact and sustainability of the current role, engagement and programme implementation strategies of the UNICEF Field Office and make recommendations to ensure that the office is best positioned to implement the new country programme.

Some of the key questions to be explored through the analysis and assessment should include those listed below. Note that where applicable, an analysis by sector is required since results are expected to vary depending on the different strategies and implementation modalities chosen by UNICEF's programme sections (WASH, health & nutrition, education, child protection, social policy / M&E, social protection):

RELEVANCE: Are the Strategies and activities supported and implemented by field office relevant to the local context/issues?

Specifically:

  • The extent to which the strategies of Field office were consistent with overall CP goals and strategies, country needs, global priorities and partners' and donors' policies.
  • Choice of strategies/ implementation modalities informed by complete/accurate data and analysis (rather than 'blanket approach – one size fits all') - what is the evidence-base for the strategies/approaches chosen?
  • EFFECTIVENESS: To what extent are the objectives of the various output-level interventions likely to be achieved / been already achieved?

    Specifically,

  • The extent to which the Field Office strategies were implemented
  • To what extent is it possible to link the strategies and approaches supported to any changes and results?
  • Has there been deliberate efforts to link cross sectoral programming? Has it yielded greater results? Is there any positive benefit?
  • Is the field office leveraging on other complementary programmes (being run by same organization or other organizations) on the ground for increased effectiveness and sustainability of interventions?
  • Does the presence of the field office have a comparative advantage / niche of expertise in programmes and approaches currently being implemented?
  • What strategies/approaches seem to be yielding the greatest results and why?
  • EFFICIENCY: Have the interventions been implemented cost-efficiently? Have objectives been attained so far on time? Is there any evidence that implementation could have been more efficient if done otherwise?

    Specifically,

  • Is the Field office tapping/mobilizing other complementary sources of funding / resources to match UNICEF investments?
  • Is the Field office collaborating with other stakeholder on the ground to share resources and minimize duplication/ waste of resources?
  • IMPACTS: The positive and negative, primary and secondary long-term effects produced by Field office, directly or indirectly, intended or unintended.

    SUSTAINABILITY: Are the intended and unintended effects of implementing the interventions likely to continue beyond the provision of UNICEF or other development partners' support?

    Specifically,

  • What are major factors which contribute to sustainability or non-sustainability of the interventions currently being implemented?
  • Is the Field office linking its interventions to greater collaboration with formal and non-formal actors/systems already on the ground (rather than creating 'new' systems and processes, or a new 'UNICEF Project')? Is the Field office contributing in the process to build capacity of other local actors to improve prevention and response capacity and to better coordinate/leverage resources?
  • Has the Field office involved regional and district authorities to ensure greater buy-in and ownership? Has this approach generated greater results, e.g. increased budgetary/resource allocation to address the issues on the ground?
  • Expected Deliverables:

  • An inception report of how the assignment would be done including a work plan with timelines
  • Instruments developed for the assessment
  • A draft report
  • A final report that includes;
  • A clear assessment of the present role of the Tamale Field office
  • Best practices and challenges in programme implementation at the field office.
  • The major results achieved by the office contributing to the overall results
  • Specific and precise recommendations to enhance the functionality of the Field office in compliance with the overall UNICEF Country Programme 2018-2022 commitments.
  • Qualifications of Successful Candidate: Education and Experience

    (a) Advanced university degree (at least Master's level) in Management; Organizational Development; Strategic Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation; Social Sciences; or related field.

    (b) Eight years or more of experience in programme analysis and evaluation; experience in strategy and management consulting

  • Expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis and report preparation;
  • Analytical, conceptual ability;
  • Skills ineffective communication and documenting;
  • Expertise in using data analysis software;
  • Fluency in English - communication, report writing with critical analysis.
  • Knowledge and experience of similar work elsewhere with proof.
  • Experience in evaluating UN or bilateral/multilateral cooperation projects is an asset;
  • Reporting

    The Consultant is to be supervised by the Deputy Representative in close collaboration with the Chief of Field Office and oversight by the Representative.

    Payment Schedule

  • 10% of total fees upon submission of inception report.
  • 30% of total fees upon submission of the first draft report.
  • 60% of total fees upon submission of final report.
  • Competencies of Successful Candidate:

    To view our competency framework, please click here.

    Please indicate your ability, availability and daily rate (in US$) to undertake the terms of reference aboveApplications submitted without a daily rate will not be considered.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

    UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=501483

    Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
    Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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    • Organization: UNICEF
    • Location: Accra | Accra
    • Grade: Junior
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    • Closing Date: 2016-12-07

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