Child Rights Systems Monitoring Specialist [Monitoring and Evaluation]

NOC level, fixed term contract starting 1 January 2013

UNICEF is seeking a highly qualified specialist, with significant expertise in systems monitoring, evaluation and research planning to join us in our efforts to advance the rights of children in Romania

Purpose:  Under the guidance of the Policy and Knowledge Coordinator, responsible for enhancing partnerships with the Government at national and subnational levels, the parliament and civil society to strengthen child rights monitoring systems at all levels in Romania, to assist government and other key players to collectively track progress on national and international commitments (normative and budgetary) for children.  Accountable for ensuring that the UNICEF Country Office has useful, valid and reliable information on: the situation of children’s and women’s rights; the performance of UNICEF partnerships, including their impact, relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability, and in emergency contexts, their coverage, coordination and coherence.

Responsible for leading CO’s efforts in supporting knowledge management (identifying, documenting and sharing issues, lessons learned and good practices related to child rights) within UNICEF, within Romania and with other countries.

Qualifications and competencies required:

  • Advanced university degree in social sciences, statistics, planning development or other relevant fields.
  • Minimum 10 years of relevant professional work experience in monitoring and evaluation. At least one instance of exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness planning.
  • Fluency in English and Romanian, both oral and written. Knowledge of another UN language, particularly French, an asset.
  • Adhere to the core values of the United Nations; in particular respectful of differences of culture, gender, religion, ethnicity, nationality, language, age, HIV status, disability, and sexual orientation, or other status.


  • Core Values: Commitment, Diversity and Inclusion, Integrity
  • Core Competencies : Communication , Working with People, Drive for Results
  • Functional Competencies:  Leading and Supervising, Formulating Strategies and Concepts, Analyzing, Applying Technical Expertise, Planning and Organizing
  • Technical Knowledge: knowledge of project evaluation, professional technical knowledge/expertise in evaluation process management, knowledge of emerging international good practice in monitoring and evaluation partnerships

Key Accountabilities:

  • Integrated Monitoring, Evaluation and Research: Ensure that the monitoring and evaluation capacities of national and sub-national partners, from the Government, the Parliament and civil society are enhanced and allow all stakeholders to have at their disposal disaggregated evidence to influence, develop, implement, monitor and evaluate international commitments, national and local policies, allocations of resources and models, focusing on disparities and equity.
  • Situation Monitoring and Assessment: Ensure that a collectively Situation Monitoring and Assessment system owned by all key partners is in place, through which the Country Office and national partners have timely and accurate measurements and analysis of changes in conditions of children, women, and their families, particularly vulnerable ones, in the country; this information is available to facilitate planning and measure partnership impact.
  • Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Planning: Ensure that the Country Office and national and sub-national partners have a well-prioritized and realistic plan of research, monitoring and evaluation activities, developed collaboratively that provides in a timely manner all the relevant and strategic information needed to develop, monitor and evaluate national and sub-national policies and to manage the Country Programme as well as progress towards expected annual and multi-year results.
  • Evaluation: Ensure that UNICEF-supported evaluations attain established UN quality standards, and the results are disseminated in a timely fashion to stakeholders for improving programme performance and contributing to national and corporate prioritization, policy development and learning.
  • Networking and Advocacy: Ensure that UNICEF’s partnerships, networking and advocacy are effectively supported by the identification and generation of cutting edge research and knowledge related to children in Romania, focusing on the most vulnerable children.
  • National and International Knowledge Management: Ensure that UNICEF Romania contributes to national, regional and international learning on child rights by sharing knowledge, good practices and lessons and by supporting Romanian authorities and civil society to share the same with other countries.

You can download here pdf version of Terms of Reference Child Rights Systems Specialist