Consultancy, Home-based

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Home-based

Closing date: Thursday, 3 September 2020

Home-based consultancy. 40 days over 6 months period (September - February): ‚Revised approach to modelling for scaling-up‘

Job no: 534013

Position type: Consultancy

Location: Switzerland Division/Equivalent: CEE/CIS

School/Unit: Regional Services Div (ECAR), Geneva

Department/Office: Regional Evaluation Section, ECARO

Categories: Consultancy

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.

Background

UNICEF’s Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia works with and for disadvantaged children and adolescents in 21 countries and territories across Europe and Central Asia. The Regional Office consists of different sections who all work on specific child rights issues; such as education, health, child protection, social protection, migration, etc. ( https://www.unicef.org/eca/what-we-do).

Within the context of the evolving engagement of UNICEF in the Europe and Central Asia Region, modelling is viewed as a core role, particularly in middle- and high-income countries. For country programmes of the Europe and Central Asia region, models are critical to engage in sustainable and innovative solutions for children.

Drawing on UNICEF’s catalytic role of engaging political will, leadership and participation of a wide range of stakeholders in decision-making, modelling is fostering on-going interaction between policy and practice. The models underpin UNICEF’s policy advice, serving to inform policy reforms; and/or assess new approaches for policy implementation. They can demonstrate how upstream work can be put into practice with ensured effectiveness and efficiency, led and owned by government, to render services inclusive for all children.

In 2014, the Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia developed the following benchmarking criteria, framing the requisites for undertaking modelling within the region: Start with a theory of change for the programme area relevant to the model.

The Model should directly link to a Theory of Change (ToC), covering national impact.

Then specify for the model, (in addition to usual SitAn, strategies, activities, RBM):

An equity-based hypothesis (H) to describe the pathways from Model to above ToC

Expected equity-based Overall Results formulated as Child Rights Realization and which meet international HR standards, technical protocols and guidance

Baseline as a basis for (H) above, including equity-increasing impact indicators

Set Sustainability/Exit Strategy and Termination date agreed with partners

Monitoring mechanisms, including for process indicators, adequately funded

Impact Equity Based Evaluation clearly scheduled, budgeted for, partner-led, which assesses if the Model meets HR standards and closed equity gaps, within the model.

CBA(a)/BIA(b) and estimated Resource (human, financial, organizational) for scaling up

Clear dates and budget to document the practice(d), based on 5-7 above

Strategies and budget to disseminate results (communication, advocacy)

Total Budget for the model, including funding all of 1-9 above.

This new advances in conceptualizing UNICEF’s modelling strategy has evolved over the years, and there are important lessons learned from different parts of the organization. Since the conception of these criteria, UNICEF has formulated a framework for mapping innovations. Some other regions have also gone further in the process of bringing pilots to scale. Private sector engagement in pilot programmes and its scalability is also an area that has been explored by private sector fundraising are in UNICEF.

Despite this progress, documentation on this topic is disperse which may be confusing but also shows the richness of creative thinking behind. Country offices and development partners implement pilots and learn new ways of implementation for scalability in different ways. ECA region has a particular history on the implementation of pilots and a need for understating what has been the trend of implementation and what ar the most effective routes to reach results at scale. A more systematic approach to steer those processes, building on the lessons learned in the organization is needed.

Purpose

The purpose of this consultancy is to provide a toolkit that can guide development practitioners, including UNICEF staff, and policy makers when implementing a modelling strategy for a specific intervention. The idea is to identify those key benchmarks needed to be considered at different stages of a modelling process, in order to fulfill its transformative role at scale while delivering child-related interventions. The toolkit will target government officials, UNICEF staff in country offices, as well as other development partners and donors. The toolkit is intended to be a ‚live‘ instrument that can be fed and constructed as more learning is accumulated.

Specific tasks

Literature review of 10 sine-qua-non criteria for models within the UNICEF Europe and Central Asia region, and other existing frameworks in UNICFE, including those from private sector area, innovation, other region’s work, and other that may be relevant. This review will end up in a library of useful resources with templates and examples of these benchmarks will be part of this section This literature review will then be incorporated in the Toolkit (task 2)

Create a toolkit in a form of a report that will portray an umbrella framework for modelling and well as tools that can guide companies going through the modelling pathway. This will include actionable management questions that will need to be answer with implementation research and/or evaluations may be useful to guide the pathways and options of using different tools. Key components to be considered should include:

Strategic partnerships: The connection with different stakeholders (private sector, governments, donors, civil society, beneficiaries, etc.). The role of UNICEF in different stages and exit strategy.

Evidence generation work: socio-economic context analytical pieces, stakeholder analysis, value proposition, UNICEF-value added analysis, assessment, data collection mechanisms, evidence gathering, (adaptive) theories of change, evaluations of processes, evaluation ‚proof of concept‘, impact evaluations, experimental evaluations, applied research work costing, economic and financial feasibility, public finance studies, etc. That can feed into different stages, of the process.

Political and public finance considerations and risks associated to the implementation of certain pilots, from the economic investment and the strategic positioning of UNICEF - Risk analysis and opportunity analysis in a country.

Apply the tools outlined in the toolkit to 4 specific cases in the region. Cases will be defined during inception phase of this work. Cases will be pilot projects that have been implemented by country offices that will start a new programme cycle in 2021.

Specific products

There are three main products for this task: Toolkit - Part 1: The Framework. A pathway umbrella for modelling interventions from conceptualization to scalability, defining different stages. This pathways with stratified phases of implementing pilots to scale should be flexible and be applicable to all different types of interventions of UNICEF ECA Region. Define clearly each phase and conditions that need to be present to reach the next phase. (15 Pages Max)

Toolkit - Part 2: The Tools. Definition of key benchmarks and option pathways for each of the phases that will need to be considered during implementation of models. This will comprise core tools for modelling such as key specific management question that may need to be answered to guide the modelling process. (15 pages Max)

Toolkit - Part 3: Library with key resources, templates, cases, and examples linked to the key benchmarks.

Presentation of the Toolkit for COs of the entire ECA Region (45 mins: 20 mins presentation + Q&A)

Four case studies ‚From Pilots to Scale‘. Depending on the stage of the cases, the application of the toolkit in these cases may vary from the conceptual implementation framework of its future application, to a full documented case with already applied tools. (15 pages Max)

Presentation of the Toolkit for COs of the entire ECA Region (45 mins: 20 mins presentation + Q&A)

Reporting line, Duties and Responsibilities

The Regional Evaluation Advisor will be the supervisor of the consultant, in coordination with the Chief of Programmes and Planning.

Work Schedule and Deliverables:

Toolkit - Part 1: The Framework by 29 Sept Toolkit - Part 2: The Tools by 3 Nov Toolkit - Part 3: Library by 19 Nov Presentation of the Toolkit by 24 Nov Four cases by 23 Feb 2021 Presentation of Cases by 28 Feb 2021

Although the assignment finalizes in February 2020. It is expected that the assignment is completing using a total of 40 working days.

Payment instalments:

Payments will be made upon satisfactory completion of tasks and submission of invoices based on the number of days worked certified by the supervisor.

Core Values and Competencies:

Core Values:

Tags central asia child protection child rights country programmes data collection fundraising impact evaluation library pilot projects public finance results based management risk analysis

Commitment

Diversity and Inclusion

Integrity

Competencies:

Communication

Working with people

Drive for results

Functional Competencies:

Demonstrated development/programming skills particularly those that are pertinent to UNICEF strategic priorities on gender issues and women’s rights;
Demonstrated good oral and written communication skills.

Required Skills and Experience:

Education and Relevant Experience:

Post-graduate University degree in social science or in other subject related area

At least 10 years of proven professional experience in the documentation and analysis of case studies, projects, programmes and policies - using evidence from M&E frameworks, stakeholder analysis, costs and budgets, public finance.

Knowledge of ethical reviews, evaluation methods, and results-based management approaches is an asset

Excellent writing skills in English.

Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to work in a multi-cultural environment

Familiarity with UNICEF programmes

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English

How to apply:

Apply on-line and complete in full the application form. Attach the following documents: - Cover letter

CV

Nature of Penalty Clause in the Contract

If the final reports and documents are not submitted according to the deliverables stated in this TOR, the payments will be withheld. UNICEF reserves the right to withhold all or a portion of payment if performance is unsatisfactory, if work/outputs is incomplete, not delivered or for failure to meet deadlines (fees reduced due to late submission: 20 days - 10%; 1 month -20%; 2 months -30%; more 2 months - payment withhold). All materials developed will remain the copyright of UNICEF and UNICEF will be free to adapt and modify them in the future.

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Individuals engaged under a consultancy or individual contract will not be considered ‚staff members‘ under the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations and UNICEF’s policies and procedures, and will not be entitled to benefits provided therein (such as leave entitlements and medical insurance coverage). Their conditions of service will be governed by their contract and the General Conditions of Contracts for the Services of Consultants and Individual Contractors. Consultants and individual contractors are responsible for determining their tax liabilities and for the payment of any taxes and/or duties, in accordance with local or other applicable laws.

Advertised: Aug 26 2020 W. Europe Daylight Time Application close: Sep 03 2020 W. Europe Daylight Time