Evaluation Team Leader Consultant of the “Real-Time Assessment of UNICEF’s support to the COVID-19 vaccine roll out and immunization programme strengthening in the Latin America and the Caribbean region - LACRO, Panama City - 8 months
UNICEF Canada
Panama
hace 4 días

How can you make a difference?

The purpose of the RTA is to inform a forward-looking reflection on the implementation of the national and regional office response to COVID-19 vaccine introduction.

It will include an assessment of both the Regional Office’s and COs’ comparative advantage in the roll out of COVID-19 vaccination, and how this has been leveraged to strengthen routine immunization services and primary health care in LAC, particularly for the most vulnerable populations.

Also, the RTA will assess the effectiveness, coherence, and equity of the LACRO and CO support to the roll out of COVID-19 vaccinations.

The RTA aims to assess the quality of the roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccination in the region, while also providing early insights on the outcomes achieved.

Findings will be consolidated across countries and at the regional level, with a view to identify trends and generate cross-country learning and timely actions to strengthen the ongoing response.

With improved response implementation as its main purpose, the real-time assessment will contribute to annual reporting as well as the 2021 Humanitarian Action for Children appeal (HAC) on the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT-A).

The findings from the assessment will contribute to the ongoing support to the roll out of COVID-19 vaccinations. In addition, it will provide medium- and longer-term recommendations to strategically position UNICEF in routine immunization and the health sector.

As the assessment is forward looking, its evidence-based findings and recommendations will inform UNICEF’s LACRO and COs crisis response 2021 and 2022 strategic and operational priorities, and strengthen its partnerships with governments and other both in fast-changing contexts as well as towards the establishment of a more sustainable response to the Covid-19 vaccine roll out.

Specific Tasks :

The RTA team leader is expected to lead and contribute to the following tasks :

  • Develop a realistic work plan for the RTA.
  • Execute the RTA to respond to the questions stipulated in the terms of reference (or subsequent revisions of the RTA questions);
  • Generate RTA products and deliverables as shown in the table below, and in accordance with contractual requirements.
  • Provide written responses to comments from the reference group, and update report; accordingly, and,
  • Provide regular updates to the RTA Managers.
  • For detail on the tasks see also in the attached ToR Updated RTA COVID-19 vaccine roll out in LAC - final Revised.pdf , the following sections :

  • Expected users (2.4)
  • Special considerations (2.3)
  • RTA scope (3)
  • Indicative RTA questions (2.3)
  • Approach and methods (4)
  • Limitations and challenges (4.3)
  • Management and government arrangements (4.6)
  • The evaluation will be conducted by (at least) a 3-person team including 2 international consultants (one team leader, one sectoral subject matter expert) and at least 1 national consultant (desirable one national consultant for each country of field visit).

    Expected Results :

    The objective of the RTA is to inform a forward-looking reflection on the following three issues :

  • The current implementation of UNICEF LACRO and CO’s support to the COVID-19 vaccine roll out.
  • Achievements in the roll out of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • The repositioning of UNICEF in overall immunization programme strengthening.
  • UNICEF to adjust routine immunization in the future identifying concrete strategic, programmatic and advocacy actions.
  • The objective of the RTA is to inform a forward-looking reflection on the following three issues :

  • The current implementation of UNICEF LACRO and CO’s support to the COVID-19 vaccine roll out.
  • Achievements in the roll out of COVID-19 vaccines.
  • The repositioning of UNICEF in overall immunization programme strengthening.
  • UNICEF to adjust routine immunization in the future identifying concrete strategic, programmatic and advocacy actions.
  • To do so, the RTA will assess the quality of the planning, coordination, and delivery of action across different technical areas (health, comms, C4D, supply, T4D etc.

    while also providing early insights on the outcomes achieved. In this context, the RTA will :

  • Assess the quality of delivery across different aspects (health, comms, C4D, supply, T4D etc.), while also providing early insights on the outcomes achieved.
  • Assess whether and how COVID-19 vaccine roll out has improved internal CO structures and processes.
  • Assess the appropriateness of institutional priorities developed at country and regional levels and the articulation with the strategies developed at country level.
  • Retrospectively assess results and identify emerging good practices of its response at the country and regional level.
  • Identify country office and regional level successful strategies and lessons learned as well as review the relevance, effectiveness, coherence, and quality of the support provided by the RO and COs, and
  • Appraise partnerships, coordination mechanisms, strategies as well as response modalities which enable UNICEF to better respond and support the transition from humanitarian response towards a more long-term response (the nexus).
  • Deliverables :

    The RTA is expected to produce the following :

  • Brief Inception Report (including draft timeline summarizing key events and response) (maximum 15 to 20 pages excluding Annexes)
  • Short interim RTA country reports (to be submitted prior to the consolidated report)
  • Concise and fully edited RTA Report both at country offices and regional synthesis in English (maximum 20.000 words excluding Annexes), including detailed timeline summarizing events and response
  • The Executive Summary should be translated in English and Spanish
  • Oral briefings / PPT / workshop for different audiences at different points in time of the RTA cycle, containing preliminary findings and emerging conclusions / recommendations.
  • RTA Deliverables, Team Leader working days and payments

    Task / Deliverable

    Team leader working days

    Timeline

    Payments upon validation and approval of deliverables

    Inception report validated and approved

    December-January 2022

    Inception report validated and approved 30% Payment

    First draft and final country office RTA reports

    February-June 2022

    Final country office RTA reports validated and approved 30% Payment

    First draft and regional RTA synthesis report validated and approved

    June-August 2022

    Final regional RTA synthesis report validated and approved 40% Payment

    70 days

    Tentative timeline for the RTA, by deliverable

    Indicative Timeline

    1. Inception report including methodology and approach for

    January 2021

    2. Draft country reports (one per country)

    February-April 2022

    3. CO workshops to validate emerging findings and

    May-June 2022

    4. Validation workshops at the RO and CO level

    June 2022

    5. Draft regional synthesis report (regional synthesis),

    including strategic recommendations

    June-July 2022

    6. Final synthesis report

    August 2022

    7. Webinar on key findings and recommendations for all UNICEF offices in LAC / NYHQ

    August 2022

    All deliverables are to be submitted by August 2022.

    Total Level of effort Expected : 70 working days

    To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • Education : Advanced university degree in evaluation, social sciences, or other related fields. (Master)
  • Work Experience : At least ten years or more of relevant professional work experience : Extensive similar experience, preferably with a UN agencyExperience or familiarity in conducting evaluations or similar assessments in health, epidemiology, public health emergencies, health system strengthening, or social research with an emphasis on mixed methods data collection and analysis.
  • Experience or familiarity in health, epidemiology, public health emergencies, health system strengthening, or social research with an emphasis on mixed methods data collection and analysis.

    Familiarity with immunization programmes and health systems in Latin America and the Caribbean.Knowledge or familiarity of latest methods and approaches in humanitarian evaluation / RTAs, especially participatory methods and accountability to affected populations.

    Experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis and synthesis.Experience working with governments, NGOs, UN agencies or other relevant development partners.

    Experience in conducting and managing multi-disciplinary evaluations, including evaluating rapid onset emergencies for UNICEF, other UN agencies or other international partners at the global, regional, or country levels.

  • Experience managing a teamExperience with the ethics of evidence generation; experience collecting data from vulnerable groups;
  • familiarity with ethical safeguards.

  • Languages : Fluency in English and Spanish is a pre-requisite; knowledge of French or Portuguese is an asset.
  • Technical Knowledge : Highly qualified professional technical knowledge / expertise in evaluation and / or RTA, including data management and qualitative analytical information : Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methodsKnowledge of latest methods and approaches in evaluation and / or RTA, especially participatory methods, and accountability to affected populations, and RTEsFamiliarity with UNICEF’s work, including the Core Commitments to Children preferred Health, epidemiology, public health emergencies, health system strengthening, or social research.
  • Other skills : Flexibility and adaptability to shifting conditions and work demands.Capacity to communicate effectively and work collaborativelyHigh level of Integrity and commitment to UNICEF’s mission and professional values.
  • Analytical and conceptual ability, negotiating, communication and advocacy skills.

    For every Child, you demonstrate

    UNICEF's values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

    UNICEF competencies : building and maintains partnerships, demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness, drive to achieve results for impact, innovates and embraces change, manages ambiguity and complexity, thinks and acts strategically, works collaboratively with others and nurtures, and, leads and manages people.

    Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.

    Administrative details :

    Supervision : The Consultant will work under work under the direct supervision of the Regional Evaluation Adviser and in close collaboration with the Multi Country Evaluation Specialist.

    Workplace : Home-based. Travel will be covered by UNICEF as per policy.

  • Travel costs will be estimated and added to the contract once they are determined based on UNICEF Financial Rules and Regulations.
  • For agreed country visits, the contractor / consultant will be responsible in administering their own travel. UNICEF will reimburse travel related expenses based on actual costs or on the below criteria whichever is lower and upon presentation of receipts.
  • Any travel involved should be budgeted according to UN Travel Standards as a ceiling.
  • UN Secretariat Administrative Instruction on Official Travel, ST / AI / 2013 / 3 : Sect. 4, para. 4.2, numerals (d) and (e)
  • For information on Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA), can be found on the International Civil Service Commission website (all countries and destinations can be found by navigating on the map).
  • How to Apply? Application should be submitted online and should include : Resume, Cover Letter, University Diploma and Financial proposal.

    Qualified candidates are requested to submit monthly fees in their financial proposal.

    Payment of professional fees will be based on 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.

    Duration of contract : Estimated start date of this consultancy is third week of December 2021 for a period of 8 months.

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