Monitoring (Data) Specialist at UNICEF Recruitment

UNICEF Recruitment


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UNICEF Recruitment

UNICEF Recruitment is to fill the position below:

Job Title: Monitoring (Data) Specialist, P3 (Non Nigerians Only)
Job No: 561139
Location: Abuja
Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Categories: Research, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation
Level: P-3


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How Can You Make a Difference?

  • Under the supervision of the Planning and Monitoring Manager, the Monitoring (Data) Specialist will provide technical and advisory support to programme sections, field offices, and partners (including the government) to strengthen data systems (sample surveys as well as routine programme monitoring data) and innovative methods for equity-focused real-time situation analysis and will guide and sharpen UNICEF’s Country Programme.
  • The Monitoring (Data) Specialist will support improving data policies, including identifying and advocating to plug critical data gaps for children in Nigeria.
  • This position is also a focal point for coordinating Office reporting to global UNICEF databases relating to SDG monitoring and reporting and other multi-country databases like maternal and child mortality, nutrition, hunger index, SDG index, etc.

Summary of Key Functions / Accountabilities

  • Situation Monitoring and Assessment
  • Data collection, analysis, use, and dissemination
  • Evidence-based Programme Planning and Strategy
  • M&E Capacity Building
  • Coordination and Networking

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have:

  • Advanced University Degree in Social Sciences, Satistics, Development Studies, Population Studies, Demography, Planning, or relevant field required.
  • A minimum of Five (5) years of relevant professional work experience in programme development and managing monitoring, research, and evaluation activities. Hands-on experience in fieldwork, including planning and conducting large-scale surveys required.
  • Knowledge of the national and global data systems, including official statistical systems, is essential, and the various programme-related databases and its challenges is desired.
  • At least one instance of exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness planning, will be an asset. Active involvement in a humanitarian crisis response programme will be an asset.


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Technical Competencies
Specific Technical Knowledge & Competencies Required:

  • Knowledge of Rights and Results-based Management, Monitoring, and Evaluation.
  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in facilitating participatory planning and monitoring processes, programme reviews, and documenting lessons learned.
  • Emerging international good practice in monitoring and evaluation partnerships.

Common Technical Knowledge Required:

  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in demography, statistics, and data management.
  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in the methodology of M&E, including theories, standards, and models, quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods, validity/reliability testing of data, data analysis and interpretation, and statistical inference methods.
  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Activity Monitoring & Evaluation, Evaluation Design, data analysis, and reporting.
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness

Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced:

  • Professional/technical knowledge/expertise in Team Management, Coaching & Training.
  • Mastery of UNICEF’s M&E policies and procedures.
  • Latest programme monitoring and evaluation theory, methodology, technology, and tools.
  • Understanding of UN Mission and system, current key UN topics; and the International Code of Conduct
  • Understanding of UNICEF Mission Statement and UNICEF Guiding Principles.
  • UNICEF policies, and strategies promoting and supporting gender equality and diversity
  • UNICEF strategic framework for partnerships and collaborative relationships

For every Child, you demonstrate:

  • UNICEF’s core values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability, and Sustainability (CRITAS), and

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)
  • Nurtures, Leads, and Manages People (1)
  • Click here to learn more about UNICEF’s values and competencies.


  • We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.


Application Closing Date
27th April, 2023 (W. Central Africa Standard Time).

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  • 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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
  • 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.
  • UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable women are encouraged to apply.
  • UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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