Chief, Social Policy Evaluation Analytics and Research (SPEAR), P5, Fixed Term, at UN Children’s Fund

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.

With UNICEF Bangladesh you are at the center of the change you want to see.

In one of the largest UNICEF Country Offices in the world, you will be working with dynamic colleagues who have helped deliver remarkable results for children: Net enrolment in primary education rose from 61 per cent in 1987 to 98 per cent in 2019. Stunting fell from 42 per cent in 2013 to 28 per cent in 2019. Fully vaccinated children increased from 52 per cent in 2001 to 84 per cent in 2019.

Join us as we go the next mile for the nearly 60 million children in Bangladesh, including half a million Rohingya refugee children.

In a country undergoing rapid economic and demographic transition, be part of tackling malnutrition and stagnant wasting. Help protect children from child marriage, child labour and violence. Support the country to invest more in health and education, and to extend safe water to the children who are furthest left behind.

For every child, equality.

How can you make a difference?

Purpose for the job:

The incumbent is responsible for the coordination of the planning and development of the country programme of cooperation to improve the status of women and children in Bangladesh, consistent with the UNICEF mission, goals and strategies and to develop and implement in co-ordination with the Deputy Representative and the Programme Section Chiefs, the Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, the Mid-term and Terminal review of the Programme with a view to providing the critical inputs for a knowledge/evidence based planning of the sectoral and cross-sectoral programmes in Bangladesh. Oversee/lead development of Social Policy agenda of UNICEF Bangladesh, consistent with the Country Programme vision and commitments (Programme throughput of US $ 70-80 million per year).

Major duties and responsibilities:

  • Monitor social policy development at the international and national level.
  • Develop methodologies and partnerships and identify new approaches for effective programme delivery and ensure that goals/objectives are met.
  • Provides leadership in data related activities relevant to UNICEF, including MICS.
  • Serve as the focal point for national and multi-state research, evaluation activities for Bangladesh country office and for the collection, analysis and dissemination of analytical information on qualitative and quantitative indicators for assuring Child rights and related Goals.
  • Establish the overall framework for the sectional programme workplan, monitor compliance and performance standards.
  • Interact, negotiate and advocate programme goals and strategies on behalf of UNICEF with high level and senior government officials as well as multi-lateral, bilateral agencies and NGOs, identify strategic alliances and influence policy development to facilitate achievement of programme objectives.
  • Ensure that the overall commitment, activities and expenditure of donor funds are in accordance with agreements with donors as well as monitor reporting obligations of supplementary funds.

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

– Advanced university degree in Social Sciences or other relevant disciplines. Practical training in programme management and evaluation, survey and research analysis, or applied statistical data analysis in social sciences an asset.

– Ten years of relevant professional work experience, including both international and national work experiences.

– Professional work experience in Social Policy and program development and implementation including monitoring and evaluation activities.

– At least one instance of exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness planning. Active involvement in a humanitarian crisis response programme preferred.

– Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.

– Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA).

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (2)
  • Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)
  • Works Collaboratively with others (2)
  • Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)
  • Innovates and Embraces Change (2)
  • Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (2)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

To view our competency framework, please visit here.

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.


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.

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 may also be 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.

*UNICEF does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

*Internal candidates may be given preference over external candidates. The term “Internal” refers to all staff members with fixed term, continuing or permanent appointments.

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

*The complete vacancy announcements can be reviewed via UNICEF Careers website at

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July 2024