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M&E Specialist (immunization), P3, TA

Job no: 572900
Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Duty Station: Kinshasa
Level: P-3
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
Categories: Research, Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling.

UNICEF is a place where careers are built, we offer our staff diverse opportunities for personal and professional development that will help them develop a fulfilling career while delivering on a rewarding mission. We pride ourselves on a culture that helps staff thrive, coupled with an attractive compensation and benefits package.

Visit our website to learn more about what we do at UNICEF.

For every child, a future of hope and prosperity

Under the terms of this agreement, UNICEF is responsible for providing technical and financial support for the defined activities. The terms of the agreement also stipulate that UNICEF will coordinate the monitoring of all activities implemented as part of catch-up vaccination. The recommendation is that data be collected using the Tanahashi method. This position is being recruited to strengthen UNICEF’s capacity to coordinate this monitoring.

How can you make a difference?

Under the direct supervision of Chief Planning, the specialist will lead monitoring and reporting for all the immunization catch-up activities implemented by the health program. The specialist will provide oversight of the monitoring functions at the field level as well as all survey-related contracted services. The specialist will ensure that the health program has useful, valid, and reliable information on the performance of immunization intervention for zero-dose children in targeted zones.

Main responsibilities:

  • Oversee the design of an integrated monitoring system focusing on equitable immunization coverage, using the Tanahashi method for zero-dose children.
  • Provide capacity-building and technical support to the players involved at all levels (national, provincial, health zones, health areas, community, etc.) to ensure effective use of the monitoring system.
  • Provide support for the collection, analysis, and documentation of all immunization projects about catch-up for zero-dose children, equity, and gender.
  • Design and implement integrated digital data collection tools to optimize and improve on-ground reporting activities on vaccine coverage.

Specific activities include but are not limited to:

  • Define key performance indicators and establish baseline and targets.
  • Establish a monitoring plan, including a data collection plan, and field visit calendar, and determine clear roles and responsibilities.
  • Design tools and guide baseline, midline, and end-line assessments
  • Ensure that field offices and the national section can submit quality and timely reports on the progress of zero-dose immunization activities.
  • Develop and test training tools and organize initial and refresher training.
  • In collaboration with the PM&E Specialist, provide necessary technical support, tools development, and capacity building on field monitoring.
  • Coordinate monitoring of follow-up actions from field visits to ensure they have been closed.
  • Organize periodic meetings with all the implementing partners to discuss the progress of GAVI-funded projects.
  • Maintain an electronic system to track progress in the closure of monitoring observations.
  • Support analysis of any monitoring data to produce monthly and quarterly analytical reports to support the health section in making course corrections and program adjustments.
  • Oversee the design and validation of the monitoring dashboard.
  • Provide day-to-day oversight of the contracted consultancy firm.

Expected Output:

  • A systematic process, guidance document, and tools developed to analyze immunization data from priority provinces.
  • Zero dose immunization database
  • Training package developed on monitoring using the Tanahashi method.
  • Quarterly data analysis reports
  • Quarterly KPI reports
  • Monthly report of activities summarizing key outcomes and mission reports (end of each month)
  • Overall end of the assignment report

If you would like to know more about this position, please review the complete Job Description here: Download File VA ToR ME Specialist, P3.pdf

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

Minimum requirements:

Education: Have a master’s degree (minimum Bac+5) in Public Health, Science, Statistics, Economics, and/or Social Science [Or have a university degree (bachelor’s or Bac+3) with a minimum of eight years’ experience in Monitoring & Evaluation, Public Health or Social Science may be considered for the position]

Work Experience: Have a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in the field of Health and/or Immunization.

Skills (optional):

  • Demonstrated expertise in the production and analysis of quantitative and social data for public consumption.
  • Have experience in the DRC context or countries with socio-cultural similarities to DRC.
  • Know procedures and experience working with UNICEF or the United Nations system.
  • Have experience working with non-governmental organizations or have worked in the health system.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or international organization is considered an asset.

Language Requirements: Fluency in French and good Knowledge in English is required. Knowledge of a local language is an asset.

Desirables: Familiarity with immunization


For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships

(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness

(3) Drive to achieve results for impact

(4) Innovates and embraces change

(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity

(6) Thinks and acts strategically

(7) Works collaboratively with others

[add the 8th competency (Nurtures, leads and manages people) for a supervisory role].

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of measures to include a more diverse workforce, such as paid parental leave, time off for breastfeeding purposes, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). 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 promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will 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 appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.


As per Article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity.

UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable candidates are encouraged to apply.

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions 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 processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.

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

All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.

Additional information about working for UNICEF can be found here.

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