Vacancy Announcement Details

Request for Proposal (RFP) Meta-Synthesis and Meta-Analysis of Evidence on Child Marriage in South Asia

31 May 2023


The combined meta-synthesis and meta-analysis aims at identifying, critically appraising, synthesizing and compiling all relevant and available evidence on what works to prevent child marriage in the South Asian Region (SAR). It will include models of child marriage prevention or reduction that have proven successful in humanitarian or fragile contexts, as well as for minority or extremely vulnerable populations. Interventions that had an impact on child marriage as a primary, secondary or unintended outcome will also be included in this study. The meta-analysis will provide a quantitative estimate of the effect size of ECM interventions from available rigorous studies that meet the relevant criteria.

The overarching purpose of the meta-synthesis and the meta-analysis is to enhance learning and facilitate evidence-based decision-making to improve programme results in South Asia. It aims at capturing learning on effective interventions to prevent child marriage in order to shed light on what works for ECM in the South Asian region. The objectives of the meta-synthesis and the meta-analysis are thus threefold:

  1. Recognizing patterns of results in different country contexts in the South Asian region.
  2. Identifying evidence and knowledge gaps on child marriage in the region.
  3. Estimating effect sizes for selected interventions with available data.

The meta-synthesis and the meta-analysis will serve to inform and improve the design of future interventions in the region and ultimately, the overall performance of UNICEF in this area. It will thus encourage the culture and use of rigorous evaluation and of evidence-based documents in decision making.

The findings will also feed into UNICEF ROSA’s efforts to substantially contribute to the phase III programmatic discussion for the GPECM (2024-2030). The primary intended audiences and users for this evaluation is UNICEF management, the broader UNIECF child marriage professionals, particularly at country office levels as well as donors; the programme governments and implementing partners. It is intended to be useful to all stakeholders working on child marriage.

Full details available on the UNICEF website. Application deadline 15th June.