Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (SC10) – RCO
Practice Area – Job Family: Capacity Development – PROGRAMS
Vacancy End Date: (Midnight New York, USA) 25/04/2019
Duty Station: Mogadiscio, Somalia
Education & Work Experience: G-Bachelor’s Level Degree – 4 year(s) experience, I-Master’s Level Degree – 2 year(s) experience
Desired: English: Somali
Vacancy Type:Service Contract (SC)
Posting Type: Common System
Bureau: Arab States
Contract Duration: 1 Year initial
This position is open to Somali nationals only
As a member of the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO) and the Peacebuilding Fund Secretariat for Somalia, the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer is under the overall supervision of the Head of the RCO and the direct supervision of the Peacebuilding Fund Coordinator (PBF Coordinator). The M&E Officer will support the Peacebuilding Fund Coordinator in overseeing the implementation of the Peacebuilding Priority Plan and ensuring due monitoring and evaluation of the Peacebuilding Fund portfolio in Somalia together with recipient UN organizations and government counterparts. The M&E Officer will work closely with the Strategic Planning and Monitoring Officer in the RCO in support of corporate reporting requirements for the UN in Somalia, as well as with the National Project Officer responsible for administrative and financial issues, and the Communication Officer.
Somalia is on a positive trajectory. Significant progress on the peacebuilding and State-building agenda has been achieved over the past decade, most notably through the formation of all federal member states, the reestablishment of state institutions, and democratization. At the same time, the remaining challenges are manifold. Progress in the political and security fields must yield peace dividends for the population, including access to basic services such as health, education, and justice. The onus is now on the federal member states to further the reconciliation and decentralization processes at the district level to ensure the inclusivity and effectiveness of their institutions. In that process, the international community has a critical role to play to support government-led stabilization efforts which will enable state and district authorities to establish their presence and improve the capacity and legitimacy vis-à-vis their constituents. However, nascent regional and local authorities are scrambling to find resources to fulfil essential administrative tasks and provide basic services. Socio-economic developments are not keeping up with general progress on state formation process, which could undermine the fragile gains made. For the citizens to buy into the State-building process they will need to experience a tangible positive difference in their lives, which means that a) the government will need to be associated with an improvement in the quality of life of the citizens and b) the government system itself needs to be service-oriented, transparent, accountable and predictable in its functioning. It is predominantly through these two elements that the peace dividend materializes.
The Peacebuilding Fund portfolio in Somalia currently consists of 14 projects with a combined value of approximately 35 million USD. The portfolio is aligned with the overarching policy frameworks for Somalia, including the National Development Plan (2017-2019) and the UN Strategic Framework (2017-2020). A Peacebuilding Priority Plan (2016-2019) sets out the specific peacebuilding priorities for the Fund’s investment in Somalia, namely: 1) government structures and institutions at federal, regional, district and community levels are strengthened, more accountable, transparent and better able to respond to the needs of marginalized and vulnerable populations; 2) populations experience positive changes through access to justice, sustainable livelihoods and basic services.
The urgency to bring tangible peace dividends to the populations living in newly recovered areas and to rebuild the state-citizen link in that process has prompted the Peacebuilding Fund to support the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office with an injection of technical capacity in order to assist the UN, the Federal Government of Somalia and the federal member states to develop project proposals, coordinate implementation of the Peacebuilding Priority Plan, and monitor and evaluate the portfolio of investments.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
Implementation of M&E policies and strategies for the Peacebuilding Fund.
Management of the monitoring and evaluation process for the Peacebuilding Fund portfolio in Somalia.
Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing on monitoring and evaluation.
Ensures the implementation of evaluation policies and strategies, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Strategic monitoring of Peacebuilding Fund projects at the outcome level in accordance with PBF guidelines and corporate reporting requirements for the UN in Somalia.
Supports M&E of the Peacebuilding Priority Plan.
Support the design and implementation of outcome monitoring system for the PBF portfolio in Somalia.
Prepare terms of engagement for M&E missions at outcome level or at strategic program level to be undertaken by third parties; support in identifying, hiring & supervision of evaluation experts and provide substantive analysis & input to the exercise.
Support PBF project evaluations and ensure that lessons learned are applied for future programming.
Ensures effective management of the evaluation process for the PBF portfolio, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Provide methodological support to project teams during the formulation, approval and implementation of M&E procedures and instruments and select RBM tools related to outcomes and impact monitoring.
Develop benchmarks and ensure performance improvement through the development of data collection tools, reporting formats and evaluation instruments, in collaboration with the PBF Coordinator, the RCO Strategic Planning and Monitoring Specialist, and PBF project teams.
Support to PBF project teams for the implementation of the M&E system, programme coherence, benchmarking and measuring of indicators at outcome level.
Support to value-for-money monitoring, including tracking of resources towards outcomes.
Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the area of monitoring and evaluation, focusing on achievement of the following results:
Continuously monitors risks to programs and assesses risks of newly developed projects; support to development of risk mitigation in close coordination with the Risk Management Unit.
Carry out project analysis, both at impact level and outcome level, to capture lessons learned and ensure that risks are properly monitored and mitigated.
In coordination with the PBF Coordinator, review reports submitted by projects/programmes, analyze results/lessons learned, research inputs and provide strategies for development of information via reports and briefs dissemination to stakeholders.
Facilitate dissemination of and support project teams in application of best practices & advocate successful experiences in results-based monitoring & evaluation as well as substantive areas of expertise through country-level coordination mechanisms such as the Programme Management Team, the M&E working group, and the Risk Management Working Group.
Plan and undertake joint field visits together with project teams to ensure compliance and timely execution of implementation plans and M&E frameworks.
Participation in inter-agency and donor meetings if required.
Participation in networks and liaise with the Peacebuilding Support Office, if required.
Impact of Results
The key results have an impact on the overall effectiveness and success of PBF’s interventions and activities in implementing the Peacebuilding Priority Plan, the National Development Plan and the UN Strategic Framework. Effective implementation of evaluation policies and strategies, as well as efficient management of the monitoring and evaluation process, enhances the organization’s capacity and credibility in implementation of highly effective programmes with strong impact.
Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
Treats all people fairly without favoritism
Knowledge Management and Learning
Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example
Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills
Development and Operational Effectiveness
Ability to organize and coordinate results-oriented strategic and thematic evaluations. Knowledge and understanding of evaluation and development evaluation in particular.
Good knowledge of current development issues particularly those pertinent to UNDP’s Practice Areas. Ability to conceptualize issues and analyze data.
Good technical skills in measurement and evaluation, including grasp of methodological and operational dimensions and the ability to link corporate and country level issues.
Ability to coordinate the work of the team.
Good knowledge of Results Management Guide and Toolkit
Management and Leadership
Builds strong relationships with clients, focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback
Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities
Leads teams effectively and shows mentoring as well as conflict resolution skills
Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
Required Skills and Experience
Master’s degree in social sciences or International Relations, Political Science, Economics or related social sciences with 2 years of experience
First level university degree in Social Science, or other relevant discipline with 4 additional years of experience will be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
At least 4 years professional work experience in project management, monitoring and evaluation
Field experience is required, preferably in post-conflict countries
Substantive knowledge in development issues in general and UN’s practice areas is desirable. Strong substantive knowledge of monitoring and evaluation tools is required, in particular results-based management
Proven experience in monitoring and evaluation, familiarity with project execution rules and regulations are desirable
Strong written and spoken English skills and fluency in Somali
UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.