Vacancy Announcement - National Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, NOB

Title: National Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, NOB

Department: Pakistan Evidence and Learning Platform (PELP), Green Development and Climate Change Programme (GCP)

Type of contract: Temporary

Date of issuance: 31 October 2017

Deadline for applications: 30 November 2017

Duty Station: Islamabad, Pakistan

Duration of contract: 12 months


Remuneration

In accordance with UN rules and regulations

Special Notice

Recruitment against this position is on a local basis. Candidates for positions in the National Professional Officer category must be nationals from the country of the duty station.

Background

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is collaborating with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in the establishment and transfer of the Pakistan Evidence and Learning Platform (PELP) as part of the DFID-funded Multi-Year Humanitarian Programme (MYHP, 2015-2019).

The PELP aims to strengthen learning and knowledge management processes by ensuring the knowledge is generated, shared and utilized for the benefit of the humanitarian system in Pakistan, with the overall objective to contribute to reduced impact from humanitarian disasters and strengthen the resilience of communities. An important component of the PELP is the provision of a pool of data, information and knowledge generated through the independent monitoring and assessment of MYHP projects and other undertakings.

The PELP consists of the following components:

  • A knowledge hub providing a repository of humanitarian sector practices;
  • Learning solutions, transferring knowledge to PELP stakeholders;
  • An innovation grant mechanism to promote good practices; and
  • Third Party Monitoring and impact evaluation.

The PELP will initially be linked to the UN Resident Coordinator Office, and gradually be transferred to a national entity ensuring sustainability in the longer term.

Within UNITAR, the PELP is a collaborative project involving inputs from different entities, including the Green Development and Climate Change Programme; the UNITAR Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT); and the Planning, Performance and Results Section.

Accountabilities

Under direct supervision of the Pakistan Evidence and Learning Platform (PELP) Manager and within delegated authority, the incumbent is responsible for the following responsibilities and functions:

  1. Review, aggregate and/or synthesize data and information from monitoring, evaluation and reporting of MYHP consortium agencies and partners by:
    • Carrying out reviews of MYHP narrative reports and evaluations;
    • Aggregating and/or synthesizing data and/or information from MYHP consortia narrative progress reports and self-evaluations;
    • Disaggregating data collected by gender and other vulnerable groups;
    • Identifying, capturing and communicating lessons learned and good practices; and
    • Promoting the use of lessons learned and good practices.
  2. Support the TPM undertaking of MYHP by:
    • Liaising with the TPM service provider and providing analytical, technical, administrative or other support for effective and efficient field work and data collection and analysis;
    • Reviewing TPM reports submitted by service provider for quality assurance purposes;
    • Reviewing the beneficiary feedback/complaint and response mechanism of MYHP participating organizations and issuing recommendations to ensure that results are presented in operationally useful ways and in accordance with Accountability to Affected Populations approaches;
    • Preparing a final TPM report through the aggregation and/or synthesis of data, recommendations and lessons learned; 
    • Tracking the implementation of recommendations that may be issued through Third Party Monitoring of the DFID MYHP; and
    • Serve as the main liaison of the PELP office with the TPM service provider.
  3. Support the PELP manager with the effective monitoring, self-evaluation and reporting of the PELP project by:
    • Preparing and monitoring the PELP project workplan;
    • Monitoring progress against deliverables and other results on a regular basis and contributing to the preparation of quarterly progress reports;
    • Maintaining and updating files related to M&E and progress reporting exercises; and
    • Supporting the preparation of the independent evaluation of the PELP project.
  4. Effective liaison with the United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office by:
    • Meeting regularly with relevant staff of the UNRCO and discussing work planning and results of the PELP project and its contribution in relation to the broader development – humanitarian nexus; and
    • Contributing to activities and outputs of the UNRCO, as agreed by the PELP Manager.

Work implies frequent interaction with the following/supervision:

In addition to direct reporting lines to the PELP Manager, the incumbent will have working relationships with other PELP Office staff, including frequent coordination with the PELP Knowledge Management Officer; relevant staff at UNITAR Headquarters, including with GCP, UNOSAT, and PPRS programmes/sections. Outside the PELP Office and UNITAR, the incumbent will have working relationships with the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator; UN agencies, including the consortium agencies and implementing partners of the DFID Multi-Year Humanitarian Programme; DFID Pakistan; PELP implementing partners and consultants; and national, provincial and district authorities, including the National/ Provincial and District Disaster Management Authorities.

Results Expected

Timely and thorough analysis of data and information contributing to the provision of evidence for accountability, learning and improvement of quality for the Multi-Year Humanitarian Programme and the PELP project; timely and effective coordination, liaison and monitoring of service providers and individual contractors/consultants undertaking field work or other assignments related to Third Party Monitoring of MYHP; timely and effective support to the PELP Manager for the monitoring and reporting of the PELP project.  

Competencies

Professionalism: Ability to apply the parameters of social science research in simple evaluations, and identify lessons learned and good practices and to recognize the importance of a contextual perspective; has knowledge and experience in results-based management and in aggregating data and synthesizing information from reports accurately and coherently; has awareness of current issues in monitoring and evaluation theory and practice, and understands contemporary humanitarian issues and their relationship to the broader development landscape; and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work.

Management skills: Ability to develop a realistic work plan and create mechanisms to implement it; the ability to coordinate and manage relevant stakeholder groups, particularly in the MYHP context; knowledge of assessing risk and building and applying contingency plans where relevant.

Client orientation: Has knowledge and understanding of the importance of articulating clear and user-friendly presentations and reports; has ability to ask probing questions and actively listen to responses; has knowledge on how to engage stakeholders and support dialogue and address challenging dynamics and to ensure that diverse perspectives are taken into consideration.

Commitment to continuous learning: Understands the value of monitoring and evaluation to policy and programming; and has knowledge of policy and programming monitoring and evaluation and mechanisms to promote learning within an organization.

Qualifications

Education: University degree in social science, development studies international relations or related field;

Experience: A minimum of two years of professional experience related to monitoring and evaluation; a background in development and humanitarian issues in Pakistan is preferable. Desired: evidence of professional training in the area of results-based management, monitoring and evaluation.

Language: Fluency in oral and written English; knowledge of Urdu or another Pakistani language required.

UNITAR is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Qualified women, individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups, and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.

English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat.  Priority will be given to the applicants from the under-represented regions at UNITAR. There will be a probation period of 3 months.

How to apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.

Only complete applications will be considered. A letter of motivation written in English well as the P11 form/ Curriculum Vitae are to be sent at estaffing@unitar.org

UN staff members must submit copies of their latest Performance Appraisal System (PAS) report at the time of application.