INTERNATIONAL MONITORING AND EVALUATION SPECIALIST
|Application Deadline :||28-Jun-12|
|Type of Contract :||TA International|
|Post Level :||P-3|
|Languages Required :||
|Duration of Initial Contract :||364 days|
|UNDP, in partnership with the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) of the Local Government Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives and UN-Habitat, is implementing the Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction Programme (UPPR) in with funding from the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and UNDP. The project is being implemented in informal settlements of 23 - 30 towns during the period 2008-2015 and is supported by funds totaling USD 120 million. It aims to reduce urban poverty by improving the livelihoods and living conditions of 3 million urban poor, especially women and children, and lifting them out of poverty by 2015.
The project has 4 main components:
UNDP subscribes to the overarching United Nations goal of reducing extreme poverty and hunger by half by 2015. It supports the efforts of partner countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and other development results primarily through its role as a global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build better lives. While emphasizing national ownership and capacity development, UNDP helps countries develop and share solutions to challenges in key strategic development areas. As resident coordinator of United Nations operational activities at the country level, UNDP promotes effective coordination of United Nations system support to national priorities.
- Mobilization of urban poor communities to form representative and inclusive groups and prepare community action plans;
- Provision of healthy and secure living environments to poor urban communities;
- Provision of resources, knowledge and skills to urban poor communities to increase their incomes and assets;
- Development of partnerships and urban models and strategies to influence national level policies and practices.
Duties and Responsibilities
|Functions / Key Results Expected
Impact of Results:
- Support the ongoing organizational development process to create a new Research, Evaluation and Learning Unit (RELU) within UPPR. The Specialist will support the development and implementation of the RELU, as well as capacity building and partnership development activities.
- Assure the design and development of improved project impact and output monitoring systems (tools, processes, analyses, and capacities) that ensure the collection of timely and quality data from towns, communities and beneficiaries, and that focus on results. Impact monitoring tools will include but will not be limited to: a randomized household baseline survey, short-term outcome surveys for settlement improvement fund (SIF) and socio-economic fund (SEF) deliverables, an exercise for participatory identification of the poor, a community action plan, an urban food production survey, a daycare needs assessment survey, a set of CDC development assessment surveys. Output monitoring tools include forms to track the beneficiaries of the settlement improvement fund, socio-economic fund, training activities, savings and credit group members, and community mobilization.
- Test and consistently improve/update respective results-based-management (RBM) and monitoring tools and ensure that they are user-friendly, digitalized and interlinked with project planning and evaluation processes, while supporting the transition to RELU.
- Ensure that the upgraded M&E system is functional, capturing learning, commissioning research, developing partnerships with academia, researchers, related government and donor agencies.
- Upgrade M&E system (s) that measures and reports on results in a timely and technically-sound manner, with a special focus on poverty graduation and project sustainability.
- Support collection and disseminate project data and information to a wide range of stakeholders.
- Generate, internally or externally, knowledge products that capture results and lessons learnt in order to inform further project programming and GoB policy development Partner with academic and development partners for the generation of knowledge products.
- Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Framework design, roll out an implementation.
- Improved impact and output monitoring tools through sound questionnaire design and quality data processing, analysis and dissemination procedures.
- Monitoring and reporting is supported by related normative tools, such as templates, guidelines and manuals, following best practices set up at comparable international organizations and in compliance with UNDP corporate requirements.
- Analysis and findings from monitoring and reporting exercises are of high quality and are communicated to internal and external stakeholders effectively though the generation of knowledge products.
- Materials and documents to be used for training purposes are appropriate to needs.
- Quarterly and annual project progress reports are prepared and submitted.
- Staff development.
- Monitoring and evaluation capacity of headquarters staff, town-teams, and community leaders and develop a staff development and capacity building plan to address training and capacity needs are assessed.
- Management and Information Systems (MIS).
- An MIS-based results reporting database for internal and external consultation is designed an operational as per the OD plan schedule.
- Partnership Development.
- Key GoB and academic partners for the provision of technical assistance and the generation of knowledge products are identified.
The key results inform and enrich project development and impact for communities. RELU data influences and strengthens urban poverty reduction policy, strategy, and programming implementation.
- Excellent knowledge of RBM, monitoring, reporting and evaluation, technical cooperation assistance and demonstrated ability to provide effective advice on RBM concepts and approaches relevant to programme and project design, management, monitoring and reporting.
- Ability to ensure adequate preparation of high-quality reports and effective guidance with respect to key reporting elements.
- Knowledge and understanding of theories of change, concepts and approaches relevant to development.
- Knowledge of policies and practices in development in the international arena as well as the mandates of the United Nations Development Programme.
- Solid research, analytical and facilitation skills.
Proven ability to:
- Develop working goals that are consistent with agreed strategies.
- Plan own work and that of others in a team, manage conflicting priorities and to use time efficiently.
- Organize and coordinate the preparation and implementation of complex activities, outputs and outcomes.
- Proven ability to monitor progress against milestones and deadlines.
- Support regional project managers to develop and implement M&E frameworks.
- Strong interpersonal skills, including tact and negotiating skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnership and working-relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity and gender.
- Effective communication skills both oral and written.
- Knowledge of other UN official languages is an asset.
- Keep abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office;
- Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks;
- Shows willingness to learn new technologies.
Required Skills and Experience
- Advanced university degree (Masters degree or equivalent), preferably in demography, population and development, or statistics or related area of study.
- Minimum of five years of progressively responsible working experience in development or technical cooperation, in an international organization or related field with a focus on effective programme design and management.
- Experience in results-based management, monitoring and evaluation and experience at field level is highly desirable.
- Experience in the design and implementation of surveys, censuses, and monitoring and evaluation systems is desirable, in particular in the areas of questionnaire design, data processing, analysis and dissemination.
- Experience in working with data processing, analysis and dissemination is desired.
- Previous working experience in United Nations agencies in the area of monitoring and evaluation is desirable.
- Fluency in written and spoken English.
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.