Re-advertisement - Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Specialist

Application Deadline :20-Jun-14 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :Management
Type of Contract :FTA International
Post Level :P-3
Languages Required :
Duration of Initial Contract :1 year with possible extension
Expected Duration of Assignment :3 years


Those who previously applied need not re-apply.

Under the overall guidance of the RR and direct supervision of the DRR (P&O), the M&E Specialist ensures the effective implementation of the CO’s M&E Strategy that is in line with the measures set by the Executive Board for the resumption of UNDP operations in DPRK, development of M&E plan and activities sets appropriate monitoring and evaluation requirements for UNDP DPRK projects and programme, and assumes overall responsibility for M&E related data collection, collation, analysis and reporting (internal and external).

The M&E Specialist ensures that objective evaluations are managed to assess the country programme and project relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of results; evaluations are carried out in a credible and systematic manner; evaluation lessons and recommendations are used for programme and project design, contribute to implementation of UNSF priorities and results.

The M&E Specialist liaises closely with the Evaluation Office at Headquarters to ensure full compliance with evaluation requirements, including the conduct of mandatory project evaluations.

The M&E Specialist works closely with the Programme and Operations Teams in the CO, RC Office, Government officials, donors and other partners to ensure that thematic, programme and project oversight and evaluations are carried out according to schedules and that findings and recommendations are implemented and followed up.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:
  • Implementation of monitoring and evaluation policies and strategies, including assets monitoring;
  • Management and implementation of the evaluation process, including quality assurance and effective management of audits;
  • Monitoring and evaluation support towards UNDP’s coordination role in DPRK;
  • Knowledge building and knowledge sharing on monitoring and evaluation.
Ensures the implementation of monitoring and evaluation policies and strategies, including assets monitoring, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Direct responsibility and accountability for planning, management and oversight of thematic, country programme/project, and other types of evaluations conducted in the Country Office; and for implementing UNDP DPRK M&E commitments as required by UNDP corporate priorities and as reflected in the document DP/2009/8 approved by the Executive Board;
  • Establishes mechanisms to assure all mandatory decentralized M&E requirements are met, the intended results are produced, continuously monitors utilization of resources and assures the funding of the plan;
  • Ensures timely submission of good quality M&E report, including any other reports requiring M&E inputs
  • Ensures regular physical verification of project equipment and assets against inventories;
  • Provides support to the Senior Management on the programme of work, including identification of topics, and projects/programme to be evaluated;
  • In collaboration with HQ Evaluation Office and evaluation units in other Country Offices, implements quality assurance, evaluation and monitoring systems to enable innovative ways of conducting evaluations that meet the requirements of DPRK context;
  • Organization, coordination and leadership of evaluation missions for development projects, sectoral and thematic evaluations, including  desk evaluations/studies on selected sectors/themes;
  • Provides support to the team and stakeholders on ways and means to improve M&E related components and activities
  • Supports the development of project proposals – particularly performance monitoring plans and M&E sections
  • Any other functions/activities as requested by the Senior Management.
Ensures effective management and implementation of the evaluation process, including quality assurance and effective management of audits in the Country Office, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Act as focal point for implementation of M&E assignments, method and tools, as may be necessary based on special circumstances in DPRK;
  • Serves as resource for UNDP evaluation policies, procedures and practices to project managers, UNDP CO staff concerned with evaluation, consultants and others as required;
  • Provides support at the design stage of programmes/projects for setting up a framework with defined indicators to facilitate the evaluation at the later stages;
  • Provides evaluation feedback into policy/project/programme design, including comments on various documents and regularly monitors risk logs of projects;
  • Follows up on implementation of evaluation recommendations; ensuring the optimal use of evaluations by providing guidance in preparation of timely management response to all mandatory evaluations and by developing a communication plan;
  • Organizes, designs, plans and carries out the collection, evaluation, analysis, compilation and dissemination of statistical data as required in the performance of monitoring and evaluation by selecting methods suitable to the special circumstances in DPRK of data collection and for checking collected data;
  • Assesses indicators and systems to measure development results and impact of UNDP DPRK activities and processes to produce evidence-based reports;
  • Acts as critical interlocutor for M&E section of CO audit, monitors implementation of previous audit recommendations and develops follow-up system to provide assurance that all audit recommendations are complied with.
Ensuring effective monitoring and evaluation support towards enhancing the effectiveness of UNDP’s coordination role in DPRK, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Supports UNDP and RC office in the coordination of monitoring of the UN Strategic Framework (UNSF) and assists in the finalization of UNDP component/participation in the UNSF M&E calendar;
  • Supports the functioning of the M&E theme group, to ensure common understanding and coherent implementation of the M&E system and to improve or develop performance indicators, set baselines and targets at output and outcome level;
  • Supports capacity development of national M&E systems;
  • Assists Senior Management to conceptualize and consolidate progress reports, as well as briefing documents and other publications relating to UN collaborative implementation in the country.
Supporting CO knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the area of monitoring and evaluation, focusing on achievement of the following results:
  • Compiles and disseminates information extracted from all available information management systems in DPRK to Senior Management and other stakeholders as needed;
  • Identifies and formulates evaluation findings, lessons learned and recommendations to be integrated into broader knowledge management efforts;
  • Identifies and formulates lessons learned from evaluations and studies to be integrated into broader knowledge management;
  • Ensure effective implementation of the Evaluation Knowledge Management and Learning Strategy for the CO
  • Organization and conduct of results-oriented monitoring and evaluation trainings in the Country Office and across the UN Senior Management;
  • Participation in evaluation community remaining abreast of latest development and professional norms, standards, tools and methodologies and disseminating knowledge on KM tools and systems;
  • Any other responsibilities as requested by the Management.


Functional Competencies:         

Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
Analysis and creation of messages and strategies
  • Uses the opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for advocacy work.
Results-Based Programme and Project Development and Management
Contributes into results through primary research and analysis
  • Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work;
  • Researches linkages across programme and project activities to identify critical points of integration;
  • Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation.
Building Strategic Partnerships
Identifying and building partnerships
  • Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners;
  • Displays initiative, sets challenging outputs for him/herself and willingly accepts new work assignments;
  • Takes responsibility for achieving agreed outputs within set deadlines and strives until successful outputs are achieved.
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
Developing new approaches
  • Looks at experience critically, drawing lessons, and building them into the design of new approaches;
  • Identifies new approaches and promotes their use in other situations;
  • Documents successes and uses them to project a positive image;
  • Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking;
  • Makes the case for innovative ideas from the team with own supervisor.
Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Developing tools and mechanisms
  • Makes the case for innovative ideas documenting successes and building them into the design of new approaches;
  • Identifies new approaches and strategies that promote the use of tools and mechanisms.
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
In-depth knowledge of the subject matter
  • Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines;
  • Serves as internal consultant in the area of expertise and shares knowledge with staff;
  • Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally;
  • Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments;
  • Demonstrates comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments;
  • Report writing and presentation skills.
Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals
Analysis and creation of messages and strategies
  • Uses the opportunity to bring forward and disseminate materials for global advocacy work and adapts it for use at country level.
Client Orientation
Contributing to positive outcomes for the client
  • Anticipates client needs;
  • Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider;
  • Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective.
Core Competencies:
  •  Promoting ethics and integrity, creating organizational precedents;
  • Building support and political acumen;
  • Building staff competence, creating an environment of creativity and innovation;
  • Building and promoting effective teams;
  • Creating and promoting enabling environment for open communication;
  • Creating an emotionally intelligent organization;
  • Leveraging conflict in the interests of UNDP & setting standards;
  • Sharing knowledge across the organization and building a culture of knowledge sharing and learning. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member;
  • Fair and transparent decision making; calculated risk-taking.

Required Skills and Experience

  • A master’s degree or equivalent in International Relations, Political Science, Economics or related field, and strong data analysis training;
  • Prince 2 training and certification desirable.
  • At least 5 years of operational M&E experience at the national and international level in international development issues required, in the field (particularly in special operations countries) or HQ, including in applied research and impact evaluation;
  • Expertise in results measurement methodologies applied to interventions in command-type economies is desirable. This should include familiarity with cutting-edge M&E methods, designing results frameworks and evaluating development results, including experience in practical implementation of impact evaluations, experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations, particularly in public and private enterprises.
  • Demonstrated experience in applying qualitative/participatory research methods; linking planning to M&E; results based approaches;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management systems; proficiency in using statistical analysis software, such as SPSS, STATA, Excel); qualitative data analysis software (such as QSR) will be an asset;
  • Experienced in rendering M&E results using different media; C4D/E approaches.
Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English is required; knowledge of Korean will be considered an asset.

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.

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