UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. In Uganda, the UN Women Country Programme contributes to the development objectives of Uganda’s blueprint, the Vision 2030 and the National Development Plan (NDP); the SDGs, particularly SG 5 and is fully aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2021-2025 as well as UN Women Global Strategic Plan.
The Uganda Country Programme aims to achieve the following outcome level results in order to address the root causes of gender inequality the Uganda Country Office (UGCO), in collaboration with other national and international actors will contribute to the achievement the following outcome areas; (1) Inclusive and accountable governance and women’s access to Justice; (2) Women’s rights, gender responsive peace and security; (3) Increased productivity, income and access to resources for women and girls; (4) Vulnerable women mitigate and adapt to climate change & Disaster Risk Reduction; (5) Women & girls enjoy quality basic social and protection services; and (6) gender equality and women rights fulfilled in a culturally responsive environment.
The mandate is implemented at central, and district levels and UN Women has Sub-Offices/Presences located within the United Nations Areas Coordinator (UNAC) System at the Regional level. The main partners are government institutions at the central, provincial, and district levels, civil society organizations, media, development partners, and the private sector. Through technical assistance, capacity building, and advocacy UN Women assists a wide range of national partners and other development stakeholders to put in place policies, laws, services, and adequate resources to deliver on its mandate.
Reporting to the Deputy Country Representative, the Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting (PMER) Specialist will provide support to the Uganda Country Office programme planning, monitoring, evaluation, reporting, and learning in line with the UGCO Strategic Note. The PMER Specialist will also play the role of team leader for the PMER Team.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide technical support to integrated and coherent planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting across the different thematic areas in the Uganda CO Strategic Note
- Provide advice on the formulation of concept notes for UN Women's intervention areas; as well as the office’s strategic note;
- Develop country programming processes and products, including the Biennial workplan, strategic note, and programme/project documents,
- Follow up on required action/outstanding issues and report on outcome/ result. Alert the Senior Management Leadership on critical issues to be addressed.
- Support to provide strategic linkages, ensure coherence, coordination and collaboration between different UN Women programme components on Democratic Governance, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Ending Violence Against Women and Girls, Women Peace, Security and Gender in Humanitarian Action;
- Support the UN Women’s analytical and programmatic capacities by using available methodologies to inform the UN Women’s work
- Conceptualize, develop, and promote strategies for effective and harmonized strategic planning, monitoring and reporting for UN Women.
Provide technical support and guidance to the Uganda Country Office in incorporating monitoring, reporting and learning from audits and evaluation into programme formulation.
- Provide quality assurance of program documents through review of results frameworks in order to meet SMART criteria;
- Manage the development of monitoring indicators, monitoring calendars, and field monitoring plans and quality assurance processes; ensure use of relevant audit and evaluation findings, conclusions and recommendations are incorporated into programme formulation;
- Coordinate Biennial work plan monitoring, reviews and reporting;
- Ensure linkage of Biennial Work Plans (BWPs) and corresponding Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MER) Plans with the UN Women Strategic Plan and the UN Strategic Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF);
- Provide strategic guidance to partners and Uganda Country Office in developing Performance Monitoring Frameworks (PMFs) and Baseline Surveys;
Provide technical guidance to the Uganda Country Office in and oversee monitoring and tracking of results against country level targets and UN Women Strategic Plan
- Build partner capacity on Results Based Management Approaches (RBM) amongst, governments, civil society organizations and other partners in the field offices through partnership with academia and other institutions.
- Apply RBM principles as foundation for programme implementation from the levels of inputs, to activities and results at the output and outcome levels.
- Ensure data collection and analysis from field visits are coordinated and standardized across programmes;
- Monitor data from partners on a quarterly basis and draft regular management briefs to inform decision making;
- Visit partners to support monitoring of results and planning processes;
- Support monitor the spending of donor funds and other programme expenditures against reported results;
- Develop, support implementation, and monitor the Uganda Country Office Monitoring, Evaluation, and Research Plan.
Oversee reporting of results to internal (Senior Management) and external (Executive Board, Donors) audiences
- Coordinate and provide technical guidance to the country office in meeting internal and external reporting requirements and deadlines, including annual reporting process;
- Finalize donor and programme reports (both narrative and financial);
- Ensure use and incorporation of relevant evaluation and audit findings, conclusions and recommendations into programme reporting;
- Review progress reports submitted by partners and provide feedback to improve quality and timeliness of reporting;
- Ensure the availability (including collecting and maintaining) of data for country, regional and global corporate reports, mid-term reviews, and final evaluations.
Promote the use of evaluations and ensure that evaluation findings and recommendations are implemented:
- Prepare aggregate analysis and qualitative assessments of decentralized evaluations to input into Evaluation Annual report and management briefs;
- Organize meetings, workshops and other discussion to establish a dialogue on evaluation results and the evaluative knowledge management at country level;
- Ensure that evaluation results are taken into account for the continued implementation of strategies, programmes/projects and for the design and appraisal of new projects/ programmes;
- Ensure that project/programme managers respond to recommendations and monitor the follow up on evaluations.
- Provide advice/information/guidance to programme managers on evaluations on programme design from evaluability perspective;
- Establish/maintain partnerships with governments, regional evaluation associations/communities of practice, networks and academic institutions to strengthen capacity and learning on gender responsive evaluation.
Promote UN coherence and inter-agency collaboration on planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation that is gender responsive:
- Provide guidance and support to the country office for the development of UNSDCF and participate in inter-agency meetings as required to support UN coherence initiatives, particularly as they relate to the integration of RBM into Common Country Assessments (CCAs) and UNSDCFs (Results Groups - RGs)including from a gender equality perspective;
- Provide substantive support to the UN Women Representative and Deputy Representative on inter-agency coordination related activities.
- Collaborate with other UN joint RBM initiatives at country and regional level.
- Contribute to UN Women in United Nations Evaluation Group taskforces and substantial contribution to the inclusion of gender equality dimensions in UN system-wide evaluations, assessments, etc.;
- Collaborate with professional evaluation bodies in the area of gender responsive evaluation.
Contribute to knowledge building and capacity building
- Identify and disseminate good practices, lessons and knowledge; as identified through programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation activities;
- Build capacity of staff on programme monitoring and the use of alternative monitoring tools and means of verification in order to articulate the Uganda Country Office’s programme results stories.
- Manage capacity building opportunities of staff and partners in the region/country in the areas of Results Based Management (RBM);
- Promote the awareness and understanding of the shared responsibility of M&E among all staff members through communication, training, learning and development activities.
- Play the role of Team Leader to the PMER Team in the Uganda Country Office and provide required guidance and support to team members and other personnel as appropriate
- Respect for Diversity
- Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender Issues
- Creative Problem Solving
- Effective Communication
- Inclusive Collaboration
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Leading by Example
- Strong knowledge of programme formulation and implementation and Results Based Management
- Strong knowledge of monitoring and evaluation, evaluation design, data collection and analysis, and reporting
- Ability to synthesize program performance data and produce analytical reports
- Ability to lead strategic planning, results-based management and reporting;
- Ability to provide advisory services in the area of Results Based Management (RBM), demonstrated familiarity with baseline data collection and monitoring methodologies;
- Ability to effectively represent UN Women in, and contribute to UN inter-agency monitoring and reporting initiatives;
- Capacity to work with diverse partners including governments, civil society and women’s groups;
- Ability to lead implementation of new systems and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change;
- Very strong IT skills and ability to utilize new information technology for optimizing organizational performance;
- Very strong oral and written communication skills;
- Ability to manage for results including excellent planning, goal-setting, prioritization and organizational skills;
Good knowledge of UN programme management systems.
Required Skills and Experience
Education and certification:
- Master’s degree (or equivalent) in evaluation, economics, or relevant social science-related field is required.
A project/programme management certification (such as PMP®, PRINCE2®, or MSP®) would be an added advantage.
- At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in monitoring and reporting of development projects/ programmes;
- first-level university degree in combination with seven additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- Experience in the United Nations systems in an asset;
- Field experience is an asset.
- Fluency in English is required
Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset;
Interested qualified candidates must apply online by latest by 03rd October 2023 . Candidates should submit one PDF File attachment containing:
- UN Women P11 dully filled form with at least three (3) professional references (UN Women Personal History Form (P11), can be downloaded at:http://www.unwomen.org/aboutus/employment;
Kindly note that the system will only allow one PDF attachment. Applications without the completed UN Women P-11 form will be treated as incomplete and will not be considered for further assessment.
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