Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, NOC, Lilongwe, Malawi, 64962 (Open to nationals of Malawi only)

Job no: 501323
Work type: Fixed Term Staff
Location: Malawi
Categories: Monitoring and Evaluation, NO-3
Pay Grade: NO-3

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If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children, the world’s leading children’s rights organization would like to hear from you.

For 70 years, UNICEF has been working on the ground in 190 countries and territories to promote children’s survival, protection and development. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

 

Purpose of the Position

Under the general guidance of the supervisor, and in close coordination with the Communication Specialist, responsible for the design, formulation, management, execution, monitoring and evaluation of a behavioural change and social mobilization strategy, plan of action and programme activities in support of the country programme.

Key Expected Results

    1. Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Planning. The Country Office and national partners have a well-prioritised and realistic plan of research, monitoring and evaluation activities, developed collaboratively that provides all the relevant and strategic information needed to manage the Country Programme.
    2. Programme Planning Documentation for the Country Programme including: Country Programme Document, Country Programme Action Plan, Country Programme Management Plan, Annual Work Plans, Annual Management Plan are prepared in a timely manner as per guidelines.
    3. Situation Monitoring and Assessment. A collectively Situation Monitoring and Assessment system owned by all key partners is in place, trough which the Country Office and national partners have timely and accurate measurements of change in conditions of children, women, and their families in the country or region; this information is available to facilitate planning and measure program impact.
    4. Programme Performance Monitoring. The planning function of the Country Office has quality information collected and disseminated with the participation of all concerned partners to assess progress towards expected annual and multi-year results.
    5. Evaluation. UNICEF-supported evaluations attain established UN quality standards, and the results are disseminated in a timely fashion to stakeholders for improving programme performance and contributing to national and corporate learning.
    6. Nationally led planning processes are strengthened including those as decentralised levels to support the realisation of national development goals and international commitments which contribute to improving the situation of children and women and reduce disparities among the most vulnerable populations and ensure that UNICEF country programme and UNDAF development processes respond effectively to these.
    7. PM&E Capacity Building. The planning monitoring and evaluation capacities of Country Office staff and national partners – government and civil society – enhanced with the contribution of UNICEF knowledge partners meet the expectations and requirements of their positions and responsibilities.
    8. Coordination and Networking. The UNICEF office is linked to wider UNICEF M&E developments in way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning on effective M&E management.

Key Accountabilities and Duties & Tasks

  1. Integrated Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Plan (IMEP)

Ensure that the Country Office and national partners use a well-prioritised and realistic plan of research, monitoring and evaluation activities that will provide the most relevant and strategic information to manage the Country Programme, including tracking and assessing UNICEF’s distinct contribution.

Duties & Tasks

  • Make professional contributions to and provide technical assistance for the planning and establishing the major research, monitoring and evaluation objectives, priorities, and activities in UNICEF’s multi-year and annual IMEPs, in consultation with child-rights and implementing partners.
  • Likewise, support the development of UNDAF M&E Plans from a sound results-based programming process.
  • Identify the M&E objectives, priorities, and activities required for effective CO and partner Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans,
  • In humanitarian response situations, within the first month, draft and recommend a simple one-month data-collection plan to cover key data gaps as required for the initial emergency response, working in close collaboration with the humanitarian clusters partners.
  • After the initial humanitarian response, support management of the medium-term response with a revised IMEP.
  1. Programme Planning

Provide technical support for nationally led planning processes and the preparation of Country Programme documentation. Ensure that the Country Office and national partners prepare well-prioritised and realistic plans to support the implementation, oversight and management of the Country Programme.

Duties & Tasks

  • Provide support to ensure that the relevant programme partners (government, UN, stakeholders) participate and contribute to setting national development priorities at national and local levels which take into account the concerns of women and children and reduce disparities among the most vulnerable groups
  • Review and provide technical comments on draft national plan/strategies and share knowledge, findings, recommendations and lessons from situational analyses, research and evaluation to contribute to formulating strategies and setting national and local priorities and targets.
  • Support decentralised planning and monitoring processes to ensure that national priorities respond to local needs and plans are evidence based and are monitored. Support effective participatory feedback, including to community and civil society stakeholders.
  • Contribute to UNDAF planning processes to ensure that UNICEF contributions towards UN-wide results are clearly articulated.
  • Support the preparation of Country Programme documentation including: Country Programme Document, Country Programme Action Plan, Country Programme Management Plan which respond to the national development priorities and international commitments establishing the key programme priorities taking into consideration regional and UNICEF strategic plan priorities.
  • Make professional contributions to and provide technical assistance to sections for the planning of annual targets and which respond to Country Programme results.
  • Participate in the review and monitoring of work processes to improve accountability and organizational effectiveness.
  • In close consultation with management, programme and operations colleagues, make a professional contribution to formulation of the AMP using a sound results-based programming process and collaborative working relations.

3. Situation Monitoring and Assessment

Ensure that the Country Office and national partners have timely and accurate measurement of change in conditions in the country or region, including monitoring of socio-economic trends and the country’s wider policy, economic or institutional context, to facilitate planning and to draw conclusions about the impact of programmes or policies.

Duties & Tasks

  • In coordination with other stakeholders, support the collection of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and other key social development indicators (through MICS or other surveys) to improve national planning.
  • Support partners in the establishment and management of national statistical databases (e.g., DevInfo), ensuring that key indicators are readily accessible by key stakeholders. Potential uses include the Situation Analysis, Common Country Assessment, Early Warning Monitoring Systems, and Mid-Term Reviews.
  • Develop a collectively Situation Monitoring and Assessment system owned by all key partners which supports the preparation of country level statistical and analytic reports on the status of children’s and women’s rights issues; and which allow, when opportunities emerge to influence developmental and social policies. To include technical support to global reporting obligations including national reports on progress toward the MDGs, and toward CRC and CEDAW fulfillment.
  • In humanitarian response situations, provide professional support for one or more rapid assessments (inter-agency or independently if necessary) to be carried out within the first 48-72 hours, working in close collaboration with the humanitarian clusters partners.
  1. Programme Performance Monitoring

Ensure that the Country Office has quality information to assess progress towards expected results established in annual work plans.

Duties & Tasks

  • Provide technical support to ensure that a set of programme performance indicators is identified and adjusted as necessary, with inputs of all concerned partners in the context of the multi-year and annual IMEPs, the Annual Management Plan and Annual Work Plans, as outlined in the Programme Policy and Procedures Manual).
  • Coordinate with partners to ensure that monitoring systems are properly designed, and that data collection and analysis from field visits are coordinated and standardised across programmes to feed into to programme performance monitoring, with special attention to humanitarian response.
  • Drawing on monitoring and analysis of key program performance and management indicators, provide professional input to management reports, including relevant sections of the annual reports.
  1. Evaluation

Ensure that UNICEF-supported evaluations are designed and implemented to established UN quality standards, and the results are disseminated in a timely fashion to stakeholders in order to improve programme performance and contribute to wider learning.

Duties & Tasks

  • Technically support programme partners to formulate Terms of Reference and evaluation designs of high quality, when relevant drawing on the know-how of knowledge institutions, in compliance with the organization’s programme evaluation policies and guidelines.
  • Monitor and ensure the quality of the field work and data management during the implementation phase, and the quality of the analysis and ease of understanding during the report writing phase.
  • Disseminate evaluation findings and recommendations to the intended audiences in user-friendly methods. In particular, to ensure that effective participatory feedback is provided to community and civil society stakeholders. •     Monitor and ensure that a management response to the findings and recommendations of the evaluation is completed, recorded, and followed up for implementation. Most specifically, ensure that evaluation recommendations are submitted to the Country Management Team and follow-up actions recorded in CMT minutes. Submit electronic copies of all evaluations to NYHQ via the Evaluation Data Base web portal, with full accompanying documentation.
  1. PM&E Capacity Building

Ensure that the planning, monitoring and evaluation capacities of Country Office staff and national partners – government and civil society – are strengthened enabling them to increasingly engage in and lead in programme planning, monitoring and evaluation processes using results based management approaches.

Duties & Tasks

  • Promote the awareness and understanding of results based management and the shared responsibility of PM& E function among all staff members through communication, training, learning and development activities organization-wide.
  • In close collaboration with partners, ensure that an M&E capacity building strategy for UNICEF/UN staff national partners and institutions exists in the context of the IMEP, or UNDAF M&E plan. Pay particular attention so the capacity needs of national partners such as professional evaluation associations will be strengthened by involvement in evaluation processes and possibly through specific capacity building initiatives.
  • Collaborate to implement capacity building strategies as a joint commitment with other developmental partners. Utilize a range of appropriate skills building strategies including self-learning, seminars and workshops and practical experience in order that UNICEF and UN staff have the basic knowledge and skills in understanding and applying new M&E policies, tools, methods to fulfil their responsibilities. Similarly, design and implement strategies suited to the skills needs of national partners.
  • Actively seek partnerships with knowledge institutions for the identification of capacity gaps and development of strategies to address them.
  1. Coordination and Networking

Ensure that the UNICEF office is effectively linked to wider UNICEF PM&E developments in a way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning on effective results based management.

Duties & Tasks

  • Collaborate with Regional Planning, M&E Advisers and HQ Evaluation Office for overall coordination of priority research, monitoring and evaluation activities, especially those of regional scope requiring the coordinated effort of multiple countries.
  • Partner with the Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser to ensure that current and accurate M&E data and results are included in regional reports, multi-country studies, and knowledge sharing networks.
  • Undertake lessons-learned reviews on successful and unsuccessful M&E practices and experience at the national level, and ensure they are shared as appropriate. Similarly, pay attention to M&E knowledge networks to identify innovations and lessons learned that may be relevant for the CO and partners to improve their M&E function.

 

 

Qualifications of Successful Candidate

  • Advanced university degree in social sciences, statistics, planning development, planning.
  • Professional work experience in programme development and implementation including monitoring and evaluation activities as follows: Level 3 – Five years of relevant professional work experience. Developing country work experience (for IP) or field work experience (for NO).
  • At least one instance of exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness planning. Active involvement in a humanitarian crisis response programme preferred.
  • Fluency in English is required.  Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset

Competencies of Successful Candidate

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication
  • Working with People
  • Drive for Results

Functional Competencies

  • Leading and Supervising
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
  • Analyzing
  • Applying Technical Expertise
  • Planning and Organizing

Technical Knowledge 

Specific Technical Knowledge Required

  • Knowledge of current developments in the fields of : communication theory, motivational psychology, adult learning theory, indigenous media, community organization and participation, strategic communication planning, behaviour analysis, formative research and evaluation of communication interventions.
  • Knowledge of inter-disciplinary approach in programme development and implementation in programme communication, social mobilization and behavioural change.
  • Knowledge of and experience in emergency operations and management.
  • Knowledge of and skills in programme communication networking, advocacy and negotiation.
  • Knowledge of training/facilitation and impact evaluation of communication intervention.
  • Knowledge and experience to organize and implement training, including development of curricula and methodologies.
  • Knowledge of community capacity building.
  • Knowledge and experience in the methods of communication to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts in written and oral form and to listen to and acknowledges others’ perspectives and views.
  • Computer knowledge, skills and practical experience, including internet navigation, network, telecommunications and various office applications.

Common Technical Knowledge Required

  • UN/UNICEF policy papers, relating to programme communication and programmes
  • Executive Directives
  • UNICEF programme manuals
  • Communication for Development Guidelines
  • UNICEF country programme plans
  • Government development plans and policies
  • UN agency agreements and joint policy papers
  • Gender equality and diversity awareness

Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced

  • Understanding of UNICEF Mission and UNICEF Guiding Principles.
  • Understanding of UNICEF programmatic policies, goals, visions, positions, policies, priorities, strategies and approaches (MDGs, UNDAF, MTSP, etc.).
  • Understanding of Rights-based and Results-based approach and programming.
  • Understanding of UN mission and system; and International Code of Conduct.
  • Understanding of staff welfare and rights of staff members.
  • Knowledge of emergency operations and security guidelines.
  • Understanding of international humanitarian affairs and humanitarian work.
  • Understanding of UNICEF policies and procedures for programming, operations and  communication.
  • Latest theory, methodology, technology and tools in the functional areas.
  • Knowledge of the Programme Policy and Procedure (PPP) manual.
  • Knowledge, skills and experience in community capacity building.
  • Understanding of government policies, guidelines, legislation and strategies on various subjects.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organisation.

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