Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Yangon
Closing Date: Wednesday, 08 January 2014
Vacancy code VA/2013/B5506/4472
Position title Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Department/office AEMO, Myanmar
Duty station Yangon, Myanmar
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-3
Duration 1 year and 1 month (with possible extension)
Application period 27-Dec-2013 to 09-Jan-2014
Print United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
Background Information - UNOPS
UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner. Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity. Working in some of the world's most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations. We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.
Background Information - Myanmar
The Myanmar Operations Centre (MMOC) under the UNOPS Asia and Pacific Regional Office has been established to support, develop and oversee UNOPS' portfolio of programmes and projects in Myanmar and to ensure that synergies between programmes and projects are effectively developed. The MMOC plays a critical role in ensuring quality services to UNOPS partners that meet stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.
In February 2009, MMOC was selected by the Myanmar Country Coordination Mechanism for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as one of two Principal Recipients of GFATM grants for Myanmar. The implementation of the grants has commenced in January 2011.
In August 2013, MMOC was selected by the Regional Steering Committee for the Artemisinin Resistance Containment Initiative for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as Regional Principal Recipients of GFATM regional grant for Greater Mekong Sub region ( Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam). The implementation of the grant will commence in January 2014.
Under the direct supervision of the PR Head of Performance Management, the M&E Specialist will be responsible for performing the following duties:
- Participate in UNOPS/GFARM grant negotiations for the regional grant for Artemisinin Resistance Containment Initiative in Greater Mekong Sub-region with focus on programme and M&E.
- Develop Performance Frameworks and M&E Plans and provision of quality Public Health and M&E inputs, where required, to other documents required to ensure the grant agreement signature, including budget and PSM Plan.
- Ensuring the development and maintenance of a functioning monitoring, evaluation and reporting system for UNOPS as Principal Recipient in Myanmar and Regional Principal Recipient, which will be coherent with national M&E systems, and will generate data that allow for programme analysis and which ensures that all Principal Sub-Recipients (PSR) and Sub-Recipients (SR) submit timely, regular and structured monitoring reports.
- Directing data auditing and verification to assure internal consistency and validity of programme activity monitoring data reported by all PSRs and SRs, through quarterly data verification and auditing visits to PSRs and SRs at all levels.
- Maintaining the GFATM M&E database; reviewing incoming data (for quality and programmatic); ensuring the quality of database and that M&E data are readily available.
- Reviewing and verifying field team recommendations and following-up the recommendations.
- Assessing PSR and SRs capacity in M&E systems; ensuring adequate feedback to/from the PSR and SRs on data obtained from the GFATM's internal M&E system; reviewing partners' DQA systems, conducting data audits;
- Developing and lead the implementation of a capacity building plan, in consultation with Programme Coordinator, Head of Performance Management, national programmes and the Ministries of Health.
- Ensuring timely completion of the programme section of the Progress Update and Disbursement Request (PU&DR) Global Fund Forms and subsequent submission to the Local Fund agent, including reviewing overall performance of the whole grants and individual indicators against achieved cumulative results and making recommendations to improve performance.
- Preparing quarterly and annual/or ad hoc programmatic progress updates on Global Fund programmes.
- Facilitating the interpretation and use of M&E data, periodic review meetings between the PR/PMU, PSR and SRs.
- Facilitating the identification of SRs with exemplary performance to serve as a positive example to other SRs, as well as those SRs underperforming and recommend corrective actions.
- Participating and contributing to the development of Monitoring & Evaluation Frameworks for HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria (including Artemisinin Resistance Containment) programmes of SRs.
- Facilitating the implementation of capacity building courses through workshops and on the job trainings on monitoring, evaluation and reporting as required for PSR and SRs.
- Providing technical support to the Ministries of Health to strengthen monitoring and evaluation systems for HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria programmes, including the development of sentinel surveillance systems to monitor impact.
- Developing systems and tools, and training materials to train national programme, Ministry of Health, Principal Sub-Recipients and Sub-Recipient personnel.
- Providing technical guidance for the implementation of the M&E plan, through training and other on-site support;
- Facilitating review of progress on a periodic basis as per contract agreement with PSR and SR; problem solving and development of remedial actions ensuring any disparity between planned and actual outputs are addressed.
- Assisting UNOPS in the identification of potential implementation problems and bottlenecks.
- Training staff in M&E best practices.
- Organizing evaluations as and when required.
- Any other tasks assigned by the Programme Coordinator and Head of Performance Management to support the overall Management, Supervision, Monitoring and Evaluation of the implementation of the Global Fund grants.
The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN security Management System and that of UNOPS.
Planning and organizing - Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan to meet the deadlines and those under his/her supervision.
Client orientation - Ability to identify clients' needs and appropriate solutions; ability to establish and maintain productive partnerships with clients.
Communication - Proven ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively orally.
Teamwork - Strong interpersonal skills and; ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity.
Analyzing Skills – Excellent conceptual and analytical abilities and an analytic approach to information management. Ability to make rational judgments for the available information and analysis and probe for further information or greater understanding of a problem and present with alternative options.
Knowledge Management and Learning – Promotes a knowledge-sharing and learning culture in the office
Management and Leadership – Focuses on impact and result for the client and responds positively to feedback. Leads teams effectively and shows conflict resolution skills. Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude. Builds strong relationships with clients and external actors. Remains calm, in control and good humored even under pressure. Ability to go beyond established procedures and models, creation of new approaches.
- Master's degree or equivalent) preferably in Public Health, Statistics, Evaluation, Project Management, or related area. A Bachelor's Degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience relevant to the above duties and responsibilities may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
- A minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible program monitoring and evaluation and management with greater independence and decision-making authority, donor relationship experience with international organizations, or related experience with a Master's Degree. A Bachelor's Degree in same disciplines with 9 years of similar experience may be considered as equivalent.
- Successful development and implementation of an M&E system at programme level.
- Prior experience working with donors/ multi-donor funds required.
- Strong experience in South East Asia region is preferred.
- Willingness to undertake field visits in difficult conditions.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills is preferable.
- Sound knowledge of UNOPS regulations and rules is an asset.
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Office 2007 and/or newer versions) is required.
- Fluency in English is essential (must be able to effectively communicate in both oral and written form). Working knowledge of a second UN language is desirable.
Contract type, level and duration Contract type: Internationl Individual Contractor Agreement Contract level: I-ICA 3 Contract duration: 1 year and 1 month (possible extension subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability) For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
- Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
- Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
- Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
- Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
- For staff positions UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
- The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.