Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Yangon
Closing date: Sunday, 30 March 2014
Vacancy code VA/2014/B5506/4890
Position title M&E Specialist, Multiple positions
Department/office AEMO, Myanmar
Duty station Yangon, Myanmar
Contract type International ICA
Contract level IICA-3
Duration 2 Years (retainer)
Application period 17-Mar-2014 to 31-Mar-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 UNOPS Myanmar office develops, supports and oversees UNOPS portfolio of projects in Myanmar which focus on post-disaster recovery, health programmes and food security.
UNOPS Myanmar ensures that synergies between programmes and projects are effectively developed. UNOPS is also expanding its infrastructure and procurement services in Myanmar. The UNOPS Myanmar portfolio currently includes fund management of the multi-donor Three Millennium Development Goals Fund (3MDG) and the Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT). In addition, UNOPS is the Principal Recipient of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria grants to Myanmar (PR-GFATM).
UNOPS Myanmar plays a critical role in ensuring quality services to UNOPS' partners that meet stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness. It is also responsible for liaison with Government counterparts, Donors and UN Agencies.
Background Information - Job-specific
The Livelihood and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) is a multi-donor fund that aims to address food insecurity and income poverty in Myanmar. The Donor Consortium of LIFT comprises Australia, Denmark, the European Community, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. LIFT was established in 2009. It will remain operational until the end of 2018. UNOPS was selected by the donors as the LIFT fund manager and has established a Fund Management Office (FMO) in Yangon. The FMO is overseen by the Fund Board. .
The goal of LIFT is to make progress towards the achievement of Millennium Development Goal 1 (the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger) in Myanmar. Working through a trust fund modality, LIFT's purpose is to increase the food availability and incomes of 2 million target beneficiaries in rural areas in Myanmar.
LIFT's purpose is achieved through the delivery of the following programme outputs:
- Increased agricultural production and incomes supported through improved production and postharvest technologies, improved access to inputs and markets.
- Targeted households supported in non-agricultural livelihood activities and/or trained in livelihood skills for employment.
- Effective social protection measures supported that increase the incomes, enhance the livelihood opportunities or protect the livelihoods assets of chronically poor households.
- Sustainable natural resource management and environmental rehabilitation supported to protect local livelihoods.
- Capacity of civil society strengthened to support and promote food and livelihoods security for the poor.
- Monitoring and evaluation evidence and commissioned studies used to inform programme and policy development.
As of 2013, LIFT is funding projects in three different agro-ecological zones of the country: the dry zone, the hilly zone (Kachin State, Chin State and Shan State) and the delta / coastal zone. LIFT is implemented through a variety of local implementing partners (IPs) who were successful in submitting proposals that supported the LIFT purpose in the areas targeted. Contracting approach
The M&E Specialists will be contracted on retainer contracts and will be providing specific M&E services under Tasking Notes. Each position will be contracted for 100 days (extendable) in the initial two years of this contract, however there will be no guarantee that any expert will be contracted for the full 100 days. Specific Tasking Notes will vary in duration depending on the nature of the duties specified and the outputs to be produced.
As an example, a Tasking Note may call for one of the Specialists to facilitate the development of a Theory of Change and associated evaluation strategy around the new strategic directions for the LIFT program. Five days may be required to review relevant LIFT documentation and literature (from the expert's home base), 10 days for consultation with LIFT stakeholders in Myanmar, 5 days (home based) to develop the draft Theory of Change and evaluation strategy, and a further 3 days to finalize the report following feedback from donors, the FMO and other stakeholders.
Monitoring and Evaluation
Currently LIFT has a team of five monitoring and evaluation (M&E) staff led by an international M&E Officer. It is responsible for the following M&E activities:
- Reviewing the logframes and M&E plans of proposals submitted to the Fund Board for funding under LIFT, and providing advice as necessary.
- Developing the formats and procedures for reporting progress of LIFT-funded projects (promoting the use of common indicators and consistent means of information collection to enable collation).
- Maintaining, updating and analysing data on IP and LIFT program progress towards outcome and output milestones and targets.
- Reviewing the quality of the information collected by IPs that is provided to the FMO.
- Supporting the IPs through advice and training in relation to M&E.
- Reviewing terms of reference, methodologies, and tools for IP project evaluations.
- Developing strategies to strengthen LIFT reporting of results including for new programs as they are designed or expanded.
- Designing and supporting the implementation of large evaluative studies such as:
- LIFT 2011 Baseline Study (quantitative and qualitative)
- Delta 1 Program Evaluation (quantitative and qualitative)
- LIFT Mid-term Review (qualitative)
- Qualitative Socio Economic Monitoring
- LIFT 2013 Household Livelihood, Nutrition and Expenditure Survey
- Assessment of LIFT capacity strengthening of local NGOs
- Household farm production economics survey
- Impact assessment of LIFT-supported microfinance and financial services projects.
Each year more research and evaluative studies are proposed in accordance with upcoming areas of LIFT activity, and emerging issues related to rural development, rural livelihoods and poverty alleviation.
Assignment and objectives of the advertised position
LIFT's M&E system has continually evolved over the period of implementation to date.
However it now needs to be reviewed in the light of the changing circumstances facing LIFT:
- LIFT is reviewing its strategy for its remaining five year implementation period.
- A number of new thematic and geographic funding windows are under consideration (two are in the process of design).
- LIFT's earlier sub-programs upon which LIFT's logframe targets were based are soon to be completed.
- Many newly-funded activities under LIFT's Learning and Innovation Window only loosely fit within LIFT's current logframe.
Once LIFT's strategy is more clearly defined, LIFT's logframe/result framework will need to be reviewed and adjusted accordingly. This would present a valuable opportunity to refine LIFT's theory of change. The revised strategy, theory of change and results framework would become the basis of a major revision of LIFT's M&E Framework inclusive of its evaluation strategy.
Given these requirements and the increasing scope of the LIFT program and the limited capacity of LIFT's M&E team, LIFT is seeking to contract M&E Specialists on retainer agreements. These M&E Advisors should have the capacity to provide high quality M&E technical support and have specific expertise in such fields as rural socio-economics; statistics/social survey; nutrition/anthropometry; development/agricultural economics; and micro-finance.
The objective of the M&E services will be to provide technical support the LIFT M&E team. Advisors will assist LIFT FMO to revise and extend LIFT's M&E systems and learning approaches to address new areas of LIFT activity and LIFT's revised strategic directions. This may extend to providing support to the revision of LIFT's logframe/results framework and the refinement of a LIFT theory of change.
Activities / Tasks
M&E Advisors will be periodically drawn upon to:
- Review the quality of M&E data and research findings and the associated analysis of these;
- Develop or review terms of reference (TOR) for evaluations or studies covering a range of fields (including for example, household livelihoods, debt and credit, nutrition, income and expenditure, farm economics and agricultural practices, development economics, marketing, value chain analysis, capacity development, institutional strengthening etc);
- Assess and contribute to methods and approaches for evaluations and M&E generally.
- In addition the Advisors may be called upon to:
- Review LIFT's results framework, indicators, milestones and targets; the M&E approaches of LIFT FMO and IPs; and LIFT M&E data collection, analysis and use;
- Provide general advice on LIFT's M&E and learning strategies, systems and procedures; and
- Undertake specific evaluations, or manage such evaluations on behalf of LIFT, as and when required.
- Other activities that may be required under the M&E Support Services may include but are not necessarily limited to the following:
- Refining the LIFT theory of change;
- Revising LIFT's logframe/results framework including indicators, milestones and targets;
- Reviewing LIFT's M&E strategy and providing recommendations to strengthen it;
- Supporting LIFT in evaluating tenders or reviewing proposals related to M&E activities;
- Designing or assessing evaluation approaches including developing survey tools, providing expertise to develop statistically representative sampling methods or appropriate qualitative approaches;
- Reviewing M&E-related reports prepared by LIFT or LIFT consultants;
- Undertaking or overseeing quality assurance of LIFT M&E systems and associated documentation of M&E findings; and
- Supporting the refinement of value for money procedures and/or conducting assessments.
Reporting requirements and outputs will be specified in Tasking Notes specific to each assignment.
Monitoring and progress controls
The M&E Advisors will work in close coordination with international M&E Officer under the direct supervision of the Fund Director and will be expected to report in a timely fashion on the assigned tasking notes.
The contracts for M&E technical support by the M&E Advisors are expected to commence in April 2014 and continue for 24 months. Contracts may be extended subject to satisfactory performance and continued need of these services by LIFT.
- Planning and organizing
- Client orientation
- Analytical skills
- Technological awareness
- A Master's Degree in Social Sciences, Agricultural Sciences, Political Sciences, Development or related field. A Bachelor Degree in related fields combined with extensive experience in similar responsible position in developing countries is considered as equivalent.
b. Work Experience
- Master's degree with a minimum of 7 years of relevant experience or Bachelor degree with a minimum of 9 years of relevant experience related to monitoring and evaluation in the fields of livelihoods, food security and rural development. In addition, qualifications and/or expertise in one or more of the following will be required:
- Rural socio-economics covering both quantitative and qualitative methods
- Statistics/social survey with appropriate academic qualifications and practical experience in survey design and analysis
- Nutrition/anthropometry with extensive skills in design, implementation and analysis of nutrition surveys
- Development, agricultural or rural economics with experience in M&E related to rural incomes and livelihoods
- Proven extensive professional expertise in designing M&E systems and conducting evaluations for large rural livelihood and food security programs.
- Previous experience in providing support to the M&E of multi-donor trust funds would be particularly relevant.
- Excellent skills in both written and spoken English are essential.
c. Other Requirements
- Applicants are requested to submit a letter of motivation and a detailed CV specifying professional experience in M&E and related fields.
- Applicants should include the names and contact details of three recent, professional referees and should indicate their daily fee expectations in USD. Please note since this is a home-based contract, travel costs to Myanmar will be reimbursed and Daily subsistence allowance will be paid (e.g. Yangon 179 USD per night)
Contract type, level and duration
Contract type: International Individual Contract Agreement (IICA)
Contract level: IICA-3
Contract duration: 2 years (retainer)
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- 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.
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