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Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist (NOC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, #114108 (Open to Malaysians Only)

Kuala Lumpur

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Kuala Lumpur
  • Grade: Mid level - NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: Closed

Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, the key focus of the role is the overall coordination of programme and office planning, the external monitoring of child rights in the country, the provision of support to relevant ministries, statistics departments and the UN and the overall coordination of UNICEF interventions.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, hope

Together with the Malaysian government and others who are truly passionate about child rights, UNICEF works in Malaysia to ensure every child has the opportunity to grow healthy and happy; live safely; and achieve their full potential.

With the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the 11th Malaysia plan as our guides, we endeavor to change minds, change policies, and in turn change the lives of all children in Malaysia.

Organizational Context:
This role functions within the context of the Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Unit in the Malaysia Country Office, a middle-income country. With the key role of the office being to advocate for the rights of the child and ensuring that no child is left behind, the PME unit contributes to this by bringing coherence and focus to the work of the office by leading on developing and monitoring the Country Programme Document and ensuring the provision of quality data on the progress towards results on child rights.
Purpose of the Job:
Under the direct supervision of the Chief of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, the key focus of the role is the overall coordination of programme and office planning, the external monitoring of child rights in the country, the provision of support to relevant ministries, statistics departments and the UN and the overall coordination of UNICEF interventions.

How can you make a difference?

Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.
1. Planning, Programme Performance, Monitoring & Reporting
Set standards for programme performance planning, monitoring, and reporting and support the Malaysia Country Office to ensure that Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) programmatic activities are appropriately planned, monitored and reported.
Duties & Tasks:
  • Ensure the Country Programme Document (CPD) and the corresponding results and resource framework are developed, reviewed, and updated based on the applicable planning procedures and processes and workplans.
  • Plan and contribute to the development and modification process of UNICEF’s CPD and coordinate the quality assurance reviews and collection and consolidation of inputs received from the stakeholders until the finalization of the document.
  • Lead launching requirements and arrangements for new country programme, including bottleneck and causality analysis, prioritization, and development of the theory of change in coordination with external and internal stakeholders.
  • Support budget planning and work breakdown structure design.
  • 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 Rolling 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 standardized across programmes to feed into to programme performance monitoring, with special attention to humanitarian response.
  • Drawing on monitoring and analysis of key programme performance and management indicators, provide professional input to management reports, including relevant sections of the annual reports.
2. Child Rights Monitoring
Ensure that the Country Office has quality information to assess progress towards expected results established in annual work plans and that it is playing an active role in supporting the Government and NGOs in preparing for the relevant reports on human rights and child rights
Duties & Tasks:
  • Make technical contributions to the Government process of reporting to the UPR,CEDAW, CRC.
  • Ensure robust data analysis of the status of women and children in the country; keep abreast of the reporting cycle of the country (CRC, CEDAW, UPR) and ensure UNICEF office is positioned to provide necessary support.
  • Prepare an action plan for the UNICEF office and main counterparts on follow up to the CRC Concluding Observations and Recommendations.
  • Support in external monitoring of the UN CRC implementation.
3. PME 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 monitoring and evaluation processes.
Duties & Tasks:
  • Promote the awareness and understanding of the shared responsibility of PM&E functions 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 staff and national partners and institutions exists in the context of the IMEP. Pay particular attention to the capacity needs of national partners such as professional evaluation associations that will be strengthened by involvement in evaluation processes and possibly through specific capacity building initiatives (NECD). Liaise with the Evaluation Specialist in this regard.
  • 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.
4. Integrated Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Plan
Ensure that the Country Office and national partners use a well-prioritized 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 establishment of 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.
  • Identify the M&E objectives, priorities, and activities required for effective CO and partner Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans.
  • Liaise with the Evaluation Specialist to ensure that programme components and projects are routinely evaluation, in line with UNICEF’s revised evaluation policy.
5. Coordination and Networking
Ensure that the UNICEF office is effectively linked to wider UNICEF PME developments ina way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning on effective M&E management.
Duties & Tasks:
  • Collaborate with Evaluation Specialist, Regional M&E Adviser 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 Evaluation Specialist, 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 PME knowledge networks to identify innovations and lessons.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • Advanced university degree in social sciences, international development studies, law, planning development, planning.
  • A minimum of 5 years of professional work experience in programme development and implementation including PME activities.
  • Field work experience and exposure to emergency programming is desirable.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.
Specific Technical Knowledge & Competencies Required 
  • Knowledge of human rights and child rights international legislative instruments and standards is desirable
Common Technical Knowledge Required 
  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in demography, statistics, and data management.
  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in methodology of PME, including theories, standards and models, quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods, validity/reliability testing of data, data analysis and interpretation, and statistical inference methods.
  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Activity Monitoring & Evaluation, Evaluation Design, data analysis, and reporting

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships (2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness (3) Drive to achieve results for impact (4) Innovates and embraces change (5) Manages ambiguity and complexity (6) Thinks and acts strategically (7) Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.
We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. 


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable candidate are encouraged to apply.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be cancelled.

All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

This vacancy is now closed.
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