Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, (P-4), Yangon, Myanmar, #90708

Yangon

Under the supervision of the Deputy Representative of UNICEF’s Myanmar, Yangon, Country Office (CO), the incumbent of the post will support UNICEF Myanmar to follow effective planning processes and provide valid and reliable information on the performance of UNICEF-supported programmes, including their relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability, and in emergency contexts, their coverage, coordination, and coherence. The incumbent will establish monitoring and evaluation tools which enhance partnerships between the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), government, and other key players to collectively track progress on MDGs and other international commitment for children.

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, the United Nations Children's Fund (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 supervision of the Deputy Representative of UNICEF's Myanmar, Yangon, Country Office (CO), the incumbent of the post will support UNICEF Myanmar to follow effective planning processes and provide valid and reliable information on the performance of UNICEF-supported programmes, including their relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability, and in emergency contexts, their coverage, coordination, and coherence. The incumbent will establish monitoring and evaluation tools which enhance partnerships between the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), government, and other key players to collectively track progress on MDGs and other international commitment for children.

Key Accountabilities, Duties, & Tasks

1. Programme Planning
Support the preparation of the standard UNICEF planning documents.

  • Support the preparation of documentation for the Country Programme including: Country Programme Document, Country Programme Action Plan, Country Programme Management Plan, Annual Work Plans, Annual Management Plan, HACT (Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers) assurance plan.

2. Programme Performance Monitoring
Ensure that the Country Office has quality information to assess progress towards expected results established in the various planning documents.

• Ensure that the Country Office has input all necessary data into the corporate programme management and information systems, notably VISION, RAM, and that it is up-to-date and accurate.
• Provide technical support to the office in the development and use of performance indicators to enable assessment of progress towards annual and multi-year results in the context of the multi-year and annual IMEP, Annual Management Plan, 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 programme performance monitoring, with special attention to humanitarian response.
• Drawing on monitoring and analysis of key programme performance and management indicators, provide professional input into management reports, including regular reports for management review at PMT and CMT. Support the process for the preparation of the Country Office Annual Report.

3. Integrated Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Plan (IMEP)
Working closely with the office Evaluation Specialist, 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.

• 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.
• After the initial humanitarian response, support management of the medium-term response with a revised IMEP.

4. Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT)
Oversee the work of the Country Office HACT Focal Person and support the office to fully comply with HACT requirements.

• Oversee the work of the Country Office HACT Focal Person, particularly in the preparation of the annual HACT Assurance Plan and in the monitoring of progress in key HACT assurance activities, such as micro-assessments, programme monitoring visits, spot checks and audits.
• Support the process for engagement of third party institutions to carry out HACT assurance activities as necessary.
• Support the development and use of suitable systems to facilitate planning and documentation of HACT assurance activities and ensure linkages with programme performance monitoring systems.
• Ensure that regular reports on HACT progress are provided to office management.

5. Coordination and Networking
Ensure that the UNICEF office is effectively linked to wider UN and UNICEF PME developments in a way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning on effective PME management.

• Collaborate with other UN Agencies in the country particularly in the preparation of the CCA/UNDAF and the monitoring of overall UN contribution to the country's development.
• Collaborate with Regional PME 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

• An advanced university degree (Master's) in Social Sciences, Demography, Development, Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation, Statistics or related field(s) is required.*
* A relevant first-level university degree (Bachelor's), in combination with 2 years of additional relevant work experience, may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
• A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, in programme/project development, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation is required. Experience with UN planning processes is considered an asset.
• Previous hands-on experience in a supervisory/managerial capacity is required.
• Previous work experience in an emergency duty station and/or exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness planning, is considered an asset.
• Experience with implementing Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfers (HACT) is highly desirable
• Fluency in English (written & verbal) is required. Knowledge of an additional UN Language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish) and the language of the duty station is considered an asset.

Competencies of a Successful Candidate

Core Values

• Commitment
• Diversity and Inclusion
• Integrity

Core competencies

• Communication (Level 2)
• Working with People (Level 2)
• Drive for Result (Level 2)

Functional Competencies

• Leading and Supervising (Level 2)
• Formulating Strategies and Concepts (Level 2)
• Analyzing (Level 2)
• Applying Technical Expertise (Level 2)
• Planning and Organizing (Level 3)

To view our competency framework, please click here here.

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.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Yangon
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Accounting (Audit, Controlling)
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Urban Development, planning and design
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2016-12-18

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