Researcher and Analyst for Monitoring and Evaluation

Addis Ababa

Background Information - PSC

Peace and Security Centre

The UNOPS Peace and Security Centre (PSC) is a principal service provider in the field of mine action with the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), UNDP, UNICEF, Governments of mine-affected countries and other mine action partners. The Centre is responsible to administer, provide support and oversight of the day-to-day management of the Project Field offices, both according to the client requirements and in line with UNOPS rules and regulations.
 It is headed by the Centre Director who has the overall authority and accountability for the performance of the Peace and Security Centre on behalf of its clients.


Background Information - Job-specific

Background – UNMAS

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) was established in 1997, by the General Assembly, and as per the UN Policy on Mine Action and Effective Coordination (A/53/496, 1998) is the coordinator of mine action within the United Nations system. UNMAS supports the UN's vision of "a world free of the threat of landmines and unexploded ordnance, where individuals and communities live in a safe environment conducive to development, and where mine survivors are fully integrated into their societies."

UNMAS is a component of the Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions (OROLSI) within the Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO). When mandated by the Security Council or requested by Member States, UNMAS deploys under humanitarian, peace and security mandates. UNMAS provides direct support and assistance in the areas of Explosive Hazard (EH) mitigation to 17 countries/territories/missions, has a standby rapid response capacity and global technical advisors in the field of Improvised Explosive Devices and (IED) Weapons and Ammunition Management (WAM).

In addition to programme implementation as part of peacekeeping operations and humanitarian emergencies, UNMAS also coordinates the UN response in mine action. Part of this coordination function includes the monitoring of the Strategy of the United Nations on Mine Action 2013-2018 (UN Strategy) through a biannual monitoring process to collate and analyze data and report on the progress towards the strategic objectives of the UN Strategy.

Functional Responsibilities

The incumbent will report to the Portfolio Manager.
The purpose of this position is to analyze the progress, to identify trends related to implementation of the vision and strategic objectives of the UN Strategy and to draft a comprehensive report for the United Nations Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action (IACG-MA).

This analysis is based on collecting data from over 25 UN programmes operating in affected countries/territories as well as conducting additional research on international mine action frameworks and policies and Headquarters-based initiatives to meet internal commitments agreed to by the UN entities involved in mine action.

Once data is collected, there is a requirement for the consultant to conduct rigorous and thorough data clean-up, verification, and analysis before drafting a report to be reviewed by UNMAS and other United Nations entities supporting mine action. The report is the main vehicle through which the United Nations communicates emerging trends and challenges, as well as remedial measures and overall progress made since the last report. Consultant will be required to incorporate into the report recommendations and to contextualize progress in order to add appropriate depth to the analysis.

These reports also serve as a basis for evidence-based programme management and allocation of resources in order to improve the overall efficacy and efficiency of the United Nations mine action services. As part of responding to needs, consultant will also be responsible for making suggestions and recommendations related to areas for improvements to the current monitoring mechanism, as appropriate.
Deliverables include:

  • Facilitate the implementation of survey software at headquarters and by country-offices.
  • Maintain and manage mine action data collected through the M&E Mechanism for the Strategy by the UN.
  • Collate available and relevant available data.
  • Conduct data verification in a timely manner.
  • Support country offices in data collection, management and general monitoring and evaluation practices. This includes updating survey manuals for data collection required.
  • Conduct additional research and data verification, as required.
  • After each round of analysis, draft report on findings of data collection in a timely manner for review by the Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Mine Action (IACG-MA), coordinated by UNMAS, make revisions as required and finalize report within deadlines.
  • After each round of analysis, prepare a powerpoint with clear messaging on trends and progress to be delivered by UNMAS to main stakeholders.
  • Prepare and make recommendation for improving implementation of the M&E Mechanism with view of increasing overall efficacy of reporting progress.
  • Perform other duties as required

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education and Relevant Years of Experience:
  • Advanced university degree (Master's or equivalent) in statistics, social science, monitoring and evaluation or relevant field with a minimum of five (5) years relevant experience OR
  • First level university degree (Bachelor's or equivalent) in statistics, social science,monitoring and evaluation or a relevant field with a minimum of seven (7) years relevant experience.
Work Experience:
  • Relevant experience is defined as progressive and proven technical experience in monitoring and evaluation, including qualitative and quantitative techniques 
  • Within relevant experience at least 3 years must entail database management
  • Fluency in multivariate statistical analysis, including quasi-experimental and experimental approaches, as well as sampling theory is required
  • Experience in programming in STATA, R, or MATLAB is required
  • Experience in managing the implementation of cross-country surveys and in supporting country offices and teams in data collection is desired
  • Experience in translating analytical work into policy advice, operational and actionable recommendations is desired
  • Experience in management-based results reporting is desired
  • Experience in joint evaluations or inter-sectorial monitoring and evaluation is desired
  • Experience and familiarity with the UN system is desired 
Language:
  • Fluency in English (reading, speaking and writing) is required
  • Knowledge of Arabic and/or French is highly desired
  • Knowledge of another UN official language is desired

Competencies

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • 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 only, 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.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: International Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: IICA-2 (ICS-10) 
Contract duration: 4 months (Retainer)

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

Background Information - UNOPS

 UNOPS supports the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our 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.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices, always satisfying or surpassing our partners’ expectations.

With over 7,000 personnel spread across 80 countries, UNOPS offers its partners the logistical, technical and management knowledge they need, wherever they need it.

A flexible structure and global reach means that we can quickly respond to our partners' needs, while offering the benefits of economies of scale. 

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: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Addis Ababa
  • Grade: IICA-2, International Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Scientist and Researcher
  • Closing Date: 2017-10-25

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