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Programme Health and Monitoring & Evaluation Analyst

Islamabad (Pakistan)

Background Information - Job-specific

IMPORTANT NOTE:

  • THIS IS A LOCAL POSITION FOR WHICH ONLY THOSE APPLICANTS WHO POSSESS THE RIGHT TO LIVE AND WORK IN PAKISTAN WILL BE CONSIDERED. 



The Global Fund does not have a country-level presence outside of its central Secretariat. Instead, it hires third party Local Fund Agents (LFAs) to oversee, verify and report on grant performance. LFAs are selected through a competitive bidding process.

The Global Fund normally has one LFA engaged in each country where its funds are disbursed. The LFA would give the Global Fund access to local knowledge that may be relevant to the performance. The Global Fund adheres to the principles of performance-based funding in making disbursement decisions. The aim is to ensure that investments are made only where funding is managed and spent effectively on programs that achieve impact in fighting the relevant diseases (HIV, tuberculosis and malaria).The LFA is thus a crucial part of the Global Fund’s system of oversight and risk management. Its principal role is to provide informed and independent professional advice about the capacity of fund/grant recipients to manage the implementation of activities funded by grant funds(including the recipient’s capacity to oversee implementation of activities by implementing parties), to make recommendations concerning periodic disbursement of grant funds, to review grant performance when a grant is being considered for renewal, and to provide the donor on an on-going basis with relevant information on issues or risks which might affect grant performance.

The LFA team is expected to have an up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of relevant diseases, how they are prevented, transmitted and treated, and their impact on a specific country. The team assesses the recipients’ institutional and health/programmatic capacities and arrangements to ensure adequate health expertise (HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and/or malaria) in the implementation of the donor grant funds. The LFA team also determines whether the recipient has adequate infrastructure and information systems to support grant implementation, including the monitoring of performance of implementing partners and outsourced entities in a timely and accountable manner. The donor has recently adopted an intensive risk management approach to services with enhanced effort toward in-depth verifications and reporting. The identification of financial and programmatic risks with ongoing updates shall be provided the donor with special attention to the overall context of the relevant diseases and grant implementation in country.

The Programme Health and M&E Analyst will be based in Pakistan and report to the LFA Team Leader. The incumbent will be responsible for the technical area of health and disease (HIV, TB and malaria), and responsible for ensuring that all programme/M&E work is of high quality and completed within the time frame set by the client. The incumbent will also be required to travel in-country when necessary.

Functional Responsibilities

The incumbent is required to perform the function of Programme health and M&E Analyst jointly with and in support of the Programme Health Monitoring & Evaluation Expert in Pakistan by carrying out the following activities:

  1. Report Reviews:

Review progress update reports and disbursement requests submitted by the grant recipients for Programme Health and M&E Expert attention as per following:

· Verify grant recipient and implementing partners’ primary records (supporting documents submitted) for accuracy and completeness, and for the correspondence of those, with the summary internal/external reports prepared by the grant recipients and implementing partners;

· Conduct cross-checks of various primary documents with the summary reports;

· Interview grant recipients and implementing partners’ relevant staff members, as well as programme beneficiaries,including TB/HIV patients;

· Debrief grant recipient and implementing partners’ staff members on the main findings from the UNOPS verifications/reports;

· Carry out cross verification of M&E and health/programmatic data with financial, management and procurement data/information;

·  Perform comprehensive programmatic and M&E analysis and reflect in the programmatic and M&E related sections of the obligatory reporting template.
2. Implementation Reviews:

· Organize and lead recipient assessments, and programmatic reviews to provide informed and independent professional advice to the donor about the capacity of recipients to effectively manage and implement the donor grant funds from a programmatic perspective;

· Conduct regular (preferably monthly) and ad hoc visits to the grant recipients and implementing partners to monitor implementation of the projects (including trainings and other key events) and prepare corresponding reports;

· Carry out regular monitoring of grant recipient and implementing partner performances and verify the implementation status of the programme and the progress towards reaching set programme targets;

· Assess reasonableness of the types and quantities (forecasted needs) of TB/HIV/malaria medicines and other health products that are planned to be procured with grant funds;

· Review revised implementation planning documents during grant implementation (workplan, budget, procurement plan, M&E, others), and provide an opinion on proposed changes in programme implementation, effects these changes might have on attainment of programme objectives, proposed budget reallocations and provide recommendations to the client;

· Undertake preliminary quality assurance of the LFA programmatic/ M&E deliverables to be submitted to the donor, to ensure that these are in line with contemporary professional standards;

· Plan, prepare and lead data verification and data quality exercises exercises including travel to monitor status of grant implementation;

· Monitor and inform the team leader of any developments within the country’s health system which may affect the performance of the grants;

· Immediately raise all suspicious acts, transactions and activities and processes which may pose potential risks, misconduct, mismanagement, misuse and frauds by grant recipients and implementing partners to the attention of the team leader;

· Conducting the above tasks, ensure that relevant guidelines and policies are adhered to including the ones which are related to M&E and programmatic/health functional areas. The respective international guidelines (e.g. WHO, UNAIDS, etc) shall be also consulted and followed.
3. Management & client relations:

· Ensure that all teamwork, includes inputs of all technical staff, is of high quality and completed within the timeframe, and as per guidelines set by the donor;

· Contribute to the annual scope of work, cost proposal and the consequent annual work plan of team activities;

· Demonstrate an overall understanding of the grant architecture and in-depth knowledge of all team activities required to be performed as described in the donor manual;

· Remain updated on donor guidelines and procedures, timeframes for completion of team activities, and the forms and templates to be used in the field of work;

· Foster an atmosphere of team spirit, mutual respect and professional independence within the team;

4. Perform other duties as per the donor manual and/or as assigned/ required. 

Education

Master's degree in Public Health, Medicine, Epidemiology or related field is required.        A Bachelor's degree in the above fields combined with 2 additional years of relevant experience will be considered in lieu of a Master's degree.

Experience

A minimum of 2 years relevant experience with Master’s degree (or 4 years with Bachelor's degree) in the health sector, notably in monitoring and evaluating health programs in developing countries, and with the following expertise:

(i) ability to interpret performance results of health programs and analyse the implications of such results in the country context;

(ii) strong understanding of public health monitoring and evaluation systems;

(iii) a thorough knowledge of epidemiology and programmatic interventions related to at least one of the three diseases (HIV, TB, or malaria);

(iv) understanding of the dimensions of health service quality and familiarity with reviewing and interpreting national service delivery guidelines;

(v) strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy and tact to effectively communicate with senior level officials, multiple stakeholders and professionals from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds; and

strong professional oral communication and writing skills, including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical/persuasive documents.

Languages

Fluent oral and written English and Urdu required for this position.

Competencies

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.

Functional competencies

  • Strong understanding of public health monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Analytical skills
  • Client Service
  • Evaluation
  • International organizations experience
  • Reporting
  • Ability to interpret performance results of health programs and analyse the implications of such results in the country context;
  • A thorough knowledge of epidemiology and programmatic interventions related to at least one of the three diseases (HIV, TB, or malaria);
  • Understanding of the dimensions of health service quality and familiarity with reviewing and interpreting national service delivery guidelines;
  • Strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy and tact to effectively communicate with senior level officials, multiple stakeholders and professionals from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds;
  • Strong professional oral communication and writing skills, including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical/persuasive documents.
  • Experience with larger donors in the area of health is an advantage;

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA)
Contract level: Local ICA Level 8
Contract duration: Up to 31 December 2018 with possibility of extension subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability.

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 


Additional Considerations

  • Please note that this is a local position for which only applicants who possess Pakistani nationality or working permits will be considered.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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: Islamabad (Pakistan)
  • Grade: LICA-8, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2018-01-25

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