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Programme Health and Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

Kabul (Afghanistan)

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. 

Background Information - Job-specific

The Local Fund Agent (LFA) is 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 Principal Recipients (PR) to manage the implementation of activities funded under grants (including a PR’s capacity to oversee implementation of activities by Sub-recipients), 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 Global Fund Secretariat on an ongoing basis with relevant information on issues or risks which might affect grant performance.

The LFA is expected to have an up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of the diseases (HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria), how they are prevented, transmitted and treated and their impact on the country. The LFA assesses the PR’s institutional and health/programmatic capacities and arrangements to ensure adequate health expertise (HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and/or malaria) in the implementation of the Global Fund grants. The LFA also determines whether the PR has adequate infrastructure and information systems, including financial systems, to support grant implementation, including the monitoring of performance of Sub-recipients and outsourced entities in a timely and accountable manner.

The Programme Health and M&E Specialist will be based in Kabul, Afghanistan, and will be required to travel in-country when necessary.

Functional Responsibilities

1. Purpose and Scope of Assignment

The incumbent is required to perform the function of technical Programme Health and M&E Specialist in Afghanistan by carrying out the following activities:

§ Report Reviews

Review progress update reports and disbursement requests submitted by the grant recipients 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 program beneficiaries,including TB/HIV/malaria patients;

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

Cross verification of M&E and health/programmatic data with financial, management and procurement data/information; and

Conduct comprehensive programmatic and M&E analysis and reflect it in the programmatic and M&E related sections of the mandatory reporting template.

§ 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 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 donor;

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; and

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.

§ Relations with the Global Fund:

In conducting the above tasks, ensure that the Global Fund 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;

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;

Ensure that all inputs are of high quality and completed within the timeframe, and as per guidelines set by the donor;

Monitor and inform the Team Leader and the Global Fund of any developments within the country’s health system which may affect the performance of the grants; and

Assist the LFA Team Leader in making recommendations to the Global Fund in the phase of grant negotiations on the status of the various work plans with specific focus on the feasibility and soundness of the proposed programme work plan;

Assist in grant closure activities;

Support and accompany, as needed, the Global Fund Fund Portfolio Manager while conducting country visits and meetings with PRs, SRs, and other partners; and

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

Education

A Master’s degree in Public Health, Medicine, Epidemiology, Development Studies or a related area is required.  A bachelor's degree in the related fields combined with two additional years of relevant experience will be considered in substitution of the master's degree.

Experience

Five (5) years with master's degree or Seven (7) years with bachelor's degree of relevant experience is required.

Strong understanding of public health monitoring and evaluation systems is required, including thorough knowledge of epidemiology and programmatic interventions related to at least one of the three diseases (HIV, TB or malaria), preferably in Afghanistan.

Ability to interpret performance results of health programs and analyse the implications of such results in the country context is required.

Proven understanding of the dimensions of health service quality and familiarity with reviewing and interpreting national service delivery guidelines is a requirement.

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

Experience with large donors in the area of health is an advantage

Languages

Fluency in English and working knowledge of Dari/Pashtu is required.

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.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement (ICA)
Contract level: ICA Local Specialist Level 10
Contract duration: Up to 31 December 2018 initially, renewable 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 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.

APPLICANTS MUST INCLUDE A COVER LETTER WITH THEIR APPLICATIONS.

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: Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: LICA-10, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2018-07-15

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