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Monitoring & Evaluation Officer (ASGM)

Paramaribo (Suriname)

Background

The Improving Environmental Management in the Mining Sector of Suriname, with Emphasis on Artisanal and Small-Scale Gold Mining (ASGM). This GEF funded project is implemented in Suriname by the Ministry of Natural Resources as national implementing partner and National Institute for Environment and Development in Suriname (NIMOS) and other responsible partners with support from the United Nations Development Programme.  

The project seeks to improve the environmental management of mining in Suriname, particularly small-scale gold mining, which is the largest driver of deforestation in the country and contributes to biodiversity loss (through habitat degradation and pollution), climate change (through deforestation) and unsustainable land, water and forest management.   The project will address policy and institutional constraints to improved management of ASGM as a sector as well as to create an enabling environment for the dissemination of environmentally responsible mining practices. To do so, the project will work at the policy level (Outcomes 1 and 2) with government stakeholders, as well as with miners themselves (Outcome 3) to demonstrate the environmental and economic benefits of environmentally responsible mining practices (ERMPs) and technologies.  The model proposed is one that relies on the identification of benefits for miners that arise from the application of ERMPs, including social and economic benefits, as well as the design of a system of national level financial, fiscal and regulatory incentives to help re-orient the market towards more responsibly sourced gold.  Based on the lessons learned from this model, the project will implement an upscaling strategy that will include knowledge sharing at local and national level, as well as with neighbouring countries (Outcome 4).

The project will be implemented over a period of 7 years and will be coordinated through a project management team located in Paramaribo, Suriname (following UNDP support to National Implementation Modality - NIM), with interior field operations managed by responsible partners. The project is now seeking a qualified Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the daily management of the project.

OVERALL SCOPE OF THE WORK

The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer has the responsibility to monitor the effective and efficient implementation of the project under the overall guidance and supervision of the Project Manager.  The M&E Officer is supported by the Project Manager, Chief Technical Advisor and Finance Officer. The Project Management Unit (PMU) will be assisted, on an ongoing basis, by technical experts and consultants who will be recruited to assist in the completion of project activities. The main consultants include an Artisanal and Small-Scale Goldmining (ASGM) specialist or geologist, and an Indigenous and Tribal People (ITP) community & stakeholder engagement specialist, who will provide long-term assistance.  The M&E Officer will ensure M&E Plan is prepared and monitor its implementation and follow-up with all relevant stakeholders at national and demonstration site level, in line with the project results framework in section III of the project document and in line with the GEF tracking tools.

Duties and Responsibilities

The M&E Officer reports to the Project Manager. On a day-to-day basis, he/she will work in close coordination with the PMU, local and international consultants, other responsible partners, the Ministry of Natural Resources and NIMOS.

The M&E Officer will provide high quality technical M&E support to the M&E Plan and monitor its implementation and follow-up with all relevant stakeholders at national, county and demonstration site level, in line with the project results framework in section III of the project document and in line with the GEF tracking tools. S/he will work with government, inter-governmental organizations, NGOs, donors, and the private sector to monitor project implementation in line with signed project document, the objective and outcomes. The M&E Officer will liaise with other UNDP project management teams and beyond such as for example Japan Caribbean Climate Change Partnership project, Global Climate Change Alliance and the Suriname REDD+ project to explore and maximize synergies to share M&E examples and best practices.

Project planning, monitoring implementation and evaluation

  • Provide technical expertise and guidance to all project components, and support the PM and CTA in the coordination of the implementation of planned M&E activities under the project as stipulated in the project document/work plan;
  • Develop a M&E Plan and monitor its implementation and follow-up with all relevant stakeholders at national, county and demonstration site level, in line with the project results framework in section III of the project document and in line with the GEF tracking tools;
  • Gather required data on project indicators that will be reported upon as per the project Results Framework, including gender-disaggregated data
  • Provides regular follow-up to ensure that gender mainstreaming is being monitored and reported upon.
  • Support the development of M&E and activity reports, such as the quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports, including Progress Implementation Reports (PIRs).
  • Support the development of ToR for the Mid-Term Review and the Terminal Evaluation and review the products from these evaluations.
  • Feed in M&E data to knowledge products produced by the project.
  • Any other M&E tasks, as needed.

Competencies

Professionalism:

  • Knowledge and understanding of Results Based Management and associated Outputs indicators and activities.
  • Ability to identify issues, analyze and participate in the resolution of issues/problems.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, think laterally and resolve complex issues in a dynamic and changing environment.
  • Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various validated research and data sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases are required.
  • Ability to apply judgment in the context of assignments given, plan own work and manage conflicting priorities.
  • Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations.
  • Demonstrates UN values and ethics.

Teamwork:

  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others.
  • Places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning and organizing:

  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required.
  • Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

Required Skills and Experience

Education

  • Master’s or Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, international development, natural resource management, project management, public/business administration or related fields.

Work Experience, Skills and Knowledge

  • At least 3 years of relevant program experience (Master’s degree), in project Monitoring and Evaluation, preferably natural resource management projects or at least 5 years of relevant program experience (Bachelor degree), in project Monitoring and Evaluation, preferably natural resource management projects.
  • Proven experience working with Government, Mining private sector, international organizations and donors.                                   
  • Excellent command of written and spoken English; with demonstrated ability for report writing.
  • Excellent command of written and spoken Dutch is an asset.
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills; with demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships.
  • Previous experience with donor funded development projects is an asset.
  • Computer skills, including internet navigation and various office applications. 
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet deadlines.

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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Paramaribo (Suriname)
  • Grade: SB-5, Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Trade and Development
  • Closing Date: 2018-08-17

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