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  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Beirut
  • Grade: P-4, International Professional - Internationally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-04

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Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

Beirut (Lebanon)

Background

  • Reports to: CTA Stabilization & Recovery Programme 
  • Position Status: Non-Rotational
  • Family Duty Station as of Date of Issuance: Yes

The impact of the Syria crisis on Lebanon is unprecedented in the history of complex, refugee-driven emergencies. The crisis is not only challenging the country’s existing social and economic infrastructure, it also brings to Lebanon a new set of disparities, cleavages and tensions that threaten to undermine Lebanon’s delicate social and political stability.

With the protracted nature of the crisis, refugees are living in poverty, accumulating debt and making tough choices to reduce costs, with negative consequences for quality of shelter, access to health, clean water and education opportunities. Furthermore, areas with the highest concentration of refugees, North Lebanon and the Bekaa valley, are among the poorest and most underserved regions of Lebanon. Even before the crisis, social services, infrastructure and livelihood opportunities were inadequate. Now, increased refugee populations are putting enormous pressure on water, sanitation, education and health care systems, with critical consequences for Lebanon’s natural and environmental resources.

Reflecting the protracted nature of the crisis and its profound impact on Lebanon, the response to the crisis moved in 2017 towards a four-year integrated humanitarian-stabilization response, the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) 2017-2020. The LCRP is an integrated humanitarian and stabilization strategy. The main objectives are to: (1) Ensure protection of vulnerable populations, (2) Provide immediate assistance to vulnerable population, (3) Support service provision through national systems, and (4) Reinforce Lebanon's economic, social and environmental stability by investing in Lebanese institutions, services and systems in a manner that helps maintain Lebanon's stability throughout the crisis. The LCRP is led by the Minister of Social Affairs (MoSA) with support from UNHCR and UNDP through the LCRP Response Management, and in collaboration with other ministries and the lead UN agencies. The plan covers 10 sectors and all activities are coordinated by line ministries through sector working groups. Response partners thus work across a range of areas: Food Security, Basic Assistance, Education, Health, Water, Protection, Social Stability, Livelihoods, Energy, and Shelter.

Various vulnerability and impact assessments confirm that spillover effects from the conflict in Syria are large, negative and far-reaching for Lebanon. Entering its seventh year, the crisis has had serious implications in multiple areas: a) economic (macroeconomic and fiscal); b) human development and social dimensions (health, education, employment and livelihoods, poverty and safety nets, social cohesion and gender); c) infrastructure (water and sanitation, solid waste management, electricity, transportation).

Through the LCRP response management, there is a strong emphasis on ensuring an integrated Monitoring & Evaluation framework, based on a broad evidence base, informed by quantitative and qualitative research as well as direct engagement with affected populations. Furthermore, mainstreaming protection, conflict sensitivity, gender and environment are key areas of focus within the response.

Duties and Responsibilities

Ensures that the LCRP and response operations have a clear and comprehensive monitoring & evaluation framework and component.
 

  • Coordinate and manage the inter-sectoral monitoring & evaluation framework and ensuring alignment of sector log frames.
     
  • Provide technical assistance and guidance to sector working groups and government with a focus on improving the quality of sector log frames and indicators measured.
     
  • Establish and chair a monitoring (& assessment) working group or strengthen other relevant structure, i.e., IMWG, to ensure a coordinated approach to surveys, situation monitoring and evaluation and information sharing.
     
  • Work with relevant actors to facilitate the analysis of needs and situation data
     
  • Ensure alignment between the LCRP M&E and reporting processes with other relevant frameworks, including UNSF
     
  • Conduct and oversee monitoring and evaluation activities
     
  • Deliver reliable, relevant and timely monitoring reports according to the M&E calendar
     
  • Ensure subsequent utilization of monitoring & evaluation information and reports for strategic and operational planning, prioritization, implementation of corrective measures, advocacy and accountability.
     
  • Establish system to track information on needs, coverage, progress and gaps across sectors aligned with relevant reporting systems, i.e., Activity Info.
     

Ensures effective Communication of results within the context of the LCRP:
 

  • Liaise closely with the Senior Inter-Agency Coordinators to ensure that all materials produced are accurate and present partners’ programming in the most effective manner;
     
  • Preparation of key messages, talking points and speeches for the RC/HC and other senior UN staff on issues associated with the LCRP;
     
  • Takes the lead in developing key products and reports highlighting specific issues associated with the implementation of the LCRP.

Competencies

Primary competencies are those integral to the position and are the criteria by which a hiring decision would be made. Secondary competencies are necessary but are not critical to the role.

Core 

Innovation

  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work 
  • Level 5: Integrate & Empower (Strategic Advisor)

Leadership

  • Ability to persuade others to follow 
  • Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)

People Management

  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction 
  • Level 3: Apply & Adapt (Recognized contributor with demonstrated ability)

Communication

  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform 
  • Level 5: Integrate & Empower (Strategic Advisor)

 Delivery

  • Ability to get things done 
  • Level 5: Integrate & Empower (Strategic Advisor)


Technical/Functional 

Primary 

  • Results Based Programme Development & Management
    Level 5: Integrate & Empower (Strategic Advisor)

  • Building Strategic Partnerships 
    Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)

  • Advocacy/Advancing a Policy Orientated Agenda 
    Level 3: Apply & Adapt (Recognized contributor with demonstrated ability)

  • Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise 
    Level 5: Integrate & Empower (Strategic Advisor)


Secondary

  • Knowledge Management
    Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)

  • Client Orientation
    Level 4: Originate (Peer Regarded Lead Expert)

Required Skills and Experience


Education: 

  • Master’s Degree or equivalent in Economics, Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Sciences or related field.

Experience: 

At least 7 years of experience in humanitarian emergencies with increasing levels of management responsibility and following skills and experience:

  •  Extensive experience in undertaking and managing monitoring & evaluation exercises and/or humanitarian needs assessments demonstrated in complex contexts.
     
  • Proven qualitative and quantitative research skills and ability to analyse the overall humanitarian situation.

  • Ability to liaise with sectoral experts to ensure adequate analysis and accuracy of data.

  • Ability to use a logical and structured approach to collate archive and synthesize information

  • Experience in undertaking secondary data reviews

  • Experience in handling sensitive data in insecure environments.

  • Proven interpersonal and negotiating skills.

  • Experience of the UN system, international humanitarian community and the IASC cluster system or similar.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Language Requirements: 

  •  Fluency in English;
  • Knowledge of Arabic and French would be an asset

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