Planning & Monitoring Officer ( open to Montenegro nationals only )
UNICEF in Montenegro is seeking a qualified candidate to provide professional, technical, operational and administrative support to all work related to Planning and Monitoring in supporting UNICEF staff and partners across the Country Office and in line with overall accountability of UNICEF.
I Organizational Context and Purpose for the job
The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does - in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children's rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life - in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions - her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society's most disadvantaged citizens - addressing inequity - not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
II Purpose for the job
Under the direct supervision of Deputy Representative, the Planning & Monitoring Officer provides professional support throughout the programme cycle in preparing, coordinating, managing and implementing a variety of technical tasks that contribute to design, planning, implementation, monitoring and reporting on UNICEF programmes to ensure that programmes are designed for maximum impact for children, leaving no child behind.
The Planning and Monitoring Officer is accountable for ensuring that:
a) UNICEF programme strategies and plans are well-formulated, evidence-based, and contribute to a strategic UN Cooperation Framework engagement that demonstrates UNICEF's comparative advantage;
b) Country Office performance is systematically monitored and reported on using UNICEF corporate tools;
c) the result-based management capacities of Country Office staff, and national partners are strengthened, enabling them to increasingly engage in and lead planning, monitoring, and reporting processes.
- Support the Deputy Representative in the coordinating the process of programme formulation, planning and preparation of the Country Programme ensuring harmonization of approaches and alignment with UNICEF’s Strategic Plan, Regional Headline Results and UN Cooperation Framework, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), corporate guidelines, policies/procedures amd regional and national priorities;
- Provide technical support to the Deputy Representative and the Programme Team in the process of , reporting and systematic monitoring of the progress and results of the country programme, as well as to identify and analyze a set of programme performance indicators, in the context of the Annual/Rolling Work Plans, Joint Work Plans, UN Cooperation Framework and provide regular advice to the Country Management Team/ Senior Management Team to guide programme and management decisions. Support reporting and monitoring through follow-up actions based on management decisions resulting from Country Office performance monitoring. Ensure that corporate tools are systematically used (RAM, Scorecards, Dashboards) throughout the programme cycle promoting alignment, results-based management and accountability/transparency;
- Provide technical support to the Deputy Representative and Programme Team in coordinating and managing annual/mid-year/ /end-term country programme reviews ensuring consistency with objectives and goals set out in the CPD and contribute to the Annual Management Plan, including reporting on COAR and SMQs;
- Support the programme components to effectively monitor and report on the sectoral and cross-sectoral programme component results and facilitate programme coherence and convergence, including progress on the implementation of the cross-sectoral strategy;
- Compile monitoring and evaluation information/data and make them available to programme sections. Contribute to the preparation of reports drawing on monitoring and analysis of key indicators. Assist in the preparation of reports on systemic issues or any other analysis or data related to programme implementation and/or evaluation;
- Support partners in the establishment and management of national statistical databases and contribute to regional and international databases, ensuring that key indicators are readily accessible by key stakeholders;
2. Rights-based and Results-Based Programme Management Approach
- Provide technical support to ensure a rights-based and results-based programmes approach in the formulation of programme goals and objectives and development of strategies and implementation frameworks;
- Collaborate with partners and assist in the strengthening of quality child rights-based programmes through consistent and effective planning, design, implementation, monitoring and/or evaluation of programmes and projects;
- Contribute to coherence, synergy and added value to the programming planning and design processes using a results-based management approach to programme planning and design;
- Provide professional technical assistance in preparing viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, new initiatives and optimal utilization of resources that contribute effectively to the fulfilment of the rights of children and women;
- Support in training/orientation for UNICEF staff in results-based planning, administration of monitoring tools and participation in annual review meetings at different levels;
- Support in preparation/updating of the national situation analysis on children in the country;
- Support capacity building of national institutions in planning, monitoring and quality assurance;
- Identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned from evidence generation activities for integration into planning and management efforts;
- Collects best practices on sectoral programme implementation from the ECA region and shares widely, as an instrument to better inform programme development;
- Provide support to Communication and Child Rights Monitoring Specialists in generating and using reliable and disaggregated data and analysis to promote and raise awareness on children’s rights for communication with the general public and with policy makers, to ensure buy-in, commitment to UNICEF programming;
- Support programme and partnerships efforts through data and analysis for the development of concept notes and proposals for funding from public and private sector donors and for partnership agreements with UNICEF implementation partners;
- Country Office performance is systematically monitored, reported on and data for key indicators of the Annual Management Plan and management reports are collected, analyzed and made available to management and the Country Management Team;
- Data-driven analysis is provided for effective and evidence-based policy making, prioritization, planning, and development; and results-based management is provided for planning, adjusting, and scaling-up initiatives;
- UNICEF staff and partners are provided guidance, tools and resources to effectively plan and monitor programmes to achieve intended results for children;
- Country Office advocacy efforts use data on results for children in an effective manner to raise awareness on children’s rights with the general public and with policy makers, and to ensure local buy-in and continued relevance of UNICEF programming;
- Effective partnerships with Government and other agencies are maintained and strengthened around effective, evidence based programmes to enable sustained commitment to the Convention of the Rights of the Child and the Sustainable Development Goals for continuing progress of the UNICEF’s mission.
V Competencies and level of proficiency required (based on UNICEF Professional Competency Profiles.
- Communication [ II ]
- Working with People [ I ]
- Drive for Results [ I ]
- Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ I ]
- Analyzing [ II]
- Applying Technical Expertise [ II ]
- Learning and Researching [ II]
- Planning and Organizing [ II ]
- University degree in Social Sciences, Policy Analysis, Economics, Applied Mathematics or Statistics;
- Advanced degree will be considered as an asset;
- Two (2) years of relevant professional work experience in programme planning, development, and implementation including monitoring and statistics activities;
- Familiarity with Results Based Management, costing and budgeting;
- Experience of working with data and statistics, e.g households and panel surveys, large datasets is considered as an asset;
- Experience in applying methodology of Monitoring &Evaluation theories, standards and models, quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods, validity/reliability testing of data, data analysis and interpretation, and statistical inference methods is considered as an asset;
- Fluency in English (written and oral) and Montenegrin;