Re-Advertisement: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (SC10)-Inclusive Politics Portfolio
Political developments in Somalia have been difficult and demanding process, driven by political elites consisting of individuals working with the support of the international community. Most of the citizenry have hitherto been largely excluded from political processes and decision making. Most of young people, who make up nearly 70% of the population have little or no understanding of government functioning. Fortunately, this has started changing with the tremendous increase of young MP’s that were elected to the 10th federal parliament.
With the remarkable progress made during the 9th Parliament, the Somali Government is very keen to deepen democracy and ensure political inclusiveness. Promoting inclusive politics is critical as it will contribute decisively to peace-building, state-building and sustainable development in Somalia. Somalia’s commitment to this is best illustrated by the endorsement of the National Development Plan (NDP) with Government leading the participation in the London Conference and offering continuous support to programmes and Portfolios.
The NDP of Somalia is the first that was developed in 30 years and is considered a major milestone since its endorsement by the new federal government. The NDP prioritizes peace-building, state-building and a Somali-driven development agenda as central to achieve long-lasting political stability and democracy. Directly relevant to inclusive politics, the first NDP policy priority is to “make significant strides towards a society with an open and inclusive political system, including one person – one vote elections in 2020”. The strengthening of democratic governance and a sustainable political settlement will provide the foundation and the tools for the development plans and strategies set out in the NDP.
UN integrated teams have developed various programmes supporting the transition to inclusive democracy in Somalia. These programmes have, notably since September 2012, been redefined to focus their contribution on inclusive politics in Somalia and have already delivered significant results. This is also true of the UNDP which continues through its various programmes to contribute both directly and indirectly towards the delivery and promotion of inclusive politics in the Federal Republic of Somalia. The primary focus is on building an inclusive political system that is met by responsive institutions providing an environment in which social cohesion can flourish and, in turn, influence democratic institutions.
The UN integrated programmatic approach addresses issues of political inclusion from several different yet complimentary angles. The foundations for inclusive politics are already embedded in the Somali Provisional Constitution, and this will be further strengthened in the review that is currently underway by means of a consultative, participatory and inclusive process which is supported under UNDP constitutional review programme. The constitution promotes a ‘social contract’ that includes the various mechanisms that allow for the peaceful coexistence of various groups. It does this by establishing federalism, power-sharing mechanisms, and local governance. There is also a guarantee of equal access to power and peaceful and respectful political debate. In short, the Somali State, and its powers, will be the product of the agreement between its citizens. The participation of the Somali people is primarily expressed through the electoral framework and system, as also supported by in the run-up to the first direct, universal and multi-party elections since 1969, foreseen for 2020/1. By the same token, the Constitution will set the parameters for the architecture of power- and resources sharing. National law-making and operationalizing of the constitution requires a strong and fairly-elected Parliament, both National Federal Parliament and in all State Assemblies. UNDP’s parliamentary support programme not only addresses the technical capacities of these Parliaments but also their capacities to effectively represent the Somali people, to engage and communicate with all constituents, interest groups and the non-governmental sector in pursuit of reconciliation, peace and stability for the country. UNDP’s programmes also directly support the process of federalization and decentralization that will, over time, calibrate the national equilibrium between the federal, state and local Governments. Considering Somalia’s fragmented nature and fragile foundations, issues of political and civil reconciliation will determine for a large part the success in its quest for political inclusion
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision of the Portfolio Manager and Operations Specialist of Inclusive Politics Portfolio, M & E Officer is responsible to undertake the following functions
Summary of Key functions:
•Design and implement monitoring and evaluation policies and strategies of the Portfolio;
•Ensure quality and accountability of progress monitoring;
•Ensure effective Information Management;
•Ensure effective provision of Monitoring and Evaluation support to Portfolio;
•Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing on monitoring and evaluation.
Design and implement monitoring and evaluation policies and strategies for the Portfolio focusing on the achievement of the following results:
- Overall responsibility for the design of the monitoring strategy and its successful implementation; Monitor progress and effects of the support by the Portfolio response against the strategic priorities;
- Ensure that the Portfolio is aligned to the key priorities identified in the Somalia compact, the
- outcomes of the UNDP Strategic Plan, and Country Programme Document; Ensure compliance to the proposed Portfolio Monitoring and Evaluation Plan;
- Promote and support quality assurance activities undertaken by the Portfolio;
- Support Parliament in monitoring the progress and effect of the donor funds and their coherence with CPD;
- Facilitate monitoring of Cross-Cutting themes by all stakeholders at all levels;
- Coordinate the monitoring process;
- Contribute to the development of evaluation plans as required
Ensure quality and accountability of progress monitoring focusing on the achievement of the following results:
- Ensure the standards and systems used to deliver quality and accountability services and monitoring reports include information on levels of compliance achieved against standards and indicators;
- Ensure collection of data on Output and Outcome indicators for the Portfolio;
- Analyze lessons learned for quality and accountability;
- Promote monitoring, evaluations and audits as means of guiding and supporting the Portfolio; Facilitate external reviews/evaluations as agreed by the programme.
Ensure effective Information Management focusing on the achievement of the following results:
- Develop and maintain the MIS of the Portfolio and monitor the Portfolio activities on a regular basis;
- Collect & analyze different data in relation to the Portfolio activities;
- Maintain database of monitoring data against all Activity, Output and Outcome indicators;
- Liaise with NFP to provide and access data and aggregate data across clusters; Establish strong working relationships with key actors in other Portfolios/agencies dealing with monitoring and evaluation in order to facilitate effective collaboration and communication
Ensure effective provision of technical support to National Counter parts focusing on the achievement of the following results:
- Provide technical support/guidance to the National Counter parts to develop simple and valueadding monitoring strategies and tools;
- Provide technical support/guidance to the National Counter parts in the identification of current monitoring methodologies used by the National Counter parts and identify good practices; Provide technical support/guidance to the National Counter parts in monitoring and reporting responsibilities ensuring coherence with existing reporting requirements
Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing on monitoring and evaluation focusing on the achievement of the following results:
- Identify and formulate monitoring and evaluation findings, lessons learned and recommendations to be integrated into management efforts, disseminated in learning events and channelled into decision-making processes;
- Develop all Portfolio reports, including, donor reports, CO quarterly progress reports;
- Contribute to the implementation of Monitoring and Evaluation Knowledge Management and
- Learning Strategy;
- Collaborate and coordinate with other UN agencies, government agencies, NGOs, and other organizations on monitoring and evaluation issues.
Impact of Results
- The key results have an impact on the overall effectiveness and success of UNDP interventions and activities in providing developmental assistance. Effective implementation of evaluation policies and strategies, as well as efficient organization and coordination of the evaluation process, enhance the organization’s capacity and credibility in implementation of highly effective programmes.
- Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN’s values and ethical standards;
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP;
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability; Treats all people fairly without favouritism.
Building Strategic Partnerships:
- Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and remains up dated on partnership related issues;
- Effectively networks with partners seizing opportunities to build strategic alliances relevant to
- UNDP’s mandate and strategic agenda;
- Identifies needs and interventions for capacity building of counterparts, clients and potential partners.
Innovation and Marketing new approaches:
- Identifies new approaches and promotes their use in other situations; Creates an environment that fosters innovation and innovative thinking.
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise:
- Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines;
- Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally;
- Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments;
- Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning.
- Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion;
- Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines;
- Establishes, builds and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients;
- Anticipates client needs and addresses them promptly.
Promoting Accountability and Results-Based Management:
- Gathers, analyzes and disseminates information on best practice in accountability and resultsbased management systems;
- Provides information for linkages across programme activities to help identify critical points of integration.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree in Business or Public administration, Political or Social Sciences, International Relations, or any other related field with 2 years of relevant work experience in Designing, Implementing and Monitoring and Evaluation;
- A first level university degree in Business or Public Administration, Political or Social Sciences, International Relations or related field; with a combination of 4 years of experience in design, monitoring and evaluation of Portfolios may be accepted in lieu of the master’s degree
- 4 years of relevant experience at the national or international level in design, monitoring and evaluation of Portfolios;
- Experience in the use of computers and office software packages and handling of web-based management systems;
- Experience with new monitoring tools such as remote call monitoring, aerial photography, SMS campaign, mobile money monitoring, biometry will be an asset;
- Previous experience in dealing with Parliament an asset; Work experience within the UN or INGOs an asset.
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Somali.
Important applicant information
- All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment.
Applicant information about UNDP rosters
- UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement. We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.
- UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.
- Qualified Somali Women are strongly encouraged to apply