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Planning, Monit. & Evaluation Specialist, Imis # 8166, (Grade NOC), Cotonou, BENIN

Cotonou (Benin)

  • Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund
  • Location: Cotonou (Benin)
  • Grade: NO-C, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-12

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RECRUITMENT: Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, Imis # 8166, (Grade NOC), Cotonou, BENIN. Purpose of the position: To ensure that the UNICEF Country Office has useful, valid and reliable information on: •the situation of children’s and women’s rights; •the performance of UNICEF-supported programmes including their relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability, and in emergency contexts, their coverage, coordination and coherence.

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RECRUITMENT:
Planning, Monit. & Evaluation Specialist,
Imis # 8166, (Grade NOC), Cotonou, BENIN.
 
1- Organizational Context: 
 
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. The UNICEF Country Programme in Benin has been evolving and expanding which makes it crucial strengthening the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation unit to meet the needs and demands of the new Country Programme (2019-2023) in terms of planning, monitoring and evaluation. This will ensure that the UNICEF Country Office and national partners have useful, valid and reliable information on the situation of children and women and on the progress in realizing their rights as well as on the reduction of equity gaps within the country. It will also ensure a coordinated approach to the monitoring of the Country Programme implementation. Finally, it will ensure adequate attention to the planning function in and will link the planning and monitoring processes more closely.
 
The PME Unit reports directly to the Deputy Representative and works in close coordination with all programme teams and the Field Office. The unit is responsible for the strategic planning, monitoring and evaluation, information management, partnerships and Quality Assurance.
The Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist reports to the Chief of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation for supervision.
 
 
2- Purpose of the Job: 
 
To ensure that the UNICEF Country Office has useful, valid and reliable information on:
•the situation of children’s and women’s rights;
•the performance of UNICEF-supported programmes including their relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability, and in emergency contexts, their coverage, coordination and coherence.
To work within the UN country team to support The United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) goals for delivering valid and reliable information on the attainment of the SDGs and other goals, and on the performance of UN-supported programmes.
To support the preparation of the standard UNICEF planning documents and assists in strengthening national planning processes including those at decentralized level to ensure that the concerns of children and women are reflected.
To assist in the development of national capacities for planning, monitoring, evaluation and research, with special attention to the interest, concern and participation of government, community, and civil society stakeholders.
 
 
3- Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks: 
 
Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.
 
1.  Integrated Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Plan (IMERP) 
Ensure that the Country Office and national partners use a well-prioritised and realistic plan of research, monitoring and evaluation activities that will provide the most relevant and strategic information to manage the Country Programme, including tracking and assessing UNICEF’s distinct contribution. 
 
Duties & Tasks
• Make professional contributions to and provide technical assistance for the planning and establishing the major research, monitoring and evaluation objectives, priorities, and activities in UNICEF’s multi-year and annual IMERPs, in consultation with child-rights and implementing partners.
• Likewise, support the development of UNSDF M&E Plans from a sound results-based programming process.
• Identify the M&E objectives, priorities, and activities required for effective CO and partner Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans.
 
 2.  Situation Monitoring and Assessment 
Ensure that the Country Office and national partners have timely and accurate measurement of change in conditions in the country or region, including monitoring of socio-economic trends and the country’s wider policy, economic or institutional context, to facilitate planning and to draw conclusions about the impact of programmes or policies.
 
Duties & Tasks
• In coordination with other stakeholders, support the collection of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other key social development indicators (through MICS, DHS or other surveys) to improve national planning.
• Support partners in the establishment and management of national statistical databases (e.g., DevInfo), ensuring that key indicators are readily accessible by key stakeholders. Potential uses include the Situation Analysis, Common Country Assessment, Early Warning Monitoring Systems, and Mid-Term Reviews. 
• Develop a collectively Situation Monitoring and Assessment system owned by all key partners which supports the preparation of country level statistical and analytic reports on the status of children’s and women’s rights issues; and which allow, when opportunities emerge to influence developmental and social policies.  To include technical support to global reporting obligations including national reports on progress toward the SDGs, and toward CRC and CEDAW fulfilment.
• In humanitarian response situations, provide professional support for one or more rapid assessments (inter-agency or independently if necessary) to be carried out within the first 48-72 hours.
 
3.  Programme Performance Monitoring 
Ensure that the Country Office has quality information to assess progress towards expected results established in annual work plans.
 
Duties & Tasks
• Provide technical support to ensure that a set of programme performance indicators is identified and adjusted as necessary, with inputs of all concerned partners in the context of the multi-year and annual IMERPs, the Annual Management Plan and Annual Work Plans, as outlined in the Programme Policy and Procedures Manual). 
• Coordinate with partners to ensure that monitoring systems are properly designed, and that data collection and analysis from field visits are coordinated and standardised across programmes to feed into to programme performance monitoring, with special attention to humanitarian response.
• Drawing on monitoring and analysis of key program performance and management indicators, provide professional input to management reports, including relevant sections of the annual reports.
 

4.  Evaluation
Ensure that UNICEF-supported evaluations are designed and implemented to established UN quality standards, and the results are disseminated in a timely fashion to stakeholders in order to improve programme performance and contribute to wider learning.
 
Duties & Tasks
• Technically support programme partners to formulate Terms of Reference and evaluation designs of high quality, when relevant drawing on the know-how of knowledge institutions, in compliance with the organization’s programme evaluation policies and guidelines.
• Monitor and ensure the quality of the field work and data management during the implementation phase, and the quality of the analysis and ease of understanding during the report writing phase. 
• Disseminate evaluation findings and recommendations to the intended audiences in user-friendly methods.  In particular, to ensure that effective participatory feedback is provided to community and civil society stakeholders. 
• Monitor and ensure that a management response to the findings and recommendations of the evaluation is completed, recorded, and followed up for implementation.  Most specifically, ensure that evaluation recommendations are submitted to the Country Management Team and follow-up actions recorded in CMT minutes. Submit electronic copies of all evaluations to NYHQ via the Evaluation Data Base web portal, with full accompanying documentation.

5.  PM&E Capacity Building
Ensure that the monitoring and evaluation capacities of Country Office staff and national partners – government and civil society – are strengthened enabling them to increasingly engage in and lead monitoring and evaluation processes.
 
Duties & Tasks
•      Promote the awareness and understanding of the shared responsibility of M& E function among all staff members through communication, training, learning and development activities organization-wide.
•    In close collaboration with partners, ensure that an M&E capacity building strategy for UNICEF/UN staff national partners and institutions exists in the context of the IMERP, or UNSDF M&E plan.  Pay particular attention so the capacity needs of national partners such as professional evaluation associations will be strengthened by involvement in evaluation processes and possibly through specific capacity building initiatives.
•    Collaborate to implement capacity building strategies as a joint commitment with other developmental partners. Utilize a range of appropriate skills building strategies including self-learning, seminars and workshops and practical experience in order that UNICEF and UN staff have the basic knowledge and skills in understanding and applying new M&E policies, tools, methods to fulfil their responsibilities. Similarly, design and implement strategies suited to the skills needs of national partners.
•     Actively seek partnerships with knowledge institutions for the identification of capacity gaps and development of strategies to address them.
 
6.  Coordination and Networking 
Ensure that the UNICEF office is effectively linked to wider UNICEF M&E developments in a way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning on effective M&E management.
 
Duties & Tasks
• Collaborate with Regional M&E Advisers and HQ Evaluation Office for overall coordination of priority research, monitoring and evaluation activities, especially those of regional scope requiring the coordinated effort of multiple countries.
• Partner with the Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser to ensure that current and accurate M&E data and results are included in regional reports, multi-country studies, and knowledge sharing networks. 
• Undertake lessons-learned reviews on successful and unsuccessful M&E practices and experience at the national level, and ensure they are shared as appropriate.  Similarly, pay attention to M&E knowledge networks to identify innovations and lessons learned that may be relevant for the CO and partners to improve their M&E function.
 
4- Impact of Results: 
 
• The effective support provided by the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist The position will contribute to all country programme results however, will contribute directly to the results of the programme effectiveness. The related outcome and output are noted as follows:
• Outcome statement: A well-developed, properly managed country programme delivers the expected outcomes for vulnerable children.
• Output statement: UNICEF and its partners are equipped to plan and monitor programme implementation.
 
 
5- Competencies and level of proficiency required: 
 
Core Values
Care  - Respect    - Integrity    - Trust   - Accountability
 
Core competencies
Communication [ II ]                 Working with People[ II ]        Drive for Results  [ II ]
 
Functional Competencies:
Leading and Supervising [ II ]              Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ II ]  Analyzing [ II ]  
Applying Technical Expertise  [ II ]       Planning and Organizing [ III ]
 
 
6- Recruitment Qualifications: 
 
Education:
An advanced university degree in one of the following fields is required:  social sciences, statistics, development, planning, economics, demography, business or public administration.
 
Experience:
A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience in a PME related field is required, preferably in a developing country context.
At least one instance of exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness planning. Active involvement in a humanitarian crisis response programme preferred
 
Language Requirements:
Fluency in French and English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language is considered as an asset.

View our competency framework at

http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/files/UNICEF_Competencies.pdf

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.

 

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

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