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Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

Kabul (Afghanistan)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Kabul (Afghanistan)
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Malaria, Tuberculosis and other infectious diseases
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-29

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Background

UNDP Global Mission Statement:
 
UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with national counterparts on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.
 
UNDP Afghanistan Mission Statement:
 
UNDP supports stabilization, state-building, governance and development priorities in Afghanistan as well as support the country to achieve SDGs. UNDP support, in partnership with the Government, the United Nations system, the donor community and other development stakeholders, has contributed to institutional development efforts leading to positive impact on the lives of Afghan citizens. Over the years UNDP support has spanned such milestone efforts as the adoption of the Constitution; Presidential, Parliamentary and Provincial Council elections; institutional development through capacity-building to the legislative, the judicial and executive arms of the state, and key ministries, Government agencies and commissions at the national and subnational levels. UNDP has played a key role in the management of the Law and Order Trust Fund, which supports the Government in developing and maintaining the national police force and in efforts to stabilize the internal security environment. Major demobilization, disarmament and rehabilitation and area-based livelihoods and reconstruction programmes have taken place nationwide. UNDP Programmes in Afghanistan have benefited from the very active support of donors. UNDP Afghanistan is committed to the highest standards of transparency and accountability and works in close coordination with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan and the UN system to maximize the impact of its development efforts on the ground.
 
Background: 
 
Access to justice and judicial systems improves trust of the society in public institutions.  Countries with higher levels of trust in justice systems are perceived to have greater government accountability. Despite several gains made in justice sector reforms in Afghanistan since 2001, challenges remain in promoting respect for women and girls, the delivery of justice services, especially to vulnerable populations, and the increasing but still sometimes limited capacity of Afghan justice institutions. The judicial process has been elusive for Afghan women, who are often stuck between religious and secular law, and constitutional rights and cultural constraints. Many women are forced to use informal systems when they try to report violent crimes to formal authorities. Afghan citizens trust in the court system is steadily declining with the percentage of Afghans accessing traditional / customary / informal dispute resolution mechanisms steadily increasing. Though the government has made effort through its National Justice and Judicial Reform Plan (NJJRP) to improve access to and quality of formal judicial system, it is still known for its high cost, inaccessible, lengthy process, whereas informal justice mechanisms are expeditious and often less expensive.   
The Access to Quality Justice Services (AQJS) project will provide support to address the above-mentioned problems to both institutional (supply) and citizen engagement (demand) sides, specifically women and girls. Under the leadership of the Afghan Government institutions, the project’s expected outcome is to increase the access to quality justice for all and reduce the “justice gap” in Afghanistan with detailed objectives as follows; (i) increase access to justice for all through effective, accountable and gender-responsive justice & judicial institutions (ii) increase legal awareness of Afghan men and women (iii) strengthen linkages between formal and traditional/ customary / informal dispute resolution and (iv) strengthen justice institutions’ capacity to effectively implement the NJJRP. Consequently, Afghan men, women and girls can equally experience improved access to quality justice services and that would increase trust in Justice systems which is, in a longer-term, a key element to support economic development in the country. 
 
The position: 
Under the direct supervision of the National Project Manager, the M&E Officer will be responsible for monitoring of project activities, high quality and timely inputs to the project implementation in order to ensure that the project maintains its strategic vision and achieve results in a cost effective and timely manner

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of key functions:

will perform M&E duties including data collection and analysis from implementing partners, conduct spot check or site visits to provide quality assurance service and ensure required reports are well drafted.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • The M&E officer will be responsible for designing and implementing the M&E activities of the Project; assisting the Project Manager in preparing Quarterly/Annual reports on project progress and will monitor the project activities on a regular basis, developing and maintaining the MIS of the Project and will be responsible for the collection & analysis of different data in relation to the project activities.
  • Develop and strengthen monitoring, inspection and evaluation procedures
  • Monitor all project activities, expenditures and progress towards achieving the project output;
  • Monitor and evaluate overall progress on achievement of results and recommend further improvement of the logical framework;
  • Monitor the sustainability of the project's results and provide feedback to the Project Manager on project strategies and activities;
  • Conduct spot checks/field visits in order to monitor the implementation of project activities to ensure that the activities are in line with project/Gov. priorities and will result in to achieving project objectives.
  • Monitor project progress against annual, quarterly and monthly work plans and budget plans.
  • conduct regular beneficiary satisfaction survey to assess the level of beneficiary satisfaction and capture lesson learned for future improvement.
  • Produce frequent monitoring and evaluation progress reports with status of results and implementation of improvements;
  • Conduct regular and timely field quality assurance visits of legal aid and law clinics to ensure technical and project management standards are adhered to as agreed.
  • Coordinate NGOs in designing effective monitoring and evaluation plans for awareness raising activities and help in analysing the monitoring reports and ensure that all evaluations and post evaluations are informed by gender disaggregated data and analysis.
  • Ensure progress monitoring information and lessons from activities are being implemented by partners/contractors
  • Assess, advise and follow-up on quality assurance of issues in conjunction with the Project Manager (i.e. community-based technical and project management matters).
  • Ensure that relevant project outputs, best practices and lessons learned are captured and disseminated, complying with the quality requirements of the implementing agency, UNDP and donors.
  • Suggest strategies to the Project Management for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the project by identifying bottlenecks in completing project activities and developing plans to minimize or eliminate such bottlenecks;
  • Report monthly, quarterly, half-yearly and annual progress on all project activities to theProject Manager;
  • Conduct capacity assessment on existing monitoring and evaluation system Develop indicators and a monitoring strategy for the project;
  • Provide inputs, information and statistics for quarterly, annual and other reports to Project Management Team and UNDP;
  • Participate in annual project reviews and planning workshops and assist the Project Manager in preparing relevant reports;
  • Support monitoring and evaluation of the effects and impact of the project;
  • Assist the project personnel with M&E tools and in supporting them in their use.
  • Assist Project Manager in the preparation of reports on the findings and lessons learned from project interventions;
  • Prepare Issues Log and Risk Log for the project and develop M&E system for the Project and for the government counterpart/stakeholders;
  • Assist the Project Manager in translating the project correspondence, weekly, monthly and annual progress reports, M&E reports, briefs, case studies, other documents from Dari/Pashto into English and vice versa for the use project national and international counterparts.
  • Prepare progress reports (weekly, quarterly and annual / financial and substantive) against set targets and indicators, with an analysis of evidence of progress towards planned outputs according to schedules, budgets, and inputs provided by the project; Also provide information for the development of overall project progress reports (weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual).
  • Facilitate reporting related to compliance with reporting requirements.
  • Maintain a systematic filing system of key documents (in hard copy and soft copy) in line with audit requirements.

 

Competencies

Core
  • Innovation
     Ability to make new and useful ideas work.
  • Leadership
     Ability to persuade others to follow.
  • People Management
     Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.
  • Communication
     Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform.
  • Delivery
     Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement.
 
Technical/Functional
  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office;
  • In-depth knowledge on development issues;
  • Ability to advocate and provide policy advice;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development in one or more Practice Areas, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.
  • Experience in working with government and CSO partners for activity implementation and assessment of capacity development needs
  • .Project Management   

     Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve               specific goals.

  • Results-based Management    

      Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved                        performance and demonstrable results.

  • Research (General)     

     Knowledge of analytical tools, market research and methods for undertaking substantive       research on various policy related issues.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Master’s degree or bachelor’s degree in law, public administration, political science, social sciences, gender studies or related field.

Experience:

  • With Master’s Degree 2 years of experience and with bachelor’s degree 4 years of experience in a relevant area including law, access to justice, and community awareness programmes, including gender;
  • Demonstrate ability to work with legal documents and legal translation is a clear asset.
  • Experience and familiarity with the Afghan Justice sector institutions is a clear asset.
  • Proven knowledge and technical application of community-based interventions in Afghanistan;
  •  Ability to work effectively with government counterparts;
  • Familiarity with the UNDP system, rules and procedures is not a requirement but would be desirable;
  • Experience in the usage of Microsoft office suite;
  • Knowledge of the Afghan context and its legal and judicial system and human rights framework is a strong advantage

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in English and Dari. Knowledge of Pashto an asset.

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