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ZRBF Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

Harare (Zimbabwe)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Harare (Zimbabwe)
  • Grade: SB-4 (SC8/SC9), Service Contract, Local Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2021-05-12

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Background

As a key partner in the Resilience debate in Zimbabwe, UNDP has in partnership with a number of donors taken the lead in designing the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund (ZRBF). The overall objective of the fund will be to contribute to increased capacities of communities to protect development gains and achieve improved well-being outcomes in the face of shocks and stresses enabling them to contribute to economic growth of Zimbabwe. This will be achieved through a combination of 3 sets of results which will focus on a) creating a body of evidence for increased application of evidence in policy making and application for resilience; b) setting up a multi donor trust for Resilience Building in Zimbabwe to allow for partners to come together around the Resilience Framework and principles to improve the absorptive, adaptive and transformative capacities of at-risk communities; and c) setting up a risk financing mechanism which will provide appropriate, predictable, coordinated and timely response to risk and shocks from a resilience perspective. 
 
Operating on the principles of joint programming the Zimbabwe Resilience Building Fund will aim to provide flexible, coordinated and predictable funding of approximately 50 million USD to support the achievement of increased national resilience to shocks – aligning to nationally owned and determined priorities. By improving coordination among all stakeholders, the Fund can also provide a forum for policy dialogue, and programmatic coordination and harmonization as well as building up a body of evidence for improved joint targeting and programme design.
 
Under the guidance and supervision of the Resilience M&E specialist the Resilience M&E Officer is responsible for the delivery of support to the ZRBF team as well as partners on matters related to analysis and measuring of resilience and performance of ZRBF. He/she will support the development of systems and tools for the targeting of investment areas for Resilience as well as for monitoring and assessment of activities funded under ZRBF in line with innovative methodologies and best practice. 
 

Duties and Responsibilities

Support learning and knowledge building for Resilience policy making and programming decision making processes
  • Support analysis, generation and dissemination of M&E technical notes and other analytical products for resilience programing and policy formulation.
  • Support the building and maintenance of ZRBF programme M&E datasets and other datasets critical for resilience analysis, assemble, format and integrate the grant recipient M&E datasets into the appropriate standard
  • Facilitate and coordinate M&E missions for ZRBF programme monitoring and evaluation purposes
  • Support the ZRBF team and partners in scenario building exercises
  • Develop ZRBF Project monitoring tools and guidelines for programme progress tracking, resilience measurement and resilience capacity analysis and monitoring, including real time tracking of coping mechanisms and tracking of outcome indicators 
  • Represent ZRBF in analytical foras connected to national surveys critical for resilience programming such as livelihoods & vulnerability assessments, poverty surveys, food and nutrition surveys etc.
Support the development, management and implementation of a robust ZRBF M&E System, processes and procedures to demonstrate project outputs, outcomes and impact
  • Support development and operationalization of ZRBF M&E framework and M&E programmatic activities including technical backstopping and support visits to Grant Recipients 
  • Participate in quantitative and qualitative resilience monitoring, analytical work including production of thematic briefs
  • Support monitoring of alignment of project level outputs with Country Programme level expected outcomes and targets of the M&E plan as well as ZUNDAF outcomes
  • Assist in preparing quarterly and annual programme progress reports for submission to the project board
  • Lead the documentation of programme success stories and other learning experiences at National level including review and lesson learnt workshops for ZRBF
  • Support ZRBF in Grant recipients selection processes including review and technical evaluation of concept notes and proposals
Provide effective support to organizations funded by ZRBF in producing optimal progress and impact reporting, including continued analysis of causal relations leading to resilience and high-frequency monitoring during shocks 
  • Contribute to capacity building of ZRBF partner staff in monitoring and evaluation technical aspects in line with ZRBFs M&E framework, as well as UNDP and donor requirements
  • Develop and operationalize M&E reporting guidelines and templates for partners to ensure effective and efficient control and results based delivery of the ZRBF
  • Support the analysis and ongoing work for development of early warning thresholds for activation of the crisis modifier
Support knowledge sharing and guidance to partners on Resilience M&E matters. 
  • Undertake regular field visits to ensure compliance and timely execution of the planned M&E systems by grant recipients under the ZRBF
  • Support the collaboration and coordination with other UN agencies, government agencies, NGOs, and other organizations on monitoring and evaluation issues.
  • Represent ZRBF in relevant coordination fora
  • Ensure sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice;
  • Perform any other duty as assigned by the Resilience Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and the Head of ZRBF. 
 

Competencies

Core Competencies 
 
Innovation - Ability to make new and useful ideas work
 
Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
 
Leadership - Ability to persuade others to follow
 
Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others
 
People Management - Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
 
Level 4: Models independent thinking and action 
 
Communication - Ability to listen, adapt, persuade, and transform
 
Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis
 
Delivery - Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
 
Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services
 
Functional Competencies
 
Monitoring and Evaluation - Knowledge of methodologies, assessment tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating, and reporting and ability to apply to practical situations
 
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Data Management - Ability to set goals and indicators and to interpret and synthesize results into usable information to inform policy, strategy, and/or action
 
Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
 
Technical Skills
  • Can Identify relevant data needs and develops information for advocacy of inclusion of resilience approaches to a variety of audiences
  • Some knowledge of innovative methodologies for real time data collection
Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgement
  • Shares knowledge and experiences from within and outside ZRBF
Development and Operational Effectiveness
  • Strong IT skills, Atlas, databases, mapping 
Client Orientation
  • 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
 

Required Skills and Experience

 
Education
  • Master’s degree or Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in Economics, Statistics, Data Science, Information Systems Geography or other related fields
Experience
  • At least 5 years of of relevant experience and proven Officer use and proficiency with SPSS, Stata, Excel, database packages or other appropriate packages.  Knowledge of GIS will be added advantage but is not a requirement. 
  • Experience in field monitoring and analytical work (quantitative and qualitative analysis) in the field of Resilience, Food and Nutrition Security, Livelihoods and DRR is required.
  • Proven experience in monitoring, evaluation and data management in resilience building projects for at least 3 years
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) and advance knowledge of spread sheet and database packages.
Language Requirements
  • Fluency in the UN and national language of the duty station.

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