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Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Officer (INTERNAL VACANCY)

Phnom Penh (Cambodia)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Phnom Penh (Cambodia)
  • Grade: LICA-9, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2021-06-23

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Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.

Diversity

With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types.

Background Information – Asia Regional Health Cluster

The Asia Regional Health Cluster (ARHC) was established in 2018 for efficient delivery of grants and fund management, and the provision of quality pharmaceuticals and health products. The ARHC aims to significantly impact the targets of UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 on good health and well-being, by expanding the population benefitting from UNOPS-managed health-related engagements across the Asia Region.
The ARHC portfolio manages the PR Programme of the Global Fund, which has been providing financial support to the GMS countries for Malaria programs since 2003. Global Fund has selected UNOPS as a regional PR, responsible for delivering the targets set out in the grant agreements in collaboration with selected sub-recipients (SRs) from the National Programmes, local and international NGOs, the private sector and other UN agencies. UNOPS in Cambodia is currently the Principal Recipient programme (PR) for the Regional Artemisinin Resistance Initiative (RAI).

Background Information - Job-specific The Principle Recipient programme (PR) under the UNOPS Asia and Pacific Regional Office has been established to support, develop and oversee UNOPS’ programmes implemented with Global Fund financing in the Region to ensure that synergies between different programme components are effectively developed. 

The PR’s Cambodia team works in close cooperation with all PR teams in the Region, managing all grants in a coordinated fashion, including country grants for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as well as Regional Principal Recipients of GFATM regional grants for Greater Mekong sub-region (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam). 

ARHC under AR is implementing a multicountry GFATM funded Malaria grant for the period of Jan 2021 - Dec 2023. The ME Officer will be responsible for developing concept notes, work-plans, and budgets. 
  • Conduct SRs programmatic and M&E capacity assessment
  • Support CNM, CSOs, PHDs, and ODs on preparing quarterly/ 6 monthly implementation plans and budgets. (Bottom-up work plans). 
  • Work closely with CNM and CSOs on data management to assess progress and identify gaps for remedial actions.
  • Support CNM/CSO and sub-national levels in finalizing Population census, LLINs distribution micro plans, and supervise distribution at community levels.
  • Participate and contribute to the country level TWG ( diagnosis and treatment, surveillance, IEC/BCC, Vector control, and PSM working groups).
THIS VACANCY IS OPEN TO INTERNAL UNOPS CANDIDATES ONLY.

Functional Responsibilities

1. Grantmaking and reprogramming:
  • Analyzing the situation of the current project, beneficiaries, issues, and the national planning for Malaria;
  • Support the development of a Performance Framework for PR-UNOPS,  Principle Implementing Partner, and all SRs;
  • Contributing inputs in the forecasting of commodities for procurement;
  • Contributing inputs in the estimation of the project budget.
2. Report Reviews:
  • Review progress update reports/disbursement requests submitted by the grant recipients as per the grant agreement;
  • Verify/crosscheck grant recipient and implementing partners' primary records (supporting documents submitted) for accuracy and completeness with the summary internal/external reports prepared by the grant recipients  and implementing partners;
  • Debrief grant recipient and implementing partners' staff on the main findings from the UNOPS verifications;
  • Cross verification of M&E and health/programmatic data with financial, management, and procurement data;
  • Conduct comprehensive programmatic and M&E analysis and reflection in the programmatic and M&E related sections of the obligatory reporting template;
3. Implementation Reviews:
  • Organize the grant recipient assessments/programmatic reviews to make informed and independent recommendations to the program and ME Specialist about the capacity of recipients to effectively manage and implement the donor grant funds from a programmatic perspective;
  • Conduct regular (preferably monthly) and ad hoc visits to the grant recipients and implementing partners to monitor implementation of the projects (including training and other key events) and prepare corresponding reports;
  • Carry out regular monitoring of grant recipient and implementing partner performances and verify the implementation status of the program and the progress towards reaching set program targets;  
  • Review and revise the implementation planning documents during grant implementation (work plan, budget, procurement plan, M & M&E plans, and others) and provide an opinion on proposed program implementation changes. The proposed changes  might affect the attainment of program objectives and  proposed budget reallocations;
  • Undertake preliminary quality assurance of the LFA programmatic/ M&E deliverables to be submitted to the donor to ensure that these are in line with contemporary professional standards; 
  • Plan, prepare and lead data verification and data quality exercises, including travel to monitor the status of grant implementation at sub-national levels (PHD/OD/HFs, and communities);
  • Monitor and inform the program and ME Specialist of any developments within the country's health system which may affect the performance of the grants;
  • Immediately escalate all suspicious acts, transactions, and activities, and processes that may pose potential risks, misconduct, mismanagement, misuse, and frauds by grant recipients and implementing partners to the attention of the team leader;
  • In conducting the above tasks, ensure that relevant guidelines and policies are adhered to, including the ones which are related to M&E and programmatic/health functional areas. The respective international guidelines (i.e., WHO) shall also be consulted and followed.
4. Management & client relations:
  • Supervise and closely monitor the work of personnel in the LFA team (program and M&E staff);
  • Ensure that all teamwork, includes inputs of all technical staff, is of high quality and completed within the timeframe and as per guidelines set by the donor;
  • Responsible for completion of the performance management process for assigned personnel;
  • Contribute to the annual scope of work, cost proposal, and the consequent annual work plan of team activities;
  • Foster an atmosphere of team spirit, mutual respect, and professional independence within the team;
  • Assist UNOPS management in grant negotiations;
  • Assist UNOPS management in grant closure activities;
  • Demonstrate an overall understanding of the grant architecture and in-depth knowledge of all team activities required to be performed as described in the donor manual;
  • Remain updated on  donor guidelines and procedures, timeframes for completion of team activities, and the forms and templates to be used in the field of work.

Competencies

Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above)
Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.
Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).
Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.
Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.
Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.
Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Education

  • Advanced University Degree preferably in health/public health,  health economics, epidemiology or other related fields.
  • A combination of a Bachelor's degree with an additional 2 years of relevant work experience may be accepted in lieu of the education requirements outlined above.
Certification
  • STATA or MATLAB is desirable.

Experience

  • A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience in monitoring and evaluation, including qualitative and quantitative techniques, which must entail database management is required.
  • Fluency in multivariate statistical analysis, including quasi-experimental and experimental is desirable;
  • Approaches and sampling theory; ability to program in STATA or MATLAB desirable.
  • Experience with the online survey is an asset;
  • Knowledge of an open-source statistical computing language is preferred.
  • Proven ability in drafting clear and concise analytical reports and presentations is desirable.
  • Experience in training and capacity building is desirable.
  • Proven ability to manage remotely and support country-based focal points/teams in data collection is desirable.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills would be an asset.

Languages

Fluency in English and Khmer is desired.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Local Individual Contract Agreement (LICA
Contract level: LICA 9 /ICS 9
Contract duration: Open-ended, Subject to organizational requirement, availability of funds and satisfactory performance.
Duty station: Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Phnom Penh city is a family duty station.


This is a local position, so only Cambodian is eligible to apply.

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx 

Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  
It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns. Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.
We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
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