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Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Officer

Colombo (Sri Lanka)

  • Organization: UNOPS - United Nations Office for Project Services
  • Location: Colombo (Sri Lanka)
  • Grade: LICA-9, Local Individual Contractors Agreement - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-29

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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.


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.

Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations helping a wide range of partners in delivering peace, security, humanitarian and development projects across the world. 

UNOPS Sri Lanka implements tailored socio-economic development projects that benefit vulnerable people and supports the Government national capacities. UNOPS has been working across Sri Lanka managing education, public health, roads, water and sanitation, fisheries, agriculture and solid waste infrastructure projects. UNOPS also provides expertise in procurement, fund management and human resources management services. 

As part of its programme implementation and advisory capacity, UNOPS will work closely with members of the Government of Sri Lanka and its representatives,  the United Nations family, the donor and diplomatic missions covering Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankan civil society to deliver agreed sets of projects and activities. 

The Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Officer will be responsible for designing all monitoring and evaluation frameworks, executing them and contributing to lessons learnt and knowledge management in the office. 

As such, s/he will work with  UNOPS project teams located in field offices and in Colombo in Protection, Project Management, Financial Management Advisory Services, Grants Management. 

In addition, s/he will have extensive working relationships with members of the civil society in Sri Lanka whose project activities will be monitored by the incumbent. Under the supervision of the Programme Manager,  the Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Officer will ensure all monitoring and evaluation activities are delivered as per UNOPS agreed policies, processes and standards. 

S/he will have a high sense of integrity, confidentiality and the ability to engage sensibly with local stakeholders including local authorities, local partners and communities. This position is based in Colombo with extensive travel to field and project locations.

Functional Responsibilities

Summary of functions:

  1. Monitoring and Evaluation

  2. Reporting

  3. Knowledge Management

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the Programme Manager, and in close collaboration with other members of the UNOPS Grants Management Unit and Programme Teams, the Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Officer will perform the following functions:

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Provide analytical support to the Programme Manager in the design and development of the Monitoring and Evaluation strategy and framework for the Covid 19 response and other programmes. 

  • Support the roll out the approved M&E framework in close consultation with the UNOPS partners in the civil society, and in accordance with UNOPS guidelines;

  • Develop and maintain a system that collates information on all UNOPS grants funded projects that need to feed into the M&E framework

  • Ensure that implementing partners fulfil their M&E and Reporting obligations, including enabling the participation of beneficiaries, and that recording and reporting systems are harmonised both among implementing partners and with national systems where possible; 

  • Provide  support and feedback on M&E and performance issues to implementing partners collaborating with UNOPS, including Government organizations and NGOs; and

  • Undertake regular site visits as required. 


  • Adhere to the agreed reporting cycles and requirements with each implementing partner;

  • Develop and manage the standard monitoring, evaluation and reporting formats based on the logical framework and reporting requirements;

  • Support the Mid Term Review, End Project Reviews and Annual Reviews and related reporting requirements; 

  • Support the preparation and timely submission of quarterly and annual progress reports to the donors and other stakeholders; and

  • Support the Programme Manager in completing necessary internal reporting requirements.

Knowledge Management and Capacity Building

  • Support the Grant Manager in managing lessons learnt and best practices coming out of the programme; 

  • Support the Programme Manager in setting up an Accountability to Affected Population Mechanism

  • Facilitate dissemination and use of lessons learnt, M&E findings and reports amongst stakeholders;

  • Based on the monitoring and evaluation data, support the project in developing performance improvement plans; and

  • Build capacities of implementing partners in M&E through workshops based as needed.

  • Perform other similar duties as may be assigned by the Programme Manager to support the implementation and oversight of the project.

Impact of Results
The Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Officer directly impacts on the achievements of project outputs by tracking progress, assessing quality, and evaluating impact on beneficiaries and communities..  This consequently reinforces the visibility and image of  UNOPS as an effective service provider in project services and management and strengthens its competitive position as a partner of choice in sustainable development and project services.


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.

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/Experience/Language requirements

  • Advanced University Degree (Master Degree or equivalent) in relevant field such as preferably Social Sciences, Development, or Economics.

  • At least 2 years experience in the design, development and/or implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems, preferably relevant to programs in humanitarian and/or development  contexts

  • M&E/research design skills is required 

  • Data management skills including the use and maintenance of databases is required

  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills including the use of software to present data

  • Experience on the monitoring and evaluation in donor funded programs highly desirable

  • Full working knowledge of English is essential
  • Full working knowledge of Tamil is essential

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement Contract level: Local ICA Specialist
Contract duration: Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link: 

Additional Considerations

  • The position is open to Sri Lankan nationals only.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (around 4 hours) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS.
  • 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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