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Monitoring and Eval Specialist

Dushanbe (Tajikistan)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Dushanbe (Tajikistan)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2021-10-19

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Background

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Please note that the person selected for this position will be offered a contract with UNDP under its National Personnel Services Agreement (N-PSA) modality. More information about the N-PSA is available here [link to the N-PSA POPP https://bit.ly/3gaGFud)

The UNDP Tajikistan Country Office was selected as the Principal Recipient in the implementation of HIV/AIDS grants provided to Tajikistan by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria since 2003. The overall goal of the Project is to reduce the burden of HIV and TB in the country through addressing challenges related to HIV, drug resistant (“DR”) TB, co-infection of TB/HIV, human rights barriers, and underlying health systems shortcomings calling for urgent actions. The Project is streamlined around four main objectives, aiming at ensuring effective HIV response measures among key populations (KPs), scaling up access for early and quality diagnosis, treatment and care, ensuring integrated care for those affected both by TB and HIV, as well as strengthening national public heath response. The Project will build up on the previous projects’ achievements and results; it will additionally, introduce innovative approaches, such as index testing for HIV, introduction of TB-LAM diagnostic method and new community active case finding interventions using One Impact mobile solution. Also, the Project will contribute to the national health care reform by building and improving the technical and managerial capacities of health professionals, promoting participation of civil society organizations in the response to the HIV/AIDS and TB epidemics, and enhancing the cooperation of non-governmental organizations with the public health sector.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager (GF) the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will have three main responsibilities:

1. To be responsible for Monitoring and evaluation activities of TB component of consolidated TB/HIV grant under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator:

  • To be responsible for Monitoring and evaluation activities of the TB grant.
  • Quarterly analysis of the data on TB indicators’ realization as per Grant Performance Framework and SR agreements, quality of services, summarizing of reports on project realization for concrete periods of time to present to project manager. Triangulation of qualitative, quantitative and impact level data.
  • Coordinates and bares the responsibility on the quality of routine reporting of the project progress according to GF, UNDP and national procedures and requirements.
  • Developing of draft M&E plans (separate for each Sub Recipient (SR) and an overall one for the Principal Recipient) for TB component.
  • Support and facilitate the development and strengthening Monitoring and evaluation system on TB.
  • Ensuring development and implementation of recommendations on gathering processing and analysis of data.
  • Identify capacity gaps of SRs in the field of M&E and recommend remedial actions.
  • Develop a field monitoring plan based on agreed progress and target indicators.
  • Develop/update monitoring and evaluation tools including forms, questionnaire, check lists etc..
  • Undertake regular field trips to the project sites with the purpose of performing monitoring assessments.
  • Prepare substantial monitoring and evaluation reports; make follow up on the recommendations in the report.
  • Prepare the GF and UNDP periodic M&E reports on implementation of the project.
  • Participate in development of uniformed system of indicators and ensure appropriate use of those.
  • .Act as a Focal Point for monitoring of the progress of Technical Review Panel recommendations of the GF and progress against Capacity Building Plan.
  • Provided inputs in drafting of TORs for Baseline, Mid-term, and End of program Evaluations for HIV/TB grant.

2. Cooperate M&E/Reporting Specialist and Project Coordinator and other project team in developing donor reporting (PUDR), contracting SRs, review and ensure timely and quality submission of reports by SRs:

  • Review periodic technical reports of SRs and provide appropriate comments.
  • Provide technical expertise and inputs to consolidation of periodic reports for submission to donor.
  • Closely coordinate with the members of project staff in order to ensure timely and substantial reporting on activities implemented.

3. Capacity building of national partners on M&E related activities.

  • Organize and conduct training programs for SRs on the use of recommended reporting and monitoring formats and guidelines.
  • Advise management on project implementation and actively participate in discussion related to efficient and effective program implementation.
  • Conduct on job training for national counterparts (M&E staff and other staff responsible for any monitoring related activities) on monitoring and evaluation, proper filling documentation and reporting on M&E.
  • Perform other duties as required by UNDP/ PIU Senior Management.

 

Competencies

Core Competencies

  • Innovation
  • Ability to make new and useful ideas work.     

Level 3: Apply & Adapt (Recognized contributor with demonstrated ability)

  • Leadership
  • Ability to persuade others to follow.     

Level 3: Apply & Adapt (Recognized contributor with demonstrated ability)

  • People Management
  • Ability to improve performance and satisfaction.

Level 2: Execute & Learn (Perform defined tasks)

  • Communication
  • Ability to listen, adapt, persuade, and transform.

Level 3: Apply & Adapt (Recognized contributor with demonstrated ability)

  • Delivery
  • Ability to get things done.        

Level 3: Apply & Adapt (Recognized contributor with demonstrated ability)

Technical/Functional Competencies

Primary   

  • Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
  • Preparing information for advocacy.
  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UNDP’s mandate.
  • Maintains a functioning network of contacts with a variety of stakeholders to promote a better understanding of UNDP’s mandate and to support advocacy efforts.        

Level 2: Execute & Learn (Perform defined tasks)

  • Results-Based Programme Development and Management
  • Contributes into results through primary research and analysis.
  • Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work.
  • Research linkages across programme activities to identify critical points of integration.
  • Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation.
  • Participates in the formulation of project proposals and ensures substantive rigor in the design and application of proven successful approaches and drafts proposals accordingly. 

Level 3: Apply & Adapt (Recognized contributor with demonstrated ability)

  • Building Strategic Partnerships
  • Maintaining a network of contacts.
  • Maintains an established network of contacts for general information sharing and to remain up to date on partnership related issues.        

Level 2: Execute & Learn (Perform defined tasks)

  • Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
  • Enhancing processes or products.
  • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things.
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches.
  • Documents bottlenecks, problems, and issues, and proposes effective solutions.
  • Embraces new approaches.       

Level 2: Execute & Learn (Perform defined tasks)

  • Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
  • Fundamental knowledge of own discipline
  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position.
  • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks.
  • Analyzes the requirements and synthesizes proposals.
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up to date through self-directed study and other means of learning.
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments.     

Level 3: Apply & Adapt (Recognized contributor with demonstrated ability)

Secondary      

  • Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
  • Basic research and analysis.
  • Generates new ideas and approaches, research best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things.
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches.

Level 2: Execute & Learn (Perform defined tasks)

  • Resource Mobilization
  • Providing inputs to resource mobilization strategies.
  • Analyzes information/databases on potential and actual donors. 

Level 2: Execute & Learn (Perform defined tasks)

  • Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals
  • Preparing information for global advocacy.
  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for UNDP’s goals for a variety of audiences.            

Level 2: Execute & Learn (Perform defined tasks)

  • Client Orientation
  • Establishing effective client relationships.
  • Research potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct, and appropriate fashion.
  • 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.           

Level 2: Execute & Learn (Perform defined tasks)

 

Required Skills and Experience

Min. Academic Education

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) relevant discipline including public health, epidemiology, public administration, international development, sociology, social science or equivalent, or
  • A relevant bachelor’s degree (or equivalent in above mentioned fields) in combination with five years of qualifying experience in relevant discipline including public health, epidemiology, public administration, international development, sociology, social science or equivalent.

Min. years of relevant Work experience 

  • At least 3 (three) years (with master’s degree) or 5 (five) years (with bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible experience in the field of M&E is required.

Desired additional skills and competencies

  • At least 3 (three) years (with master’s degree) or 5 (five) years (with bachelor’s degree) of progressively responsible experience in the field of TB and/or HIV/AIDS M&E would be an asset.
  • Experience in assessment of data quality and analysis of data sets, preferably related to TB and/or HIV/AIDS would be an asset.
  • Experience in all aspects of evaluation from initial design, field test, implementation, analysis, communication, and final use of the evaluation findings.

Required Language(s) (at working level)

  • Russian and Tajik with proven speaking and writing skills is required and working knowledge of English is an asset. 

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