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Associate Programme Officer (Monitoring and Reporting)


  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Bishkek
  • Grade: Junior level - NO-B, National Professional Officer - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Communication and Public Information
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Documentation and Information Management
  • Closing Date: Closed

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Programme Office in the Kyrgyz Republic (POKGZ) with duty station in Bishkek, under the Regional Office for Central Asia (ROCA), Division for Operations (DO), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The incumbent will work under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator leading the project EU/UNODC project entitled “Support to Justice Sector Reform in the Kyrgyz Republic: Advancing Probation and Integrated Justice Information Management (JUST4ALL)” and under the overall guidance and supervision of the Programme Coordinator heading the Programme Office in the Kyrgyz Republic (POKGZ). Additionally, the incumbent will report to the Programme Coordinator in ROCA.

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Within assigned authority, the Associate Programme Officer (Monitoring and Reporting) will be responsible for guiding the JUST4ALL project team on implementation, with a particular focus on the M&E framework. In addition, s/he will be responsible for providing substantive support to the management, reporting, monitoring and evaluation of other technical assistance on crime prevention and criminal justice in the Central Asia region within the framework of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia, the global UNODC Strategy, as well as in support of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and specifically Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5 ‘gender equality‘,10 ‘reduced inequalities’ and 16 ‘effective, accountable, and inclusive institutions’. The incumbent will perform the following specific duties:

• Provide support to the coordination of the project implementation and contribute substantially to monitoring and tracking of results against the set project targets and indicators. S/he will support a wide range of project management issues and provide assistance to managing all monitoring, reporting and evaluation related processes; collate data and programmatic lessons learned to ensure that all project implementation decisions and communication on results are evidence-based; share information with project partners, and provide opportunities for stakeholder feedback to learn from experiences and adapt to changing needs.

Provide support in guiding the JUST4ALL project team on planning, implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation. In particular:
• Support planning, implementation and overall management of the project.
• Contribute to the coordination, networking and partnership development with government agencies, civil society organizations, experts and international partners within the framework of the project.
• Assist in managing the monitoring, reporting and evaluation related processes; coordinate monitoring and tracking of project results against set targets and indicators.
• Provide guidance and supervision to the work of implementing partners, consultants, and experts as needed.

Provide support to effective management of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia and its sub-programmes on rule-of-law and terrorism prevention. In particular:
• Contribute to the coordination of the planning, budgeting, implementation and oversight of monitoring and evaluation initiatives.
• Assist in the development and implementation of programme/project monitoring and evaluation frameworks, including the analysis of issues and trends, preparation of relevant research activities and studies.
• Provide support to design of data collection tools; review and analyze responses, identify problems/issues and prepare conclusions for the purpose of monitoring and evaluation.
• Coordinate donor and other reporting on programme/project implementation and provide related quality assurance.
• Collate data on programmatic lessons learned to ensure that all project implementation decisions and communication on results are evidence-based; provide opportunities for stakeholder feedback to learn from experiences and adapt to changing needs.
• Undertake risk analysis, identify problems and issues to be addressed and propose corrective actions; liaise with relevant parties; identify and track follow-up actions.

Provide support to the creation of strategic partnerships and implementation of resource mobilization strategies. In particular:
• Support programme/project networking and partnership development with government agencies and intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental and civil society organizations, experts and institutions active i.a. in the field of rule-of-law, criminal justice, terrorism prevention.
• Assist in analyzing policy papers, strategy documents and national development plans; provide assistance in assessing implications of new policy developments and strategies for UNODC programme execution and ensure their integration.
• Coordinate analysis and research of donor information, identify opportunities for initiation of new projects, actively contribute to resource mobilization efforts.
• Provide support to strengthening the programme/project data collection and analysis systems with a specific focus of on crime data collection and analysis to support implementation of the Agenda 2030 and mainstreaming human rights, gender, SDGs related issues in UNODC programming.

As member of a team ensure provision of quality advisory services and facilitation of knowledge building and management. In particular:
• Promote relevant UNODC knowledge products, training and other tools and utilize these regularly in work assignments.
• Facilitate training activities for staff on results-based management and programme/project issues.
• Draft practical guidelines and other documents necessary to guide staff on programme matters, including data collection and reporting tools, key programme/project and SDG indicators.
• Support and coordinate staff knowledge sharing and networking; schedule and organize learning hours and on-the-job training exercises.
• Contribute to knowledge networks and communities of practice, and capacity development of beneficiaries and implementing partners.
• Generate new ideas and approaches, research best practices and propose new, more effective ways of doing things.
• Contribute to the collection and analysis of data and identification of trends or patterns and provide draft insights through graphs, charts, tables and reports using data visualization methods for data-driven planning, decision-making, presentation and reporting.
• Document requirements and background information used for data analysis.
• Perform other work-related duties as required.


Professionalism: Has knowledge and understanding of theories, concepts and approaches relevant to the rule-of-law, crime prevention and criminal justice related issues. Has practical knowledge of results-based management, donor reporting (especially with the European Union) and programme/project development. Has strong knowledge of the issues in the relevant area and understanding of major programme management issues. Has knowledge of international standards and practices in evaluation and respective evaluation methodologies as well as qualitative and quantitative research methods. Is able to effectively interact with governments and cooperating institutions. Is able to identify issues, analyse and participate in the resolution of issues/problems. Has strong analytical and good drafting and communication skills, both oral and written. Has ability to explain and defend difficult issues with respect to key decisions and positions to staff, senior officials and other stakeholders. Has ability to analyze and interpret data in support of decision-making and convey resulting information to management. Shows pride in work and in achievements; demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals; solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda; supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position; shares credit and accepts joint responsibility for team accomplishments.


An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in international development, law, political science, social sciences or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in similar fields in combination with additional two years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of two (2) years of progressively responsible professional experience in project management is required.

Work experience in the design, monitoring and evaluation of development projects in the area of rule of law, human rights, gender equality, crime prevention, criminal justice or related area is required.

Work experience with development methodologies, including participatory approaches to strategic planning, strategic management and the management of institutional change is desirable.

Experience with data collection, analysis and reporting tools and methods is desirable.

Work experience with international organizations, high-level government officials representing central governmental bodies and local administrations is desirable.

Work experience in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Russian is required. Knowledge of Kyrgyz language is desirable. Knowledge of another United Nations Official language is an advantage.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise and a competency based interview.

Special Notice

This is a project post. Filling of this position is subject to funding availability and the initial appointment will be for a period of one year. Extension of the appointment is subject to extension of the mandate and/or the availability of the funds.

At the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the recruitment and employment of staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity. All employment decisions are made on the basis of qualifications and organizational needs. The United Nations is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment of mutual respect. The United Nations recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities. Reasonable accommodation for applicants with disabilities may be provided to support participation in the recruitment process when requested and indicated in the application.
The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located.

Candidates for the National Professional Officer category shall be of the nationality of the country where this position is located.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

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