National Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Expert
Karachi | Islamabad
Requisition ID: 641
Grade : SB5 - Local Professional (Mid-Level & Senior)
Duty Station : Karachi
Category: National Consultant
Type of job Posting: Internal and External
Employment Type: NonStaff-Regular
Application deadline: 27-Apr-2023
TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT OF PROJECT PERSONNEL
Only nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are considered eligible.
Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions.
Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.
The Directorate of Digitalization, Technology and Agri-Business (DTA), headed by a Managing Director, coordinates and mainstreams the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) in its technical cooperation, strategic, normative activities aiming at fostering the inclusive and sustainable development in the era of 4IR. The Directorate creates new and innovative technical cooperation deliverables in the areas of trade, investment, technology innovation and agro-industry and agri-business. The Directorate comprises the Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation (DTI) and the Department of Agri-Business (AGR).
Responding to the growing demand for supporting inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in the era of the new industrial revolution, the Department of Digitalization, Technology and Innovation (DTA/DTI) leads the way in addressing opportunities, challenges and risks stemming from the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) and its contribution to sustainable socio-economic progress. The Department is responsible for the strategic coordination of 4IR-related matters with designated focal pointsin other technical Departments and organizational entities of UNIDO, as appropriate. In consultation with public and private partners, DTI designs and implements holistic interventions that are tailored to specific country needs. The Department’s interventions actively identify and combine complementary services from across three Divisions, namely:
• Innovation and Digitalization Division (DTA/DTI/IDD)
• Investment and Technology Promotion Division (DTA/DTI/ITP)
• Quality Infrastructure and Smart Production Division (DTA/DTI/QIS)
This position is located under the Quality Infrastructure and Smart Production Division (DTA/DTI/QIS), which seeks to build national and regional quality infrastructure systems needed to provide internationally recognized services, including strengthening institutional capacities (i.e. metrology, standardization and accreditation); building conformity assessment capacities (testing, inspection, certification, calibration, etc.); supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take advantage of new technologies and standards for smart production and thus participate in global value chains; trade facilitation and promoting quality awareness with the public sector, economic operators and consumers.
PROJECT CONTEXT (ID 200183):
Poverty Alleviation and Inclusive Development Across Rural Sindh (PAIDAR) is a five-year programme funded by the European Union to support the Government of Sindh (GoS), Pakistan in implementation of its Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS). The long-term objective of PAIDAR is to contribute to sustainable poverty reduction and improvement of livelihoods of poor women, men and young people across Sindh province.
The PRS has three pillars: 1) Community Driven Local Development 2) Addressing Urban Poverty including Urban Economic Clusters and 3) Rural Growth Centres.
Purpose of PAIDAR programme is to support the GoS to implement its poverty reduction strategy as a whole and in particular sub-strategies that aim at:
• Fostering economic development, enterprise development and job creation with the objective of increasing income of the poor women, men and young people
• Optimizing public service delivery to enhance access to livelihood improving services such as water, electricity, health services and education with the ultimate objectives of both improving living conditions and quality of life and reducing poor household’ expenditure that arises as a cost resulting from lack of access to such services and poor living conditions.
To this end, the programme will:
• Provide necessary technical assistance, capacity building and financial support to a significant number of micro and small enterprises in target RGCs with the objective to overcome COVID-19 impacts on enterprises, support enterprise development and business development.
• Contribute technically and financially to building and upgrading public infrastructure for improvement in delivery of basic service with direct impact on poor people’s livelihood as well as services to support business development.
• Strengthen capacity of the GoS at provincial and local level for implementation of the PRS and assist the GoS to strengthen internal coordination and monitoring capacity, and to optimize provincial public resources allocation towards meeting PRS objectives.
PAIDAR will deliver on the above objectives through utilization of three key mechanisms:
1. Co-financing public investment projects of the GoS aiming to build and/or upgrade public infrastructure for delivery of basic services with high impact on livelihood improvement and poverty reduction, as well as for delivery of services with high potential to contribute to economic development of the target RGCs and foster enterprise development.
2. Provision of grants to support MSMEs investment projects which demonstrate strong potential for enterprise development, income generation, job retention and creation.
3. Technical assistance to the GoS and the MSMEs to ensure investment projects (both co-financed public infrastructure development projects and financially supported MSME investment projects) are designed, planned and implemented to deliver results in line with the objectives of the PRS; and to strengthen GoS capacity to plan, implement and monitor results PRS
Under the overall guidance of the PAIDAR Programme Manager (PM) in Vienna and National Technical Advisor in Karachi, and in close collaboration of the International Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Expert, the National Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL) expert is expected to deliver the following duties:
Closely communicate with programme management team to understand the programme approach and targets. Review and study key documents, guidelines and frameworks as the background documents for development of the MEL framework. These include:
- Poverty Reduction Strategy of Government of Sindh
- PAIDAR action document
- EU guidelines and tools for monitoring and evaluation (OPSYS)
- UNIDO Integrated Results and Performance Framework (IRPF)
- Establish trusted, mutually respected working relationship with programme management team and experts, in particular with International MEL Expert to ensure efficient and effective development and implementation of the MEL framework.
- Prepare the Programme Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning framework based on the approved Action Document (to be possible revised by end of the inception phase) including workplan, outputs and targets for monitoring, evaluation and learning sub-strategies.
- Fine-tune and develop the programme Theory of Change and results chain including inputs activities, output, and outcome and impact level. Identify appropriate KPIs for measuring programme performance (efficiency and effectiveness) and progress at each level of inputs, activity, output, outcome and impact.
- Develop various tools, templates, guidelines, methodologies as required for undertaking of the monitoring, evaluation and learning activities.
- Ensure the programme MEL framework is consistent with the Programme Communication and Visibility strategy. In particular to ensure MEL results and outputs are well communicated to the relevant audience and stakeholders via communication and visibility strategy. This includes, joint mapping of the programme stakeholders to develop Learning Sub-strategy of the MEL framework.
- Work closely with the Programme experts and subcontractors in charge of the inception phase to ensure inception phase studies provide all the baselines required for the MEL framework.
- Identify local partner institutions to be engaged for undertaking of monitoring and evaluation studies, in particular impact assessment studies.
- Develop MEL dashboards (if the programme uses specific programme management tools such as Monday.com) in collaboration with programme subcontractors monitor and create repots on programme performance.
- Provide training and capacity building to programme staff and experts to ensure they understand their functions related to MEL and hand hold programme staff to deliver their MEL related functions.
- Develop quarterly, bi-monthly and/or annual progress report for submission to counterparts, donor and UNIDO internal monitoring process. Coordinate, collect and collate and review technical inputs form different programme experts in timely manner to be used for drafting of programme progress reports.
- Perform other related activities related to MEL as requested by PMU and as per needs of the programme.
MINIMUM ORGANIZATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Advanced university level degree in Economics, Business Administration, Sustainable Development, Urban and Rural Economic Development, or in a field of direct relevance to the mandate of the Programme, is required. PhD is an advantage.
Technical and Functional Experience:
At least 5 years of experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning of development programme and projects with specific focus on one or more of the intervention areas of the programme including industrial development, sustainable economic development, regional and local economic development, industrial cluster and value chain development, enterprise development and poverty reduction and livelihood development, grants and access to finance, public service development, or any other field closely relate to intervention areas of PADAIR is required. Awareness of the megatrends affecting the economic development and ability to interpret their implication for the poverty reduction across Sindh in terms of development opportunities, challenges and risks is desirable. Proficiency in MS-Word, Excel, MS-PowerPoint and Internet tools is required. Track record in publication of scientific research studies is a strong advantage.
Fluency in written and spoken English and Urdu is required.
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WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.
This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal.
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