Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Yangon, Myanmar

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  • Added Date: Tuesday, 16 March 2021
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 16 June 2021
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Myanmar is one of UNOPS' leading offices in Asia, acting as fund manager for three of the largest development programmes in the country, namely the Access to Health, the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF). In addition, UNOPS is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund in Myanmar and for the Global Fund's regional artemisinin-resistance initiative targeting drug resistant malaria in the greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS also provides procurement, infrastructure and project management services to a wide range of organizations in the country, including the Government of Myanmar, international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs and INGOs. UNOPS plays a critical role in ensuring that the quality of services provided to its partners meets stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

The Nexus Response Mechanism (NRM) is an EU-funded programme designed to operationalize what has largely been a theoretical concept through the funding and implementation of innovative, tailor-made, flexible, and rights-based activities along the humanitarian-development- peace (H-D-P) spectrum in Myanmar. The NRM's overall objective is to contribute to lasting peace and national reconciliation, security, stability and sustainable development in Myanmar by reducing vulnerabilities and building the resilience of communities affected by conflict or natural disasters.

NRM's interventions are designed to pilot new ways of working and are aimed at contributing to systemic change. Both its short-term and long-term interventions incorporate rights objectives and pathways for advocacy and policy dialogue, ensuring that programming is accompanied by substantive efforts to address rights and structural challenges in Myanmar. To ensure its projects are holistically designed, the NRM utilizes a three-pillared approach focused on the integration of H-D-P sectors and the incorporation of a rights-based approach, the transformation of power dynamics and imbalances through greater localization and inclusion, and accountability to both donors and communities through adaptive project design and a robust learning agenda.

The NRM's MEAL Framework is grounded in the NRM approach pillars of transformation and accountability and is integrated throughout the entire NRM's programmatic cycle. NRM MEAL is focused on the following aims: To support learning related to the piloting of nexus approaches in Myanmar

To support evidence-based contributions to policy and systemic change in Myanmar

To support responsive, innovative and dynamic programming in Myanmar

To ensure that NRM programming remains conflict sensitive in a challenging rights context

NRM MEAL efforts begin with a deep assessment of issues, priorities and challenges of communities in specific geographic areas, followed by community consultations and, where possible, participatory design. NRM projects are meant to include continued community engagement across the life of each project to ensure downward accountability and adaptive project management.

The NRM MEAL team has the following core functions: To monitor grant-implementation, the setting of targets, and the achievement of results

To facilitate the design and implementation of project and programme level MEAL Frameworks and provide the required technical assistance and capacity development to partners

To establish, maintain and adapt the required systems, processes and tools required for the successful achievement of the MEAL Objectives

To ensure timely, accurate and quality evidence is generated for the purposes of reporting, learning, policy influence, knowledge sharing and adaptive management

To regularly aggregate and synthesise evidence, knowledge and learning emerging from the NRM to meet the requirements of specific audiences (donors, government, etc.)

Under the direct supervision of the Programme Manager and with support from the MEAL Advisor, the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will carry out the following duties and responsibilities: Support to NRM team

  • Ensure achievement of the purpose and functions of the MEAL team
  • Take an active role in quality assurance activities of the NRM programme and its projects.
  • Provide technical support to the MEAL Advisor on project concerns from NRM MEAL Framework based on project experiences.

Grant management support

  • Support IPs in development of MEAL systems as a whole including learning and knowledge management, use of evidence for policy-contribution, community feedback systems, etc
  • Conduct field visits and routine data quality assessments to ensure that reported data is accurate and in line with standard indicators, grant work plans and MEAL framework.
  • Provide constructive feedback and support to implementing partners on their performance and data quality, and follow up as necessary.
  • By using the findings in the partners' MEAL systems, data quality, propose any actions for improvement of grant activities.
  • Build capacities of Implementing Partners in participatory monitoring and evaluation.
  • Ensure programme and project adaptations are evidence-based and systematically documented

MEAL system strengthening

  • Provide technical inputs to roll out MEAL Framework into the project implementation.
  • Support the Programme Manager and MEAL Advisor to generate evidence and reflect in the learning agenda.
  • the projects in close consultation with the implementing partners, and in accordance with donors and UNOPS guidelines;
  • Adapt monitoring arrangements to the realities of conflict-affected areas

Strategic information and reporting

  • Oversee data compilation, analysis and reporting processes to measure progress and achievements.
  • Provide strategic information (such as changes in local contexts, and major stakeholders, other information that can affect the achievement of the project's objectives) to the MEAL Advisor and Senior Manager for decision-making.
  • Support various external /internal assessments, evaluations and data requests.

Other tasks:

  • Support future programming efforts by using evidence-based practices
  • Review and provide technical inputs on research proposals
  • Promote dissemination of lessons and knowledge sharing.
Conduct other duties as assigned.

Education

  • Master's degree preferably in development studies or related social science programs or relevant discipline is required.
  • A Bachelor's Degree in combination with 2 additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master's Degree.

Work Experience

  • Minimum 5 years of relevant M&E experience working with humanitarian assistance, development, conflict management and peace building is required.
  • Experience of successful development and implementation of an M&E system for humanitarian, development, and/or peace programme is required.
  • Experience with developing and managing participatory and community-focused MEAL mechanisms is highly desirable.
  • Extensive knowledge of the humanitarian, development, conflict management or peace sectors is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with database management is an asset.
  • Program implementation / monitoring experience in conflict-affected areas in Myanmar (such as Kachin, Rakhine, Kayin, Northern Shan State, etc) will be an asset.
  • Experience working with partner agencies and NGOs is desirable.
  • Mentoring / people management experience is an important asset.
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills are required.

Language

  • Fluency in both written and spoken English and Myanmar language are required.

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.

Contract type: Local Individual Contractor Agreement

Contract level: LICA10/ICS10 Contract duration: Open ended (subject to organizational requirements, avaliability of funds, and satisfactory performance) 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 Note that this is a Local position and only Myanmar Nationals are eligible 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.
  • 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
  • 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.

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 โ€” 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.

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