Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist, P-3, Amman, Jordan with frequent travel to Yemen

  • Added Date: Thursday, 08 November 2018
  • Deadline Date: Wednesday, 14 November 2018

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up.

For every child, a champion

At UNICEF Yemen, we are focusing on delivering lifesaving services and supplies for the most vulnerable children and their families. The conflict in Yemen has taken a serious toll on civilians and has exacerbated pre-crisis humanitarian needs. Millions of Yemenis are facing severe food insecurity and malnutrition. The conflict has also destroyed infrastructure and damaged public services. A key achievement of UNICEF Yemen has been to scale-up and improve assistance where it is most needed. We have built mobile health and nutrition teams, are tackling cholera and malnutrition, and are addressing challenges in education, child protection, and overall humanitarian response. Challenges remain, though, and we need dynamic and results-driven people to join our team and help us make sure every child has a champion.

How can you make a difference?

The incumbent will serve as a technical lead for the UNICEF Yemen Project Management Unit (PMU) will the ensure that the UNICEF PMU has useful, valid and reliable information on cash-based interventions and to support in developing monitoring capacity of partners particularly third-party service providers. Under the guidance of the PMU Deputy Team Leader, the incumbent will ensure the development of project monitoring and evaluation systems for conditional and non-conditional cash-based interventions

The incumbents will monitor the progress and quality of the implementation process and regularly report the findings; contributing towards an effective implementation process for quality project design. To achieve this, he/she will be required to be familiar with project operational manuals and technical annexes, Standard Operational Procedures; Specifically, the protocols and procedures and the deliverables of each service provider in line with the agreed terms of implementation. Ensure compliance and irregularities monitoring as part of the broader programme risk and quality assurance systems.

1. Under guidance from the Deputy Team Leader, ensure that UNICEF PMU and relevant Cash Transfer Project Partners have a well-prioritized monitoring system that will provide the most relevant and timely information to monitor the PMU Cash-based interventions.

2. Provide technical assistance for developing project performance indicators and design of monitoring systems including data collection tools for UNICEF's Cash Transfer project funded by World Bank.

3. Undertake process monitoring to assess whether the processes of project delivery including communication and field facilitation, Payment delivery and Grievance and Redressal Mechanisms are operating according to the Operations Manual/ToR and in line with the plan of action. Bring to attention any major issues identified during field monitoring including fraud, mishandling and misappropriation

4. Conduct analysis of reported challenges, identify trends on issues arising and problematic areas and report back to the PMU. Provide a periodic update on the progress (qualitative and quantitative) of the project, highlighting the situation, issues, and challenges. Share collected information on activities with the PMU Specialists - Cash Transfers on a continual basis and update the Issues log with follow-up information.

5. Project and contract management of Third Party Monitoring function of the project;

Provide technical support and inputs on the ToRs of the Third Party Monitoring, assessment of technical proposal based on agreed criteria, and selection of the third party for monitoring Coordinate/ liaise with Third Party as required and provide technical inputs for the development of monitoring plans and ensure that performance monitoring, spot checks. are being undertaken as per the plan Work closely with TPMO to prepare routine reports on results of the project's progress and for development of protocols for data confidentiality, exchange, security and archiving Organise capacity development of project partners particularly third-party monitoring as needed to ensure that they have the basic knowledge and skills in understanding and applying M&E policies, tools and methods to fulfil their responsibilities Seek inputs from the project beneficiaries to identify any issues problems with the Payment, Grievance, Facilitation, Third Party Monitoring. Conduct post distribution activities and monitoring to understand utilisation and outputs of the cash-based interventions implemented by the PMU. Work with TPMO on protocols for data confidentiality and exchange, security and archiving.

6. Disseminate findings of field monitoring and recommendations to the intended audiences in a user-friendly manner.

7. As required, conduct field monitoring and analysis of selected cases by the PMU for unusual or atypical results and provide feedback to the PMU.

8. Ensure project planning and monitoring of training activities provided by PMU Management and to service provider organisation and monitor subsequent training sessions of Service Provider Organizations’ field staff.

9. Organize stock-taking and review exercise to document lessons, identify gaps and provide recommendation to improve project design.

10. Responsible for ensuring the latest programme monitoring and evaluation theory, methodology, technology and tools are applied for the cash-based intervention implemented by PMU

11. Spearhead and develop research and impact assessments. Also collaborate with Regional M&E Advisers and UNICEF relevant Office for overall coordination of priority research, monitoring and evaluation activities, especially those of regional scope requiring the coordinated effort of multiple countries.

Additional tasks

As requested by the PMU, support in conducting ad hoc and rapid situation analysis in selected locations covered by the PMU cash-based interventions project, addressing issues related to, i.e., socio-economic conditions, security, infrastructure, access and the presence of internally displaced persons.

Additional tasks as requested by the PMU Team Leader.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

Education:Advanced university degree in social sciences, statistics, planning and development management. Work Experience:Professional work experience in programme development and implementation including monitoring and evaluation activities as follows: Level 3 – Five years of relevant professional work experience. Developing country work experience (for IP) or fieldwork experience (for NO) in cash-based interventions. At least one instance of exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness planning. Active involvement in a humanitarian crisis response programme preferred. Five years of progressively professional work experience at national and international levels in monitoring. Experience in conditional cash-based intervention in the Education sector is an added asset. Language Proficiency: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of Arabic is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The functional competencies required for this post are:

• Formulating Strategies and Concepts [I]

• Analyzing [II]

• Applying Technical Expertise [II]

• Learning and Researching [II]

• Planning and Organizing [III]

View our competency framework at:

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.


* Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

* Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

This vacancy is archived.

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