Myanmar has embarked on a major transition towards democracy, market style economy and peace. Myanmar has low middle-income status (LMIC) and is committed to lifting itself out of Least Developed Country (LDC) status within the next seven years. Following the implementation of the first ever UNDP Country Programme during 2013-2017 and as a key development partner of the government of Myanmar, UNDP will implement a new UNDP Country Programme for the period 2018-2022, striving to deliver on a large and relevant programme portfolio that is responsive to the main development challenges facing the country.
The UNDP Myanmar Strategic Results, Partnerships and Innovation Team drives new ways of working through partnerships, innovation, communications, design and data visualization; coordinates quality assurance of monitoring and evaluation as well as continuous project monitoring through defined indicators; supports programme teams and CO senior management in planning and management of thematic country programme and project evaluation(s) and follow up in implementation of recommendations; and promotes evaluation standards, quality assurance/control and capacity development in the Country Office by facilitating knowledge building and management. The team strives to bring new methodologies, energy and insights into the work of the entire Country Office.
Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Strategic Results, Partnership and Innovation Team Leader, the Quality Assurance and Reporting Specialist provides technical support and advice for M&E, quality assurance and reporting practices across the UNDP Myanmar country programme. S/he works closely with programme and project colleagues and other units to ensure that M&E, reporting and quality assurance practices are applied at all levels, by providing technical guidance and support for collection of reliable, accurate and coherent information to assess the performance and impact of UNDP Myanmar programme and projects; as well as quality assuring performance reporting and confirming that results are evidence-based and supported by relevant data.
The Quality Assurance and Reporting Specialist promotes integrated monitoring activities through exchanges of experience and good practices from the region, national partners, the UNDG and the international community. S/he builds country office and national capacities on quality assurance and reporting by advising and training colleagues, partners and counterparts on monitoring and evaluation functions.
The Quality Assurance and Reporting Specialist will be initially based in Yangon, but with eventual relocation to Naypyidaw when conditions permit.
UNDP Myanmar is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.
Ensures effective implementation of corporate reporting, M&E and QA tools and initiatives and provides technical guidance and support
- Implements corporate initiatives and tools, such as the alignment process, IRRF BMT exercise and ROAR;
- Maintains calendar of all corporate and donor reporting requirements including programme and project, keeps staff informed, manages staff inputs and consolidates and quality checks before dissemination of reports working with DCD and CD for approval;
- Contributes to Annual Working Plan development processes working with the Programme Support unit, and programme units. Ensures AWP completed on time with sufficient consultation, consistency and in line with approved project documents;
- Manages all corporate, bureau and RCO reporting requirements including ROAR, QCPR, inputs to Secretary General Reports and donor assessment requirements such as Due Diligence reviews;
- Ensures quality of CPD evaluation plan, costing, compliance and implementation to ensure strategic, robust, timely, and relevant evaluation for learning and programme effectiveness;
- Leads design of country office and national monitoring systems, as well as qualitative and quantitative data collection methods to provide evidence of the effect and contributions of UNDP interventions into national development priorities;
- Researches innovative monitoring tools and practices, including remote monitoring to inform programme implementation;
- Monitors project and programme compliance with corporate and donor reporting requirements, reviews project reports prior to dissemination.
- Ensures selection of independent, cost-effective and quality evaluators and support development of a roster for evaluation experts;
- Coordinates responses to evaluation findings and recommendations and ensures that they are recorded and monitored in the Evaluation Resource Center (ERC);
- Identifies, documents and shares lessons learned from evidence monitoring.
Assures Quality of Country Programme Evaluation and Monitoring
- Quality assures CO data collection strategies to ensure the right balance of qualitative and quantitative evidence and advises on data analysis to assess programme results, improve programme quality and inform future decision making processes allowing for reporting against Country Programme document, projects and other corporate reporting;
- Reviews and provides technical advice to improve the quality of results based management, including planning, monitoring and reporting on annual workplan and other corporate tools;
- Reviews and approves all terms of reference for project and programme mid-term reviews, evaluations and assessments. Reviews final draft evaluation reports and mid-term reviews for quality assurance and provides inputs prior to finalization.
Ensures Integrated Programme and Project Monitoring
- Ensures cross-programme and project integration of monitoring indicators and progress, identifying synergies and achievements for reporting purposes.
- Works with programme and project teams to ensure joint monitoring and reporting.
- Builds, nurtures and promotes linkages between evaluation strategies/frameworks with the CPDs and AWP;
- Prepares reports on the use of evaluation findings in the country office, including lessons learned;
- Facilitates learning from evaluation results at the CO, regional and global level within UNDP as well as among national partners and other key stakeholders externally.
Manages M&E/QA and Reporting team, and builds capacities of country office and project staff
- Manages M&E, QA and Reporting team (national officers, interns, consultants)
- Mentors and develops capacities of national staff in quality assurance, monitoring, evaluation and reporting
- Trains CO and project staff as well as partners on use of corporate and other relevant M&E, QA and reporting tools and methodologies, including RBM.
- Networks and shares information with UNDP peers and RBM practitioners through Communities of Practice and other knowledge management mechanisms;
- Promotes cross-unit team work and works in close collaboration across the country office.
- Master’s Degree in Development Studies, Business Administration,, Monitoring and Evaluation, Social Sciences, Economics, Law or related field.
- Practical training in programme management and evaluation (including Results Based Management), survey and research analysis, or applied statistical data
- A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional work experience in international development at national and international levels.
- Experience managing various types of evaluations (project, outcome, thematic, strategic, organizational) and developing outcome-oriented monitoring and evaluation systems
- Experience working on Results Based Management, including effective planning, monitoring and reporting of results essential
- Experience in delivering and facilitating innovative approaches and solutions to development programming would be an advantage
- Experience of working with UNDP, or another UN agency, with sound knowledge and experience in all aspects of the project cycle including M&E would be an advantage
- Strong interpersonal and written and oral communication skills
- Strong ability to work effectively in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams
- Excellent written and spoken English
UNDP is an equal opportunity employer and 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.
Women are encouraged to apply the post.
Only those candidates in whose qualifications and experience the Organization has further interest will be contacted for subsequent interview(s). UNDP regrets its inability to reply individually or attend to telephone queries on the advertised posts.
Contract Duration: 1 Year with possibility for extension