Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (NPSA-10)
UNDP Somalia and the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) have signed an agreement to build the capacity of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the Federal Member States (FMS) with an overarching focus on promoting resilience of the water-stressed, ecologically-fragile, and disaster vulnerable communities in the country. The project promotes an integrated approach and addresses capacity gaps and national priorities for water, environment, and disaster risk management. It unleashes the potential of their synergies into a coherent and more integrated programming framework.
The objective of the project is to build the capacity of the Somali authorities in their efforts to promote sustainable and resilient development through targeted support in the areas of integrated water resource management, environmental governance, and disaster risk reduction. The project builds on past experiences, complements the ongoing national efforts under the National Development Plan (NDP-9), and calls for an integrated approach to deliver results on the ground in the areas of integrated water resources management, environmental governance, and disaster risk management.
With funding support from the Swedish Government, UNDP will undertake targeted interventions in three inter-related components in achieving the above objective, and these components include (1) Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM), (2) Environmental Governance, and (3) Disaster Risk Reduction. While each component will be implemented by the respective ministry, the project will establish coordination and linkages to ensure integration of the results and synergy toward achieving the planned outcome.
The Project M&E officer will be responsible for managing the tasks related to effective monitoring and evaluation of the planned results as well as tracking progress in line with agreed indicators including financial delivery. S/He will be responsible for coordinating with the counterparts and the implementing partners and guiding them on issues relating to M&E and also, securing result-based reporting in a timely and quality manner.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Functions:
- Effective representation and national coordination, management, and advisory support to implementing the project
- Efficient implementation of the planned activities under the project in close collaboration with the FGS, FMS and participating UN agencies
- Effective supervision, monitoring, and evaluation support
- Effective partnership building, resource mobilization, and communications for the integrated project
- Facilitation of knowledge building and sharing
Implement M&E activities, derived from the project M&E framework, monitor and report its activities in Somalia focusing on the achievement of the following results:
- Participate in development and functioning of the project monitoring and evaluation system, including development and implementation of M&E annual plans to track progress, results and impacts at local, regional and central levels;
- Regularly review and monitor progress against M&E log frame. Provide updates on progress, concerns, divergence and recommend corrective actions or measures to the Project Management;
- Participate in the development of procedures and processes to gather, measure, and objectively verify delivery/progress of results against indicators including definition of information/data requirements, sources, data collection and analysis;
- Gather information and data for use the project and its counterparts and implementing partners
- Provide quality data and timely information to the Project Manager, Technical Advisory Group (TWG) and the project teams to improve planning, implementation and M&E of the project;
- Collect project reports, minutes from meetings and internal committee decisions relevant to the project. Facilitate a proper filing system to ensure quick and easy retrieval of all reports and support documents;
- Conduct regular field trips to monitor the progress of the project’s work, against SMART indicators and targets, and strengthen the M&E capacity of local and central counterparts.
Undertake Research and analysis on project risks and conflict sensitivity focusing on the achievement of the following results:
- Conduct regular assessments and produce quarterly notes, success stories and fact sheets analyzing local governance and capacity development trends;
- Assess and provide bi-annual analysis of value for money and effectiveness of the project;
- Develop the risk management matrix, monitoring procedures, triggers and mitigation measures;
- Monitor and report risks, conduct regular conflict analysis and update the project risk and conflict analysis matrix;
- Participate in the development, monitoring and implementation of an assessment tool to measure project progress (i.e.: accountability, transparency, access to equitable services, and capacity of local authorities).
Participate in local Planning and Monitoring activities by focusing on the achievement of the following results:
- Provide data and analysis for the development and/or review Annual work-plans and help the project team ensure the work plans integrate sector inputs, economic data and other relevant information and priorities;
- Provide technical support to Somali counterparts, and Agencies’ implementing partners in planning and monitoring activities;
- Develop and operationalize M&E tools to help counterparts and state authorities and non-state actors monitor and report progress and challenges in the implementation of the Annual Work plans.
Facilitate knowledge building and sharing in M&E focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Facilitate qualitative monitoring with associated analysis of attribution /contribution;
- Orient and train counterparts in understanding and applying M&E policies, tools & methods;
- Conduct trainings and orientations for project staff in Results-Based Management, particularly M&E reporting for building their capacities;
- Review reports submitted by projects / program, analyse results / lessons learned, research inputs and provide strategies for development of information;
- Participation in various inter-agency and local government meetings if required.
- Reports to Chief Technical Specialist; Resilience and Climate Change
- In-depth knowledge of the subject-matter
- Understands more advanced aspects of primary area of specialization as well as the fundamental concepts of related disciplines
- Keeps abreast of new developments in area of professional discipline and job knowledge and seeks to develop him/herself professionally
- Demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments
- Demonstrates comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the current guidelines and project management tools and utilizes these regularly in work assignments
- Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity
- Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment
- Self-development, initiative-taking
- Acting as a team player and facilitating teamwork
- Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively
- Creating synergies through self-control
- Managing conflict
- Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. Promoting learning and knowledge management/sharing is the responsibility of each staff member.
- Informed and transparent decision making
Desired additional skills and competencies
- Contributing to positive outcomes for the client
- Anticipates client needs
- Works towards creating an enabling environment for a smooth relationship between the clients and service provider
- Demonstrates understanding of client’s perspective
- Solicits feedback on service provision and quality
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s Degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, Economics or any related field;
- A first level university degree in Social Sciences, International Relations, Political Science, Economics or any related field with 2 additional years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
- A minimum of 2 years of relevant experience with a Masters degree in the related fields OR a first level degree with 4 years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree
- Proven work experience in project / programme management and / or monitoring and evaluation is a requirement.
- Experience in producing M&E guidelines, frameworks and tools.
- Experience of building and maintaining a reliable M&E database on the status of project implementation, delivery and evaluation.
- Field experience coupled with strong substantive knowledge of monitoring and evaluation tools in particular, results based management is a requirement;
- Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Office, web-based management information system, etc.) and advanced knowledge of spreadsheet and database packages.
- Sustantive knowledge in development issues in general and UNDP’s practice
- Fluency in written and oral English and Somali.
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