Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

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Under the overall supervision of the Resident Coordinator (RC), reporting directly to the PBF Coordinator of the PBF Secretariat and indirectly to the Peace Building Support Office, the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Specialist of the Peace Building Fund Secretariat will work in close collaboration with the RCO M&E Officer and oversee development and implementation of a monitoring, evaluation, and reporting framework for the PBF portfolio in The Gambia. S/he will contribute to strengthening PBF recipient agency and partner M&E capacities.

The M&E Specialist will oversee the development of a joint integrated M&E system for PBF projects (including cross-border and gender and youth promotion initiative projects) to promote synergies between projects. He/she will ensure the formulation of common results and indicators at the macro level to help measure achievements based on priorities defined in the eligibility application.

S/he will support the implementing agencies of PBF projects in collecting and analyzing data.  S/he will ensure that data collection aligns with the PBF Strategic Result Framework for the Gambia. In collaboration with project teams, s/he will help ensure that the results of different projects are documented, monitored, evaluated, analyzed, and built upon. S/he will contribute to specific activities (perception surveys, etc.), maintain the updated mapping of activities, and develop and implement a reporting strategy in close collaboration with the PBF Secretariat Coordinator and the peacebuilding team. S/he will regularly review individual project implementation through spot-check implementation visits. S/he will also be a focal point for the Steering Committee’s annual report. S/he will work closely with the RCO M&E Expert, project managers recipient agencies, and their implementing partners.

Duties and Responsibilities

Design and implement monitoring and evaluation frameworks, systems, and tools, and as applicable, conduct programme quality assurance in keeping with corporate policies. 

  • Develop integrated monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and results-based management (RBM) frameworks and systems for overseeing PBF projects. This will help ensure project effectiveness and compliance with corporate programming and reporting requirements and support the PBF Secretariat and JSC in making informed decisions; 
  • Develop mechanisms to collect, analyze, and communicate project data, and ensure data collection to measure project indicators. M&E-related support will be provided to the JSC, including monitoring and analysis of PBF-supported project implementation progress, and facilitating potential field visits by the JSC; 
  • Monitor the impact of peacebuilding projects by organizing field visits and joint M&E missions on project sites. Evaluation exercises will be organized and participated in, ensuring that recommendations are followed. Collaborate with implementing partners on quality monitoring, and promoting planning and participative monitoring is encouraged; 
  • Facilitate joint M&E activities with national partners, and the work plan will be followed in real time. Identify any challenges to project implementation and advise on solutions or corrective measures in a timely manner to projects and the Steering Committee; 
  • Conduct a joint annual review of work plans will ensure that project monitoring is integrated. Contribute to reports to ensure quality control and if necessary, updated notes on implementation progress or performance indicators will be prepared; 
  • Prepare briefing to communicate project results to JSC. 

Lead coordination of and support to monitoring, reporting, evaluation and results-based management of Country Office programmes and projects.

  • Oversee implementation and application of efficient and evidence-based results monitoring, and as applicable, quality assurance work for CO programme and project development and delivery using integrated portfolio management approach;
  • Provide M&E related support to the JSC, including monitoring and analyzing PBF supported projects implementation progress; Ensure timely identification of potential implementation problems and bottlenecks and advise the PBF Secretariat and projects on strategies/corrective measures to address them;
  • Ensure PBF reports are timely and in accordance with established requirements. Prepare Results Reports, analysis of project results, and other periodic information and reports for the Secretariat, government partners, donor community, and other key stakeholders. Advise on data use and interpretation to assess results, improve project quality, identify trends, and inform future decision-making processes; 
  • Ensure timely implementation of planned evaluations in line with UNDP standards as outlined in the UNDP Evaluation Guidance. Review and approve all plans and Terms of Reference (TOR) for project mid-term reviews, evaluations, and assessments. Participate in consultant and evaluation team recruitment and selection. Review and provide input on evaluation inception reports and evaluation methodology, as well as draft evaluation reports for quality assurance and compliance purposes;
  • Ensure the optimal use of evaluation findings and recommendations. Provide guidance and input in preparing timely management responses and key actions to all evaluations; consolidate evaluation findings to assess the effectiveness and impact of PBF projects; and develop a communication/dissemination plan to incorporate into recommendations for improvement by projects and partners. Follow up on the implementation of evaluation recommendations by project teams;
  • Support collation of monitoring and evaluation of impact results and/or data/information in a format relevant to evidence-based policy and/or development interventions.

Provide substantive contributions to capacity building and facilitate knowledge building and sharing on monitoring, evaluation, and results-based management. 

  • Contribute to assessing capacity needs and elaborating capacity development plans, tools, and methodologies. Design, organize, and lead training activities; and prepare knowledge packages on RBM, monitoring and evaluation, data collection/survey methods, gender mainstreaming, and portfolio approach for PBF project teams, national partners, and key stakeholders; 
  • Support identifying, synthesizing, documenting, and disseminating key lessons learned and good practices derived from monitoring and evaluating activities on what works and what does not, to identify innovative ideas for their scaling or replication; 
  • Create a database of interventions and stakeholders involved in peacebuilding to promote synergies;
  • Support the Steering Committee to develop monitoring and reporting tools promoting results visibility.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

  • Advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in Development/Development Studies, Economics, Statistics, Business Management, Social Policy, or related field is required; or 
  • A Bachelor degree in Social Sciences, Business Administration, Development Studies, Economics, Political Sciences, Peace and Conflict Studies or related field in combination with 2 additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s  degree.

Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years (with master’s degree) or 7 years (with bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience in M&E, programme and/or team management working with quality assurance instruments, results-based management models, and multiple stakeholders;
  • Proven technical knowledge of the results-based management cycle and monitoring and evaluation is required;
  • Proven experience in designing monitoring and evaluation systems and designing development projects or integrated portfolios is required; 
  • Proven ability to work with quantitative and qualitative data, and appropriately use qualitative data /information collection tools in innovative ways is desirable; 
  • Experience in the use of computers, office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.), and web-based management systems, and up-to-date, advanced knowledge of data management tools and database packages; 
  • Experience in designing, implementing and/or managing assessments and/or data collection exercises/processes is desired; 
  • Experience conducting applied research projects and reporting on findings is desired; 
  • At least 5 years’ experience with peacebuilding programming and/or M&E in the context of peacebuilding is highly desirable.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in the UN language of the duty station is required,
  • Fluency in the national language of the duty station is required for local staff. 
  • Knowledge of another UN language is desirable.

Source: https://estm.fa.em2.oraclecloud.com/hcmUI/CandidateExperience/en/sites/CX_1/requisitions/job/18126

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