Planning & Monitoring Officer, (NOA) (Temporary Appointment for 364 days), Dongola, Sudan – MENA (for Sudanese only)

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UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to save children’s lives, defend their rights, and help them fulfill their potential, from early childhood through adolescence.

At UNICEF, we are committed, passionate, and proud of what we do. Promoting the rights of every child is not just a job – it is a calling.

UNICEF is a place where careers are built: we offer our staff diverse opportunities for personal and professional development that will help them develop a fulfilling career while delivering on a rewarding mission. We pride ourselves on a culture that helps staff thrive, coupled with an attractive compensation and benefits package.

Visit our website to learn more about what we do at UNICEF.

For every child, an advocate.

Organizational Context and Purpose for the job

Under the general supervision of the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and the technical guidance of the Chief Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation in PRIME Section, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer is accountable for the accomplishment of the stated key end-results by providing professional expertise and assistance in information/data collection, statistics and data analysis, monitoring & evaluation (M&E), preparation of reports, communication and partnership, and in implementing training programmes for national and sub-national data collection, monitoring, evaluation and research capacity building with special attention to the interest, concern and participation of primary stakeholders.

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 III. Key functions, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

Summary of key functions/accountabilities:

1.Lead programme planning and monitoring at the field office level

2.Situation Monitoring and Assessment

3.Programme Performance Monitoring

4.Planning and Monitoring Capacity Building

5.Data and Information Management at the field office level

6.Networking and partnership building

7.Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Setting standards for, and lead, programme planning and monitoring at the field office level:

1.In close collaboration with Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist technical support to the process of developing and monitoring Field office Work Plans, including reporting on progress of the equity and gender marker as outlined in the Programme Policy and Procedures Guidance.

2.Provide technical support in organising and managing annual/mid-year/mid-term/end term field office and country programme reviews ensuring consistency with objectives and goals set out in the field office workplans, national workplans and contribute to the Annual Management Plan.

3.Monitor follow-up actions based on management decisions resulting from Field Office and country Office performance monitoring.

4.Provide technical support to develop and finalize partnership programme documents PDs at the field office, quality assurance of the PD results frameworks and workplans in line with the CPD and the field office workplans.

5.Provide technical support to the development of the donor proposals at the field office level and quality assurance of the proposals results frameworks to ensure alignment with the CPD and field office workplans priorities.

Situation Monitoring and Assessment

1.Provide support to measurement of change in conditions in the field office, including monitoring of socio-economic trends and the state’s policy, economic or institutional context, to facilitate planning and to draw conclusions about the impact of programmes.

2.Support national partners in the establishment and management of sub-national statistical databases, (e.g socio-economic profiles) ensuring that key indicators are readily accessible by key stakeholders. Potential uses include the Situation Analysis, Common Country Assessment, Early Warning Monitoring Systems, and Mid-Term Reviews.

3.Support Situation Monitoring and Assessment system owned by all key partners at the field office level which supports the preparation of field level statistical and analytic reports on the status of children’s and women’s rights issues.

4.In humanitarian response situations, provide professional support for one or more rapid assessments (inter-agency or independently if necessary) to be carried out within the first 48-72 hours and humanitarian performance monitoring at the field level.

Programme Performance Monitoring

1.Under the guidance of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist ensure Field Office has quality information to assess progress towards expected results established in annual work plans.

2.Support the programme components at the field office level to effectively monitor and report on the intersectoral programme results, cross sectoral programme component results and field office results to facilitate programme coherence and convergence where appropriate.

3.Contribute to development of programme monitoring framework for the field office, in line with the national level programme monitoring framework, including technical backstopping to the field team for convergent programming.

4.Provide technical support to ensure that a set of programme performance indicators is identified and adjusted as necessary at the field office level, with inputs of all concerned partners in the context of the multi-year and annual Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation plans, and the field office Work Plans.

5.Coordinate with partners to ensure that monitoring systems at the field office level are properly designed, and that data collection and analysis from field visits are coordinated and standardised across programmes to feed into to programme performance monitoring, with special attention to humanitarian response.

6.Drawing on monitoring and analysis of key program performance and management indicators, provide professional input to field office management reports, including relevant sections of the annual reports.

7.Support UNICEF-supported evaluations at the field office level as necessary.

Planning and Monitoring Capacity Building

1.Provide support to Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist to ensure that the Planning and monitoring capacities of Field Office staff and national partners – government and civil society – are strengthened enabling them to increasingly engage in and lead monitoring and evaluation processes.

Data and Information Management at the field office level

1.Lead the IM function at the Field Office Level in close coordination with PRIME Section.

2.Responsible for leading and managing the collection, analysis and sharing of information that is essential for field and section staff to make informed, evidence-based, strategic decisions.

3.Monitor and ensure the quality of the field work and data management during the implementation phase, and the quality of the analysis and ease of understanding during the report writing phase.

Networking and partnership building:

1.Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders at the field office level, through active sharing of information and knowledge and build their capacity for planning and implementation.

2.Participate in appropriate inter-agency meetings/events with inter-agency partners/colleagues at the field office level as necessary.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building:

1.Identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned from the field office monitoring efforts, for integration into the broader office knowledge development planning and management efforts. Ensure innovations are sought and implemented for planning and monitoring, especially with use of digital technology for data collection and analysis.

2.Participate as resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders

If you would like to know more about this position, please review the complete Job Description here: Download File JD_PME_NOA_AreaOffice_Dongola_SUD24033.pdf

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

VII. Recruitment Qualifications

Education: A university degree in one of the following fields is required: social sciences, statistics, planning development, planning.

Experience: Professional work experience in programme development and implementation including monitoring and evaluation activities as follows:

at least one year of relevant professional work experience. Developing field work experience (for NO)

at least one instance of exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness planning. Active involvement in a humanitarian crisis response programme preferred.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate…

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

UNICEF values and competency Required (based on the updated Framework)
i) Core Values
ii) Core Competencies (For Staff without Supervisory Responsibilities) *
▪Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (1)
▪Works Collaboratively with others (1)
▪Builds and Maintains Partnerships (1)
▪Innovates and Embraces Change (1)
▪Thinks and Acts Strategically (1)
▪Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
▪Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)
VI. Technical Competencies
a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required (for the job)
(Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.)
• Knowledge of Project and Activity Evaluation.
• Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Data Collection and Information Management
• Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Evaluation Process Management, Follow-up on Recommendations and Dissemination of M&E results.
b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group)
• Professional technical knowledge/expertise in demography, statistics, and data management.
• Methodology of M&E, theories, standards and models, quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods, validity/reliability testing of data, data analysis and interpretation, and statistical inference methods.
• Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Activity Monitoring & Evaluation, Evaluation Design, data analysis, and reporting.
• Gender equality and diversity awareness
c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job)
• Knowledge/expertise of best practices, lessons learned and communication.
• Understanding of UNICEF’s policies and procedures for programming, monitoring and evaluation guidelines.
• Latest programme monitoring and evaluation theory, methodology, technology and tools.
• Understanding of UN Mission and system; and International Code of Conduct.

Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels.


UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic.

We offer a wide range of measures to include a more diverse workforce, such as paid parental leave, time off for breastfeeding purposes, and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF does not hire candidates who are married to children (persons under 18). 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 is committed to promoting the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance.  Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station is required for IP positions and will be facilitated by UNICEF. Appointments may also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Should you be selected for a position with UNICEF, you either must be inoculated as required or receive a medical exemption from the relevant department of the UN. Otherwise, the selection will be canceled.


UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable female are encouraged to apply.

Government employees who are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government positions before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason. 

UNICEF does not charge a processing fee at any stage of its recruitment, selection, and hiring processes (i.e., application stage, interview stage, validation stage, or appointment and training). UNICEF will not ask for applicants’ bank account information.


All UNICEF positions are advertised, and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process. An internal candidate performing at the level of the post in the relevant functional area, or an internal/external candidate in the corresponding Talent Group, may be selected, if suitable for the post, without assessment of other candidates.

Additional information about working for UNICEF can be found here.

Advertised: 04 Jul 2024 E. Africa Standard Time
Deadline: 18 Jul 2024 E. Africa Standard Time

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