Regional Evaluation Specialist – Cairo

Location : Cairo, EGYPT
Application Deadline : 06-Jun-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Time left : 16d 17h 49m
Type of Contract : FTA International
Post Level : P-4
Languages Required : English
Duration of Initial Contract : 1 year

Background

The UN Women, grounded in the vision of equality enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations, works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls; the empowerment of women; and the achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security. Placing women’s rights at the center of all its efforts, the UN Women will lead and coordinate United Nations system efforts to ensure that commitments on gender equality and gender mainstreaming translate into action throughout the world. It will provide strong and coherent leadership in support of Member States’ priorities and efforts, building effective partnerships with civil society and other relevant actors.

The mandate and functions of UN Women call for the promotion of organizational and UN system accountability on gender equality through evaluation, strengthening evaluation capacities and learning from evaluation, and developing systems to measure the results and impact of UN Women with its enhanced role at country, regional and global levels. The purpose and role of evaluation in UN Women is to enhance accountability, inform decision-making and contribute to learning on the best ways to achieve women’s empowerment and gender equality through operational and normative work.

The Independent Evaluation and Audit Services (IEAS), provides independent evaluation and internal audit assurance, as well as advisory services, to management on UN Women’s programmes, controls, business systems, and processes to identify good practices, provide recommendations for improvement, and contribute to learning. The Charter governs the mandate, responsibilities, and activities of the IEAS.

IEAS is supported by two services; the Independent Evaluation Service and the Internal Audit Service:

Independent evaluation at UN Women is defined as a systematic and impartial assessment that provides credible and reliable evidence-based information for understanding the extent to which an intervention has achieved or made progress (or lack thereof) towards intended and unintended results on gender equality and the empowerment of women. Internal audit is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organization’s operations, governance, risk management and internal control. Reporting directly to the Chief of the Independent Evaluation Service (IES), the Regional Evaluation Specialist will independently support decentralized evaluations at regional and country level by strengthening decentralized evaluation systems, conducting and managing regional and country portfolio evaluations, ensuring use of evaluation findings and recommendations, providing internal and external evaluation capacity development and promoting coordination on evaluation that is gender responsive at regional and country levels.

Duties and Responsibilities

Undertake/manage evaluations and strengthen decentralized evaluation systems at regional and country levels in Asia and the Pacific:

  • Undertake/manage evaluations in the region, including regional and country portfolio evaluations, promote stakeholder’s ownership and learning, align with country evaluation systems and partners’ participation;
  • Provide sound methodological advice and quality assurance to decentralized evaluation processes, including the preparation of Terms of References (TORs), evaluation study, final evaluation report and dissemination strategy;
  • Provide technical support to the planning, monitoring and implementation of evaluation plans in UN Women’s regional and country offices;
  • Substantially contribute to the development of methodologies for regional and country evaluations, and to the review of guidelines, systems, procedures and tools related to decentralized evaluations;
  • Coordinate with the Regional Planning and Coordination Specialist to ensure the alignment of evaluation with Results Based Management systems of the Regional Offices and country offices;
  • Contribute to corporate level evaluation processes led by the IES and ensure alignment to corporate evaluation systems.

Promote the use of evaluations and ensure that evaluation findings and recommendations are implemented:

  • Prepare aggregate analysis and qualitative assessments of decentralized evaluations to input to Evaluation Annual report and management briefs;
  • Organize meetings, workshops and other discussion fora to establish a dialogue on evaluation results and the evaluative knowledge management at regional level;
  • Ensure that evaluation results are taken into account for the continued implementation of strategies, programmes/projects and for the design and appraisal of new projects/ programmes;
  • Ensure that project/programme managers respond to recommendations and monitor the follow up on evaluations.

Strengthen evaluation capacity development in UN Women at regional and country levels:

  • Provide training and coaching on evaluation, self-evaluation, UN Women evaluation policy and guidelines, monitoring and results-based management within the Regional Office and country offices, including substantial support in coaching and training Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) focal points at country level;
  • Provide advice/information/guidance to programme managers on evaluations on programme design from evaluability perspective;
  • Establish partnerships with governments, regional evaluation associations, networks and academic institutions to promote capacity and learning on gender responsive evaluation.

Promote UN coordination on evaluation that is gender responsive:

  • Collaborate with UN Country Teams on evaluation and regional inter-agency evaluation working groups on integrating gender equality perspective in evaluation;
  • Collaborate with other UN joint evaluation initiatives at regional and country level;
  • Contribute to UN Women in United Nations Evaluation Group taskforces and substantial contribution to the inclusion of gender equality dimensions in UNDAF and system-wide evaluation;
  • Collaborate with professional evaluation bodies in the area of gender responsive evaluation.

Manage knowledge building and sharing in Evaluation in the region and IEAS:

  • Keep abreast of developments in the area of evaluation, exploring innovative approaches in the area of gender equality and women’s empowerment;
  • Identify, collect, and disseminate best practices and lessons learned;
  • Contribute to the active exchange of information with evaluation specialists and internal audit specialists of IEAS.
  • Perform other related duties and assignments as and when requested by supervisor.

Key Performance Indicators:

  • Timely and quality implementation of evaluation plans in Regional Office and in Multi-Country Offices (MCOs) and County Offices (Cos) in the field;
  • Effective management of consultants;
  • Timely and quality advice provided to stakeholders;
  • Quality aggregate analysis and qualitative assessments of decentralized evaluations;
  • Timely provision of quality capacity development opportunities leading towards improved capacity amongst CO evaluation focal points;
  • Quality gender inputs provided into evaluation;
  • Quality and timely collaboration with other UN agencies.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

Master’s degree (or equivalent) in evaluation or relevant social science or related field is required.

Experience:

  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience in evaluation;
  • Experience in conducting gender analysis;
  • Experience in conducting/managing a portfolio of strategic, programmatic, institutional and/or project evaluations;
  • Experience working in the field.

Languages:

  • Fluency in English is required;
  • Working knowledge in Arabic is an asset;
  • Knowledge of the other UN official working language is an asset.
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Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, ICBA-AR Programme – Dhaka

Application closing date: 3 June 2019

Background

UNDP Bangladesh is supporting the Government to find innovative solutions to its development challenges based on the Country Programme Document approved by the Government and UNDP in 2006 and signed United Nations Development Assistance Framework for Bangladesh 2012-2016. Pillar Five of UNDAF: Climate Change, Environment, Disaster Risk Reduction and Response. Outcome One: By 2016, populations vulnerable to climate change and natural disaster have become more resilient to adapt with the risk. Outcome Two: By 2016, vulnerable populations benefit from natural resource management (NRM); environmental governance and low- emission green development.

Coastal greenbelts have long been seen as an important strategy for reducing the vulnerability of coastal populations to climate-related hazards in Bangladesh and the country has over five decades experience of coastal afforestation and reforestation. Over 200,000 ha of mangroves have been planted along the coast since the 1960s. However, the success of afforestation and reforestation efforts has been highly variable due to a range of institutional, technical and socioeconomic factors that have affected their long-term sustainability. A number of barriers currently prevent the realization of the full adaptive potential of coastal greenbelts, including an underlying incentive structure that drives people to exploit and degrade coastal forests rather than preserve them. LDCF support will be used to help the Government of Bangladesh to overcome these barriers through a suite of complementary measures to achieve the project’s objective of reducing the vulnerability of communities to the adverse impacts of climate change in the coastal zone through participatory planning, community-based management and diversification of afforestation and reforestation programmes. The project has been designed to complement a major new programme on coastal afforestation and reforestation funded by the Bangladesh Climate Change Resilience Fund (BCCRF). Project Component 1 addresses existing barriers relating to lack of livelihood diversification and lack of coastal forest diversification, both of which adversely impact coastal forest sustainability.

Thus Component 1 seeks to reduce the vulnerability of local communities in new afforestation and reforestation sites through livelihood diversification and more effective greenbelts, by a) linking livelihood diversification interventions to improved coastal forest stewardship and b) diversifying coastal plantations to increase their ecological and social sustainability by, respectively becoming more heterogenous and dense and by increasing the range of tangible benefits the forests can provide. Component 2 seeks to strengthen community engagement and ownership of forestry-based adaptation and climate risk reduction programmes by developing and demonstrating effective co-management and benefit-sharing for coastal greenbelt plantations. Finally, while mangrove greenbelts are a vitally important adaptation measure for coastal areas, there will always remain a need for complementary measures to further protect human lives and livelihoods assets in the face of extreme climate events. In recognition of this, the third Project Component focuses on protecting communal livelihood assets in afforestation and reforestation sites from extreme climate events through effective early warning and preparedness planning. Altogether, over 60,000 vulnerable people will benefit from a range of LDCF-supported interventions. Capacity development of local communities and key government actors is central to the project approach and will enhance the long-term sustainability of project impacts. Furthermore, the project will leverage strategic partnerships with the BCCRF project, USAID’s Climate Resilient Ecosystems and Livelihoods project (CREL) and the GoB’s Comprehensive Disaster Management Programme, also supported by UNDP, to promote scale up and replication of successful strategies.

The M&E Specialist will provide the on-the-ground support needed to closely evaluate progress and barriers and to prepare detailed quarterly, annual, and other monitoring reports. The M&E policy at the project level in LDCF/GEF/UNDP has four objectives: (i) to monitor and evaluate results and impacts; (ii) to provide a basis for decision making on necessary amendments and improvements; (iii) to promote accountability for resource use; and (iv) to document, provide feedback on, and disseminate lessons learned. Project monitoring and evaluation is conducted in accordance with established UNDP and GEF procedures and is undertaken by the project team and the UNDP CO with support from UNDP-GEF. The Logical Framework matrix provides performance and impact indicators for project implementation along with their corresponding means of verification. These, along with the objectives, procedures, and tools described in the project document’s M&E plan will form the basis on which the project’s M&E system will be built.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager, the incumbent will be assigned to develop and implement a monitoring system to capture the project activities, results and impacts. S/he will be responsible specifically to:

  • Establish the overall M&E strategy in accordance with the M&E plan outlined in the project document and promote a results-based approach;
  • Provide timely and relevant information to the NPD, Project Manager, PMU, and other project Stakeholders;
  • Coordinate and maintain close communication with the NPD, Outcome Board representatives, representatives of primary stakeholder groups, external consultants, and field staff, as well as with members of external M&E-related missions.
  • Guide and coordinate the review of the project log frame, including:
  1. ​Provide technical advice for the revision of performance indicators;
  2. Ensure realistic intermediate and end-of-project targets are defined;
  3. Conduct a baseline study (situation at project start) and prepare a baseline report;
  4. Identify sources of data, collection methods, who collects data, how often, cost of collection and who analyzes it;
  5. Ensure all critical risks are identified
  6. Update Project Risk Log regularly.
  • Coordinate the preparation of all project reports. Guide staff and executing partners in preparing their progress reports in accordance with approved reporting formats and ensure their timely submission. This includes quarterly progress reports, annual project report, inception report, PIR and ad-hoc technical reports. Reports should identify problems and causes of potential bottlenecks in project implementation and provide specific recommendations.
  • Collect and update project information at regular interval. Follow best practices/lessons learned in disseminating progress with colleagues and relevant stakeholders through project manager/management.
  • Foster participatory planning and monitoring by training and involving primary stakeholder groups in the M&E of activities.
  • Prepare project result/impact reports analyzing interventions specific activities of the project including recommendation.
  • Monitor the follow up of evaluation recommendations.
  • Organize (and provide) refresher training in M&E for project and implementing partner staff, local organizations, and primary stakeholders to develop local M&E capacity.
  • Monitor and evaluate the compliance of actual progress and performance against the planned work plan and expected quality.
  • Prepare reports for project management including identification of problems, causes of potential bottlenecks (if any) in project implementations with recommendation.
  • Recommendations on how to reduce the impact of deviations vs. work plans.
  • Prepare the ToRs for mid-term and final evaluation of the project in accordance to UNDP and GEF guidelines.
  • Design and implement a system to identify, analyze, and disseminate lesson learned.
  • Facilitate exchange of experiences by supporting and coordinating participation in any existing network of UNDP/GEF projects sharing common characteristics.
  • Identify and participate in additional networks, for example scientific or policy-based networks that may also yield lessons that can benefit project implementation.
  • Prepare regular and timely project monitoring reports for GOB/UNDP/donors/other concerned agencies.
  • Facilitate the work of external evaluation monitoring, and audit teams as required.
  • Assist the PM in reviewing and updating Project Quarterly Risk, Issue logs.
  • Assist the PM in preparation of GEF Annual PIR.
  • Any other related activities as assigned by Project Manager and UNDP Programme Specialist.

Measurable Outputs and Performance Indicators

The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will ensure a results-based system is in place to tap key results that contribute towards the project Outputs and Outcomes.

Required Skills and Experience

Education:

The incumbent should have a bachelor’s degree in environmental science, Forestry, Statistics, Economics or other relevant academic disciplines preferably from a foreign recognized university.

Experience:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in forestry and natural resources management with at least 3 years of experience with (a) The logical framework and other strategic planning approaches (b) M&E methods and approaches (including quantitative, qualitative and participatory (c) Planning, design, and implementation of M&E systems (d) Training in M&E development and implementation and/or facilitating learning-oriented analysis sessions of M&E data with multiple stakeholders (e) Data and information analysis (f). Report writing;
  • A solid understanding of adaptation to climate change, forests and environmental management, with a focus on participatory processes, co-management/joint management, and gender issues
  • Knowledge management and research experience in natural resources management, co-management/collaborative management, climate change adaptation, etc. with scientific papers/writings.
  • Working experience with forestry projects in Bangladesh financed by GEF, USAID, World Bank, etc. Have proven experience to work with government agencies (Forest Department, Fisheries Department, Environment Department, etc) and national and International NGOs.
  • Familiarity with, and a supportive attitude towards processes to strengthen local organizations and build local capacities for self-management
  • Leadership qualities, personnel and team management (including mediation and conflict resolution)
  • Understanding of UNDP and GEF procedures
  • Experience in data processing and with computers
  • Excellent verbal and written English and Bangla skills
  • Having willingness to undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders, especially primary stakeholders.
  • Computer proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and other common software is a prerequisite.
  • Computer literacy in graphic design software will be appreciated.

Language Requirements:

Excellent command of English and Bangla, demonstrated writing skills and ability to produce high quality reports in English.

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