Bangladesh nationals: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Climate change, manifesting in the form of intensified cyclones, storm surges, and sea-level rise (SLR), is accelerating saltwater intrusion into the fresh water resources of the coastal belt of Bangladesh. Climate change-induced soil and water salinity is projected to adversely impact freshwater dependent agricultural livelihoods (leading to loss of productivity or livelihoods) as well as the availability and quality of drinking water in the vulnerable coastal communities. Furthermore, given the crucial role that women play in water security and household level resilience, and their socio-economic marginalization, the climate change-induced threat to agricultural livelihoods and drinking water security of the affected coastal communities disproportionately affects women and girls.
Therefore, the key objective of the proposed project is to support the Government of Bangladesh (GoB) in strengthening the adaptive capacities of coastal communities, especially women, to cope with impacts of climate change-induced salinity on their livelihoods and water security. GCF resources will be combined with GoB co-financing to address information, technical, financial and institutional barriers to implementing and managing resilient livelihoods and drinking water solutions for the vulnerable communities in the Southwestern coastal districts of Khulna and Satkhira. An estimated 719,229 people (about 245,516 direct and 473,713 indirect) will benefit from the proposed project interventions.
The proposed project will empower target communities, especially women, as ‘change-agents’ to plan, implement, and manage resilient livelihoods and drinking water solutions. The project will enable those communities to address climate change risks on livelihood and drinking water security to promote synergistic co-benefits. It will enhance the adaptive capacities of these communities in the face of worsening impacts of climate-change induced salinity on their freshwater resources which in turn adversely affect livelihood and drinking water requirements. GCF resources will be invested in promoting a diversification from currently non-adaptive, freshwater-reliant livelihoods of small-scale farmers, fishers, and agro-labourers towards climate-resilient agricultural livelihoods. GoB co-financing is leveraged to support adoption and scale of these alternative, climate-resilient agricultural livelihoods through strengthened value-chains and market linkages for their long-term viability in the face of increasing salinity and extreme weather. The project also utilizes GCF and GoB resources to support investments in and management of climate-resilient drinking water solutions to secure year-round, safe drinking water supplies for the targeted communities. Access to reliable, safe drinking water enables the communities, especially women and girls in targeted households, to invest the resulting time and cost savings and health co-benefits in enhanced livelihoods and income generating and/or educational opportunities. In turn, the enhanced incomes and livelihoods will enable the communities to sustain the investments in the drinking water supply solutions in the long-term. Finally, through investments in institutional capacities, knowledge dissemination and evidence-based learning, the project will enable pathways for replication and scale of project impact to secure livelihoods and drinking water across the vulnerable districts of the southwest coast of Bangladesh. The project yields significant environmental, social (including gender), and economic co-benefits including enhanced integrity of coastal ecosystems and freshwater resources; improved gender norms and women empowerment; and increased income and health benefits, estimated at USD15 million and USD4 million respectively over the project lifetime.
The project contributes towards GoB’s achievement of priorities outlined in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) and its climate change strategies. The project objective speaks to the top five key near-term areas of intervention identified by the INDC to address adverse impacts of climate change including: 1) Food security, livelihood and health protection (incl. water security); 2) Comprehensive disaster management, 3) Coastal Zone Management, including Salinity Intrusion control, 4) Flood Control and Erosion protection, 5) Building Climate Resilient Infrastructure. Directly aligned to six of the fourteen broad adaptation actions prioritized by INDC, the project is implementing improved EWS, supporting climate resilient infrastructure, Tropical cyclones and storm surge protection, stress-tolerant variety improvement and cultivation, and Capacity Building at Individual and institutional level to plan and implement adaptation programmes and projects.
Under the overall guidance of Project Coordinator, the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be responsible for developing and execution of monitoring and evaluation strategy for the GCF founded project. A robust M&E Plan and its effective execution would significantly contribute to the realization of project objectives/results, as reflected in the project documents.
Duties and Responsibilities
The M & E Specialist’s functions and responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:
- Strengthen Project monitoring and evaluation systems and mechanisms and ensure their effective application;
- Facilitate and support project implementation and reporting;
- Capacity building of partners;
- Knowledge building, management and sharing.
Strengthen Project monitoring and evaluation systems and mechanisms and ensure their effective application
- Develop and institutionalize monitoring and reporting standards, quality assurance/control tools and mechanisms;
- Critical review of Project Results Framework and seek ways and means to address gaps, if any;
- Develop/refine a robust M&E Plan for the project towards ensuring effective implementation and tracking of results;
- Making sure that there is adequate and systematically packaged data and information on project results, and that they are shared among all partners and stakeholders so that they better understand and support the Project;
- Package and disseminate, in coordination with other Project staff and Communications Unit, adequate, quality and gender disaggregated data and information on project results.
- Engage actively in data gathering, analysis and reflection concerning the project, and on governance issues more broadly;
Facilitate and support project implementation
- Contribute to the Annual Work Planning process by way of ensuring their consistency, feasibility and technical soundness;
- Initiate and execute, in coordination with PMU, field monitoring visits, and provide written feedbacks to implementing partners & UNDP on findings and proposed actions;
- Facilitate and support Project Annual Review Meetings, and Mid-Term review processes;
- Actively participate in the preparation of quarterly, annual and mid-term reports on the project;
- Follow up on implementation of review and monitoring recommendations;
- Provide substantive inputs into Terms of Reference (TOR), consultant and evaluation team selection, technical feedback on evaluations and budget oversight.
- Monitor and update, in coordination with the PC and PMU Team, project risk log frame;
Capacity building of partners:
- Work closely with project Team members in UNDP and implementing partners to create a sense of shared responsibility and accountability in achieving project results;
- Identify capacity gaps in the implementing partners related to results-based management and design and implement capacity enhancement training programs from time to time;
- Facilitate refresher training programmes for RIG/UNDP staff on RBM and result-reporting;
Knowledge building, management and sharing:
- Solicit, document, package and popularize success stories and good practices, feeding into implementation and future programming;
- Facilitate/organize, in partnership with UNDP/RIG Units knowledge – sharing events from time to time that would involve project stakeholders and other relevant actors;
- Support communications outreach on results of key partnerships.
Impact of Results
The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will ensure a results-based system is in place to tap key results that contributes towards the project outputs.
- Promotes UN’s values and ethical standards (tolerance, integrity, respect, results, orientation, impartiality)
- Displays culture, gender, religion, race, nationality, age sensibility and adaptability;
Management and Leadership
- Work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
- Participates effectively in a team-based, information-sharing environment, collaboration and cooperating with others
- Responds flexibly & positively to change through active involvement
- Demonstrate good oral and written communication skills
- Demonstrate openness to change and ability to manage complexities
- Provides inspiration and leadership to project staff as well as all the partners
Development and Operational Effectiveness
- Capacity to engage in team-based management, experience of leading workshops and being resource person;
- Ability to undertake results-based management and reporting;
- Ability to oversee timely project implementation and to provide the necessary trouble shooting to keep project implementation on schedule;
- Ability to implement new systems and affect staff behavioral/ attitudinal change;
Knowledge Management and Learning
- Promotes knowledge management and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
- Actively works towards continuing personal learning and development;
- Excellent communication skills (written and oral);
- Respectful and helpful relations with all UN/UNDP staff;
- Sensitivity to and responsiveness to all partners.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s Degree or equivalent in Monitoring and Evaluation/ Result Management/ Planning/ Economics/ Statistics/ Development Studies/ or related social sciences;
Experience: The candidate should possess the following qualification to compete for the announced position:
- Minimum 10 years’ experience in development sector, preferably in UN/GoB/INGO with at least 3 years experience in similar positions.
- At least 5 years’ experience in project monitoring related activities, preferable with international organizations in an international development context;
- Strong experience in results-based management and/monitoring and evaluation, and report is a requirement;
- Strong experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems is also necessary;
Knowledge and skills:
- Ability to think clearly and analytically
- Ability to plan own work, setting parities and completing demands
- Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) in English and Bangla;
- Ability to use Microsoft Office for reporting and presentation
- A strong commitment to gender sensitive, inclusive and pro-poor development works
- Ability to work with multi-disciplinary team
- Consultative and empowering working style and willingness to learn from other
- Willingness to travel as required
- Fluency in written and spoken English and Bangla are essential.
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