Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Officer

United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

Islamabad, Pakistan 🇵🇰

Job categories: Project Management

Vacancy code: VA/2023/B5507/25474

Department/office: AR, SAMCO, Pakistan

Duty station: Islamabad, Pakistan

Contract type: Local ICA Specialist

Contract level: LICA Specialist-9

Duration: Open Ended( subject to satisfactory performance, continued relevance of the role to the project and funding availability.)

Application period: 17-Feb-2023 to 05-Mar-2023

Applications to vacancies must be received before midnight Copenhagen time (CET) on the closing date of the announcement.

Please note that UNOPS will at no stage of the recruitment process request candidates to make payments of any kind.

 Background Information – Pakistan

Pakistan

UNOPS Pakistan (Project Office) is part of the South Asia  Multi Country Office in the Asia Region. UNOPS commenced operations in Pakistan in 1999 and significantly up-scaled activities from 2005 onwards to support populations affected by and vulnerable to earthquakes. In 2010, UNOPS opened a permanent office in Islamabad to support the Government of Pakistan and other partners to undertake humanitarian and reconstruction services, following the most devastating flood in the nation’s history.

UNOPS Pakistan has been implementing projects in the areas of early recovery and reconstruction of community infrastructure, project management, monitoring and evaluation, community development, fund management, human resources management, procurement and infrastructure design and implementation.

Supported strategically by a regional operational hub and UNOPS headquarters in Copenhagen and within the overarching framework of the ONE UN Programme, UNOPS Pakistan continues to deliver projects across the country under its core delivery practices of sustainable infrastructure, sustainable procurement, and sustainable project management. 

With a steady growth of the project portfolio in recent years and a new strategic direction, UNOPS in Pakistan is currently implementing projects in the following thematic areas: Green and Clean energy; Rule of Law; Health Procurement; and HR services.

Functional Responsibilities

The WASH KP and Sindh project

Funded by USAID, the project “Improved Access to Water and Sanitation Services in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh” was initiated in September 2021. The project aims at improving access to clean and safe water, hygiene, and sanitation and increase the resilience of communities affected by floods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh provinces. It is expected to last 5 years, until December 2026.The project is articulated around three main components:

  • Improve quality and reach of water supply services and increase access to community and household sanitation (Infrastructure);
  • Provide more effective, gender-responsive, and transparent WASH services through enhanced capacity of government and communities (Capacity Building);
  • Reduce waterborne diseases and improve the resilience of communities through improved community and household hygiene practices (Behavioral Change).

The project is currently endowed with USD 7.5 million. It is expected that other donors will join and increase its budget.

Functional Responsibilities

The main duties of the Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Officer are to ensure compliance with UNOPS local regulations and UNOPS policies and plans as it relates to occupational health and safety, social and environmental management, gender and MEAL to provide advice on finalizing UNOPS plans, define the activities on the field, develop for UNOPS teams and relevant personnel the required training, documents and guidelines, as well as ensure WASH team is properly trained to implement those plans and actions and that those are properly supervised and monitored.

The Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Officer will establish all the necessary to ensure safe workplaces according to international standards and foster a culture of attention to health, safety, and social and environmental management in all works sites under the project, throughout the project implementation. The Selected candidate will also ensure Gender considerations are fully mainstreamed along the WASH activities. Finally, the Selected candidate will make sure MEAL approved plan will be fully implemented and data on selected indicators is properly collected and analyzed.

The Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Officer is expected to be knowledgeable, methodical, persistent, solution-focused, driven, and committed to improving HSSE, Gender, and MEAL practices on the ground.

Functions / Key Results Expected

Under the supervision of the Project Manager (PM) the Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Officer will perform the following tasks:

  • Technical advisory support;
  • Support on developing all required plans, tools, and documents required for defining and implementing Gender, HSSE, and MEAL plans.
  • Supervision and Monitoring the performance of the WASH Team and addressing incidents;
  • Training and knowledge management.
  • Data analysis, graphics, and reporting

MEAL/HSSE/ Gender system development

  • Support the team in revising and implementing the entire MEAL/Gender/HSSE plans, activities, and required tools and documentation for all WASH programs/activities
  • Coordinate the revision of all required MEAL and HSSE tools along the program implementation to optimize them and improve them if necessary
  • With the help of the WASH team, develop the track activity plan and align it according to donor funding and agreement
  • With the support of the WASH team develop the lessons learned capturing process and tools, as well as supporting on the data collection, analysis, and conclusions, through consultations and workshops
  • Support Senior PM in preparing the relevant internal and external reports.

Supervision and Monitoring

  • Support Senior PM in supervising that all agreed plans and activities are properly and timely implemented.
  • Coordinate and support project monitoring reviews, including coordinating and/or conducting focus group discussions, key informant interviews, project observations
  • Support in the development of regular project supervision and monitoring reports and other program documentation, including reporting on project indicators, successes, and challenges and collecting stories
  • Support the design and implementation of traditional and creative methods to supervise and track project progress. In collaboration with the Program team, develop impact indicators and empowering and participatory methods of measurement, such as participatory action research, most significant change stories, constituency feedback committees, etc.
  • Learn and apply UNOPS and Donors required policies and manuals on HSSE, Gender and Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning to ensure their implementation with sufficient quality in the country office

Capacity Building

  • Prepare with the support of the team, all the capacity-building materials related to Gender, HSSE, and MEAL activities for WASH team, as well as related collaborators and community actors.
  • Prepare with the support of WASH team the identified capacity building sessions/workshops agenda and support in the selection of the required third parties
  • Support conducting the capacity building sessions and evaluating the performance as well as the impact
  • Record the results of the capacity sessions, opinions, and areas for improvement

Data registration and analysis

  • Follow–up with the WASH team to ensure that all activity data and information is entered into the UNOPS data collection system including legacy data, as well as other data recording formats.
  • Conduct a weekly review of the WASH tracker to identify data quality issues of completeness; double counting and duplication.
  • Ensure the UNOPS activities tracker in UNOPS systems are always up to date and accurate.
  • Follow information management confidentiality protocols without exception
  • Work closely with WASH team in beneficiary, activity, and location listing and updating the register regularly
  • Capture all monitoring and supervision data derived from monitoring forms compiled by WASH team and use it to complete the UNOPS 4ws, dashboard, and other master documents.

Reporting

  • Provide data for the Quarterly Reports as well as Quarterly assurance on WASH activities progress update
  • Record lessons learned and actions taken accordingly
  • Provide the information requested for internal and external reports development

Team Management

  • Facilitate the engagement and provision of high-quality results and services of the team supervised through effective work planning, performance management, coaching, and promotion of learning and development;
  • Provide oversight, ensuring compliance by team members with existing policies and standard processes

Knowledge building and knowledge sharing

  • Organize, facilitate, and/or deliver training and learning initiatives for personnel on Monitoring and Evaluation with support from internal or external retainers;
  • Provide sound contributions to knowledge networks and communities of practice by synthesizing lessons learned and disseminating standard methodologies in procurement.

Other

  • Prepare data and information demanded by internal and external actors
  • Be the custodian of all WASH data and be able to locate and retrieve the data when so needed

Education/Experience/Language requirements


Education:

  • First University Degree in Social Science, Teaching, Public Health, Water and Sanitation Engineering, Safety or any or related areas is required. 
  • Relevant certification in Health and Safety, Gender or/and MEAL related subjects is a distinct advantage.

Experience

  • At least 3 last years of previous working experience, particularly at field implementation level, with UN or other INGO or relevant agencies is required.
  • A minimum of six (6) years of relevant experience in providing monitoring support in national and/or international public or corporate organizations.
  • Supervisory experience of plans implementation and follow up.
  • Experience in working with a range of stakeholders in developing countries.
  • Some experience in UN system organizations is desirable.
  • Proficiency in computers use and Google Workspace and experience in handling web-based management systems is required.
  • A minimum of 3 years of practical experience in project management, statistics, information management, HSSE or MEAL. 
  • Knowledge on WASH is a plus

Language requirements

  • Full professional knowledge of English is essential. 
  • Fluency in Urdu and one or more Pakistan regional languages (in particular Pashto or Sindhi) is an advantage.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: ICAContract level: L-ICA  9 Local ICA Specialist

Contract duration: ‘Open-ended, subject to organizational requirements, availability of funds and satisfactory performance

For more details about the ICA contractual modality, please follow this link:
https://www.unops.org/english/Opportunities/job-opportunities/what-we-offer/Pages/Individual-Contractor-Agreements.aspx

 Additional Information

  • Please note that UNOPS does not accept unsolicited resumes.
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process, which involves various assessments.
  • UNOPS embraces diversity and is committed to equal employment opportunity. Our workforce consists of many diverse nationalities, cultures,  languages, races, gender identities, sexual orientations, and abilities. UNOPS seeks to sustain and strengthen this diversity to ensure equal opportunities as well as an inclusive working environment for its entire workforce. 
  • Qualified women and candidates from groups which are underrepresented in the UNOPS workforce are encouraged to apply. These include in particular candidates from racialized and/or indigenous groups, members of minority gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.
  • We would like to ensure all candidates perform at their best during the assessment process.  If you are shortlisted and require additional assistance to complete any assessment, including reasonable accommodation, please inform our human resources team when you receive an invitation.

Terms and Conditions 

  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post. 
  • For retainer contracts, you must complete a few Mandatory Courses (they take around 4 hours to complete) in your own time, before providing services to UNOPS. For more information on a retainer contract here.
  • All UNOPS personnel are responsible for performing their duties in accordance with the UN Charter and UNOPS Policies and Instructions, as well as other relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, all personnel must demonstrate an understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in a manner consistent with UN core values and the UN Common Agenda.
  • It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential personnel. Recruitment in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

Mobility

The position will be a rotating one with frequent travels to Peshawar, DIK, Tank, Karachi and Umerkot. Base to be discussed and agreed but among the rotating locations, which may include Islamabad

Contract Duration

Ongoing, subject to satisfactory performance, continued relevance of the role to the project and funding availability.

Cover Letter

Applicants are required to submit a Cover Letter with their applications. Applications without Cover Letter shall be discarded.


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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development