Monitoring and Reporting Officer (Nature Resources Management)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Jakarta, , ID

Background

During the past five years Indonesia’s economy has grown at an average rate of 5.8%. Stable growth and rising incomes have lifted millions of people out of poverty and propelled Indonesia into the ranks of middle-income countries. The poverty ratio dropped from 17.8% in 2006 to 11.3% in 2014. However, economic growth in recent years has also come at the expense of widespread environmental degradation. A recent study using satellite imagery suggests that Indonesia’s rate of deforestation increased by an average of 47,600 hectares per year between 2002 and 2012, which is the highest rate of deforestation in the world. Deforestation has contributed to increasing greenhouse gas emissions (Indonesia has become the world’s third largest emitter) and loss of biodiversity. Indonesia also has the highest number of mammal species under threat of any country in the world. 

Environmental degradation has incalculable long-term economic impacts, and exacerbates inequality by threatening the livelihoods of poor and marginalized communities that derive incomes from local ecosystems. Analysis of the factors behind illegal logging, unsustainable forest and watershed management, unregulated and unreported fishing highlight several challenges that need to be addressed: (a) economic incentives that encourage over exploitation of natural resources; (b) uncontrolled and illegal issuance of permits and concessions; (c) weak capacity in spatial planning; (d) lack of civil society oversight; (e) corruption, (f) overlapping institutional mandates, and (g) weak enforcement capacities.

Ecosystems are being pushed to their limit. Human demands imply that key ecosystems are now increasingly approaching their carrying capacity to the extent that abrupt changes which may be prohibitively costly or simply impossible to reverse can no longer be ruled out. Increasing demand for food, energy, human habitat, transportation, and others has created direct pressures on the Indonesia environment. While the new national medium term plan reflects a number of environmental targets the policy agenda to translate these objectives needs further articulation. UNDP recognizes that past successes in institutional building and policy advocacy at the national level have been made possible by UNDP’s work at the local level. UNDP’s pilot programmes provide an important evidence base for national policy advocacy work. 

Given the centrality of natural resources to Indonesia’s economy, and the fact that millions of Indonesia’s poor depend on fragile ecosystems for their livelihoods, the new administration’s policy choices will have far-reaching impacts on equitable growth and sustainable human development. Indonesia’s new administration has already signaled that growth must be accompanied by stronger environmental management. Indonesia must urgently move toward more sustainable development pathways. The costs of environmental degradation and biodiversity loss must be included as part of GDP calculations. The country must also find ways to stimulate resource efficiency in the economy, in particular through technology and innovation. More efficient use of water resources, better conservation of terrestrial and marine resources and protection of biodiversity will be needed. 

To address above-mentioned problems, UNDP established partnership with the Government of Indonesia through development of sound biodiversity management programme and mobilize resources to implement the programme. Referring to UNDP’s monitoring and evaluation guidelines, it is important to ensure that reporting arrangements and requirements are in place and are being implemented in a timely manner. Monitoring, as well as evaluation, provides opportunities at regular predetermined points to validate the logic of a programme, relevancy of activities with project outputs/targets and to make adjustment as needed. 

The M&R Officer will be under direct supervision of Programme Manager of NRM Cluster. The incumbent will work closely with relevant National Project Managers (NPMs) of on-going projects. He/she will be responsible and accountable for the overall monitoring and evaluation of the project implementation, based on the project log frame, and project monitoring and evaluation plan. It will include monitoring of project results, development of donor report and other relevant reports, and communicating project results and best practices. S/he will contribute to the effective implementation of the evaluation policy, ensures that minimum monitoring and evaluation requirements for projects are met, and participates in the conduct of thematic and crosscutting evaluations. S/he will be responsible to ensure that project evaluations are carried out according to schedules and that findings and recommendations are implemented and followed up.

Duties and Responsibilities
 
1. Ensures the implementation of monitoring and reporting policies and strategies, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Provision of regular update and input in monitoring of project activities, to assess overall project implementation with respect to project objectives, outputs and indicators.
  • Provision of effective troubleshooting, suggestion for corrective measures to be undertaken, and make arrangements of technical assistance to implementing partners based on results of monitoring, where necessary.
  • Timely reporting arrangements are in place and  being implemented to ensure that the reporting requirements are met in a timely manner. 
  • Timely collection of informaton and drafting of ‘human interest stories’ of persons impacted by UNDP supported programming.
  • Provision of guidance to implementing partner and serves as focal point for M&R in line with UNDP monitoring and reporting policies, procedures and practices.
  • Analysis of data related to the project at the national, provincial and district levels.
  • High-quality data presentations, data maps, statistical spreadsheets for internal and external consumption: government, other UN agencies, etc.
  • Effective showcase to external stakeholders on progress made and impacts delivered.
  • Promoting gender equality accountability framework and Gender equality Results Based management

2. Ensure effective support  of the implementation of evaluation plan, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Provision of guidance to implementing partner and serves as focal point for M&R in line with UNDP and GEF evaluation policies, procedures and practices.
  • Provision of inputs for the Project Manager on the needs of evaluation based on donor requirements.
  • Analysis based on data collection for the evaluation process as necessary and requested by independent evaluators.
  • Coordination with the project team, project board and the stakeholders to ensure smooth conduct of the evaluation.
  • Provision of high quality of  data and strategic inputs for improving the existing M&R systems. 
  • Timely implementation of evaluation recommendations.

3. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the area of monitoring and reporting, focusing on achievement of the following results:

  • Effective support to project staff in identification, documentation, synthesis of lessons learned and best practices to be integrated into broader knowledge management efforts.
  • Contribution to the implementation of Evaluation Knowledge Management and Learning Strategy.
  • Established system and updated documentation of research reports, studies and evaluations are maintained. This includes the collection and documentation of relevant reports from government research bodies, national and international agencies, et
  • Promoted knowledge management on gender equality issues
  • Facilitation and participation in results-oriented monitoring and evaluation training efforts.

Competencies

Core Competencies:

  • Demonstrating/safeguarding ethics and integrity  
  • Demonstrate corporate knowledge and sound judgment 
  • Self-development, initiative-taking 
  • Acting as a team player and facilitating team work 
  • Facilitating and encouraging open communication in the team, communicating effectively 
  • Creating synergies through self-control
  • Managing conflict
  • Learning and sharing knowledge and encourage the learning of others. 
  • Informed and transparent decision making

Functional Competencies:   

Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
Preparing information for advocacy

  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for a variety of audiences for advocating UNDP’s mandate

Results-Based Programme Development and Management
Contributes into results through primary research and analysis

  • Assesses project performance to identify success factors and incorporates best practices into project work
  • Researches linkages across programme activities to identify critical points of integration
  • Monitors specific stages of projects/programme implementation

Building Strategic Partnerships 
Maintaining a network of contacts

  • Analyzes and selects materials for strengthening strategic alliances with partners and stakeholders

Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
Enhancing processes or products

  • Generates new ideas and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies/best practices/new approaches

Resource Mobilization
Providing inputs to resource mobilization strategies

  • Analyzes information/databases on potential and actual donors 

Promoting Organizational Learning and Knowledge Sharing
Basic research and analysis

  • Generates new ideas and approaches, researches best practices and proposes new, more effective ways of doing things
  • Documents and analyses innovative strategies and new approaches
  • Possesses in-depth practical knowledge of gender responsive planning , gender responsive policy making etc
  • Strong skills on gender and development research, analysis and writing policy and programme documents 

Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Fundamental knowledge of own discipline

  • Understands and applies fundamental concepts and principles of a professional discipline or technical specialty relating to the position
  • Possesses basic knowledge of organizational policies and procedures relating to the position and applies them consistently in work tasks 
  • Analyzes the requirements and synthesizes proposals
  • Strives to keep job knowledge up-to-date through self-directed study and other means of learning
  • Demonstrates good knowledge of information technology and applies it in work assignments

Global Leadership and Advocacy for UNDP’s Goals
Preparing information for global advocacy

  • Identifies and communicates relevant information for advocacy for UNDP’s goals for a variety of audiences
  • Maintains a functioning network of contacts in the media and civil society, to promote a 

Client Orientation
Establishing effective client relationships

  • Researches potential solutions to internal and external client needs and reports back in a timely, succinct and appropriate fashion
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines

Required Skills and Experience
Education:*
Master degree in environmental management, forestry, economics, or other relevant fields.

Experience:*
Minimum 5 years of professional experience, preferably in the field natural resource management, forest management/planning, research, community development and/or public policy. 

Language Requirements:
Excellent communication skills both written and spoken in English and Bahasa Indonesia.

Other Requirements:

  • Experience in planning, design and implementation of monitoring, evaluation and reporting of international funded projects.
  • Very good knowledge and experience in project management.
  • Having experience in conducting research and statistical data analysis.
  • Good understanding on forest management and/or biodiversity conservation issues in Indonesia would be an advantage.
  • Good inter-personal and team building skills.
  • Previous working experience with international organization and/or managing international funded project is an asset.
  • Experience in handling of web based management systems would be highly desirable.

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