Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 19 September 2019

Job Description

Background Information - Job-specific

UNOPS is the legal and administrative host of the SUN Movement Secretariat. SUN Movement Secretariat has developed as a small coordinating mechanism. It has no operational role, but seeks to link together countries and networks in the SUN Movement to ensure that support, requested in countries to intensify actions and achieve nutrition objectives, is received in a coordinated and coherent way. It also ensures that the Movement’s progress is tracked efficiently and communicated clearly.

As part of the hosting arrangement UNOPS Geneva Office is a fund manager of the SUN Movement Pool Fund.

The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist will be responsible for the overall monitoring and evaluation of the Pooled Fund Grant Project. (S)he will supervisor 3 regional Monitoring and Assurance Officers and work closely with all project partners and stakeholders in all aspects relating to Monitoring and Evaluation and will be required to undertake frequent field visits (field missions will be up to 60% of the assignment).

Functional Responsibilities

Purpose and Scope of Assignment

The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will perform the following functions:

  • Lead the development and maintenance of a functioning monitoring, evaluation and reporting system, which will be coherent with project documents and Terms of Reference (TOR), and will generate data that allows for programme analysis and which ensures that all grantees submit timely, regular and structured monitoring reports.
  • Direct data auditing and verification, as well as programmatic spot checks, to assure internal consistency and validity of programme activity monitoring data reported by all grantees. through periodic data verification and auditing and spot check visits to grantees at all levels.
  • Maintain the M&E database; review incoming data (for quality and programmatic compliance); ensure the quality of database and that the M&E data is readily available.
  • Review and verify M&E findings and follow-up on implementation of the recommendations.
  • Assess Grantee has capacity in M&E systems; ensure adequate feedback to/from the Grantees on data obtained from the M&E system;
  • Prepare quarterly, annual, and ad hoc programmatic progress updates for UNOPS, SUN Movement Secretariat, donors.
  • Supervise and coordinate with the review and verification of M&E finds from the Regional Monitoring and Assurance Officers.
  • Participate in the implementation of capacity building courses through workshops and on the job trainings on monitoring, evaluation and reporting as required for Grantees
  • Assist UNOPS in the identification of potential implementation problems and bottlenecks.
  • Provide staff trainings in M&E best practices.
  • Organize field evaluations as required.
  • Advise grant selection committee and act as subject matter specialist on grant review processes
  • Participate in grant negotiations including submission of quality inputs required to ensure the grant agreement signature
  • Any other tasks assigned by supervisor to support the overall Management, Supervision, Monitoring and Evaluation of the implementation of the grants.

Monitoring and Progress Controls

● Comprehensive and systematic documentation of all grants related documents in compliance with project agreements,applicable financial rules and regulations, and record retention policy

● Comprehensive documentation of all documents related to travel

● The incumbent will participate in weekly team meeting calls to report on progress relevant to the team, share objectives for the following week, highlight milestones and identify areas of collaboration

● The incumbent will define his/her own performance indicators responding to the priorities identified with his / her supervisor.

  • Master’s degree preferably in Monitoring & Evaluation, Nutrition, Public Health, Epidemiology, Statistics, Evaluation, Project Management, Social science, Management information systems, Public administration, Business administrations, Development Studies, Economics or other relevant field
  • A Bachelor’s Degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and two years of additional experience relevant to the above duties and responsibilities may be accepted in lieu of the master’s university degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in programme or project monitoring and evaluation or project / programme management of humanitarian projects and/or programmes or A Bachelor’s Degree in same disciplines with 7 years of similar experience may be considered as equivalent.
  • Prior experience working with donors or multi-donor funds is desirable.
  • Work experience in South East Asia and East and West Africa region is desirable.
  • Fluent oral and spoken English is required.
  • Knowledge of French is highly desirable
  • Knowledge of Spanish is an asset


Develops and implements sustainable business strategies, thinks long term and externally in order to positively shape the organization. Anticipates and perceives the impact and implications of future decisions and activities on other parts of the organization.(for levels IICA-2, IICA-3, LICA Specialist- 10, LICA Specialist-11, NOC, NOD, P3, P4 and above). Treats all individuals with respect; responds sensitively to differences and encourages others to do the same. Upholds organizational and ethical norms. Maintains high standards of trustworthiness. Role model for diversity and inclusion.
Acts as a positive role model contributing to the team spirit. Collaborates and supports the development of others. For people managers only: Acts as positive leadership role model, motivates, directs and inspires others to succeed, utilizing appropriate leadership styles.

Demonstrates understanding of the impact of own role on all partners and always puts the end beneficiary first. Builds and maintains strong external relationships and is a competent partner for others (if relevant to the role).

Efficiently establishes an appropriate course of action for self and/or others to accomplish a goal. Actions lead to total task accomplishment through concern for quality in all areas. Sees opportunities and takes the initiative to act on them. Understands that responsible use of resources maximizes our impact on our beneficiaries.

Open to change and flexible in a fast paced environment. Effectively adapts own approach to suit changing circumstances or requirements. Reflects on experiences and modifies own behavior. Performance is consistent, even under pressure. Always pursues continuous improvements.

Evaluates data and courses of action to reach logical, pragmatic decisions. Takes an unbiased, rational approach with calculated risks. Applies innovation and creativity to problem-solving.

Expresses ideas or facts in a clear, concise and open manner. Communication indicates a consideration for the feelings and needs of others. Actively listens and proactively shares knowledge. Handles conflict effectively, by overcoming differences of opinion and finding common ground.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Temporary Appointment
Contract level: P-3
Contract duration: 364 days

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Additional Considerations
  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • Work life harmonization - UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands. We have a progressive policy on work-life harmonization and offer several flexible working options. This policy applies to UNOPS personnel on all contract types
  • UNOPS seeks to reasonably accommodate candidates with special needs, upon request.
  • For staff positions only, UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a lower level than the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

About the Organization

UNOPS is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world. Our mission is to help people build better lives and countries achieve sustainable development.

UNOPS areas of expertise cover infrastructure, procurement, project management, financial management and human resources.

Working with us

UNOPS offers short- and long-term work opportunities in diverse and challenging environments across the globe. We are looking for creative, results-focused professionals with skills in a range of disciplines.


With over 4,000 UNOPS personnel and approximately 7,000 personnel recruited on behalf of UNOPS partners spread across 80 countries, our workforce represents a wide range of nationalities and cultures. We promote a balanced, diverse workforce — a strength that helps us better understand and address our partners’ needs, and continually strive to improve our gender balance through initiatives and policies that encourage recruitment of qualified female candidates.

Work life harmonization

UNOPS values its people and recognizes the importance of balancing professional and personal demands.

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