Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

  • Senior-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 6 November 2019

Job Description

Background Information - Myanmar

The Asia Regional Health Cluster (ARHC) was established in 2018 for efficient delivery of grants and fund management, and the provision of quality pharmaceuticals and health products. The ARHC aims to significantly impact the targets of UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 on good health and well-being, by expanding the population benefitting from UNOPS-managed health-related engagements across the Asia Region.

The ARHC portfolio manages the Principal Recipient (PR) Programme of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) in Asia. The Global Fund, , has selected UNOPS as a PR, responsible for delivering the targets set out in the grant agreements in collaboration with selected sub-recipients from the National Programmes, local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN agencies.

Background Information - Job-specific

In February 2009, UNOPS was selected by the Myanmar Country Coordination Mechanism for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as Principal Recipient of GFATM grants for Myanmar. The implementation of the grants commenced in January 2011.

In November 2016, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria approved the funding allocations for Myanmar for the period 2017 – 2020. As the Principal Recipient of GFATM grants for Myanmar. The implementation of the grant commenced in January 2018.

UNOPS is the Principal Recipient managing the HIV grant (2018-2020), established by Global Fund in 2018, providing USD154million for TB and HIV activities in Myanmar (2018-2020) and

USD242million for malaria elimination activities in the Greater Mekong Sub region.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be responsible for performing the following duties:

  • Ensure the development and maintenance of a functioning monitoring, evaluation and reporting system for UNOPS as Principal Recipient (PR), which ensures that all Sub-Recipients (SR) submit timely, regular and structured monitoring reports.
  • Assist in the evaluation of proposals received either as a result of such calls or direct funding and ensuring that proposals are in compliance with national programme and with the fund’s policy and strategies
  • Assist in needs and resource assessments if and when needed
  • In collaboration with supervisor and the programme team, reviewing work plans and reports submitted by the fund’s beneficiaries and ensuring that they are sound and in line with the national programme and the funding policy and strategies and reflect gender issues as appropriate
  • Direct data auditing and verification to assure internal consistency and validity of programme activity monitoring data reported by all SRs, through quarterly data verification and auditing visits to SRs at all levels.
  • Ensure that SR programme activity and financial reporting procedures are harmonized and closely integrated and cross-validate programme activity monitoring and financial monitoring data, to increase confidence in both programme and financial data sources of SRs.
  • Spearhead the assessments of the quality of SR activities, using agreed quality assurance checklists, through monthly monitoring visits as well as thematic programme area reviews (e.g. review of the PMCT service delivery component, ART component and Harm reduction component)
  • Ensure timely completion of the programme section of the Progress Update and Disbursement Request (PU&DR) Global Fund Forms and subsequent submission to the Local Fund Agent, including reviewing overall performance of the whole grants and individual indicators against achieved cumulative results and making recommendations to improve performance.
  • Prepare semiannual and annual programmatic progress updates on Global Fund programme.
  • Facilitate the interpretation and use of M&E data, through periodic review meetings between the PR, National program, SRs and technical partners.
  • Participate and contribute to the development of Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks for HIV
  • Facilitate implementation of capacity building activities for national partners through workshops and on the job trainings, mentoring, evaluation and reporting as required.
  • Provide programmatic and management support to the National AIDs Programme and other relevant sections of the Ministry of Health to strengthen its planning, budgeting and monitoring and evaluation systems for HIV programs, including the development of sentinel surveillance systems.
  • Assess Sub-Recipient’s capacities in M&E, and develop and lead the implementation of a capacity building plan, in consultation with the Programme Manager, Public Health Programme Officer, disease control and relevant sections of the Ministry of Health.
  • Develop systems and tools, and training materials to train disease control, Ministry of Health and Sub-Recipient personnel.
  • Provide technical guidance for the implementation of the M&E plan, through training and other on-site support;
  • Facilitate review of progress on a quarterly basis; problem solving and development of remedial actions ensuring any disparity between planned and actual outputs are addressed.
  • Assist UNOPS in the identification of potential implementation problems and bottlenecks.
  • Perform other relevant duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.

The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN security Management System and that of UNOPS.

Education/Experience/Language requirements

Education

  • A Master’s Degree preferably in Public Health, Statistics, Evaluation, Project Management, or related area.
  • A Bachelor degree with additional two years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s Degree.

Experience

  • A minimum of 5 years progressive responsibility for program monitoring and evaluation and management with greater independence and decision-making authority, donor relationship experience with international organizations, or related experience with a Master’s Degree.
  • Prior experience working with donors/ multi-donor funds required.
  • Willingness to undertake field visits in difficult conditions.
  • Strong experience in South East Asia region required.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills is preferable.
  • Sound knowledge of UNOPS regulations and rules is an asset.
  • Experience in the usage of computer and office packages is required. Experience in using G-Suite is desirable.
  • Knowledge of the national response to HIV and AIDs in Myanmar is an asset.

Language Requirements

  • Fluency in English and Myanmar Language is essential (Must be able to communicate effectively in both written and oral form)
Competencies
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: ICA
Contract level: LICA 10
Contract duration: Ongoing ICA – ‘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

THIS IS LOCAL POSITION OPEN TO MYANMAR NATIONALS ONLY.

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

Background Information - UNOPS

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.

Diversity

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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