Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (Value for Money)

  • Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 12 June 2020

Job Description

Background Information - Myanmar
UNOPS Myanmar is one of UNOPS’ leading offices in Asia, acting as fund manager for three of the largest development programmes in the country, namely the Access to Health Fund, the Livelihood and Food Security Fund (LIFT) and the Joint Peace Fund (JPF). In addition, UNOPS is Principal Recipient for the Global Fund in Myanmar and for the Global Fund’s regional artemisinin-resistance initiative towards elimination of Malaria, which works to accelerate progress towards malaria elimination in the greater Mekong sub-region. UNOPS provides procurement, infrastructure and project management services to a wide range of organisations in the country, including the Government of Myanmar, international development partners, other UN agencies, NGOs and INGOs. UNOPS plays a critical role in ensuring that the quality of services provided to its partners meets stringent requirements of speed, efficiency and cost effectiveness.
Background Information - Job-specific

The Livelihoods and Food Security Fund (LIFT) is a multi-donor fund set up in 2009, marking its ten-year anniversary last year. LIFT aims to strengthen the resilience and sustainable livelihoods of poor households by helping people to reach their full economic potential. This is achieved through increasing incomes, improving the nutrition of women and children, and decreasing vulnerabilities to shocks, stresses and adverse trends.

LIFT is a significant actor in Myanmar’s development. To date, over 11.6 million people in 75 per cent of Myanmar’s townships have benefitted from LIFT’s programmes. From January 2019, LIFT has been guided by a new five-year strategy that puts ‘leaving no one behind’ at the centre and will in particular focus on social inclusion and cohesion, increased support to areas affected by conflict, bringing displaced people into LIFT’s development programmes and working with Government at all levels on targeted policies that achieve gains in these areas.

LIFT has received funding from altogether 15 international donors since it was established. The current donors are the UK, the European Union, Switzerland, Australia, the United States of America, Canada and Ireland. For more details, visit www.lift-fund.org.

Background to the position

Value for Money (VfM) is an important area of concern for LIFT and its donors and a key consideration in relation to measurement of aid effectiveness. VfM is concerned with ensuring that aid investments in development interventions translate into intended results in the most

economical, efficient, effective and ultimately cost-effective way as possible. Since 2015, LIFT has progressively integrated VfM analysis in its measurement of program performance. Bradly, VfM assessments within LIFT have been undertaken with the following aims:

  • Ensure and demonstrate that donor investments in LIFT represent good VfM
  • Ensure and demonstrate LIFT investments (i.e. in projects) represent good VfM
  • Generate cost-effectiveness evidence for investments that can be used to inform project planning, scale up and replication among others.

While VfM is considered important across different levels of LIFT, the primary focus has been at two levels: LIFT FMO and LIFT Programes levels. At the FMO level, the VfM analysis has mainly focused on three areas namely; operations (how LIFT ought to ensure VfM considerations are taken into account across the project cycle), results (how much LIFT spends to reach individuals/households) and LIFT funding mechanism (whether LIFT’s design as the Multi-Donor Fund –MDTF- offers value for money (e.g. governance structure, coordination and management among others). At the programme level VfM analysis has focused on the following elements;

  • Project selection – assessing the extent to which VfM has been reflected in partner project design and its consideration during project selection
  • Operations- assessing how VfM considerations have been taken into account in the project cycle and how projects are putting VfM measures into use
  • Results – assessing the extent to which the funds invested in interventions have translated into the expected results (i.e. outcomes or generated positive returns)

To ensure alignment of VfM within the overall LIFT MEAL framework, LIFT is in the process of developing a comprehensive VfM metrics for the LIFT Strategy 2019-23 logframe indicators. This is one of the key components of the overall VfM framework anticipated for the LIFT programme. In order to fully and effectively operationalize this framework across the programme, LIFT recognizes the need for sustained technical support and capacity building at all levels of the programme. The M&E Officer VfM position is expected to provide this support on a permanent basis across the LIFT programme. The M&E Specialist will work under the technical guidance of the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor - VfM in developing appropriate systems and tools as well as overseeing initial rounds of data collection and analysis. As the systems get fully institutionalised, the M&E Specialist VfM will progressively assume overall responsibility for the outlined functions.

This position will be located in the LIFT FMO which is organised in the following teams: programme, M&E, communications and operations. The M&E Specialist will work across the Program and M&E teams under the overall supervision of the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist. The Head of Program will provide Secondary Supervision.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the UNOPS/LIFT Fund Director, the direct supervision of the LIFT Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Manager and in accordance with UNOPS policies, procedures and practices, the M&E Officer will be responsible for:

Development and implementation of LIFT VfM Framework

  • Contribute towards continuous review of existing VfM approaches to delivering, monitoring and evaluating VfM at LIFT FMO, Thematic/Program levels and for respective implementation partners (including any existing VFM strategies).
  • Support the M&E Advisor VfM in documentation of LIFT VfM framework including but not limited to reviewing and updating the VfM approaches and processes at different levels of LIFT based on documented lessons and experiences, VfM metrics for LIFT, Program and Project level indicators and reporting system.
  • Participate in the design of thematic or geographical programs by ensuring VfM requirements are adequately mainstreamed and reflected in calls for proposals
  • Support thematic teams in reviewing partner proposals with a view to providing in-depth assessment of proposed VfM approaches and subsequently ensuring that VfM metrics are included in the Partner MEAL systems as appropriate
Contribute towards improved quality VfM data collection, analysis and reporting at all levels of LIFT
  • Work with the M&E Advisor-VfM in reviewing and where appropriate developing and testing additional/complementary tools for VfM data collection at LIFT FMO and Programme/Project levels
  • Support the M&E Advisor-VfM in planning and delivery of ongoing inductions to key FMO technical staffs on the VfM framework and metrics through formal training forums and continuous hands on support in utilisation of the tools
  • Work with the M&E Advisor-VfM in planning and delivering inductions to LIFT partners on VfM data collection tools through trainings, online, onsite and other forms of support as may be appropriate to ensure data collection meets desired quality standards
  • Under the guidance of LIFT M&E Advisor and Head of Program, oversee the VfM data collection, analysis and reporting at LIFT FMO level
  • Under the guidance of the M&E Advisor- VfM support the VfM data collection and analysis processes for LIFT Thematic level indicators as well as for selected LIFT IPs
  • Ensure that where appropriate and desirable VfM data collection processes are integrated within the LIFT implementation partners’ MEAL systems to ensure cost-efficiency in data collection
  • Under the guidance of the M&E Advisor -VfM, support LIFT IPs in drafting/finalisation and consolidation of VfM reports to LIFT donors
  • Work closely with the LIFT Database Officer in development/adaptation of appropriate databases with a view to ensuring capture of relevant and adequate data as well as efficient management and retrieval of VfM data across all levels of LIFT
  • Under the guidance of LIFT M&E Advisor and Head of Programs, provide regular analytical updates on VfM to LIFT Fund Director and other key technical staffs based on analysis of VfM data over time
  • Work with the LIFT M&E officers in conducting regular data quality reviews focussing on VfM data to test the quality of data capture and aggregation processes, prepare reports and share feedback with IPs and LIFT FMO on a timely basis

Institutionalization of VfM thinking and Strengthening capacities on applying VfM systematically across LIFT (FMO and LIFT Partners)

  • Maintaining detailed knowledge of all issues relevant to VfM and continuously improve LIFT VfM approaches and processes based on lessons learnt, best practices and emerging thinking that reflect current international good practice.
  • Support the M&E Advisor-VfM in developing/ continuous updating of comprehensive training package on VfM aimed at ensuring LIFT FMO and IP staffs progressively develop/improve their skills in design of VfM metrics, collection and analysis of data
  • Conduct regular trainings and presentations to LIFT FMO, and Implementation partners on key VfM concepts, practices and developments based on lessons learned and documented best practices locally and in other contexts
  • Establish relevant mechanisms, such as VfM community of practice drawn from the various LIFT IPs that will provide support in propagating the institutionalization of VfM thinking and capacities across LIFT

Ensure integration of VfM analysis and research questions in program level reviews, evaluation and other studies initiated to contribute towards overall LIFT evidence base

  • Contribute towards the development of a comprehensive research and learning agenda for LIFT ensuring that relevant VfM questions and research topics have been adequately mainstreamed
  • Contribute towards the development of terms of reference and methodology design for program level reviews, evaluations and other studies as may be appropriate to ensure that such processes generate relevant learnings on VfM
  • Provide technical support as may be required in designing tools for program level evaluations and other studies in line with the VfM research and learning questions
  • Maintain up-to-date and accurate documentation of key outputs and learnings pertaining to VfM emanating from the f the reviews, evaluations and studies initiated by the relevant thematic/program areas
  • Review existing evaluations and reviews of IP projects, summarise the VFM findings of these, and assesses the adequacy of how VFM was evaluated/reviewed in them
  • Participate in relevant program review/evaluation missions as may be required from time to time
  • Other duties as assigned by the primary and secondary supervisor aimed at building the institutional capacity of the CSOs and local organisations on M&E

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

Monitoring and Progress Controls

Work objectives will be set in accordance with the overall LIFT and M&E work plans and reviewed regularly with the Supervisor.

Education/Experience/Language requirements
Education
  • Master’s degree in economics, finance, public policy or related disciplines is required.
  • A First-Level University Degree (Bachelor’s) in combination with 2 years of significant relevant professional experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • Additional studies in community development, M&E and/or research design and methodologies are desirable.
Work Experience
  • Minimum 5 years of working experience in undertaking cost-benefit/effective/utility analysis and/or value for money studies with international development projects is required.
  • Previous experience of delivering training on cost-benefit/effective/utility analysis and/or value for money studies with international development projects is desired.
  • Previous experience of providing management advisory services on value for money at international organizations or development agencies is highly desired..
  • At least 5 year experience in conducting evaluations/studies in development and humanitarian contexts is required.
  • Experience in M&E systems design and implementation is required.
Language
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English and Myanmar language is required.
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: Local Individual Contractor Agreement Contract level: LICA 10/ ICS 10
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


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
  • 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.

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.

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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