Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, (P-2), TA, #113509, Muscat – Oman, MENA – UNICEF – Oman
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The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.
Within the High-Income Context of Oman, where the focus of the programme lies on upstream engagement with the government, UNICEF needs to be a credible and strong advocate for children in policy, legislative and other forums, and make children’s voices heard. This requires use of robust evidence to identify the crucial issues, the affected children, where they live, why they are affected, and how the government might address these issues.
The country programme mid-term review (MTR), conducted during 2018, recognized this important focus on evidence generation and data and identified two outcomes, whereby outcome 2 would be fully dedicated to supporting the government with evidence-based programme planning and policy:
Outcome 1. Enhancing children’s potential: By 2020, children of all ages have more equitable access to quality services in protection, education and health, and enhanced opportunities to realize their full potential.
Outcome 2. Making data work for children: Data disaggregated by age, sex, disability, governorate and income are used effectively in planning, monitoring, policy and practice related to children and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Under Outcome 2, support is being provided to the government with generation of evidence, strengthening evaluation, improving situation monitoring, and enhancing policy analysis.
During 2020, several important activities will be undertaken in this regard, which will further lay the groundwork for the upcoming Country Programme, starting in 2021. This includes, support for finalization of a strategic action plan for strengthening of administrative data systems, implementation of a Situation Analysis on Adolescents and Youth, development of an M&E Framework within the Ministry of Education, as well as an Evaluation of a Child-wellbeing Case Management System, currently being piloted by the government with support from UNICEF CO.
This will require consistent technical capacity in this area over the next six months.
How can you make a difference?
The Planning Monitoring & Evaluation Officer provides technical support throughout the planning, monitoring and evaluation processes to ensure that the UNICEF CO has useful, valid and reliable information on the situation of children’s and women’s rights; the performance of UNICEF-supported programmes, including their relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability.
The incumbent will provide technical support to ensure that monitoring and evaluations are carried out according to agreed schedules and that results, and recommendations are implemented and followed up.
- Programme performance planning and monitoring in line with UNICEF guidelines
- Situation Monitoring & Assessment
- Integrated Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Plan (IMEP)
- Programme Performance Monitoring
- M&E Capacity Building
- Communication and Partnerships
Programme performance planning and monitoring
- Provide technical support as necessary to the process of developing and monitoring Annual Work Plans in line with the programme frameworks (i.e. CPD), including reporting on progress of the equity and gender marker as outlined in the Programme Policy and Procedures Guidance.
- Provide technical support as necessary in organising and managing annual/mid-year/mid-term/end-term country programme reviews ensuring consistency with objectives and goals set out in the CPD and UNICEF Strategic Plan and contribute to the Annual Management Plan.
- Monitor follow-up actions based on management decisions resulting from Country Office performance monitoring and evaluation.
- Effectively monitor and report on the intersectoral programme results and cross-sectoral programme component results to facilitate programme coherence and convergence where appropriate.
- Provide technical support to the programme to effectively monitor and report on the intersectoral programme results.
Integrated Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Plan (IMEP)
- In close consultation with management and liaison with partners, ensure that the Country Office and national partners use a well-prioritized and realistic plan of research, monitoring and evaluation activities that will provide the most relevant and strategic information to manage the Country Programme, including tracking and assessing UNICEF’s distinct contribution.
- Make professional contributions to and provide technical assistance for the planning and establishing of major research, monitoring and evaluation objectives, priorities, and activities in UNICEF’s multi-year and annual IMEPs, in consultation with child-rights and implementing partners.
- Identify the M&E objectives, priorities, and activities required for effective CO and partner Emergency Preparedness and Response Plans.
Situation Monitoring and Assessment
- In coordination with other stakeholders, support the collection of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other key social development indicators (through MICS or other surveys) to improve national planning.
- Support management of available baseline information on national statistics and key indicators through established databases for easy access and use. Prepare country level statistical reports on the status of children’s and women’s human rights issues and provide technical support to global reporting obligations including national reports on progress toward the SDGs, toward CRC fulfilment, and toward CEDAW fulfilment.
- Keep monitoring the situation of children’s and women’s rights with national partners and keep updated with the information of the quality research that address issues and challenges affecting children and their families.
- Coordinate with the Country Office and partners and provide assistance in their using up-to-date information in, inter alia, Situation Analysis, Common Country Assessment, Early Warning Monitoring Systems, Annual Reviews, Mid-Term Reviews, and Annual Reports or other progress reports.
Programme Performance Monitoring
- Provide technical support to ensure that a set of programme performance indicators is identified and adjusted as necessary, with inputs of all concerned partners in the context of the multi-year and annual IMEPs, the Annual Management Plan and Annual Work Plans, as outlined in the Programme Policy and Procedures Manual.
- Provide technical support to ensure that partner’s monitoring systems are properly designed, and that data collection and analysis from field visits are coordinated and standardized across programmes to feed into programme performance monitoring.
- Drawing on monitoring and analysis of key program performance and management indicators, contribute to management reports, including relevant sections of the annual reports.
- Provide technical support to partners to formulate Terms of Reference and evaluation designs of high quality, when relevant, drawing on the know-how of knowledge institutions, in compliance with the organization’s programme evaluation policies and guidelines.
- Support National Evaluation Capacity building efforts, by identifying entry points to establish and evaluation culture in Oman.
- Provide quality assurance for evaluation processes.
- Manage evaluation conducted by the Oman country office. This will include the supervision of consultants, the establishment of complete document libraries, ensuring a comprehensive and credible commenting process, acting as secretariat to the evaluation steering committee, and managing the distribution of results from evaluations. Ensure that evaluation recommendations are submitted to the Country Management Team and follow-up actions recorded in CMT minutes.
- Assist in feeding evaluation results into key UNICEF programme planning processes including the Annual Reviews and the Mid-Term Reviews, and formulation of the Country Programme Document, and the Annual Work Plans. Support effective participatory feedback.
- Ensure that the evaluation and research projects are updated in the EISI system.
- Contribute to headquarters evaluations where Oman has been identified as a case study
- Track the management response commitments periodically and update in the EISI system.
Monitoring Capacity Building
- Contribute to the collaboration of a monitoring capacity building strategy for national partners and institutions and corresponding activities for implementation in the context of the IMEP or joint UN monitoring plan. Provide technical support for implementation of capacity building strategies as a joint commitment with other developmental partners with special attention to the interest, concern and participation of primary stakeholders.
- In close consultation with senior managers, contribute to formulation of staff capacity development strategy and plans, and exercise effective leadership in implementing them, ensuring that Country Office staffs have the basic knowledge and skills to fulfil their monitoring and evaluation responsibilities, and training is planned and carried out to fill identified gaps.
- Promote and provide support to ensure that Country Office staff and national partners are aware of and have access to UNICEF monitoring learning resources.
- Contribute to liaise with knowledge institutions to seek partnerships for the identification of capacity gaps and the development of strategies to address them.
Communication and Partnerships
- Partner with the Regional Advisors to ensure that current and accurate data and results are included in regional reports, multi-country studies, and knowledge sharing networks.
- Liaise with national partners, the UN Country Team and the wider international community on planning, monitoring and evaluation issues.
- Provide technical support to Country Office staff and national partners on data collection, data management and data analysis.
- Facilitate learning from the results of monitoring and evaluation within the Country Office and more widely within UNICEF in the region and globally, as well as among national partners and other key stakeholders, engaging more expertise from knowledge institutions.
Key-end Results Expected:
programme performance planning and monitoring. The Country Office and national partners have a well-prioritised and realistic Annual Work Plans and Country Programme Documents developed collaboratively that provide all the relevant and strategic information needed to manage the Country Programme.
Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Planning. Integrated Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Planning (IMEP) is prepared and in place to provide strategic priority and realistic plan of activities for M&E
Situation Monitoring and Assessment. Timely monitoring and measurement of changes in conditions due to programme or policies in country or region are conducted with the participation of relevant partners and provided to the Country Office and national partners to facilitate national planning, and assess the impact of the programmes and policies, and report on the progress being made.
Programme Performance Monitoring. Country Office Performance are systematically monitored and data for key indicators of the Annual Management Plan and management reports are collected, analyzed and made available to management and the Country Management Team.
Evaluation. Evaluation is designed and carried out with quality process and products in line with priority and strategy. Evaluation findings, recommendations and reports are used to improve programme performance and accountability. They effectively disseminated to the intended audience. Major partners are kept abreast and/or contribute to these exercises as required.
M&E Capacity Building. The monitoring and evaluation capacities of Country Office staff and national partners are strengthened, enabling them to increasingly engage in and lead monitoring and evaluation processes.
Communication & Partnerships. Effective communication and partnerships are achieved in carrying out integrated planning of research, monitoring and evaluation activities within the Country Office and with the Regional office and with all other stakeholders, including national partners, the UN Country Team and the international community; and the results are shared with all partners to stimulate joint engagement.
To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…
- Education: university degree in social sciences, statistics, planning development, planning, evaluation.
- Experience: a minimum of 2 years of relevant professional experience is required.
- Experience working in a High-Income Country is required.
- Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Monitoring & Evaluation Process Management, Follow-up on Recommendations and Dissemination of M&E results.
- Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Activity Monitoring & Evaluation, Design, data analysis, and reporting.
- Experience with providing technical support for management of admin data systems strengthening projects.
- Knowledge of UNICEF’s and Data for Children Strategic Framework and evaluation policy and procedures.
- Understanding of UNICEF Mission Statement and UNICEF Guiding Principles.
- Knowledge of UNICEF programme areas is an asset
- Language Requirements: fluency in English and Arabic are required.
For every Child, you demonstrate…
UNICEF’s values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, and Accountability (CRITA) and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
Functional Competencies: Formulating strategies and concepts (I) Analyzing (II) Applying technical expertise (II) Planning and organizing (II)
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
Opening Date Mon May 04 2020 00:00:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time) Arabian Standard Time
Closing Date Mon May 18 2020 14:55:00 GMT-0500 (Central Daylight Time)