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International Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant, CST-L1, Duty Station: Jijiga Area Office (1) – WFP

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  • Organization: WFP – World Food Programme
  • Location: Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)
  • Grade: International Consultant – Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement – Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Closing Date: 2021-11-02

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

TERM OF REFERENCE

Position Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant

Type of Contract: Regular Consultancy

Duty Station: Area Office, Jijiga, Ethiopia

Duration: 11 months

ABOUT WFP

Assisting 91.4 million people in around 83 countries each year, the World Food Programme (WFP) is the leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. On any given day, WFP has 5,000 trucks, 20 ships, and 92 planes on the move, delivering food and other assistance to those in most need. Every year, we distribute more than 15 billion rations at an estimated average cost per ration of US$ 0.31. These numbers lie at the roots of WFP’s unparalleled reputation as an emergency responder, one that gets the job done quickly at scale in the most difficult environments. WFP’s efforts focus on emergency assistance, relief and rehabilitation, development aid, and special operations.

WFP Ethiopia is working with the government and other humanitarian partners to strengthen the resilience of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable population and to chart a more prosperous and sustainable future for the next generation. The Country Office also supports programmes that use food assistance to empower women, transform areas affected by climate change, and keep children in school. It aims to contribute to Ethiopia’s five-year development agenda, the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP), through which the Government combats food insecurity.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. We are seeking to fill a consultancy position of Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (International Consultant), based in WFP Ethiopia Jijiga Area Office.

Under the general supervision and guidance of the Head of Area Office, Jijiga and technical guidance from the Head of VAM & M&E, within the delegated authority, the Programme Policy Officer, Monitoring & Evaluation, you will help us discover the information hidden in vast amounts of data, and help us make smarter decisions to become even more effective at serving our beneficiaries.

The Programme Policy Officer, Monitoring & Evaluation will be responsible for managing and supervising the Monitoring & Evaluation function and the technical team at the Area Office Level.

JOB PURPOSE

To provide support to policy and programme activities that effectively meet food assistance needs.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (NOT ALL-INCLUSIVE)

Monitoring planning, guidance, and implementation

  1. Manage, coordinate planning and implementation of monitoring activities, including, Third Party Monitoring, in consultation with Heads of Sub-offices, ensuring optimum utilization of resources in the achievement of minimum monitoring coverage required for WFP operations/activities in the Somali region.
  2. Contribute to the design, management and implementation of the M&E toolkit (process monitoring checklists, project baselines, distribution & post distribution monitoring and output reporting, SoPs).
  3. Follow up on monitoring and review findings to ensure corrective actions are taken as required.
  4. Ensure links with the Beneficiary Feedback and complaints mechanism platform “SUGAR” system.
  5. Compile and disseminate regular analytical monitoring reports based on quantitative and qualitative analysis of information collected in the field (Cooperating Partner reports, Situation Reports, monitoring visits) to inform Programme and Management decision making.
  6. Provide guidance and participate in the preparation of training modules in M&E and periodic training of WFP Field Monitors, Cooperating Partners’ staff, third party monitoring staff and their supervisors.
  7. Undertake periodic visits to the Sub-Offices/Field Offices to ensure that M&E guidelines are being implemented and provide any required on-site technical support.
  8. Lead reviews and lessons learnt exercises among the partners and stakeholders including the targeted communities and beneficiaries.
  9. Lead Post-distribution monitoring, Outcome monitoring, baseline and evaluation activities at the AO level.

Coordination of Evaluation and review activities at the AO level

  1. In liaison with the CO Evaluation manager, support in managing & coordinating Area Office evaluation activities in line with WFP’s decentralized evaluation framework, e.g. developing ToRs, carrying out quality control of reviews and evaluations, supporting preparation of evaluation missions, coordination with stakeholders etc;
  2. Organize and lead dissemination exercises of lessons learned among the partners and stakeholders including the targeted communities and beneficiaries;
  3. Liaise with the Country office for updates on guidelines on reviews, decentralized and Centralized, evaluations including the methodology designs adapted for the evaluations, as suited to local context.

Information Management and Reporting

  1. Ensure that the Monitoring Database systems are functional and effectively utilized and all required enhancements are undertaken promptly;
  2. Ensure data collection using the M&E toolkits and exercise oversight of the data collection by enumerators and use of mobile data collections tools;
  3. Oversee development and management of monitoring and reporting including the preparation of the annual Corporate Report (ACR) and other periodic reports requested for by Country Office Units for varying purposes including meeting the donor needs;
  4. Ensure the monthly production of M&E dashboard properly annotated to guide management on the project status and decision making;
  5. Play an active role in the preparation of the Annual Performance Plan (APP) and its review for the Programme Unit;
  6. Support the roll out of the IRM especially, the Country Strategic Plan (CSP) and Corporate Results Framework (CRF).
  7. Support the documentations of lessons learned, success stories and best practices for dissemination with partners, donors and targeted communities and beneficiaries.
  8. Perform other duties as required

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Advanced University Degree and/or equivalent experience with emphasis in one or more of the following disciplines: political sciences, public health, economics, agriculture, international affairs, social sciences, development studies, or a field relevant to international development assistance.

Experience: At least 5 years working experience focusing on M&E. Experience in WFP specific programmatic areas such as Relief and emergency operations, social protection and resilience strengthening activities, refugees, VAM, etc is an added advantage. Experience in both development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage.

Knowledge and Skills: Strong knowledge of results-based management principles and practices and WFP’s corporate accountability frameworks; Proven knowledge, abilities and skills in the areas of Monitoring and Evaluation; In-depth knowledge of monitoring and evaluation methods, metrics, statistical applications, and reporting systems; Create/use digital media and data visualization platforms, particularly Tableau; Create data mock-ups with an understanding of data visualization and data structures. Good applied statistics skills, such as distributions, statistical testing, regression, etc.; Development and maintenance of monitoring database

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Working knowledge of the UN languages is desirable. Excellent writing skills.

OTHER SPECIFIC COMPETENCIES:

Ability to use data to effectively explain complex matters to influence a variety of audiences;  Ability to visualize data in creative ways that support scenarios and storytelling; Creative problem-solving skills and strong attention to detail; Can see patterns and trends in data, to pull out insights and connect the dots for others to see; Takes a data-oriented approach to decision making; Self-motivated and results oriented; Strong track record of delivering results in a complex environment; Possess strong organizational and detail-oriented skills; Demonstrable ability to work within multi-disciplinary teams.

4PS CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.

People

  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.

Performance

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.

Partnership

  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Voucher) Demonstrates ability to analyse and consolidate quantitative and qualitative information from different sources (e.g., market studies) to inform transfer modality selection and programme development.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized areas (i.e. Nutrition, VAM, etc.) Demonstrates the ability to interpret basic data in the context of WFP specialised fields to contribute to technical programme design, implementation and monitoring.
Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/ Government Develops thorough recommendations using multiple inputs (e.g., government counsel, research, own experience) to strengthen national or subnational entities and government owned food and nutrition security programmes.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

02 November 2021

Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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