II. Job Purpose and Organizational Context
KP Newly Merged Districts span the region bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan provinces of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and Balochistan. They remain one of the most underdeveloped regions of Pakistan, enduring decades of marginalization, and economic deprivation. Livelihoods and employment remains a critical issue related to both social and economic development, and to issues of stability and governance. The effect of these multiple challenges can be clearly seen in UNDP’s Multidimensional Poverty Index (MDPI), which shows that in 2016 73.7% population lived in multidimensional poverty, while the comparable figure for KP Province stood at 49%. The passage of the 25th Constitutional Amendment with political consensus and its subsequent presidential approval on 31st May 2018 signals a historic change and will fundamentally alter the lives of 5 million inhabitants of the area. The merger modifies the institutional political economy, including the role of the KP Assembly and bureaucracy.
Since 2010, the UN’s KP Newly Merged Districts programme has been the largest portfolio, with approximately US$300 million invested annually predominantly through humanitarian funding. Until recently the humanitarian, development and peace actors have, for the most part, operated within institutional silos without strong coordination mechanisms. The UN Resident Coordinator instituted a multi-partner Task Force to develop a Transition Framework anchored in the New Way of Working on humanitarian-development continuum in KP Newly Merged Districts. Under the umbrella of the Transition Framework, a joint programme by FAO, UNDP, UNICEF and UNWomen and led by the UN Resident Coordinator has been developed which aims to ensure the sustainability of the returns process and strengthen the social contract between the state and the citizenry. The DFID-funded programme will achieve these overall aims by: a) strengthening resilience in return communities, especially by restoring livelihoods; b) supporting the improvement of, and access to, health and education services; c) supporting the local and provincial governments to become more effective, accountable and responsive; and d) supporting the improvement of the enabling environment for inclusive economic growth.
The UN Resident Coordinator’s Office has identified the need for a RBM (M&E) Officer to be based in Peshawar to ensure effective coordination of the monitoring and evaluation process of the programme, and facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing. The post holder will report directly to the Programme Manager of the Programme.
III. Duties and Responsibilities
The RMB (M&E) Officer will work closely with the Information and Knowledge Management Officer and M&E Specialists of the of the respective Implementing UN Agencies. The position holder will report directly to the Programme Manager of the Programme and perform the duties as follows:
Summary of key functions
1. Ensures the implementation of monitoring and evaluation policies and strategies, focusing on achievement of the following results:
• Develop and manage a results-based monitoring mechanism for the Joint UN Programme;
• Conduct regular project monitoring and spot checks and follow-up on the implementation of recommendations by the Joint Programme team;
• Provide training for implementing partners on monitoring process;
• Prepare periodic Result Oriented Reports (monthly, quarterly, annual) and other periodic reports for the government and stakeholders;
• Support planning, budgeting, implementing and monitoring of project, tracking use of financial resources in accordance with UN rules and regulations;
• Participation in the planning, preparation and management of thematic, country programme/project evaluations and other types of evaluations;
• Coordination of specific monitoring and evaluation missions - sectoral/thematic evaluations or desk evaluations/studies on selected sectors/themes.
2. Ensures effective coordination of the monitoring and evaluation process of the project, focusing on achievement of the following results:
• Provide support and guidance and undertake quality assurance of the project reports submitted by the Implementing UN Agencies ensuring preparation of high quality consolidated progress reports for donor/s and other stakeholders;
• Ensure monitoring framework is updated monthly using consolidated information from all programme partners;
• Provide inputs to assess project performance to identify success factors and incorporate best practices into programme work;
• Preparation of analytical documents on areas evaluated, effectiveness and impact of project; and,
• Follow up on implementation of evaluation recommendations. Ensuring the optimal use of evaluations by providing guidance in preparation of timely management response to all mandatory evaluations and by developing a communication plan.
3. Ensures facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing in the area of monitoring and evaluation, focusing on achievement of the following results:
• Monitor and document bottlenecks, problems and issues, and propose effective solutions;
• Document and analyse innovative strategies and new approaches;
• Identify and formulate evaluation findings, lessons learned and recommendations to be integrated into broader knowledge management efforts, disseminated in learning events and channeled into decision-making processes;
• Work closely with the Information and Knowledge Management Officer to identify success stories and document lessons learned; and,
• Maintain collaboration and coordination with other UN agencies, government agencies, NGOs, and other organizations on monitoring and evaluation issues.
Impact of Results
The key results have an impact on the overall performance of the KP Merged Districts Programme and specifically the DFID-funded KP Merged Districts Support Programme in terms of efficient implementation, timely delivery of the outputs and effective monitoring of the project results.
IV. Competencies and Selection Criteria
Description of Competency at Level Required
(For more comprehensive descriptions please see the competency inventory)
In this section list all core competencies as well as the most relevant technical/functional competencies the role will require along with the appropriate level. A Detailed list of competencies can be accessed through the following link: https://intranet.undp.org/unit/ohr/competency-framework/SitePages/Home.aspx
Ability to make new and useful ideas work Level 4: Adept with complex concepts and challenges convention purposefully
Ability to persuade others to follow Level 4: Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction Level 4: Models independent thinking and action
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform Level 4: Synthesizes information to communicate independent analysis
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement Level 4: Meets goals and quality criteria for delivery of products or services
Technical/Functional Detailed list of competencies can be accessed through https://intranet.undp.org/unit/ohr/competency-framework/SitePages/Home.aspx
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Ability to plan, organize, and control resources, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Knowledge of risk assessment methodologies and ability to determine degree of risk and apply to strategic and/or practical situation Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Risk Management Ability to identify and prioritize risks, and organize action around mitigating them Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Financial Planning and Budgeting
Ability to create and manage processes to achieve Project's long and short-term financial goals Level 4: Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
V. Recruitment Qualifications
Master’s Degree in Social Sciences or any other equivalent discipline is preferable.
• Minimum of three (03) years of experience in monitoring and evaluation of development projects
• Multi-dimensional assessment in a post disaster environment.
• Usage of computer and office software packages, handling of web-based management systems.
• Coordinating field monitoring
• Development of M&E systems and tools for large scale programmes
• Professional experience with UN agencies would be an asset
• Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation software is desirable.
• Knowledge of the development context in FATA/KP Merged districts and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and working in KP Merged districts would be an asset.
Fluency in English and Urdu (written and spoken) is required.