05 May 2016

UN Careers - Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Organization: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Pulse Lab Manager  

About UNDP:
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network.  UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. The UNDP provides expert advice, training, grant support to developing countries including Uganda with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries.

About Global Pulse:
Global Pulse is an innovation initiative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Big Data. Its vision is a future in which big data is harnessed safely and responsibly as a public good. Its mission is to accelerate discovery, development and scaled adoption of big data innovation for sustainable development and humanitarian action. Global Pulse is building a catalytic network of in-country innovation centers, which will test new tools, data and analysis, share what lessons with the global community, mainstream successful approaches for real-time impact monitoring into policymaking. The first Lab has been established in New York (Pulse Lab New York) followed by Jakarta, Indonesia and Kampala, Uganda.
About United Nations Pulse Lab:
Pulse Lab Kampala is an inter-agency initiative of the United Nations under the Office of the Resident Coordinator in Uganda. The first of its kind in Africa, it brings together researchers from Government, the UN, non-governmental organizations and private sector to explore the utility of new sources of digital “Big Data” (such as social media, mobile data, online information) and real-time analysis techniques for social development monitoring and program planning. A data revolution is underway in Uganda and in Africa. There is more data now than ever. New technologies are leading to an exponential increase in the volume and types of data available, creating unprecedented possibilities for informing and transforming society and protecting the environment. There is more data produced in the last 2 years than in all of human history. There is a tremendous potential in new technology; indeed, this is the forefront of the data revolution already well underway in in the private sector.  The new SDGs agenda will have increased demands – and opportunities- for the use of data. Pulse Lab Kampala supports the UN Country team to tap into the revolution obtaining more and better data to support development work and humanitarian action supporting:
  • Enhance Early Warning: Detection of anomalous trends and patterns of events enables early warning of emerging crises and earlier responses to prevent long-term harm;
  • Real-Time Awareness:  An up-to-date picture of trends, hotspots and dynamic changes in population behaviour enhances programme planning and monitoring of implementation and;
  • Rapid Impact Monitoring and Evaluation: Timely feedback on the impact of programmes and policies allows for adaptive course correction and accelerated achievement of results. 
Job Summary: The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will support the Lab to yield innovative approaches to achieve the Global Goals with innovative monitoring and evaluation systems and support the monitoring and evaluation of progress towards the goals with data innovation projects.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Provides technical support to the team at the Lab to ensure that monitoring systems are in place for the Lab’s projects and key annual programme indicators are tracked, analysed and provided;
  • Offers technical support for implementing results-based management capacity building for the team at the Lab;
  • Provides technical support to the team at the Lab and partners on data innovation for monitoring and evaluation of programmes under the UN Development Assistant Framework (UNDAF) and National Development Plans (NDPII);
  • Supports knowledge management functions including documentation of good practices and lessons learned for the work of the Lab;
  • Offers support in the development of user design interfaces for projects in dialogue with the team at Pulse Lab and partners;
  • Provides inputs to reports for documenting initiatives in the region using Big Data to monitor Global Goals;
  • Supports organization of training and on the job training sessions with partners to promote the use of Big Data and data innovation to support monitoring and evaluation;
  • Proposes strategies to develop new monitoring and evaluation frameworks with data innovation;
  • Offers support in the identification of opportunities to monitor humanitarian and development programmes with Big Data and data innovation;
  • Formulates proposals for innovative evaluations using Big Data and data innovation with partners.
  • Expected deliverables
  • Monitoring systems in place for the Lab’s projects and key annual programme indicators tracked, analysed and provided;
  • Support knowledge management functions including documentation of good practices and lessons learned for the work of the Lab;
  • Mentoring and training partners to promote the use of Big Data and data innovation to support monitoring and evaluation;
  • Provide proposals for innovative evaluations using Big Data and data innovation with partners.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist career opportunity should hold an MSc in Monitoring and Evaluation of Development projects/humanitarian assistance; A combination of a first degree and relevant experience may be accepted; Bachelor in social sciences, economics, computer science or related field.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience as programme manager in development programmes or humanitarian assistance in Africa;
  • Broad working knowledge of monitoring and evaluation of development programmes or humanitarian assistance.
  • Excellent oral and written skills;
  • Excellent communication skills, organized (dealing with many stakeholders);
  • Good planning/organizational skills.
  • Language: Excellent command of English.

Personal Competencies:
  • Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately;
  • Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication;
  • Tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience;
  • Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise;
  • Is willing to learn from others; places team agenda before personal agenda;
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position;
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.
Planning & Organizing:
  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies;
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments;
  • Adjusts priorities as required;
  • Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work;
  • Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning;
  • Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary;
  • Uses time efficiently;
  • Is able to meet tight deadlines and to work under pressure.
Client Orientation: Constructive approach to resolution of problems and dedication to providing timely support.
Technological Awareness: Strong interest in digital data landscape and emerging discipline of Big Data for Development.

Price proposal and schedule of Payments: The consultant will be paid per working day; Payment will be made upon submission of monthly invoices, specifying the number of working days spent on each approved case, and providing documentation to support pre-approved expenses.

How to Apply: 
The consultant is required to upload an electronic application in one single PDF at the link below. The application should include the following documents/information:
  • Letter of Confirmation of Interest and Availability using the template provided in Annex II;
  • Personal CV or P11, indicating all past experience from similar projects, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate and at least three professional references.
Technical proposal, including:
  • A brief description of why the individual considers him/herself as the most suitable for the assignment;
  • Clear statement of where the Consultant is based;
  • Samples of work you consider the best (the candidate must specify if she/he was solely responsible for producing or editing each of the materials);
  • Financial proposal, as stating Daily Fee in Ugandan Shillings/United States Dollars. No other costs travels (e.g. for travel) should be included in the financial proposal at this stage.
  • Annexes:
  • Financial proposal that indicates the all-inclusive fixed total contract price, supported by a breakdown of costs, as per template provided (Annex II);Download Here

Annexes 1 and II - may be downloaded from the UNDP Procurement Notices Website – http://procurement-notices.undp.org/ - under reference #29592. For further clarifications, please contact; janet.anyango@undp.org; moses.lutwama@undp.org

Interested applicants should submit applications through uploading of all their required documentation in one single pdf document at the link below.

Deadline: 12th May, 2016

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