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Job advert: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

  • Post Number: 6CMBSP0002PA
  • Grade: P-2
  • Parent Sector: Bureau of Strategic Planning (BSP)
  • Duty Station: Yaounde
  • Job Family: Programme Coordination
  • Type of engagement: Project-based Contract
  • Contract duration: 12 months
  • Eligibility: Open to both internal and external applicants
  • Deadline for applications (Midnight Paris Time): May 10, 2024

PURPOSE OF THE POSITION

Being part of UNESCO, a specialized body within the United Nations, involves contributing to various global goals such as fostering peace, alleviating poverty, advancing sustainable development, and encouraging cross-cultural dialogue. This overarching mission, spanning from 2022 to 2029, is delineated into four primary strategic thrusts:

  • Facilitating access to high-quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all, ensuring fairness and inclusivity.
  • Promoting sustainable practices and environmental conservation by championing science, technology, innovation, and natural heritage preservation.
  • Cultivating inclusive, equitable, and peaceful societies by championing freedom of speech, cultural diversity, global citizenship education, and heritage preservation.
  • Nurturing a technologically advanced landscape for the betterment of humanity through knowledge dissemination, skill development, and ethical standards enhancement.

The UNESCO Regional Office for Central Africa, based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, oversees operations in 10 countries: Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Sao Tome and Principe. Working alongside National Offices in Brazzaville, Kinshasa, and Libreville, as well as Antennas in Bujumbura, Luanda, and N’Djamena, the Yaoundé Regional Office represents UNESCO to national authorities, institutions, and technical and financial partners in the sub-region. Its role includes assessing and implementing UNESCO programs throughout Central Africa. As part of UNESCO’s ongoing field network reform, the Yaoundé Regional Office is tasked with executing programs and projects within UNESCO’s purview.

The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will ensure program and project implementation aligns with strategic goals. Responsibilities include providing professional expertise and technical assistance throughout the program and project management cycle. This includes but is not limited to planning, establishing monitoring and evaluation systems, ensuring data quality, reporting, and capacity building, with a focus on stakeholder participation.

Responsibilities of the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

  1. Development of Integrated M&E Strategies and Systems:
  • Oversee the planning, creation, and execution of comprehensive M&E strategies and systems using the UNESCORE platform (Core Planner and Core Manager) to support Regional Office initiatives.
  • Collaborate with program specialists, project coordinators, and staff to tailor or develop pertinent tools and systems for efficient data collection, management, analysis, and utilization.
  1. Leadership in M&E System Implementation:
  • Spearhead the Regional Office’s M&E framework with robust mechanisms to gauge implementation progress and impacts, facilitating informed decision-making.
  • Offer technical assistance in M&E to ensure the Regional Office accesses high-quality data for evaluating progress towards projected outcomes in project documents and annual work plans.
  • Engage closely with implementing partners and beneficiaries to ensure the acquisition of relevant and suitable data essential for an efficient M&E system.
  1. Ensuring Data Quality and Validity:
  • Lead efforts concerning data quality assurance, conducting on-site data verification through spot checks to bolster the credibility and integrity of data from its sources.
  1. Technical Support and Coordination:
  • Provide technical guidance to the Regional Office during the project design phase on all matters pertaining to M&E.
  • Manage decentralized evaluations within the Regional Office as the “Evaluation Focal Point,” offering technical support in evaluation planning, formulation of evaluation terms of reference, participation in selection and contracting processes, evaluation management, and post-evaluation follow-up on recommendations.

United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) Coordination

  1. Joint Planning and Reporting:
  • Facilitate the collaborative planning of the UNSDCF and the documentation of UNESCO’s interventions within the United Nations Information System (UNINFOS).

Capacity Strengthening Initiatives

  1. Enhancing Stakeholder Capacities:
  • Provide coaching, mentoring, and training to UNESCO staff, implementing partners, and government counterparts in host countries, focusing on Results-Based Management (RBM) and the utilization of UNESCO’s information management systems (such as the UNESCORE platform and UNINFOS system). This empowerment enables them to actively engage in monitoring and evaluation activities.

Additional Tasks

  • Undertake or oversee any other urgent or unforeseen tasks within the scope of the Directorate, as needed.

Competencies (Core / Managerial)

  1. Communication (C)
  2. Accountability (C)
  3. Innovation (C)
  4. Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement (C)
  5. Planning and Organizing (C)
  6. Results Focus (C)
  7. Teamwork (C)
  8. Professionalism (C)

For comprehensive details, please refer to the UNESCO Competency Framework.

Required Qualifications

Education

  1. Advanced University Degree:
  • Possession of an advanced university degree (master’s degree or equivalent) in development, evaluation management, business administration, social sciences, or a related field.

Work Experience

  1. Professional Experience:
  • Minimum of two (2) years of pertinent professional experience in program and project management, monitoring and evaluation, or a related domain, with at least one (1) year preferably gained at the international level.

Skills & Competencies

  1. Proficiency in managing development programs.
  2. Expertise in evaluating projects and activities.
  3. Professional proficiency in data collection, demographics, statistics, data management, and survey administration.
  4. Professional proficiency in overseeing the evaluation process.
  5. Ability to implement recommendations and disseminate monitoring and evaluation findings.
  6. Mastery of monitoring and evaluation methodologies (quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods).
  7. Strong verbal and written communication skills, capable of producing high-quality documents and reports in a clear and concise manner.
  8. Capacity to collaborate within a team and cultivate effective relationships in a multicultural setting.
  9. Exceptional organizational and coordination abilities, adept at working under pressure to meet deadlines while handling complex and sensitive scenarios.
  10. Advanced computer proficiency, including MS Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, Project, etc.).

Languages

  1. Fluent in written and spoken French or English, with good proficiency in the other language.

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Training
  • Qualifications or training in relevant disciplines related to the position.
  1. Work Experience
  • Experience within the United Nations system or international organizations.
  • Professional background in multicultural settings.
  • Minimum one (1) year experience in emergency programs.
  • Active involvement in humanitarian crisis response initiatives.

Skills & Competencies

  1. Knowledge
  • Familiarity with the Organization’s mandate, vision, strategic goals, and priorities.
  • Geopolitical understanding of the African region, particularly Central Africa.
  • Awareness of the operations and structure of international organizations and/or the United Nations system.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  1. Languages
  • Proficiency in a language spoken in the Central African region.
  • Knowledge of additional UNESCO official languages (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, or Russian).

BENEFITS AND ENTITLEMENTS

UNESCO offers a comprehensive package of benefits and entitlements to its employees. These include a basic salary along with various additional benefits such as 30 days of annual leave, family allowance, medical insurance, and pension plan. The approximate annual starting salary for this position is $72,112 USD. For detailed information regarding benefits and entitlements, please refer to our Guide to Staff Benefits.

SELECTION AND RECRUITMENT PROCESS

In order to be considered for a position at UNESCO, all candidates are required to complete an online application with accurate and complete information. To apply, please visit the UNESCO Careers website. Once submitted, applications cannot be modified.

Candidate evaluation is conducted based on the criteria outlined in the vacancy notice, which may include tests, assessments, and competency-based interviews. UNESCO employs various communication technologies such as video or teleconference, email correspondence, etc., for candidate assessment and evaluation.

Please be advised that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted further, and those in the final selection stage will undergo reference checks based on the information provided.

UNESCO’s Staff Appointment Principles

UNESCO emphasizes the utmost importance of appointing staff members based on the highest standards of efficiency, technical competence, and integrity. Additionally, UNESCO upholds a zero-tolerance policy against all forms of harassment.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

UNESCO is dedicated to achieving and maintaining equitable geographical distribution and gender parity among its staff across all categories and grades. Moreover, UNESCO strives for workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality, and culture. Candidates from non- and under-represented Member States are particularly encouraged to apply, along with individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups, and persons with disabilities. All applications are treated with the utmost confidentiality.

Mobility Requirement

Applicants for international posts should be prepared for worldwide mobility.

No Fee Policy

UNESCO does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process.

How to Apply

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