Planning Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Malaysia

City: Kuala Lumpur

Office: UNICEF Kuala Lumpur

Grade: NO-B

Closing date: Sunday, 12 September 2021

Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, NOB Putrajaya/Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia #64972 (Malaysian Only)

Job no: 543331

Position type: Fixed Term Appointment

Location: Malaysia Division/Equivalent: Bangkok (EAPRO), Thailand

School/Unit: Malaysia

Department/Office: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Categories: Monitoring and Evaluation

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child, hope

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.

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Purpose for the Job

The Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Officer reports to the

Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist (NOC) for overall direct supervision, and

Evaluation Specialist

(P4) (based in Cambodia) as a secondary supervisor through a dotted reporting line. The Officer provides professional technical, operational and administrative assistance throughout the planning, monitoring, evaluation and processes, preparing, executing, managing and implementing a variety of technical and administrative tasks to contribute to evidence generation activities planning, implementation, oversight and reporting to ensure that they are carried out according to schedule and that findings and recommendations are implemented and followed up. As part of the Malaysia Country Office PME team, the Officer will be mainly responsible on programme monitoring, HACT monitoring and assurance, PSEA implementation, capacity development on M&E, and supporting the Evaluation Specialist (P4) on evaluation activities as well as quality assurance on evidence generation pieces. The Officer will also support the PME Specialist NOC (who is responsible on planning, overall results monitoring and SDG, and involvement at UNCT level), on reporting activities as well as ethics in evidence generation processes.

Key Function, Accountabilities and Related Duties/Tasks

1. Setting Standards for Programme performance planning and monitoring in line with HACT and PSEA implementation

Provide technical support as necessary to the process of developing and monitoring Annual Work Plans, 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 contribute to the Annual Management Plan. Monitor follow-up actions based on management decisions resulting from Country Office performance monitoring and evaluation.

Support the programme components to effectively monitor and report on the intersectoral programme results, cross sectoral programme component results and field office results to facilitate programme coherence and convergence where appropriate.

Contribute to development of programme monitoring framework for the learning zones including technical backstopping to the field team for convergent programming.

Provide technical support to programme sections to effectively monitor and report on the intersectoral programme results.

Performing the role of HACT focal point for programme unit, including preparation and monitoring of HACT assurance plan, and performing the role of PSEA focal point for PME section.

2.

Support to the preparation of the integrated monitoring and evaluation plan (IMEP)

Participate in IMEP activities, namely studies, research and evaluations, planning and discussions and support the development and completion of these activities, through compiling, monitoring of progress, and reporting of related update and status to facilitate approval and reporting at CMT.

Provide technical and operational support throughout the evaluation process by executing/administering a variety of technical, operational and administrative transactions, preparing related materials/documentations and complying with organizational processes and management systems, to support evaluation results-based planning (RBM) and monitoring and assessing results.

Prepare required documentations/materials/data to facilitate evaluation planning, implementation and reporting.

3.

Support implementation of evaluations

Support the evaluation specialist in drafting and/or development of terms of reference for external consultants and initiate the recruitment process to ensure the timely selection and recruitment of evaluators. Support the various processes of assessing and/or selecting consultant and evaluation teams to facilitate the recruitment/selection process

Organize materials, briefings and all required administrative arrangements to ensure external consultants are provided appropriate and comprehensive information to start and continue effectively and efficiently the conduct of evaluations.

Keep abreast of evaluation progress to proactively meet the evaluators‘ need for information or other related issues to ensure delivery of results as scheduled and allocated.

Support the evaluation budget preparation. Monitor and verify the use of resources for compliance with approved allocation/goals, organizational rules, regulations/procedures and donor commitments, standards of accountability and integrity. Report on critical issues/findings to ensure timely resolution by management/stakeholders. Follow up on unresolved issues to ensure resolution.

Prepare timely analytical documents highlighting critical areas for management progress monitoring, oversight and action.

Support the PME Specialist and Evaluation Specialist in National Evaluation Capacity Development initiatives and activities.

4.

Dissemination and follow up of evaluations

Support consultation and validation events with stakeholders to seek clarification and/or validate findings from draft and final evaluation reports and report on feedback to facilitate timely action.

Upload/disseminate completed evaluation reports into EISI to allow global sharing and final quality review.

Upload each approved management response in the tracking systems and monitor quarterly update and produce analytical reports for management action and decision on implementation of evaluation agreed actions/recommendations.

Actively follow up with stakeholders on the implementation of evaluation results. Provide appropriate technical support to facilitate implementation and/or report to relevant stakeholders to ensure time action to ensure the implementation of evaluation results.

5.

Networking and partnership building

Provide technical and operational support to a wide range of stakeholders and evaluators on UNICEF and UNEG policies, practices, standards and norms.

Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with government counterparts and national stakeholders through active sharing of information and knowledge to facilitate evaluation and build their capacity for evaluation planning and implementation.

Participate in appropriate inter-agency (UNCT) meetings/events on monitoring & evaluations to collaborate with inter-agency partners/colleagues on UNSCDF operational planning and preparation and to integrate and harmonize UNICEF position and strategies with the UNSDCF development and planning process.

6.

Innovation, knowledge management and capacity building

Identify, capture, synthesize and share lessons learned from evaluations for integration into broader knowledge development planning and management efforts.

Research and report on best and cutting edge practices for development planning of knowledge products and systems for evaluations.

Participate as resource person in capacity building initiatives to enhance the competencies of clients/stakeholders.

Contribute to the quality assurance process for evidence generation activities under the Evaluation Specialist guidance and supporting the PME Specialist in ethical consideration process for evidence generation activities.

Impact of Results

The efficiency and efficacy of support provided by the Officer to the programme unit and wide range stakeholders contribute to the successful planning and execution of evaluation efforts that in turn result in improved country office and national stakeholders‘ development planning, performance and achievement of concrete and sustainable results.

Effective implementation of evaluations enhances UNICEF’s capacity and credibility in delivering highly effective programs and concrete and sustainable results that directly improve services to mothers and children in the country.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have...

RECRUITMENT QUALIFICATIONS

Education: A University Degree in economics, psychology, sociology, education or other social science field is required.

Experience:

A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in social development analysis and programming at the international and/or in a developing country is required. Relevant experience in program/project monitoring and evaluation in a UN system agency or organization is an asset.

Language Requirements:

Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset

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.

The UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

Core Values

Care

Respect

Integrity

Trust

Accountability

Core Competencies

Nurtures, Leads and Manages People (1)

Demonstrates Self Awareness and Ethical Awareness (2)

Works Collaboratively with others (2)

Builds and Maintains Partnerships (2)

Innovates and Embraces Change (2)

Thinks and Acts Strategically (2)

Drives to achieve impactful results (2)

Manages ambiguity and complexity (2)

Functional Competencies

Analyzing (2)

Applying technical expertise (2)

Learning and researching (2)

Planning and organizing (2)

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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 be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.

Remarks:

Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Advertised: Jul 26 2021 Singapore Standard Time Application close: Sep 12 2021 Singapore Standard Time

Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1630862974091