Result Based Mgmt Specialist, Jordan
Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
Office: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme in
Closing date: Friday, 13 January 2023
Job Identification : 7025
Locations : Jordan
Posting Date : 12/27/2022, 02:59 PM
Apply Before : 01/13/2023, 04:59 AM
Job Schedule : Full time
Agency : UNDP
Grade : P4
Vacancy Type : Fixed Term
Practice Area : Management
Bureau : Regional Bureau for Arab States
Contract Duration : 1 Year with Possibility for extension
Education & Work Experience : Master’s Degree - 7 year(s) experience
Required Languages : English and French
Desired Languages : Arabic
Mobility required/no mobility
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Anchored in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and in line with the priorities outlined in the UNDP Strategic Plan 2022-2025, the Regional Bureau for Arab States supports the Arab States region to achieve sustainable development by eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, accelerating structural transformations for sustainable development, and building resilience to crises and shocks. The Regional Bureau for Arab States responds to needs across diverse development settings including Least Developed Countries, Middle Income Countries, Net Contributor Countries and countries affected by crisis, with a view to support the building of resilience, leverage the promise of innovation, and prioritize the advance of women, youth and vulnerable groups as part of its commitment to the principles of universality, equality and leaving no one behind in an increasingly challenging regional context.
The RBM Specialist works in RBAS regional hub in Amman and provides substantive technical expertise to Country Offices (COs) and Regional Programme (RP) on evidence-based planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting, including on design of programme and projects within the wider framework of the Strategic Plan and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the development of regional results. S/He guides the design and implementation of the regional/CO monitoring systems, data collection methods, evaluations and advises on the collection of reliable, accurate and coherent information to assess the performance and impact of programmes and projects and regional results.
She/he supports the COs through the CCA/UNSDCF/CPD process by providing guidance and engaging on the development of Theory of Change, including capacity building of country offices on UNDP’s programme./project guidelines and policies. She/he ensures RBAS compliance with corporate planning, monitoring and reporting requirements and provides guidance to COs and regional programme on corporate systems including training and capacity building. She/he promotes integrated monitoring and reporting activities through exchanges of experience and good practices between COs, regions, the UNDG and the wider RBM community and supports country offices and the regional bureau in their gender reporting.
The RBM Specialist is part of the Country Office Support Team in the Amman Hub and works closely with the wider Hub team on providing substantive technical expertise to the respective COs and RP in close coordination with the Strategic Planning Advisor and the Regional Advisors and Specialists in the Desk Team with RBAS NY. The RBM Specialist may also perform other functions related to day-to day CO support within the Team as needed.
The Specialist has dual reporting to the Strategic Planning Advisor in NY with matrix management to the Chief Country Operations Support/Deputy Manager of the hub in Amman.
Key Duties and Accountabilities
In this section list up to five primary functions/accountabilities of the position (Typically one sentence each) and examples of duties that must be performed to successfully accomplish key responsibilities.
Ensures RBAS compliance with corporate planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting requirements
Example of Duties:
Works closely with the RBAS Strategic Planning Advisor to support the roll-out of corporate RBM systems and tools through appropriate support and training to CO and Regional Programme colleagues as well as the broader RBAS NY and Amman Team as relevant
Engages in the annual corporate planning, monitoring and reporting exercises, provides guidance and reviews COs and RP plans ensuring quality of data and narrative and compliance with corporate requirements, alignment with the Strategic Plan and proper selection of IRRF indicators
Supports the Regional Advisors and Specialists through providing advice and support to the COs on annual planning and reporting exercises, including IWP, ROAR, IRRF and IATI.
Acts as substantive focal point for the implementation of the project quality assurance initiative, including supporting the Regional Advisors and Specialists in undertaking spot checks and ensuring compliance with corporate quality standards and targets
Ensures appropriate gender marker reporting in line with corporate guidance
Provides technical support to regional level results reporting using corporate dashboards and databases to derive and aggregate indicators from IRRF and other available sources to show results at the regional level.
Contributes substantively to corporate RBM working groups and discussions as relevant in close coordination with the Strategic Planning Advisor.
Contributes to high-quality programming, including support to programme/project design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and reporting
Example of Duties:
Provides advice and guidance on the CCA/UNSDCF process including support on developing Theories of Change and reviews draft CCAs and UNSDCF narrative and RRF ensuring compliance and adherence to RBM standards. Supports PSG review of CCAs/ UNSDCF documents in line with DCO guidance
Provides substantive technical and facilitation support to CPD formulation processes, including development of Theories of Change and quality assurance in line with corporate standards. This includes substantive technical advice on the elaboration of CPDs, including RRFs using adequate and innovative data collection solutions, drawing from, and integrating with relevant data sources
Provides substantive guidance on programme and project implementation in line with the PPM and POPP requirements and liaises with relevant colleagues on clarifications and support requirements as needed.
Oversees the evaluation support and compliance in the region and supervise the day to day work of the Evaluation Analyst ensuring the provision of technical advice to COs and the Regional Programme on the design of evaluations, the transparency and the use of evaluation findings to inform UNDP programme planning, design and reporting, including the Annual Report and Country Programme Documents.
Enhances COs‘ high quality programming and performance monitoring
Example of Duties:
Supports COs in collecting and interpreting existing early warning data effectively to guide the adjustment of programmes and operational approaches when/if a country context deteriorates. In early recovery settings, supporting COs in drafting data-collection plans to cover key data gaps as required. Following the initial humanitarian response, support development of key outcome and output indicators, data collection systems and sources to be used for monitoring and evaluation of interventions
Quality assures COs data collection strategies to ensure the right balance of qualitative and quantitative evidence and advises on data analysis to assess programme results, improve programme quality and inform future decision-making processes
Supports results-monitoring of the Regional Programme and Regional Programme Results Framework indicators in line with the corporate monitoring and reporting requirements to improve regional programme quality, learning, and inform future decision-making processes.
Provides training and capacity building for the COs and the RP on Programme and RBM standards, programme and project management (PPM), quality assurance of results frameworks, evidence-based monitoring and evaluation practices in addition to sharing new changes to guidelines and updates
Works with the wider Hub team on exploring new approaches to data collection, programme development, monitoring and reporting and advises the Regional Bureau on a regional strategy for an effective deployment of evidence-based functions across the region and leads the design and provision of training processes, methodologies and materials on RBM as needed
Enhances knowledge management and sharing Enhance knowledge management and partnerships for monitoring and evaluation by
Example of Duties:
Facilitates the exchange of knowledge and experiences across the region through sharing best practices and lessons learnt and develop tools that will enhance knowledge sharing
Liaises closely with relevant colleagues in Development Effectiveness Group with BPPS and the RBM colleagues in other regional Hubs on exchange of lessons learned and knowledge sharing
Promotes peer-to-peer networking and information sharing among RBM practitioners by contributing to available knowledge management mechanisms on RBM, and by maintaining repositories of RBM expertise, lessons learned, good practices and practical tools and methodologies
Supports COs to develop partnership-based approaches to monitoring, including real-time monitoring, within the UN family and others as relevant and to identify potential national partners to improve monitoring (i.e., universities, citizens groups, NGOs)
Keeps abreast with new RBM methodologies and adopt as relevant to regional context for wider knowledge sharing
S/he supervise the work of the Evaluation Analyst and provide guidance and technical advice including on day-to day prioritization.
S/he supervise matrixed Monitoring & QA Specialist jointly with the Operations Manager
Master’s Degree or equivalent in statistical analysis, social sciences, results based management, planning or planning development or any relevant field
Experience, Knowledge, and Skills
At least seven years of demonstrated experience in multivariate data analysis and monitoring and evaluation, statistical methods, and programme management and implementation in the international development arena
A track record of extensive national/international working experience in UN/UNDP country office or regional Hub with managerial responsibilities
Consolidated training experience in development planning, monitoring, and evaluation design, management and methodologies
Strong numeracy skills, and confidence handling quantitative and qualitative analysis of data
Knowledge of best practice in a range of data collection methodologies, including surveys, administrative data sets and qualitative data
In-depth understanding of UNDP’s results frameworks and performance an asset
Good understanding of the international statistics system, and key development partners and good understanding of statistical data in national statistical systems
Comprehensive experience in the use of excel and other relevant soft wares
Documented experience in training and facilitation an advantage
Strong written and spoken skills in English and French are required. Professional knowledge of Arabic is an asset
Expected Demonstration of Competencies
Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact
Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems
Learn Continuously: LEVEL 3: Create and act on opportunities to expand horizons, diversify experiences
Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands
Act with Determination: LEVEL 3: Think beyond immediate task/barriers and take action to achieve greater results
Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
Enable Diversity and Inclusion: LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity
UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.
Cross-Functional & Technical competencies
Monitoring - Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results
Evaluation - Ability to make an independent judgement based on set criteria and benchmarks -Ability to anticipate client’s upcoming needs and concerns
External Relation and advocacy / Partnership Management
Strategic engagement - Ability to capture and sustain attention, interest and agreement of high-level, influential policy and decision makers and secure their buy-in of high-level vision and objectives
Results Based Management - Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results
Digital and Innovation
Data strategy and management - Knowledge to draft or execute a data strategy or a data management framework
External Relation and advocacy / Partnership Management
Relationship Management - Ability to engage with a wide range of public and private partners, build, sustain and/or strengthen working relations, trust and mutual understanding
Partnerships Management - Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil society and private sector partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies
For external applicants, please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.
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