Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Chisinau, Moldova

Organization: UNICEF - United Nations Children’s Fund

Country: Moldova

City: Chisinau

Office: UNICEF Chisinau, Moldova

Closing date: Thursday, 5 January 2023

PART TIME POSITION: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, (NO-2) TA (364 days), Chisinau, Moldova (For Moldova nationals only) #123326

Job no: 558299

Position type: Temporary Appointment

Location: Republic of Moldova Division/Equivalent: CEE/CIS

School/Unit: Moldova

Department/Office: Chisinau, Moldova

Categories: Research, Planning, 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.

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In the longer run, the Multiplier Grant Programme is expected to improve the way in which ICT is used through identifying the core areas of the curriculum that can benefit from digital support and provide the materials and strategies for teachers to use them. Also, the system efficiency will be improved by better data collection and use by officers and administrators, through strengthening the current Education Management Information System (EMIS) and building the data management capacities of relevant staff.

To implement the above-mentioned programme, a Programme Implementation Unit (PIU) will be established to assist MER, therefore UNICEF is seeking for a national officer who will serve as a M&E Officer to coordinate relevant activities.

How can you make a difference?

The M&E Officer will become a member of the PIU and along with other staff members, Project Officer, Finance Officer and Project Assistant, will work together as a team to achieve the programme outcomes.

The incumbent will provide support to the Project Officer to monitor the implementation of the Multiplier Grant Programme and work with the relevant sections/units from the MER, Office of the Deputy-Prime Minister for Digitalization, Ministry of Finance, LPAs, national and international NGOs, private sector etc. to implement the Multi-Annual Work Plan, report on project activities, outputs, and results on a timely basis. The focus will be on designing and implementing the M&E activities, development and maintaining the data management system and analysis of different data in relation to the project activities.

M&E Officer will provide technical assistance in data collection and will be responsible for reporting on activities, maintaining a record and filing system of programme documentation. The M&E Officer will collaborate with the EMIS department of the MER to ensure effective data collection and the development of an efficient management tool for the general education system of the Republic of Moldova.

The M&E Officer will report directly to the Project Officer. Quarterly M&E reports will be elaborated and submitted to the MGPSC for progress review, agreement of adjustments and changes to the next quarter activity plan. At the annual meetings organized by the MGPSC, a report on the project progress will be presented and discussed with the invited stakeholders.

The UNICEF Moldova Education Officer (NOB) will regularly communicate with the M&E Officer and provide feedback and guidance on his/her performance and all other necessary support to achieve objectives of the position, as well as remain aware of any upcoming issues related to his/her performance and quality of work.

The M&E Officer will be responsible for the following key tasks linked to the objectives of this position as follows:

Planning and development of M&E Framework

Coordinate the development of the M&E Framework and related procedures in line with GPE requirements and programme needs (in consultation within MER, GA, Multiplier Grant Programme Steering Committee (MGPSC)), and other stakeholders.

Develop the Monitoring Plan for the field visits and other M&E activities.

Lead and provide technical support to PIU to implement relevant M&E tasks and activities to ensure timely collection of data.

Monitoring and data management

Regularly ensure data collection in an accurate format (projects progress reports, monitoring indicators etc.), as well as design the corresponding data collection procedures.

Support elaboration and validation of data collection tools (both quantitative and qualitative) and respective guidelines.

Lead and conduct analysis of quantitative data on programme inputs, outputs, and outcomes.

Support qualitative data collection to reflect on programme beneficiaries and other stakeholders‘ feedback, such as surveys, focus group discussions, interviews, and case studies.

Advise partners and stakeholders in designing and planning for evaluations, special studies, and assessments.

Assist GPE, MER, GA, and other relevant partners to compile periodic progress data.

Reporting on programme results and enhancing capacity building

Support the MER and Project Officer in motoring and reporting on the programme results.

Periodically review data collection tools and adjust (as necessary) to facilitate objective measurement of indicators (baseline, targets and means of verification).

Periodically review and update, if necessary, the M&E procedures.

Prepare quarterly and annual monitoring reports and info notes on M&E findings.

Ensure dissemination of monitoring data and evaluation results internally and externally, i.e., to the Director of the Programme, GPE, GA.

Support to assess overall performance, and report on the progress achieved, outcomes generated, as well as to warn on relevant implementation issues (if any), risks and threats and recommend mitigation measures.

All activities need to be implemented in coordination with MER, Project Officer and GA. All relevant materials e.g., concepts of the meetings, agenda, lists of participants PPTs, visual presentations, minutes etc. will be presented for endorsement to MER and UNICEF, as indicated above.

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

A first level university degree in Economics, Social Sciences, Management, Statistics, Public Administration, or equivalent qualifications in a relevant field.

A minimum of 2 years of professional experience in project management, M&E, including results-based management, designing of M&E framework and data collection tools, data analysis and report Writing is required.

Previous experience with UNICEF/UN and other international funding organizations will be an asset.

Familiarity with the education system of the Republic of Moldova and special education needs.

Excellent verbal and written communications skills, both at technical level and policy level .

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

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust, Accountability and Sustainability (CRITAS) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter: UNICEF Values

UNICEF competencies required for this post are...

(1) Builds and maintains partnerships(2) Demonstrates self-awareness and ethical awareness(3)Drive to achieve results for impact(4)Innovates and embraces change(5) Manages ambiguity and complexity(6)Thinks and acts strategically(7)Works collaboratively with others.

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is here to serve the world’s most disadvantaged children and our global workforce must reflect the diversity of those children. The UNICEF family is committed to include everyone, irrespective of their race/ethnicity, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, socio-economic background, or any other personal characteristic. We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements. 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 is committed to promote the protection and safeguarding of all children. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. 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.


UNICEF’s active commitment towards diversity and inclusion is critical to deliver the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable male are encouraged to apply.

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

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Appointments are also subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

Advertised: Dec 29 2022 GTB Standard Time Application close: Jan 05 2023 GTB Standard Time

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Closes Jan 05 2023

PART TIME POSITION: Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, (NO-2) TA (364 days), Chisinau, Moldova (For Moldova nationals only) #123326 in Republic of Moldova

The COVID-19 pandemic underlined the importance of digital transformation globally and nationally. In response to these new challenges, digital innovation and transformation became one of the highest priorities for the Moldovan system of education. During the COVID-19 pandemic, especially during lockdowns, many students did not have access to ICT and were unable to continue their education online due to lack of devices, connectivity issues, as well as limited teacher knowledge of, and experience with online learning and teaching methods and lack of digital skills. Despite a rapid response, the COVID-19 pandemic had a marked impact on education. Reports indicated that most pre-existing vulnerabilities have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, including: Most socially disadvantaged children experienced the greatest challenges in accessing remote education. Despite government and donor efforts, there is still a shortage of available IT equipment and disparities in access to devices, with 75% of vulnerable children and youth lacking devices, and 50% not being connected to the internet. Around 7% of children were enrolled in a school that was not able to ensure remote learning, and 21% in schools that ensured it only partially. Remote learning remained a challenge for about 16,000 students and 3,000 teachers which do not have access to ICT technology. To ensure the continuous and sustained access to education for all children and in line with Moldovan authorities‘ efforts to achieve the objectives of SDG4, the Ministry of Education and Research (MER) in cooperation with UNICEF, as Grant Agent for Education Sector Programme Implementation Grant (ESPIG) under the partnership with Global Partnership for Education (GPE), has developed a new long-term "Education - 2030" Development Strategy. One of the objectives is to facilitate the digital transformation of the education sector.

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