Monitoring Officer, Sudan

Organization: UNICEF

Country: Sudan

City: Khartoum

Office: UNICEF Khartoum

Closing date: Monday, 3 April 2023


Description of assignment title: Monitoring Officer

Assignment country: Sudan

Expected start date: 04/10/2023

Sustainable Development Goal: 10. Reduced inequalities

Volunteer category: National UN Volunteer Specialist

DoA reserved for persons with disabilities: No

Host entity: UNICEF

Type: Onsite

Duration: 6 months (with possibility of extension)

Number of assignments: 1

Duty stations: Kassala


Mission and objectives

UNICEF is a leading humanitarian and development agency working globally for the rights of every child. Child rights begin with safe shelter, nutrition, protection from disaster and conflict and traverse the life cycle: pre-natal care for healthy births, clean water and sanitation, health care and education. UNICEF has spent nearly 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Working with and for children through adolescence and into adulthood requires a global presence whose goal is to produce results and monitor their effects. UNICEF also lobbies and partners with leaders, thinkers and policy makers to help all children realize their rightsespecially the most disadvantaged.


As an active UNICEF team member, efficient, timely, responsive, client-friendly and high-quality support rendered to UNICEF and its beneficiaries in the accomplishment of her/his functions, including:

Accomplishment of the stated key end-results by providing professional expertise and assistance in information/data collection, statistics and data analysis, monitoring.

-Contribution in updating the situation of children and Identify the most vulnerable children and gaps

Changes at the state, locality and household level are timely monitored and measured, with the participation of relevant partners; and the data is provided to concern prgramme officers to facilitate implementation of the project

Sector/Sub-Sector and other coordination meetings are attended and supported in aspects related to information management; and contribute to strengthen management of sector information databases and systems.

Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment

A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development during the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of [Programme Monitoring officer or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UNV Monitoring officer] will: Under the general supervision of the Programme Monitoring Officer and the technical guidance of the Chief Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation, the UN Volunteer will provide support in a range of programme and coordination issues, both in the field and at country office level. Her/his tasks will include but will not be limited to the following:

Ensure that the performance of UNICEF assisted programmes undertaken by government and other implementing partners is systematically monitored to ensure that the activities are regularly tracked and expected changes are measured and recorded.

Joint monitoring visits with the participation of relevant partners are encouraged.

Ensure data for key Programme and management indicators reports are collected, analyzed and made available to the field office management.

Compile/synthesise the data and provide data/information to the Section and national partners to facilitate planning.

Assess the impact of the programmes and policies; and report on the progress being made.

Support the Sector/Sub-Sector and other coordination meetings in aspects related to information management; and contribute to strengthen management of sector information databases and systems; produce and maintain relevant information products, including Sector/Sub-sector information reports, databases, basic and thematic maps; and support the preparation of periodic reports on sector activities at national and state level as required.

Support the Programme Monitoring Officer to ensure the technical leadership of UNICEF in obtaining key information on affected populations by emergency and disasters and participate in assessment missions including interagency missions Support the monitoring of high frequency humanitarian indicators with a specific focus on using routine and administrative data collection for better preparedness, targeting and coordination of effective humanitarian response.

Any other related tasks as may be required or assigned by the supervisor. Furthermore, UN Volunteers are encouraged to integrate the UN Volunteers programme mandate within their assignment and promote voluntary action through engagement with communities in the course of their work. As such, UN Volunteers should dedicate a part of their working time to some of the following suggested activities:

Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark International Volunteer Day);
Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country.

Provide annual and end of assignment self-reports on UN Volunteer actions, results and opportunities.

Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.;
Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly arrived UN Volunteers;
Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

Eligibility criteria

Age: 27 - 80


Candidate must be a national or legal resident of the country of assignment.


Required experience

3 years of experience in

Professional work experience in programme monitoring and/or research and data analysis.

Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills;
Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners, including grassroots community members, religious and youth organizations, and authorities at different levels; familiarity with tools and approaches of communications for development;
Area(s) of expertise

Social work, Development programmes, Information technology

Driving license



Arabic, Level: Fluent, Required English, Level: Fluent, Required

Required education level

Bachelor degree or equivalent in Social sciences, Economics, Demography, Statistics, or a related technical field; candidates with sociology, anthropology background may be considered if matched with strong analytical skills.

Competencies and values

Professionalism: demonstrated understanding of operations relevant to UNICEF; technical capabilities or knowledge relevant or transferrable to UNICEF procedures and rules; discretion, political sensitivity, diplomacy and tact to deal with clients; ability to apply good judgement; ability to liaise and coordinate with a range of different actors, especially in senior positions; where appropriate, high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take ownership; resourcefulness and willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confidentially; responsive and client-oriented;
Integrity: demonstrate the values and ethical standards of the UN and UNICEF in daily activities and behaviours while acting without consideration of personal gains; resist undue political pressure in decision-making; stand by decisions that are in the organization’s interest even if they are unpopular; take prompt action in cases of unprofessional or unethical behaviour; does not abuse power or authority;
Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; excellent interpersonal skills; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, mixed-gender environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity; sensitivity and adaptability to culture, gender, religion, nationality and age; commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of UN operations; ability to achieve common goals and provide guidance or training to colleagues;
Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work environment.

Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities;
Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presentations, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommendations; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse backgrounds; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups;
Flexibility: adaptability and ability to live and work in potentially hazardous and remote conditions; willingness to travel within the area of operations and to transfer to other duty stations within the area of operations as necessary;
Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement,

Other information

Living conditions and remarks

As this is a national UN Volunteer assignment, the UN Volunteer will be responsible for arranging his/her own housing and other living essentials. The volunteers will be based in Kassala. Kassala is located approximately 700 km away from Khartoum. The duty station is surrounded by a conservative Sudanese culture to some extent. The Weather is hot. particularly from March to June. During the rainy season from July to September, the temperature decreases significantly. The security situation is very calm and stable, and UN personnel are allowed to live in private houses in the town. The town has a relatively stable electricity and water supply. The internet connection is available through private provider’s cable in some parts of the town. 4G is available in the entire town. Most daily commodities can be obtained from the local markets. Malaria exists but not excessively, last year the town affected by Dengue fever outbreak. Health services are available at the hospital in Kassala town.

Inclusivity statement

United Nations Volunteers is an equal opportunity programme that welcomes applications from qualified professionals. We are committed to achieving diversity in terms of gender, care protected characteristics. As part of their adherence to the values of UNV, all UN Volunteers commit themselves to combat any form of discrimination, and to promoting respect for human rights and individual dignity, without distinction of a person’s race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.

Reasonable accommodation

UNICEF offers reasonable accommodation for UN Volunteers with disabilities. This may include, for example, accessible software, travel assistance for missions or personal attendants. We encourage you to disclose your disability during your application in case you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process and afterwards in your assignment.

Note on Covid-19 vaccination requirements

In addition to duty station-specific vaccine requirements, appointments are subject to confirmation of fully-vaccinated status against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid-19) with a World Health Organization (WHO)-endorsed vaccine, which must be met prior to taking up the appointment. It does not apply to UN Volunteers who will work remotely and are not expected to work on or visit UNICEF premises, programme delivery locations or directly interact with communities UNICEF works with, nor to travel to perform functions for UNICEF for the duration of their contracts.

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