Manager, Central Evaluation Unit

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)



United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Manager, Central Evaluation Unit

Background

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

On 15 July 2015, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) issued the Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 2015 – 01 or the National Evaluation Policy Framework (NEPF) of the Philippines. The JMC is widely considered as one of the reform initiatives to engender results-orientation in the Philippine bureaucracy. More specifically, the policy sets the framework for the conduct of evaluation of all government programs and projects in the public sector to (1) support good governance and evidence-based decisions; (2) promote program
improvement; and (3) ensure accountability and transparency.

The NEPF provides clear guiding principles and evaluation standards that should serve as a guidepost in the conduct of public sector evaluation. NEDA, DBM, and the Office of the President-Presidential Management Staff (OP-PMS) were identified as the members of the Evaluation Task Force that will
provide overall direction and coordination in the conduct of public sector evaluation. In addition, there are currently draft bills pending in the House of Representatives and the Senate, which support the creation of central evaluation units in agencies, the regular conduct of evaluations and use of evaluation
findings in the whole of government.

NEDA and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) embarked on a partnership to support capacity development activities for NEDA and other agencies towards a more effective evaluation of the implementation of the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), Public Investment Program (PIP) and Fiscal
Plan at the national and sub-national levels. The Strategic Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Project, which is funded by NEDA and implemented with full UNDP Country Office support, was designed to strengthen the evaluation culture in government. Through the provision of technical advisory and project
management services, the project aims to support NEDA and select government agencies in managing and conducting evaluations and result in improved public-sector management and official development assistance (ODA) monitoring and evaluation.

While NEDA currently performs its evaluation function through the Monitoring and Evaluation Staff (MES), it is envisioned that NEDA shall undertake the central evaluation function in the Philippine government.

The said vision is anchored on the premise that: (a) NEDA can develop and promulgate evaluation policies and guidelines, oversee and support government agencies in implementing the national evaluation agenda, and assure the quality of evaluation outputs and use of evaluation results; and, (b) NEDA is capacitated to undertake, directly or through commissioning, thematic evaluations and lead the conduct of program and project-level evaluations on priority investments under the PDP and the PIP.

In view of the foregoing and in line with the provisions of the National Evaluation Policy Framework (NEPF), the Strategic M&E Project supports the creation of a unit within NEDA that will serve to transition towards NEDA’s Evaluation Staff under the Monitoring and Evaluation Group.

Accordingly, the Project requires the services of a Manager who will serve as Director III to head the transitionary Central Evaluation Unit (CEU) and provide overall direction and guidance in performing NEDA’s evaluation function.

Towards ensuring that the day-to-day operations of the evaluation unit to be created are managed effectively and that strategic leadership is provided, the CEU Manager (Director III) will lead the overall management of M&E Fund and delivery of operational and financial targets, including designing and managing thematic, sectoral, and program and project-level evaluations to support the implementation of the PDP. The CEU Manager will also directly lead and manage other evaluation initiatives of NEDA (e.g., Policy Window Philippines/Philippines Evidence Program)’

S/he shall lead a team that is composed of the Chief Evaluation Officer (Chief Economic Development Specialist), Supervising Evaluation Officer (Supervising Economic Development Specialist), Evaluation Officer (Senior Economic Development Specialist), Evaluation Associate (Economic Development Specialist II), and Evaluation Assistant (Economic Development Specialist I).

Duties and Responsibilities

The CEU Manager (Director III) is under the direct supervision of the NEDA Undersecretary for Investment Programming Group (IPG) and works in close coordination with NEDA Central and Regional Offices, oversight, and implementing agencies.

As Project Manager of the Strategic M&E Project, s/he shall closely coordinate with the NEDA-IPG, Institutions and Partnerships Programme Team Lead, the Strategic M&E Project Coordinator, and relevant UNDP Philippines Country Office staff.

The Key Summary of Functions:

Policy and Planning Advisory
Provide overall guidance in developing the National Evaluation Agenda, including a pipeline of evaluation studies aligned with the PDP.
Guide the development of policies to support the implementation of the NEPF, including policy papers on key evaluation topics, review and updating of the NEPF guidelines, evaluation standards, procedures, criteria, templates, recommended methods for government-commissioned evaluations, and any other supplemental guidance as deemed necessary.
Review and provide inputs on proposed legislative measures pertaining to evaluations
Project Management and Administration

Lead the overall management of the M&E Fund and delivery of operational and financial targets, including designing and managing thematic, sectoral, and program and project-level evaluations to support implementation of the PDP, as well as to lead and manage other evaluation capacity and institutional strengthening initiatives of NEDA (e.g., Policy Window Philippines/Philippines Evidence Program)
Provide overall guidance in the preparation of annual work plans and procurement plans of the evaluation unit, M&E Fund, and the Strategic M&E Project, ensuring contribution to NEDA’s major final outputs, including unit and individual performance indicators, budget and human resource requirements
Oversee the crafting of the budget and staffing proposal to be submitted to DBM for the integration of the Central Evaluation Unit in NEDA by 2023
Ensure compliance with existing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), Partnership
Agreements, Project Document (ProDoc), and other relevant documents
Ensure the timely submission of relevant physical and financial progress reports to the NEDA Financial, Planning, and Management Staff (FPMS) and the Commission on Audit (COA)
Management, Implementation, and Quality Assurance of Evaluations
Provide overall guidance and direction on the design, preparation, procurement, implementation, and quality assurance of NEDA-commissioned evaluations, ensuring the strategic, programmatic, technical, financial, and contractual integrity of evaluation studies from the initiation phase to utilization of results
Provide overall guidance and direction on the content and scope of NEDA-commissioned evaluation studies and act as (Co)Chair for Evaluation Reference Groups (ERGs) established to oversee such evaluations, as well as providing guidance on the composition of ERGs.
Ensure that outputs of evaluation are utilized through preparation, finalization, and monitoring of management responses for NEDA-commissioned evaluations.
Evaluation Capacity Development and Technical Support
Oversee the conduct of capacity and competency assessments of NGAs and their staff in relation to evaluation.
Oversee the formulation of responsive and continuous capacity building and learning initiatives to develop and strengthen evaluation capacities, including the integrated evaluation system of the national government
Spearhead the institutionalization of and compliance with NEPF guidelines, evaluation standards, and evaluation competencies within NEDA Central and Regional Offices (NCO and NROs), and national government agencies
Act as head of the Evaluation Task Force (ETF) Secretariat and ensure provision of high-quality technical and administrative support to the Task Force.
Coordination and Partnership for Evaluation Advocacies
Ensure that effective coordination mechanisms within NEDA, different government units, and non-government stakeholders are in place to strengthen capacity for monitoring and evaluation.
Provide overall guidance and direction in building partnerships and linkages with government and external stakeholders to broaden and deepen the evaluation ecosystem, including management of and support the M&E Network Community of Practice to strengthen the constituency for evaluation.
Lead the conduct of regular M&E Fora and Webinars
Communication and Knowledge Management
Provide overall guidance and direction in the reporting, dissemination, and utilization of knowledge and lessons drawn from evaluations commissioned by NEDA and national government agencies, and champion the use of evaluation results in PDP formulation, policymaking, legislation, planning, programming, and budgeting.
Institutionalize knowledge management practices to strengthen the culture of evaluation within NEDA and position NEDA as a central hub for knowledge and information on evaluation across partner agencies and other stakeholders.

 

Competencies
Core:
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
People Management: UNDP People Management Competencies can be found in the dedicated site.
Cross Functional and Technical Competencies:

Business Direction and Strategy:

Strategic Thinking: Ability to develop effective strategies and prioritized plans in line with UNDP’s objectives, based on the systemic analysis of challenges, potential risks and opportunities; linking the vision to reality on the ground, and creating tangible solutions
Strategic Thinking: Ability to leverage learning from a variety of sources to anticipate and respond to future trends; to demonstrate foresight in order to model what future developments and possible ways forward look like for UNDP
Effective Decision Making : Ability to take decisions in a timely and efficient manner in line with one’s authority, area of expertise and resources
Business Management

Results-based Management: Ability to manage programmes and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results
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
Resource Management : Ability to allocate and use resources in a strategic or tactical way in line with principles of accountability and integrity
Risk Management : Ability to identify and organize action around mitigating and proactively managing risks
Business Development:

Knowledge Facilitation : Ability to animate individuals and communities of contributors to participate and share, particularly externally

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education:
Master’s Degree in Economics, Statistics, and other social sciences courses (e.g., Public Administration, Development Studies, Sociology)
Experience:
Five (5) years of relevant work experience in designing, planning, implementing, managing, monitoring, and/or evaluating development programs and projects, managing the development and execution of policy and institutional reforms and innovations, coordinating development cooperation and collaboration of sectors, and other related work.
Five (5) years of demonstrated supervisory or management experience and capacity in leading project management, results management, evaluation studies, and M&E strengthening/build-up reforms.
One Hundred Twenty (120) hours of supervisory/management learning and development intervention undertaken within the last 5 years
Experience in managing project evaluations, including budgeting, work planning and stakeholder management.
Experience in handling of web-based management systems and advanced programmes for data analysis.
Previous working experience with government and international organizations at local or international level is advantageous.
Knowledge and understanding of government/NEDA policies and processes.
Experience in designing, managing and implementing evaluations of government funded projects.
Language:
Fluency in the UN and national language of the duty station (i.e., English and Filipino)
Professional Certificates:
Civil Service Eligibility – Professional
Having a Certificate in Leadership and Management is advantageous


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