Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst, Mauritania

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)



United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst, Mauritania

 

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.

Office/Unit/Project Description
The Islamic Republic of Mauritania has experienced a democratic changeover in 2019 after several years of political instability. The country’s vulnerability to shocks generated by possible internal crises or violent conflicts in the Sahel is reinforced by poverty and inequality. Although Mauritania is classified as a middle-income country in terms of GDP and has significant mineral and fishery resources, the redistribution of its wealth has not yet made it possible to contain all of the social demands or reduce unemployment. This interweaving of challenges at the regional, sub-regional, national and local levels also points to the need for an integrated approach to finding solutions to sustain peace. Hence Mauritania’s eligibility for funding from the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) for a four-year period from 2020 to 2024.

In response to the main risk and vulnerability factors identified during the eligibility process, four priorities were proposed: conflict prevention; peaceful coexistence; promotion of peace dividends in remote areas; and strengthening state capacity and authority through the extension of essential public services, translated into five projects. To date, the PBF has invested approximately US$12,328,823 million through five projects over the period 2018-2006. In addition, the PBF project portfolio will be expanded in 2022 with four new projects, including a cross-border project between Mauritania, Mali and Senegal. The governance mechanism, the Steering Committee (CoPiL) and the Technical Working Group (TWG) of the PBF have been set up with the support of the PBF Secretariat under the supervision of the UNS Resident Coordinator in Mauritania.

A project to support the coordination and monitoring of the SGP project portfolio through the SGP Secretariat in Mauritania. This project aims to strengthen the functioning of the PBF Secretariat in support of coordination, implementation support and monitoring of the PBF portfolio as well as capacity building of the CoPiL, the peacebuilding community of practice and PBF project implementation partners and actors. The PBF Secretariat will also serve as the focal point for the activities of the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO).

In this context, UNDP, which is responsible for the administrative and financial management of the PBSO Secretariat, is recruiting a Monitoring and Evaluation Analyst for the PBSO Secretariat. The main mission of the Secretariat M&E Analyst will be to ensure the implementation of the monitoring and evaluation and reporting framework of the Peacebuilding Fund’s project portfolio in the country.

 

Scope of Work
Monitor project performance:

Develop a joint monitoring and evaluation plan/framework for the implementation of PBF projects based on the PBSO Performance Management Plan, and in consultation with government partners, key stakeholders and UN agencies;
Contribute to the monitoring of project implementation and evaluation of their impact on peacebuilding, including the organization of field visits and joint monitoring and evaluation missions to project sites;
Establish mechanisms for collecting, analyzing and reporting project data,
Contribute to the strengthening of project monitoring and evaluation capacities.
Organize and participate in the organization of evaluation exercises and ensure follow-up of their recommendations; Ensure the collection of data to measure project indicators;
Collaborate with implementing partners on qualitative monitoring and promote participatory planning and monitoring; Facilitate joint monitoring and evaluation activities with national partners;
Monitor in real time the implementation of work plans, help identify obstacles to project implementation, report problems and contribute to their rapid resolution and advise the Steering Committee on actions to be taken; Work with the respective project implementation units to develop a joint annual review of action plans;
Contribute to the quality control of reports;
Prepare briefing notes on project progress or performance indicators as needed;
Prepare presentations for dissemination of project results to donors and the Government;
Ensure implementation of the integrated project monitoring plan, including field visits, monitoring & evaluation missions to sites, etc;
Support the establishment of monitoring and reporting systems.
Provide technical assistance to implementing partners:

Support project planning, monitoring and evaluation activities;
Support project teams in developing a monitoring and evaluation and quality assurance plan;
Provide technical expertise in the area of M&E, including indicator selection, target setting and verification, etc. ;
Assist in the collection, compilation and analysis of project data, with emphasis on good practices; Coordinate the preparation of periodic project reviews and monitor progress;
Contribute to the preparation of semi-annual and annual project reports.
Knowledge Development and Dissemination:
Establish a database of interventions and actors involved in peacebuilding to facilitate synergy;
Strengthen stakeholders’ capacity to monitor and evaluate results;
Collect, document and disseminate good practices and lessons learned to improve project performance; Support the Steering Committee in setting up monitoring and reporting tools to ensure the visibility of results.
Information, communication, and visibility:

Develop and implement a communication plan to promote the visibility of PBF activities in the country and among stakeholders
Suggest and conduct activities to improve the visibility of PBF activities in the country
Write messages and articles about PBF activities and share them in social media
Contribute to the implementation of a resource mobilization strategy for the sustainability of PBF programs (Ensure the catalytic effects of PBF projects).
Performs any other tasks required by the RC.
Institutional Arrangement
Under the general supervision of the Resident Coordinator and the direct supervision of the Coordinator of the PBF Secretariat and the indirect supervision of PBSO, the Monitoring/Evaluation and Reporting Analyst will work closely with the M&E of the Resident Coordinator’s Office in charge of the monitoring of the CPDD and will ensure the establishment and implementation of a monitoring-evaluation and reporting framework for PBF funded projects in Mauritania. He/she will participate in the capacity building of the Secretariat and CoPiL.

He/she will also be the focal point for the annual report of the Steering Committee. He/she will work closely with the UNDAF Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, the Project Managers and the teams of the recipient agencies and their implementing partners.

 

Competencies
Core

Achieve Results:
LEVEL 2: Scale up solutions and simplifies processes, balances speed and accuracy in doing work

Think Innovatively:
LEVEL 2: Offer new ideas/open to new approaches, demonstrate systemic/integrated thinking

Learn Continuously:
LEVEL 2: Go outside comfort zone, learn from others and support their learning

Adapt with Agility:
LEVEL 2: Adapt processes/approaches to new situations, involve others in change process

Act with Determination:
LEVEL 2: Able to persevere and deal with multiple sources of pressure simultaneously

Engage and Partner:
LEVEL 2: Is facilitator/integrator, bring people together, build/maintain coalitions/partnerships

Enable Diversity and Inclusion:
LEVEL 2: Facilitate conversations to bridge differences, considers in decision making

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies

Technical competency

Effectiveness
Performance and data analysis and sharing lessons

Cross functional competency Results based management
Ability to manage programs and projects with a focus at improved performance and demonstrable results

Communication

Ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience
Ability to manage communications internally and externally, through media, social media, and other appropriate channels
Monitoring
Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders Zith 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.
Minimum Qualifications of the Successful IPSA
Min. Education requirements

Having a master’s or License’s degree in Project Management, Project Analysis and Evaluation, Monitoring and Evaluation, International Development, or any other equivalent discipline
Min. years of relevant work experience

Depending of the University degree, having at two years or three years of significant experience in project monitoring and evaluation, including half of experience in conflict prevention and peacebuilding
Required skills

Good knowledge of results-based communication. Proven oral and written communication skills;
Relevant experience in management or coordination of development projects or programs, including at least 1 year of experience in conflict prevention and peacebuilding;
Experience in conflict analysis and conflict sensitive programming;
Knowledge of PBF procedures is required;
Knowledge of the MPTFO UNDP tool will be considered an asset;
Relevant experience in program management and results-based approach with supporting certification;
Experience in conducting consultations with government and donors particularly in Mauritania is desirable;
Experience in team supervision and leadership;
Excellent oral and written communication skills with high level interlocutors to facilitate liaison with government and international organizations;
Previous experience with the United Nations is desirable;
Knowledge of peacebuilding issues in Mauritania would be a strong asset.
Proficiency in computer tools (MS Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.). Good writing and synthesis skills.

Desired skills in addition to the competencies covered in the Competencies section

Required Language(s)

Fluency in written and spoken French and English

The following documents shall be required from the applicants:
a) Personal CV or P11, indicating all past positions held and their main underlying functions, their durations (month/year), the qualifications, as well as the contact details (email and telephone number) of the Candidate, and at least three (3) the most recent professional references of previous supervisors. References may also include peers.

b) A cover letter (maximum length: 1 page) indicating why the candidate considers him-/herself to be suitable for the position.

c) Managers may ask (ad hoc) for any other materials relevant to pre-assessing the relevance of their experience, such as reports, presentations, publications, campaigns or other materials.


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