Chief Planning & Monitoring

UN Children's Fund, Kathmandu, Nepal

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
7th January, 2018

Job Description

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world.

For every child, The Chief Planning & Monitoring (P&M)

Responsible for the overall contribution of the section to the Country Programme. As a supervisor of the Planning and Monitoring Section, the incumbent will be responsible for ensuring that the Country Office (CO) operates with a coherent, up to date results framework within the newly established federal set-up of the country that is able to accurately inform the office of progress against planned Country Programme results and for ensuring technical support to programme sections in continuous analysis of barriers and bottlenecks to results achievements. Moreover, the incumbent is responsible for providing the CO with strategies to continually enhance results-based management and ensuring that management structures such as the Country Management Team (CMT) have the information required to make informed decisions. The incumbent will provide overall guidance to UNICEF’s work on gender equality guided by the Gender Action Plan 2014-2017 (GAP).

How can you make a difference?

  • Federalism: Provide overall coordination with the Government of Nepal and stakeholders, and support to programme planning for achieving results for children by aligning with the new federal set up of the country and the three tiers of the government - federal, provincial and local levels.
  • Planning: Provide guidance on country programme planning processes, including annual work planning. Review and evaluate technical, institutional and financial feasibility and constrains of programme in collaboration with stakeholders for federal, provincial and local levels. Bring coherence, synergy and added value to the programme planning and design processes, using a rights-based and results-based management. Prepare and submit viable recommendations on project implementation, alternative approaches, and the optimal utilization of resources, as well as recommendations on programme, new initiatives and management issues to ensure achievement of stated objectives. Provide support to the Deputy Representative on mid-year and annual reviews and monthly CMT.
  • Monitoring: Provide guidance and supervision for setting up a monitoring and reporting mechanism for programme implementation. Provide technical support to ensure that a set of programme performance indicators is identified and adjusted as necessary, with inputs of all concerned partners to assess progress towards expected results (RWP, AMP). Ensure Monitoring Results for Equity System (MoRES) roll-out. Coordinate with partners to ensure that monitoring system are properly designed, and that data collection and analysis from field visits are coordinated and standardised across programmes to feed into the programme performance monitoring and re-design, with attention to humanitarian response when applicable. Promote the awareness and understanding of the shared responsibility of monitoring function among all staff members through communication, training, learning and development activities organization-wide. In close collaboration with partners, ensure that monitoring capacity building strategy for UNICEF/UN staff national partners and institutions exists in the context of United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).
  • Gender: Provide technical guidance/operational support throughout all stages of programming to facilitate the management and delivery of results contributing to gender equality in alignment with the Gender Action Plan and the empowerment of women and girls in key areas of UNICEF's work.
  • Contribute to UNICEF's participation in the Common Country Assessment (CCA)/UNDAF process in close collaboration with UN agencies, ensuring adequate input on the improvement of the well-being of children and women. Contribute to the development of joint programmes during the transition phase
  • Assist government authorities to plan and organize training programmes. Identify training needs for the purpose of capacity building and sustainability of programme
  • Undertake field visits to monitor programme implementation, as well as conduct periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners. Identify problems or alternative courses of action to accelerate/improve programme delivery

To qualify as a/an advocate for every child you will have

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s) in social sciences, statistics, planning development, planning, public administration or a directly-related technical field(s) is required.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience, at the national and international levels, programme development and implementation and in monitoring is required, including developing country work experience (for IP) or field work experience (for NO).
  • At least one instance of exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness planning is required. Active involvement in    humanitarian crisis response programme preferred
  • Prior experience in a supervisory capacity is required.
  • Previous experience working in the UN and/or other international development organization is an asset.
  • Fluency in English (written and verbal) is required; knowledge of Nepali is considered an asset

For every Child, you demonstrate

  • Our core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.
  • This position is classified as “rotational” which means the incumbent is expected to rotate to another duty station upon completion of their tour of duty,
  • UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply.


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