Chief Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation

UN Children's Fund, Cairo, Egypt

Skill Required:, Business Development/ Resource MobilizationMonitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
7 to 10 Year
Closing Date for Applications: 
5th February, 2019

Job Description

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.

Organizational Context:

The Egypt is a lower middle-income Country. The CO operates in a very complex working environment where the socioeconomic environment of the country is changing rapidly. The office is based in Cairo with around 100 staff and the programmes all over the country. The Chief PME reports directly to the Deputy Representative and works in close coordination with all programme teams and staff and is responsible for the strategic planning, budget monitoring, monitoring and evaluation of programme results, Programme partnerships, HACT (Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfer) and e-Tools management.

Key Functions and accountabilities:

  • Coordinates the Situation Analysis for the relevant programme areas and its periodic updates by monitoring and analyzing the social, political, and economic trends in the country, as they affect women and children. Leads country office change management process, providing direct support to programme sections and operations units to facilitate transition to new planning and management processes.
  • Participates in the development of programme/project goals and objectives and planning the implementation of programme/project strategies, including emergency preparedness planning.
  • Participates in the preparation of programme planning documents, including emergency response plans, Annual Work Plans, contingency plans, and other as needed. Leads the process of organizing and managing annual/mid-year/mid-term/end term country programme reviews ensuring consistency with objectives and goals set out in the CPD and contribute to the Annual Management Plan and Office Improvement Plan. Identifies problems or alternative courses of action to accelerate/ improve programme delivery.
  • Support Office engagement in the area of Public finance analysis and advocacy, in close coordination with the Social policy section and Office management.
  • Supports sections and field offices to utilize strategic information from studies, surveys, evaluations and data to develop programme results, programme/project strategies and implementation and reporting frameworks that are equity and gender equality focused.
  • Contributes to quality and timely corporate reporting requirements, including Sitreps, donor reports and annual reports (COAR). Ensures that programme results are adequately and accurately reflected in such reports.
  • Coordinates development of the workplans for the programme sectors and ensures that objectives and targets are achieved. Supervises staff, identifies training needs and provides on-the-job training.
  • Assists government authorities to plan and organize training programmes. Identifies training needs for the purpose of capacity building and sustainability of programme.
  • Undertakes field visits to monitor and evaluate programme implementation, as well as conduct periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners. Identifies problems or alternative courses of action to accelerate/improve programme delivery.
  • Contributes to UNICEF’s participation in the CCA/UNDAF process, and its different working groups, ensuring adequate input on the improvement of the well-being of children and women.
  • Supports the M&E function to ensure proper alignment with the various planning documents and processes.
  • Supports the HACT function by reviewing Programme Documents ensuring proper alignment of the proposed activities and results with the Annual Workplan and other planning documents as needed.
  • Ensure roll out of eTools in the country office, organize capacity building plan for staff on eTools.
  • Ensure Programme Cooperation Agreement (PCA)/PDs are prepared as per FRG guidelines and follow up with section on its implementation and monitoring;
  • Ensure proper planning and utilization of donor’s fund as per donors’ condition before the grant expiry date.

Impact of Results:

  • Technical and administrative decisions are regularly made on programme planning to ensure that effective and timely programme delivery meets targeted goals and objectives.
  • Makes recommendations on programme/project plan feasibility and management; linkages with other sectors, reprogramming and adjustments, external technical assistance and resource requirements.
  • Inappropriate programme planning will lead to ineffective implementation of the programme, thus impeding the achievement of goals and objectives, and misuse of financial resources.
  • Ineffective coordination with government and other partners will negatively affect the implementation and acceptability of UNICEF intervention.
  • Supervision is limited to guidance on overall framework and organizational policy. Incumbent is expected to perform independently and consults with supervisor when major decisions and actions must be undertaken


  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

  • Communication (II)
  • Drive for results (II)
  • Working with people (II)

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and Supervising [I]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II]
  • Analyzing [II]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [II]
  • Planning and Organizing [III]

Recruitment Qualifications:

Education: An advanced university degree (Master's) in Business Administration, Public Administration, Business Management, Social Sciences, Planning, Development, Statistics, Risk Management, and/or another directly-related technical field(s) is required.


  •  A minimum of eight years of progressively responsible professional work experience in social development, economics, management, monitoring and evaluation or strategic planning.
  • Experience in working in international settings or projects and working in social policy and planning will be an asset.
  • Knowledge of the UN system and processes and specific experience in results-based management and country programme planning cycle is highly desired.

Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of the local working language of the duty station or another official UN language is considered as an asset.


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