For some years now, the ministerial functions of Finance, Development and Economic Planning were merged. The rationale for the decision at the time was to “prevent overlap, duplicity, lack of coordination, and wastage in capital spending and current expenditure budgeting processes”. This decision was not unique to Sierra Leone. It was part of the wave across most countries in Africa, which began in early 2000, to advance coherent and efficient governance. While these arguments are compelling, the feasibility of the merger proved difficult throughout the ten years (two-terms) of the former administration—as was the case in many other countries. Planning and economic development functions were relegated to a second-tier role below fiscal and financial management.
Consequently, the new Government has reverted to the old model of two separate ministries—Ministry of Finance (MoF) and Ministry of Planning and Economic Development (MoPED). This separation of ministries has also seen the transfer of M&E functions to MoPED as well as the Co-Chairmanship of the International Dialogue on Peacebuilding and State-building (IDPS) and the Chairmanship of the g7+.
Just as managing the integration of the two ministries was functionally difficult, the separation will also need to be carefully managed to achieve the desire results. Meanwhile, the President has instructed the new Ministry of Planning and Economic Development (MoPED) to lead the preparation of the next national development strategy, and its accompanied M&E and costing plans by end of November 2018.
The Minister of Planning and Economic Development has therefore requested UNDP to, in coordination with other Development Partners, support the Minister to among others: a) establish a world class planning and economic development ministry guided by the core principles of the Government’s New Direction governance model—leadership, integrity, efficiency, professionalism, and delivery; b) support the Minister to provide oversight leadership during the design of the next national development strategy; and c) support the design and rollout of a robust development coordination structure informed by the core principles of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and globally agreed development coordination frameworks and d) support the Minister in her new role as Co-Chair of the IDPS and Chair of the g7+.
UNDP is therefore seeking to hire a National M&E specialist, who will provide flexible and targeted support to the Minister of Planning and Economic Development with focus on the preparation of an M&E framework and plan. The M&E Specialist will work directly with the Minister.
Duties and Responsibilities
The M&E Specialist will be expected to deliver on the following scope of work:
- In collaboration with relevant Departments and Units, coordinate the Monitoring and Evaluation of all Government programs and activities with a view to enhancing value for money and effective service delivery; and ensure that projects are implemented in line with laid down implementation criteria as clearly spelled out in the National Development Plan;
- Improve on or design and implement new tools for monitoring and reporting on programmes from the medium-term plan, with a special focus on education, gender and children, and other strategic issues such as relevance of programmes in a fragile state context, effectiveness of targeting and social mobilization approaches, and transparency;
- Assist with the design of and incorporation of the above tools in an overall framework for Monitoring & Evaluation for the MoPED that will allow it to meet national requirements with respect to planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting, as well as focus on country-specific issues, notably special monitoring needs arising when working in a fragile state;
- Lead on the development of a National Result-Based Monitoring and Evaluation Framework, including mechanism for baseline data collection, updating and post audit components that will enhance effective monitoring and evaluation of all national development programmes at all levels across the country;
- Responsible for periodic review of all M&E forms, tool, and systems of the various MDAs to align them with the National M&E framework with a view to harmonizing/synchronizing national development monitoring and evaluation process;
- Primarily responsible for internal M&E of the activities undertaken by MoDEP, using outputs indicators outlined in the Ministry’s Annual Work Plan and other planned activities, as basis for measurement;
- Lead in the review of documents, annual work plans, progress reports and mid-term evaluation reports (if any) of the various MDAs, to assess progress made in the implementation of various activities of MDAs including projects;
- Help to develop M&E guidelines for MDAs and Districts for the conformity of their M&E Plans to the format for the efficient and effective implementation of the sector and district plans, which are aligned to the national medium-term plan;
- Responsible for assessing the capacity of the various MDAs and partner institutions in terms of staff strength, knowledge and expertise to effectively deliver on their respective development mandates;
- Produce periodic reports on the extent to which projects’ outputs of the various MDAs have been achieved considering the indicators given in their respective sectoral documents as well as benchmarks set in the National Development Plan; highlighting lessons learned; and making clear recommendations for future policies;
Build capacity of staff at MoPED for results-oriented monitoring and evaluation by coaching individuals on specific issues and/or developing and/or leading training courses (on subjects such as, but not limited to, establishing targets, selecting indicators, log frames).
Impact of Key Results
The technical competency of MOPED improved and the core principles of the Government’s New Direction governance model - leadership, integrity, efficiency, professionalism, and delivery achieved by the Ministry
- Demonstrates integrity by modeling the UN’s values and ethical standards
- Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
- Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
- Treats all people fairly without favoritism
- Leadership: Capacity to lead and supervise a multidisciplinary high-level team at the Ministry of Planning & Economic Development.
- Monitoring and Evaluation: The Specialist needs to have grasp of M&E issues and functions in the context of national development plan, sector and district plans, and in a broader context of a fragile state.
- Technical Support: Displays analytical judgment and demonstrated ability to handle confidential and politically sensitive issues in a responsible and mature manner.
- Planning and Management: The M&E Specialist needs to demonstrate knowledge in the field of development planning and institutional building in a fragile state context.
- Communication: S/he must have excellent written and oral fluency in English.
- Teamwork: Ability to establish and maintain good working relations with colleagues in multi-cultural environment.
Required Skills and Experience
At least Master’s degree in M&E, Result Base Management, Project Management, Development Studies, and any relevant discipline focus on development results and strategy, and any other related field.
- At least 7 years of proven professional experience in M&E, programme management or any other related field
- Experience in functional analysis and effectiveness of a ministry of planning and economic development, finance or other related economic governance and planning institutions is an advantage
- Extensive experience with M&E in planning and economic governance institutions, including key functions of government from national to local levels;
- Strong leadership and management skills and ability to interact and negotiate at senior management level;
- Strong presentation skills and ability to manage diverse teams and build partnerships; and
- Extensive experience in capacity development through coaching, mentoring, and training.
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English; ability to explain complex technical concepts to a non-technical audience.