WFP’s Global Strategic Plan 2017–2021 aligns WFP with the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and Goals (SDGs). It focuses on ending hunger and contributing to a revitalized global partnership to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Further extensive consultation with the Government and other development partners in Egypt during the second half of 2017 to allow informing and formulating the WFP Egypt Country Strategic Plan for the next 5 years until mid-2023 in line with Egypt’s development priorities, the WFP Egypt Country Office has started implementing the Country Strategic Plan (CSP). The focus of the CSP remains on support to school meals and nutrition support for Pregnant and Lactating Women as integrated part of the national social protection scheme, food assistance for assets and resilience-promotion for smallholder farmers and support to vulnerable Syrian refugees and migrants. To sustain those planned interventions, WFP will be conducting joint monitoring activities with Government representatives of key line Ministries to enforce the concepts of participation, transparency and accountability to its partners. In addition, capacity development activities will be provided to national counterparts and cooperating partners to ensure efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability and raising their capacity to conduct monitoring at the local level.
Under the direct supervision of the Head of Vulnerability Analysis, Monitoring Unit (VAM), the selected incumbent will advise, lead and manage activities and the related outcomes of all monitoring and evaluation activities within the WFP Egypt Country Office, ensuring that WFP programmes generate quality evidence on outcomes and effects and impact of WFP’s food assistance activities on the lives of beneficiaries with the objective to periodically and punctually inform strategic, programmatic and operational decision making and reorientation of planned interventions, manage related design of work plans, tools and system for the implementation of activities, analyze and report on main gaps and progress, as well as ensure monitoring of systems for national capacity building engagement including advocacy, coordination and programme linkages to make sure that WFP activities are well sustained and durable. The incumbent will be responsible for the following tasks:
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
- Support planning and implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities on effectiveness of all food assistance interventions (e.g. beneficiary needs and status, food security status, programme modalities, implementation challenges, etc.) and monitor all activities related to livelihood support, resilience building and capacity strengthening.
- Identify information requirements of components concerning planning, monitoring and evaluation.
- Review and give technical feedback on monitoring and evaluation plans for new programmes and budget revisions to ensure that plans are risk-based and focus on measuring results (e.g. checking monitoring and evaluation budgets are allocated and appropriate log-frame indicators and outcome targets are documented).
- Oversee and contribute to the analysis of outcome and process data and recommend improvements to programme interventions and to enhance WFPs ability to demonstrate outcome focused results.
- Analyze monitoring data and produce timely reports that show progress in achievement of outcomes, reasons for not achieving results and recommendations for improvement.
- Produce periodic monitoring and evaluation progress reports with status of results and implementation of improvements plan.
- Follow-up on monitoring and evaluation findings to ensure that corrective actions are taken and/or adjustments are made to programme responses as required.
- Train national and partner staff in appropriate monitoring and evaluation techniques to build capacity of staff, increase awareness on the importance of monitoring and evaluation and encourage accountability for demonstrating results.
- Provide technical support and capacity building to national counterparts to improve Results Based Monitoring and Reporting. Create concepts to improve existing monitoring processes, including partnership and collaboration options.
- Adapt corporate policies, tools, systems and guidelines to the WFP Egypt context, ensuring that they are used efficiently while meeting the corporate requirements - these include evaluation policies/guidelines, workplan templates/guidelines, logical framework templates.
- Ensure linkage of Annual Work Plans (AWPs) and corresponding Monitoring, Evaluation and Research (MER) Plans with the WFP EGY Country Strategic Plan.
- Work in close collaboration with internal counterparts and external partners to strengthen the quality and consistency of monitoring and evaluation activities in the field, as well as to strengthen the data quality, accuracy and consistency to build credible performance evidence.
- Represent WFP in the UN system (like the UNPDF), Government and other forums and coordination structures in matters of M&E, and alternately leading the UN M&E team and therefore representing the UN system in appropriate forums
- Provide monitoring and evaluation findings and recommendations to support performance planning and risk analysis, emergency preparedness, security risk management and risk mitigation activities.
- Document good practices and lessons learnt, for organizational learning and improvements e.g. when the office adapts new corporate approaches, the process, the experience and the challenges are documented and shared, including other country offices and HQ for wider organizational learning.
- Perform any other duties as required.
4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES
- Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
- Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
- Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
- Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.
- Look for ways to strengthen people's skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
- Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
- Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
- Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.
- Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
- Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
- Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
- Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.
- Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
- Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
- Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
- Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.
- Strategic Management Utilizes up-to-date understanding of humanitarian and development actions in different contexts and knowledge of global geo-political issues, monitoring requirements and/or the evaluation mandate to enhance existing approaches, systems and processes to monitoring and/or evaluation that suit WFP’s strategic and operational needs.
- Performance Management Demonstrates thorough understanding of WFP’s performance management system and ability to manage resources and relationships to lead monitoring actions or deliver complex evaluations (including joint & interagency) of a variety of WFP programmes, processes or policies to WFP monitoring and/or evaluation quality standards.
- Qualitative/Quantitative Methodology Applies in-depth understanding of developing practice in analytical approaches, methods and tools for an appropriate mix to deliver quality monitoring results or complex evaluations on diverse topics relevant to WFP’s strategic and operational results frameworks.
- Technical Communication Able to tailor and synthesize evaluation evidence and engage diverse internal and external stakeholders proactively in appropriate ways to maximize learning and use of evaluation concepts and evidence for improving WFP programme performance.
- Programme Monitoring and Review Applies programme lifecycle knowledge to the development of monitoring systems and applies corporate guidance to draft ToR, co-lead Programme Review implementation, and draft initial findings and recommendations on the effectiveness of food assistance activities.
DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE
- Minimum of five years of postgraduate professional experience in programme design, designing of monitoring and evaluation processes/ systems, with Government, NGO or international organization. Understanding of M&E methodologies, survey design, data analysis is essential.
- Good analytical skills; resourcefulness, negotiation skills and an ability to communicate clearly both orally and in writing is required.
- Experience in managing quantitative and qualitative data and analyzing it using spreadsheets software such as SPSS, STATA or R.
- Has research experience using variety of analytical tools and methods for causality analysis, forecasting, and other data modeling needs.
- Ability to work in a team and establish effective working relations with persons of different national and cultural backgrounds.
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with counterparts and staff within the office, different stakeholders, donors, NGOs and other UN agencies;
- Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under his/her supervision.
- Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
- Cultivated sustainable relationships with local NGOs, government authorities, and other implementation partners.
- Performed monitoring, evaluations and assessments at multiple field locations.
Education: Advanced University degree in Sociology, Social Development, Development Economics or Performance Management or other relevant field, or First University degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses.
Language: Fluency in both oral and written English and Arabic languages.