Monitoring Officer

UN Children's Fund, United States

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th December, 2018

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.

For every child, commitment

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Deputy Executive Director, Field Results and Project Manager (Results Monitoring), the Monitoring Officer will provide professional expertise and assistance to the Office of the Deputy Executive Director for Field Results, with a focus on monitoring & evaluation, planning and performance monitorina. oreoaration of work olans and reoortina.

The Monitoring Officer is accountable for a) the accomplishment of the Collaborating for Results analysis, b) ensuring key monitoring and evaluation findings for the design and roll-out of a survey on innovations for scale, and c) performance monitoring and reporting activities to allow for a smooth operation of the Office of the Deputy Executive Director, Field Results, in collaboration with key stakeholders within the Office of the Executive Director and other key divisions in UNICEF.

How can you make a difference?

The Monitoring officer is critical for the successful completion of the Collaboration for Results (C4R) initiative. The purpose of C4R is to address UNICEF’s limited ability to globally monitor SP/CPD targets, accelerate progress toward results, and hold ourselves accountable for enhancing the reporting mechanism and the achievement of SP and CPD commitments to the Board.

The Monitoring officer will be a critical resource to ensure that the C4R initiative continues with the positive momentum its built. The C4R initiative plans to find ways to further align UNICEF’s CPDs to the Strategic Plan, and enable more frequent discussions to occur on the results of the Strategic plan (at multiple levels throughout the organization), allowing for management decisions to be made to accelerate results in areas requiring special assistance.

The Monitoring Officer’s contribution to the Innovations for Scale initiative will also be valuable in pursuit of the organization’s innovation agenda.

Summary of results-based key functions/accountabilities:

Collaborating for Results (60%)

Perform analysis on key CPD and SP targets in the framework of Collaborating for Results, and coordinate the C4R working group which brings together colleagues from Programme Division, the Field Results Group, Supply Division and the Division of Policy and Research.

Duties & Tasks

  • Undertaking evaluability assessments of key Strategic Plan (SP) targets;
  • Undertaking analysis of Country Programme Document (CPD) and Programme Strategy Notes (PSN) Results Frameworks, making appropriate recommendations for alignment to Strategic Plan targets;
  • Preparing PowerPoint presentations of analytical findings as required;
  • Making recommendations (in coordination with other relevant HQ divisions) for HQ and field level for improved monitoring and reporting on SP and CPD targets, including how to operationalize from both a strategic and tactical perspective;
  • Convening the C4R working group on a regular basis, as well as periodic meetings with Sr. management;
  • Drafting notes from each working group meeting and following up on action points;
  • Maintaining the C4R SharePoint site;
  • Providing regular updates to the field, ensuring all regions and key countries are consulted and up-to-date;
  • Supporting C4R discussions in current forums (e.g., network meetings) until the required changes to the monitoring and reporting processes are enacted.

Innovations for scale (25%)

Support the cross-organizational process of identification and pursuit of innovations across HQ divisions, regions and countries, ensuring key monitoring and evaluation findings obtained through engagement with internal and external stakeholders are taken into account.

Duties & Tasks

  • Support the design and roll-out of a Company Survey on innovations among UNICEF suppliers.
  • Undertake analysis of the responses of the Company Survey, present findings to management and support dissemination of results.
  • Support evaluation of innovation results and alignment of innovation overall approach based on evaluation findings.
  • Identify and pursue areas for innovation and industry engagement in support of the strategic goals set in the new youth agenda and coalition creation process.

Planning, performance monitoring and reporting (15%)

Undertake planning, performance monitoring and reporting activities to allow for a smooth operation of the Office of the Deputy Executive Director for Field Results, in collaboration with key stakeholders within the Office of the Executive Director and other key divisions in UNICEF.

Duties & Tasks

  • Provide technical support to the development and monitoring of strategic and internal planning documents and performance indicators;
  • Contribute to the preparation of management reports drawing on monitoring and analysis of key management indicators and qualitative data;
  • Review monitoring information, guidance, policies and reports from the Field Results Group, Supply Division and other Divisions as appropriate submitted to the DED Field Results and provide editorial and substantive inputs;
  • Assist in the preparation of reports on systemic issues, good practices or analysis of data related to programme performance, relevance, efficiency, effectiveness.
  • Prepare analytical reports, briefing notes and summaries on progress for children for the DED-Field Results, using quantitative and qualitative monitoring data from e.g. inSight dashboards, the Results Assessment Module (RAM), Regional and Country Office Annual Reports and Humanitarian Situation Reports.
  • Ensure monitoring of all action points related to DED Field Results Cone, SD and FRG.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

  • Advanced University Degree (MA, MS, MSc, MPH, PhD) in any of the following fields: Social Sciences, Development Planning, Public Health, International Relations, Planning, Evaluation, or other relevant field.
  • A minimum of two years of relevant professional experience in monitoring & evaluation, data analysis, report writing and results-based management.
  • Prior experience in developing countries is a asset. Exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness planning and/or active involvement in humanitarian crisis response programme is an advantage.
  • Excellent, clear and concise English writing skills and style. Working knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) is an asset.

For every Child, you demonstrate

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are

Core Values

  • Commitment
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Integrity

Core competencies

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

Functional Competencies:

  • Leading and Supervising [II]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II]
  • Analyzing [III]
  • Relating and Networking [II]
  • Applying technical expertise [III]
  • Planning and Organizing [II]


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