Monitoring Officer - RTI

United Nations Development Programme, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
2 years of relevant work experience
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th February, 2019


Job Description

Background

Sri Lanka enacted a Right to Information (RTI) law in 2016, after years of lobbying and advocacy by various stakeholders. The Sri Lankan RTI Act became fully operational in February 2017. The Act is by and large in line with progressive comparative legislation, and is ranked 3rd in the Global Right to Information rating by the Centre for Law and Democracy. The law creates a key entry point for strengthening transparency and accountability in government, addressing corruption, and ultimately strengthening participatory, effective and equitable governance.

The success of the RTI legal regime would critically depend on the efficient and effective supply of information by public authorities as the main duty holder under the Act. The Act is applicable to public authorities at national, provincial and local levels. Wide responsibilities have been cast on public authorities, including specified tasks relating to specific aspects, which need to be individually or collectively discharged for the successful operationalization of the law.

The Right to Information Commission was appointed in terms of section 11 of the RTI Act no. 12 of 2016 in 2017 to, among others to monitor RTI implementation and compliance by public authorities, issue guidelines with regard to various aspects of implementation and records management, capacity building of public authorities and to hear and determine appeals submitted to it by aggrieved parties.

In terms of section 14 (a) of the RTI Act, the RTI Commission is required to monitor the performance of public authorities, and ensure due compliance of the duties cast on the public authorities under the RTI Act. To discharge this obligation, it is important to conduct proper monitoring of the implementation of the law in terms of both reactive and proactive disclosure of information as well as records management. Effective monitoring depends on the efficient collection and analysis of information on how duties are discharged. The internal reporting mechanism prescribed under Section 10 of the Act obliges public authorities to provide annual reports giving specific information to the Commission to ascertain the level of implementation.

Scope and Objectives

UNDP Sri Lanka is supporting the newly established RTI Commission to implement the RTI law. Towards this end, UNDP Sri Lanka requires the immediate services of a monitoring consultant to provide support to the RTI Commission with their core monitoring functions in order to give effect to and realize the full potential of the law.

The Consultants will report to UNDP’s Technical Specialist on Independence Commissions for contractual purposes and jointly to the Director General of the RTI Commission and the UNDP’s Management and Coordination Consultant on RTI on a day-to-day basis in carrying out the key responsibilities of the assignment.

Given the fluid operational context, the scope, management and reporting arrangements as well as deliverables of this contract may change, save for the requirement of reporting to UNDP’s Technical Specialist (Independence Commissions) for contractual purposes. Any such proposed changes will be discussed in advance with the Consultants, and formally communicated in writing thereafter.

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities

The purpose of this consultancy is to provide support to the RTI Commission with their core monitoring functions in order to give effect to and realize the full potential of the law. More specifically, the consultant is expected to:

  • Review the Annual and bi-annual reports submitted by public authorities to the RTI Commission; and provide feedback;
  • Organize, categorize and cluster the data contained in the above reports into frameworks in consultation with the RTI Commission; and generate reports with analysis and recommendations;
  • Supplement/ triangulate such information with information in emanating from independent sample surveys conducted by external institutions;
  • Advise the RTI Commission on data gaps and possible remedial measures to strengthen its monitoring functions;
  • Provide support to enhance the capacity of selected Public Authorities and RTI Commission in effectively monitoring the implementation of RTI Act and thereby contributing to improve overall programme delivery.
  • At all times, the consultant should ensure that the deliverables are of high quality and meet standards.

Expected Outputs/Deliverables

  • Inception report clearly describing the approach, methodologies, limitations, activities, outputs and work plan for the consultancy period;
  • Reviewing available monitoring and evaluating documents and develop an effective format to evaluate reports and monitor implementation of RTI Act;
  • Brief report of 1st phase of Consultancy, including description of implementing the agreed work plan in the inception report and other monitoring support provided to the RTI Commission and other stakeholders;
  • Brief report of 2nd phase of Consultancy, including description of implementing the agreed work plan in the inception report and other monitoring support provided to the RTI Commission and other stakeholders;
  • Brief report of 3rd phase of Consultancy, including description of implementing the agreed work plan in the inception report and other monitoring support provided to the RTI Commission and other stakeholders;
  • Final detail report of Consultancy, including description of the last phase of consultancy implementing the agreed work plan in the inception report, support provided to the RTI Commission and other stakeholders, lessons learned and recommendations for improvement.

Duration of the Work

The duration of this assignment is expected to be over the period 1 March 2019 to 31 August 2019 with the possibility of extension.

Competencies

Corporate

  • Demonstrates integrity and fairness, by modeling the UN/UNDP’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.

Functional

  • Time management and organizational skills, with the ability to undertake multiple tasks and deliver under pressure;
  • Strong analytical and synthesis skills;
  • Ability to work independently and achieve quality results with limited supervision and within tight schedules;
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills;
  • Experience in reports production;
  • Ability to write in a clear and concise manner;
  • Good teamwork and interpersonal skills;
  • Sensitivity to and responsiveness to all partners, respectful and helpful relations with all UN/UNDP staff;
  • Flexibility and ability to handle multiple tasks and work under pressure;
  • Ability to facilitate the achievement of qualitative results, despite operational challenges;
  • Excellent computer skills especially Word, Excel and Power Point.

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Ability to strongly promote and build knowledge products;
  • Promotes knowledge management in UNDP and a learning environment in the office through leadership and personal example;
  • Seeks and applies knowledge, information and best practices from within and outside of UNDP;
  • Demonstrates a strong capacity for innovation and creativity in providing strategic policy advice and direction.

Required Skills and Experience

Education : Master's Degree or equivalent in Statistics, Social Science, development studies, law or any related field or bachelor’s degree with minimum 05 years

Experience:

  • At least 2 years of work experience in monitoring and evaluation in a development organization;
  • Proven track record of designing M&E frameworks for developmental project preferably in governance and peace building;
  • Experience in managing and overseeing evaluations, assessments, studies etc.;
  • Experience in procuring and supervising social research companies or team of researchers;
  • Excellent human relations, coordination, planning and team work skills.

Language Requirements: Good oral and written communication skills in English as well as Sinhala and / or Tamil are required.

Source:https://jobs.undp.org/cj_view_job.cfm?cur_job_id=83328


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