Monitoring Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Pakistan

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

For every child, fair chance!

Pakistan was the sixth country in the world to sign and ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child, less than one year after it was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1989. However, children and adolescents living in Pakistan still face acute challenges.

UNICEF supports the Government of Pakistan to accelerate progress for children, work to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and help children realize their rights under the Convention on the Rights of Children. This will be made through, among others things, strong partnerships with provincial authorities, teachers and health professionals, frontline workers and social mobilisers, communities and families, and of course the children and adolescents themselves.

In particular, UNICEF will work so that:

  • Every child survives and thrives -- being in good health, immunised, protected from polio and accessing nutritious food.
  • Every child learns.
  • Every child is protected from violence and exploitation and registered at birth.
  • Every child lives in a safe and clean environment, with access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation.

The Monitoring Specialist, under the guidance of the Chief of Planning Monitoring and Reporting (PMR), will support the Pakistan Country Office in ensuring systematic Monitoring of Country Programme, including partner reporting on programme implementation and Third-Party Monitoring of UNICEF supported programmes in line with the Harmonized Approach to Cash Transfer (HACT) assurance plan. The position is central to the office in ensuring that results are monitored and appropriate course corrections and programme adjustments are effected.

How can you make a difference?

The incumbent shall be responsible for the following duties:

Supports monitoring and implementation of the Country Programme and evidence-based programming within UNICEF

  • Monitor key performance indicators of the country office, including the Annual Management Plan
  • Adapt Head Quarter tools and guidance on programme monitoring, including monitoring plans, and support staff capacity building in their use
  • Supports the Chief of PMR in the roll out of relevant UNICEF Corporate Tools/Systems i.e. eTools, PowerBI, etc.
  • Undertakes visits to counterparts and field offices to identify and manage programme related risks and monitor programme implementation.
  • Support the development, monitoring and implementation of rolling work plans
  • Support monitoring of the UN One Programme and resultant joint work plans to ensure UNICEF contributions are adequately reflected.
  • Design and implement capacity building plans on monitoring-related aspects for government, Third Party Monitors and civil society implementing partners and other stakeholders.
  • Coordinate Third-Party Monitoring system for UNICEF supported programmes in Pakistan, including reviewing of 3rd party Terms of References and Contracts and update and bringing key issues to attention of senior management when required
  • Develop a checklist to facilitate quality reporting by third party monitors
  • In collaboration with the Assurance team, ensure all monitoring activities (3rd party and staff led) are in line with the HACT Assurance Plan and develop mechanisms for proper tracking and feedback of findings.
  • Lead in analysis of data from TPM System, programmatic visits and other data to develop monitoring/analytical products to support programme course corrections.
  • Coordinate monitoring of follow up actions from field visits to ensure they have been closed.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have…

  • An advanced university degree (Master's or Higher) in Social Sciences, Development Studies, Management or related field. A first level university degree in above-mentioned field, in combination with an additional 5 years of experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.
  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience at the national and international levels in social development, programme planning and monitoring or management is required.
  • Understanding of both the methodology associated with the theory of change and its practical application through the development of results / logical frameworks and the selection of appropriate implementation strategies required to achieve results
  • Experience in working in a developing country is considered as an asset.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization is considered as an asset.
  • Familiarity/background with emergency is considered as an asset.
  • Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language of the duty station is considered as an asset .


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