Over the last decade, Pakistan’s north-western Tribal Districts/Subdivisions (erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas) have experienced security challenges and large-scale population displacements. Since 2014, a combination of military operations and political reform process culminated in the merger of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas into neighboring Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The merger, one of the most consequential political reforms in Pakistan’s 70-year history, is an unprecedented extension of constitutional rights and governance structures to 5 million of the poorest people in Pakistan.
The reform process includes the introduction of constitutional rights, elected local governments, rule of law institutions, and empowered legislature, fundamentally changing the relationship between the citizen and the state. In this context strong narratives around the transformation of governance structures, will be of paramount importance to the success of the integration and reform process. The importance of this role is underlined by the genuine is real and genuine risk of backlash, and the formation of counternarratives against the integration process.
Under the overall guidance of the FGP Project Manager, the MEL Manager will be responsible for overseeing the timely collection and quality of data, results, achievements against indicators & reports. The MEL Manager is expected to support the Project Manager in smooth functioning of M&E team’s timely submission of internal reports and reports to donors, liaise with third party monitoring teams and donors monitoring team.
Duties and Responsibilities
Summary of Key Functions:
- Effective and efficient monitoring and evaluation of the project activities.
- Documentation of progress, lessons learnt, case studies and other knowledge items.
- Coordination and periodical reporting.
- Updating the M&E plan and ensure its timely submission to donors.
- Development of M&E and learning tools and ensure that data is accurately collected on M&E tools and subsequently utilized in an effective manner.
- Visit project areas for monitoring purposes and identify gaps and lessons learned for timely and informed decision making of the senior management.
- Regularly update internal and donors’ databases.
ADAPTIVE AND EVIDENCE BASED PROGRAMMING
- Update the FGP M&E system/framework, including the measurement of program indicators, using an adaptive programming approach to deliver results based on the project outcomes.
- Lead collaboration on addressing common capacity challenges in the project using evidence-based monitoring and evaluation.
- Work with the Project Manager to focus on adaptive and evidence-based programming to create a strong accountability framework within the project.
- Focus on collection and validation of data to support any change that might be required in the project activities.
MONITORING AND EVALUATION
- Update the FGP M&E system/framework, including the measurement of program indicators, designing monitoring tools, setting up the data flow system, conducting data quality assurance and reporting.
- Work with other FGP and other relevant projects’ staff, and any external consultants to design, execute, and report on program activities and surveys
- Work with the Project Manager and other relevant staff members to ensure that data and indicators are aligned with the UNDP, donor and reporting requirements.
- Mentor project staff and relevant stakeholders to enhance their understanding of the FGP M&E framework, specifically focusing on data tools as well as the flow and frequency of data collection, capturing relevant information, analysis, etc.
QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND PROGRAM OVERSIGHT
- Work with the Project Manager and rest of project staff to build stakeholder capacity and oversee activities.
- Set Key Performance Indicators for the project, in accordance with the UNDP Annual Work Plan and donor proposals; assess the achievement of any performance indicators and work with the rest of the team members to design improvement strategies to address any observed shortfalls.
- Work with the Project and Operations Managers to ensure compliance and adherence to UNDP/project SOPs.
PLANNING AND REPORTING
- Participate in the drafting and development of quarterly, and annual reports.
- Coordinate with other program staff to develop quarterly, and annual project work plans.
- Work with the Project Manager to track implementation of planned program activities ensuring that implementation follows approved work plans and that any deviations are reported to the Project Manager.
- Oversee completion and submission of quarterly reports by the M&E officer and Reporting and Research Officer.
- Consolidate draft quarterly and annual project reports and submit them to Project Manager for review and submission to the Chief Technical Advisor and donors.
- Document success stories, best practices, and lessons learned and share them with the rest of the project team to facilitate continued improvement and impact.
- Other duties as assigned.
- 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
- Fulfills all obligations to gender sensitivity and zero tolerance for sexual harassment.
- Good understanding and knowledge of KP region;
- Excellent inter-personal communication skills;
- Ability to work under stress and to multi-task;
- Acting as a team player and facilitating team work;
- Excellent skills in report writing;
- Good physical health and the ability to travel to local areas with basic travel facilities;
- Positive attitude with a mind-set to deliver development services in a professional manner;
- Self-development and initiative taker;
- Managing conflict;
- Work experience with international organizations and/or the United Nations is preferred
Required Skills and Experience
Education: Master’s degree in statistics, demographics, public policy, international development, economics, or related field. Master’s degree or bachelor’s plus an advanced certificate in M&E, statistics, or economics preferred.
- Successful candidates will have solid experience monitoring donor-funded programs in complex l environments with a wide variety of stakeholders, especially the government.
- At least 5 years of proven work experience in the related field (preferably in INGOs/UN).
- Knowledge of the development context in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
- Good knowledge of Monitoring and Evaluation practices in accordance with USAID and DfID.
- Ability to travel across KP including merged districts.
Language Requirements: Fluency in the English and Urdu is required. Fluency in Pashto is highly desirable.