Planning and Monitoring Specialist

United Nations Children's Fund

Islamabad, Pakistan

Experience: 3 to 5 Years

Skill Required: Monitoring and Evaluation

Under the guidance and supervision of the Chief of Planning, Monitoring and Data, the Planning and Monitoring Specialist NOC will provide support to the planning and monitoring functions for the country programme. This will be done in close collaboration with other PMD section members and sectoral programme staff from Islamabad and 4 field offices. This post is accountable to assure compliance with UNICEF programme guidance for planning and monitoring. This includes compliance in office procedures, in the quality assurance of results, and ensuring the planning and monitoring skills of staff are up to date according to latest guidance.
You can make a difference by executing the following key functions/accountabilities:
Planning Function:  
  • Support the setting of goals for the country office, aimed at maximizing the UNICEF delivery of results at scale.
  • Support the design of the country programme and the strategic prioritization of results and budgets (evidence synthesis including situation analysis, CPDs and related documents), (annual) workplans, (annual) management plans & budgets for the office and its sub-national offices;
  • Support UNICEF’s contribution and influence  in the preparation of UN Programme Framework  (UN country analysis, UNSDCF, among others), including system-wide humanitarian response plans & appeals; Contribute to UN-wide reporting on results achieved and the contributions to the (national) SDG-agenda
  • Support the programme performance management. Organize systematic reviews of programme implementation & programme budgets and report on results, including the contributions to the progressive achievement of the (national) SDG-agenda the priorities of the UNICEF Strategic Plan, in UNICEF organizational systems (RAM) and related reports. Contribute to preparation and quality assurance of donor reports.
Monitoring Function:
  • Support a structured and coordinated monitoring and data to inform situation and needs analyses,  programme prioritization, design, planning, implementation, performance management, and review.
  • Support the monitoring of UNICEF country programmes and progress towards achievement of outcome level results as described in the programme theories of change and results and resources plan (RRP) .  That should also check for unintended changes and robustness of planning assumptions and including in humanitarian situations and related Core Commitments for Children in Emergencies (CCCs).
  • Support the appropriate  selection of programme indicators and other markers of progress to provide data on the coverage, quality and equity of UNICEF-supported programmes.  Coordinate the availability and capacity for country-specific / adapted programme monitoring tools and guidelines, in line with global monitoring procedures and guidelines, for measuring programme performance (towards the country programme outcome) and assessing progress towards effective and efficient programme implementation, including Humanitarian Performance Monitoring and with clusters.
  • Coordination of the implementation of monitoring tools by all programme sections in the office; provide technical assistance, quality assurance and oversight in the application of these tools and advice on corrective action required, if necessary.
  • Support the collection of programme performance indicators, including for organizational reporting towards the results of the UNICEF Strategic Plan (CSIs).
  • Support the analysis of programme data for updating the situation analysis , including in humanitarian situations, as well as to inform programme planning, and monitoring.
To qualify as an advocate for every child, you will have…
  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Demography, Statistics or Epidemiology/Public Health or similar programme with a strong emphasis on statistics and quantitative methods.
  • A first University Degree (Bachelor's) in a relevant field combined with 2 additional years of professional experience may be                       accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience in one or more of the following areas is required: social development programme planning, communication for development, public advocacy or another related area.
  • Relevant experience in a UN system agency or organization 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 is an asset.