Planning Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

UN Children's Fund, India

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
28th November, 2019

Job Description

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. UNICEF has spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families. Defending children's rights throughout their lives requires a global presence, aiming to produce results and understand their effects. UNICEF believes all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfill their potential – to the benefit of a better world. And we never give up!

For Every Child, AN ADVOCATE

In an effort to measurably improve UNICEF's ability to deliver better results for children, there is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

How can you make a difference?

If you are a committed, creative professional and are passionate about making a lasting difference for children in the world's thereby ensuring a better future for every child, this is the chance to make a difference.

The position reports to the Chief of Section / field office. To ensure that UNICEF India has useful, valid and reliable information on the performance of UNICEF-supported programmes including their relevance, efficiency, effectiveness and sustainability and that evidence is generated and data analyzed on the situation of children and women to support policy advocacy and programme implementation at sub-national level, with particular attention to excluded populations.

Key function, accountabilities and related duties/tasks

Integrated Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Plan (IMEP)

  • Support UNICEF and partners at national and sub-national levels in the use of a well-prioritised and realistic plan of research, monitoring and evaluation activities that will provide the most relevant and strategic information to manage the Country Programme, including tracking and assessing UNICEF’s distinct contribution.
  • Make professional contributions to and provide technical assistance for the planning and establishing the major research, monitoring and evaluation objectives, priorities, and activities in UNICEF’s multi-year and annual IMEPs.
  • Likewise, support the development of sub-national UNDAF M&E Plans from a sound results-based programming process.
  • In humanitarian response situations, within the first month, draft and recommend a simple one-month data-collection plan to cover key data gaps as required for the initial emergency response.

Situation Monitoring and Assessment

  • Provide UNICEF and partners at national and sub-national levels with timely and accurate measurement of change in the situation of women and children, including monitoring of socio-economic trends and the wider policy, economic or institutional context, to facilitate planning and to draw conclusions about the impact of programmes or policies.
  • In coordination with other stakeholders, support the collection of Millennium Development Goal (MDG) and other key social development indicators to improve national planning.
  • Support partners in the establishment and management of statistical databases, ensuring that key indicators are readily accessible by key stakeholders. Potential uses include the Situation Analysis, Common Country Assessment, Annual, and Mid-Term Reviews.
  • Support the preparation of sub-national level statistical and analytic reports on the status of children’s and women’s rights issues when opportunities emerge to influence developmental and social policies. To include technical support to global reporting obligations including national reports on progress toward the MDGs, and toward CRC and CEDAW fulfillment.
  • In humanitarian response situations, provide professional support for one or more rapid assessments (inter-agency or independently if necessary) to be carried out within the first 48-72 hours.

Planning Programme Performance Monitoring

  • Coordinate planning process at Field Office level and provide the UNICEF CO and FO with quality information to assess progress towards expected results established in rolling work plans.
  • Provide technical support to the planning process and ensure that a set of programme performance indicators is identified and adjusted as necessary, in the context of the multi-year and annual IMEPs, the Rolling Management Plan and Rolling Work Plans.
  • Coordinate with partners to ensure that monitoring systems are properly designed, and that data collection and analysis from field visits are coordinated and standardised across programmes to feed into to programme performance monitoring.


  • Verify that UNICEF-supported evaluations are designed and implemented to established UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) norms and standards, management responses are drafted and monitored and the results are disseminated in a timely fashion to stakeholders in order to improve programme performance and contribute to wider learning.
  • Monitor and ensure the quality of the field work and data management during the implementation phase, and the quality of the analysis and ease of understanding during the report writing phase. Make sure that recommendations are unpacked into a management response and that its implementation is properly tracked.

Social Policy

  • Constructive dialogue and partnerships are established with key state social policy to advocate for increased public resource allocation and budgeting towards the social sector, strengthen capacity in decentralized governance for delivery of social services for children and generate evidence and analysis of data on the situation of children and women to support policy advocacy and programme implementation at sub-national level, with particular attention to excluded populations.
  • Participates in social policy dialogue and development with the sub-national Government, engages in and establishes constructive dialogue and partnerships between national, state and district level stakeholders to support the development of social policies and programmes contributing to the progressive realization of children’s rights and strengthening of implementation and monitoring mechanisms at all levels of society, and ensures that the services reach out in innovative, effective ways to those most vulnerable pockets of children and families that have been previously left out.

Coordination and Networking

  • Ensure that the UNICEF Office is effectively linked to wider UNICEF developments on PME and social policy fronts in a way that both contributes to and benefits from organizational learning.
  • Collaborate with social policy, planning, and M&E colleagues country-wide for overall coordination of priority research, monitoring and evaluation activities
  • Undertake documentation and lessons-learned reviews on successful and unsuccessful practices and experience at the sub-national level, and ensure they are shared as appropriate. Similarly, pay attention to knowledge networks to identify innovations and lessons learned that may be relevant for the CO and partners to improve their social policy and M&E function.


  • Describe the type of decisions regularly made and the impact of those decisions.
  • Decisions are taken on programme/project administration, supply, cash, human/technical resources needs, to ensure optimal implementation in the context of the planning, urban and rural development programme.
  • Technical and programme related decisions on project plans of actions, their phasing and linkages with programme budgets will be available on ProMS with built-in audit-trail for ensuring accountability at the APO/PO level.
  • Regular updation of project workplans including the detailed planning will be carried out on ProMS.
  • Describe the type of recommendations regularly made and why these are important.
  • Recommendations are made on development and formulation of sectoral programmes, their component projects, policies and strategies, appropriate adjustment and changes in implementation to improve efficiency and effectiveness and ensure convergence.
  • Recommendations are made on identification of training needs and modifications/design of suitable models.
  • Recommendations are critical to quality and effective implementation of UNICEF-supported cooperation in the state.

Describe the most damaging error(s) that could be made in the work and the consequences they would have.

  • Inappropriate/inadequate assessment of the situation of children and women, inadequate or misguided technical support would have a serious negative impact on the quality of planning and programming; could be damaging to UNICEF image, credibility and cooperation.
  • Inadequate planning and monitoring of inputs, including allocated budget could result in waste of UNICEF resources.
  • INDEPENDENCE ( Describe the degree of direction or management guidance the post receives from the immediate supervisor, e.g., post acts under minimal supervision, exercises judgement, takes initiative, etc.)
  • Work plans, strategies and programme approaches are developed by the incumbent, with guidance of the Chief Field Office and reviewed regularly. Overall supervision will be provided by the Chief, Field Office, with technical support as needed from relevant colleagues in other state/Country office.


Specific Technical Knowledge & Competencies Required (for the job)

  • Knowledge of Evaluation.
  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Evaluation Process Management, Follow-up on Recommendations and Dissemination of M&E results.

Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group)

  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in social policy, demography, statistics, and data management.
  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in methodology of planning and M&E, including theories, standards and models, quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods, validity/reliability testing of data, data analysis and interpretation, and statistical inference methods.
  • Professional technical knowledge/expertise in results-based management, Monitoring & Evaluation, Evaluation Design, data analysis, and reporting.

Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job)

  • Professional/technical knowledge/expertise in Team Management, Coaching & Training.
  • Mastery of UNICEF’s M&E policies and procedures.
  • Latest programme monitoring and evaluation theory, methodology, technology and tools.
  • Understanding of UN Mission and system, current key UN topics; and International Code of Conduct.
  • Understanding of UNICEF Mission Statement and UNICEF Guiding Principles.

To qualify as a champion for every child you will have.


  • Education: Advanced university degree in social sciences, statistics, development studies, planning.
  • ExperienceFive years of relevant professional work experience in programme design, development and implementation including monitoring and evaluation.
  • Language Requirements: Fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official UN language or a local language is an asset.


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