Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist

UNICEF, Lebanon

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
15th July, 2020

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.

And we never give up.

For every child, Planning Monitoring and Evaluation

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favouritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. 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 nation.

The PME Specialist at the NOC level reports to the Chief PRIME in the Lebanon Country Office. Although the position is a Temporary Appointment created specifically for the CPD process and the additional workload on the PRIME Section as a whole, it will supervise the two existing NOB positions and function as the team lead for the PME Unit in close collaboration with the other team leads for the Research Unit, GM Unit and KIM Unit, and the Programme Officer for UN Coordination.

How can you make a difference?

To support the Chief PRIME in ensuring close coordination of all relevant stakeholders towards facilitating the CPD planning process. This includes close collaboration with the programme sections, operations, external consultants leading key research activities, the strategic planning consultant and the writer/editor of the CPD.
To ensure that the UNICEF Country Office has results-based work plans and is able to effectively monitor the Country Program and the growing humanitarian response and development
programming. This includes Humanitarian Performance Monitoring, Third Party Monitoring, etc).
To work with the existing UN coordination teams under the UN Strategic Framework to support goals for delivering support to the attainment of the SDGs and other relevant goals, and enhance partnership between the UNCT, government, donors and other key players.


Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, the incumbent may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

  • To support the Chief PRIME in designing and managing the CPD preparation process to ensure that the new CPD is relevant to the context, strategic in its prioritization, cognizant of existing and forthcoming risks and opportunities, and meets a high standard of RBM quality.
  • Support the LCO programme sections in developing and maintaining high quality Rolling Work Plans and associated M&E Frameworks and ensuring that all information is regularly updated in the relevant tools (Vision, RAM, etc).
  • Support programme sections in ensuring that UNICEF programme partners across all sectors are able to effectively monitor and report based on a series of Humanitarian Performance Monitoring Tools and Systems including ActivityInfo.
  • To build the RBM capacity of UNICEF staff and partners to be able to effectively plan and monitor programmatic activities and conduct Humanitarian Performance Monitoring.
  • Support programme sections review of programme documentation including the overall country programme document and alignment with inter-agency planning processes.
  • To provide timely, regular data-driven analysis for effective prioritization and planning; facilitates identification of new programmatic priorities and scaling-up of existing UNICEF programmes and interventions.
  • To review and revise the guidance, tools and procedures for Rapid Needs Assessments and Rapid Situational Assessments.
  • To support country office in managing Third Party Monitoring and ensuring all information is uploaded into the relevant tools and systems.
  • To support country office in piloting the new Field Monitoring Module in the ETools system.
  • To support country office in ensuring full HACT compliance including timely follow up to all observations and recommendations that result from HACT assurance activities.


  • Country Programme Planning: CPD process coordinated ensuring full engagement with all relevant internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strategic Planning: Provided support to the Chief PRME in preparation, review and analysis of strategic programme planning documents, including the overall Country Programme Document (CPD).
  • Monitoring and Evaluation. The strategic response plans have quality information collected and disseminated to assess progress towards expected monthly, annual and multi-year results. The Country Office and national partners have a well-prioritised and realistic plan of monitoring and evaluation activities, and oversee, guide and/or manage all country programme related evaluation exercises.
  • Situation Monitoring and Assessment. A Situation Monitoring and Assessment system owned by all key partners is in place, through which the Country Office and national partners have timely and accurate measurements of change in conditions of children, women, and their families in the country or region; this information is available to facilitate planning and measure program impact.
  • Capacity Building. The planning and monitoring capacities of Country Office staff and national partners – government and civil society – enhanced with the contribution of UNICEF knowledge partners meet the expectations and requirements of their positions and responsibilities.
  • Innovations. The post ensures that the tools that are developed for effective PM&E and HPM are open-source, adaptable, scalable, and in support of maximizing the effectiveness of programme delivery and monitoring for enhanced RBM.

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

  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) in Social Sciences, Social Research, Political Science, Statistics or other relevant disciplines, a combination of first university degree and additional years of work experience may be accepted in lieu of advanced degree.
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant professional experience
  • Experience with UNICEF systems, procedures and standards will be an advantage.
  • Background in Emergency and Development planning and monitoring.
  • Developing country work experience and/or familiarity with emergency is considered an asset.
  • Fluency in English and Arabic is required. Knowledge of another official UN language (Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) or a local language is an asset.


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