Planning & Monitoring Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Kathmandu, Nepal

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st March, 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.

And we never give up.

For every child,

Under the overall guidance of the Chief Planning and Monitoring, the incumbent is responsible for the planning, development and implementation of the integrated programme planning and monitoring strategies in support of the country programme.

How can you make a difference?

Situation Monitoring and Assessment: In coordination with other stakeholders, ensure that a collectively 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; ensure that this information is available to facilitate planning and measure programme impact. In humanitarian response situations, provide support for rapid assessments (inter-agency or independently if necessary) to be carried out within the first 48-72 hours.

Programme Performance Monitoring: Provide technical support to the Chief of Planning and Monitoring Section to ensure that a set of programme performance indicators is identified and adjusted as necessary, in the context ofAnnual Management Plan and Annual Work Plans, as outlined in the Programme Policy and Procedures Manual). 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, with special attention to humanitarian response.

Planning& Monitoring Capacity Building: Assists Government authorities at federal and local level to plan and organize Planning &Monitoring training programmes. Identifies training needs for the purpose of capacity building in monitoring. Promote the awareness and understanding of the shared responsibility of monitoring function among all staff members through communication, training, learning and development activities. In close collaboration with Field Offices, ensure that Monitoring capacity exists and annual programme monitoring developed and aligned to the FO Operational Plan.

Country Office programme planning: Contributes to programme design, Annual Management Plan and workplans development and ensure quality of monitoring and reporting. Support the Chief of Planning and Monitoring Section to bring coherence, synergy and added value to the programme planning and design processes, using a rights-based and results-based management.

Field Monitoring: Undertake field visits to monitor programme implementation, as well as facilitate periodic programme reviews with government counterparts and other partners. Identify problems or alternative courses of action to accelerate/improve programme delivery.

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


  • An advanced university degree (Master’s or higher) is required in Social Sciences, Demography, Development Planning, Statistics or a related technical field.
  • A female candidate who does not have a Master’s Degree but holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Sciences, Demography, Development Planning, Statistics or a related technical field with the minimum of seven (7) years of relevant work experience, that may be accepted in lieu of an Advanced University Degree.


  • A minimum of five years (5) of progressively responsible professional work experience at national levels in programme planning and Monitoring.
  • Practical experience in local planning and field monitoring is highly desirable.
  • Field work or developing country work experience required. Experience working in the UN or other international development organization an asset.
  • Experience in monitoring gender inequalities and in programming interventions that reduce these inequalities an asset.
  • Background in Emergency programme an asset

Languages: Fluency in English and Nepali language is required.

For every Child, you demonstrate:

UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.

The competencies required for this post are:

Core competencies

  • Communication [ II ]
  • Working with People [ II ]
  • Drive for Results [ II ]

Functional Competencies:

  • Analyzing [II]
  • Planning and Organizing [III]
  • Applying Technical Expertise [II]
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts [II]
  • Learning and Researching [ II ]


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