TA: Field Monitoring Specialist

UN Children's Fund, Mali

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
22nd June, 2018

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, make a difference..

UNICEF Mali is working in regions that lack basic social services and have been affected by political instability. We are also supporting the government in improving child survival, development, and protection. Our work focuses on strengthening community resilience, building capacity, and advocating equitable policy. We are working with partners to improve health, nutrition, WASH access, and education. We are part of an innovative multi-sectoral program to tackle stunting, and are investing in sustainable schooling.

Join our team and help us make sure every child has a champion.

How can you make a difference?

The assignment aims at:

  • Strengthening partners and UNICEF data collection at regional/local level, with a focus on completeness, timeliness, and disaggregation as well as quality of SDG indicators related to child’s rights.
  • Building capacities and processes of UNICEF and partners to analyse and use disaggregated data in planning and programming
  • Improving UNICEF monitoring of its interventions and results in the field, in particular quality and use of programmatic visits (including 3PM and Real-Time Monitoring), spot checks and quantitative tools.
  • Streamlining the internal reporting system of UNICEF, from field offices to Bamako office (and vice-versa) for quantitative and qualitative information both humanitarian and development interventions.

Responsibilities and main tasks are as follows:

  • Strengthen the capacities of decentralized government partners for quality, completeness and promptitude of data collection on selected programmatic indicators, including localization of the SDGs related to children;
  • Conduct a rapid mapping and analysis of UNICEF existing field monitoring and reporting processes and tools, for development and humanitarian programmes;
  • Develop or improve, in a participatory manner, tools and processes for improved field monitoring and reporting of activities, results and beneficiaries at regional/local level;
  • Build capacities of staff and partners on key M&E processes and tools, including data quality assessment and analysis;
  • Provide support, feedback and quality check to zonal offices on field monitoring and reporting processes and products, with a particular focus on quality and use for result-management. These are, among others, programmatic visits, including through Third-party Monitoring (3PM), Sit Reps, reporting from partners on project’s progress and results (ProDoc), regional reviews.  
  • Support the on-going efforts of UNICEF programs to strengthen field data monitoring and collection in priority areas, such as those identified in Rolling Working Plans, Key Results for Children, etc.);  
  • Provide UNICEF and its partners with guidance and tools for improved analysis and use of data, information and recommendations;
  • Support the development a geographic information system (GIS) in support to the Management Information System, including for integrated programming at decentralized levels.
  • Other tasks which improve field data collection, monitoring and reporting for programming for child rights at decentralized level and their use at central level.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have

Education: An advanced university degree (Master's or higher) in social sciences, statistics, demography, economics, development or related fields. A first level university degree with additional two years of experience can be accepted in lieu of an advanced degree.

Experience: Five years relevant professional work experience with at least 2 years with UNICEF as an added advantage in the area of information management and M&E applied to child rights. Experience in developing tools, processes and capacities for data collection, analysis and monitoring, including result-based monitoring. Experience in participatory process, and in engaging children in data collection and monitoring and evaluation preferred. Strong work ethics, and understanding of its application to the field of data collection and M&E for vulnerable groups, including in humanitarian context. Field experience in engaging national counterparts on the generation of evidence for decision-making, preferably in West Africa or similar contexts.

Language: Fluency in English and French 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 technical competencies required for this post are.

Core competencies

  • Communication
  • Working with People
  • Drive for Results

Functional Competencies

  • Applying Technical Expertise
  • Analyzing
  • Planning and Organizing
  • Formulating Strategies and Concepts
  • Relating and Networking
  • Deciding and Initiating Action


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