Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Food and Agriculture Organization , Rome, Italy

Skill Required:, Monitoring and Evaluation
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
30th April, 2021

Job Description

FAO’s Office of Emergencies and Resilience leads the Organisation’s efforts to support member countries in their endeavours to save agricultural livelihoods of people and communities and enhance their resilience in the face of disasters, crises and conflicts. The Organisation strives to secure sustainable development gains while ensuring that all interventions to support agriculture and food systems are risk-informed and sustainably productive. Food crisis contexts require a well-organized, highly prioritized, and well-resourced humanitarian and resilience programme to play a meaningful role in the relevant fora at national, regional and global levels. To claim its rightful place and to contribute meaningfully to relevant SDGs in food crises contexts, timeliness and speed in generating quality information and analysis together with agility in processes, partnerships, and delivery are central. In short, prevention and mitigation of disasters, whether related to natural hazards, plant and animal pests and diseases and/or conflict, together with being prepared and able to respond when disasters hit, require structured and agile system that is able to carry out effective processes of risk assessment and risk management.

Reporting Lines

Under the overall supervision of the Programme and Results Team Leader in OER, the Officer will report to the MEAL Team Leader in OER. He/she will work in close collaboration with the other teams within OER, including but not limited to the Evidence for Programming team; the Country Support team; the Enabling Environment team; the Resource Mobilization and Communication team and OER management. There will also be strong links with other FAO teams dealing with Impact Evaluation, resilience analysis and colleagues in RAP, RAF, RNE, and RLC as well as the resilience hubs in Africa (REOWA and RTEA). The VA will also be used to identify suitable candidates for building the M&E Specialists roster for various duty stations.


Technical Focus

The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be part of the MEAL team, set up within OER to improve measurement of delivery and impact of resilience-related programmes in various countries. He/she will support the utilization of tools for analysis of food security and resilience in crisis and emergency settings.

Key Results

Research, technical analysis, and project related services to support the delivery of programme projects, products, and services.

Tasks and Responsibilities

  • research and analyze technical, food and nutrition security assessments, emergency response, policy related and/or funding/project related data and information to support the delivery of programme projects, products and services;
  • produce various reports, proposals, programme/project documents, position papers, policy briefs, financial/donor reports as well as critical information for inclusion in governing body reports etc.;
  • participate on project teams, collaborates in project and programme formulation and provides technical and/or administrative support to ongoing operational emergency and recovery projects;
  • liaise with FAO technical Departments as well as other UN Organizations to obtain and/or exchange information regarding food and nutrition security assessments, emergency and recovery activities and other related issues;
  • provide technical/administrative support and promotes best practices to Decentralized Offices;
  • monitor and provide support to resource mobilization activities including corporate appeals, donor macro grants, CERF/SFERA submissions, annual appeals and mid-year reviews, maintains information and prepares related reports;
  • maintain and update information systems, databases and web pages;
  • perform other duties .

Specific Functions


  • support and contribute to the development and implementation of OER’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) strategy and framework for emergency and resilience programmes, to provide timely information on delivery terms of outputs, outcomes and impacts, allowing programme teams and management to monitor and improve project/programme implementation, generate learning and inform evidence-based advocacy;
  • in collaboration with technical experts, develops/updates quantitative and qualitative tools and resources required to implement the strategy and framework at global, regional and country level that are adaptable according to contextual and operational differences;
  • analyze incoming technical reports  on project/program implementation with a view to monitor and asses interventions and the OER programme/portfolio;
  • build capacity of FAO staff in HQ, regional, resilience hubs and decentralized offices and partners to generate MEAL evidence, participate in the development of training materials and the organization and facilitation of workshops/seminars, and conduct tailored training;
  • contribute to the project and programme M&E cycle: designing project theory of change, managing baselines, midterm reviews and final impact evaluations, linking with the FAO Office of Evaluation and in line with FAO’s evaluation policies, procedures and practices;
  • provide support on learning component, linking the evidence generated from M&E activities, accountability findings and contextual monitoring with knowledge management and other learning activities to improve current projects/programme and inform the design of future resilience projects and programmes;.
  • formulate lessons learned from project evaluations, special studies and monitoring for knowledge generation, learning and practical application including the integration of good practices into the MEAL framework and related tools;
  • prepare MEAL reports including compiling information to be included in MEAL reports, updates and any other relevant information products;
  • performs other duties as required.


Minimum Requirements

  • Advanced University degree (Master’s or equivalent) in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Statistics, Development Studies, Rural Development, Agronomy, or closely related technical field;
  • At least 5 years (category B) of relevant experience in MEAL applied to food security and/or agricultural programmes;

For consultants:

  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO official languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian

Technical/Functional Skills


  • Relevant work experience in MEAL applied to food security and/or agricultural programmes;
  • Excellent knowledge of MEAL tools and methodologies applied in food security, resilience and agricultural interventions;
  • Working knowledge of advanced statistics with ability to use statistical software packages (i.e. SPSS and R);
  • Good knowledge of using and programming questionnaires in Open data kits (in particular Kobo toolbox);
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook);
  • Ability to perform in multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary context.
  • Experience in complex/protracted emergencies would be an asset;
  • Experience in conflict sensitive and peacebuilding programmes would be an asset.
  • Field experience in implementing MEAL activities and strategies required;
  • Working knowledge (level C) of French or Spanish – in addition to English – would be an asset;.


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