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Background: As one of the original eight pilot countries for the UN Reform initiative Delivering as One, Tanzania is a global leader in advancing reforms of the UN system, with a view to support accelerated harmonization in implementation practices, coherence in programming, and alignment with national systems, intended to produce a reduction in transaction costs and enhanced development impact. Deepening reform require new and even more innovative ways for the UN agencies to work together in implementing UNDAP II later, formulating UNDAP III.
The Programme & Strategic Support Unit (PSSU) has been created to support the strategic and programme management function for the country programme. The Unit directly supports the Programme team with the design and formulation of projects; monitoring and evaluation, gender mainstreaming, communication and resource mobilization; compliance with quality assurance standards and reporting on results. The PSSU in collaboration with Operations units ensures high quality project management in aspects of procurement for projects, field monitoring, utilization of programme resources, HACT audit and assurance, including implementation of audit recommendations. The PSSU provides support to programme and project evaluations (appraisal, mid-term and final reviews and outcome evaluations), internal and external communication, resource mobilization and results reporting. The Unit is there to ensure that CO results are monitored, tracked, reported and communicated to partners as per UNDP and CO expectations and requirements. The function includes supporting the programme team to report in the ROAR, the IWP and the IRRF for the SP.
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Under the overall guidance of the Country Director, and the direct supervision of the Programme Management Specialist, the M&E Analyst contributes to the effective implementation of the CPE Evaluation plan and participates in the conduct of thematic and crosscutting evaluations. The M&E Analyst ensures that objective evaluations are designed and implemented to assess the country programme relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of results; that evaluations are carried out in a credible and systematic manner; supports the application of evaluation lessons and recommendations in programme design, and contributes to the implementation of UNDAP and CPD priorities and results.
The Analyst liaises with the Evaluation Office at Headquarters/Regional Service Centre regarding evaluation approaches and methodologies, ensuring that UNDP meets the minimum requirements for monitoring and evaluation, including the conduct of mandatory project evaluations and Outcome evaluations. The M&E Analyst works in close collaboration with the Coordinator of Programme and Projects, the PSSU members, with the Programme and Operations Teams in the CO, UNDP Evaluation Office staff and Government officials to ensure that thematic, programme and project evaluations are carried out according to schedules and that findings and recommendations are implemented and followed up.
The M&E Analyst also plays a critical role in supporting and coordinating the annual reporting in ROAR, the reporting for the SP through the IRRF and biannual results reporting and UNDAP review process. S/he further provides effective support to the implementation of the UNDAP and the Delivering as One (DaO) initiative through actively participating in the UN interagency PME Working Group for monitoring and reporting UNDAP results and outcomes for UNDP.
Duties and Responsibilities
Ensures effective and timely coordination of the evaluation process in the Country Office, focusing on achievement of the following results:
- Organizes, coordinates and leads monitoring and evaluation missions for development projects, sectoral and thematic monitoring and evaluations;
- Prepares and supports independent and credible evaluations in compliance with professional standards, namely with the UNDP standards;
- Ensures that monitoring reports and evaluations are useful and that their recommendations and conclusions are implemented;
- Preparation of CO Evaluation Plan;
- Quality assurance and drafting of Terms of Reference (TOR) for specific project/thematic/sectoral evaluation missions and/or desk evaluations/reviews, participation in consultant and evaluation team selection, technical feedback on evaluations and budget oversight;
- Guidance on UNDP evaluation policies, procedures and practices to programme managers, UNDP CO staff concerned with evaluation, consultants and/or members of the evaluation team;
- Provision of the technical advice at the design stage of programmes/projects setting up a framework with defined indicators at the design stage to facilitate the evaluation at the later stages;
- Preparation of analytical documents on areas evaluated, effectiveness and impact of UNDP programme;
- Follow up on implementation of evaluation recommendations. Ensuring the optimal use of evaluations by providing guidance in preparation of timely management response to all mandatory evaluations and by developing a communication plan;
- Monitors the programme reporting the integrated results and resources framework (IRRF) by providing inputs to periodic reports for the Country Office and Senior Management;
- Design of M&E framework for the country programme to facilitate its evaluation at later stages;
- Review and update existing project M&E framework in accordance with the project document M&E plan;
- Align project and programme M&E with the RRF and the IRRF to enable the country programme to report appropriately to the global Strategic Plan;
- Ensure the country programme aligns to the thematic, design and operational parameters of the Strategic Plan;
- Provide technical advice for the revision of performance indicators when required;
- Identify the requirements for collecting baseline data, prepare TOR, and support conducting of baseline surveys, research studies and analyses of the findings. Analyze and interpret research findings for programme use. Documenting results of studies and report on them;
- Contribute to the development of project Annual Work Plans, ensuring alignment with project strategy, annual targets and inclusion of M&E activities in the work plan;
- Prepare a detailed M&E budget for the CO M&E framework. Oversee and execute M&E activities with particular focus on generating reliable data and evidence on project performance, results and impact;
- Undertake regular visits to the field in collaboration with Programme team to support implementation of M&E plan and to identify where adaptations might be needed;
- Documenting and maintaining database for sources of evidence in collaboration with Communications; Analyst to facilitate reporting in ROAR, IWP, IRRF and to donors;
- Support Programme in effectively mainstreaming gender, SDGs, innovation and all other cross- cutting issues in such a way as to be able to report on them with adequate indicators.
- Advice to the Senior Management on the programme of work, including identification of topics, and projects/programme to be monitored and evaluated;
- Promote the exchange of information in order to build best practices and effective programme management;
- Identification of evaluation findings, lessons learned and recommendations to be integrated into broader EO knowledge management efforts, disseminated in learning events and channeled into decision-making processes;
- In coordination and under the guidance of the Gender Focal Point(s), assist in e the implementation of gender equality strategy and CO gender equality action plan;
- Organise and provide training in M&E for project and implementing partner staff, primary stakeholders with view to developing local M&E capacity;
- Organization and coordination of M&E and gender trainings in the Country Office;
- Participation in evaluation and gender communities of practice, staying abreast of latest development and professional norms, standards, tools and methodologies;
- Facilitation of staff participation in Practice networks, UNDP knowledge networks, regional networks and communities of practice and promotion of a learning culture;
- Participates in the joint UNCT monitoring and evaluation exercises;
- Develops and maintains close dialogue with the RBM Team in the RSC a view of harmonizing evaluation approaches and agendas;
- Active participation in the UN Monitoring and Evaluation Working Group (PMEWG);
- Coordination and quality assurance in the biannual UNDAP review process;
- Contribution and support to effective implementation of annual joint evaluation workplan in line with the DaO Matrix and UNDAP;
- Contribution and support to effective monitoring of results achieved under DaO Matrix, and UNDAP, and active participation in the annual programme review exercise;
- Substantive and timely inputs to reporting on AWP to the Annual UN Report on UNDAP and DaO Matrix;
- Collaboration and coordination with other UN agencies, government agencies, NGOs, and other organizations on monitoring and evaluation issues.
- People Management;
- Sustainable Development;
- Peacebuilding and Reconciliation;
- Development Planning and Monitoring;
- Relationship Management;
- Results-based Management;
- Project Management;
- Knowledge Management.
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s Degree or equivalent in M&E, Business or Public Administration, Development Statistics, Project Management, International Relations, Economics, Political Sciences or related field.
- 5 years of relevant experience at the national and/or international level in international development issues particularly in monitoring and evaluation, management of development projects. Experience and ability to deal with data and analyze research findings. Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web-based management systems. Experience in gender related policy matters an asset
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