Consultancy

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

28 February 2021

Suva, Fiji

The Consultant reports directly to the Deputy Director and Representative and working in close collaboration with the Programme team and Implementing Partners. 

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  In the Pacific Sub region, UNFPA is currently implementing its Sixth Sub regional Programme (SRP6) (2018-2022), which focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices. 

Under the umbrella of SRP 6, UNFPA Pacific Sub regional Office (PSRO) implements funding from various donors and reports on agreed sets of indicators for the Transformative Agenda Programme (DFAT funded), Spotlight Programme (EU funded), UN Pacific strategy Programme (MFAT funded), UNFPA Supplies programme (thematic programme) as well as regular resources.

UNFPA has recently undergone a series of final programme evaluations and a midterm review with important learnings and recommendations to strengthen results based management.

The M&E Consultant is being brought on board to help UNFPA adjust relevant monitoring and evaluation frameworks in line with these evaluations, to strengthen M&E systems and reporting, to build capacity within UNFPA and with implementing partners to ensure robust monitoring and evaluation and sharing of knowledge and lessons learned in M&E.

 Scope of Work

Under the supervision of the Deputy Director and Representative, the Consultant will undertake the following activities.

A. Strategic Results Support

·Lead the restructuring of the results framework of Transformative Agenda programme, the MFAT Pacific Strategy programme and the MEF development of new programmes that support the UNFPA Pacific Subregional Programme 6 (2018-2022), ensuring all indicators can be readily collected, drawing upon the analysis of evaluative evidence of UNFPA support in the region and evidence stemming from corporate evaluations.

·Ensure the integration of recent evaluation findings, conclusions and recommendations from the UNFPA SRP6 Evaluability Assessment, Transformative Agenda Midterm Review, and final evaluations from Pacific SRH Programme and Jadelle programme into regional and country-level programming;

·Review Work plan progress report format for strengthening and/or develop additional monitoring and reporting tools as needed for Transformative Agenda, MFAT Pacific Strategy Programme, Spotlight and UNFPA Supplies programme and other related programmes to ensure adequate reporting on programme indicators

·Provide support, guidance and quality control for planning, monitoring, reporting by partners, by UNFPA in the Strategic Information System (SIS) and other required donor reporting on sub-regional and country programmes in the Pacific, ensuring the implementation of robust results and resources frameworks;

·Promote results-based monitoring and use of monitored data in the country offices.

·Lead development and implementation of M&E components of annual work plans for regional programme;

·Ensure result-based monitoring and evaluation plans are implemented by partners and UNFPA country teams, and results acted upon at country and subregional levels;

·Analyse and synthesize M&E data from work plan progress reports and SIS and contribute to writing relevant periodic and annual donor reports and meetings such as Transformative Agenda Steering Committee meetings, Pacific Strategy meetings, Spotlight SC meetings.

 

B. Capacity Development

·Conduct regional and country-level capacity-building initiatives and workshops, including how to use relevant monitoring and reporting tools in order to strengthen a culture of results and evidence-based programme management in UNFPA and partner institutions;

·Ensure that all staff in the region are knowledgeable about UNFPA M&E policies and procedures, norms, standards and guidance;

·Identify innovative evaluation methodologies, approaches and tools and promote their incorporation into UNFPA decentralized monitoring in the region;

·Lead the development and adaptation of tools and guidance as well as training materials and manuals to monitor and evaluate the Transformative Agenda, Pacific Strategy Programme, UNFPA Supplies, and Spotlight Programme and support their use for capacity development of partner institutions and UNFPA staff in the region;

·Coordinate with Country Offices to highlight innovations, document lessons learned and address Programme Monitoring and Evaluation (PME) bottle necks in the region;

·Promote peer-to-peer learning to further reinforce national and UNFPA’s evaluation capacity. 

·Contribute to the analysis, synthesis and dissemination of state-of-the-art knowledge and new approaches to monitoring and evaluation practice, in particular best practices, and make recommendations for their adoption at country level;

 

D. Quality assurance on results and evidence-based planning, monitoring, reporting and evaluation

·Review and quality assure work plan progress reports from partners, SIS report from UNFPA country offices and other required donor reports ensuring indicators are adequately reported on

·Advise on the validity of the monitoring and evaluation of strategies and approaches.

·Promote the use of the evaluation findings, conclusions and recommendations in the design of the interventions at the regional, sub-regional, and country levels.

·Provide guidance to, and quality assurance for, the preparation of management response to Transformative Agenda Midterm Review management response to ensure quality preparation and follow up.

 

Key deliverables:

·Reformulated monitoring and evaluation framework for the Transformative agenda, including targets agreed with countries

·Reformulated monitoring and evaluation framework for the MFAT UN Pacific Strategy Programme including targets agreed with countries

·Revised/adapted work plan progress report or other newly developed monitoring tools to assist with tracking the Transformative Agenda, MFAT UN Pacific Strategy Programme, Spotlight and Supplies programme

·Training materials developed to guide UNFPA and partners on results based management and how to use the newly adapted/developed monitoring and reporting tools

·Results based management trainings developed and implemented virtually or face-to-face for 8 Pacific countries

·Mentoring, guidance and capacity building regularly provided to UNFPA and IP staff on how to improve WPR and SIS reporting

·Technical inputs and oversight provided to all results reporting of annual reports for the Transformative Agenda, UN Pacific Programme, Spotlight and Supplies programme

 

The first week of each month the consultant will develop a task list and list of deliverables for the month.

At the end of the month, the consultant will provide a written progress report and all deliverables agreed for that month.  Once provided, this will be certified by the Deputy Director and the monthly payment will be triggered.

 

Expected Travel

This consultancy will be based in the UNFPA PSRO Suva office with the person traveling to Fiji when possible taking into consideration the COVID-19 pandemic situation there may be travel involved.

 

Working Hours

The working hours will be 8am to 5.30pm from Monday to Thursday and 8am to 2pm on Fridays. Consultant is required to work 5 days in a week.

Requirements and Qualification

Education: 

Post-graduate University Degree in public health, social science, demography, gender, economics, international relations, international development, public administration, management or other related field.

Additional credits/ trainings on monitoring and evaluation are an asset.

 

Knowledge and Experience:

·10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in international development, of which five years at the international level

·5 years or more of relevant professional experience in managing complex regional, country or programme level evaluations including inter-agency and joint evaluations

·Strong track record of innovative leadership in managing evaluations, and proven ability to produce high quality evaluations

·In-depth, up-to-date understanding and knowledge of global and regional geopolitical issues relevant to UNFPA mandate and the implications for evaluation policy

·In-depth, up-to-date understanding and knowledge of methods and techniques to advance international planning, monitor, and evaluation

·Strong track record in the field of results oriented planning and monitoring

·Experience working with UNFPA and/or UN is a strong asset.

·Experience from Country Offices is a strong asset.

 

Languages:

Fluency in English; knowledge of other official UN languages is desirable.

 

Core Competencies

i) Values: Exemplifying integrity, demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system, embracing cultural diversity, Embracing change

ii) Core Competencies: Achieving results, being accountable, Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen, Thinking analytically and strategically, Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships, Communicating for impact

iii) Required Skillset:

•       Strong written and oral communication skills, particularly in relation to facilitation and advocacy;

•       Analytical skills to support implementation of the GBV programme.

•       Strong strategic thinking in order to support strengthening key relationships

•       Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships

•       Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization

•       Strategically positioning UNFPA Programme

 

Languages:

•       Fluency in oral and written English is essential.

 

Other Desirable Skills:

•       Prior experience in Pacific

 

Inputs:

Ø  Office space

Ø  Internet connectivity

 

The consultant is required to bring his/her own laptop.