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Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Specialist

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Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC)
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Last Date: May 26, 2011  

 

UNOPS helps its partners in the United Nations system meet the world’s needs for building peace, recovering from disaster, and creating sustainable development. UNOPS is known for its ability to implement complex projects in all types of environments around the globe. In an effort to promote organizational excellence, UNOPS seeks highly qualified individuals for the following position:

Vacancy Details
Vacancy Code: VA/2011/SWOC/WSSCC/004
Post Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Senior Specialist
Post Level: International ICA-3
Position status: Non-rotational
Project Title: Global Sanitation Fund
Org Unit: Operations Centre Geneva Switzerland
Duty Station: Geneva, Switzerland
 

Duration: Approx level of effort estimated at 100 days during the period June 2011 to September 2012
Closing Date: 26 May 2011

Background
The Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) was established in 1990 and its mandate is expressed in United Nations General Assembly resolution A/RES/45/181. Since its establishment, WSSCC has worked to accelerate the provision of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene services for poor people in developing countries. In 2007, WSSCC began to focus on sanitation and hygiene given the extent of this issue with some estimated 2.6 billion people being deprived of access to toilets. WSSCC established a Global Sanitation Fund (GSF). This is a global grant financing mechanism dedicated to sanitation and hygiene. A full description of WSSCC and GSF activities may be found at: www.wsscc.org
 

Presently, the GSF has provided for grant programmes in five countries. This number will increase to nine before year end under current funding levels of the GSF. Thereafter the GSF anticipates a period of growth and country programmes could increase up to fifty, depending on the level of funding that it might receive in the future. Under its current operating principles, in each country the GSF appoints an Executing Agency (EA) that will administer the grant within that country. Each EA then makes sub-grants to non-government organizations (NGOs), private sector and local governments/civil society. An EA also procures service providers to carry out discrete and defined tasks (directly procured activities). The EA in turn has to submit technical and financial reports, of varying detail, quarterly, semi-annually and annually.


It is now necessary to define a management information system (MIS) for the GSF, as part of an overall GSF operations manual and standard operating procedures (SOPs), in order to have a solid MIS in place not only allowing for future growth but also capable of tracking ond measuring key performance parameters against which the impact of the GSF should be measured.
 

Duties and Responsibilities
The principal output of the assignment is the design of a monitoring, reporting and evaluation system to support effectively results-oriented management of WSSCC-UNOPS Secretariat including that of the Global Sanitation Fund.
 

The consultant will advise the Global Sanitation Fund Manager of the WSSCC-UNOPS and will work in close collaboration with UNOPS. He/she will report at the general working level to the GSF Programme Manager (Grants Management) or a Programme Officer nominated by the Programme Manager.
 

Scope of work:

  • Review WSSCC/GSF work plans, GSF activities to date and long term plan with scenarios.

  • Analyze current M+E approaches, capacity and strategy and work done to date on monitoring and data gathering mechanisms.

  • Review the compatibility of the GSF current system with the M&E Protocol that WSSCC-UNOPS uses to report to donors.

  • Agree on basic objectives and overall strategy M+E framework that meets the needs of all departments of WSSCC-UNOPS as well as that of stakeholders.

  • Conceptualize and formulate the overall system. Design the detail GSF component of the M&E system, including standard operating procedures (SOPs) and set up an initial system meeting key requirements that can be expanded upon.

  • Work in close collaboration with the consultant responsible for the design of the Management Information System to ensure that the comprehensive MIS adequately reflects and integrates M+E requirements.

  • Review existing GSF M+E guidelines and SOPS with a view to improve them. Develop guidelines and SOPs for GSF Country Programme Executing Agencies and their Sub-Grantees.

  • Test guidelines and procedures through training in-country personnel in three GSF countries.

The consultant is expected to complete the assignments within the contractual period and an agreed lump sum fee.
If WSSCC-UNOPS requests the contractor to participate in meetings and visits outside of the duty station, all travel and communication expenses will be covered separately as per UNOPS procedures and standards.


The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.


Required Selection Criteria
Competencies

  • Excellent communication(spoken and written) skills

  • Excellent writing, analytical and research skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work in a multicultural and international environment

  • Strong attention to detail
     

Education/Experience/Language
a. Education
Advanced university degree (Masters and above) in international development, business administration or another relevant discipline.
b. Work Experience Minimum 11 years demonstrated track record at national and international levels in the area of M+E from design to implementation to training personnel in the application and maintenance of M+E protocols and programmes At least 3 to 5 years demonstrated experience in applying M+E to the delivery of grant programmes ( global and national) Knowledge and experience of M+E systems in sanitation and hygiene grant-based programmes as well as other types of globally-funded grant programmes would be an asset.
c. Languages
Fluency in English (oral and writing)


Submission of Applications

Qualified candidates may submit their application, including a letter of interest, complete Curriculum Vitae and an updated United Nations Personal History Form (P.11) (available on our website), via e-mail to vacanciesgeneva@unops.org . Kindly indicate the vacancy number and the post title in the subject line when applying by email.

Additional Considerations

- Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
- Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
- Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
- UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below the advertised level of the post.

For more information on UNOPS, please visit the UNOPS website at www.unops.org.

 

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