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Program Officer (Monitoring and Evaluation)

Location: Yangon, MYANMAR
Last Date: November 10, 2010

UNOPS helps its partners in the United Nations system meet the worldˇ¦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/2010/APO/MMOC/LIFT/FTA/097

Post Title : Program Officer (Monitoring and Evaluation)

Post Level: P-4 (Fixed-Term Appointment)

Project Title : Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT)

Org Unit: Myanmar Operations Centre (MMOC) / Asia and the Pacific Office (APO)

Duty Station: Yangon, MYANMAR

Duration: 1 year with possibility of extension

Closing Date: 10 November 2010

UNOPS Asia and the Pacific Office (APO) have been appointed as the Fund Manager for the Multi-Donor Livelihood and Food Security Trust (LIFT) Fund in Myanmar. The Livelihoods and Food Security Trust Fund (LIFT) is a donor fund of US$ 100 million over five years to address food insecurity and income poverty in Myanmar. The Donor Consortium of the LIFT Fund comprises Australia, the European Community, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

The Overall Objective of the LIFT Fund is progress towards the achievements of the United Nations Millennium Development Goal number one for Myanmar, the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger.

The Purpose of the LIFT Fund is to improve the food and livelihood security of the poorest and most vulnerable populations of Myanmar, with an initial focus on the cyclone Nargis affected areas of the Delta.

As outlined in the log frame, the project has the following major outputs:

  • Direct agricultural production support provided and used by targeted households

  • Effective market and employment support mechanisms (on farm, off farm and non-farm) provided and used by targeted households

  • Effective social protection measures provided for the chronically poor of the targeted household

  • Capacity of local organizations strengthened to support livelihoods and food security initiatives

  • Effective support provided to targeted households for nutrition and hygiene

  • Monitoring and Evaluation and commissioned studies are used to inform program and support the enabling environment.
    Crosscutting issues streamlined in program activities include gender equality, environment sustainability, good governance, social protection, disaster risk reduction and assistance to especially vulnerable people.

Duties and Responsibilities
Under the overall supervision of the UNOPS/APO Regional Director, the direct supervision of the Fund Director and in accordance with UNOPS policies, procedures and practices, and with policies set by the Fund Board, the Program Officer (Monitoring and Evaluation) will work closely with the Fund Manager team in the area of monitoring and evaluation. His/her duties include:

  • Developing and updating an effective M&E system for (a) actions supported by the Fund and (b) the Fund's own performance; the system will comply with donor M&E requirements, will be coherent with national M&E systems, and will generate data that allow for economic analysis (including assessment of cost-effectiveness).

  • Supervision, coaching and mentoring of national M&E officer(s) and coaching and mentoring of other national program staff in the M&E responsibilities of the LIFT FMO.

  • Coordinating the Fund Manager's tasks with respect to monitoring and evaluation of activities.

  • Ensuring that M&E data are readily available, as appropriate, to the Fund Board and to other stakeholders, particularly on impact and lessons learnt from Fund activities and reflecting existing global best practice on livelihoods.

  • Ensuring adequate feedback to/from Fund beneficiaries on data and analyses.

  • Providing inputs related to indicators to be included in terms of reference for Request for Proposals to be launched on behalf of the Fund.

  • Maintaining full knowledge of successful proposals including work plans, reports and budgets and verifying that implementation takes into account work undertaken or planned by the government or other donors as well as cross-cutting issues of interest to the Fund.

  • Advising implementing partners on their own internal M&E systems and needs.

  • Providing technical assistance to implementing partners to ensure participation in the Fund M&E process and an adequate flow of information and data.

  • Ensuring the incorporation of monitoring findings into relevant recommendations to the Fund Board.

  • Routinely monitoring funded project progress, activity results and outcome, and adjustments reflecting changing circumstances.

  • Routinely visit project sites for the M&E activities.

  • Attending all relevant technical meetings and maintaining contacts with all stakeholders, whether in Yangon or in the field.

  • Maintaining a detailed knowledge of all relevant issues impacting his/her field of Monitoring & Evaluation.

  • Promoting information sharing on all aspects related to Monitoring & Evaluation activities among stakeholders.

  • Providing support to the Fund Programme Officers to enhance programme delivery.

  • Proposing any initiative that may be necessary, including termination of, or adjustments to actions to ensure compliance with Fund policy and priorities.

  • Contributing to the development of the Fund Manger's work plans and reports and of the terms of reference for national and international consultants.

  • Ensuring mentoring and training of local staff to foster capacity building.

  • Supporting monitoring and evaluation missions commissioned by the Fund Board or UNOPS.

  • Developing and implementing the Fund Manger Office's own M&E system for self-monitoring.

  • Supporting as directed any monitoring or evaluation missions commissioned by the Fund Board or UNOPS.

  • Other duties as may be assigned by the Fund Director.

Please note that all UNOPS personnel are responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and those of UNOPS.

Required Selection Criteria

  • The Program Officer (Monitoring and Evaluation) should possess excellent technical skills. S/he should possess very good coordination and communication skills. S/he must demonstrate strong interpersonal and motivational skills and sensitivity to the local environment as well as the ability to work with minimal supervision in a complex environment.

  • The Program Officer (Monitoring and Evaluation) should have demonstrated skills in managing the M&E responsibilities for complex Livelihoods and Food Security programs in developing countries preferably with experience in South East Asia.


  • Advanced or Master level University degree in social sciences, political sciences, statistics or related fields relevant to the above duties; or a First University degree in related fields combined with extensive experience in similar responsible position;

  • Minimum experience of nine years with Bachelor degree or seven years with a Master in the field of M&E of rural development projects in developing countries, including qualitative and participatory evaluation methodologies;

  • Demonstrated experience in conceptualizing, designing and implementing M&E systems;

  • Experience in training would be an asset;

  • Previous successful involvement with, and good knowledge of NGOs and civil society;

  • Strong communication and facilitation skills, and ability to establish good working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders in a sensitive environment;

  • Knowledge of the political, economic and social situation in Myanmar desirable;

  • Willingness to undertake regular field visits in difficult conditions;

  • Excellent writing and data analytical skills. Computer literate.

  • Fluency in both written and spoken English.

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  or mail to LIFT Project c/o Hotel Parkroyal Yangon (Room No. 318), 33 Alan Pya Phaya Road, Dagon Township, Yangon, Myanmar. Kindly indicate the vacancy number and the post title in the subject line or outside the envelope when applying by email or by post, respectively.

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


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