Monitoring and Evaluation Officer: UNESCO

Monitoring and Evaluation Officer: UNESCO
Published: 30 November 2017
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer: UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa
Deadline: 28 December 2017 (midnight, Harare time)

Duty Station: Johannesburg, South Africa

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is seeking applications from nationals of South Africa for a new post of Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for HIV and Health in Johannesburg, South Africa. The National Programme Officer position is at level C (NOC), with salaries being in accordance with United Nations scales. The appointment is for a period of one year with a six months probationary period, and may be extended for 2018 and beyond, subject to funding and performance. Additional information about UNESCO and its work on HIV and health education is available from the website:

Duties and requirements
Under the overall authority of the Assistant Director General for Education, guidance from the Director of the UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa, and the direct supervision of the Regional HIV and Health Education Adviser, the incumbent will be responsible and accountable for the overall monitoring and evaluation of UNESCO Regional HIV and Health portfolio. The M&E Officer will lead the monitoring of programs through the internal SISTER reporting system, preparing of donor and other required result based reports, communication and advocacy of project results, experiences and lessons learned. Specifically he/she will support:

Technical support and coordination of monitoring and evaluation
Ensure that UNESCO regional programmes are monitored and results are easily measurable and reported against set indicators as per results framework with particular focus on results and impact; Provide technical support to project countries as needed to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation of their interventions; Provide technical support for the monitoring of country program activities; Analyse data needs and initiate/ coordinate operational research activities linked to the UNESCO's Programmes for purposes of improving programme delivery; Based on need, undertake or organise regular visits to the field to support implementation of M&E and to identify where adaptations might be needed; Develop or refine criteria and evaluation structure for the project impact, benefit and sustainability; Facilitate, act as resource person, and join if required any external supervision and evaluation missions; Monitor the follow-up of evaluation recommendations.

Development of work plans and reporting
Contribute to the preparation of annual and quarterly work plans from an M&E perspective; Coordinate the development of quality M&E reports on UNESCO related projects both at the regional and country level as required by the UNESCO's global M&E systems; Collate, consolidate and prepare M&E reports ensuring that they entered on the system on time. Extract lessons learnt, share knowledge and disseminate good practices, and formulate recommendations to improve overall programme planning, implementation and evaluation of UNESCO's activities in the ESA region; Be responsible for writing project reports, such as SISTER and JPMS reports (quarterly and annual), and other on - time reports requested by UNESCO and the donor.

Provide technical support and coordination knowledge management
Support the sharing and promotion of the uptake of knowledge through the development of knowledge management methods and tools; Support National Programme Officers in documenting best practices and lessons learnt which will be synthesised and shared across countries; Support operations research and the generation of new evidence and data across the region; Identify and participate in additional networks, for example scientific or policy-based networks that may also yield lessons that can benefit project implementation.

Required Qualifications

An advanced university degree (Masters or equivalent) in Statistics, Demography, Social sciences, Development Studies, Project Planning and Management or Public health. Postgraduate training in monitoring and evaluation will be an added advantage.

Work experience
At least four years of relevant experience in Monitoring and Evaluation, results-based programme development and management; Experience in developing indicators, data collection tools, M&E plans and results frameworks in HIV and SRH; Ability to write clear and comprehensive reports; Experience with training in M&E; Knowledge of EMIS system desirable; Broader experience in programme management.

Ability to work with minimal supervision; High level written and oral communications skills in English and and any other UN language; Must be a result oriented team player; Excellent analytical skills; Recent experience with result-based management methodologies; Must be able to communicate effectively (verbally and written) in cross cultural, politically sensitive environment and present complex ideas to a non-specialist audience; Extensive professional knowledge and experience on HIV and AIDS; Significant technical expertise and experience in UNESCO's key leadership and main partner responsibilities within UNAIDS division of labour and familiarity with UNAIDS would be an asset; High level of technical writing skills on issues related to education and HIV and AIDS; Excellent organizational, networking and partnership building skills, tact and discretion; Experience in monitoring and evaluation with excellent writing skills; A key requirement is credibility and confidence, with  high  level  representational and  partnership building  skills, involving a wide range of partners (including relevant Ministries, UNAIDS Cosponsors, donors and civil society).

Excellent knowledge (oral and written) in English. Fluency in other UN languages is an asset.

Benefits and entitlements
UNESCO's salaries are calculated in US dollars and exempt from income tax.

Please note that UNESCO is a non-smoking Organization.

To apply
Please send your application letter, UNESCO CV, in English to: cc:
* Note you must submit your CV in the UNESCO CV format, using the template at this link

Candidates who had previously applied are encouraged to resubmit their applications.
Please note that only pre-selected candidates will be contacted.
A written test may be used in the evaluation of shortlisted candidates.
UNESCO is committed to gender equality in its programming and to gender parity within the Secretariat. Therefore, women candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
UNESCO does not charge any fee at any stage in the recruitment process.


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