Monitoring and Evaluation Expert

United Nations Volunteers

Mission and objectives

For two decades, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been helping make the world safer from drugs, organized crime, corruption and terrorism. We are committed to achieving health, security and justice for all by tackling these threats and promoting peace and sustainable well-being as deterrents to them. Because the scale of these problems is often too great for states to confront alone, UNODC offers practical assistance and encourages transnational approaches to action. We do this in all regions of the world through our global programmes and network of field offices.

Context

The mission of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is to contribute to the achievement of security and justice for all by making the world safer from crime, drugs, and terrorism. Current UNODC Programme for Central Asia (2022-2025) was officially launched on 24 November 2021. The Programme for Central Asia 2022.2025 represents the overarching strategic framework under which UNODC provides technical assistance within the Central Asian States. It builds on previous UNODC assistance within the sub-region and aims to deliver effect in an integrated and comprehensive manner rather than a series of standalone projects.

The programme is coordinated via the Regional Office for Central Asia, in Tashkent, and technical assistance is delivered via the UNODC Programme Offices in Astana, Almaty, Bishkek, Dushanbe and Ashgabat. The Programme for Central Asia aims to enhance both national level capabilities within and develop increasing sub-regional cooperation between the Central Asian States. The position of the National UNV M&E Expert is located in the UNODC Programme Office in Kazakhstan with duty station in Astana. The M&E Expert contributes to the delivery of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia States (2021-2025) and its Sub-Programme 2 “Preventing Crime, Increasing Access to Justice and Strengthening the Rule of Law” and Sub-Programme 4 “Preventing and Countering Terrorism, Violent Extremism and Radicalization that Leads to Violence” by carrying out a range of programme and operations related tasks, including development of monitoring and evaluation policies, standards, and guidance as well as implementation of Results Based Management standards in project monitoring and reporting, support in drafting documents and capacity building activities to improve the effectiveness of the UNODC ROCA Sub-Programme 2 projects by providing objective advice to the International Programme Coordinator on progress of the workplans implementation in line with the SDGs and UNSDCF priorities.

Task description

Within the delegated authority and under the supervision of UNODC International Programme Coordinator, ROCA Sub-Programme 2 and 4 or his/her designated mandated representative(s), the UN Volunteer M&E Expert will: • Facilitate monitoring evaluation, and reporting on the program and operations implementation in line with results-based management. This includes:

  • Development and/or improvement of monitoring and evaluation strategies;
  • Development of monitoring indicators, monitoring calendars, and field monitoring plans and quality assurance processes; ensure use of relevant evaluation findings, conclusions and recommendations are incorporated to programme formulation
  • Assist programme/project staff in the use of monitoring & evaluation methods and tools; o Evaluate the quality of outputs including the management, coordination, effectiveness and resource mobilization of programmes
  • Synergize the integration and incorporation of relevant data and information into related work plans, ensuring compliance with existing reporting requirements, including bi-weekly, quarterly, semi-annual annual progress and donors reports;
  • Assessment of the programme’s quality and its external coherence with the project document, national and regional development strategies and priorities, the Sustainable Development Goals at the local and country level
  • Assessment of design and relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability of the project and the level of achievement of envisaged programme results and outcomes (thorough assessment of all three programme components is envisioned)
  • Provide technical support in identifying, developing and consolidating relevant baseline data in its areas of mandate and work and in line with SDGs;
  • Ensure the availability (including collecting and maintaining) of data for country, regional and global corporate reports, mid-term reviews, and final evaluations;
  • Prepare background documents, concept papers, situation analyses, develop monthly technical reports assessing the implementation of related programmes
  • Provide inputs to UN reports as requested;
  • Contribute to knowledge building and capacity building. This includes: o Identification and dissemination of key recommendations, good practices, and lessons learned through pro-gramme implementation, monitoring and evaluation activities
  • Develop capacity development tools, including training materials and packages
  • Manage capacity building opportunities of staff and partners in the region/country in the areas of Results Based Management (RBM), Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E);
  • Promote the awareness and understanding of the shared responsibility of M&E among all staff members through communication, training, learning and development activities
  • Perform any other tasks as requested.

Qualification Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social sciences, statistics, development studies or related fields
  • 15 years of experience in the area of monitoring and evaluation
  • Experience with international organizations would be an asset
  • Knowledge of methodologies tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting and ability to apply to practical situations
  • Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrable results
  • Ability to set goals and indicators and to interpret and synthesize results into usable information to inform policy, strategy, and/or action
  • Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge
  • Excellent oral and written skills; excellent drafting, formulation, reporting skills
  • Accuracy and professionalism in document production and editing
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; culturally and socially sensitive; ability to work inclusively and collaboratively with a range of partners
  • Ability to work and adapt professionally and effectively in a challenging environment; ability to work effectively in a multicultural team of international and national personnel
  • Solid overall computer literacy, including proficiency in various Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, among others), email, and internet; familiarity with database management; and office technology equipment
  • Self-motivated, ability to work with minimum supervision; ability to work with tight deadlines.

Languages

  • English, Level: Fluent, Required
  • Russian, Level: Fluent, Required
  • Kazakh, Level: Working knowledge, Desirable

Remarks

As of June 2024, National UN Volunteer Experts in Astana are entitled to USD 1545/month as their Volunteer Living Allowance.

Other benefits include:

1. Pre-assignment: Entry lump sum – USD 400 (one time payment).

Relocation costs: $200 at beginning and end of assignment if duty station is outside of commuting distance (as determined by UNV).

2. During assignment Volunteer living allowance – USD 1545 (as mentioned above). Learning – Access to UNV’s learning and career development resources. Annual leave – 2.5 days per month. Insurance – Comprehensive coverage for health, life and malicious acts for the UN Volunteer and health insurance coverage for up to 3 eligible dependents . See the Conditions of Service for more details on eligibility criteria.

3. End of assignment Exit allowance (paid on successful completion of the assignment) for each month served, paid on completion of contract. The above summary is provided as information only and is subject to change.

For further information on the full range of entitlements and eligibility criteria, please read the UN Volunteer Conditions of Service

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The complete UN Volunteer Conditions of Service is available at https://explore.unv.org/cos.

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