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WFP Job Opening
Head, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Unit (Monitoring & Evaluation Officer)
Posted 27/11/2018
India - New Delhi

Job Description

WFP seeks candidates of the highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles.

Selection of staff is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.

Female candidates and qualified applicants are especially encouraged to apply to this position.

ABOUT WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide.  The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes.  Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

Vacancy Details

Position TitleHead, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Unit (Monitoring & Evaluation Officer)

Position GradeNO-B

Contract TypeFixed Term (for Nationals of India only)

Duty StationNew Delhi

Reporting Supervisor:  SDG Manager

DurationOne Year (Renewable)

ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve SDG-2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

India has made tremendous progress in the last couple of decades on key indicators including economic growth, poverty reduction, food grains self-sufficiency and adoption of technological solutions. However, the recent improvement in hunger and malnutrition is insufficient to achieve SDG-2 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). WFP has been working in India since 1963, however the nature of support has evolved over a period of time, from providing food to a more catalytic role in reducing vulnerability and eliminating food insecurity and malnutrition through technical assistance.

The Indian government has undertaken many reforms in the existing social safety-nets to better deliver on nutrition and food security, and launched ambitious schemes such as National Food Security Act (NFSA), National Nutrition Strategy (NNS) and National Nutrition Mission (NNM) that promote convergent approaches taking cognizance of the multi-dimensional nature of food and nutrition security and addressing inequalities related to gender, age, disability, income, caste and region.

In this positive policy environment, the WFP Country Strategic Plan (CSP) 2019-23 for India will support the Government’s efforts to address malnutrition and food insecurity towards achievement of SDG-2 through three Strategic Outcomes (SOs)and four activities aligned to SDG 2 and SDG 17 (strengthening governments’ capacity to achieve the SDGs):

Strategic Outcome 1: The most vulnerable people in India are better able to meet their minimum food and nutrition needs all year round

Activity 1: Provide policy inputs, advocacy and technical assistance to enhance the efficiency, targeting, service delivery and supply chain of government programmes to improve access to food.

 Strategic Outcome 2: People with a high risk of malnutrition, especially women, children, and adolescent girls, in India have improved nutrition by 2025

Activity 2: Support state and national governments to improve and integrate nutrition policy and programming, including enhanced quality, advocacy, gender transformative and systematized approaches

Strategic Outcome 3: National and state institutions have enhanced capacity to deliver on SDG 2 and key related targets and collaborate with regional and global partners towards SDG 2

Activity 3: Facilitate institutional capacity at various levels to generate, share and use evidence for coordinated SDG 2 planning, roll-out, and monitoring.

Activity 4: Facilitate the Government of India (GoI) and other countries to share food security and nutrition knowledge and expertise and to provide disaster risk management services for the region.

JOB PURPOSE

The position will be heading the monitoring and evaluation/research unit in WFP India country office supervising a team of technical staff. The position holder will lead the activity 3 under Strategic Outcome 3 and the M&E/Research efforts of the CO in close collaboration with the other programme units and reporting to the SDG-coordinator. A large emphasis of CSP is on creation of evidence and support to the government’s efforts towards better achievement of SDG-2 targets in India through evidence-based planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, documentation of learnings and best practices. CSP (2015-18) created a foundation by working with state and national governments on institutionalization of food security analysis and creating evidence for better action. The position is expected to work closely with the government ministries (including MoSPI) and NITI Aayog to provide support and build on the work done so far to realize the objectives of CSP 2019-23 and SDG-2. The position requires a strong technical and managerial skill set and good teamwork

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES:

The key accountabilities for incumbent could be categorized under four broad heads as follows:

1. Support Annual Planning and Performance Reviews

Co-ordinate Annual Performance Planning process for the country office and facilitate development of Annual Workplans in co-ordination with other units

Co-ordinate organization of mid-year and end-year performance reviews

Support creation of analytical reports based on the performance to generate management action

Support creating a risk profile for the office and update it periodically

2. Establish, Strengthen and Implement M&E Systems

Prepare a M&E plan for the CSP and strengthen the systems for M&E

Ensure all Decentralized evaluations and reviews are undertaken in adherence to UNEG-DAC norms and in adherence to quality protocols

Co-ordinate and support organization of CSP mid-term review and Country Portfolio Evaluations

Train national and partner staff in appropriate monitoring and evaluation techniques to build capacity of staff, increase awareness on the importance of monitoring and evaluation and encourage accountability for demonstrating results.

Work in close collaboration with internal counterparts and external partners to strengthen the quality and consistency of monitoring and evaluation activities and to strengthen the data quality, accuracy and consistency to build credible performance evidence.

Provide monitoring and evaluation findings/ reports and recommendations to support performance planning and risk analysis, emergency preparedness, security risk management and risk mitigation activities.

Prepare a M&E plan for the CSP and strengthen the systems for M&E

Ensure all Decentralized evaluations and reviews are undertaken in adherence to UNEG-DAC norms and in adherence to quality protocols

Co-ordinate and support organization of CSP mid-term review and Country Portfolio Evaluations

Train national and partner staff in appropriate monitoring and evaluation techniques to build capacity of staff, increase awareness on the importance of monitoring and evaluation and encourage accountability for demonstrating results.

Work in close collaboration with internal counterparts and external partners to strengthen the quality and consistency of monitoring and evaluation activities and to strengthen the data quality, accuracy and consistency to build credible performance evidence.

Provide monitoring and evaluation findings/ reports and recommendations to support performance planning and risk analysis, emergency preparedness, security risk management and risk mitigation activities.

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3. Support creating institutional capacities at various levels to generate, share and use evidence for coordinated SDG 2 planning, roll-out, and monitoring      

Work with various related central ministries for facilitating SDG monitoring and reporting and use of evidence for planning.

Collaborate with UN interagency M&E groups to provide support in strengthening the government’s efforts for data for SDG.

 Collaborate with NITI Aayog, MoSPI and state governments for better use of evidence for designing the strategies, programmes and plans towards achievement of SDG targets.

Support strengthening the capacities of food and nutrition security monitoring within the government systems and its links to the SDG monitoring.

4. Undertake and support need based research, assessments and food security analysis

Undertake critical analysis and research, generating evidence to support policy advocacy around food-based safety-nets, food and nutrition security situations, costing analysis, policy analysis to prepare analytical notes, briefs, overview documents and papers. This research will support the activities and outputs described in the CSP.

Create partnerships for undertaking need-based research, guide preparation of sound methodologies, sampling plans, use of most appropriate method (including qualitative/mixed methods) to bridge information gaps.

 Explore the opportunities for mobilization of funds in partnership with resource mobilization team.

Support the development of food security and vulnerability analysis and the preparation of timely reports on assessment to enable effective decision-making on the development of country strategy, policies and programmes.

Provide support to relevant partners that are focusing on food security and nutrition issues to enable sharing of experience, lessons learned and best practice.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:  Post graduate degree in Food Security, Economics / Development Economics, Data Science, Statistics, Public Health and Nutrition or any other related field?

Language: Excellent writing and communication skills in English and working knowledge of Hindi.

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR THE ROLE

A minimum of 8 years of professional experience at management positions in the field of M&E, Research of which at least 3 years of experience leading a mid-size to large cross functional teams to ensure effective delivery of objectives.

Strong experience working with several statistical tools and methods for research, and organization of surveys, undertaking desk research, policy analysis, with thorough knowledge of statistical systems of the country.

Performed monitoring, evaluations and assessments at multiple field locations.

Cultivated sustainable relationships with government authorities, NGOs, research agencies, academia and other implementation partners. 

Demonstrated capability of effective communication suited to variety of audience (ability to communicate technical reports to a non-technical audience) and collaborating with multiple partners.

Experience working in international organizations, embassies, multi-cultural environments is preferred.

Expected Knowledge and Skills:

Strong technical knowledge of M&E, research, food security analysis.

Sound knowledge of national statistical systems, various data sets including NSSO, NFHS, Census, context in the country, vision of country on the same.

Has managerial skills & ability to work with maturity, tact, respect and high degree of autonomy.

 Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with staff at all levels, including people of different national and cultural backgrounds.

Ability to analyze complex issues and propose solutions. Has analytical skills, decision making, problem solving skills.

 Strong ability to guide staff under his/her supervision, motivate teams, develop staff, promote team spirit, collaborate with peers, and to realise quality team accomplishments.

Ability to understand policy issues, translate them into facts for decision making.

Ability to effectively communicate through multiple mediums.

Ability to work on tight timelines, under pressure, in emergency situations, ability to handle multiple tasks and shoulder additional responsibilities, work independently and respond in a mature and tactful way.

4Ps CORE ORGANISATIONAL CAPABILITIES

Purpose

  • Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Understands WFP’s Strategic Objectives and the link to own work objectives.
  • Be a force for positive change: Flexibly adapts individual contributions to accommodate changes in direction from supervisors and internal/external changes (such as evolving needs of beneficiaries, new requirements of partners).
  •  Make the mission inspiring to our team: Recognizes and shares with team members the ways in which individual contributions relate to WFP’s mission.
  •  Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Sets own goals in alignment with WFP’s overall operations, and is able to communicate this link to others.

People

  • Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Assesses own strengths and weaknesses to increase self-awareness, and includes these in conversations on own developmental needs.
  •  Create an inclusive culture: Participates in open dialogue, and values the diverse opinion of others, regardless of background, culture, experience, or country assignment.
  •  Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Proactively seeks feedback and coaching to build confidence, and develop and improve individual skills.
  •  Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Participates in accomplishing team activities and goals in the face of challenging circumstances.

Performance

  • Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Shows willingness to explore and experiment with new ideas and approaches in own work.
  •  Focus on getting results: Consistently delivers results within individual scope of work on time, on budget and without errors.
  •  Make commitments and make good on commitments: Commits to upholding individual accountabilities and responsibilities in the face of ever-changing country or functional priorities.
  •  Be Decisive: Makes rational decisions about individual activities when faced with uncertain circumstances, including in times of ambiguity regarding information or manager direction.

Partnership

  • Connect and share across WFP units: Seeks to understand and adapt to internal or cross-unit teams’ priorities and preferred working styles.
  •  Build strong external partnerships: Demonstrates ability to understand and appropriately respond to and/or escalate needs of external partners.
  •  Be politically agile & adaptable: Portrays an informed and professional demeanor toward internal and external partners and stakeholders.
  •  Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Provides operational support on analyses and assessments that quantifies and demonstrates WFP’s unique value as a partner.

FUNCTIONAL CAPABILITIES

Capability NameDescription of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Strategic ManagementDemonstrates strong understanding of country context to support response analysis and exercises to improve cohesion between analytical findings and programmatic response. Utilizes up-to-date understanding of humanitarian and development actions in different contexts and knowledge of global geo-political issues, monitoring requirements and/or the evaluation mandate to enhance existing approaches, systems and processes to monitoring and/or evaluation that suit WFP’s strategic and operational needs
Performance ManagementDemonstrates thorough understanding of WFP’s performance management system and ability to manage resources and relationships to lead monitoring actions or deliver complex evaluations (including joint & interagency) of a variety of WFP programmes, processes or policies to WFP monitoring and/or evaluation quality standards.
Qualitative/Quantitative MethodologyApplies in-depth understanding of developing practice in analytical approaches, methods and tools for an appropriate mix to deliver quality monitoring results or complex evaluations on diverse topics relevant to WFP’s strategic and operational results frameworks.
Technical Knowledge and communicationProvides managerial and technical guidance for designing and conducting analysis, evaluations including computation, interpretation and presentation of results for surveys and key indicators. Able to tailor and synthesize evaluation/research evidence and engage diverse internal and external stakeholders proactively in appropriate ways to maximize learning and use of evaluation concepts and evidence for improving WFP programme performance.
Programme Monitoring and ReviewApplies programme lifecycle knowledge to the development of monitoring systems and applies corporate guidance to draft ToR, co-lead Programme Review implementation, and draft initial findings and recommendations on the effectiveness of food assistance activities.

 

Selection Process

Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.

 A written test will be used as a form of screening a final shortlisted candidates for the interview.

Candidates qualifying the written test will be invited for personal interview.

Qualified Candidates will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/ diploma(s)/ certificate(s) required for this position.

This is a National Professional Officer position. Therefore, only applications of Indian nationals will be accepted

Salary and Benefits

The annual net salary is approximately between Rs. 20-24 lakhs per annum after tax. 

The incumbent will be entitled to medical benefits as per WFP plan, pension and leave entitlements.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

20 December 2018

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Female applicants and qualified applicants from developing countries are especially encouraged to apply

WFP has zero tolerance for discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of HIV/AIDS status.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

Above texts are copied from UN WFP Official Web Page (WFP.org) 
Copyright 2018 © World Food Programme

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