Hiring Organization / Company: United Cities And Local Governments Asia Pacific (uclg Aspac)
Basic Salary: To Be Discussed
Employement Type: Full-Time
Monitoring and Evaluation Manager
One-year contract and extendable
20 April 2021
27 April 2021
United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) is the largest regional section of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), an amalgamation of International Union of Local Authorities (IULA), United Towns Organisation (UTO), and World Association of the Major Metropolises (METROPOLIS) set up in Ghent (Belgium) in 1913, in Aix-les-Bains (France) in 1957 and in Paris (France) in 1985, respectively. UCLG was established on 1 January 2004 and is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain. Following this unification, UCLG ASPAC was established in Taipei on 14 April 2004, as the new entity of IULA ASPAC. UCLG ASPAC’s Secretariat is based in Jakarta, Indonesia.
UCLG is a worldwide association of local governments and the officially recognised voice of local governments by the United Nations. UCLG ASPAC has linkages to more than 7,000 cities and local governments. It represents well over 3.76 billion people - more than half of the world population - and incorporates economically fast developing countries such as China, India, and Indonesia.
UCLG ASPAC is the key knowledge management hub on local government issues in the Asia-Pacific region. It promotes democratic local government, supports cooperation between cities, local governments and their associations, and facilitates programmes, network and partnerships to develop the capacity of local governments and the associations. Moreover, UCLG ASPAC represents local governments politically within the international community, and with the United Nations and its agencies. It also promotes inclusive societies which safeguard equality, social and economic justice, and sustainable community development. UCLG ASPAC is engaged in all relevant thematic fields for nurturing sustainable development comprising poverty alleviation, climate change, disaster resiliency, culture, strategic planning, decentralisation, local finance, gender equality, women leadership and empowerment as well as good governance.
UCLG ASPAC in cooperation with the European Union is implementing the SDGs Programme entitled "Local Empowerment, Advocacy and Development for SDGs Localisation (LEAD Programme)" at the provincial and districts level in Pakistan, mainly in Balochistan and Sindh Provinces. This project is under the European Union (EU) Project (CSO-LA/2018/396-784) and aims to contribute to the achievement of SDGs in Pakistan by fostering an enabling environment for mainstreaming SDGs in local development processes through effective leadership and policy advocacy, supported by evidence-based research, capacity building and improved coordination, and piloting innovative approaches for SDGs localisation.
UCLG ASPAC is currently calling for applications from qualified candidates to fill in the post of a Monitoring & Evaluation Manager for LEAD Programme based in Islamabad. The post assigned is to support the implementation of LEAD Programme in Sindh & Balochistan Province.
Under the technical supervision of Team Leader, the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Manager will be responsible for the design, development/revision and implementation of the Programme Monitoring & Evaluation, Research and Learning Framework. He/she will develop a systematic monitoring framework to improve the qualitative and quantitative evidence gathered by the Programme. He/she will also provide technical assistance to the implementing agencies, particularly in relation to monitoring, reporting and governance issues.
Setting up the system:
- Assist in the revision of the project log frame matrix, particularly in the areas of performance indicators and their measurement.
- Assist in the development and/or finalization of the project workplan and keep it updated in accordance with project activities and timeframes as relevant.
- Develop the overall framework for project M&E, for example mid-term project review, impact assessment, final evaluation, develop project Performance Monitoring Plan with relevant data collection systems.
- Review the quality of existing data in the project subject areas, the methods of collecting it, and the degree to which it will provide good baseline statistics for impact evaluation.
- Develop baseline data for each project component and for all project indicators.
- With collaborating partners, review their existing approaches and management information systems and agree on any required changes, support and resources.
- Develop a plan for project-related capacity-building on M&E and for any computer-based support that may be required.
- Organize and undertake training with collaborating partners on M&E as required.
Implementation of M&E and Coordination:
Collect data on a regular basis to measure achievement against the performance indicators.
- Check data quality with partners.
- Maintain and administer the M&E database; analyse and aggregate findings.
- Support project progress reporting, project mid-term review and final evaluation.
- Identify areas where technical support to project partners is required. Organize refresher training on M&E for partners as required.
- Identify lessons learned and develop case studies to capture qualitative outputs of the project. Provide advice to the supervisor on improving project performance using M&E findings.
Produce reports on M&E findings and prepare presentations based on M&E data as required.
- Provide the Project Manager with management information she/he may require.
- Check that monitoring data are discussed in appropriate forum and in a timely fashion in terms of implications for future action. If necessary, create such discussions to fill any gap.
- Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Team Lead.
Working Conditions & Travel:
The position is based in Islamabad with regular travel to field sites and partly travel to UCLG ASPAC/LEAD Programme Offices in Karachi & Quetta. Each candidate needs to show his/her willingness to travel to remote parts of the Province.
Education and Experience:
- Master’s Degree from Higher Education Commission recognised university in the field of statistics, demographics, public policy, international development, economics, or related field. Advanced certificate in M&E, statistics or economics preferred. Candidates with legal background and degree in rural development will be given preference.
Experience, Skills & Competencies:
- At least, 5 years of past experience in M&E position responsible for implementing M&E activities of international development projects.
- The candidates with strong past experiences on Local Governance, Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Rural Development shall be given preference.
- Experience in designing, implementing, and operating project M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages.
- Experience in designing and managing beneficiary monitoring and database systems.
- Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, and developing M&E and performance monitoring plans.
- Knowledge of the major evaluation methodologies (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method, and impact) and data collection and analysis methodologies.
- Experience in planning and managing surveys.
- Experience in developing and refining data collection tools.
- Experience with data quality assessments and oversight.
- Experience in managing and providing training to partners and target beneficiaries.
- Ability to facilitate and serve as project liaison for externally managed evaluations.
- Good knowledge of Microsoft office (word, excel, outlook express, internet, power point) and preferably project management software.
- Proven experience of managing medium-sized teams.
- Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills in Urdu and English. Knowledge of local languages, Sindhi shall be an asset.
- Ability to translate data from local language to English or Urdu
- Experience of planning, organising and delegating work.
- Time management skills and qualitative report writing experience.
- Experience of working in communities and building collaborative relationships.
- Ability to work in stressful conditions and remote geographical areas.
- Having organisational commitment, personal integrity, ability to work with diverse groups of people and respect for others.
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