BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE OF THE ASSIGNMENT:
The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency, fighting hunger worldwide. On average, WFP reaches more than 90 million people with food assistance in 80 countries each year.
About 18,000 people work for the organization, most of them in remote areas, directly serving the hungry poor. Staff us either working from its Headquarters in Rome, from one of WFP’s 6 Regional Bureaux or –mostly-from Country or sub/area offices.
WFP’s Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, based in Panama (RBP), has the overall objective to ensure strategic coherence and support programme and management excellence for WFP operations in the region. The RBP Programme Unit in particular is responsible for:
-Providing regional strategic guidance, policy support and direction with respect to WFP operations and activities in the region, including guidance and assistance to Country Offices in strategic planning
-Providing oversight of WFP Country Office operations and activities in the region, to facilitate programme improvements and to monitor compliance with corporate rules, regulations and standards.
-Ensuring adequate technical support is provided to Country Offices so that they possess the necessary technical and operational capacities to implement their programmes and facilitate the sharing of technical resources between countries in the region.
WFP in the RBP region is working in a context of predominantly Middle-Income Countries (MIC), for which it is challenging to obtain prioritized interest of donors and the general public. For that reason, WFP in the region has come under increasing pressure to demonstrate its results. In order to do so, country offices in the region need to be able to build evidence through proper monitoring and evaluating of their programmes.
The Bureau has a triple function as coordinator, technical advisor and provider of technical assistance in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Barbados.
Programmatic activities in RBP are, broadly speaking, positioned along three major strategic axes, namely 1) emergency preparedness and response to both rapid and slow onset, natural and man-made shocks, 2) disaster risk reduction, resilience and climate change adaptation programmes; 3) human capital development, including through social protection (nutrition, school feeding etc).
The organization is continuously making investments to enhance its capacities to ensure enhanced accountability and organizational learning through the collection, analysis and reporting of Monitoring and Review data.
In the case of WFP in Latin America and the Caribbean (RBP) enhanced M&R capacities still need further consolidation. M&R functions of the RAM team include:
1.The provision of advocacy/strategic support in terms of M&R**
Strategic support and operational planning for M&R at regional and CO levels; advocacy on new CRF and on uses of M&R in terms of accountability, programmatic adjustment and evidence building
2. Enhanced M&R frameworks and capacities
Ensure new project documents and budget revisions have a results based approach, including logframes; management of budget allocations for the strengthening of outcome monitoring; provision of daily remote technical assistance to COs on M&R provided; Support to COs provided on-site; Development of M&R toolkit for regional operations.
3. Facilitation of M&R related Learning and Innovation (RBP COs)
Preparation of training methodologies and carrying out workshop facilitation; data collection software and carry out pilots at country office level; Tableau data visualization Provision of inputs for HQ related to corporate CRF guidance, corporate and CO M&R strategies, COMET B roll out; Explore South-south collaboration on M&R. Head the formulation of enhanced M&R frameworks for capacity building.
4. Enhance Results Reporting on RBP activities
Undertake reviews of results and SO sections of all RBP Standard Project Reports; Compilation of RBP inputs for corporate Annual Project Report; compilation of regional PRRO results-oriented products; systematization of RBP capacity development achievements coordinated.
5. Support provision in RBP region related to its Review function
Provision of advocacy and/or advise and planning for enhanced Review practices. Coordination and support review of Review TORs and reports; active participation through teleconference in (de)briefing meetings; Oversee consultant selection, work of outsourcing company and management response to Review recommendations overseen.
To adequately fulfil its mandate, the Research, Assessment and Monitoring team is currently looking for a resource to fill the position of Regional Monitoring and Review Officer.
Under the direct supervision of the Regional M&R Advisor, the M&R Officer will be tasked with the following activities:
- Support Country Offices (CO) excellence in M&R, including by a) ensuring compliance with corporate rules, regulations and standards, b) facilitating periodic oversight exercises and providing recommendations to CO management, c) facilitating the roll-out of corporate strategies, guidance and processes related to M&R.
- Support improved evidence generation regionally, including through assisting COs to design and/or implement MRE (Monitoring, review and evaluation) strategies and plans; supporting with thematic studies and research undertaken in the region on topics relevant to WFP’s strategic positioning in the region.
- Act as regional focal point for, and provide assistance for, CO users of the corporate project management and reporting system (COMET).
- Facilitate the regular follow up, extraction and analysis of monitoring and operational data from corporate project management systems (COMET), with the aim to improve its use and usefulness, including through the use of advanced visualization software and techniques.
- Supporting the annual performance planning and review exercises in the RB and in country offices, in particular in the elaboration and analysis of corporate Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) related to the area of M&E.
- Conducting periodic exercises to monitor the implementation of recommendations resulting from evaluations conducted in the region.
- Support COs in conducting Mid-Term Reviews of their Country Strategic Plans.
- Support in compilation and review of M&R sections in project proposals, project documents and corporate reports
- Other duties as required
Critical Success Factors:
· Ability to compile, maintain and analyse data, prepare reports and draw initial conclusions and recommendations;
· Ability to work in a team, and maintain effective work relationships with counterparts;
· Effective and timely interaction with colleagues and concerned parties internally and externally; flexibility in accepting work assignments outside normal desk description;
· Ability to deal patiently and tactfully with people of different national and cultural backgrounds.
· Demonstrated ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and monitor own work plan and those under supervision;
· Good analytical skills;
· Resourcefulness, initiative, maturity of judgement, tact, negotiating skills;
STANDARD MINIMUN QUALIFICATIONS
Advanced University degree or University degree with experience and training/courses in one or more of the following disciplines: Nutrition/Public Health, Social Studies, Statistics, development studies, economics or another related field.
At least three years of postgraduate progressively responsible professional experience in monitoring and evaluation, food security, vulnerability analysis or a closely related area. Work experience in database management and household data analysis an asset.
Knowledge & Skills:
• Experience in quantitative and qualitative data analysis
• Good knowledge of statistical packages (SPSS, Stata, SAS, Excel…).
• Good knowledge of tableau
• Demonstrated ability to present information and ideas and to communicate effectively
• Track record of producing reports and other communication materials
• Proficiency in Windows, MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), SPSS (or other statistical package), Knowledge of Tableau.
Fluency in English and Spanish, both oral and written communication. French will be considered an asset.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Position: Monitoring and Review Consultant
Number of openings: 1
Based in: Panama City, Panama
Type of Contract: International Consultant
Duration: 6 months
Only short-listed qualified candidates will receive an acknowledgement.
How to apply
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please create a personal account and fill out the profile form with your personal information athttp://www1.wfp.org/careers/job-openings. If you are internal applicant, apply through your E-Recruitment profile. In the application form, ensure filling the mandatory sections, attaching your CV, answering the pre-screening questions and agreeing on the legal statement before submitting your application
The deadline to apply is May 14, 2020. (Midnight-Panama time)
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