United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Monitoring and Reporting Officer

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Job Description

Funded by the European Union and managed from Kazakhstan (Almaty) in cooperation with all participating countries, the Spotlight Initiative (SI) regional programme for Central Asia will harness the collective expertise, experiences challenges and energy of gender equality advocates from the five Central Asian countries as well as Afghanistan. This will be done with the purpose of advancing legislative reform, policy dialogue and advocacy, technical assistance in adaptation of most effective measures to address sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and social norm changes necessary to prevent and respond to SGBV and harmful practices such as bride kidnapping, child and forced marriage and early unions. Mobilizing the UN country teams (UNCTs) in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, as well as in partnership with Afghanistan, the SI seeks to fill a vital vacuum in the region. Namely, the absence of any Central Asian consensus around SGBV, and the absence of any institutional forum for such consensus to be generated. Through collective thinking and collective advocacy, governments, parliamentarians, civil society, human rights and women’s activists, survivors, women from marginalized groups, male champions and young people will develop Central Asia-specific models for legislative, policy and institutional reform. These Central Asia-specific models will be grounded in the international norms and standards guiding work on SGBV, including the CEDAW and the Council of Europe (CoE)’s Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence – also known as the Istanbul Convention. In addition, the Models will reflect the importance of gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) methodologies – including costing – to ensure prevention and response to SGBV is robust. The Spotlight Monitoring and Reporting Officer reports to the Programme Coordinator of the Spotlight Initiative regional programme for Central Asia and Afghanistan who operates under the overall guidance of the UN Resident Coordinator for Kazakhstan. The Spotlight Monitoring and Reporting Officer is responsible for establishing and implementing a Monitoring and Results System for the Programme to facilitate reporting. In doing so, the Spotlight Monitoring and Reporting Officer can draw on the support and guidance of the Data and Monitoring Analyst of the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The Spotlight Monitoring and Reporting Officer is instrumental in facilitating Programme implementation using and developing appropriate mechanisms and systems and ensuring compliance with established procedures, while contributing to quality assurance and the effective monitoring and reporting of the Programme. Duties and ResponsibilitiesMonitoring and Reporting:
  • Develops and oversees a monitoring framework for the SI programme;

  • Develops and utilizes result tracking tools for the programme including achievement of programme targets by the implementing UN agencies;

  • Establish and implement monitoring mechanisms to systematically assess the progress and achievement of results against set targets, conducting field visits, participating in review meetings and evaluation missions and preparing regular inputs to status and progress reports. Analyzes basic factors affecting the achievement of results, recommends corrective actions and follows up on recommendations;

  • Systematic monitoring of programme activities through desk-reviews;

  • Suggest strategies to the Project Management for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the project by identifying bottlenecks in completing project activities and developing plans to minimize or eliminate such bottlenecks;

  • Closely collaborates with the different partners in order to collect and analyze routine data;

  • Support the monitoring of the budget delivery and regular reporting exercises;

  • Supports the Programme Coordinator in the development of consolidated narrative project progress reports

  • Contributes to creation and sharing of knowledge by synthesizing and documenting findings and lessons learned, success stories and best practices, strategies and approaches of the Spotlight regional programme, and drafting relevant materials for dissemination. Conducts regular environmental scanning on the political and socio-economic developments in the region relevant to the project.

Key Performance Indicators:
  • Adherence to UN standards and rules;

  • Timely and quality inputs to monitoring and reporting workplans, and budgets;

  • Regional M&E Framework in place;

  • Tools for tracking project results against targets developed and staff guided on their use;

  • Quality and timely reporting;

  • Strong relations with partners and stakeholders;

  • Timely organization of advocacy and communication of results;

  • Good practices and lessons learned compiled and disseminated.

CompetenciesCore Values:
  • Respect for Diversity;

  • Integrity;

  • Professionalism;

  • Demonstrating commitment to the UN System.

Core Competencies:
  • Awareness and Sensitivity Regarding Gender and Sexual Harassment Issues;

  • Accountability;

  • Creative Problem Solving;

  • Communicating for Impact;

  • Inclusive Collaboration;

  • Stakeholder Engagement;

  • Working in teams;

  • Thinking analytically and strategically.

Functional Competencies:
  • Monitoring and evaluation skills;

  • Ability to gather and interpret data, reach logical conclusions and present findings;

  • Engaging internal/external partners and stakeholders;

  • Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda;

  • Delivering results-oriented programmes;

  • Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization.

Required Skills and ExperienceEducation and certification:
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in social sciences areas, economics, statistics, Data Science or other relevant fields. Master’s degree is desirable.

  • Certification in Peace and Gender, Gender and Development, Social Work with specialization on GBV or other relevant field; or combination of education and relevant experience in a related field are desirable;

  • A project/programme management certification would be an added advantage.

  • At least 7 years of progressively responsible experience at the national or international level in monitoring and reporting, project management preferably in the field of gender equality with a particular focus on Gender-based violence;

  • Strong knowledge and experience in Project Management Support are essential as well as ability to draft high quality report supported with graphic and statistical summaries;

  • Experience in developing Monitoring and Evaluation Framework or System for development projects is a strong advantage;

  • Knowledge on various donor’s reporting requirements would be an added advantage;

  • Proficiency in current office Software Applications and corporate IT systems.

  • Knowledge on various donor’s reporting requirements would be an added advantage;

Language Requirements:
  • Fluency in English and Russian is required;

  • Knowledge of languages of Central Asian countries is an asset.


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