United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Social Protection Monitoring Consultant

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

Job Description

To support the monitoring of integrated safety net program for the most vulnerable women and children in four pilot woredas in Amhara Region UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone. And we never give up.

Specific Tasks

Under the direct supervision of the Amhara FO M&E Specialist /RBM, and technical supervision/support of Social Policy Specialist, the Consultant is responsible for the following key areas: Programme Monitoring and Reporting
  • In close consultation with Amhara FO and SPESI section develop the annual program monitoring and follow up plan; and Support the region and woredas in the development of annual social protection work plan

  • Review existing program monitoring and adapt monitoring tools that helps to assess the progress of ISNP implementation and delivery of results. The ISNP result framework includes indicators draws from social protection, health, nutrition, ECD and Child Protection. The indicators are currently under review.

  • Test and improve monitoring tools during the field visits, inform the FO and CO SPESI on any issues and make suggestions for enhancement of existing monitoring tools

  • Using the ISNP and PSNP programme implementation manual (PIM), ensure monitoring indicators are established and monitor progress on the various component of the pilots, including the work of community service workers, health extension workers and developmental agents

  • Prepare and share regular programme updates highlighting progress, opportunities and bottlenecks of ISNP

  • Conduct field visits to monitor and provide support to ensure the delivery of social protection programme results and in the operational context of ISNP

  • Analyse monitoring surveys conducted to extract key findings that need to be addressed at field level and advise the supervisor for informed strategic decisions

  • Summarize findings on a quarter basis, to identify patters and recurring issues, that need to be raised to CO level and addressed in a more collective manner

  • Follow up on monitoring and review findings received to ensure corrective actions are taken as required, including recording in the MIS and sharing of findings with stakeholders.

  • Collect, analyse and document the key findings of the program monitoring and share to all implementing partners and SPESI section to be used for performance improvement, evidence-based decision making and programming at all level;

  • Regularly monitoring the programme progress, track results, and challenges and report to the line manager and functional supervisor.

  • Document systematically results achieved through the support of ISNP at all level advocate to use the evidence for decision-making

  • Monitor inclusion of care-taker of malnutrition children through the woreda contingency budget and implementation of federal contingency budget;

  • Regularly document program visit and spot check key action points/recommendation for follow up to ensure implementation of agreed action points;

  • Facilitate the field monitoring missions to government officials, ECO SPESI section, Donors, consultants or any other pertinent mission as required

  • Monitor the MIS system functionality and ensure use of ICT equipment’s are used only for the intended purpose.

  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual reports based on the key findings of the program monitoring, follow up and spot check; and contribute to the donor report as required.

  • Perform other duties pertaining to ISNP and assigned by his/her supervisor in Amhara FO as well as ECO SPESI section.

Partnership, Coordination, Capacity Building and system strengthening 
  • Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitoring of ISNP and highlight potential risks to programme delivery.

  • Facilitate and conduct gap Analysis to ISNP implementing partners and provide need based on job training, coaching and mentoring of key implementing partners; with the support of social protection team.

  • Support the regional SCT Steering Committee or other PSNP/ISNP taskforces, strengthening the multisectoral coordination at regional sector bureaus and build smooth relationship with key partners at all level

  • Participate in and contribute to relevant PSNP and UPSNP Task Force meetings; regular programme or review meetings at regional level

  • Support and mentor the social service workers and other frontline workers

  • Provide support to ISNP implementing partners to strengthen the multisectoral collaboration and coordination at region, district and kebele level and system strengthening

Expected Deliverables and Payment Schedule Annual program monitoring and follow up plan developed, rolled out and regularly followed-up for compliance Monitoring indicators are regularly tracked and reported against based on existing PSNP and ISNP result frameworks and PIMS Monthly programme progress/updates highlighting opportunities and bottlenecks of ISNP Monitoring capacity of woredas, zones and region improved as measured by achievement of key monitoring milestones identified in the program monitoring and follow-up plan Monthly field monitoring report covering visits to pertinent sectors, clients, partners to assess progress, identify and address and/or refer challenges as required in at least 50% of the ISNP woredas and assessing progress of implementation and achievement of results UNICEF field missions supported including preparatory works ahead of donor visits, country office programme monitoring visits, JRIS and any other relevant missions (e.g. drafting of itineraries, reconnaissance visits, coordinating partners, etc.) Technical Support provided to social protection sectoral plan development as required by the sector lead agency Regional Social Protection Platform and Working Group supported regularly attended and participated Quarterly report summarizing key findings that identify patterns and recurring issues, that need to be shared with the AFO, ECO SPESI section to address strategically. Document and share best practices, challenges and lessons learnt with UNICEF and other stakeholders with the guidance of supervisor Ensure effective ISNP programme monitoring is rolled out and practiced regularly in all pilot woredas and technical support provided to the implementing partners
  • The consultant will submit monthly reports to his/her primary supervisor in the field office and sharing with ECO SPESI section on agreed deliverables and will also submit a final written report. The supervisor will provide feedback in relation to tasks related to deliverable.

  • The payment is on monthly basis after the submission of monthly reports based on the above specified deliverables by the consultant with the standardized reporting template.

Reporting and supervision The consultant will submit progress report on monthly, quarterly, and annual basis and submitted to Amhara FO M&E specialist/RBM and Social Policy/Protection Specialist in UNICEF Ethiopia. Supervision will be done by Amhara FO M&E specialist/RBM and Social Policy Specialist. General Conditions:
  • The consultant will be based within UNICEF Amhara Field Office

  • The consultant is entitled to DSA when on travel outside duty station

  • The consultant is authorized to have access to UNICEF transport for official business

Expected background and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Development Economics, Social Protection, Monitoring and Evaluation, Public Health or any related field;

  • Minimum 2 years professional working experience in programme monitoring in development and humanitarian context

  • Demonstrable professional experience in programme monitoring preferable in Social Protection sector.

  • Desirable experience at regional levels regarding the effective Design, implementation and monitoring of urban and rural safety net programmes in Ethiopia;

  • Excellent planning, detail oriented and analysing skill;

  • Excellent networking, communication and coordination skills, negotiating and advocacy skills;

  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Amharic. Knowledge of other local language in the region is an added advantage.

Specific Tasks

Under the direct supervision of the Amhara FO M&E Specialist /RBM, and technical supervision/support of Social Policy Specialist, the Consultant is responsible for the following key areas: Programme Monitoring and Reporting
  • In close consultation with Amhara FO and SPESI section develop the annual program monitoring and follow up plan; and Support the region and woredas in the development of annual social protection work plan

  • Review existing program monitoring and adapt monitoring tools that helps to assess the progress of ISNP implementation and delivery of results. The ISNP result framework includes indicators draws from social protection, health, nutrition, ECD and child protection. The indicators are currently under review.

  • Test and improve monitoring tools during the field visits, inform the FO and CO SPESI on any issues and make suggestions for enhancement of existing monitoring tools

  • Using the ISNP and PSNP programme implementation manual (PIM), ensure monitoring indicators are established and monitor progress on the various component of the pilots, including the work of community service workers, health extension workers and developmental agents

  • Prepare and share regular programme updates highlighting progress, opportunities and bottlenecks of ISNP

  • Conduct field visits to monitor and provide support to ensure the delivery of social protection programme results and in the operational context of ISNP

  • Analyse monitoring surveys conducted to extract key findings that need to be addressed at field level and advise the supervisor for informed strategic decisions

  • Summarize findings on a quarter basis, to identify patters and recurring issues, that need to be raised to CO level and addressed in a more collective manner

  • Follow up on monitoring and review findings received to ensure corrective actions are taken as required, including recording in the MIS and sharing of findings with stakeholders.

  • Collect, analyse and document the key findings of the program monitoring and share to all implementing partners and SPESI section to be used for performance improvement, evidence-based decision making and programming at all level;

  • Regularly monitoring the programme progress, track results, and challenges and report to the line manager and functional supervisor.

  • Document systematically results achieved through the support of ISNP at all level advocate to use the evidence for decision-making

  • Monitor inclusion of care-taker of malnutrition children through the woreda contingency budget and implementation of federal contingency budget;

  • Regularly document program visit and spot check key action points/recommendation for follow up to ensure implementation of agreed action points;

  • Facilitate the field monitoring missions to government officials, ECO SPESI section, Donors, consultants or any other pertinent mission as required

  • Monitor the MIS system functionality and ensure use of ICT equipment’s are used only for the intended purpose.

  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and annual reports based on the key findings of the program monitoring, follow up and spot check; and contribute to the donor report as required.

  • Perform other duties pertaining to ISNP and assigned by his/her supervisor in Amhara FO as well as ECO SPESI section.

Partnership, Coordination, capacity building and system strengthening 
  • Liaise with internal and external counterparts to ensure effective collaboration, monitoring of ISNP and highlight potential risks to programme delivery.

  • Facilitate and conduct Gap Analysis to ISNP implementing partners and provide need based on job training, coaching and mentoring of key implementing partners; with the support of social protection team.

  • Support the regional SCT Steering Committee or other PSNP/ISNP taskforces, strengthening the multisectoral coordination at regional sector bureaus and build smooth relationship with key partners at all level

  • Participate in and contribute to relevant PSNP and UPSNP Task Force meetings; regular programme or review meetings at regional level

  • Support and mentor the social service workers and other frontline workers

  • Provide support to ISNP implementing partners to strengthen the multisectoral collaboration and coordination at region, district and kebele level and system strengthening

Expected Deliverable and Payment Schedule Annual program monitoring and follow up plan developed, rolled out and regularly followed-up for compliance Monitoring indicators are regularly tracked and reported against based on existing PSNP and ISNP result frameworks and PIMS Monthly programme progress/updates highlighting opportunities and bottlenecks of ISNP Monthly ongoing Monitoring capacity of woredas, zones and region improved as measured by achievement of key monitoring milestones identified in the program monitoring and follow-up plan Monthly field monitoring report covering visits to pertinent sectors, clients, partners to assess progress, identify and address and/or refer challenges as required in at least 50% of the ISNP woredas and assessing progress of implementation and achievement of results UNICEF field missions supported including preparatory works ahead of donor visits, country office programme monitoring visits, JRIS and any other relevant missions (e.g. drafting of itineraries, reconnaissance visits, coordinating partners, etc.) Technical support provided to social protection sectoral plan development as required by the sector lead agency Regional Social Protection Platform and Working Group supported regularly attended and participated Quarterly report summarizing key findings that identify patterns and recurring issues, that need to be shared with the AFO, ECO SPESI section to address strategically. Document and share best practices, challenges and lessons learnt with UNICEF and other stakeholders with the guidance of supervisor Ensure effective ISNP programme monitoring is rolled out and practiced regularly in all pilot woredas and technical support provided to the implementing partners
  • The consultant will submit monthly reports to his/her primary supervisor in the field office and sharing with ECO SPESI section on agreed deliverables and will also submit a final written report. The supervisor will provide feedback in relation to tasks related to deliverable.

  • The payment is on monthly basis after the submission of monthly reports based on the above specified deliverables by the consultant with the standardized reporting template.

Reporting and supervision The consultant will submit progress report on monthly, quarterly, and annual basis and submitted to Amhara FO M&E specialist/RBM and Social Policy/Protection Specialist in UNICEF Ethiopia. Supervision will be done by Amhara FO M&E specialist/RBM and Social Policy Specialist. General Conditions:
  • The consultant will be based within UNICEF Amhara Field Office

  • The consultant is entitled to DSA when on travel outside duty station

  • The consultant is authorized to have access to UNICEF transport for official business

Expected background and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Development Economics, Social Protection, Monitoring and Evaluation, Public Health or any related field;

  • Minimum 2 years professional working experience in programme monitoring in development and humanitarian context

  • Demonstrable professional experience in programme monitoring preferable in Social Protection sector.

  • Desirable experience at regional levels regarding the effective design, implementation and monitoring of urban and rural safety net programmes in Ethiopia;

  • Excellent planning, detail oriented and analysing skill;

  • Excellent networking, communication and coordination skills, negotiating and advocacy skills;

  • Fluency in spoken and written English and Amharic. Knowledge of other local language in the region is an added advantage.

For every Child, you demonstrate… UNICEF’s core values of Commitment, Diversity and Integrity and core competencies in Communication, Working with People and Drive for Results.   UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization. UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles. Remarks: Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
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