Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Monitoring, Evaluation & Operations Support Consultant

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Job Description

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device FAO is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender and nationality People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality The incumbent may be re-assigned to different activities and/or Duty Stations depending on the evolving needs of the Organization Organizational Setting The FAO Subregional Office for the Pacific Islands is located in Apia, Samoa and covers the 14 Pacific Island countries. This position will entail working with the portfolio of fisheries projects in the subregional office but will include a focus on fisheries Emergency project and the project on “Enhancing livelihoods and Food Security through nearshore fish aggregating device fisheries in the Pacific” (FishFAD Project) which includes seven Small Island Developed States (SIDS) namely Samoa, Vanuatu, Tuvalu, Fiji, Palau, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Kiribati. The project will focus on the safe development of nearshore fish aggregation device (FAD) supported by co-management approaches and the development of value adding and alternative livelihoods to diversity income sources.

Reporting Lines The consultant will be under the overall supervision of the FAO Sub-regional Coordinator for the Pacific and will directly report to the Lead Technical Officer (LTO), the FISHFAD CTA, and will work in collaboration with the SAP Fisheries Team.

Technical Focus The incumbent will lead initial efforts relating to operational monitoring and evaluation framework, review of project indicators as well as developing a system for recording information and data for the various projects. The purpose is to provide a platform and tool for project Coordination and data/information to effectively monitor and evaluate project progress/success during mid-term and end-of-project evaluations exercises.

Tasks and responsibilities
  1. The consultant is responsible for the ME& Operations support of the project activities based on a draft M&E framework to be developed which will include indicators and system during the life cycle of the project:
  • Develop/refine a monitoring plan and tool for the FishFAD project and other fisheries projects (if time allows), including tracking of project activities (i.e., procurement, recruitment);
  • Provide input to annual project work plans and undertake the mid-term evaluation of the project with input from stakeholders and project staff, and ensure that relevant information is being collected for project reporting;
  • Ensure technical compliance with project’s results framework and follow the monitoring and evaluation plan; and
  • Collect information to document success stories on specific project activities at participating country level and work with communications officers in developing news articles/communication materials.
  1. Other Technical responsibilities for the FISHFAD project:
  • Assist in overall and annual planning activities, preparation of contracts and agreements with service providers/ consultants/contractors, and review of consultants/contractors outputs;
  • Assist in the preparation and review of project reports in coordination with the project team;
  • Organize and participate in planning exercises with local stakeholders and project partners in the preparation of work plans and budgets, and feeding into the overall project work plan and budget and ensuring timely implementation in line with FAO and donor policies;
  • Assist in the preparation of Terms of Reference (ToR), Letters of Agreements (LoAs), service contracts, among others, and ensuring that these are consistent with FAO rules and policies;
  • Assist in procurement planning;
  • Assist in the conduct of regional meetings, forums and workshops and other similar events, requiring M&E and Operations support;
  • Assist project staff, in consultation with the SAP Communication Officer, in the development of project communications to ensure project and resource partner visibility and coordinate its implementation.
  • University degree in Agriculture, economics, Business Management and/or related discipline
  • At least 1 year of relevant experience in developing countries related to M&E and project operations
  • Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of one of the other FAO languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, Russian).
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Selection Criteria
  • Experience with FAO or other UN agencies is preferable
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