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Consultant: Monitoring and Evaluation Systems (P4 Equivalent)

Organization: UN-Habitat

Duty station: Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean

Duration: 2 Months full time

Closing date: 17 February 2012

1. BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT

UN-HABITAT is the coordinating agency within the United Nations system for human settlements and focal point for coordinated implementation of the Habitat Agenda, as well as the human settlements chapter of Agenda 21, and the MDG Goal 7 Target 11 of significantly improving the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers by the year 2020.

The evaluation framework of UN-HABITAT is informed by three objectives: to adopt and institutionalize results-based monitoring and evaluation, to promote evaluative knowledge and learning around results, and to streamline M&E procedures in all operations. As part of the organization-wide reforms, UN-Habitat developed a six year Medium Term Strategic Institutional Plan (MTSIP) 2008-2013 and formally adopted results based management (RBM) as a management tool for achieving MTSIP results. Right now, UN-HABITAT is undergoing an internal reform and new priorities are being formulated.

In line with the instructions for monitoring and evaluating MTSIP progress at country and regional level and for aligning the region to the UN-HABITAT’s internal reform, new priorities and to the next MTSIP framework, the region has received instructions to reinforce the regional and countries monitoring and evaluation framework from the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit in Nairobi. At country level, the countries’ offices are expected to revise the previous Habitat Country Programme Document (HCPD) implementation and finalize the ongoing procedures for the new version, with a related implementation plan and M&E framework.

The incumbent is expected to provide support for the countries’ HCPDs revision, the derived country programme and M&E framework, supported by the regional M&E system.

2. RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the supervision of the Regional Director and the HSO responsible for MTSIP monitoring, the incumbent will be responsible for the following duties:

1 – Propose Work Plan;

2 – Development of a system for M&E UN-HABITAT Country and Regional Programme; the related Matrix shall serve as reference for the Regional Office’s work;

3 – Support and finalize HCPDs following regional guidelines;

4 – Provide RBM/ M&E training and coaching to countries’ staff members;

3. THE M&E SPECIALIST/ CONSULTANT

The consultant should have the following expertise and experience:

Professionalism: In-depth knowledge of urban development, housing and policies issues at global level and in particular, in the Latin America and Caribbean region; Knowledge andcompetences in monitoring and evaluation including understanding of Results-Based Management (RBM); Experience in planning, developing and implementing M&E Systems; experience in data collection methods and analysis; reporting and dissemination of evaluation findings.

Communication: Strong oral and writing communication skills in English, Spanish, Portuguese and French, including strong report writing skills.

Planning and organizing: Ability to work under pressure; Develops clear targets that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently and goes an extra mile to meet deadlines.

Teamwork: Good interpersonal skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity, including gender, as well as provide “clients” with information on progress made and setbacks on related issues.

Work Experience: At least 15 years’ experience in urban sustainable development, housing issues, urban planning, project management and applied results based management.

Availability: Consultant shall be available for 2 months full time work and for travels within the LAC region;

4. QUALIFICATIONS:

Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics, statistics, or social sciences.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of experience in project or programme management, of which at least five should be related to programme planning, monitoring and evaluation functions. Proven professional experience in at least three countries of the LAC region, in urban development related activities. Experience with UN-HABITAT will be an important advantage.

Language

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in spoken and written English, Spanish and French is required. Fluency in Portuguese will be considered as an important advantage. The work shall involve all four languages, whenever possible.

5. MAIN OUTPUTS:

1. Finalized and detailed implementation Work Plan with outputs and conferences calendar, coordinated with the Regional Office;

2. Countries’ RBM/M&E matrix proposal;

3. Regional RBM/M&E matrix proposal;

4. Short report on previous HCPDs implementation and introduction to new ones, included M&E matrix and monitoring system.

5. HCPDs finalized and linked to country M&E matrix for programme and HCPD M&E implementation plan;

6. Short report on countries’ national matrix and implementation plan, including process documentation.

7. Short report on regional matrix and implementation plan, including process documentation.

8. Documentation of implemented conferences, countries’ support and trainings

9. Short report on developed programmes/projects supported by consultant

6. REMUNERATION

The consultant will be contracted by the UN-HABITAT Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean and hired for a period of four weeks spread over eight weeks. The consultant will travel to select countries as part of the ToRs and related activities. The consultant will be paid a fee in line with qualifications and experience, in installments:

i) 10% upon Work Plan proposal;

ii) 50% upon submission of main outputs proposal (1 to 5, end of March);

iii) 40% once the last outputs and final report have been approved by the Regional Director and HSO in charge of the project.

Other forms of payments such as DSA will be paid at an approved rate per day for the number of days the consultant will be away from his/her working station. Travel costs, for consultants, originating from duty station will be met by UN-Habitat. The final report should meet UN-Habitat’s quality criteria in line with the Terms of Reference.

Applications should include:

Cover memo (maximum 1 page)

Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:

1. Educational Background (incl. dates)

2. Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)

3. Other Experience and Expertise

4. Expectations regarding remuneration

All applications should be submitted to: vacancy@onuhabitat.org and followed by E-Mail subject: LAC M&E_Consultant

Deadline for applications: 16 February 2012

UN-HABITAT does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process. If you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of these offices and requesting the payment of a fee, please contact: vacancy@onuhabitat.org

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