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Programme Officer Monitoring & Evaluation

Organization: UNOPS

Vacancy code: VA/2012/B5108/620

Position title: Programme Officer Monitoring & Evaluation

Department/office: EMO, Switzerland

Duty station: Geneva, Switzerland

Contract type: Fixed Term

Contract level: P3

Duration: 1 year, renewable

Application period: 08-Jun-2012 to 02-Jul-2012

Background Information – UNOPS

This position is based in the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), a partner agency of UNOPS. WSSCC‘s mission is to ensure sustainable sanitation, better hygiene and and safe drinking water for all people, especially the poorest and most marginalized members of society. In order to achieve its mission, WSSCC manages the Global Sanitation Fund, facilitates sector coordination at national, regional and global levels, supports professional development, and advocates on behalf of the 2.5 billion people without a clean, safe toilet to use.  More information on WSSCC can be found at: http://www.wsscc.org.

UNOPS’ mission is to expand the capacity of the UN system and its partners to implement peace building, humanitarian and development operations that matter for people in need.

By assisting UN organizations, international financial institutions, governments and other development partners, UNOPS makes significant, tangible contributions to results on the ground.

UNOPS in Switzerland is based in Geneva and has excellent links with the international community. Local and international partners call upon the UNOPS Switzerland office for expertise in fund management, project management, procurement of goods and services, and human resources administration to ensure successful delivery of their projects. Focus areas include health, water, and sanitation.

Functional Responsibilities

The purpose of this post is to guide and coordinate the effective monitoring and evaluation of WSSCC’s work in line with its Medium Term Strategic Plan for the period 2012-2016. The postholder is expected to strengthen the existing WSSCC M&E system to enable WSSCC to:

i.        effectively monitor and evaluate progress against its MTSP for the period 2012-2016, and
ii.        regularly derive evidence-based data and information feeding into organisational and wider sector knowledge and learning.

WSSCC is currently in the process of strengthening its M&E system to ensure full alignment with recent changes in WSSCC’s organisational size and strategic focus; i) significant organisational growth, ii) a new Medium Term Strategic Plan (MTSP) in place covering 2012-1016, iii) merging of Trust Funds pooling donor resources. In addition, strengthening and harmonisation of M&E activities within the wider sanitation sector at both global and national level has been identified as a priority area for sector learning by WSSCC and its partners. This post is central to this strengthening process.

The incumbent is a professional specialist based in the Networking and Knowledge Management Department  and expected to work closely with staff in all WSSCC departments.

General direction on the tasks and area of responsibility is provided by the immediate supervisor. The incumbent exercises initiative to translate this guidance into the specific activities required to perform assigned duties. Detailed workplans are generated by the incumbent, based on his/her judgment of priorities, in consultation with the supervisor and in collaboration with other colleagues within WSSCC. The incumbent has the authority to develop or revise guidelines for the his/her specifc professional area within WSSCC.

The incumbent’s work is reviewed in discussion with the supervisor and appropriate in-house staff, in briefings and de-briefings around duty travel, by occasional progress reviews based on planned activities, by reports of activities, and by assessment of progress and impact based on reports. Results are reviewed for attainment of objectives.

The incumbent has direct contact internally with WSSCC staff, Steering Committee members, National Coordinators and Members, and externally with donors, partner agencies, GSF Executing Agencies and Sub-Grantees and other organizations, to discuss and develop corporate M&E strategies and plans, to obtain information and to provide advice.

1.     Design, implement and manage a system for WSSCC to effectively monitor and evaluate progress against its Medium Term Strategic Plan:
a.     Coordinate the design and establishment of a strengthened WSSCC M&E system, in collaboration with other WSSCC staff and external consultants.
b.    Establish baseline data as appropriate.
c.     Continuously monitor progress against the MTSP and its results framework.
d.    Continuously revise and improve the WSSCC M&E system.

2.     Regularly derive evidence-based data and information from the above mentioned M&E system feeding into organisational and wider sector knowledge and learning:
a.     Compile data and information required for WSSCC work planning and reporting.
b.    Compile data and information required for WSSCC’s internal and external communications and advocacy products.
c.     Make available data and information required for WSSCC’s learning and knowledge management agenda.

3.     Support and train WSSCC staff and in-country partners to establish and implement the M&E system.

4.     Manage and coordinate WSSCC’s work programme evaluations:
a.     Design and manage the overall MTSP mid-term and 5-year evaluations.
b.    Design and manage national mid-term and 5 year evaluations specific to the Global Sanitation Fund programmes.
Design and manage other specific reviews, studies and assessments of specific components and processes of the WSSCC’s work programme.

5.     Be the client for various consultants to carry out approproiate parts of the above M&E work programme.

Impact of Results

The postholder is responsible for monitoring progress and effectiveness across all WSSCC activities and expenditures in order to help WSSCC to deliver the five Outcomes as defined in the MTSP in a timely, cost-effective manner.

The Postholder is also responsible for the design and management of specific outputs including internal monitoring systems and contributing to national monitoring systemsfor WASH as specified in Output 2(d).
The post specifically contributes to WSSCC Output 5(b): A well-resourced and managed Secretariat with clarity of roles and responsibilities supports the achievement of WSSCC’s Outcomes on time and to a high standard.


  • Ability to produce required results in line with objectives;
  • Ability to work independently with initiative and a positive attitude;
  • Ability to work effectively in a team with shared responsibilities;
  • Highly organized and ability to manage multiple tasks and a complicated work programme;
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills;
  • Excellent computer literacy and knowledge.


Essential: Advanced university degree (Masters Degree or equivalent) in relevant field, such as development economics, social sciences, public health or business administration is essential.

A combination of a Bachelors Degree plus training, professional qualifications and extensive experience may be accepted as being equivalent.

Desirable: Specific qualifications in monitoring and evaluation.


·         Five (or for a Bachelor’s degree seven) years of progressively responsible experience in results-based management, monitoring, and evaluation at the international level;
·         Experience in designing and managing monitoring systems for programmes and projects;
·         Experience in programme and project evaluation techniques;
·         Experience in designing and participating in evaluation missions
·         Experience in results-based reporting systems;

·         Experience in monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects in the field of sanitation and hygiene or public health.
·         Experience in monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects in the areas of behaviour change, advocacy and knowledge management.


Fluent written and spoken English is essential;

Fluent written and spoken French is desirable.

Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Fixed Term Appointment
Contract level: P3
Contract duration: One year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • UNOPS reserves the right to appoint a candidate at a level below the advertised level of the post
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.

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