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Vacancy Announcement No: UN Environment-018-002

United Nations Environment Programme UNEP

Job Title: M&E Consultant
Section/Unit: UN Environment Programme
Grade Level: UNOPS IICA/LICA contract, on behalf of UN Environment
Supervisor: Overall supervision of Chief of Post-Conflict and Disaster Management Branch/Policy&Programme Division/UN Environment, and guidance of Country Programme Manager of UN Environment Sudan and direct supervision of Project Manager
No. of Post: 1
Duty Station: El Fasher, North Darfur, Sudan
Duration: 06 months renewable based on performance, with a 3 months’ probation period
Closing Date: 25 March 2018

  Background:

UN Environment Sudan plans to implement a second phase of the Wadi El Ku Integrated Catchment Management project in North Darfur with support from the European Union. The purpose of this second project phase is to extend and scale up successful interventions, based on the first phase of the project, with the aim of improving local community livelihoods and stemming the negative cycle of environmental degradation and social tensions in the Wadi El Ku. Phase 2 will expand the geographic coverage of planned interventions both upstream and downstream of the initial project intervention area, and build on and enhance the role of the Catchment Management Forum to assume a more comprehensive watershed management approach.

The overall objective of the second phase of the project is to establish climate resilient livelihoods and reduce natural resource conflicts in North Darfur. The specific objective of the project is to further improve natural resource use and management in Wadi El Ku. Concretely, the project will aim to sustain increases in agricultural yields and related value chain productivity over the long-term while safeguarding ecosystem integrity and improving social cohesion.

To achieve the above outcome, Phase 2 will focus on four key result areas:

Result 1: A participatory, community-based catchment management system is expanded and strengthened in Wadi El Ku

Result 2: Resilient community livelihoods and local natural resource management practices improved

Result 3: Scientific and technical information is expanded and strengthened

Result 4: Awareness and application of IWRM in the rest of Darfur / Sudan increased.           

Project progress and impact will be captured with the help of an M&E framework. Therefore, the project seeks to engage a Monitoring & Evaluation consultant to contribute to the design of an M&E framework and to lead on the project’s M&E activities.



  Duties and responsibilities:

Objectives:

  • Implementation of the project’s Monitoring and Evaluation framework led;
  • Reporting on project progress as per the Monitoring and Evaluation framework and work plan supported, including the monitoring of the impact and sustainability of the project’s results; 
  • Capacity of project partners to produce the necessary data and materials for the Monitoring and Evaluation framework built.

The deliverables of this consultancy include:

  • M&E data provided in a timely and appropriate manner to enable project reporting to the donor as well as wider communication on project progress;
  • An updated file on each of the project’s indicators, containing accurate and systematic data and records;
  • Partner capacity assessments and capacity building plans prepared and delivered;
  • All project partners are aligned in their approach on M&E.

Specific tasks and responsibilities:

Lead and oversee the implementation of the M&E framework and work plan for the project, including:

    • Work with project management, partners and theme leads to ensure consistency across the project;
    • Maintain a file on each of the indicators and seeing to the proper keeping of monitoring records;
    • Ensure accuracy and systematic record keeping.
  • Report on the progress of the project as per the M&E framework and work plan. This includes:
    • Work with project management to prepare project progress reports using information emerging from M&E implementation;
    • Ensure that reporting is provided in an appropriate and timely manner, and that necessary data is available in advance to ensure timely reporting;
  • Support partners to ensure they are able to produce the necessary data and materials for M&E. This includes:
    • Work with partners to familiarize with the M&E work plan;
    • Assess levels of partner capacity and understanding;
    • Work to fill gaps in capacity and understanding in a proactive and supportive manner to ensure that project partners are capable and consistent in their approach on M&E;
    • Ensure quality control and maintaining quality oversight over all partner M&E approaches and results;
    • Carry out spot checks on partner M&E approaches and files;
    • Analyze monitoring and reporting data and communicate with the project team in a timely manner so that analysis results inform programme decision making.
 
Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Natural Resources Management or related field;
  • A minimum of 4 years of relevant work experience, preferably in a science driven - science based work context;
  • Knowledge of and experience in designing project M&E systems;
  • Ability work in teams;
  • Excellent planning skills;
  • Good command of excel and data analysis tools; 
  • Previous fieldwork experience;
  • Experience with GIS and satellite imagery an advantage;
  • Experience working in a conflict affected environment an asset;
  • Puts emphasis on systematic and accurate record keeping;
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English and Arabic.



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