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Vacancy Announcement No: SDNR000164

Job Title: Programme Monitoring Officer
Section/Unit: United Nations Children's Fund
Grade Level: UNV
Supervisor: Monitoring Officer
No. of Post: 4
Duty Station: El Fasher, Ad Damazin, El Fula, Kadugli
Duration: until 31/12/2018
Closing Date: 21 April 2018

  Background:

Organizational Context & Project Description:

Under the general supervision of the Monitoring Officer and the technical guidance of the Chief Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation, the incumbent is responsible for the accomplishment of the stated key end-results by providing professional expertise and assistance in information/data collection, statistics and data analysis, monitoring, preparation of reports, communication and partnership with specific focus on routine and administrative data collection, for better preparedness, targeting and coordination of
effective humanitarian responses and UNICEF commitments to the CCC (humanitarian performance monitoring system). The overall goal of the UNICEF 2013-2016 programme of cooperation in Sudan is to support a more equitable development for children while also protecting the fundamental rights of all children recovering from the effect of conflict and natural disasters.

UNICEF’s major programmes consist of Education, Child Protection, Health, Nutrition, and Water & Environmental Sanitation, with Communication for Development, HIV/AID and Adolescence mainstreamed. To strengthen UNICEF’s implementation and results, programming is being further decentralized with increased community level. engagement and stronger field offices. UNICEF Sudan has 6 field offices, 3 sub-offices and 3 outposts; 8 of these are strategically located in States currently in humanitarian crisis. The continuing decentralization process is accompanied by efforts to further strengthen the chain of command and the fulfilment of responsibilities and accountabilities at all levels.



  Duties and responsibilities:

Under the general supervision of the Monitoring Officer and the technical guidance of the Chief Planning, Monitoring & Evaluation,the UN Volunteer will provide support in a range of programme and coordination issues, both in the field and at country office level. Her/his tasks will include but will not be limited to the following:
- Produce and maintain relevant information products, including Sector/Sub-sector information reports, databases, b asic and thematicmaps; and support the preparation of periodic reports on sector activities at national and state level as required;
- Timely monitor and measure changes at the state, locality, and household level, with the participation of relevant partners; and
- provide data to the Sector and national partners to facilitate planning; assess the impact of the programmes and policies; and reporton the progress being made;
- Support the Sector/Sub-Sector and other coordination meetings in aspects related to information management; and contribute to strengthen management of sector information databases and systems;
- Ensure that Sector Performance is systematically monitored and data for key Programme and management indicators reports are collected, analyzed and made available to the field office management;
- Support the Monitoring Officer to ensure the technical leadership for UNICEF information management needs of affected populations by emergency and disasters, with specific focus on routine and administrative data collection for better preparedness, targeting and coordination of effective humanitarian responses.

Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to:- Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by reading relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for instance in events that mark InternationalVolunteer Day)- Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country- Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities- Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publications/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.- Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers- Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.

 

Results/Expected Outputs:


- Accomplishment of the stated key end-results by providing professional expertise and assistance in information/data collection,statistics and data analysis, monitoring;
- Preparation of reports, communications and partnerships with specific focus on routine and administrative data collection, for better preparedness, targeting and coordination of  effective humanitarian responses and UNICEF commitments to the CCC (humanitarian performance monitoring system).
- The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counter-parts, including Implementing Partners (IPs);

- Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment

- A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for peace and development dur-ing the assignment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed

 
Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:

Required Degree Level: Bachelor degree or equivalent in Social Sciences, Economics, Demography, Statistics, socio-economic research, Communications or a
related technical field is desirable.


Required experience: At least three years of professional work experience in Project Management, including research and data analysis and management; proven record of research and analytical skills in the area of data collection and analysis; experience in an international organization working in Sudan is desirable;

Experience in the use of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) is essential; experience in handling
webbased or data management systems is an asset;

Have affinity with or interest in humanitarian relief, post-conflict situations, volunteerism as a mechanism for durable development, and the UN System.


Language Skills
Arabic (Mandatory) , Level - Fluent
AND - English (Mandatory) , Level - Working Knowledge

Area of Expertise:
Monitoring and evaluation: Mandatory
Development programme management: Optional
Development programme/project administration: Optional

Functional Competencies:

analyzing; applying technical expertise; planning and organizing; researching and learning; following instructions and procedures.

Required Skills and Knowledge: good judgment; initiative; good organization and analytical skills; good writing skills; ability to work in an international or multicultural  environment; computer skills including internet navigation and common office applications; demonstrated understanding of development programming/planning and international development issues.


Living Conditions:
The volunteers will be based in various field locations, i.e. Ad Damazin, El Fula, El Fasher. Darfur is the western-most region of Sudan. The region's main towns are El Fasher, Nyala, and Geneina. The region has been in a state of humanitarian emergency since 2003. This environment requires a mature level of cultural awareness. The security situation within Darfur is unpredictable, though moderately calm in most areas. Risks to personnel are reduced by strict adherence to UN security guidelines, instructions and mitigating measures. Crime rate, though not alarming, gives some cause for concern. It is mandatory for all  personnel to receive a security briefing upon arrival. The cost of living in Darfur is relatively reasonable. The markets and shops are generally stocked with local and common cereals, fruits and vegetables, meat, fish and other common food items. These markets are easily accessible. Local restaurants hardly serve well-known non-local recipes. Telecommunications are appreciably reliable in Darfur. There are three main  international telecommunication companies in Darfur which provide mobile phone, internet and other telecom services.

Kadugli is the capital of South Kordofan. It is located in the south-west of the state. Kadugli is a small city surrounded by the Nuba Mountains. It is home to a diverse range of cultures and languages, although Arabic is the official language. Kadugli has three main climate seasons: winter, summer and autumn. Winter runs from November to January. Temperatures are warm temperate to cool temperate. In summer, from February to April, temperature increases to 45°. Autumn, from May to October, is considered the longest season in the area. Temperature usually drops to 20° and it rains. The security situation in Kadugli is unpredictable, although last few months were calm. UN staff are required adherence to UN security guidelines, instructions and mitigating measures. The average living cost in Kadugli is reasonable and depends on individual life style. Markets open mainly from 8 am to 7 pm while the shops usually open early morning up to midnight. Fruits, vegetables, meat, fish and other common food items are available. There is a limited number of restaurants and entertainment places. Telecommunication services from Zain, Sudani and MTN are working well.

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