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Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, Dhaka, Bangladesh, P-4

Job ID: 27647

Location: Asia and Pacific

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Rotation: This post is non-rotational.

Closing Date: 3 January 2020 (5 pm New York time)

Duration: One year (renewable)[i]

Duty Station: Dhaka, Bangladesh

[i] No expectancy of renewal in accordance with UN Staff Regulations

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Organizational Setting

The Position:

M&E Specialist will be located in the Bangladesh Country Office (CO) and reports to the Representative.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA’s strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.

Job Purpose:

Since its independence in 1971, Bangladesh has achieved remarkable socio-economic development progress. Nevertheless, Bangladesh remains a Least Developed Country with an estimated 47 million people still living below the poverty line, out of the approximately 158 million populations, with widening inequality. While the total fertility rate declined to

  • 3 children in 2011 (BDHS), the population is projected to reach 200 million by around 2040. The country has one of the highest rates of child marriage in the world, with the highest adolescent birth rate in South Asia. The maternal mortality ratio declined to an estimated 172 per 100,000 live births in 2014, but still an estimated 5,200 women die in pregnancy or childbirth every year. Three out of four deliveries take place at home, and only 32% of all deliveries are attended by skilled health personnel. The contraceptive prevalence rate was 52% for modern methods in 2011. 13.5% have an expressed unmet need for family planning. Against this background, UNFPA’s 8th Country Programme for Bangladesh 2012-2016 (budget USD 70 million) supports the government in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals especially SDGs 3 and 5 and the ICPD Programme of Action.

The Programme Team of UNFPA Bangladesh has four components, i.e. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Adolescents and Youth, Gender, and Population, Planning and Research, and has a substantive humanitarian response. The Country Office is based in Dhaka, with project offices located in several districts throughout the country. The SRHR component (including Adolescence and Youth) is the biggest pillar of UNFPA’s Country Programme. One of the major projects managed by the SRHR unit is the UN-Government Joint Maternal and Neonatal Health Initiative (MNHI).

The M&E Specialist will be based in the Country Office in Dhaka. In the context of the UNFPA Strategic Plan, UNFPA Bangladesh Country Office is focusing on the result based management and quality delivery of programme results in the areas of all aforementioned programme components. The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist will be a core member of the CO Management Team (CMT), to advise on the overall strategic planning and results based management. S/he shall establish and maintain monitoring system and tools for the CP and Country Office performance and results. S/he works in close collaboration with the Programme and Operations teams, as well as the Government Coordinating Agency (Ministry of Finance, Economics Relations Division), UNFPA Implementing Partners, other UN agencies, and external partners, to ensure the achievement of intended results and impact from the programme.

The M&E Specialist reports to Representative and works in close collaboration with the Deputy Representative who heads the Programme. The incumbent is responsible for the following functions: Main Tasks & Responsibilities

You would be responsible for: A. Monitoring and Evaluation

Manage day to day monitoring and evaluation activities of the Country Programme, in particular focusing on SIS planning, monitoring and year end reporting Manage baseline survey, reviews, evaluations, and other assessment activities. Lead the knowledge management on M&E, by ensuring that outcomes of M&E activities are properly documented, distributed and discussed Develop and maintain materials/tools and procedures to facilitate data collection for results monitoring and analysis as well as results reporting Compile and analyze data on project indicators and inform the management, as well as present to the staff on a regular basis. Maintain and update the Country Office’s overall M&E Plan, and support its implementation. Contribute to CP evaluations and office management audit.

B. Strategic planning and programme management service

Design and implement the annual target setting, and ensure accurate inputs to the end-year reporting on results Advise the senior management on critical issues supportive of strategic planning, and programme/project management policies and procedures Coordinate UNFPA inputs for the preparation of the UN Country Analysis and UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), as well as annual reporting and evaluation. Support the organization of the annual review of the UNFPA Country Programme with the Government. Advise the management on strategic issues related to implementation encountered in Monitoring and Evaluation. Support Operations on the ERM (Enterprise Risk Management) exercise.

C. Results-based management and capacity development

Contribute team leadership and supervision of team of field officers. Advise the management for further strengthening the programme/project management capacities. Participate in programme meetings to provide programme monitoring advice. Lead specific and hands-on training for UNFPA staff on RBM, for the maximum and optimal use of available RBM tools. Guide the Programme Units in preparing Work Plans in the right format with narratives and SMART indicators, targets and baselines. Review all draft UNFPA Work Plans and suggest revisions, for quality assurance, before senior management approval. Provide technical and policy guidance to the UNFPA-supported projects to ensure they are managed in accordance with the corporate Policies and Procedures Manual (PPM) related to RBM. Contribute to the Operations Team with Project Assurance activities e.g. Spot Checks. Lead training to UNFPA project staff serving on UNFPA-supported projects and Implementing Partners on results-based project management and results reporting.

D. Other

Any other activities/responsibility as assigned by the UNFPA Representative and the Deputy Representative.

Qualifications and Experience


Advanced university degree in Public Health, Social Sciences, Political Sciences, Public Administration, Economics, Development Studies, Gender Studies, Law, or Programme/Project management, Monitoring and Evaluation.

Knowledge and Experience:

7 years of professional experience, with at least 5 years of relevant development work at the national, regional or international level in providing programme/project management advisory services and hands-on experience in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating development projects, including log frame and budget, especially in health or gender sector Excellent knowledge of and experience with results-based management methodologies and tools (project and programme management, design, monitoring and evaluation) and research and policy-level analysis Demonstrated ability for national capacity development Ability to work within a multicultural setting Experience in working with UN/UNFPA is an asset. Field experience is strongly desirable Initiative, strong conceptual and analytical abilities, sound judgment, liaison skills, negotiation skills, administrative, management and organizational skills (including time management) Proven communications, interpersonal, and writing skillsin English. Experience in using computers and office software packages including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google/Gmail, and handling of web-based management systems.


Fluency in English is required. Working knowledge of another UN language an asset.

Required Competencies


Exemplifying integrity Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system Embracing diversity in all its forms Embracing change Core Competencies:Achieving Results Being Accountable Developing and Applying Professional Expertise/Business Acumen Thinking analytically and Strategically Working in Teams/Managing Ourselves and our Relationships Communicating for Impact

Functional Competencies:

Advocacy/ Advancing a policy-oriented agenda Leveraging the resources of national governments and partners/ building strategic alliances and partnerships Delivering results-based programmes Internal and external communication and advocacy for results mobilization

Managerial Competencies:

Providing strategic vision and focus Engage internal/external partners, Lead, develop and empower people, create impact a culture of performance Making decisions and exercising judgment

UNFPA Work Environment

UNFPA provides a work environment that reflects the values of gender equality, teamwork, Embracing diversity in all its forms, integrity and a healthy balance of work and life. We are committed to maintaining our balanced gender distribution and therefore encourage women to apply. UNFPA promotes equal opportunities for all including persons with disabilities.

Compensation and Benefits

This position offers an attractive remuneration package commensurate with the level of the post. The package includes a competitive net salary plus cost of living adjustment, housing allowance, home leave, health insurance and other benefits.


WARNING TO APPLICANTS: UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Should you have received a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Furthermore, please note that emblems, logos, names and addresses are easily copied and reproduced. Therefore, you are advised to apply particular care when submitting personal information on the web. Should you feel that you have received a fraudulent notice, letter or offer that makes use of the name or logo of UNFPA, you may submit a report through the UNFPA fraud hotline Notice to applicants: In accordance with the rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, are required to renounce such status upon their appointment. Exceptions to this rule are very limited and can be made only for: (a) stateless persons; (b) newly appointed staff members who have applied for citizenship by naturalization, when such citizenship will be granted imminently; (c) acting staff members in the General Service and related categories with permanent residency status, on promotion to the Professional category; (d) staff members appointed under a temporary appointment. Please understand that UNFPA is not in a position to provide advice on or assistance in applying for any citizenship.


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