The Regional Office for Africa (RAF) leads FAO’s response to regional priorities for food security, agriculture and rural development through the identification, planning and implementation of FAO’s priority activities in the region. It ensures a multidisciplinary approach to programmes, identifies priority areas of action for the Organization in the region and, in collaboration with offices, centres and divisions at headquarters, develops, promotes and oversees FAO’s strategic response to regional priorities. In its programme delivery, RAF contributes to the achievements of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, guided by SDG 1 No poverty, SDG 2 No hunger, and SDG 10 Reducing inequalities. In addition to supporting FAO’s work in Members countries, RAF develops and maintains strategic partnerships with continental organizations, such as the African Union Commission and Regional Economic Communities (RECs). At policy level, RAF supports countries to develop strategies, policies and regulatory frameworks as well as supports regional and country policy dialogues that sustain efficient and inclusive agricultural and food systems. RAF also facilitates partnerships with a broad range of stakeholders, supports capacity development and resource mobilization for food security, agriculture and rural development in the region.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer reports to the Regional Programme Leader in close collaboration with the Deputy Regional Representative and their teams.
Monitoring and Evaluation.
Development and implementation of coherent, integrated and effective monitoring and evaluation.
Leads the development and implementation of comprehensive and realistic monitoring and evaluation plans and strategies with appropriate data sources, collection methods, analysis plans, quality controls and resource requirements;
Assesses methodologies and instruments for collection, documentation, analysis and reporting of data for weaknesses and potential improvements;
Monitors and analyses programme/project development and implementation; identifies problems and issues to be addressed and proposes corrective actions;
Provides support and advice to ensure that monitoring systems are in place and that key annual programme indicators are tracked and analysed;
Leads data collection and analysis from field visits, standardizing them across programmes, to feed into programme performance monitoring;
Coordinates policy development, including the review and analysis of issues and trends, preparation of evaluations or other research activities and studies;
Leads programme development and project formulation processes in accordance with relevant procedures and in conformity with FAO priorities and Strategic Framework;
Leads mobilization of resources required for technical assistance projects;
Ensures the provision of scheduled inputs and technical backstopping, conducts consistent quality control and monitors timely execution, in line with project work plans;
Prepares and finalizes delivery estimates, pipeline reviews and project related reports (progress and terminal reports);
Provides substantive backstopping to consultative and other meetings, conferences, including proposing agenda topics, identifying participants, preparing documents and presentations, etc.;
Leads and/or participates in large, complex field missions, including provision of guidance to external consultants, government officials and other parties, and drafting of mission summaries.;
Coordinates activities related to budget funding (programme/project preparation and submissions, progress reports, financial statements, etc.) and prepares related documents/reports (pledging, work programme, programme budget, etc.).
CANDIDATES WILL BE ASSESSED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING
Advanced university degree in agricultural economics, economics, social sciences, business administration or any related fields
Seven years of relevant experience in agricultural development and/or project planning/formulation/ implementation including monitoring and evaluation
Working knowledge of English and limited knowledge of French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian or Chinese.
Building Effective Relationships
Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement
Work experience in more than one location or area of work, particularly in field positions is desirable
Extent and relevance of experience in programme/project development (including formulation and analysis) and management (implementation, evaluation and monitoring)
Demonstrated understanding of the purpose and functions of the technical programme, operational guidelines and project/programme management procedures, preferably those adopted by the United Nations or FAO, which would be considered an asset
Demonstrated experience of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) approaches and frameworks adopted by the United Nations or FAO would be considered as an asset
Working knowledge of French would be considered an asset.
FAO staff are expected to adhere to FAO Values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and Integrity and Transparency.
Extension of fixed term appointments is based on certification of performance and availability of funds
FAO reserves the right not to make an appointment.
CONDITIONS OF SERVICE
A competitive compensation and benefits package is offered. For information on UN salaries, allowances and benefits, click on the following link: http://www.un.org/Depts/OHRM/salaries_allowances/salary.htm
Other benefits, subject to eligibility, include:
Education grant for children
Home leave travel
30 working days of annual leave per year
Pension fund entitlements under the UN Joint Staff Pension Fund
International health insurance; optional life insurance
FAO encourages a positive workplace culture to increase inclusivity and diversity within its workforce. FAO applies measures in which all staff members contribute equally and in full to the work and development of the Organization. This includes:
elements of family-friendly policies
flexible working arrangements
standards of conduct.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, visit the recruitment website at Jobs at FAO and complete your online profile. We strongly recommend that your profile is accurate, complete and includes your employment records, academic qualifications and language skills.
Candidates are requested to attach a letter of motivation to the online profile;
Once your profile is completed, please apply and submit your application;
Your application will be screened based on the information provided on your online profile;
Please note that FAO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU) / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The list can be accessed at http://www.whed.net/
Candidates may be requested to provide performance assessments and authorization to conduct verification checks of past and present work, character, education, military and police records to ascertain any and all information which may be pertinent to the employment qualifications;
Incomplete applications will not be considered;
Only applications received through the FAO recruitment portal will be considered;
We encourage applicants to submit the application well before the deadline date.
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