Monitoring and Evaluation Associate

  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / YEAR
  • Job type:
    FULL_TIME
  • Posted:
    4 months ago
  • Category:
    Audit and Oversight, Evaluation
  • Deadline:
    23/11/2023

JOB DESCRIPTION

Background
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are core principles at UNDP:  we value diversity as an expression of the multiplicity of nations and cultures where we operate, we foster inclusion as a way of ensuring all personnel are empowered to contribute to our mission, and we ensure equity and fairness in all our actions. Taking a ‘leave no one behind’ approach to our diversity efforts means increasing representation of underserved populations. People who identify as belonging to marginalized or excluded populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more about working at UNDP including our values and inspiring stories.
UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

Background

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 170 countries and territories, working with Governments and people on their own solutions to global and national development challenges to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the pledge to leave no one behind reflect the interconnectedness of health and sustainable development issues such as the widening economic and social inequalities, the climate crisis, rapid urbanisation, the continuing burden of HIV and other infectious diseases (e.g., malaria, tuberculosis, COVID.19), the growing burden of non-communicable diseases and the emergence of health threats. The scope and scale of delivering health and well-being for all demands innovative partnerships and financing.

UNDP’s partnership with the Global Fund (GF), in line with UNDP’s HIV and Health Strategy 2022-2025: ‘Connecting the Dots’, makes a vital contribution to UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2022-2025, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the pledge to leave no one behind.   When requested, UNDP acts as interim Principal Recipient (PR), working with national partners and the Global Fund to ensure management, implementation, and oversight of GF grants, while simultaneously strengthening health institutions and systems for national entities to assume the PR role over time.

UNDP has been identified by the Global Fund as the interim PR for the Venezuela malaria grant, which is in the final year of grant implementation, having started on 1 January 2021 and ending on 31 December 2023.  The grant was exceptionally approved by the Global Fund Board as a result of the sustained increase in malaria cases which began in 2010.

UNDP implements the programme in close coordination with the Ministry of Popular Power (MPPS), and other technical agencies, The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO).

Office/Unit/Project Description

In order to manage the HIV/TB and malaria grants and achieve its aforementioned goal, a dedicated Project Management Unit (PMU), has been established to ensure strategic, programmatic and operational management and oversight of the grant.  Importantly, since there is no CCM in Venezuela, a multi-stakeholder advisory group (‘the malaria technical advisory group, the HIV technical advisory group and TB technical advisory group) has been established.

In March 2023, UNDP was nominated to serve as PR for the next Global Fund grants – one malaria grant and one HIV/TB grant, both of which will start on 1 January 2024 for a 3-year grant period.

Under the overall guidance and supervision of the M&E Analyst, the M&E Associate promotes a collaborative, client-focused, quality and results-oriented approach related to health database management systems and geo-information systems. Under the direct supervision of the M&E Analyst and the overall supervision of PMU Programme Manager, the M&E Associate works in close collaboration with the team members from other units of the PMU and specifically supports the M&E Analyst to produce health database analyst services; data collection and processing; and information management advice. This will be done in accordance with UNDP rules, policies and procedures, GF grant agreements and corporate agreements with the GF, working in close coordination with national stakeholders, implementing partners, the GF (including Local Fund Agent), technical partners, including PAHO, UN entities, the GFPHST and other UNDP units and programs.
Duties and Responsibilities
1.)   Data processing, visualization, and data analysis:

•    Coordinate with the Ministry of Health (MOH), Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and other non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to collect data and information for an aligned to the Grants M&E Plans and Results Framework.
•    Conduct routine data validation exercises and participate in the development and revision of data standards with key partners by applying lessons learned from the data validation exercises to standards currently used in local systems and processes.
•    Support in preparing quarterly and annual programmatic progress updates on the Programme with relevant and robust data.
•    Support strategic and operational decision-making by processing and analyzing data and presenting the information it in the format most useful for the targeted audience or purpose (e.g. reports, maps and infographics).
•    Produce geo-referenced data analysis and mapping using Geographic Information Software (GIS).
2.) Assist in design, develop and maintain databases

•    Support the development of monitoring and evaluation systems, tools and processes required to ensure robust, quality and timely reporting to the PMU Programme Management and the HIV TB and Malaria National Programmes and the GF.
•    Maintain various databases such as 5W, e,g a database of malaria cases, daily reports as required.
•    Promote data readiness and a common data repository, for use in semi-annual M&E analyses, progress reports, presentations, others.
3.) Liaison with strategical partners

•    Conduct regular field visits to the different geographic areas where the grants are targeted  and going to be implemented to assess and support the improvement of data collection practices under UNDP implementing partners.
•    Support the development of M&E materials for training sessions for the Ministry of Health staff, the Malaria National Program, the Sub-recipient (SR) M&E focal point, and other key stakeholders for data collection and analysis.
•    Collaborate with the PAHO technical team at the Central and State and the HIV/TB and Malaria Programs, specifically related to their programmatic and information system teams.
•    Coordinate and communicate with local situational rooms staff who manage the primary data that contribute to the Health Information System.

4.) Programmatic Support office and ensuring information is up to date:
•    Ensure full compliance with UNDP rules, regulations and policies, establishment of targets and monitoring of achievement of results in line with the terms of the Grant Agreement, corporate agreements with the Global Fund and Global Fund policies.

•    Support the programme activities/processes in accordance with the work plan, the Performance Framework targets and the timely identification of workplan variations and generate appropriate and quality data for the decision-making process.
•    Contribute to the implementation of trainings and workshops related to UGP processes, programmatic and cross-cutting issues, reporting and monitoring activities, proposal development, and other programmatic topics.
•    Contribute to organizing field missions, conferences, meetings, and related events.
•    Support response to inter-agency programmatic requests.
•    Undertake other duties that may be required by the Head of Office, the M&E Analyst or PMU team in terms of data analysis.

Competencies

Core:
Achieve Results:
LEVEL 1: Plans and monitors own work, pays attention to details, delivers quality work by deadline
Think Innovatively:
LEVEL 1: Open to creative ideas/known risks, is pragmatic problem solver, makes improvements
Learn Continuously
LEVEL 1: Open minded and curious, shares knowledge, learns from mistakes, asks for feedback
Adapt with Agility
LEVEL 1: Adapts to change, constructively handles ambiguity/uncertainty, is flexible
Act with Determination    LEVEL 1: Shows drive and motivation, able to deliver calmly in face of adversity, confident
Engage and Partner
LEVEL 1: Demonstrates compassion/understanding towards others, forms positive relationships
Enable Diversity and Inclusion
LEVEL 1: Appreciate/respect differences, aware of unconscious bias, confront discrimination

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies 

Thematic Area Name Definition
Digital & Innovation Data collection Being skilled in Data Sorting, Data Cleaning, Survey Administration, Presentation and Reporting including collection of Real-Time Data(e.g. mobile data, satellite data, sensor data).
Digital & Innovation Data analysis Ability to extract, analyseand visualize data (including Real-Time Data) to form meaningful insights and aid effective decision making
Business Management Working with

Evidence and Data

Ability to inspect, cleanse, transform and model data with the

goal of discovering usefulinformation, informing conclusions and supporting decision-making

Business Management Digital Awareness and Literacy Ability and inclination to rapidly adopt new technologies, either through skillfully grasping their usage or through understanding their impact andempowering others to use them as needed.
Business Management Partnerships Management Ability to build and maintain partnerships with wide networks of stakeholders, Governments, civil societyand private sector

partners, experts and others in line with UNDP strategy and policies.

Business Management Monitoring Ability to provide managersand key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy betweenplanned

and actualactivities and programme performance and results

Required Skills and Experience
Education:

Secondary Education is required.

University degree (Bachelor’s degree) of relevant experience in Epidemiology, Public Health, Health Sciences, Statistics sciences, health information technology or any related field will be given due consideration, but is not a requirement.

Experience:
  • Minimum 6 years (with Secondary Education) or 3 years (with Bachelor´s degree) of experience in analyzing and interpreting health information and using different methods and tools for data analysis
  • Experience in the management of quantitative and qualitative health data is required.
  • Experience with data collection, cleaning, blending, and elaborating information products is required.
  • Experience with Information Health Systems, working with different types of database systems, data management, business intelligence software or Power BI platforms is an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience working with large amounts of data from various sources with multiple formats is an asset.
  • Experience of working with and managing relationships with multiple stakeholders is required.
  • Experience in training and mentoring others is required.
  • Experience with aid agencies and/or UN system is an advantage

Essential knowledge and skills required for entry into position. 

  • Strong skills of health data collection, processing, and analysis from primary and secondary sources.
  • Strong computer skills, including database management and use GIS software And desirable of PowerBI.
  • Strong command of Microsoft package, particularly Excel.
  • Strong ability to engage and/or strengthen working relations with partners.
  • Previous experience in Information Management in the UN system is an asset.
  • A good understanding of health information systems and literacy in management information systems.

Language requirements

  • Fluency in Spanish is required.
  • Fluency in English is desired.
Please note that continuance of appointment beyond the initial 12 months is contingent upon the successful completion of a probationary period.
Disclaimer
Under US immigration law, acceptance of a staff position with UNDP, an international organization, may have significant implications for US Permanent Residents. UNDP advises applicants for all professional level posts that they must relinquish their US Permanent Resident status and accept a G-4 visa, or have submitted a valid application for US citizenship prior to commencement of employment.
UNDP is not in a position to provide advice or assistance on applying for US citizenship and therefore applicants are advised to seek the advice of competent immigration lawyers regarding any applications.
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Non-discrimination
UNDP has a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual exploitation and misconduct, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks, and will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles.
UNDP is an equal opportunity and inclusive employer that does not discriminate based on race, sex, gender identity, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, disability, pregnancy, age, language, social origin or other status.
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