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Monitoring and Evaluation Expert at FAO in Collaboration with UNWOMEN and WFP

National Project Personnel: Monitoring and Evaluation Expert

Contract Duration: 11month (with the possibility of extension)

Deadline for Application: 28th February, 2018

Duty Station: Maiduguri, Borno State.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

Background

The crisis in Nigeria, located mainly around the Lake Chad Basin, is a complex emergency characterised by food insecurity, violence and displacement. This area is one of the poorest in the world- Subsistence based livelihoods are impacted upon by climate-induced desertification, drought, receding lake/water stress. Compounding the situation is the high incidence of violence from None-State Armed Groups (NSAG) Since 2013. FAO’s Strategy 2017-2019 includes ensuring sustainable and equitable access to resources and services as well as sustainable growth of livelihood opportunities are therefore critical priorities.

Strengthening resilience by linking emergency interventions to lasting recovery will facilitate immediate efforts to address food insecurity and reduce negative Coping strategies, While mitigating the impact of the root causes of the conflict and instability in the region. FAO continues to play a key part in the 2017 Humanitarian Response Plan lead by the Presidential Committee for the Northeast initiative (PCNI), the state Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that coordinate the humanitarian response in coordination with humanitarian partners.

FAO in Collaboration with UNWOMEN and WFP has received support from the European Development Fund (EDF) under the EU Support to Response, Recovery and Resilience in Borno State, to implement a 3 year programme to restore and improve sustainable agriculture-based livelihoods for food security, employment, and nutrition improvement in Borno State FAO’s Interventions include Supporting small holder farmers (men, Women and youth) to have skills and knowledge to implement good agricultural, nutrition and gender practices, have diversified food source and income through reinforcing crops production: supporting small holder farmers have opportunities for markets and business development;, and diversification through the provision of quality agri-inputs amongst others. For effective field management of project implementation, FAO will engage a Monitoring and Evaluation Expert. In

Particular he/She will be responsible for monitoring progress/status of planned Programme activities against work plans and the results framework

(logframe) and identify activities/areas requiring follow-up, and timely alert the management in case of significant deviation from the expected outputs and outcomes.

Terms of Reference:

Under the overall supervision and guidance of the FAO Representative for Nigeria through the Deputy FAOR in Maiduguri, and with direct supervision of the Project Coordinator, the functional guidance of the Lead Technical Officer (RAF) and in close collaboration with national and international consultants in the project team, the Incumbent will undertake the following activities:

Provide technical leadership from FAO side on all matters of the M&E of the FAO/UNWOMEN/WFP Joint Project in Borno State

Participate in the assessments to establish the baseline and food security assessments to monitor the improvement of beneficiaries household food consumption, resilience, business development, markets enhancement, etc.

From the data collected, define the baseline values for all indicators, analyse, tabulate and report relevant monitoring data and identify measurable indicators with a view to monitor progress, outputs and measure success or impact relevant to the joint project in line with the projects Logical framework

In collaboration with the other partners, develop an appropriate monitoring plan and work to build a monitoring framework for the project relevant to FAO, other partners’ and government reporting requirements;

Develop standardized methods, tools and formats in consultation with project colleagues to ensure real time monitoring, including a light short-term impact assessment methodology to support strategic decision-making;

Maintain and update the result indicators on the basis of information received from field and partners for inclusion in the results monitoring framework;

Assist FAO’s national consultants and other project staff with data collection, tabulation, analysis and general M&E management; ensure regular and timely information flow of project implementation.

Monitor progress/status of planned Programme activities under FAO against work plans (annual and Quarterly) and results framework (logframe) and Identify activities/areas requiring follow-up;

Coordinate with the Operation Officers to ensure regular and timely reporting from partners by monitoring and following up with the national implementation counterparts;

Continuous follow up of the approved workplan and review the work progress to identify the gaps:

Conduct pre- and post-evaluations of trainings/workshops on the Project M&E;

Compile progress Information and assist Deputy FAOR in Outlining monthly progress Statements and quarterly and annual progress reports including activities undertaken, distributions of Inputs lists of actual beneficiaries, problems encountered and recommendations relevant to FAO, Unwomen, WFP and government (MOA, SEMA, NEMA) requirements:

Key performance indicators
Expected Output Required Completion Date:
·        The agriculture component of FAO/UNWOMEN/WFP Joint Project in Borno State programming, implementation, operational, information management, reporting and monitoring/evaluation capacities are carried out;

·        Timely project Cycle operational implementation activities ensured (project planning, procurement planning, site selection, beneficiary targeting, IP contracting. MDAs liaison, input distribution, monitoring, reporting, field assessment);

·        M&E workplan and framework developed

·        Baseline survey conducted and indicators developed standardized methods, tools and formats developed and M&E system in place

·        Project related information database developed and maintained

·        Timely Info collection, accuracy triangulation, and analysis leading to effective project monitoring and provision of M&E requirements for FSLWG and Government in the appropriate formats.

·        Technical and material inputs and support services for effective M&E are deployed for achievement of project results and objectives

·        The North East Nigeria Food security crisis programming, implementation, operational, information management, reporting and M&E capacities are strengthed;

·        Information related to the Joint Project Sites in particular and FAO emergency programme in the sub-region in general is timely collected, organized and made available in the appropriate format

·        The work and monitoring / evaluation plan of the project is effectively implemented based on the project logframe and M&E framework.

·        Planned activities and for intervention in the agriculture sector (number, type and quality of the documents)

·        Participation of stakeholders in the field implementation activities and meetings (number of meetings, number of participants, profile of the participants).

·        End of assignment report of project implementation including resources utilized under the FAO component

Duration of Contract

per the details of activities in the Project Work-plan.

 

Candidates should meet the following requirements:

Minimum Requirements

Masters (or Higher) Degree in Rural Development, Agriculture, Livestock, Social Sciences, or other relevant discipline majoring in M&E;

Seven years (post MSc. or 5 years post Ph.D.) relevant experience in M&E in humanitarian and agricultural/rural development sectors including work experience with national and international NGO’s, UN agencies, governments and donors.

Competencies

  • Knowledge of and experienced in project cycle management and well versed in logical frameworks
  • Excellent organizational skills and besides M&E a good foundation in programme and project formulation, planning, implementation and management.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse problems, make appropriate recommendations, effective decisions, including in emergency settings
  • Competent in the use of MS-Office including statistical packages.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills; proficient in English
  • Experience and competences in working with women and youths groups will be an advantage

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and Team spirit
  • Experience of projects involving multiple and diverse stakeholders including Governments, private sector, civil society and end users.
  • Working knowledge of the local language in Borno State.
  • Additional Information
  • FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in its staff and international consultants in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions
  • All candidates should adhere to FAO values of Commitment to FAO, Respect for All and integrity and Transparency.

How to Apply:

All applications are to be made through FAO’s iRecruitment system. Click on the link below to access iRecruitment, complete your profile and apply for this call for Expression of Interest. http://www.fao.org/employment/irecruitment-access/en/

In order for your application to be property evaluated, please ensure that all sections of your iRecruitment account are completed. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

If you need help, or have queries, please contact: iRecuitment@fao.org

Kindly complete the online FAO personal profile form in iRecruitment which can be accessed from any internet connection. Please scan the completed form and send along with your application and credentials electronically via e-mail to FAO-NG@fao.org  on or before close of business on Tuesday 28th February, 2018. Application should be addressed to:

The FAO Representative in Nigeria

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Old Central Bank Building

No.4 Zaria Street, Off Ladoke Akintola Boulevard

Garki II, Abuja.

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