The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist contributes to the implementation of the global evaluation framework for the Secretary-General’s Peacebuilding Fund (PBF). Under the direct supervision of the Fund’s Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser, the incumbent will be part of a small team of design, monitoring and evaluation specialists who provide evaluation, data, knowledge management and training services aimed at quality assurance and enhancement of PBF investments.
The Secretary-General’s PBF is the UN’s financial instrument of first resort to sustain peace in countries or situations at risk or affected by violent conflict. The Fund invests with UN entities, governments, regional organizations, multilateral banks, national multi-donor trust funds or civil society organizations.
The Fund works across pillars and supports integrated UN responses to fill critical gaps; respond quickly and with flexibility to peacebuilding opportunities; and catalyze processes and resources in a risk-tolerant fashion. The PBF approves approximately $200 million a year for new projects in over 40 countries. In addition to financing peacebuilding initiatives, the PBF guides and supports the identification of strategic peacebuilding priorities and outcomes at country level and offers technical support to design relevant and innovative peacebuilding initiatives.
The PBF is a UN system-wide fund managed by the Financing for Peacebuilding Branch of the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO) which is situated in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) of the United Nations. UNDP’s Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office, MPTFO) is the Fund’s Administrative Agent and administrative host of the PBF Secretariat project
Duties and Responsibilities
Supports effective management of PBF programmes and provision of technical support to UNCTs, governments and civil society, to ensure timely evaluation of programmes and projects:
- Commissions and takes the lead on managing global and country portfolio-level peacebuilding evaluations, ensuring that evaluations are on time, methodologies are appropriate, and final reports are credible.
- Provides support to fund recipients on evaluations of specific PBF-funded projects, including quality assurance of the terms of reference, inception and final reports, and review of recruitment processes to ensure evaluators have adequate background.
- Ensures timely finalization and implementation of evaluation Management Responses.
- On occasion, may be required to directly undertake parts of an evaluation at portfolio or project level.
Supports capacity building and heightened awareness and skills of fund recipients and the PBF team on evaluation practice:
- Produces guidance and training on peacebuilding evaluation.
- Represents the PBF’s evaluation work within the UN Evaluation Group and other external fora.
- Convenes a specialized working group on peacebuilding evaluation for UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes as well as Civil Society Organizations to share lessons learned and good practices.
Contributes to innovations in peacebuilding evaluation methodology:
- Develops and maintains a network of experts in the peacebuilding field to promote adaptation of innovations within PBF’s evaluative work.
- Pilots a range of new evaluative approaches and captures lessons learned and recommendations on use in other settings.
Knowledge Management and Dissemination:
- Identifies and articulates lessons learnt on peacebuilding interventions at the project, country and global level based on evaluations.
- Ensures evaluation reports and other aspects of PBF’s evaluation work are shared with key stakeholders and donors.
- Ability to make new and useful ideas work Level 5 Creates new and relevant ideas and leads others to implement them
- Ability to persuade others to follow Level 4 Generates commitment, excitement and excellence in others
- Ability to improve performance and satisfaction Level 5 Models high professional standards and motivates excellence in others
- Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform Level 5 Gains trust of peers, partners, clients by presenting complex concepts in practical terms to others
- Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement Level 5 Critically assesses value and relevance of existing policy / practice and contributes to enhanced delivery of products, services, and innovative solutions
Monitoring and Evaluation
- Knowledge of methodologies, assessment tools, systems and apply practical experience in planning, monitoring, evaluating and reporting and ability to apply to practical situations Level 5 Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
- Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge Level 5 Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
- Knowledge of the full, results-oriented programme cycle for peacebuilding interventions informed by conflict analysis Level 4 Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
- Capacity to assess scope of request for advisory services, prepare detailed TORs, brief and manage a variety of technical consultants; assess quality of services provided by technical consultants and take remedial measures as appropriate Level 5: Originate: Catalyzes new ideas, methods, and applications to pave a path for innovation and continuous improvement in professional area of expertise
Gender Issues and Analysis
- Knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, including analysis of projects from a gender perspective Level 4 Apply & Adapt: Contributes skills and knowledge with demonstrated ability to advance innovation and continuous improvement, in professional area of expertise
Required Skills and Experience
- Master’s degree in social science, evaluation, peace and conflict studies, or a related area.
- Minimum of five years of progressive relevant professional experience in design and monitoring and evaluation of peacebuilding programmes.
- Solid knowledge and understanding of international standards (including those of UN) of results-based management including monitoring, reporting and evaluation methods and practices.
- Sound knowledge of Peacebuilding Fund polices and processes and experience
- working on PBF projects desirable.
- Country-level work experience in conflict-affected settings.
- Fluency in written and spoken English required. Working knowledge of French and Spanish highly desirable.
- Ability to travel regularly to tropical and conflict-affected contexts.