National Monitoring and Evaluation Expert, Bissau, Guinea Bissau At UNIDO – United Nations Industrial Development Organization


Closing date: Tuesday, 30 May 2023

Title: National Monitoring and Evaluation Expert

​Requisition ID: 2203

Grade: SB4 – Local Professional (Junior & Mid Level)

Country: Guinea-Bissau

Duty Station: Bissau

Category: National Consultant Type of Job Posting: Internal and External

Employment Type: NonStaff-Regular Application deadline: 31-May-2023

Vacancy Announcement TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT OF PROJECT PERSONNEL

Only nationals or permanent residents of the country of the duty station are considered eligible. Female candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. The mission of UNIDO, as described in the Lima Declaration adopted at the fifteenth session of the UNIDO General Conference in 2013 as well as the Abu Dhabi Declaration adopted at the eighteenth session of UNIDO General Conference in 2019, is to promote and accelerate inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID) in Member States. The relevance of ISID as an integrated approach to all three pillars of sustainable development is recognized by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will frame United Nations and country efforts towards sustainable development. UNIDO’s mandate is fully recognized in SDG-9, which calls to “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. The relevance of ISID, however, applies in greater or lesser extent to all SDGs. Accordingly, the Organization’s programmatic focus is structured in four strategic priorities: Creating shared prosperity; Advancing economic competitiveness; Safeguarding the environment; and Strengthening knowledge and institutions. Each of these programmatic fields of activity contains a number of individual programmes, which are implemented in a holistic manner to achieve effective outcomes and impacts through UNIDO’s four enabling functions: (i) technical cooperation; (ii) analytical and research functions and policy advisory services; (iii) normative functions and standards and quality-related activities; and (iv) convening and partnerships for knowledge transfer, networking and industrial cooperation. Such core functions are carried out in Departments/Offices in its Headquarters, Regional Offices and Hubs and Country Offices.

DIRECTORATE OF SDG INNOVATION AND ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION (IET)

Under the overall direction of the Director General, and in close collaboration with all organizational entities within UNIDO, in particular the Office of Change Management (ODG/CHM), the Office of Legal Affairs and Compliance (ODG/LEG), the Strategic Planning and UN Engagement Division (ODG/SPU), and the Office of Evaluation and Internal Oversight (EIO), the Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation (IET), headed by a Managing Director, is responsible for the development of innovative UNIDO services in the areas of agro-industry and agribusiness, sustainability standards and fair production, and climate-relevant or climate-improving technologies. It is also, in collaboration with ODG, responsible for developing innovative technical cooperation concepts, identifying new sources and means of finance and entering into new partnerships with a broad range of relevant stakeholders.

The Directorate houses the Divisions of Coordination and Integration Support (IET/CIS), Quality, Impact and Accountability (IET/QUA), Agribusiness and Infrastructure Development (IET/AGR), Innovative Finance and International Financial Institutions (IET/IFI), Fair Production, Sustainability Standards and Trade (IET/PST), Public-Private Partnerships (PPP), and Climate and Technology Partnerships (CTP). The Directorate also ensures close coordination and collaboration among the Divisions and relevant entities in the Directorate of Global Partnerships and External Relations (GLO) and the Directorate of Technical Cooperation and Sustainable Industrial Development (TCS).

Division of Agribusiness and Infrastructure Development (IET/AGR)

Under the overall guidance of the Director General, the direct supervision of the Managing Director, Directorate of SDG Innovation and Economic Transformation (IET), and in close coordination with other organizational entities within UNIDO, the Division of Agribusiness and Infrastructure Development (IET/AGR) supports Member States in their efforts to pave the way to sustainable rural development and a structurally transformed and modernized agribusiness sector. Capitalizing on the experience gained by UNIDO in this field over decades and on tried-and-tested and to-be-developed service modules, the Division will explore innovative approaches to maximise the potential that exists in agribusiness development, addressing emerging global trends, in particular food security, poverty alleviation and climate change. It will explore new ways to contribute to global efforts to reduce hunger, accelerate food systems transition, and generate income and employment, especially among women and youth.

The Division provides technical cooperation services to assist the modernization of agriculture and agro-industry, especially in less-developed countries, ensuring that enterprises add value to primary agricultural production, substitute the imports of food and other value-added agricultural products, and participate effectively in local, regional and global value chains. Where needed, it will develop infrastructure and agro-industrial parks and capacities for agro-industrialization, value addition, quality assurance and food safety. It will also bring innovative approaches to Member States to fully benefit from carbon-neutral and biodiversity-enhancing agricultural and agro-industrial production and development opportunities in the green and blue bioeconomy.

Agro-Innovation and Bioeconomy Unit (IET/AGR/AIB)

The Agro-Innovation and Bioeconomy Unit (IET/AGR/AIB) promotes the development of innovative approaches to agricultural and agro-industrial production by looking at new products for industry, new processes of production, new sources of materials and energy from biomass, new schemes for sustainable production and new approaches to climate adaptation and the reduction of climate change. The Unit will contribute to addressing global challenges such as climate change, food and water shortages, environmental pollution, and loss of biodiversity – all in combination with economic development – by replacing fossil and mineral resources with renewable raw materials and through new technologies in production and processing of agriculture and aquaculture-based products.

Overall, the Unit will support agriculture and agro-industry in Member States in a transition from fossil and mineral-based production to a green and blue circular bioeconomy. Through partnerships with innovative firms, R&D departments and development partners, the Unit draws from the latest technology development in agricultural machinery, agro-processing and digitalization and renders adapted solutions to agro-industry development, emphasizing services to less developed countries. It will also engage with innovative carbon sequestration and biodiversity improvement schemes that help farmers and agro-industry firms to finance and apply new technologies of CO2 reduction and biodiversity improvement. It will also foster climate adaptation in agricultural and agro-industry production, using more sustainable technology and production schemes.

PROJECT CONTEXT

“Improving the competitiveness of the Guinea-Bissau mango sector: production, local processing and export support” – Project ID 190405

The project entitled: “Improving the competitiveness of the Guinea-Bissau mango sector: production, local processing and export support” is the national component, for the Republic of Guinea-Bissau, of the Africa Competitiveness Program of West (PCAO). It is part of specific objective 2 – Support for the competitiveness of the private sector – of the priority area of concentration 2 – Regional economic integration, aid for trade – of the Regional Indicative Program (RIP) 2014 –2020 for West Africa (11th EDF). The PCAO action document establishes as its first specific objective “improving the performance, growth and contribution to industry, regional trade and exports of selected value chains” and emphasizes the following sectors: (i) fruits and vegetables (mangoes, pineapples, onions, cassava, ginger, tomatoes, cashew nuts and rubber), (ii) textiles / clothing, (iii) leather, (iv) services (IT, communication, renewable energies). This component of Guinea-Bissau of the PCAO contributes to the Strategic and Operational Plan (2015-2020), in particular within the framework of component VI “Building a strong private sector and a diversified economy”, and of point b “Fully exploiting the potential agricultural sector ”; it takes into account the recommendations of the poverty reduction strategy document of the ECOWAS strategic orientation document on mango, as well as the recommendations of the European Commission on the adoption of a value chain approach and the need to focus interventions on a limited number of value chains.

The overall objective of the action is to contribute to strengthening the competitiveness of West African countries and its integration into regional and international trading systems. The specific objectives are to improve the performance of the “Mango” sector in Guinea Bissau and promote its growth, by stimulating its contribution to local industry, regional and international trade as well as to job creation in the country. (1), and to improve the business climate in Guinea Bissau, in particular through the integration of regional policies in favor of competitiveness in national policies (2).

The project contributes to inclusive growth based on trade and regional integration of Guinea-Bissau. The government of Guinea-Bissau has placed export growth high on its development agenda. The project is fully aligned with the country’s development objectives and benefits from very strong ownership and commitment from national and private stakeholders, including at the highest level of decision-making.

FUNCTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the supervision of the project manager (PM) based in Vienna, the national Monitoring and Evaluation Expert will work with the coordination of the National Project Coordinator (NPC) and the technical supervision of the Chief Technical Advisor (CTA) and providing support and implement the M&E plan to ensure technical quality of M&E activities of the WACOMP-GB project by performing the following activities: 1. Project results monitoring

  •  Implement the M&E Plans for the projects, based on the monitoring and evaluation plan designed for the projects
  •  Conduct monitoring missions to report, evaluate on progress, prepare, and submit M&E reports including recommendations and lesson learned in the projects
  •  Support the project teams to conduct periodic self-evaluation of projects, participatory data collection, analysis and reporting of the M&E Systems of the projects
  •  Participate in program design and proposal development;
  •  Coordinate and/or deliver training and capacity building program for project team and staff, and enhances capacity to design, introduce and implement appropriate M&E systems

Concrete/measurable Outputs to be achieved

Projects effectively monitored and activities result in the intended outputs and donors is well informed on project activities as per PRODOC

2. Program Support/Technical Assistance

  •  In collaboration with the WACOMP-GB coordinator, develop institutional framework for implementation of the WACOMP-GB M&E Plans in each region.
  •  Support the National Partners in monitoring their M&E frameworks based on the template designed for the project and provide validation.
  •  Through stakeholder workshop(s) with the main national partners (MEI, MARD) on the reporting requirements and to facilitate the collection of data to measure the KPIs and reporting progress in implementation of WACOMP-GB
  •  In consultation with the project team, organise training workshops to build capacities of MEI and partners for M&E on the Results-Based Management (RBM) concept

Concrete/measurable Outputs to be achieved

National counterpart of the WACOMP-GB and project staff are trained to contribute to M&E activities of the projects

3. Communication/Information Management

  •  Develop good working relations with project team, the national counterparts, the regional office and HQ on M&E; exchange information and experience;
  •  Support the collection and synthetize of information from partners, draft and distribute regular and ad-hoc reports for the SCs and TCs
  •  Support the team to communicate and disseminate information on WACOMP-GB in developing best practices and sharing lessons learned;
  •  Establish and maintain mechanisms for capturing, analyzing, reporting/sharing and applying M&E findings, information, lessons learned, and best practices among staff and project partners;
  •  Represent the technical content of M&E systems of the projects externally to donors and other organizations; support the UNIDO project team staff in their dialogue with key donors, especially EU, to ensure that M&E activities are meaningful and achievable
  •  Perform other duties as assigned by the UNIDO Project Manager
  •  Carry out ad-hoc assignments for the counterpart in agreement with UNIDO/EU.

Concrete/measurable Outputs to be achieved

M&E results shared with donors, partners.

MINIMUM ORGANIZATIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Education: Advanced university degree in Statistics, Economics, Agriculture Economics, Business or, Public Administration, Management or any other relevant field is required.

Technical and Functional Experience:

A minimum of three (3) years of experience in developing and implementing industrial development with particular emphasis and value chain development and M&E frameworks, including understanding of both national and sector level indicators, is required. Experience in training and in the practical application of monitoring and evaluation methodologies, is required; Experience in evaluating development projects, national programs and organizations, is required Experience in designing tools and strategies for data collection and monitoring of complex multi-stakeholders projects, is required; Experience working with government and development agencies including the United Nations agencies in Ethiopia or similar country in the region, is desirable.

Languages: Fluency in written and spoken English is required. Fluency and/or working knowledge of another United Nations l language is desirable. Fluency and/or working knowledge of the local language is desirable.

REQUIRED COMPETENCIES

Core Values WE LIVE AND ACT WITH INTEGRITY: work honestly, openly and impartially. WE SHOW PROFESSIONALISM: work hard and competently in a committed and responsible manner. WE RESPECT DIVERSITY: work together effectively, respectfully and inclusively, regardless of our differences in culture and perspective.

Key Competencies WE FOCUS ON PEOPLE: cooperate to fully reach our potential –and this is true for our colleagues as well as our clients. Emotional intelligence and receptiveness are vital parts of our UNIDO identity. WE FOCUS ON RESULTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES: focus on planning, organizing and managing our work effectively and efficiently. We are responsible and accountable for achieving our results and meeting our performance standards. This accountability does not end with our colleagues and supervisors, but we also owe it to those we serve and who have trusted us to contribute to a better, safer and healthier world. WE COMMUNICATE AND EARN TRUST: communicate effectively with one another and build an environment of trust where we can all excel in our work. WE THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX AND INNOVATE: To stay relevant, we continuously improve, support innovation, share our knowledge and skills, and learn from one another.

This appointment is limited to the specified project(s) only and does not carry any expectation of renewal. Employees of UNIDO are expected at all times to uphold the highest standards of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity, both at work and outside. Only persons who fully and unconditionally commit to these values should consider applying for jobs at UNIDO.

All applications must be submitted online through the Online Recruitment System. Correspondence will be undertaken only with candidates who are being considered at an advanced phase of the selection process. Selected candidate(s) may be required to disclose to the Director General the nature and scope of financial and other personal interests and assets in respect of themselves, their spouses and dependents, under the procedures established by the Director General.

Visit the UNIDO website for details on how to apply: www.unido.org

NOTE: The Director General retains the discretion to make an appointment to this post at a lower level.

Notice to applicants: UNIDO does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. If you have received a solicitation for the payment of a fee, please disregard it. Vacant positions within UNIDO are advertised on the official UNIDO website. Should you have any questions concerning persons or companies claiming to be recruiting on behalf of UNIDO and requesting payment of a fee, please contact: recruitment@unido.org

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