Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor

  Higher Work
  Afghanistan Unspecified 477
Date Posted:Oct 13, 2010
Reference:CTAP Secretariat -063
Closing Date:Dec 30, 2010
Work Type:Unspecified
Number of Vacancies:1
Functional Area:Administrative
Salary Range:-1 - -1 USD undefined
Years of Experience:5 Years
Contract Duration:Not specified
Possibility of Contract Extension: false
Contract Type:Short Term
Probation Period:Unspecified
Required Languages:

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Job Summary:

1. Organizational Context

With over 80% of the Afghan population living in rural areas, rural development represents a crucial sector for the development and the stability of Afghanistan. The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) focuses all its activities towards the goal of alleviating poverty in rural areas by empowering communities and fostering economic and social opportunities.

Through its people-centred development ethos, MRRD continues to establish a productive, participatory partnership between the government and the people it serves. The implementation of national development programs has allowed the MRRD to work towards equity in its investments, allowing all communities to participate in creating an enabling environment to develop social capital and take the tentative steps forward in developing a citizenry aware and articulate in regard to its needs and expectations.

The MRRD focuses on support to local governance, poverty reduction, and institutional capacity development, in line with Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS) and Agricultural Rural Development Sector Strategy (ARDSS) frameworks. The MRRD is responsible for a portfolio of national development programs which provide rural infrastructure (including tertiary roads, water supply and irrigation) and develop local governance institutions at the sub-national level. The two programs with the largest national outreach both focus on community-based governance, namely the National Area-Based Development Program (NABDP) and the government’s flagship National Solidarity Program (NSP), supported by two sector specific programs, the National Rural Access Program (NRAP) and the Rural Water Supply, Sanitation and Irrigation Program (RuWatSip). These programs combine to create improved livelihoods in a fertile and conducive environment for economic regeneration. Furthermore, the Afghanistan Rural Enterprise Development Program (AREDP) has been designed to capitalize upon the institution building and productive infrastructure to promote private sector growth in rural Afghanistan through enterprise facilitation and business incubation and support, thus increasing economic regeneration.

The monitoring department needs to provide comprehensive and specialized technical assistance to the MRRD to ensure a congruent whole-of-Ministry approach to monitoring, data gathering and analysis. Thus, the monitoring department will take the lead in the areas of best practice methodologies and in the monitoring of MRRD programs and projects and of those of its operational partners.

The four main objectives of the monitoring department are:

1. Enhance the department’s efficiency to monitor MRRD programs and projects to ensure the highest possible implementation quality and coherency in line with national, sectoral and ministerial frameworks and guidelines;
2. Assess MRRD activities and field projects to ensure validity, appropriateness and timeliness of service delivery;
3. Ensure all MRRD departments and programs/projects adhere to an overall coherent monitoring framework and link with the MRRD MIS/GIS departments to ensure a holistic data management system;
4. Analyze monitoring data, develop recommendations, draw lessons and disseminate best practices to programs and the leadership.

Furthermore, the monitoring departments’ long term objective is to promote and establish a community-based monitoring (CBM) system. The monitoring department will approach other MRRD programs where these approaches are currently being implemented in order to obtain lessons to date.

Duties & Responsibilities:

2. Position

2.1 Nature and Scope of Assignment

This assignment involves supporting the reform process of the MRRD, within the monitoring department. Under the supervision of the monitoring Director, the successful candidate will provide technical advice, management support and technical inputs required to enhance the department’s technical capacity to monitor MRRD programs and projects.

The successful applicant will be expected to work with and through his/her Afghan national counterpart, and to simultaneously transfer skills and responsibilities to them. This position does not involve management or line responsibilities.

2.2 Duties and Responsibilities

Working with the Head of the technical monitoring unit and the Head of the social monitoring unit as counterparts, with assistance from the CTAP Capacity Development team and other relevant staff and advisors, the monitoring advisor will:

1. Provide technical advice to the monitoring Director on the potential merging of the technical monitoring unit and the social monitoring unit;
2. Analyse monitoring processes within the two monitoring units and review them so monitoring is more efficiently conducted;
3. Support the two monitoring units in developing their annual work plan;
4. Assist in conducting a capacity gap assessment of the monitoring units and participate in the drafting of the capacity development plan;
5. Build staff capacity in field monitoring methodologies and conduct field visit with monitors, as appropriate;
6. Ensure that monitors are fully aware of and capable of monitoring engineering standards;
7. Ensure the monitoring units have sufficient knowledge of the Afghanistan National Development Strategy (ANDS), of the Agriculture and Rural Development Sector Strategy (ARDSS) and of MRRD Strategic Intent;
8. Support the monitoring units in monitoring the Strategic Intent once its monitoring framework is finalized;
9. Provide the tools and builds capacity for the department to design a comprehensive M and E framework for MRRD, in cooperation with the programs;
10. Support the department in the implementation of the M and E framework;
11. Build staff coordination skills and set up appropriate mechanisms to strengthen the links between the department and the M and E Units of MRRD Programs;
12. Build staff capacity to analyze data, to draw best practices and to use MIS and GIS tools, in cooperation with the MIS Unit;
13. Support the department in developing a full monitoring manual, and ensure that staff apply it;
14. Participate in the review of the monitoring Standards Operating Procedures;
15. Participate in relevant working groups and sub-groups that coordinate the reform process of MRRD;
16. Carry out other relevant tasks, which the director might allocate for the achievement of the department’s objectives.

2.3 Deliverables

The deliverables of the monitoring advisor are:

1. An annual work plan for the monitoring unit(s);
2. A draft capacity development plan for the monitoring unit, based on a thorough gap analysis;
3. A revised monitoring Standard Operating Procedures;
4. A comprehensive M and E framework for MRRD;
5. A full monitoring manual

Job Requirement:

2.4 Skills, Experience and Qualifications Required

The successful candidate should have the following skills, experience and qualifications:

1. At least a bachelor degree, master degree preferred, in development, monitoring or other related field;
2. A minimum of 5 years experience in monitoring, including 2 years in large organizations;
3. Demonstrated knowledge in rural development, including in community-led development;
4. Demonstrated experience in mentoring and coaching, in an international or intercultural environment;
5. Proven ability to function effectively as part of a multi-cultural team;
6. Excellent command of English language and knowledge of Dari and/or Pashtu is an advantage;
7. Excellent command of common Microsoft Office programs;
8. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
9. Prior experience of working in a post conflict country.

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