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COUNTRY CONTEXT/ ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT
Burundi is a landlocked country situated in the Great Lakes Region of East Africa, with a population of 12.3 million people. The agricultural sector is the cornerstone of Burundi’s national economy, however, there is widespread food insecurity and malnutrition across the country. The government of Burundi adopted the country’s second multisectoral strategic plan for food security and nutrition, covering the period 2019‒2023, is aimed at doubling agriculture production, reducing chronic malnutrition by 10%, targeting 50% of the vulnerable populations for social protection and enhancing good nutrition practices for at least 80% of households and food and nutrition security for all those affected by emergencies.
In light of this context WFP Burundi is implementing a three-year Interim Country Strategic Plan ICSP (2022-2024) since March 2022. The ICSP aims at continuing to support the Government to address food insecurity, reduce malnutrition, transform food systems, build the resilience of vulnerable populations and strengthen national capacities toward achievement of Sustainable Development Goals 2 and 17. In its strategic plan, WFP identified five strategic outcomes (SO) and eight main activities that are intrinsically linked with the second outcome consisting of “Children 6-59 months, adolescent girls, pregnant and lactating women, PLHIV and TB clients in the targeted provinces have improved nutritional status throughout the year”
PURPOSE OF ASSIGNMENT
The World Food Programme (WFP) and UNICEF are implementing a joint project entitled “Prevention of malnutrition and strengthening of resilience at the community level in four provinces of Burundi” with funding from the German KfW bank.
The overall goal of the project is the prevention of malnutrition and strengthening of resilience at community level in Burundi, by improving the food and nutrition security among vulnerable communities in 4 targeted provinces through providing a comprehensive package of multisectoral nutrition-sensitive and specific interventions.
By the end of the project, vulnerable households, pregnant and lactating women, and children 0-2 years benefit from improved food and nutrition security and strengthened resilience through quality multi-sectoral nutrition and social protection interventions in 8 districts, distributed over 4 provinces of Burundi (Karusi, Kirundo, Rutana and Ruyigi).
Main outcomes of the project are: i) Improving resilience and dietary diversity at household and individual levels, ii) Increasing equitable access to quality facility and community-based health and nutrition-specific and sensitive services, iii) The national governance, coordination, monitoring and evaluation is enhanced on nutrition and food security intervention.
To measure these results, a strong monitoring and evaluation strategy that reflects commitment to Results Based Management, have been designed. Therefore, the baselines and endline will be established on time and operational performance will be monitored to assess progress toward results.
Additional contributions were received from Canadian philanthropist as top up to complement the planned KfW grant and support to generate evidence to inform WFP programming. Within the framework of the Country Office Evaluation plan, the incumbent of this position will support in generating evidence to demonstrate the project/modalities results and making better use of evaluation evidence to learn and inform decision-making for impactful strategies and programmes targeting the people WFP serves.
Thus, the Country Office need to recruit a specialist in Monitoring and evaluation at the high level to strengthen the capacity of country office in monitoring and evaluation.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
Under the supervision of the Deputy Country Director, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer will be responsible for:
- Developing the overall M&E plan and learnings of the KfW/Canadian top up project
- Designing M&E tools for KfW/ Canadian top project up and train staff on use of the tools
- Ensuring that KfW/ Canadian top up project generates quality evidence on the outcomes and effects of cash-based transfer and food assistance activities on the lives of beneficiaries with which to inform operational decision making and strategic reorientation.
- Developing CO monitoring systems and ensure that they are compliant with corporate standards,
- Developing an annual Monitoring, Review and Evaluation plan including details of what and when to measure outputs and outcomes indicators in line with the log frame of the project,
- Ensuring the process monitoring for the project and assess progress toward results, and feedback from monitoring and inform project management and decision-making, which provide the most relevant and strategic information toward achieving expected results while being compliant with WFP evaluation and monitoring and donors’ requirements, and tools are in place and establishment of baselines and targets,
- Providing the budget for M&E costs and advocate for appropriate financial and human resourcing,
- Producing a monthly monitoring report and share them with all stakeholders during the joint monitoring and coordination meeting for improving the data quality at the community level,
- Contributing and supporting evidence-based decision-making on programme design and implementation through making monitoring, review, and evaluations findings,
- Supporting WFP Management in addressing recommendations from monitoring, reviews, and evaluations to ensure that follow-up actions are taken as required,
- Strengthening capacity of WFP and partners’ staffs through delivery training and information sharing,
- Providing orientation for staffs under his supervision,
- Integrating protection and gender perspectives in geographics areas of the project and ensure equal participation of women and men,
- Performing other related duties as required.
Specifics monitoring functions:
- Ensure that the monitoring systems and tools are in place and compliant with corporate standards, including the minimum monitoring requirements (MMR), standard operational procedures (SOP) and establishment of baselines and targets in alignment with the updated corporate results framework (CRF),
- Ensure the regular monitoring of the results of the project results at different levels as outputs and outcomes through surveys which carried out yearly update annual data,
- Produce regular monitoring reports, including running data analysis, with status of results and implementation progress.
Specific to the evaluation functions:
- Facilitate the Mid-Term Review which will be conducted within two years of project implementation,
- Contribute and support the final evaluation planned at the end of the project.
- Other duties as required.
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:
- Advanced University degree in one of the following fields: social sciences, statistics, development economics, performance management, monitoring and evaluation or other related fields,
- Or First University degree with additional years of relevant work experience and/or training/courses.
- Minimum of five years of relevant professional work experience including in international development or humanitarian work.
- Minimum of two years of experience in monitoring and/or evaluation, including strong experience using a variety of quantitative and qualitative analytical tools and methods.
- Excellent analytical skills and communication skills demonstrated through preparation of well-analyzed data and comprehensive reports,
- Have technical advice, training, and guidance to strengthen the capacity of WFP and partner staff on M&E, and sufficient experience (more than 2 years) in M&E training,
- Effective coordination with CO/RB and other units at Headquarters, which leads to adequate delivery of required resources.
Working knowledge (proficiency/Level C) of English and French is a must.
How to apply
Interested applicants are requested to create an E-recruitment account before submitting an online application, including CV and a letter of interest.
Click the link below to view the assignment detail and start the application process.
Visit http://www.wfp.org/countries/Burundi to learn more about WFP’s operations in Burundi.
WFP seeks candidates ofthe highest integrity and professionalism who share our humanitarian principles. Selection of the position is made on a competitive basis, and we are committed to promoting diversity and gender balance.
Female applicants and person with disability are encouraged to apply.