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Geospatial Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

Vacancy #:   3939
Unit:   Institutional Performance Management and Evaluation Unit (IPME)
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   European Regional Office Germany, Bonn, Germany
Reporting to:   Head - Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P2
Expected start date:   01 April 2019
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (9 months)
Closing date:   25 April 2019 (extended)
The Institutional Performance, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit (IPME) is a team situated in the Corporate Services under the Deputy Director-General. The unit's purpose is to support IUCN's strategy and programme execution at all levels. As such, it drives greater accountability, performance, assurance and overall organisational effectiveness.

As the organisation's centre of expertise and excellence on programme, portfolio and project management, strategic planning and implementation, performance management, assurance, and risk management, the unit leads on these functions from establishing normative and operational frameworks to ensuring their optimal implementation. The unit is therefore the custodian of many IUCN policies, normative/operational frameworks and guidelines. It is responsible for ensuring their relevance to institutional needs through continuous monitoring, improvements and change management. It ensures that owned policies and frameworks are appropriately implemented by monitoring their respective level of compliance, making continuous improvements, and providing direct support and capacity building to relevant IUCN staff.

The unit takes a holistic approach by addressing staff skills, mindsets, and behaviours alongside processes, methodologies and tools through the use of business analysis, solution development and monitoring and evaluation. Through the development of performance and assurance management capability, the unit assists IUCN in achieving greater impact.

IUCN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,300 Member organisations and the input of more than 16,000 experts. IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it.

Under the supervision of the Head – Planning, Monitoring Evaluation and Risk Unit, the Geospatial Monitoring and Evaluation Officer provides enterprise-level coordination of geospatial strategic planning, performance monitoring, evaluation and reporting with IUCN’s strategic impacts and objectives.

Through research, management, coaching and capacity building, s/he will enable (a) managing the monitoring and evaluation system, (b) managing geospatial project results reporting, (c) providing results measurement technical support to programs and projects, and (d) managing corporate planning.
1. Manage the monitoring and evaluation system

1.1 Support the design and implementation of the IUCN Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system.
o Working with the Head of the unit to revise the M&E Policy to be relevant to the delivery of the IUCN Programme and best practices.
o Working with the Program and Projects Portal Manager to incorporate M&E processes and tools into the Project Standards and Guidelines and the Project Management Information System
o Identify M&E operational best practices, which may be elevated as enterprise solutions;
o Ensure compliance with M&E policies and procedures.

1.2 Manage standard indicators.
o Facilitate the definition of standard indicators and their application to specific sectors and business lines;
o Ensure that IUCN indicators are aligned with standard indicators adopted by donors and global communities of practice, and the SDGs.

1.3 Support the design and implementation of the evaluation strategy.
o Working with the Head of the unit to update the IUCN Evaluation Strategy, and prepare inputs and contribute to the Annual Evaluation Work Plan for all project and programme reviews and evaluations set by the Head of the unit;
o Support the mobilization of financial resources and partnerships to deliver the evaluation strategy;
o Coordinate the evaluation agenda across projects and maintain the IUCN Evaluation database online to achieve learning synergies;
o Compile lessons learnt, and link evaluation findings and recommendations to organisational processes and programme/project planning.

1.4 Develop capacity of Programme staff to conduct monitoring and evaluation activities.
o Assess gaps in M&E capacity and competency;
o Train Programme staff on M&E;
o Animate the IUCN M&E community of practice.

2. Manage geospatial project results reporting

2.1 Working with the Global Information Systems Group, design geospatial project results data architecture.
o Design the Geospatial Results Standards to maximize analytical capabilities in delivering the IUCN Programme, in line with the IUCN Access to Information Policy.
o Create a geospatial results data platform.
o Identify GIS operational best practices, which may be elevated and reused as enterprise solutions for geospatial performance monitoring and evaluation.
o Work with the Program and Projects Portal Manager to incorporate geospatial tools into the Project Management Information System.
o Ensure compliance with corporate geospatial data policies and procedures, and international data sharing standards.

2.2 Develop capacity of GIS and Programme staff to conduct geospatial programme impact measurement activities.
o Assess gaps in geospatial impact measurement capacity and competency
o Train Programme staff on geospatial data management.
o Coach staff members on geospatial data analysis, sharing and visualization.
o Establish a network of GIS practitioners, stakeholders and partners to share best practices and lessons learnt.

2.3 Operationalize geospatial results management
o Develop geospatial decision-making tools for executives and program managers
o Facilitate the management geospatial data portfolio decisions to reduce duplication, redundancy, and obsolescence.

3 Provide results measurement technical support to programs and projects

3.1 Advice project teams on results management to strategic programs and projects
o Design project logical frameworks and performance monitoring plans;
o Advice on data collection methods.

3.2 Advice project teams on strategic project and impact evaluations.
o Conduct evaluability assessments;
o Consult with IUCN partners and Programme staff to help them identify evaluation objectives and Terms of Reference for evaluations;
o Provide technical support to the design of strategic impact evaluations;
o Facilitate and manage evaluation partnerships;
o Commission evaluation expertise and manage consultants and contracts;
o Ensure quality control of evaluation deliverables, particularly in terms of accuracy and utility of reports and their findings and recommendations;
o Create pilots and prototypes to demonstrate value proposition of GIS for results management.

4. Manage corporate planning and reporting

4.1 Working with the Head of the unit, facilitate corporate, program and regional planning and portfolio management
o Design and support the annual corporate planning process.
o Provide analytics and facilitate portfolio reviews.
o Conduct data quality audits.
o Compile and draft the Annual Work Plan and the Annual Programme Report to Council.
o Advice on the results framework for global, regional and country strategies.

4.2 Manage project self-evaluation systems
o Define project ex ante, implementation and completion scoring
o Develop the capacity of staff members to apply scoring systems
o Conduct audits of project scores.
  • Graduate degree in geography, geographic information systems, natural resource management, planning, management sciences, economics, public policy or management engineering with a specialization in geospatial data analytics.

• At least 8 years of experience in GIS and/or monitoring and evaluation

• National experience with leading agency using international best practices or international experience with global agency

• At least 3 years direct experience in Project Management and handling project evaluations

• Direct experience in using Geospatial softwares

• Excellent interpersonal, cross cultural, critical, problem solving and negotiation skills

• Excellent English communications (verbal and written) skills (native)
The minimum gross annual salary for this position is EUR 54'960. While this is an indicative amount effective as of the current date, changes may occur as per IUCN's compensation practices without prior notice. The same applies to other organisations hosted by IUCN.

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