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Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

Vacancy #:   792
Unit:   Programme Coordination Unit
Organization:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   Oceania Regional Office, Suva, Fiji
Reporting to:   Regional Programme Coordinator, Oceania Regional Office
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   P1
Expected start date:   13 June 2016
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (12 months)
Closing date:   23 April 2014 (extended)
BACKGROUND
JOB DESCRIPTION
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring that projects undertaken by IUCN in the Oceania Region consistently meet high standards, satisfying the requirements of IUCN and its partners, and contributing to institutional learning objectives.
Specific duties include, but are not limited to the following:

I. Monitoring and Evaluation
Act as IUCN Oceania’s Focal Point for Monitoring and Evaluation by:
• In consultation with programme and project staff, develop and assist (with the direct supervision of the Strategic Partnership Advisor) the implementation of a monitoring and evaluation plan for IUCN’s Oceania programmes and projects;
• Coordinate the collation and analysis of project information and success indicators to facilitate a proactive adjustment of project implementation to improve delivery;
• Advise programme and project staff on including programme evaluation activities in programme and project planning;
• Undertake field visits, if and when required, to ensure appropriate and timely execution of planned M&E of projects;
• Collect and collate quantitative and qualitative data as baseline indicators to be used subsequently to measure the effectiveness of project and programme implementation;
• Ensure that best practices and lessons learnt are documented collated, interpreted, disseminated and used to ensure continued improvement in conservation management by incorporating into future project design and implementation;
• Ensure the contribution of best practices and lessons to knowledge management and institutional learning;
• Facilitate the creation and maintenance of relevant databases and software related to data collation and management of M&E activities.
• Act as focal point for IUCN HQ’s Evaluation Office.

II. Institutional Learning
Be IUCN Oceania’s Focal Point for Institutional Learning by performing the following duties:
• Organise training of staff in understanding and applying results-oriented monitoring & evaluation policies, tools and methods;
• Facilitate IUCN ORO Programmes’ application of best practices and advocate IUCN experiences in results-based monitoring and evaluation, as well as engaging substantive areas of expertise through IUCN commissions and global knowledge networks;
• Contribute to capacity building involving training, monitoring and evaluation, audits and reviews, and the implementation of corrective measures as a way to mainstream lessons learnt in programme and project formulation and system development;
• Promote evaluation standards, quality assurance and control, and capacity building within the Oceania Regional office.
Any other duties as reasonably required of the successful applicant by the employer.

Ethical, Social and Ecological Responsibilities
This role requires the following ethical, social and ecological responsibilities:
• Respect for people from different nationalities, cultures, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation as well as the young and elderly;
• Responsible for exercising utmost care and judgement to ensure the assets belonging or entrusted to IUCN are not misused or wasted;
• Avoids all instances of conflict of interest in one’s dealings;
• Commitment to help conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure the sustainable use of resources;
• Adherence to the IUCN Code of Conduct.

Personal Attributes
This role requires the following personal attributes:
• Accepts Responsibility : Willing and able to bear high levels of responsibility by making timely decisions and being accountable;
• A Learner : Willing to learn about the countries, cultures and development/ environmental issues in the region;
• Adaptation : Willing to adapt to regional norms without compromising personal beliefs and principles;
• Openness : Communicates honestly, openly, and consistently. Shares information appropriately and ensures that views of all members of the team are freely expressed;
• Positive Attitude : Encourages a positive rather than negative viewpoint;
• Integrity : Maintains the highest standard of personal conduct in performing all duties;
• Commitment : Committed to making the project a success. Willing and able to work for the best interests of the project. Not thinking in terms of being right at the expense of being successful;
• Can handle stressful situations well : Willing and able to deal with problem situations. Mentally tough and always mentally prepared;
• People Skills : Able to build productive working relationships with other staff and partners based on respect and good rapport. Listens well and never assumes one knows best;
• Judgement : Able to evaluate information quickly, identify key issues and formulate conclusions based on sound, practical judgment, experience, and common sense;
• Organized : Well prepared and organized. Carries out all responsibilities and action items in a purposeful way;
• Dependable : Can be relied upon to get the job done at the expected time. Relied upon to give advanced prior notice if deadlines are not to be met;
• Proactive : Proactive rather than reactive. Able to avoid mistakes that could/should be anticipated.
REQUIREMENTS
  • Required Qualifications for this position:
A demonstrated interest in the area of monitoring and evaluation;


• A University degree or equivalent experience in natural resource management or other related field;

• Familiarity with project management, systems and processes, particularly the logical framework process, and in general, conservation management;

• Familiarity with components of institutional/ organizational learning;

• Ability to work towards deadlines and under pressure;

• Experience and ability to work in a multicultural environment;

• Knowledge of development and environment issues and their complexities in the Oceania region;

• Capacity to interact effectively with a wide range of people at different levels including donors, the private sector, NGOs, and government officials;

• Highly motivated and results-oriented individual;

• Ability to work independently and as part of a team;

• Basic analytical skills including analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data;

• Technical skills in data management, such as working with databases, data analysis, and data visualization techniques;

• Proficient in the use of computer applications including MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint), Email, Internet and an ability to learn other organizational applications;

• Strong communication skills in written and spoken English;

• Proficiency in other Pacific languages will be considered an asset;

• Experience in capacity building and training will be considered an asset.
APPLICATIONS

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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