UN World Food Programme International Consultant, Programme Policy Officer - Jobs in Rwanda

UN World Food Programme International Consultant, Programme Policy Officer - Jobs in Rwanda

Background and Purpose of the Assignment

Rwanda is a low-income, least-developed country with a population of 11.2 million people, of whom 52 percent are women and girls and 48 percent men and boys. Since the 1994 genocide, the Government of Rwanda has consistently and rather successfully pursued development objectives, but many challenges persist including in food and nutrition.

WFP Rwanda helps the government enhance the national capacity to manage and innovate, but also to tackle more immediate humanitarian needs and provide a path to self-reliance, ensuring no one is left behind while facilitating national ownership. WFP is increasingly transitioning from humanitarian action into development and humanitarian nexus efforts to create links and make greater impact.

The position is in the Monitoring and Evaluation Unit. WFP Rwanda Country Office (CO) aims to continuously enhance its operational information management and monitoring so that it not only meets WFP corporate requirements but also helps decision making.

Job Purpose

The incumbent will help ensure that robust Monitoring, Review and Evaluation Plan aligned to WFP corporate standards are developed to generate quality evidence on the lives of beneficiaries and inform policy, strategy and programme design and implementation by supervising the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) sub-unit.

This includes coordinating monitoring activities, managing decentralized evaluations, and thematic/mid-term reviews and positioning WFP as a reliable partner for governments to build monitoring and evaluation strategies. This incumbent will also help Programme team show the progress of activities on required performance indicators and generate relevant alerts for any potential areas of improvement on a regular basis for decision making by the management both at the Field Offices and Country Office levels. The incumbent will supervise the M&E staff and ensure good working standards and help build the M&E capacity of partners, colleagues, and government.

Key Accountabilities (not all-inclusive)

  • Provide technical support to the Country Strategic Plan (CSP) mid-term review and other thematic reviews which are intended for internal learning, strategic and operational decision-making.

  • Lead the management of the Home-Grown School Feeding evaluations, supervise the evaluation management for the Resilience Impact evaluation and ensure the final reports and management recommendations are produced to high professional standards in line with WFP Evaluation Policy and Decentralized Evaluation Quality Assurance (DEQAS) and the findings are readily disseminated amongst all stakeholders to inform policy, strategy and programme design and implementation and improve WFP’s assistance.

  • Contribute to centralized evaluations managed by the Office of Evaluation, joint United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDG), evaluations and donor-led evaluations in the country.

  • Lead the regular post distribution monitoring (PDM) and other surveys for the corporate outcome indicators advising upon the design of questionnaires, budgeting and contracting, field data collection, data analysis and report writing.

  • Lead the process monitoring roll out for all activities, produce regular monitoring reports, and contribute to donor and adhoc reporting through data analysis and visualization of findings by developing innovative, user-friendly and informative products. Review, revise and develop necessary tools for output and process monitoring and data collection and train staff and cooperating partners on proper usage.

  • Lead the management of data quality and data timeliness for the corporate monitoring systems particularly COMET (Country Office Monitoring and Evaluation Tool). Lead
    the reconciliation exercise from M&E unit’s side coordinating with the supply chain team on a regular basis.

  • Support WFP Management in addressing recommendations from monitoring, reviews and evaluations through development and follow-up of action plans for PDMs, Reviews and Evaluations undertaken.

  • Ensure the integrating of protection and gender perspectives in all the surveys and identify areas in monitoring where the same can be enhanced with support from the Gender and Protection (G&P) unit.

  • Lead the implementation and follow up of the CSP MRE plan ensuring all data reported follows sound methodologies in line with the corporate guidelines. Review the data collection processes and tools and advise upon revisions where necessary through additional or improved methodologies.

  • Manage M&E staff and guide them as required to enable high performance of the team. Build and strengthen M&E capacity of WFP staff and partners including government counterparts through designing M&E programs, delivery of training and information sharing for better tracking and reporting on results.

  • Lead and coordinate the preparation of the Annual Corporate Reports in coordination with the communications unit.

  • Contribute to the development, implementation and reporting of the UNSDG Joint Work Plans.

  • Any other duties as required by the management.

    Standard Minimum Qualifications


    Advanced university degree, or university degree with experience and training/courses in one or more of the following disciplines: social sciences, development studies, economics, agriculture, international affairs, business administration, education, or a field relevant to international development assistance.


    At least 4 years post-graduate, progressively responsible experience of which three years in monitoring and evaluation, food security and nutrition, vulnerability analysis, development, or a closely related area or projects. Experience with UN will be preferred.


    Excellent written and spoken English. Some level of French, Kinyarwanda or Swahili would be an advantage, everything else equal.

    Other Specific Job Requirements

  • Knowledge of WFP corporate software and systems such as COMET is required.

  • Good practical understanding of corporate M&E requirements and guidance is required, including from the IRM.

  • Good command of quantitative and some qualitative survey methods, data collection, treatment, and analysis required

  • Proficiency in Windows, MS Office, and Statistical Programs (such as SPSS and STATA)

  • Experience or familiarity with capacity development work in M&E is desirable

  • Proficiency in online data collection tools and data visualization (like Tableau) is desirable.

  • General knowledge of UN system policies, rules, regulations and procedures governing administration

  • Analytical, independence, initiative, maturity of judgement, flexibility, humility, timeliness and mobility are important personal skills.

    Terms and Conditions

    Job Title:
    Programme Policy Officer (M&E)

    Type of Contract: International Consultant (CST Level 1)

    Unit/division: VAM and M&E

    Duty Station (City, Country): Kigali/Rwanda

    Duration: 11 months

    Deadline for Applications

    5th September 2022, 23:59 CAT

    For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme International Consultant, Programme Policy Officer - Jobs in Rwanda

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