UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer - MEL Manager (seconded to MoH) Jobs in Ethiopia

UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer - MEL Manager (seconded to MoH) Jobs in Ethiopia


About WFP

  • The World Food Programme (WFP) is United Nations frontline agency in the fight against hunger, WFP is continually responding to emergencies. We save lives by getting food to the hungry fast. But WFP also works to help prevent hunger in the future.

  • WFP Ethiopia is working with the Government and humanitarian partners to strengthen the resilience of Ethiopia’s most vulnerable population and to chart a more prosperous and sustainable future for the next generation. The Country Office also supports programmes that use food assistance to empower women, transform areas affected by climate change and keep children in school.

    Job Purpose

  • The post is based in Addis Ababa, seconded at the MoH / Seqota Declaration and the incumbent is to report to the Senior Programme Manager, Seqota Declaration Delivery Unit and the WFP Nutrition Team Leader.

  • The overarching purpose of this role is to be responsible for day-to-day management of the Seqota Declaration Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan, coordinating all components to ensure delivery of quality (timely, accurate, valid) data to inform programming, ensure shared learning across all of the different stakeholders involved, with special attention to mentoring the Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Focal Points in the Regional Program Delivery Units (RPDU), Food and Nutrition Coordination Offices (FANC) and in all the Seqota Declaration implementing ministries.

    Key Responsibilities

    Lead Seqota Declaration MEL Strategy Development, Implementation and Knowledge Management for the Expansion Phase;

  • Review and revise in consultation with key stakeholders the Monitoring & Evaluation Plan for the Seqota Declaration Expansion Phase;

  • Develop the monitoring and evaluation framework and provide day-to-day MEL management support for the implementation of the Seqota’ Declaration Expansion phase MEL plan;

  • Lead development of tools to facilitate data use for decision making;

  • Mentor and build the capacity of personnel responsible for MEL activities within the Regional PDUs, FNCOs and sector monitories;

  • Review minutes and documentation from quarterly and annual review meetings to ensure completeness and technical accuracy;

  • Support regional and federal reporting against Seqota Declaration targets, indicators, milestones and activities;

  • Oversee the collection, analysis and synthesis of evidence, data and management information to enable timely and effective decision-making and planning;

  • Serve as the first point of contact for MEL activities for the Seqota Declaration

    Provide technical assistance to multi-sectoral MEL systems development to expansion phase implementing sectors, regions and city administrations;

  • Liaise directly with key stakeholders, regional program delivery units including all NNP implementing ministries who are engaged in or have a mandate for supporting multi-sectoral MEL nutrition activities;

  • Identify and leverage experiences on multi-sectoral coordination of nutrition data both within Ethiopia and globally;

  • Share learnings from the Seqota Declaration on multi-sectoral MEL systems development in appropriate fora;

  • Develop a strategy for monitoring, evaluation and learning capacity assessment and capacity building to deepen multi-sectoral nutrition data use for decision making; and

  • Initiate and lead a Seqota Declaration Community of Practice that would encourage sharing of learnings and development of a learning culture across the sectors and partners involved in implementing multi-sectoral nutrition programming;

    Ensure high-level coordination and engagement for MEL programme implementation sectors and development partners

  • Support the Senior Programme Manager to ensure that all implementing ministries responsible for the different components are appraised of program progress through quarterly, biannual and annual review meetings and regular updates;

  • Engage development partners to understand what innovations in MEL are being implemented in Ethiopia and the opportunities for Seqota Declaration;

  • Serve as the point person for Seqota Declaration for all forums related to multisectoral nutrition MEL activities including technical working groups for NIPN and UNISE;

  • Liaise with other ministries, development partners, initiative and other stakeholders to ensure the Seqota Declaration FPDU, RPDU, FNCO, federal and reginal sectors and other stakeholders are abreast of new and existing evidence relevant to the multi-sectoral
    nutrition response.

    Other Specific Job Requirements

    Functional Competencies – Technical Expertise:

  • Specialist knowledge in MEL for at least one of the sectors and ideally more of the following sectors: nutrition, public health and ideally agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene;

  • Theoretical and practical knowledge of adaptive, fit-for-purpose MEL;

  • Experience managing the development of dashboards and other tools to facilitate data use;

  • Technical expertise in the development and strengthening of Routine Information Systems, ideally including the district health information system (DHIS2) and UNISE expansion;

  • Diplomatic and conflict resolution skills navigating sensitivities around data; and

  • Strong understanding of government, civil society and donor community in Ethiopia.

    Functional Competencies – Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • Experience developing knowledge management systems;

  • In-depth practical knowledge of inter-disciplinary development issues.

    Functional Competencies – Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to lead strategic development of information systems to meet the evidence needs of the Seqota Declaration;

  • Ability to go beyond established procedures and models, propose new approaches, which expand the range of programs;

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision; and

  • Negotiation skills: capacity to work with diverse partners including Government, development partners and civil society.

    Functional Competencies – Leadership and Teamwork:

  • Skilled leader who can provide strategic guidance while supporting the overall direction set by the Senior Programme Manager;

  • Works well with a diverse group of people;

  • Focuses on impact and results, and responds positively to critical feedback;

    Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling Government of Ethiopia values and ethical standards;

  • Promotes the vision, mission and strategic goals of the Government of Ethiopia Seqota Declaration;

  • Displays cultural and gender sensitivity and adaptability; and Treats all people fairly without favouritism

  • Thorough understanding of the Ethiopian context and of programme management within this context;

  • Detailed understanding of the Seqota Declaration and the Government of Ethiopia response to child undernutrition;

  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills;

  • Excellent written and spoken English;

  • Ability to think critically and analytically to draw sound conclusions on the basis of evidence and data;

  • Proven track record of building and maintaining strategic relationships, influencing complex processes, working in partnership is essential;

  • Proven track record of designing, appraising and implementing MEL systems is highly desirable;

  • Quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills desired, data interpretation and translation skills required.

  • Experience leading technical working groups and participating in MEL forums

  • Experience presenting and sharing research and evidence findings in a range of fora;

  • Extensive experience liaising between MEL and programmatic individuals and/or translating research and evidence to support evidence-based programming for different audiences.

  • Experience building technical MEL capacities of remotely based staff of varying experience and skills

    Standard Minimum Academic Qualifications

  • Education: Educated to postgraduate degree level, or equivalent by experience, within a relevant speciality in Monitoring and Evaluation; Epidemiology; Statistics;

  • Experience: At least 10 years’ experience working in monitoring and evaluation or related work in public health, nutrition, agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene; At least 5 years’ practical experience in analytical and practical monitoring, evaluation and related work in such areas as (a) working with government institutions, public service or equivalent; and (b) institutional analysis and design, programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation systems and processes, and development programmes;

  • Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English. Knowledge of the local language is added advantage.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; UN World Food Programme Programme Policy Officer - MEL Manager (seconded to MoH) Jobs in Ethiopia


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