Programme Specialist, Monitoring and Evaluation, Dakar, Senegal, West and Central Africa Regional Office, P-4

Level: P-4
Contract Type: Fixed Term Appointment
Closing date: 1 February 2019 - 5:00pm(New York time)
Duty station: Dakar
Job ID: 20322

The Position:

The Monitoring and Evaluation Programme Specialist provides technical support and quality assurance for the monitoring and evaluation of the Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend project (SWEDD). You will hold a central position within the SWEDD Regional Technical Secretariat and ensures, in conjunction with national teams, that the project’s monitoring and evaluation framework is fully implemented, while reporting on key performance indicators and key project outputs; designing and executing of evaluations and studies, including robust impact evaluations of key project activities. The M&E Programme Specialist will work under direct supervision of the Regional Technical Secretariat Project Coordinator.


How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled.  UNFPA’s new strategic plan (2018-2021), focuses on three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths; end unmet need for family planning; and end gender-based violence and harmful practices.

In a world where fundamental human rights are at risk, we need principled and ethical staff, who embody these international norms and standards, and who will defend them courageously and with full conviction.

UNFPA is seeking candidates that transform, inspire and deliver high impact and sustained results; we need staff who are transparent, exceptional in how they manage the resources entrusted to them and who commit to deliver excellence in programme results.


Job Purpose:

The Sahel Women’s Empowerment and Demographic Dividend Project (SWEDD) is a regional collaboration encompassing Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Mauritania and Benin, and is funded by the World Bank’s regional IDA (International Development Association) resources. The Project acts on the UN-World Bank commitment and partnership to address the Demographic Dividend in the Sahel. The overall goal of the project is to accelerate the demographic transition, to spur the demographic dividend, and to reduce gender inequality in the participating countries.

The SWEDD Project interventions are structured around 3 primary components: (1) Generate demand for reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health, and nutrition (RMNCHN) services by promoting social and behavioral change and the empowerment of women and adolescent girls; (2) Reinforce the regional availability of RMNCHN commodities and qualified health workers; (3) Reinforce advocacy and dialogue at high levels and promote policy development and the project’s implementation. Project governance is vested in a Regional Steering Committee, supported by the Regional Technical Secretariat (RTS) located at the UNFPA’s West and Central Africa Regional Office (WCARO). The RTS is responsible for strengthening project management capacities of implementing agencies at national and regional levels. It also oversees the programming and implementation of all funding channeled through UNFPA for the project activities directly executed by UNFPA or sub-contracted to other agencies and partners.

It is in this context and as a member of the SWEDD Regional Technical Secretariat, that the M&E Programme Specialist provides required leadership for the implementation of the SWEDD project’s results-based monitoring and evaluation plan, including the development of methodologies, capacities, systems and thematic and cross-country evaluati

Qualification and Requirements:



Advanced degree in Statistics, Public Health, Social Science, Demography, Economics, International Development, Public Administration or other related fields. The degree should preferably include credits in the principles and practice of monitoring and evaluation.


Knowledge and Experience:

  • 7 years of professional and substantive experience in programme development and implementation and establishing monitoring and evaluation frameworks in the field of development assistance in more than one country; including at least five years at the international level;
  • Strong track record of innovative leadership in managing project evaluations, and proven ability to produce demonstrable results;
  • Extensive network within the academic and development community;
  • Field experience would be a strong asset.



Fluency in English and French is required.

ons. Therefore, ensuring continuous availability of project data and evidences that inform about project performance, including relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, sustainability and impact.


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