The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be guiding UNDP policy for the next 15 years. As the lead UN development agency, UNDP is uniquely placed to help implement the Goals through its work in some 170 countries and territories. Ingrained in UNDP’s strategic plan are key areas including poverty alleviation, democratic governance and peacebuilding, climate change and disaster risk, and economic inequality.
Critical to achieving the SDGs is an ability for UNDP to accurately measure development realities – achieving baseline knowledge, and then assessing the impacts of development actors and projects. Despite a broad consensus in the development community on the importance of impact assessment, institutional knowledge of the effectiveness of specific development interventions may remain very limited. Common approaches to monitoring & evaluation (M&E), such as outcome monitoring and cross-country analyses, can sketch out progress on achieving the SDGs (although they do not consistently provide convincing evidence that observed outcomes can be attributed to a given intervention alone). Yet attribution and contribution can be assessed towards establishing how each institution contributes to a particular outcome.
In that regard, in 2013, the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa commenced a pilot project to investigate next-generation mechanisms to design, evaluate and report on development interventions. This pilot, purposed to support M&E by taking full advantage of relevant Information Communication Technology capacities at country offices, developed into a distinctive methodology: One-Click Away DER (Design, Evaluation, and Reporting).
One-Click Away DER, formally defined, strengthens programme design, evaluation, and reporting by applying UNDP’s existing capacities in Information Communication Technologies to emerging and best practices in Monitoring & Evaluation – offering “enriched” data on development realities using audio/video, micro narratives, and geographic information systems to strengthen quantitative and qualitative data.
To better assist countries to promote responsive development, this emergent methodology provides UNDP with a new tool to conduct situation analyses, assess risk, and build knowledge on attribution/contribution of development interventions – with a firm focus on UN values, goals, and vulnerable populations.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Support the implementation of evaluation policies and strategies, focusing on achievement of the following results:
2. Support capacity building and knowledge sharing on monitoring and evaluation within and between UNDP Africa country offices focusing on achievement of the following results:
3. Support communications outputs using enriched data and implementation of processes to steadily produce, at the HQ level, user-friendly communications outputs from enriched data sourced remotely, at the country-level
Ability to make new and useful ideas work
Level 2: Analyzes complex technical materials (including data) and makes concise, relevant recommendations
Ability to persuade others to follow
Level 1: Takes responsibility for and ensures high quality of own work
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction
Level 1: Understands personal and team roles, responsibilities and objectives
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform
Level 2: Understands, explains and shares information on assigned tasks with accuracy and clarity
Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement
Level 2: Meets goals and timelines for delivery of products or services;
Advocacy/Advancing A Policy-Oriented Agenda
Level 2: Execute & Learn: Execute & Learn: Perform defined tasks
Results-Based Programme Development and Management
Level 2: Execute & Learn: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work
Innovation and Marketing New Approaches
Level 3: Implement & Manage: Exercises skills and knowledge independently, demonstrating ability to manage self and team responsibilities, in area of work
Job Knowledge/Technical Expertise
Level 2: Technical Assistance: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work
Level 1: Replicate Reliably: Carry out work, as directed, and demonstrate motivation to develop
Required Skills and Experience
Education: Secondary education; High school Diploma or equivalent would be an advantage.
Language Requirements: English. Other official language of the UN will be desirable
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