UNDP, in partnership with the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) of the Local Government Division, Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives, is implementing the Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction (UPPR) project in Bangladesh with funding from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and UNDP. UPPR builds on the experiences of the UNDP funded Local Partnerships for Urban Poverty Alleviation Project (2000-2007) which established a community based approach to poverty reduction working with more than 600 communities in eleven Pourashavas (Municipalities) and City Corporations. The project is being implemented in informal settlements of 23-30 towns during the period 2008-2014 and is supported by funds totaling USD 120 million. It aims to reduce urban poverty by improving the livelihoods and living conditions of 3 million urban poor, especially women and children, and lifting them out of poverty by 2014.
The project has 4 main components: 1) mobilization of urban poor communities to form representative and inclusive groups and prepare community action plans, 2) provision of healthy and secure living environments to poor urban communities, 3) provision of resources, knowledge and skills to urban poor communities to increase their incomes and assets, and 4) development of partnerships and urban models and strategies to influence national level policies and practices.
A Strategic Management Review of UPPR was conducted in late 2011 and a new organizational structure (OD) was recommended to create a new Research, Evaluation and Learning Unit (RELU) to upgrade the existing M&E capacity and to convert it into a more sophisticated instrument for assessing sustainable project outcomes, commissioning policy research and generally providing UPPR itself as well as its principal sponsors GoB, UNDP and DFID with an enhanced capacity for policy analysis and learning. Terms of Reference for RELU (mentioning its purpose, strategy, profile and structure, and performance deliverables) are attached to this job description. On the basis of OD, an Initiation Plan (IP) is formulated with the aims to facilitate the organisational development (OD) of an ongoing major intervention in urban poverty reduction policy making and delivery – entitled Urban Partnerships for Poverty Reduction (UPPR) project. This will translate into the implementation of the recommendations of the Strategic Management Review (SMR) of November 2011 and the follow on OD consultancy during the first quarter of 2012. This prospective project is conceptualized in an OD plan appendix attached to this IP. The OD plan answers a pressing need for new strategic thinking on social protection and a scaling up of innovative delivery activities. These are both vital if the challenges described in the following sub-section are to be addressed.
United Nations Development Programme in Bangladesh announces a vacancy for the above position with the "Poverty Environment and Climate Mainstreaming (PECM) project:
The M&E Coordinator is responsible for the implementation of the M&E system, as well as for the development and design of the database structure in relation to the project’s logical framework. The M&E coordinator reports to the RELU Head and supervises three M&E Experts. S/he performs the following functions: Develops a Monitoring & Evaluation Strategy and relevant guidelines for tracking achievements at the outcome and output levels, and implements it in UPPR towns.
Coordinates the information flow of the project’s outputs and outcomes, which are used for tracking programme delivery and assessing changes in the quality of life of beneficiaries.
Coordinates and facilitates capacity building for town teams and community on Participatory Planning Monitoring & Evaluation (PPME)
Ensures the authentication of quantity and quality of programme achievements coordinating relevant personnel; disseminates feedback reports to project staff.
Coordinates the design and implementation of special studies and baselines surveys as required by the project and liaises with consultants and partners; participates as a team member in multi-party evaluations.
Contributes to programme enhancement by sharing findings from continuous assessments that support of strategic decision making
Participates as a resource person for building capacity within UPPRP and relevant stakeholders.
Lead and supervise a team to monitor pro-poor and gender sensitive outputs and impact of the project activities related to poverty reduction.
Proven experience and skills in developing monitoring, evaluation and research protocols and tools.
Experience in working with local communities, civil society partners, urban LGIs and governments officials.
Experience of designing studies and research, outsourcing the same and monitoring the outcomes.
Skills in developing tools for community based participatory monitoring
Ability to communicate effectively with participants from a range of education levels and disciplinary backgrounds
Preference for those wian in-depth knowledge of urban poverty and best practices in poverty reduction.
Knowledge and skills : Ability to think clearly and analytically.
Ability to plan own work, setting priorities and complete it under pressure or when faced with competing demands.
Committed to a facilitating working environment
Ability to use Microsoft Office, SPSS, access and other monitoring and evaluation software.