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Background

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the knowledge frontier organization for sustainable development in the UN Development System and serves as the integrator for collective action to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UNDP’s policy work carried out at HQ, Regional Hubs and Country Office levels, forms a contiguous spectrum of deep local knowledge to cutting-edge global perspectives and advocacy. In this context, UNDP invests in the Global Policy Network (GPN), a network of field-based and global technical expertise across a wide range of knowledge domains and in support of the signature solutions and organizational capabilities envisioned in the Strategic Plan.

Within the GPN, the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support (BPPS) has the responsibility for developing all relevant policy and guidance to support the results of UNDP’s Strategic Plan. BPPS’s staff provides technical advice to Country Offices, advocates for UNDP corporate messages, represents UNDP at multi-stakeholder fora including public-private dialogues, government and civil society dialogues, and engages in UN inter-agency coordination in specific thematic areas. BPPS works closely with UNDP’s Crisis Bureau (CB) to support emergency and crisis response. BPPS ensures that issues of risk are fully integrated into UNDP’s development programmes.  BPPS assists UNDP and partners to achieve higher quality development results through an integrated approach that links results-based management and performance monitoring with more effective and new ways of working.  BPPS supports UNDP and partners to be more innovative, knowledge and data driven including in its programme support efforts.

The 2030 Agenda for SDGs and the pledge to leave no one behind reflect the interconnectedness of health and sustainable development, including widening economic and social inequalities, the climate crisis, rapid urbanization, the continuing burden of HIV and other infectious diseases (e.g., malaria, tuberculosis), the growing burden of non-communicable diseases and the emergence of health threats. The scope and scale of delivering health and well-being for all demands innovative partnerships and financing. As affirmed in the Political Declaration of the 2019 High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) and others are critical partners for delivering on the health-related goals of the 2030 Agenda.  Stronger Collaboration, Better Health: Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All outlines how a dozen multilateral health, development and humanitarian agencies, including UNDP, the Global Fund, Gavi and others will collaborate to be more efficient and effective in supporting countries to deliver UHC and achieve the health-related SDG targets.

UNDP’s partnership with the Global Fund, in line with UNDP’s HIV, Health and Development Strategy 2016-2021: Connecting the Dots, makes a vital contribution to UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the SDGs and the pledge to leave no one behind.

As a long-standing partner of the Global Fund, UNDP’s value proposition lies in providing an integrated package of development solutions to strengthen institutions to deliver health services. Through its contributions as interim Principal Recipient (PR) and provider of technical assistance to Global Fund grants in 53 countries since 2003, UNDP’s provision of integrated policy, implementation and capacity development support to countries has yielded significant health and development results in challenging operating environments. Proactive risk management and investing in sustainability are the cornerstones of UNDP’s portfolio management approach in supporting to countries with significant national capacity constraints to manage large-scale health programmes. By providing technical assistance to national counterparts during all phases of implementation, strengthening legislation, policies and regulatory frameworks, and building capacities across key functional areas, including financial management, health information systems, procurement and supply chain management, UNDP is able to deliver results whilst sustainably transitioning to national entities. UNDP’s track record as PR over the last 15 years and capacity to deliver in challenging operating environments has been critical for strengthening its positioning as a health implementation support partner.

Based on demand from Country Offices, and building on the relationships, expertise, systems, partnerships, including across the UN family, and comparative advantage established through the Global Fund partnership, the GPN/BPPS/Global Fund Partnership/Health Implementation Support Team (GF/HIST, Global Fund Partnership Team) is providing support to Country Offices through three overarching modalities: 1) the Global Fund portfolio, 2) health procurement and supply chain management support, and 3) other health implementation support beyond the Global Fund, including Gavi-funded activities and Solar for Health. The GF/HIST provides its support through a country team approach to strengthen and integrate the different functional capacities (e.g., programmatic, procurement/SCM strengthening, finance, capacity development), leveraging technical assistance and policy support from the HHD Group and other GPN teams.

Under the overall supervision of the Policy Specialist/Liaison (NY) and guidance of Programme Specialist/Business Development/Partnerships (Geneva), the Programme Specialist (M&E) plays a key role in the provision of technical support to Country Offices, with a broad range of responsibilities related to the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and programmatic components of the programmes. This includes establishing a framework to measure performance, enabling M&E systems strengthening, liaising with technical partners to improve service quality, data quality, and identifying opportunities and strategies to overcome implementation bottlenecks to maximize efficiencies and impact. The Programme Specialist (M&E) reviews aspects related to quality of services, appropriateness of interventions, updates guidance from technical partners, or barriers to effective program implementation. The role will assist the Programme Specialist/Business Development/Partnerships (Geneva), in the development of policy guidance and tools related to monitoring & evaluation of grants and data quality and will support the analysis and reporting of results of the UNDP-Global Fund Partnership and beyond. The Programme Specialist (M&E) will contribute to the country team approach, working in close collaboration with the Global Fund Partnership Team, the Global Fund and other health and development partners.

 

Duties and Responsibilities

Supports effective management of Global Fund and other health programmes and provision of technical support to governments and civil society, focusing on monitoring and evaluation of programmes, with the following key responsibilities:

  • Supports effective application of Results Based Management (RBM) tools, establishment of management targets, and monitoring achievement of results;
  • Supports to coordination of Global Fund programme development and implementation with Country Offices and Regional Service Centres and technical partners in coordination with the Country Team;
  • Identifies gaps and areas of improvement in country M&E systems (including routine systems, surveillance, community-based systems, surveys, evaluations and program reviews, and operational research), assess and advise on systems to improve data quality, provide recommendations to strengthen systems, with Country Offices and Regional Service Centres and technical partners; and
  • Ensures implementation of data quality assessments and health facility assessments in focused, core and high-impact countries in the portfolio.

Provides support services to Country Offices facilitation of knowledge building and management focusing on increasing M&E capacity, with the following key responsibilities:

  • Supports the development of webinars and trainings for Country Offices on monitoring and evaluation within the context of global fund grants in coordination with the Country Team;
  • Leads the design and delivery of M&E and Health Information System training and/or capacity building to personnel of national programmes, sub-recipients and implementing partners involved in the implementation of Global Fund grants;
  • Supports Country Offices to conduct assessment of the Sub-recipients’ capacity in the field of M&E, and develop and lead the implementation of a capacity development plan; and
  • Identifies and shares best practices in M&E and program implementation UNDP’s Global Fund portfolio contributes to capacity building of partners in-country and identify needs for Technical assistance, provide input and feedback on policies, processes, tools, and guidance related to M&E and programmatic aspects of grants.

Ensures the development of policy guidance and tools and trainings of Country Offices related to monitoring and evaluation of grants and data quality, focusing on the achievement of the following results:

  • Supports effective compilation, analysis and interpretation of relevant information on Global Fund policies and production of periodic updates and briefs to be used by stakeholders, COs and regional bureaus;
  • Supports Country Offices through the audit process (internal, external), including supporting the timely and effective implementation of recommendations in coordination with the Country Team;
  • Leads on the identification of M&E issues, challenges and risks and provides constructive solutions, including preparing briefs to senior management;
  • Contributes to UNDP’s global knowledge management initiatives on monitoring and reporting evidence-based development results and data quality;
  • Develops guidance materials, tools and training for Country Offices and Regional Service Centres, specifically on monitoring and evaluation of Global Fund programmes, and Sub-recipient management; and
  • Applies standard guidelines and tools consistently across the grant portfolio and integrate latest updates in a timely manner to support performance-based funding.

Provide capacity development outreach support, related to M&E, to Country Offices where UNDP is acting as Interim PR for Global Fund grants, including:

  • Supports the development of M&E components of capacity development plans for national Sub-recipients who will take over management of Global Fund grants in coordination with the Country Team;
  • Prepares strategies on the basis of the capacity assessment reports to address the identified weaknesses in M&E systems;
  • Provides technical guidance and operational support to implementing partners to roll-out M&E system strengthening activities including building/strengthening health information management systems through the roll-out of DHIS2, LMIS and similar software;
  • Advises the Global Fund on the direction, strategies and technical issues concerning development and strengthening national M&E systems and M&E capacities of the implementing partners; and
  • Documents the lessons learned on strengthening M&E for national entities and produces updated guidance for the Implementation Manual and Capacity Development Toolkit and trainings.

Any other activity assigned by the Policy Specialist/Liaison (NY), GF/HIST and Programme Specialist/Business Development/Partnerships (Geneva) GF/HIST.

 

Competencies

Core
Innovation

Ability to make new and useful ideas work

Leadership
Ability to persuade others to follow

People Management
Ability to improve performance and satisfaction

Communication
Ability to listen, adapt, persuade and transform

Delivery
Ability to get things done

Technical/Functional
Primary

HIV, Health and Development

Understanding and practical experience of issues related to HIV, Health and Development social determinants of health and the ability to apply them to strategic and/or practical situations

Development Effectiveness
Knowledge of development effectiveness concepts, principles and issues and the ability to apply to strategic and/or practical situations, covering the economic, social and environmental dimensions

Partnerships
Ability to engage with other agencies, donors and other development stakeholders and forge productive working relationships

Coordination
Ability to manage complex relationships through pathways of knowledge exchange, capacity development, funding relationships and strategic engagement

Project and Programme Management
Ability to plan, organize and control resources, procedures and protocols and to achieve specific goals

Capacity Development
Ability to strengthen and maintain the capabilities of individuals, societies, organizations and governments to set and achieve development objectives over time

Knowledge Management
Ability to capture, develop, share and effectively use information and knowledge

Results Based Management
Ability to manage programmes and projects with a strategy aimed at improved performance and demonstrated results

Secondary
Knowledge Management

Ability to efficiently handle and share information and knowledge

Organizational Development
Knowledge of organizational development concepts, issues and principles and the ability to apply them to strategic and/or practical situations

 

Required Skills and Experience

Education: 

  • Advanced university degree (Master’s or equivalent) in relevant field including public health, public/business administration, law or international development studies.

Experience: 

  • A minimum of 5 years of progressive relevant professional experience in design and monitoring and evaluation of public health programmes.
  • Sound knowledge of Global Fund polices and processes and experience working on Global Fund programmes is an asset.
  • Work experience from a developing country.
  • Strong familiarity with the UN system.
  • Strong familiarity with the UNDP system is an asset.
  • Knowledge of international standards (including those of UN) of results-based management including monitoring, reporting and evaluation methods and practices.

Language Requirements: 

  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required.
  • A second UN language is an asset.

Other: 

  • Willingness to travel to UNDP Country Offices.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) and advance knowledge of web-based management system.

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