Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Addis Ababa

Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Addis Ababa Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Education & Work Experience: G-Bachelor's Level Degree - 6 year(s) experience, I-Master's Level Degree - 4 year(s) experience Languages Required: Desired: English Amharic Grade: SB4 Vacancy Type: Service Contract (SC) Posting Type: External Bureau: Africa Contract Duration: One year with a possibility of extension Background UN-Habitat is the United Nations programme working towards a better urban future with a mission of promoting socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all. It is present in Ethiopia since 1998 and it has implemented since then a number of projects (see info below). Project/Programme title and duration: Development of State of Addis Ababa Report 2015-2017 Supporting the Ethiopian Cities Prosperity Initiative (ECPI) 2013 - on-going Support to the improvement of Public Spaces in Addis Ababa 2013 - on-going Promoting Sustainable Transport Solutions for East Africa (SUSTRAN) 2011 - on-going Water for African Cities Programme - Phases I and II 2003 - 2009 Cities without Slums 2003 - 2007 Integrating Local Development Planning and Slum Upgrading in Urban Policy 2004 - 2005 Implementation of the Habitat Agenda in selected African countries 2000 – 2004 Capacity Building for Sustainable Urban Development 1999 – 2004 While providing its support to sustainable urban development in Ethiopia, UN-Habitat has developed a guiding document called UN-Habitat Country programme for Ethiopia (2016-2020). Building on global frameworks such as SDG 11, the New Urban Agenda and Ethiopia's Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP II), the country programme is organized around four pillars: Urban Regional Planning, Urban Resilience, Housing and Urban Basic Services, Urban Monitoring and Research Advocacy. It also considers cross cutting issues such as Awareness Raising - Participatory Approach Capacity Development - Technical Advice - Policy Support. Subsequently, UN-Habitat and the Ministry of Urban Development and Construction (MUDCo) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding in February 2018 which provides a legal framework to implement the UN-Habitat Country programme. Recently, based on the country programme document, UN-Habitat has obtained funding for implementing several projects and is currently preparing for their implementation. These projects are: Support to the UN-Habitat Country Programme Implementation, including project activities in selected cities (Addis Ababa, Adama, Dire Dawa, Hawassa and Mekele) and three regions (Amhara, SNNP and Tigray) regarding urban and regional planning, urban resilience, municipal capacity building and enhanced coordination in the urban sector in Ethiopia; Urban Solid Waste Management (SWM), which focuses on two cities (Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar) through the implementation of the Fukuoka Method; Support to the Sustainable Development of the Hawassa City Cluster, with the objective to provide technical assistance to the Hawassa City Government, the regional government and other concerned stakeholders to cope with the urbanisation impacts of the industrial park, with focus on spatial/urban planning, waste management and housing at the city cluster scale. Since 2016, UN-Habitat has been implementing the Cities Performance Monitoring Framework (CPMF) project which aims to develop and deploy a tailor-made system of city performance monitoring that would cover various levels of governance and allow periodic monitoring of the implementation of the urban development plans and programmes in Ethiopia. The first phase of the project was concluded during the first half of 2018 and preparations are underway to begin implementation of Phase II of the project. To ensure the sustainability of the CPMF, the accomplishment of the following activities is required: Further strengthening the system and system documentation of CPMF; Awareness creation and facilitation of capacity Building training programmes on the CPMF; Cascading CPMF System implementation to various Ethiopian regional states and cities; Organization and facilitation of study tour. Therefore, the successful implementation of these projects requires the reinforcement of UN-Habitat's capacity in Ethiopia regarding programme management. Duties and Responsibilities Objective of the Assignment: The objective of this consultancy function is to support successful implementation of the UN-Habitat Country Programme in Ethiopia by addressing the research and monitoring needs of the Country Programme in the areas of technical support to performance monitoring of Ethiopian cities, socioeconomic components of Urban and Regional planning and housing interventions of the Country Programme. Duties and Responsibilities: Under the direct supervision of the UN-Habitat Country Programme Manager for Ethiopia, with the support of the UN-Habitat Regional Office for Africa (ROAF) and in close collaboration with UN-Habitat thematic branches, national and local counterparts, the incumbent of the post will have to fulfil the following duties and responsibilities: Focus Area 1- CPMF: Review, revise and strengthen the conceptual component and documentation of the CPMF system; Provide guidance and support to collection of data on key performance indicators (KPIs) of CPMF from various Ethiopian cities and regional states; Support and facilitate the organization and management of awareness creation and training workshops on CPMF; Provide advisory and technical support to the maintenance and management of the CPMF system; Facilitate ground work for foundation of a national urban observatory; Draft and prepare project documentation, reports and communication as required. Focus Area 2- Urban and Regional Planning: Provide technical support towards collection and analysis of social, demographic and economic data for preparation of Regional Urban Development Spatial and cluster/metropolitan/structural plans; Provide technical support on organization and write-up of social, demographic and economic parts of structural plans; As part of the participatory approach, support the organization of different consultative workshops throughout the development processes of urban and regional planning. Focus Area 2- Housing: Provide technical support to project teams and government counter-parts in designing data collection instruments and collection of data on housing; Provide technical support to project teams and government counter-parts to analyze data and prepare reports on housing. Competencies Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; Proven ability for building and managing effective partnerships; Excellent writing skills, with analytical capacity and ability to synthesize programme and project outputs and relevant findings for the preparation of quality reports; Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision with a high degree of responsibility, in a flexible manner and often under pressure; Proven ability to analyze data and statistics; Ability to contribute to the content review and development of data visualizations. Strong analytical and conceptualization skills. Demonstrated ability in excel, development of data collection tools and presentation skills. Required Skills and Experience Qualifications: At least an advanced university degree (Master's degree or equivalent) in urban Economics, Economics, Statistics, Urban development or management, or a related field is required. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree. Experience/Skills: Minimum of 4 years of relevant and progressively responsible working experience (6 years with first Degree) at national or international level in the areas of urban and regional planning; training on the fields of urban development; In-depth knowledge of the Ethiopia's urban development context and familiarity with the relevant policies, strategies and plans for urban development in Ethiopia; Experience in interacting, collaborating, working and effectively managing partnerships with high level governmental officials/institutions and development partners; Knowledge of the UN system is an asset. Language: Fluency in English and Amharic languages. Disclaimer Important applicant information All posts in the SC categories are subject to local recruitment. 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