Programme Associate (MEAL) G6 FT at WFP 

  • World Food Programme (WFP)
  • Dar es Salaam
  • United Nations

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ABOUT WFP

The United Nations World Food Programme is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

STANDARD MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Completion of secondary school education and preferred a first University degree in Statistics, M&E, food security, economics or related fields, coupled with a minimum of 4 years of professional experience in the field of M&E.
Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Swahili and any other official UN language would be an asset.

Experience: 6 years minimum experience in monitoring and evaluation of integrated development programmes.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT

The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the diverse food needed for an active and healthy life. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

The Joint Programme ‘Accelerating Progress towards Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment’ (JP RWEE) is a five-year programme implemented through a partnership between FAO, IFAD, UN Women and WFP. The programme generates synergies that capitalize on each Agency’s mandate, comparative advantages and institutional strengths to generate lasting and large-scale improvements in the lives of rural women. The programme aims to secure the livelihoods, rights and resilience of rural women in the context of sustainable development and Agenda 2030 and focuses on four key outcomes for rural women: (1) improved food security and nutrition; (2) increased incomes to sustain livelihoods and build resilience; (3) increased voice and agency for full leadership and participation in rural communities and governance structures, and (4) more gender-responsive policy environment for the economic empowerment of rural women.

Tanzania is a part of this global JP RWEE initiative, currently being implemented in six countries worldwide through the Multi Partner Trust Fund modality. The implementation of the joint programme in Tanzania is managed through the lead agency, WFP, and overseen by a National Steering Committee, consisting of senior representatives of the four participating agencies and government representatives. Implementation of the programme is monitored and supported by a Technical Working Group, consisting of technical focal points of each of the four agencies. A Programme Management Unit, situated within the lead agency (WFP), consisting of a National Coordinator and a MEAL Coordinator oversees the management and implementation of the programme and its M&E system and collaborates closely with JP RWEE stakeholders.

JOB PURPOSE

  • The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator will lead on the implementation of the M&E system for the Joint Programme ‘Accelerating Progress towards Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment’ (JP RWEE) in Tanzania.
  • He/she will work in close collaboration with the technical focal points and M&E officers of the four participating agencies to ensure the implementation of the approved M&E plan ensuring programme progress is collected and reported rigorously as per JP RWEE performance framework.
  • He/she will provide leadership and technical support on M&E and carry out training in response to identified needs and gaps to the Participating UN Organization (PUNOs) focal points and implementing partners.
  • He/she will coordinate data collection and analysis and ensure the data flow of the JP RWEE within the different actors/implementing partners.
  • He/she will liaise closely with the global M&E Specialist and ensure the technical quality of the M&E system for the JP RWEE in Tanzania.
  • He/she will also participate in and contribute to global level learning forums in order to enable cross fertilization and the sharing of good practice on a wider scale, as well as participating in coordination processes organized by the Global Coordination Unit as required.
  • The MEAL Coordinator is based within the lead agency and collaborates closely with the four participating agencies.
  • The MEAL Coordinator reports to the JP RWEE National Coordinator and has accountability to the global M&E Specialist, based in WFP’s headquarters in Rome.
  • He/she will liaise closely with the participating agencies to ensure high quality M&E is in place for the programme.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)

Programme Implementation

  • Work closely with the participating agencies to ensure that MEAL becomes an integral element of project implementation.
  • Oversee the implementation of the JP RWEE M&E plan and ensure the implementation of timely and quality MEAL activities and provide technical guidance to the country team.
  • Oversee the implementation of programme baselines and endlines, mid-term review, and provide technical support for the development of any other primary data research to ensure data collection and analysis is conducted to a high-quality standard.
  • Act as field manager and team leader during data collection exercises, perform data cleaning and descriptive analysis, review and compile required reports.
  • Review and consolidate the M&E plan on an annual basis as part of the annual work plan submission and ensure M&E activities are adequately budgeted for.
  • Support in monitoring synergies, integrated approaches and partnerships within the programme.
  • With the National Coordinator, lead on the review of programme progress through quarterly review meetings by providing relevant data from the field.
  • Support evaluation processes (mid-term and final evaluations) and any other assessments.
  • Carry out frequent field visits to assess programme quality and monitoring systems and provide feedback to field monitoring reports and ensure that action plans are included and followed up.
  • Support the development of the M&E plan for the programme Exit Strategy and the Environmental and social Impact Assessment.
  • Participate in technical working group meetings and JP RWEE coordination platforms.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (Continued…)

Reporting

  • Review donor bi-annual and annual reports submitted by the participating agencies, with specific focus on the performance indicator reporting.
  • Compile and consolidate performance indicator progress as part of the donor reports and for submission to the global coordination unit.
  • Contribute to the review of narrative reporting on results within reports and ensure strong programme analysis based on indicator progress.
  • Provide any other internal reports and updates as requested.

Learning

  • With the National Coordinator, lead on developing a culture of learning across the programme, ensuring that learning is consistently used to drive improvements in programming.
  • Lead on the analysis of monitoring data and provide recommendations for programme adaptation as necessary.
  • Lead on the development and implementation of knowledge management and learning plans, ensuring that evidence-based learning is captured and used within the participating agencies.
  • Lead on the documentation of good practices.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (Continued ….)

Capacity Building

  • In close collaboration with the global M&E Specialist, identify gaps in capacity and carry out training in M&E for participating agency and implementing partner staff as required (e.g., data collection methods, data analysis, data quality assurance and result-based management).
  • Prepare training materials as needed.
  • Provide ongoing technical support.

Accountability

  • Ensure that functioning complaints response mechanisms (CRM) are in place for the programme and included in reporting.
  • Support the implementation of the joint Community Feedback Mechanism under JPRWEE and ensure beneficiary’s feedback from the different channels is collected and consolidated at central level and as part of the M&E plan.
  • Check the implementation of CRM mechanisms during field visits.
  • Provide suggestions for CRM improvement as needed.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

DESIRED EXPERIENCES FOR ENTRY INTO THE ROLE

  • Experience in women’s economic empowerment programming will be considered an asset.
  • Excellent knowledge and understanding of log frames and of quantitative and qualitative indicators relating to multi sectoral programmes including food security and nutrition, livelihoods, women’s empowerment and gender equality.
  • Experience of conducting baseline and endline surveys.
  • Experience in developing and carrying out training and capacity building.
  • Experience in providing technical guidance (including the development of guidance material).
  • Experience of working on partnership programmes with multiple stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative indicators in relation to food security and nutrition, livelihoods, women’s empowerment and gender equality (including participation, leadership and gender transformation).
  • Excellent knowledge of data collection tools, including baseline and endline surveys (e.g., food security and nutrition survey tools, household surveys, Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index).
  • Technical ability in using statistical packages (SPSS, STATA, R, etc.) and use of CAPI and ODK will be an added advantage.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS

The deadline for submitting application for this position is 19 March 2024.

WFP has a zero-tolerance approach to conduct such as fraud, sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to WFP’s standards of conduct and will therefore undergo rigorous background verification internally or through third parties. Selected candidates will also be required to provide additional information as part of the verification exercise. Misrepresentation of information provided during the recruitment process may lead to disqualification or termination of employment

WFP will not request payment at any stage of the recruitment process including at the offer stage. Any requests for payment should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action.

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