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Date Posted: 10/Nov/2013
Deadline: 22/Nov/2013

Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist (Polio), P3, Abuja


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Purpose of the Job

Under the close guidance of the Chief of Communications, Polio Unit, Abuja, you will provide technical oversight and guidance to the monitoring, evaluation and data management requirements of the communication and social mobilization component of the polio programme nationwide. This includes analysis of epidemiological & social data from MIS and preparation of reports & technical presentations for use with partners, trainings & workshops.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Monitoring, Evaluation & Research Plan (IMEP):

Make professional contributions to and provide technical assistance for the planning and establishing the major research, monitoring and evaluation objectives, priorities, and activities in Polio/EPI required in UNICEF`s multi-year and annual IMEPs. Identify the M&E objectives, priorities, and activities in Polio/EPI required for the country and in the partnership on polio/EPI.

  1. Situation Monitoring and Assessment:

Support the preparation of LGA, state and country level statistical and analytic reports on the status of polio and EPI coverage and share it with al partners at all levels to influence communication and social mobilisation decisions.

  1. Programme Performance Monitoring:

Provide technical support to ensure that a set of programme performance indicators is identified and adjusted as necessary. Coordinate with partners to ensure that monitoring systems are properly designed, and that data collection and analysis from field visits are coordinated and standardised, and fed into programme performance monitoring, drawing on monitoring and analysis of key performance and management indicators, provide professional input to management reports.

  1. M&E Capacity Building:

Promote the awareness and understanding of the shared responsibility of M& E function among all staff members through communication, training, learning and development activities. In close collaboration with partners, ensure that an M&E capacity building strategy for UNICEF/ and WHO staff NPHCAD and other institutions exists. Collaborate to implement capacity building strategies as a joint commitment with other developmental partners. Utilize a range of appropriate skills building strategies including self-learning, seminars and workshops and practical experience. Similarly, design and implement strategies suited to the skills needs of national partners.

  1. Coordination and Networking:

Collaborate with Regional M&E Advisers and HQ Evaluation Office for overall coordination of priority research, monitoring and evaluation activities, especially those of regional scope requiring the coordinated effort of multiple countries. Partner with the Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser to ensure that current and accurate M&E data and results are included in regional reports, multi-country studies, and knowledge sharing networks. Undertake lessons-learned reviews on successful and unsuccessful M&E practices and experience at the national level, and ensure they are shared as appropriate. Similarly, pay attention to M&E knowledge networks to identify innovations and lessons learned that may be relevant for the CO and partners to improve their M&E function.


  • Advanced university degree in social sciences, statistics, planning, development, demography.*
  • Five years of relevant work experience in programme development and implementation including monitoring and evaluation activities. Developing country work experience is an asset. At least one instance of exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness planning. Active involvement in a humanitarian crisis response programme preferred.
  • Fluency in English and another UN language. Knowledge of local working language of the duty station an asset.

*A first level university degree with a relevant combination of academic qualifications and experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.


  • Communicates effectively to varied audiences, including during formal public speaking.
  • Able to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment.
  • Sets high standards for quality of work and consistently achieves project goals.
  • Has good leadership and supervisory skills; co-ordinates group activities, ensuring that roles within the team are clear.
  • Analyzes and integrates potentially conflicting numerical, verbal and other data from a number of sources.
  • Translates strategic direction into plans and objectives.
  • Demonstrates and shares detailed technical knowledge and expertise.
  • Creates organization-wide processes to help ensure that all adhere to procedures and policies.
  • Adjusts team or department`s approach to embrace changing circumstances.

How to apply:

Please go to or visit us at to register in our e-Recruitment system, and search using keywords “monitoring” for additional details/to apply before deadline. The recommended candidate must be available to take up this post within 31 days of the offer.


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