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Monitoring & Evaluation Officer (Polio Eradication)

Duty Station: Lucknow
Closing date: 15 August 2012

Purpose Of The Post

Under the close guidance of the Programme Manager, Polio, the staff member will coordinate all polio data management and analysis for UNICEF Lucknow, including polio epidemiology, supplementary immunization activities for polio in U.P., and UNICEF/CORE-related communication and social mobilization activities. Timely, appropriate and rapid analysis will be used to guide strategy development and to support the Chief of Luckow field office, the Polio Section Chief and other senior managers in effective advocacy with the Government, polio partners and media.

Major Duties And Responsibilities

1. Overall coordination of management information systems for polio eradication and polio convergence activities in U.P., including analysis of trends, outcomes and results related to polio epidemiology, supplementary immunization activities and social mobilization.  Ensure timely, appropriate and rapid analysis of epidemiological and communication trends for polio and produce, manage and distribute regular updates.  To facilitate this activity, the staff member will ensure clear direction to field staff on input, output, outcome and impact indicators, data processing and local analysis of results.  Supervise and manage SSA contracts related to polio data input and management in the Lucknow field office.  The incumbent will also coordinate closely with partner agencies, particularly NPSP and CORE, to create a consolidated data set on programmatic and communication interventions to support polio eradication.

2. Support Lucknow Polio Unit staff and field workers at the sub-regional level on the collection, synthesis and analysis of data related to UNICEF-supported social mobilization activities for polio.  Design data entry screens, queries and reports and integrate with other applications for presentations and analysis.  Develop information packages containing monthly summaries for project managers at state, regional, district and block level, donors and UNICEF partners in polio eradication.  Follow up annual/quarterly work pland and guide sub-regional coordinators of the SMNet on the regular collection and analysis of results related to communication activities; and synthesize sub-regional results into regular updates on the results of the SMNet as a whole.

3. Support the Chief of Lucknow field office, Chief of Polio section and other senior management officials in presenting UNICEF’s analysis of the epidemiological progress of the disease in U.P., the programme response and the results from UNICEF-supported interventions.  This analysis, to be prepared on a regular basis, will inform UNICEF’s advocacy agenda with the state government and GOI, partners and national and international media to ensure a timely and appropriate response from Government to interrupt transmission, to mobilize high-level political and social support for the polio eradication campaign in U.P., and to assure donors and partner agencies on the effectiveness of the UNICEF-supported communication strategy.  Provide inputs to both donor reports on progress against approved activities, as well as inputs to fundraising for UNICEF activities in polio communication.

4. Regularly liaise with the Director General, Health Services, Director General, Family Welfare IEC Bureau, Additional Director, senior managers of the National Polio Surveillance Project in U.P. and CORE to collect, share and disseminate polio-related  epi and SIA data sets, along with communication process data and results.  Consolidate various data sets from GoUP, UNICEF, NPSP and CORE into an overall results framework for ongoing analysis, information sharing and advocacy purposes.  Ensure that data collected and analyzed is properly shared with partners.

5. Engage in convergence in particular with Health, Nutrition and Water and Sanitation programmes. Act as a resource person polio convergence M&E matrix and on epidemiological data and other monitoring data pulled out from the SMNet field work in view of enhancing routine immunization and other convergence activities. Ensure that the monitoring data around RI is regularly shared within the UNICEF office and with counterparts.

6. Assist third party contractor to manage the SMNet Intranet web site, including regular updates, dissemination of information to field workers and Lucknow staff, and partners.

7. Actively participate in Government, partner and expert-led forums, reviews and consultations related to polio epidemiology, programme response and communication activities.  Provide support to the Chief of Lucknow field office, Programme Manager, Polio and Polio section chief in effectively representing UNICEF policy and response to polio eradication.

Qualifications, Skills And Attributes

Education
 
University degree in public health or medicine, combined with sound technical knowledge of management information systems and various computer applications. 

Work Experience

Minimum two years’ experience in data analysis, pogramme management, and project advocacy preferably in polio eradication programme.  Past experience in synthesizing data related to polio epidemiology, supplementary immunization activities and communication programming for polio desirable. 

Languages

Fluency in written and spoken English and good knowledge of Hindi required.  Candidate will have excellent communication skills, and abilities in networking and advocacy particularly with Government and development partners in Uttar Pradesh

d)         Competency Profile

i)  Core Values (Required)

• Commitment       • Diversity and Inclusion      • Integrity

ii) Core Competencies (Required)

•  Communication [ I ]                •  Working with People[ II ]        •  Drive for Result  [ I ]

ii) Functional Competencies (Required)

•  Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ I ]
•  Analyzing    [ II ]  
•  Applying Technical Expertise [ II ]
•  Planning and Organizing  [ II ] 

iii)  Technical Knowledge  

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required (for the job)

•  Knowledge of Project and Activity Evaluation.
•  Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Data Collection
•  Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Evaluation Process Management, Follow-up on Recommendations and Dissemination of M&E results.

b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group)

•  Professional technical knowledge/expertise in demography, statistics, and data management.
•  Methodology of M&E, theories, standards and models, quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods, validity/reliability testing of data, data analysis and interpretation, and statistical inference methods.
•  Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Activity Monitoring & Evaluation, Evaluation Design, data analysis, and reporting.
 c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job)
•  Knowledge/expertise of best practices, lessons learned and communication.
•  Understanding of UNICEF’s policies and procedures for programming, monitoring and evaluation guidelines. 
•  Latest programme monitoring and evaluation theory, methodology, technology and tools.
•  Understanding of UN Mission and system; and International Code of Conduct.
•  Understanding of UNICEF Mission Statement and observance of UNICEF Guiding Principles
 
Other Skills and Attributes

• Ability to conceptualize and design a monitoring and evaluation programme
• Advanced skills in data analysis and in synthesizing information from across data sets.
• Drive for Results.
• Excellent knowledge or Results Based Management. Proven ability identifying results and required indicators to demonstrate progress against them
• Proven skills in data presentation, including conceptualization, preparation and presentation of graphic representations of trends, outcomes and results.
• Strong communication skills.
• Planning and monitoring skills; ability to organize work and projects.
• Specialized computer skills.  Knowledge of Database Management., Analysis Tools, GIS Technology and using special application for advanced statistical analysis.
• Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, and establish harmonious and effective working relationships both within and outside the organization.
• Initiative, passion and commitment to UNICEF’s mission and professional values.

Applications consisting of a covering letter; an up-to-date CV and a completed Personal History form (download)  should be sent to devpro@pmsind.co.in by 15 August 2012.  In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the post title and location in the subject line of your e-mail/application. Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged.

UNICEF does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, meeting, traveling, processing, training or any other fees). UNICEF is a non-smoking working environment. Applications from qualified women are encouraged.

 

 

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