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Monitoring & Evaluation Officer - Polio Eradication

Duty Station: Patna
Closing date: 6 February 2013

Purpose of the Post

Under the close guidance of the Programme Manager, Polio, UNICEF Patna, the incumbent will provide technical oversight and guidance to the monitoring, evaluation and data management requirements of the Communication component of the Polio Programme in Bihar State. This includes analysis of epidemiological & polio communication data from MIS and preparation of reports & technical presentations for use with government, partners, trainings & workshops.

Major Duties And Responsibilities

Overall coordination of management information systems for polio eradication activities in Bihar, 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; 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 Bihar field office.  The incumbent will also coordinate closely with partner agencies, particularly WHO/NPSP and Government of Bihar, to create a consolidated data set on programmatic and communication interventions to support polio eradication.

Support Bihar Polio Unit staff and develop the capacity of 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.  Guide sub-regional coordinators of the polio 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.

Support the Chief of Bihar field office, Chief of Polio section and other senior management officials in presenting UNICEF’s analysis of the epidemiological progress of the disease in Bihar, 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 local 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 Bihar., and to assure donors and partner agencies on the effectiveness of the UNICEF-supported communication strategy.  Provide data inputs to both donor reports on progress against approved activities, as well as inputs to fundraising for UNICEF activities in polio communication.

Engage in convergence in particular with Health, Nutrition and Water and Sanitation programmes.  Act as a resource person on epidemiological data and other monitoring data pulled out from the polio SMNet field work in view of enhancing routine immunization activites.  Ensure that the monitoring data around RI is regularly shared within the UNICEF office, government, and other programme partners as appropriate.

Liaise with Delhi Polio Section to provide inputs for the establishment and updating of the polio SMNet Intranet web site, including regular updates, dissemination of information to field workers and Bihar staff, government and other programme partners.

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

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes

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

2.    Work Experience
Minimum two years’ experience in data management and analysis, programme 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. 

3.    Language Proficiency 
Fluency in written and spoken English and good knowledge of Hindi required.  Candidate should have excellent communication skills, and ability in networking and advocacy, particularly, with Government and development partners in Patna.

4.   Competency Profile

i)  Core Values (Required)


Diversity and Inclusion

Integrity and Commitment


            ii)  Core Competencies (Required)

                 Communication [ I ]

                 Working with People [ II ]

                 Drive for Result [ I ]


iii) Functional Competencies (Required)

Formulating Strategies and Concepts [ I ]

Analyzing  [ II ]

Planning & Organizing [ II ]

Applying Technical Expertise [ II ]

          Technical Knowledge  

(i)  Specific Technical Knowledge Required (for the job)

(Technical knowledge requirements specific to the job can be added here as required.) 

o  Knowledge of Project and Activity Evaluation

o  Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Data Collection

o  Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Evaluation Process Management, Follow-up on Recommendations and Dissemination of M&E results.

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

o   Professional technical knowledge/expertise in demography, statistics, and data management.

o   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.

o   Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Activity Monitoring & Evaluation, Evaluation Design, data analysis, and reporting.


(iii)        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 (Indicate what other skills and attributes required, such as computer knowledge, management or communication skills, negotiating or training ability, etc.)

·        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 cover letter and an up-to-date CV should be sent to nonprofitjobs@abcconsultants.net by 6th February 2013.  In order to ensure that your application is sorted correctly, please clearly mention the title and location of the post in the subject line of your e-mail/application. For more details of the posts and full job descriptions, visit the UNICEF India website at www.unicef.in and click on “Careers at UNICEF” at the bottom of the page. Only applications of short listed candidates will be acknowledged. These vacancies are open to Indian Nationals only.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organizations qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization.

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