Job Opening

Posting Title: Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser, P5 (Temporary Job Opening)
Department/Office: Peacebuilding Support Office
Duty Station: NEW YORK
Posting Period: 25 January 2019 - 16 February 2019
Job Opening Number: 19-Programme Management-PBSO-110676-J-New York (X)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
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Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in the Financing for Peacebuilding Branch (FPB) of the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA). The Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Adviser works under the direct supervision of the Chief, Financing for Peacebuilding Branch. The focus of this post is to ensure the design and functioning of a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system to monitor the results of the Peacebuilding Fund’s investments. The Senior M&E Adviser may be required to supervise additional M&E staff as may be recruited or assigned for defined tasks.


Within delegated authority, the Senior M&E Adviser will be responsible for the following duties:

• Take the lead to implement the Peacebuilding Fund’s (PBF) global Performance Management Plan and oversee its application to country level programmes. This includes standardizing evaluation methodologies, ensuring the recruitment and assignment of evaluators, ensuring quality standards, liaising with field programmes, the dissemination of evaluation reports, and the drafting of inputs based on these evaluations into PBF global and PBSO reports.
• Oversee the periodic updating of the PBF Performance Management Plan, including the development and refinement of outcomes, indicators, means of verification. This should be done in close collaboration with PBSO’s Policy Branch, and with other experts in and beyond the UN involved in measuring peace and peacebuilding.
• Facilitate discussions and networks on M&E for peacebuilding, in particular among the UN system but also beyond, ensuring dissemination of PBF M&E practices and joining PBF M&E to broader UN system M&E when and as appropriate.
• Ensure consistent quality control on M&E aspects of proposals (including Immediate Response Facility projects and Peacebuilding and Recovery Facility strategies/priority plans), including through constant participation on the PBSO Proposal Appraisal Committee (PAC).
• Provide policy inputs to PBF business processes (application guidelines, templates, reporting systems) concerning M&E.
• Provide inputs (drafts, and narrative and graphic data representation) to PBF and PBSO reports and presentations and communications.
• Lead field missions and provide trainings to review M&E processes and increase capacity to perform quality M&E of PBF-funded activities.
• Contribute to development of indicators and systems to measure peacebuilding impact of processes beyond the PBF, including but not limited to the work of the Peacebuilding Commission and other initiatives, in close collaboration with the Policy Branch of PBSO.
• Contribute to the development of indicators and the annual PBSO strategy and workplan. Assist with the monitoring of the workplan and with the reporting of progress to the PBSO Senior Management Team.
• Serve as the PBSO focal point on peacebuilding monitoring and evaluation.
• Oversee and/or participate in the development of ToR for external evaluations of all PBSO-related activities.
• Collaborate with the Policy Branch to contribute and/or lead in the development of partnerships with universities and experts to undertake periodic thematic cross-country studies of PBF-funded work, experience in PBC countries and PBSO’s work on coherence and policy to distil programmatic advice and improve the quality of PBF project strategies and peacebuilding interventions.
• Development of any specific M&E tools required by donors to the Peacebuilding Fund, and facilitation of inclusion of their M&E experts in more general discussions around M&E of peacebuilding
• Represent PBSO at forums on peacebuilding, monitoring and evaluation and related topics and present PBSO/PBF peacebuilding contributions and impacts and M&E methodologies.


• PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated track record of strong diagnostic, analytical, and problem-solving skills; broad knowledge of UN system policies and procedures; strong knowledge and experience with programme monitoring and evaluation and results-based management and reporting; ability to review and edit the work of others; Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation procedures and best practices within international organizations, donor community, academia and NGOs. Provides leadership and takes responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work; demonstrates knowledge of strategies and commitment to the goal of gender balance in staffing.

• COMMUNICATION: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

• PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

• VISION: Identifies strategic issues, opportunities and risks; clearly communicates links between the Organization’s strategy and the work unit’s goals; generates and communicates broad and compelling organizational direction, inspiring others to pursue that same direction; conveys enthusiasm about future possibilities.

• MANAGING PERFORMANCE: Delegates the appropriate responsibility, accountability and decision-making authority; makes sure that roles, responsibilities and reporting lines are clear to each staff member; accurately judges the amount of time and resources needed to accomplish a task and matches task to skills; monitors progress against milestones and deadlines; regularly discusses performance and provides feedback and coaching to staff; encourages risk-taking and supports creativity and initiative; actively supports the development and career aspirations of staff; appraises performance fairly.


Advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in business administration, management, economics, international relations or a related field. A first-level university degree in combination with qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of ten years of progressively responsible experience in international development, project or programme management, or related area is required. Experience in knowledge management required. Experience in the design and management of projects in post-conflict settings is desirable. Peacebuilding research experience is desirable.


English and French are the two working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this post, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of French is desirable.


Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency-based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available until 31 March 2020. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply.Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation or sexual abuse, or crimes other than minor traffic offences, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

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