UN Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist Consultancy in Nairobi Kenya

UNFPA Consultancy
Position Title: Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist - Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH), Kenya
Location: Nairobi        
Duration: 3 months consultancy (60 working days)

Terms of Reference

Background: Improving Maternal, Newborn and Child health is a key global agenda. Although some progress has been noted, the goal of reducing maternal mortality ratio (MMR) by three quarters by 2015 remains unmet by most of the Low Income Countries (LICS). 

Given this scenario, consistent efforts need to continue focusing on reducing MMR in the high burden LICS, many of which will not have achieved the desired health targets contained within the aspirations of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 

The Global Financing Facility (GFF) for Every Woman and Every Child responds to this challenge and aims to support scale-up RMNCAH plans and measurement mobilize and channel additional international and domestic financing 

The proposed project to improve maternal and new born mortality in 6 high burden counties (Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit, Isiolo, Lamu, & Migori) is aligned to existing Kenyan aspirations and initiatives to increase access and improve quality of health services.

This project will bring together key partners (USAID, DFID, Save the Children Fund, members of the UN H4+ partnership-UNFPA, WHO, UNAIDS, UN Women, UNICEF and the World Bank) in the target counties in a coordinated manner.

The project, in addition to supporting the 6 county governments, will also provide technical assistance to finalization of multi-year RMNCAH plan and investment case for Kenya being developed by the Family Health Division, Ministry of Health. It is proposed to contract one national technical advisor to support this critical role.

Main tasks and responsibilities
The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer (RMNACH) will work in close consultation with UNFPA and other H4+ Partners in providing technical leadership on the planning for the RMNCAH project at the national level and in the 6 Counties. 

Specifically s/he will have the following tasks:
  1. Collaborate with UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank Group in supporting the RMNCH unit to coordinate a rapid assessment in the 6 counties so as to provide baseline data required for programme implementation, monitoring and review.
  2. Collaborate with UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank Group in finalization of a sound Implementation Plan for the 6 Counties, capturing the necessary baseline and target information for the RMNCAH project
  3. Collaborate with UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank Group to finalize the Logical Framework for the RMNCAH project
  4. Collaborate with UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank Group in providing technical assistance to the Implementing Partners of the RMNCAH project in timely preparation of high quality workplans
The expected deliverables by the consultant include:
  1. The Terms of Reference for a rapid assessment of the RMNCAH project assessment
  2. A detailed workplan of the RMNCAH project based on the implementation plan, that will be prepared in collaboration with and consultation with the H4+ Partners
  3. A high quality RMNCAH project assessment report (the consultant will coordinate the assessment on behalf of the H4+ Partners and review the report to be produced by the consultant/s for quality assurance)
  4. Technical guidance in the preparation of high quality workplans by the Implementing Partners in line with the policies and procedures for the formulation of workplans
Qualifications and Experience Required:
  • Master’s degree in Social Sciences or Health, Demography, Development Studies, Economics, Statistics or Public Health;
  • 5 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in the field of monitoring and evaluation, planning and population activities; prior experience in the UN system would be an asset.
  • A good Knowledge of planning approach and excellent analytical and writing skills.
  • Computer literate and Knowledge of data analysis software (SPSS, Epi Info, STATA, IMIS/Dev. Info., ACCESS, etc.)
  • Experience of working in Kenya either with Governments or UN systems will be an asset;
  • Experience in the management of county or national  level RMNCAH  or Health related programmes;
  • Fluency in English with excellent writing, analytical and communication skills
Application Procedures 
Interested candidates who meet the above qualifications may send their applications to email address: kenya.recruit@unfpa.org by Monday, 02 April, 2015, quoting the post title on the subject line.  

Applications should have a cover letter, curriculum vitae, names and contacts of three referees. 
We will only be able to respond to those applicants in whom UNFPA has a further interest. 

Women and nationals from developing countries (this is a National Consultancy Position) are encouraged to apply. 

 There is no application, processing or other fee at any stage of the application process. 

Applications received via other means will not be accepted.