Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
United Nations Development Programme
Abuja, Nigeria
6d ago

Background The Farmer-Herder Conflict remains one of the most challenging threats to peace and security in Nigeria, especially in the North Central Region ( Middle Belt ) of the country, and adjacent, States, particularly Benue, Plateau, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Taraba and Adamawa.

The violence has exacted a heavy toll on thousands of people and has frayed many of the connectors, especially inter-ethnic and inter-religious ones, at the local level.

The response, however, has remained overwhelmingly security-dominated. Lacking effective structures and systems to engage in dialogue in a proactive manner based on early indicators, violence escalates, and a reactive security response is triggered.

The crisis has highlighted a need to support affected states in enhancing and expanding upon the capacities to engage in this crisis in a proactive and preventive manner that leverages dialogue as a primary tool of mitigating the impact of the conflict.

In recognition of a growing need to provide a holistic response to the crisis, the Federal Government developed and launched the National Livestock Transformation Plan in January 2019.

The framework provides a holistic approach to addressing this crisis, while aiming to lay the foundations for longer term security, peace and transformation of the livestock sector.

The United Nations has also scaled up its efforts to respond to the crisis, notably through two projects that target the states of Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba.

  • The Integrated Approach to Building Peace in Nigeria’s Farmer-Herder Crisis Project was designed to address the farmer-herder conflict through enhancing preventive capacities, by promoting dialogue and proactive engagement;
  • building mutually beneficial economic relationships between farmers and herders; improving the effectiveness of the security response through strengthened human rights monitoring and accountability;
  • and providing an impartial and evidence-based narrative to defuse the politicized debate and help mobilize a broader response.

    The overall goal of the project is to contribute to peaceful coexistence in the Middle Belt, with a focus on Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba States.

    The project is funded by the UN Peacebuilding Support Office. It is implemented by four UN Agencies-UNDP (lead), FAO, UN Women and OHCHR, drawing from their experiences and building on their work.

    In recognition of the cyclical nature of violence in many of the affected communities, the project aims to immediately scale up efforts around promoting dialogue, inter-ethnic and inter-religious understanding, and social cohesion in the target area to support a transformation of the ethnic and communal violence witnessed in the target areas.

    This advert, therefore, seeks the services of a competent national, with expertise in the peacebuilding to support coordinate this project.

    Objective of the Assignment : The overall objective of the assignment is to ensure that results-based approaches are integrated for effective tracking, monitoring and documentation of project impact.

  • This position will ensure platforms for learning, knowledge exchange are established in project locations while also ensuring that monitoring and envaluation systems are applied across board.
  • Duties and Responsibilities Under the direct supervision of the Project Manager and Coordinator, the incumbent will act as the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer and will be expected to perform the following key functions :

  • Coordinate monitoring and evaluation activities in the implementation of the Project Document and Annual Work Plans :
  • The incumbent will provide highest quality monitoring and evaluation support to the Integrated Approach to Building Peace in Nigeria’s Farmer-Herder Crisis Project as well as the Transitioning from Humanitarian Relief to Long Term Development, Addressing the Herdsmen-Farmer Crisis Project (HSTF).
  • Working in close collaboration with the partners and stakeholders the incumbent will ensure result-based and cost-effective execution of the project activities through quality monitoring and evaluation advisory support, provide robust analysis for monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports in the targeted States to advise on potential UN / UNDP Country Office, national and donor response.
  • Guide and coordinate assessments, surveys, studies and reporting :
  • Incumbent shall support the Country Office (CO) to prepare / complete Project and other reporting documents; develop tools, indicators, and coordinate field work as when needed.
  • Tracking and monitoring of project implementation :
  • She / he shall regularly update on progress towards implementation of the annual work plan; and support the CO’s effort on research, provide input into resource mobilization documents and partnership building
  • Support the development of knowledge products :
  • The incumbent shall assist in the development of knowledge products tools, methodologies, situation briefs, updates or reports;
  • and prepare and submit to UNDP regular project reports (progress and annual), as well as, regular mission reports and make useful recommendations that can help to deepen the project impact / results.

    Competencies Corporate competencies :

  • Demonstrates integrity by modelling the UN values and ethical standards
  • Promotes the vision, mission, and strategic goals of UNDP
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability
  • Treats all people fairly without favoritism
  • Excellent analytical and organizational skills
  • Functional Competencies

  • Knowledge Management and Learning
  • Promotes a knowledge sharing and learning culture in the office
  • Has good knowledge of UNDP programme and operational issues
  • Has knowledge of UNDP / UN policies and programme in crisis and post-crisis situations.
  • Focuses on impact and results for the clients and responds positively to feedback
  • Ability to establish effective working relations in a multicultural team environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude
  • Demonstrates strong oral and written communication skills
  • Builds strong relationships with internal and external clients and partners
  • Demonstrates capacity to communicate effectively; resource management; capacity to plan and organize programmes effectively
  • Required Skills and Experience Education :

  • The desired candidate for this assignment shall possess an advanced degree in Social Science, Information Technology, Development Studies or other relevant fields.
  • Experience :

  • She / he must have, at least, five (5) years development experience with national or international organizations, two (2) of which must be in the area of Monitoring and Evaluation, Research, and System Strengthening.
  • Cognate experience and evidence of competence in working with national and / or international partners, such as, UN, government and CSOs is desired.
  • The candidate should be able to use ATLAS ERP for Project Management and Monitoring and Evaluation purposes.
  • The candidate should be adept in results based monitoring.
  • She / he must have sound technical report writing skill and proven ability to engage with multiple stakeholders to achieve desired results.
  • Previous working experience with UN agencies is an asset.
  • The candidate’s knowledge of disaster risk management, environmental management, peace and conflict prevention, human capacity development and management consulting will be an added advantage
  • Language :

  • She / he must be fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly advised to apply.
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