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Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist at UNFPA

  • Full Time
  • Lilongwe
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Job Description

The Position:

Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Representative with guidance and oversight of the Adolescent/ Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Specialist, the M&E Specialist will be based in the UNFPA Malawi Country Office (CO) Lilongwe, Malawi to support the effective implementation of the ‘Action for Teen Mothers and Adolescent Girls in Central Region’ programme funded by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). The  M&E Specialist will work closely with other programme and operations officers as active and key members of the data and M&E thematic team so as to help ensure efficient, effective, and timely delivery of UNFPA Malawi’s country programme results. More specifically, the  M&E Specialist is responsible for establishing and maintaining a practical system for monitoring and evaluation of the ‘Action for Teen Mothers and Adolescent Girls in Central Region’ Programme while ensuring full integration with other programme and projects supporting the implementation of the UNFPA Country Programme.
Therefore, the  M&E Specialist will work in an integrated manner with the programme and technical staff in UNFPA and partner organizations to ensure the use of results-based indicators, project data collection, and analysis to inform programming and readjustment processes.

How you can make a difference:

UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. UNFPA Malawi Country Office is committed to deliver results outlined in the remaining of the 8th Country Programme (2019-2023) and the upcoming 9th Country Programme (2024-2028), with five defined outputs in: a) policy, population change, and data; b) quality of care services; c)gender and social norms; d) humanitarian actions; e) Adolescents and youth. UNFPA Malawi is also a part of the United Nations Country Team and operates under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2019-2023 and the upcoming 2024-2028 UNSDCF (United Nations Sustainable Cooperation Framework), fully embracing the UN development system reforms and stepping up its system-wide support for the Government of Malawi.

Job Purpose:

The M&E Specialist will play a critical role in UNFPA’s ongoing efforts to achieve transformative results with three zeros in Malawi, namely, zero preventable maternal deaths, zero unmet needs of family planning, and zero gender-based violence including child marriages, and the ESA region-specific result of ending sexual transmission of HIV, particularly by ensuring better integrated and coordinated programme delivery.

You would be responsible for:

Under the overall supervision of the Deputy Representative and overall guidance and oversight of Adolescent/Youth SRHR Specialist and in coordination with the UNFPA Malawi Country Office team members, the M&E Specialist will be responsible for ensuring that results-based monitoring and evaluation plans are developed, implemented, and results acted upon within the projects implementation frameworks.
More specifically, the M&E Specialist will perform the following duties:

  1. Play a leadership role with the project team in developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation plans and leading on reporting on project actions and results according to the projects document results framework.
  2. Act as a proactive member of UNFPA data and M&E thematic team and UN Monitoring and Evaluation Advisory group.
  3. Contribute to the monitoring of UNSDCF Strategic priority areas’ outcomes and outputs and the UNFPA Country Programme Outputs and SIS.
  4. Manage collaborative relationships with KOICA, government institutions, UN agencies and civil society in Malawi so as to support and ensure effective and efficient implementation, monitoring, reporting and evaluation of the UNFPA country programme, with particular attention to the KOICA-funded programme.
  5. Provide technical expertise in assisting the Resident Representative and the Deputy Representative in leading the Programme team’s programme delivery and performance/results management. Establish and/or maintain appropriate monitoring and evaluation as well as data collection, analysis and dissemination mechanisms, systems, and tools such as dashboards and ensure their application by
    the UNFPA Country Office staff and implementing partners.
  6. Provide technical support for the monitoring and evaluation activities of the UNFPA Country Office and participate in country-level processes such as the annual work planning, Country Office annual reporting, office management planning, and the development processes of the UNSCDF joint annual work plans as may be directed by the Deputy Representative.
  7. Facilitate and coordinate with the Country Office staff, implementing partners’ M&E counterparts, and the UN Country Team’s M&E coordination structures to strengthen results-based programme management and facilitate timely, efficient, and effective monitoring and reporting of the implementation of the UNFPA Country Programme.
  8. Assist the Country Office in the development of monitoring and evaluation plans to track the achievement of results in the annual work plans; and support the coordination of its implementation by ensuring the use of results-based indicators and facilitating and supporting data collection and analysis for evaluation.
  9. Monitor programme expenditures and disbursements to support programme officers in timely providing workplan reports per RBM principles and Workplan indicators.
  10. Analyse data needs and initiate/coordinate programmatic and operational research activities funded by UNFPA for purposes of improving programme delivery; keep track and monitor the implementation of all studies and surveys supported by UNFPA.
  11. Participate in the monitoring and evaluation of technical working groups at the national level to ensure that reproductive health; gender, youth/adolescents, and population issues are taken forward in the planning and monitoring processes.
  12. Contribute to the development and adaptation of tools and guidance as well as training materials and manuals in monitoring and evaluation and support their use for capacity development of partner institutions and UNFPA staff in the country.
  13. Support the development and utilization of project indicators and indicator databases. Analyse, advise and report on programme progress in terms of achieving results, using existing monitoring and evaluation tools and introducing new mechanisms and systems; identify constraints and resource deficiencies and recommends corrective action; identify and communicate best practices, advising on
    these being documented and disseminated.
  14. Develop plans for programme reviews and evaluations as well as participate in programme review meetings. Ensure that programme progress and analysis reports are prepared and submitted in a timely manner and in line with required quality standards. Support the preparation of annual reviews, mid-term reviews, and end-of-programme evaluations. Support the development of human-interest stories and
    other visibility materials.
  15. Coordinate and participate in regularly scheduled field monitoring visits of the country programme. Submit progress reports and field visit reports in a timely manner and in line with required quality standards.
  16. Support organizing or coordinating meetings, workshops, and training to ensure smooth delivery of programme results.
  17. Collect and analyze information/data in the subject areas and draft analytical reports, project documents, funding proposals, and donor reports.
  18. Assist in improving existing processes and products in programme delivery.
  19. Perform any other duties required to ensure efficient and effective implementation of the UNFPA Country Programme.

Qualifications and Experience: 


An advanced university degree in a relevant discipline including public health, development studies, demography, international relations, business management, sociology, public administration, or social science fields is required.

Knowledge and Experience: 

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in the fields of programme management, development cooperation, or public health is required, with at least 2 years of experience in the field of monitoring and evaluation of development programmes/  projects is required.
  • Working experience in developing results-based M&E frameworks, mechanisms, and tools is desirable.
  • Prior experience in working in developing countries is desirable.
  • A good understanding of the UN system in general, and especially UNFPA mandate, policies, and operations, is desirable.
  • Prior experience of work in Malawi in the relevant fields of UNFPA mandate, including sexual & reproductive health and rights, youth/adolescents, and gender is an asset
  • Demonstrated analytical, planning, and negotiation skills are required.
  • Demonstrated excellent communication skills, in terms of both written and oral, are required.
  • Applicant must be a national of Korea


Fluency in written and spoken English and Korean

Required Competencies: 


  • Exemplifying integrity,
  • Demonstrating commitment to UNFPA and the UN system,
  • Embracing cultural diversity,
  • Embracing change

Core Competencies: 

  • Achieving results,
  • Being accountable,
  • Developing and applying professional expertise/business acumen,
  • Thinking analytically and strategically,
  • Working in teams/managing ourselves and our relationships,
  • Communicating for impact

Functional Competencies:

  • Creating visibility for the organization
  • Ensuring operational effectiveness
  • Generating, managing and promoting the use of knowledge and information
  • Managing information and workflow
  • Planning, organizing and multitasking

Compensation and Benefits:

This position offers an attractive remuneration package including a competitive net salary plus health insurance and other benefits as applicable.


UNFPA does not charge any application, processing, training, interviewing, testing or other fee in connection with the application or recruitment process. Fraudulent notices, letters or offers may be submitted to the UNFPA fraud hotline

In accordance with the Staff Regulations and Rules of the United Nations, persons applying to posts in the international Professional category, who hold permanent resident status in a country other than their country of nationality, may be required to renounce such status upon their appointment.