Data Management and Monitoring Officer
Application deadline 3 months ago: Sunday 30 Jul 2023 at 00:00 UTCOpen application form
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The outcome supports the Government of Timor-Leste’s 2011-2030 Strategic Development Plan chapter on social capital development in alignment with Timor-Leste Health Policy Framework (2002). This outcome will also be contributing to the following key government strategies/plans: National Health Sector Strategic Plan (2011-2030); Reproductive, Maternal, New-born, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH) Strategy (2020-2025); National Health Sector Nutrition Strategic Plan (2020-2025); TL National Strategic Plan for Rural Sanitation (2013); and TL National Basic Sanitation Policy (2012). It is also aligned and will contribute to Timor-Leste United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) 2021-2025, especially the Goal Areas 1 on “Nutrition, Food Security and sustainable agriculture”, Goal Area 4 on “Quality Health Care and Well-Being, and Goal Area 6 on “Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and Resilience to Climate Change”. UNICEF Timor-Leste, in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan developed a project proposal to contribute to the Government efforts to reduce malnutrition “Specific Nutrition Intervention Package to address Maternal, Child and Adolescent Undernutrition in Timor-Leste 2022–2023”. The implementation of project activities started in March 2022. The project’s main focus is to improve coverage of nutrition interventions through delivery of high-impact evidence-based specific nutrition intervention package of nutrition interventions contributing to the reduction of underweight and wasting by end of 2023, among 0-23 months old children. Specifically, the project will: 1. Facilitate treatment of children suffering from acute malnutrition in Covalima, Lautem, Liquica and Manufahi municipalities and RAEOA Oe-cusse in Timor-Leste, 2. Provide counselling on recommended infant and young child feeding (breastfeeding and complementary feeding) and key care practices to pregnant wom-en/mothers/care givers of children aged 0 to 24 months 3. Support to scale-up micronutrient supplementation for children 6-24 months 4. Strengthen capacity of government and community to identify and prevent malnutri-tion in the Covalima, Lautem, Liquica and Manufahi municipalities and RAEOA Oe-cusse 5. Improve the quality of diet for adolescent girls by filling in the nutrient gap of adoles-cent girls in schools.
Timely availability of quality data is a core component of the project, especially identifying and mainstreaming innovative approaches to generate evidence for decision making. Getting the right data into the right hands at the right time to impact decisions for children requires the appropriate balance of data demand, supply and use. When all three pieces are functioning, data can be used to inform strategic planning, to monitor and adjust performance of government systems, and to engage communities in dialogue. Hence, UNICEF is seeking for UNV Data Management and Monitoring Officer to strengthen information management, monitoring, and the use of real-time reporting for nutrition data.
The project “Specific Nutrition Intervention Package to address Maternal, Child and Adolescent Undernutrition in Timor-Leste 2022–2023” focus is to contribute to the Government efforts to reduce malnutrition. The project’s main focus is to improve coverage of nutrition interventions through delivery of high-impact evidence-based specific nutrition intervention package of nutrition interventions contributing to the reduction of underweight and wasting by end of 2023, among 0-23 months old children.
For the successful implementation of the project’s activities, UNICEF is looking for a UNV Data Management and Monitoring Officer to assist and strengthen the project’s nutrition data and information management capacity. Under the direct supervision of the Nutrition Specialist, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:
The expected results/outputs for the UNV Information Management Specialist are under three main categories detailed here below:
• Documentation of the program implementation progress with performance indicators.
• Documenting the lessons learned/good practices.
• Developing knowledge management strategies.
• Facilitating action review of reflection/lessons learned workshops.
• Web-based knowledge sharing platforms/ searchable repositories/ communities of practice.
• Support the implementation and management of Information management system for nutrition.
• Monitoring the development of a systematic data collection and analysis system.
Research and evaluation
• Support the Design of protocols (including data gathering tools and methodologies for research on child protection related issue using quantitative and qualitative methods and techniques.
• Quality assurance of the nutrition research and study proposal and reports.
• Conduct Project Evaluations as needed.
• Writing or Reviewing of Nutrition component of UNICEF Situation Analysis about Children.
Data dissemination and communication
• Writing analytical reports using data.
• Designing/coordinating advocacy campaigns.
• Creating data visualizations and infographics.
• Creating data Dashboards.
Duties and Responsibility
• Provide technical support as necessary to identifying and adjusting a set of program performance indicators, in the context of the rolling multi-year Nutrition Annual Work Plans.
• Provide technical support to ensure that a Nutrition monitoring system is in place and that key annual program indicators are tracked and analyzed, including those related to partnerships initiative, and provided regularly to the nutrition team to guide program and decisions. • Collate and analysis data from field visits, standardizing them across nutrition indica-tors, to feed into to program performance monitoring.
• Compile monitoring and evaluation information/data and make them available to the team. • Contribute to the preparation of reports (e.g., donor reports, annual reports etc..), drawing on monitoring and analysis of key performance indicators. • Assist in the preparation of reports on systemic issues, human interest stories, good practices or any other analysis or data related to program implementation and/or eval-uation, including program’s performance, relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability, as well as good practices in partnerships and collaborative relationships.
• Build and sustain effective close working partnerships with relevant government coun-terparts, national stakeholders, global partners, allies, donors, and academia - through active networking, advocacy and effective communication - to build capacity, ex-change knowledge and expertise, and to reinforce cooperation to achieve sustainable and broad results in child protection. • Prepare communication and information materials for CO program advocacy to pro-mote awareness, establish partnerships/alliances and to support fund raising for nutri-tion interventions. • Support liaison between (agency) and the implementing partners with respect to major program issues and provide solutions in seeking consensus • Any other duties related to the M&E work that may be assigned by the supervisor.
Furthermore, UN Volunteers are required to: • Strengthen their knowledge and understanding of the concept of volunteerism by read-ing relevant UNV and external publications and take active part in UNV activities (for in-stance in events that mark International Volunteer Day); • Be acquainted with and build on traditional and/or local forms of volunteerism in the host country; • Reflect on the type and quality of voluntary action that they are undertaking, including participation in ongoing reflection activities; • Contribute articles/write-ups on field experiences and submit them for UNV publica-tions/websites, newsletters, press releases, etc.; • Assist with the UNV Buddy Programme for newly-arrived UN Volunteers; • Promote or advise local groups in the use of online volunteering, or encourage relevant local individuals and organizations to use the UNV Online Volunteering service whenever technically possible.
☒ Accountability ☒ Adaptability and Flexibility ☒ Building Trust ☐ Client Orientation ☐ Commitment and Motivation ☒ Commitment to Continuous Learning ☐ Communication ☒ Creativity ☐ Empowering Others ☐ Ethics and Values ☒ Integrity ☐ Judgement and Decision-making ☒ Knowledge Sharing ☐ Leadership ☐ Managing Performance ☒ Planning and Organizing ☐ Professionalism ☒ Respect for Diversity ☐ Self-Management ☐ Technological Awareness ☐ Vision ☒ Working in Teams
• Relevant experience in related areas in a UN system agency or international organization is an asset.
• At least 3 years of experience in activities and/or projects that involved program planning, monitoring and evaluation.
• At least 3 years’ experience in applying techniques related to project development.
• Experience working with national institutions on data management, information and moni-toring, including strategies, systems, and management. • Experience providing capacity building and trainings • Knowledge of Timor-Leste’s context is an advantage
Location of the workplace UNICEF Office is very close (between 2-3 kilometres) to both downtown of the capital city and safe residential areas for expatriates and it takes 10-15 minutes by car/motorcycle and about 30 minutes on foot. The UNV Specialist may purchase a private motorcycle or car to facilitate transport within town on private matters (Price ranges for motorbike is USD700-USD2000 and USD4500-20,000 for car). For any work-related movements within town and going to the field for program monitoring, UNICEF will provide transport.
Housing There are a number of one to two serviced bedroom apartments close to UNICEF office where UNICEF international staff and consultants stay and the UNV Specialist will be highly recommended to lodge in one of these apartments. Housing is normally fully furnished, and price range from USD 500-2,500. Rental are usually paid on monthly basis and may or may not include other services such as laundry provision. This may or many not include internet service provision. Colleagues from procurement and admin office will be available to assist in advance to do seek available rentals and can undertake inspection beforehand. Information gathered including pictures and price ranges for individual rental accommodation will be circulated to you for UNV Specialist for decision making purposes.
Cost of Living The cost of living in Timor-Leste is less expensive compared to the countries in the world In general, average cost of living in the capital city of Timor-Leste, Dili, is below countries like The United States of America or Australia and Japan. Data recorded in recent years showed that the living cost in the country is 22.88% lower than big economies stated above. However, the cost of living is still considered expensive if compared to countries such as Indonesia, Thailand or Portugal. The currency used in the country is US dollars and local currency in the form of coins are used widely.
Please check this link for reference on price of commodities, utilities, and housing Cost of Living in Timor-Leste. Prices in Timor-Leste. Updated Jan 2022 (numbeo.com) bear in mind that price fluctuation occurs and current situation in Europe has resulted in some price spike.