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Since 2012, Mali has been facing an unprecedented political and security crisis. The country has experienced two coups in nine months and must face ECOWAS sanctions. The sub-regional institution urges a return to democratic order as soon as possible. As fars as political governance is concerned, the Transition is now faced with multiple challenges. These include the mandates for democratic and institutional reforms, the restoration and strengthening of the security sector, the promotion of good governance, the handling of social grievances and the implementation of the Peace Agreement. Given the security situation, as well as the challenges in terms of governance, the United Nations has further mobilized the Secretary-General's Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) to support national authorities in consolidating peace in the country. Since the country became eligible to the PBF financing in 2014, Mali has benefited from 36 projects for a total budget of approximately USD 64.5 million. PBF funding has been essential to meet the immediate peacebuilding needs in Mali and has achieved tangible results of strengthening social cohesion and contributing to peacebuilding, especially in the Northern and Center parts of the country including cross-border communities. PBF projects are implemented by UN agencies and CSOs in partnership with the Government and MINUSMA. As of January 2022, the PBF portfolio in Mali amounts to approximately $28 million for 15 initiatives. These projects are implemented by UN agencies, Funds and Programs and CSOs, in close collaboration with MINUSMA and technical ministries. The portfolio is overseen by a Joint Steering Committee, co-chaired by the Government of Mali (represented by the Minister of Foreign Affairs), UN (represented by the DSRSG/RC/HC) and it includes technical and financial partners and civil society. The PBF secretariat in Mali that the technical organ of the Joint Steering Committee is hiring a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist to better report to its partners, donors, government, civil society, and help monitor the impact of peace consolidation in the country on the results achieved using appropriate monitoring and evaluation tools, and thus facilitate the sustainability of project achievements. The Monitoring and evaluation specialist will join the Mali PBF Secretariat team that is composed of highly qualified personnel, both international and national. The PBF Secretariat is placed under the supervision of the DSRSG/RC/HC and is part of the structures of the Resident Coordinator's Office (RCO).

Under the direct supervision of the Senior Peacebuilding Advisor, with close cooperation with the PBF Secretariat experts, the UN Volunteer Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will undertake the following tasks:

• Design a system to monitor the implementation of the UN Peacebuilding Fund (PBF) portfolio in Mali. • Identify the actors involved in the monitoring and evaluation system; beneficiar-ies, subcontracting partners, agencies, CSOs, government representatives, etc. and indicates their hierarchical levels and responsibilities in the system. • During project design, help ensure strong project result frameworks, budget for M&E and Gender Equality and Women Empowerment activities.
• Set clear and realistic monitoring methodology and capacity. • Review result frameworks and coordinates with recipient partners to adjust any non-SMART indicators.
• Help ensure coherence of PBF projects monitoring through joint annual sessions on Result Frameworks, indicators and monitoring methodologies. • Help ensure high level monitoring by extracting some of the high-level indicators (especially the perception indicators) from the project level and leads the moni-toring of these indicators (e.g., through a Secretariat managed perception survey and/or Community Based Monitoring mechanisms) • Undertake additional monitoring of overall PBF impact by reflecting on key areas of PBF support and suggesting additional high-level indicators for monitoring by the Secretariat • Design and update a higher-level result framework for the in country PBF portfo-lio. • Put in place an overall portfolio monitoring and evaluation plan and a system that ensures Community-Base Monitoring and Evaluation. • Organize periodic joint monitoring missions (PBF Secretariat, Government, Agencies and CSOs). • Propose a monitoring and evaluation system for the respective PBF projects. • Ensure that the program activities are carried out according to plans and stand-ards and within the limits of the planned budget. • Explain the discrepancies between forecasts and achievements to make deci-sions and take appropriate measures. • Parameterize the basic data of the program in accordance with the basic docu-ments. • Design a remote data processing and analysis methods. • Develop/design monitoring and evaluation tools including framework, databases, dashboards, data collection tools, interview guides, checklists, templates and any other needed tool. • Monitor projects progress at field level and identifies key indicators and helps partners to monitor them. • Support the monitoring and evaluation missions of the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), donors, consultants and any other relevant PBF partner. • Facilitate training workshops on project formulation, reporting tools and PBF monitoring and evaluation standards. • Organize projects inception meetings and ensures projects frameworks’ ele-ments are coherent and SMART. • Review and ensure quality control of periodic narrative reports before submission to PBSO. • Collect data and documents lessons learned and good practices in peacebuild-ing. • Review and inputs ToRs drafted by UN agencies and CSOs for country level evaluations. • Support independent consultants in evaluations implementation. • Alert the Senior Peace and Development Advisor on any oversights of the pro-gram implementation. • Perform any other job-related duty as deem necessary by the team.

Results/Expected Outputs: • Effective planning and monitoring-evaluation of PBF program activities is ensured. • Effective planning and monitoring-evaluation of PBF program activities is ensured. • A good monitoring and evaluation system is put in place and made available to the pro-gram staff. • Technical tools for periodic monitoring of program activities are developed. • A database for the program progress tracking is designed and a method for data collec-tion, analysis and reporting is put in place.
• Initial implementation documentations such as the M&E log frame, plans and data collec-tion tools are developed, and necessary adaptation measures are identified.
• In-depth M&E on peacebuilding project’s outcomes (e.g., contributing to concepts notes development, making inputs into terms of reference, reviewing and commenting reports etc) is conducted. • The program framework is developed/updated. • The development of baseline questionnaire, inception reports, mission reports and survey reports is facilitated.
• Make sure that joint monitoring missions are well planned and executed. • Ensures that project-related lessons, best practices and evaluation recommendations are implemented. • Makes sure projects final evaluations are conducted according to PBF norms and proce-dures. • Makes sure the elements of projects log frames are coherent and SMART. • Community-Based Monitoring and Evaluation is integrated into all PBF projects work plans. • The development of capacity through coaching, mentoring and formal on-the-job training, when working with (including supervising) national staff or (non-) governmental counter-parts, including Implementing Partners (IPs); • Age, Gender and Diversity (AGD) perspective is systematically applied, integrated and documented in all activities throughout the assignment • A final statement of achievements towards volunteerism for development during the as-signment, such as reporting on the number of volunteers mobilized, activities participated in and capacities developed.

• Integrity and professionalism: demonstrated expertise in area of specialty and ability to apply good judgment; high degree of autonomy, personal initiative and ability to take own-ership; willingness to accept wide responsibilities and ability to work independently under established procedures in a politically sensitive environment, while exercising discretion, impartiality and neutrality; ability to manage information objectively, accurately and confi-dentially; responsive and client-oriented. • Accountability: mature and responsible; ability to operate in compliance with organizational rules and regulations. • Commitment to continuous learning: initiative and willingness to learn new skills and stay abreast of new developments in area of expertise; ability to adapt to changes in work envi-ronment. • Planning and organizing: effective organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to manage a large volume of work in an efficient and timely manner; ability to establish priori-ties and to plan, coordinate and monitor (own) work; ability to work under pressure, with conflicting deadlines, and to handle multiple concurrent projects/activities. • Teamwork and respect for diversity: ability to operate effectively across organizational boundaries; ability to establish and maintain effective partnerships and harmonious work-ing relations in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversi-ty and gender; • Communication: proven interpersonal skills; good spoken and written communication skills, including ability to prepare clear and concise reports; ability to conduct presenta-tions, articulate options and positions concisely; ability to make and defend recommenda-tions; ability to communicate and empathize with staff (including national staff), military personnel, volunteers, counterparts and local interlocutors coming from very diverse back-grounds; ability to maintain composure and remain helpful towards the staff, but objective, without showing personal interest; capacity to transfer information and knowledge to a wide range of different target groups; • Flexibility, adaptability, and ability and willingness to operate independently in austere, remote and potentially hazardous environments for protracted periods, involving physical hardship and little comfort, and including possible extensive travel within the area of opera-tions; willingness to transfer to other duty stations within area of operations as may be necessary;

• Genuine commitment towards the principles of voluntary engagement, which includes sol-idarity, compassion, reciprocity and self-reliance; and commitment towards the UN core values.

in the field of monitoring and evaluation, data management, including 3 years in conflict prevention and peacebuilding context. A monitoring and evaluation profile focused on reporting and communication is required. Knowledge of the United Nations and its work practices will be an advantage. Computer skills:
Experience in using common tools for collecting and treating data, including database management systems, Excel, Access, statistics enquiries tools, etc. and M&E based GIS
Experience in writing reports and making presentations, using the common Office Programs Word, Outlook and PowerPoint Language: Fluent in French both written and spoken – Fluent in English is an advantage – Knowledge of local language is a plus.

Mali is a non-family duty station. Living conditions of Bamako are acceptable, but security instructions need to be strictly complied with. Adequate housing is available for rent at US$ 500-1500 per month. Visa credit cards are accepted in some hotels and larger shops. Mali is a country prone to malaria, so mosquito nets are highly recommended. Basic medicines are available from pharmacies, but provision needs to be made for specialized medication. Security recommendations from the UN Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) must be followed by all UN Staff, including UN Volunteers, in the course of their assignments in Mali. Appropriate measures are in place to mitigate the current security risk for UN personnel in the country. All UN Volunteers, like all UN personnel, undergo a security briefing and the 3 day mandatory training “Safe and Secure Approaches in Field Environments” (SSAFE) upon arrival, where practical guidance and recommendations are provided regarding security threats in Mali. An additional security briefing is provided upon arrival to the final duty station. For the sake of rewarding experience, UN volunteers in Mali carry out their duties with flexibility, commitment, and a willingness to live and work in challenging conditions including heat and limited water and electricity supply.

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