National Monitoring Officer, at National Professional level NOB, on Temporary Appointment (TA), Dushanbe, Tajikistan (for Tajik Nationals only) PAT

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This is a NO-2 contract. This kind of contract is known as National Professional Officers. It is normally only for nationals. It's a staff contract. More about NO-2 contracts.

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.

Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.

And we never give up.

For every child,

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The equity strategy, emphasizing the most disadvantaged and excluded children and families, translates this commitment to children’s rights into action. For UNICEF, equity means that all children have an opportunity to survive, develop and reach their full potential, without discrimination, bias or favoritism. To the degree that any child has an unequal chance in life — in its social, political, economic, civic and cultural dimensions — her or his rights are violated. There is growing evidence that investing in the health, education and protection of a society’s most disadvantaged citizens — addressing inequity — not only will give all children the opportunity to fulfill their potential but also will lead to sustained growth and stability of countries. This is why the focus on equity is so vital. It accelerates progress towards realizing the human rights of all children, which is the universal mandate of UNICEF, as outlined by the Convention on the Rights of the Child, while also supporting the equitable development of nations.

How can you make a difference?

The Monitoring Officer is accountable for the monitoring of the European Union (EU) funded programmes. The Monitoring Officer will provide professional expertise and assistance in information/data collection, statistics and data analysis, monitoring, preparation of reports, communication and partnership, and in implementing of training programmes for national and sub-national data collection, monitoring, and capacity building in support of the overall country programme, with a focus on EU funded programmes.


Within the delegated authority and under the given organizational set-up, Monitoring Officer may be assigned the primarily, shared, or contributory accountabilities for all or part of the following areas of major duties and key end-results.

1. Monitoring of EU funded activities

Ensure EU funded activities maintain a reliable and operational monitoring system to support quality implementation and reporting.

Duties & Tasks: • Ensure the monitoring system is in place for EU funded activities and that all indicators are tracked and analysed. • Compile monitoring information/data and make them available to programme/planning sections. • Provided regular updates to the project manager and the Country Management Team to guide programme and management decisions. • Keep track of action points based on management decisions resulting from performance monitoring and follow up with relevant staff in a timely manner. • Actively participate in project meetings, provide inputs and take meeting minutes for follow up action. • Carry out data collection and analysis from field visits to feed into programme performance monitoring. • Act as point of contact for the 3rd party monitoring mechanism and share regular progress and key gaps (gap analysis) for the technical teams to follow up. • Train relevant programme staff and partners on the usage of monitoring tools and activities. • Support the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager in the overall monitoring of the country programme as needed.

• Provide quality assurance and contribute to the preparation of reports, drawing on monitoring and analysis of indicators, systemic issues, good practices, lessons learned, or any other analysis or data related to monitoring of the overall country programme with a focus on EU funded activities, including the programme’s performance, relevance, efficiency, effectiveness, and sustainability.

2. Capacity Building Provide technical support to ensure that the monitoring capacities of country office staff and national partners (government and civil society) are strengthened.

Duties & Tasks: • In close consultation with senior managers, contribute to the formulation of staff capacity development strategy and plans, and exercise effective leadership in implementing them, ensuring that country office staff have the knowledge and skills to fulfil their monitoring responsibilities – support planning and training to fill identified gaps. • Promote and provide support to ensure that country office staff and national partners are aware of and have access to UNICEF monitoring learning resources.

3. Communication and Partnerships Provide technical support to ensure that all of the above tasks are carried out and accomplished through effective communication and partnerships.

Duties & Tasks • Facilitate/contribute to joint monitoring activities. • Provide technical support to country office staff and national partners on data collection, data management and data analysis for monitoring. • Facilitate learning from the results of monitoring within the country office and more widely within UNICEF in the region and globally, as well as among national partners and other key stakeholders. • Seek advanced or in-depth technical support on monitoring from the regional office and headquarters advisors as necessary. • Ensure UNICEF Tajikistan’s data in the EU OPSYS portal is complete and up-to-date.

To qualify as an advocate for every child you will have


University degree in social sciences, development studies, planning, evaluation, survey implementation, advanced statistical research.

Work Experience****:

  • Two years of professional work experience in programme development and implementation including monitoring activities.
  • At least one instance of exposure to emergency programming, including preparedness planning preferred.

Language Proficiency:

Fluency in English and Tajik is required. Knowledge of Russian is an asset.

Technical Knowledge:

a) Specific Technical Knowledge Required:

• Knowledge of project and activity monitoring.

• Professional technical knowledge/expertise in data collection.

• Professional technical knowledge/expertise in Monitoring and follow up on action points and recommendations.

b) Common Technical Knowledge Required (for the job group)

• Professional technical knowledge/expertise in demography, statistics, and data management.

• Methodology of monitoring, theories, standards and models, quantitative/qualitative/mixed methods, validity/reliability testing of data, data analysis and interpretation, and statistical inference methods.

• Professional technical knowledge/expertise in activity monitoring, data analysis, and reporting.

• Gender equality and diversity awareness.

c) Technical Knowledge to be Acquired/Enhanced (for the Job)

• Knowledge/expertise of best practices, lessons learned and communication.

• Understanding of UNICEF’s policies and procedures for programming, monitoring guidelines.

• Latest programme monitoring theory, methodology, technology and tools.

• Understanding of UN Mission and system; and International Code of Conduct.

• Understanding of UNICEF Mission Statement and observance of UNICEF Guiding Principles.

• UNICEF strategic framework for partnerships and collaborative relationships.

Application: The candidates, who are interested to apply for the position, should follow the electronic application's instructions and apply through the system. It requires the applicant to upload a detailed CV and academic degrees/diplomas. UN candidates should upload at least two latest performance evaluation reports

For every Child, you demonstrate...

UNICEF’s Core Values of Care, Respect, Integrity, Trust and Accountability (CRITA) underpin everything we do and how we do it. Get acquainted with Our Values Charter:

UNICEF competencies required for this post are…

  • Demonstrates self awareness and ethical awareness (1)
  • Works collaboratively with others (1)
  • Builds and maintains partnerships (1)
  • Innovates and embraces change (1)
  • Thinks and acts strategically (1)
  • Drive to achieve impactful results (1)
  • Manages ambiguity and complexity (1)

During the recruitment process, we test candidates following the competency framework. Familiarize yourself with our competency framework and its different levels: competency framework here.

UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.

We offer a wide range of benefits to our staff, including paid parental leave, breastfeeding breaks and reasonable accommodation for persons with disabilities. UNICEF strongly encourages the use of flexible working arrangements.

UNICEF has a zero-tolerance policy on conduct that is incompatible with the aims and objectives of the United Nations and UNICEF, including sexual exploitation and abuse, sexual harassment, abuse of authority and discrimination. UNICEF also adheres to strict child safeguarding principles. All selected candidates will be expected to adhere to these standards and principles and will therefore undergo rigorous reference and background checks. Background checks will include the verification of academic credential(s) and employment history. Selected candidates may be required to provide additional information to conduct a background check.


UNICEF’s active commitment to diversity and inclusion is critical to delivering the best results for children. For this position, eligible and suitable are encouraged to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

UNICEF appointments are subject to medical clearance. Issuance of a visa by the host country of the duty station, which will be facilitated by UNICEF, is required for IP positions. Appointments are also be subject to inoculation (vaccination) requirements, including against SARS-CoV-2 (Covid). Government employees that are considered for employment with UNICEF are normally required to resign from their government before taking up an assignment with UNICEF. UNICEF reserves the right to withdraw an offer of appointment, without compensation, if a visa or medical clearance is not obtained, or necessary inoculation requirements are not met, within a reasonable period for any reason.

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