The African Union, established as a unique Pan African continental body, is charged with spearheading Africa’s rapid integration and sustainable development by promoting unity, solidarity, cohesion and cooperation among the peoples of Africa and African States as well as developing a New Partnership Worldwide. Its Headquarters is located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
In seeking to attain this objective, the African Union intends to build its capacity to deliver, among others, the implementation of its organizational structure. Being cognizant of the role that Earth Observation sector plays in socio-economic development, the Commission is now implementing the Global Monitoring of the Environment and Security in Africa (GMES & Africa) initiative.
In this pursuit, the commission invites applicants who are citizens of Member States to fill the position of Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for GMES & Africa Project in the Science and Technology Division.
1. Post:
Job Title: Monitoring & Evaluation Officer
Grade: P2
Supervisor: Project Coordinator
Duty Station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
2. Background
The Global Monitoring for Environment and Security in Africa (GMES & Africa) initiative seeks to establish a long term capacity development and partnership between the African Union Commission and the European Union with an aim of providing sustainable, reliable and timely services to the public and public policy makers related to environmental and security issues. GMES & Africa is an extension of the European Copernicus programme to Africa. Launched in Lisbon, Portugal on December 7, 2007 during the 2nd EU - Africa Summit in response to the Maputo Declaration signed in October 2006. The initiative also seeks to set-up an overall framework in Africa for Earth Observation (EO) applications with a goal to support national and regional policies through systematic exploitation of Earth Observation data, technologies and services; making use of spin-offs offered by the Copernicus programme.
An Action Plan has been developed with an objective to allow Africa to make full use of the potential of space systems for sustainable development and reinforcing Africa’s capacity and ownership in using and contributing to remote sensing applications. Nine thematic areas were identified: (1) long term management of natural resources, (2) marine and coastal management, (3) water resource management, (4) climate variability and change, (5) disaster risk reduction, (6) food security and rural development, (7) infrastructure and territorial development, (8) conflicts resolution, (9) health. Additionally, five cross-cutting sectors, namely: (a) policy and institutional framework, (b) infrastructure framework, (c) capacity building, (d) financial issues, (e) monitoring and evaluation were identified. The first three thematic areas have already been validated and an identification study for implementation completed. Under this formulation, the Commission is seeking a competitive candidate to fill up the position of Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for GMES & Africa project.
3. Major duties and responsibilities:
Under the direct supervision of the Project Coordinator, the responsibilities and duties of the incumbent shall include the following:
a. Evaluating the project at regular periods, as determined by the Project decision making body;
b. Review/monitor Grants in relation to the project’s implementation;
c. Keep constant communication with the Regional Implementation Centers (RICs) and evaluate progress based on Terms of Reference and Plan of Action;
d. Lead and provide overall management for the design and implementation of an M&E system to monitor progress and performance of GMES & Africa, working closely with other staff, grant holders, partners and consultants;
e. Manage the information-gathering process for results and performance reports;
f. Develop an information management and learning system to document good practices, lessons learned, trends, cross-cutting policy and implementation issues, research, collect content and stories about Projects’ impact on end-users;
g. Provide support to ensure that grant-holders use the established monitoring and reporting systems, conduct regular site visits and ensure quality control of M&E processes;
h. Promote the standardization of Monitoring, Reporting and Valuation (MRV) systems in the project through provision of technical assistance in M&E as well as the development and dissemination of M&E tools;
i. Work with the Grants section as needed to support identification of any challenges in grants implementation and grant performance review meetings;
j. Work with the Coordinators to ensure that there is cross-fertilization of the applications and services for the benefit of the entire continent;
k. Assessing the quality of reports to ensure they are suitable;
l. Attend Decision-making and Interview Committee meetings as required;
m. Work in liaison with the finance Grants Manager to ensure smooth and effective management of awarded grants are undertaken by the team including:
I. Responding to queries from grant holders;
II. Monitoring project progress, including achievements against milestones;
III. Managing the receipt of final and achievement reports and contributing to evaluation as required;
IV. Input, analysis, and maintenance of records;
V. Monitoring outcomes for specific projects.
4. Qualifications and experienced required:
a. A minimum of first degree in Monitoring & Evaluation, Project Management, Finance or related discipline;
b. At least two years’ progressive experience, with at least one year in M&E related job preferably in a multinational organization;
c. Experience working at an international level and knowledge of African Union Commission working procedures is an added advantage;
d. Fluency in English and/or French is required. Working knowledge of other official languages of the African Union will be an added advantage;
5. Skills and Competencies
a. Ability to apply monitoring, evaluation and verification skills. He/she should have the knowledge of recent MEV tools and be willing to learn operation of new tools;
b. Ability to conduct data collection using various methods. Conceptual analytical and evaluative skills to conduct independent research and analysis, including familiarity with and experience in the use of various research sources, including electronic sources on the internet, intranet and other databases;
c. He/she should be able to give independent opinions whether positive or negative in a professional manner. He/she listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed;
d. Able to keep constant communication with the Regional Implementation Centres, and works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals;
e. Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; identifies priority activities and assignments; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time and resources efficiently.
f. Takes ownership of all responsibilities and honours commitments; operates in compliance with organizational regulations and rules; supports subordinates, provides oversight and takes responsibility for delegated assignments
g. Candidate must have prior knowledge of Earth Observation tools for environmental monitoring, and how they support sustainable development. Familiarity with EO programmes such as AMESD and MESA is an added advantage;
h. Computer literacy is desired such as knowledge of generic software applications: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc
i. Knowledge of the African Union system will be an added advantage.
6. Gender Mainstreaming:
The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.
7. Remuneration:
The salary attached to the position is a fixed lump sum of US$ 69,044 (P2 Step 1) per annum inclusive of all allowances for internationally recruited staff. The successful candidate will be covered under the AU medical scheme.
8. Tenure of appointment
The duration of the appointment will be 2 years renewable subject to satisfactory performance and availability of funds.
Applications must be made through the AUC E-recruitment Website not later than 14th May 2016
Directorate of Administration and Human Resource Management African Union Commission
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