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Issued on: 30 October 2017


UN-Habitat, Somalia Programme


Nairobi/ Kenya (with travel to Somalia)


Monitoring and Evaluation Expert




6 months


13 November 2017

UN-Habitat has been active in the Somalia urban sector for more than 20 years and currently is implementing a portfolio of interventions worth USD 50 million with communities, local authorities and central government. The activities have evolved from responding to immediate local needs for reconstruction to systematic attempts to address sustainable urban development through integrated human settlement programmes. Somalia is faced with one of the highest urbanization rates across Africa and beyond, and there is a strong link between urbanization and displacement caused by natural disasters, civil unrest and other internal conflicts.

Currently, UN-Habitat’s portfolio and interventions are being aligned with the changed political and socio-economic context in Somalia in general and towards response to the needs of new member states and urban centers affected by rapid growth and large scale displacement in southern and central Somalia in particular.

UN–Habitat is an active member of the UN Country Team and contributes towards the attainment of the Somalia National Development priorities and the Somaliland NDP II as well as contributes to the Pillar Groups and Durable Solutions initiatives.  UN-Habitat Somalia provides support across the following thematic fields; local governance, shelter and protection in the context of urbanization, livelihoods, infrastructure and return and integration linked to durable solutions.

Under the overall supervision of the Chief Technical Adviser (CTA) and the direct supervision of the UN-Habitat Programme Managers, the incumbent will be in charge of the following responsibilities. It is expected that the M&E expert will work across all UN-Habitat Somalia programmes to deliver on the following:

  • Strategy and Design
    • Build a comprehensive results based monitoring and evaluation system through developing a monitoring framework for projects
    • Develop monitoring templates and recording system / data base to ensure collection of sex and age disaggregated data and other vulnerability criteria / data, with a particular focus on training data,
    • Review existing monitoring and evaluation systems, forms, tools of all on-going programmes and jointly, with management, assist in the simplification and harmonization of monitoring and evaluation tools;
    • Provide strategic direction for the development and maintenance of monitoring and evaluation systems and the roll-out of new initiatives;
    • Support the project team in the design and implementation of assessments, gender analysis, stakeholder analysis, organizational capacity assessments and other pre-programme data collection and analysis;
    • Develop a system to monitor risks for programme implementation across all programmes as well as supporting Programme Managers in the mitigation of those risks; and
    • Institutionalize a system of reporting for all programmes by defining periodicities, formats (taking into consideration donor requirements) as per agency or project / programme document requirements. 
  • Implementation
    • Lead mandated evaluations, needs assessments, annual surveys, case studies and other research efforts;
    • Develop the capacity of field based staff, and local government institutions to conduct baseline and endline evaluations activities and regular monitoring activities in line with the log frame indicators and employing the monitoring templates developed.
    • Leverage lessons learned, best practices, programme data, evaluations and other information to generate donor communication pieces, proposal annexes, success stories, case studies and other high-quality, results-based documentation;
    • Support third party monitoring conducted by donors and partners
  • Proposal Development Support
    • Work with the management team to identify and pursue strategic opportunities for programme / portfolio development and expansion;
    • Prepare project proposals that address the objectives of the agency developing concept notes and other working documents; and
    • Prepare Somalia Programme’s contribution to the periodic reporting by the Regional Office for Africa (ROAf).


  • Any other related tasks as assigned by the CTA and Programme Managers  


Communication:  Speaks and writes clearly and effectively; listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately; asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication; tailors language, tone, style and format to match audience; demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed

Technological Awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology; understands applicability and limitation of technology to the work of the office; actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks; shows willingness to learn new technology

Creativity: Actively seeks to improve programmes or services; offers new and different options to solve problems or meet client needs; promotes and persuades others to consider new ideas; takes calculated risks on new and unusual ideas; thinks “outside the box”; takes an interest in new ideas and new ways of doing things; is not bound by current thinking or traditional approaches.


Advanced university degree in statistics, economics, public/business administration, development studies, youth studies or related field.
A first level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced university degree

Professional Experience
A minimum of three years of experience in programme management and M&E. Conversant in development of survey tools, data analysis, results – based management and report and proposal writing.
Experience in working in post-conflict / disaster environments is desirable.

Proficiency in English (both oral and written) is required. Knowledge of Somali language is an advantage.


  • Proven knowledge in project management and coordination.
  • Proactive, results oriented, independent, able to identify and carry out duties and responsibilities with minimum supervision. Professional, supportive and cooperative in all matters within the work setting, problem-solving oriented. Maintain confidentiality with regards to all work-related issues.

Applications should include:

  • Cover memo (maximum 1 page)
  • Summary CV (maximum 2 pages), indicating the following information:
    • Educational Background (incl. dates)
    • Professional Experience (assignments, tasks, achievements, duration by years/ months)
    • Other Experience and Expertise (e.g. Internships/ voluntary work, etc.)
    • Expertise and preferences regarding location of potential assignments
    • Expectations regarding remuneration

All applications should be submitted to:
P.O. Box 30030, 00100 Nairobi, Kenya

Deadline for applications: 13 November 2017

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