8 Apr 2022

Programme Associate (JP RWEE Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning Coordinator) G6 at World Food Programme (WFP)

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JOB TITLE: PROGRAMME ASSOCIATE – JP RWEE (Joint Programme on Rural Women Economic Empowerment) MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning) Coordinator

TYPE OF CONTRACT: Fixed Term (Full time position, possibility of flexible working arrangements)


UNIT/DIVISION: Programme Unit
DUTY STATION (City, Country): Dodoma, with frequent travel to Singida and Zanzibar

DURATION: 1 year, renewable up to 5 years (Subject to Performance)

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The World Food Programme (WFP) is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. WFP pursues a vision of the world in which every man, woman and child has access at all times to the diverse food needed for an active and healthy life. The mission of WFP is to help the world achieve Zero Hunger in our lifetimes. Every day, WFP works worldwide to ensure that no child goes to bed hungry and that the poorest and most vulnerable, particularly women and children, can access the nutritious food they need.

The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Coordinator will lead on the implementation of the M&E system for the Joint Programme ‘Accelerating Progress towards Rural Women’s Economic Empowerment’ (JP RWEE) in Tanzania. The Joint Programme is a five year programme implemented through a partnership between FAO, IFAD, UN Women and WFP. The programme generates synergies that capitalize on each Agency’s mandate, comparative advantages and institutional strengths to generate lasting and large-scale improvements in the lives of rural women. The programme aims to secure the livelihoods, rights and resilience of rural women in the context of sustainable development and Agenda 2030 and focuses on four key outcomes for rural women: (1) improved food security and nutrition; (2) increased incomes to sustain livelihoods and build resilience; (3) increased voice and agency for full leadership and participation in rural communities and governance structures, and (4) more gender-responsive policy environment for the economic empowerment of rural women.

The joint programme in Tanzania is part of the global JP RWEE initiative, currently being implemented in five countries worldwide through the Multi Partner Trust Fund modality. The implementation of the JP in Tanzania is managed through the lead agency, WFP, and overseen by a National Steering Committee, consisting of senior representatives of the four participating agencies and government representatives. Implementation of the programme is monitored and supported by a Technical Working Group, consisting of technical focal points of each of the four agencies. A Programme Management Unit, situated within the lead agency, consisting of a National Coordinator and a MEAL Coordinator oversees the management and implementation of the programme and its M&E system and collaborates closely with JP RWEE stakeholders.


Education: Completion of secondary school education and preffered a first University degree in Statistics, M&E, food security, economics or related fields.

Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in English and Swahili and any other official UN language would be an asset.

The MEAL Coordinator reports to the JP RWEE National Coordinator and also has accountability to the global M&E Specialist, based in WFP’s headquarters in Rome. He/she will liaise closely with the participating agencies to ensure high quality M&E is in place for the programme.

The MEAL Coordinator is responsible for ensuring the implementation of the M&E system across the JP RWEE in Tanzania. He/she will work in close collaboration with the technical focal points and M&E officers of the four participating agencies to ensure the implementation of the approved M&E plan. He/she will provide leadership and technical support on M&E and carry out training in response to identified needs and gaps. He/she will liaise closely with the global M&E Specialist and ensure the technical quality of the M&E system for the JP RWEE in Tanzania. He/she will also participate in and contribute to global level learning forums in order to enable cross fertilization and the sharing of good practice on a wider scale, as well as participating in coordination processes organized by the Global Coordination Unit as required. The MEAL Coordinator is based within the lead agency and collaborates closely with the four participating agencies.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive)
Programme Implementation
• Oversee the implementation of the JP RWEE M&E plan and ensure the implementation of timely and quality MEAL activities, providing technical guidance, ensuring programme quality and enabling timely and accurate reporting on indicators.
• Oversee the implementation of programme baselines and endlines including the provision of technical support to ensure they are implemented to a high-quality standard (including review and approval of survey tools, data collection and sampling methods).
• Develop indicator guidelines for output level indicators (in addition to existing outcome level indicator guidelines).
• Review and compile baseline and endline reports, ensuring they are of the standard required.
• Review and consolidate the M&E plan on an annual basis as part of the annual work plan submission and ensure M&E activities are adequately budgeted for.
• Identify any challenges in the implementation of the M&E system/plan and, with the global MEAL specialist, take the required action to ensure they are addressed.
• Support in monitoring synergies, integrated approaches and partnerships within the joint programme.
• With the National Coordinator, lead on the review of programme progress through quarterly review meetings.
• Support evaluation processes (mid-term and final evaluations) and any other assessments.
Technical Support
• Provide technical MEAL leadership for the programme, including ensuring appropriate, quality data collection, analysis and use.
• Work closely with the participating agencies to ensure that MEAL becomes an integral element of project implementation leading to enhanced quality and accountability.
• Carry out frequent field visits to assess programme quality and monitoring systems.
• Provide feedback to field monitoring reports and ensure that action plans are included and followed up.
• Participate in technical working group meetings and JP RWEE coordination platforms.
• Review donor bi-annual and annual reports submitted by the participating agencies, with specific focus on the performance indicator reporting.Compile and consolidate performance indicator progress as part of the donor reports and for submission to the global coordination unit.
• Contribute to the review of narrative reporting on results within reports and ensure strong programme analysis based on indicator progress.
• Provide any other internal reports and updates as requested.

• With the National Coordinator, lead on developing a culture of learning across the programme, ensuring that learning is consistently used to drive improvements in programming.
• Lead on the analysis of monitoring data and provide recommendations for programme adaptation as necessary.
• Lead on the development and implementation of knowledge management and learning plans, ensuring that evidence-based learning is captured and used within the participating agencies.
• Lead on the documentation of good practices.
Capacity Building
• In close collaboration with the global M&E Specialist, identify gaps in capacity and carry out training in M&E for participating agency and implementing partner staff as required (e.g. data collection methods, data analysis, data quality assurance and result-based management).
• Prepare training materials as needed.
• Provide ongoing technical support.
• Ensure that functioning complaints response mechanisms (CRM) are in place for the programme and included in reporting.
• Check the implementation of CRM mechanisms during field visits.

• Provide suggestions for CRM improvement as needed.

• Perform other related duties as required.


Understand and communicate the Strategic Objectives: Coaches team in the most effective ways to communicate WFP’s Strategic Objectives to WFP team and partners in the field.
Be a force for positive change: Implements new methods or tools to improve team’s work processes and productivity.
Make the mission inspiring to our team: Maps team’s activities and tasks to specific successes in beneficiary communities to showcase positive impact.
Make our mission visible in everyday actions: Explains to teammates how each unit contributes to the overall WFP mission.

Look for ways to strengthen people’s skills: Identifies skill development opportunities such as training modules or on-the-job experiences for self, colleagues and direct reports.
Create an inclusive culture: Facilitates team building activities to build rapport in own unit.
Be a coach & provide constructive feedback: Facilitates the pairing of junior colleagues with coaches within own team.
Create an “I will”/”We will” spirit: Proactively anticipates potential challenges and develops mitigation plans to ensure that team meets goals and targets.

Encourage innovation & creative solutions: Identifies opportunities to be creative in own work and to help team be more innovative and accurate in their respective tasks and areas of work.
Focus on getting results: Monitors team’s deliverables and provides feedback to ensure outcomes are delivered consistently and accurately.
Make commitments and make good on commitments: Provides accurate guidance to team on expected responsibilities and tasks, whilst also upholding own commitment to the team.
Be Decisive: Sets an example and provides guidance to junior team members on when to escalate issues when faced with challenging issues in the workplace or in the field.

Connect and share across WFP units: Facilitates partnerships with other WFP units to accomplish missions in the field.
Build strong external partnerships: Sets an example and provides guidance to team on how to build relationships with external partners.
Be politically agile & adaptable: Articulates to colleagues or direct reports the value of contributing to other WFP teams and agency partnerships in fulfilling WFP’s goals and objectives.
Be clear about the value WFP brings to partnerships: Organizes, monitors, and prioritizes own and team’s efforts to ensure that they will fulfil the needs of internal and external partners.
Capability Name Description of the behaviour expected for the proficiency level
Programme Lifecycle & Food Assistance Demonstrates ability to identify key variables and contextual factors that affect food assistance problems and programmes throughout the lifecycle to inform quality programme design or re-design.
Transfer Modalities (Food, Cash, Vouchers) Demonstrates ability to implement, under guidance, food assistance programmes deploying the full range of transfer modalities with an understanding of basic principles guiding modality selection and implementation.
Broad Knowledge of Specialized Areas Understands basic technical concepts and data and their relevance to food assistance programmes.
Emergency Programming Displays capacity to provide inputs into the development, implementation and realignment of high quality emergency programmes.
Strategic Policy Engagement w/Government Understands and applies basic principles of engagement with government counterparts at the national or local level.

• 4 years minimum experience in monitoring and evaluation of integrated development programmes. Experience in women’s economic empowerment programming will be considered an asset.
• Excellent knowledge and understanding of logframes and of quantative and qualitative indicators relating to multi sectoral programmes including food security and nutrition, livelihoods, women’s empowerment and gender equality.
• Experience of conducting baseline and endline surveys.
• Experience in developing and carrying out training and capacity building.
• Experience in providing technical guidance (including the development of guidance material).
• Experience of working on partnership programmes with multiple stakeholders.

Knowledge & Skills:

• Knowledge of quantative and qualitative indicators in relation to food security and nutrition, livelihoods, women’s empowerment and gender equality (including participation, leadership and gender transformation);
• Excellent knowledge of data collection tools, including baseline and endline surveys (e.g., food security and nutrition survey tools, household surveys, Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index).
• Excellent training and capacity building skills.
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
• Ability to develop strong working relationships with partners and stakeholders.
• Ability to demonstrate leadership and show initiative.
• Strong understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment issues and concepts in relation to rural development and poverty alleviation.
• Familiarity with the sustainable development goals, including SDG5.

All applications should be submitted through e-recruitment portal.

Only qualified shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

The deadline for receiving applications is 21 April 2022.

All employment decisions are made on the basis of organizational needs, job requirements, merit, and individual qualifications. WFP is committed to providing an inclusive work environment free of sexual exploitation and abuse, all forms of discrimination, any kind of harassment, sexual harassment, and abuse of authority. Therefore, all selected candidates will undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

No appointment under any kind of contract will be offered to members of the UN Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions (ACABQ), International Civil Service Commission (ICSC), FAO Finance Committee, WFP External Auditor, WFP Audit Committee, Joint Inspection Unit (JIU) and other similar bodies within the United Nations system with oversight responsibilities over WFP, both during their service and within three years of ceasing that service.

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