IFRC recruits 01 Senior PMER Officer
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
Senior PMER Officer
Closing date (Geneva time zone):17-09-2020
Duty station status: Family Duty Station
Accompanied status: Accompanied
Category of Staff: National Staff
Grade: Not applicable
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is the world’s largest humanitarian organization, with 192 member National Societies. As part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, our work is guided by seven fundamental principles; humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity and universality.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC or “the Federation”) is the World’s largest volunteer-based humanitarian network. The Federation is a membership organization established by and comprised of its member National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Along with National Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the Federation is part of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. The overall aim of the IFRC is” to inspire, encourage, facilitate, and promote at all times all forms of humanitarian activities by National Societies with a view to preventing and alleviating human suffering and thereby contributing to the maintenance and promotion of human dignity and peace in the world.” It works to meet the needs and improve the lives of vulnerable people before, during and after disasters, health emergencies and other crises. The Federation is served by a Secretariat based in Geneva, with regional and country offices throughout the world. The Secretariat is led by the IFRC Secretary General and provides the central capacity of the International Federation to serve, connect, and represent National Societies. The Secretariat’s focus includes providing support to the IFRC governance mechanisms; setting norms and standards; providing guidance; ensuring consistency; coordination and accountability for performance; knowledge sharing; promoting collaboration within and respect for the RCRC Movement; and expanding engagement with partners. The Secretariat’s headquarters is organized in three main business groups: (i) Partnerships, including Movement and Membership; (ii) Programs and Operations; and (iii) Management. The Secretariat has five regional office, as follows: Americas (Panama City); Africa (Nairobi); Asia/Pacific (Kuala Lumpur); Europe (Budapest); Middle East and North Africa (Beirut). The Africa Regional Office is organized in Country Cluster Technical Support Teams (CCTST) covering the National Societies in Eastern Africa, Indian Ocean Islands, Southern Africa, West Coast, Sahel and Central Africa as well as Country Offices in the Republic of South Sudan, Somalia, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Central Africa. The Eastern Africa (EA) Cluster office supports 7 countries (Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Sudan) from Nairobi, Kenya.
To coordinate with National Societies in the East Africa and Indian Ocean Islands Cluster and the Regional Representation Office in ensuring that the elements of programme quality are considered, prioritized and resourced in programme set up, development and learning processes and systems in terms program design, emergency plans of action and reports.
Provide oversight and technical guidance to national societies and regional programme staff in programme planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting.
Lead in quality assurance of program proposals, emergency plans of action and reports as a major contribution to the mobilization of funds for the Federation programmes and donor compliance.
To provide technical support and facilitate greater emphasis on outcomes, impact and learning through strengthening monitoring and evaluation systems.
Collaborate with Regional NSD unit in EAIOI NS capacity building initiatives through NS self-assessments and strategic planning processes.
Maintain relations with external partners on PMER including RCRC partners, institutional donors and other humanitarian actors
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (PMER) Compliance
Ensure that project managers submit regular, timely and accurate narrative reports, including coordinating and providing appropriate training and capacity building of all staff and delegates to fulfil their responsibility for ensuring program quality and impact.
Conduct PMER capacity assessments of targeted NS and development of NS action plans.
Program Management/ Analysis:
Provide technical support to programme management in developing and reviewing country and cluster strategies, thematic plans, and annual operational plan development
Analyse the key challenges in quality programming and consistency with established standards. A key focus of the role is ensuring that critical cross-cutting issues (alignment with Sustainable Development Goals and Hyogo Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction; quality, accountability and learning, partnerships and civil society engagement; Red Cross/Red Crescent collaboration; promoting gender equity and diversity; risk identification and management) are mainstreamed in programs and emergency operations.
Facilitate inter-sectoral planning and integration of common strategies into programme planning processes, and harmonization of various internal planning processes.
Actively contribute during project planning meetings with all programmes (regional, bilateral) to ensure that reporting on activities will be impact-based and result-oriented and reflect detailed log frames and budgets of each programme.
Compile accurate, regular, timely and consistent narrative appeals and reports in standard formats for the Federation and for donors; compile other reports and information materials as required both within and outside the Red Cross Movement.
Provide technical guidance on the documentation processes for the best practices and lessons learnt based on programme approaches pertinent to the implementation of relief and development interventions.
As a member of the Regional Disaster Response Task Force, ensure proper planning and input of all reporting aspects during the preparation of Emergency Appeals in close consultation with the Disaster Management department (number and timing of operations updates, inclusion of reporting support in the appeal budget).
Contribute to strengthening the region’s internal system of accessing appeals and reports from the region in a regional electronic data base in coordination with the IT department and the Regional Reporting Unit
Coordinate all planning and reporting issues with the Regional Reporting Unit and the Regional Finance Unit for better harmonization of the system in the field.
Improve the use of statistics, maps, photos, etc. in reports and develop a specific filing/database system for easy retrieving of materials by interested parties.
Monitoring and Evaluation systems development
Establish monitoring and evaluation systems within the EAIOI cluster
Provide technical support to cluster program staff and NS in developing monitoring tools
Capacity building of staff on monitoring and evaluation
In collaboration with program staff and NS, conduct monitoring visits to project sites to ensure compliance and accountability to donors and communities.
Supports program staff, national societies, and partner national societies in development of evaluation terms of reference.
Undertake evaluation of programs within the EAIOI cluster.
Ensure learning from program evaluation towards continuous program improvement.
Capacity building of National Societies
Work with national societies and provide technical support in setting up and operationalizing appropriate internal and external planning and reporting systems.
Working closely with the NS PMER focal points and programme managers, in particular in providing support, on the job coaching, training and development for NS HQ/regional and branch level staff to enhance their planning monitoring and reporting skills.
Working closely and coaching NS PMER focal points and programme managers to ensure development of standardized tools/templates and compliance with the same.
Developing planning monitoring and reporting templates/tools for ongoing programme /emergency operations and orienting NS programme staff on the same for effective/timely reporting.
Work with National Societies and provide technical support in setting up monitoring and evaluation systems.
Provide coordinated planning, monitoring, evaluation and reporting related training for National Society staff and Federation regional staff, and through them when required, for the various networks and working groups they support (RC-NET)
Monitor expenditure on PMER pledges, ensuring expenditure on PMER pledges are in line with the budgets.
Identify opportunities for funding of PMER activities
Degree level (or equivalent qualification) in social sciences, international development, communications, or another relevant subject
Minimum of 7 years relevant experience in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning for an international organization
Demonstrable experience in research and compilation of information, preparing and writing quality technical plans and reports
Demonstrable experience in the project cycle management (logical framework design, monitoring and evaluation cycle).
Proven experience in building relationships with multiple stakeholders across multiple countries and teams
Experience in developing monitoring and evaluation mechanisms with impact indicators
Knowledge, skills and languages
Strong background in report-writing and product delivery to tight deadlines. Ability to write, edit and analyse complex reports
Sound background of social research methodologies, including a highly developed analytical and communication skills and ability to assimilate and process information for wide-ranging audiences
Demonstrable understanding of processes involved in developing logical frameworks, including outcomes, outputs and impact indicators
Skilled in building and maintaining key stakeholder relationships at a senior level both internally and externally
Excellent computer skills. (e.g. Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Adobe Acrobat). Ability to perform page-layout, incorporating text, photos and other graphic elements for a printed page
Data management skills- SPSS, KoBo collect, Ona or Power BI
Sound understanding of basic project finance (e.g. ability to explain variance between budgeted and actual expenditure)
Basic understanding of legal framework of humanitarian operations, as well as gender, protection, social or human vulnerability issues
Excellent contextual analytical skills and ability to summarise complex information clearly and concisely for a variety of audiences
Competencies and values
Communication; Collaboration and Teamwork; Judgement and Decision Making; National Society and Customer Relations; Creativity and Innovation; Building Trust; Accountability, Professionalism, Integrity
The Federation is an equal opportunity employer.