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Jordan is a middle-income country with 11.2 million people, including 3.4 million non-citizens (refugees and migrant workers). The country hosts the second-highest share of refugees per capita in the world, putting unprecedented pressure on its budgetary and natural resources, infrastructure and labour market. Over the past decade, Jordan’s stagnating economy has failed to create jobs to meet the requirements of its rapidly growing, and largely urban, population. Furthermore, Jordan is a semi-arid country, facing chronic water scarcity and a growing set of climate hazards.
WFP has been a strategic and operational partner of the Government of Jordan since 1964 assisting vulnerable and food insecure Jordanians and, supporting the national management of the refugee crisis and its consequences. Currently, the Research, Assessment and Monitoring (RAM) unit conducts programme monitoring functions ensuring the required Country office compliance with WFP’s standard operating procedures (SOPs) for monitoring and its Minimum Monitoring Requirements (MMR). Under the new Country Strategic Plan of WFP, RAM unit plans to scale-up technical advisory services to the Government Institutions such as Department of Statistics, National Center for Security and Crisis Management etc. to enhance the effectiveness of generation and utilization of evidence.
This post is based in WFP Amman Country Office, Jordan. The job holder is expected to contribute to the evidence base that supports assessment, market analysis and WFP programming in Jordan (e.g., Needs assessment and situation analysis, m-VAM, FSOM (Food Security Outcome Monitoring Assessment), Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC), Market Analysis, Syrian and Non-Syrian refugee targeting, Jordanian targeting, technical support to different units) as well as a full range of proposed capacity strengthening activities that fulfil the objectives of the WFP Country Strategic Plan (2023-2027). The RAM Associate will work under the guidance and supervision of the Senior RAM officer (Monitoring & Evaluation) at CO level and will perform the following responsibilities:
Monitoring, analysis, and evidence generation
1. Support line manager in ensuring that the CO monitoring system and tools are in place and compliant with corporate standard operating procedures (SOPs), the Corporate Results Framework (CRF), M&E corporate policies and guidance and data protection and privacy policies.
2. In coordination with the RAM, programme team and Field Office and under the supervision of line manager, support activity implementation monitoring, beneficiary contact monitoring, retail performance monitoring, ensuring both quantitative and qualitative data collection methodologies are employed
3. Suggest improvements and procedures to the monitoring processes based on field implementations and programmatic needs
4. In coordination with Filed Office, Programme, establish and maintain a working database based on the Jordan country office process monitoring system for data storage and analysis
5. Actively contribute to discussions between RAM and programme on Theory of Change, programme adjustment and/or other related strategic conversation
6. Verify, clean, analyze, interpret monitoring and assessment data according to information needs of different audiences.
7. Write regular and high-quality monitoring reports and contribute to other documents where relevant evidence from RAM activities are needed
8. Support the visualization of RAM analysis upon information needs of different audiences
9. Ensure gender, equity, disability, protection, human rights, and other inclusion issues are mainstreamed in all M&E work as appropriate.
Capacity building, quality assurance and sustainability
1. Support the implementation of capacity-strengthening initiatives for RAM and Field Office on process monitoring practices, procedures, and tools in alignment with WFP country office’s strategic goals and objectives
2. Identify capacity and practice gaps in process monitoring for different activities and develop action plans to address them internally and externally
3. Develop and implement the data quality assurance plan in a joint consultation with country office, regional bureau, and the field office to ensure reliable data and information collection for solid analysis
4. Document the lessons learnt and best practices on the process monitoring and other monitoring activities, when needed, to inform RAM team and country office’s future adjustment
COMET (CO Tool for Managing Programme Operations Effectively) and system support
1. Oversee and ensure availability and the quality of the outcome, output indicators (including beneficiaries, tonnage, and cash) to measure the WFP Jordan Country Strategic Plan (CSP) progress and achievements in the Country Office, to enable better operational decision making.
2. Act as a point of contact for COMET at country office level to address operational queries and provide guidance for accurate output reporting in the system according to COMET SOP.
3. Generate analytical reports including data of plans vs. actuals with comparative analysis to inform programme performance
4. Conduct capacity building/training for COMET users at the Country and Field Office level when required
5. Perform other related duties as required
Education: Completion of secondary school education. A post-secondary certificate in the related functional area. A university degree is desirable.
Experience: At least 7 years of progressive experience, of which four years are closely related to statistical analysis, monitoring and evaluation, and capacity building.
Language: Fluency in both oral and written communication in Arabic and English.
• Sound technical expertise in designing and implementing Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) systems for development programmes/projects, preferably in the field of food security, social protection, safety nets, early warning systems, or related.
• Willingness to innovate and improve the work process in close collaboration with others
• Strong knowledge of WFP’s monitoring concepts, qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and tools employed along the project monitoring cycle.
• Proficiency in statistical software, including SPSS, R or STATA.
• Strong planning, analytical and report drafting skills and works with a high degree of independence and responsibility.
• Experience with COMET is an asset
|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.
|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.
WFP Offers a diverse range of benefits and entitlements including annual, sick and parental leaves, allowance for the eligible spouse and children and UN Joint pension Funds. In addition to a life Changning experience that save and change lives.
WFP is following the UN salary scale in Jordan; the expected net pensionable salary ranges between 24,753 and 31,623 JOD per year; depending on the years of experience exceeding the minimum requirements.
Candidates who applied to the same position "Senior Programme Associate (Research, Assessment & Monitoring) G7 requisition # 827542" that was advertised on 5 June 2023 are not eligible to apply for this vacancy.
Make sure that you answer all mandatory questions accurately and to attach your updated CV in English.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
5 December 2023
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