Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development Recruiting: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
REPUBLIC OF ZAMBIA
MINISTRY OF HOUSING AND INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IMPROVED RURAL CONNECTIVITY PROJECT (ICRP)
EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY FOR THE POSITION OF MONITORING AND EVALUATION SPECIALIST
The Government of the Republic of Zambia (GRZ) has received financing from the International Development Association (IDA) in the form of a credit for the Improved Rural Connectivity Project (IRCP) whose objectives are: Improve Zambia’s rural roads accessibility for communities in selected areas, Strengthen institutional capacity for sustainable management Of rural roads and respond promptly and effectively to Eligible Crisis or Emergency.
The Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development (MHID) is coordinating the implementation of the Project. A dedicated project coordination office called the National Project Coordination Office (NAPCO) has been set up for overall coordination of the implementation of the project. It will also perform the task of monitoring, supervision and reporting of the project activities. NAPCO requires the services of a Monitoring and Evaluation specialist to work under the project office.
More broadly, the Improved Rural Connectivity Project office is the coordination center of seven implementing agencies under the project. The office is headed by the National Project Coordinator and is responsible for ensuring integration of project-specific monitoring and evaluation (M&E) frameworks, consolidation of project lessons learned, and facilitation in information, data and output sharing amongst the implementing agencies
Objective/Purpose of the Assignment:
The objective Of the assignment is to enable the project coordination office effectively monitor and report on the performance of the project in accordance with providing a comprehensive oversight on the agreed Results Framework implementation progress for each of the three (3) project components; and to assess and facilitate the adherence of all the project implementation units to the agreed tools including the Procurement Manual, Financial Management Manual, Project Implementation Plan, and the Project MOU.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will serve as the main focal person for all monitoring and evaluation related activities for the IRC P and will report to the National Project Coordinator (NPC).
Scope of Works/Duties and Responsibilities
The MOE Specialist will work under the supervision of the National Project Coordinator. The specialist will be responsible for keeping a tag on the key performance indicators agreed for the project. The Officer will be expected to carry out the following tasks;
- Develop and implement a system for the project for continuous project monitoring and assessment with respect to the agreed Key Performance Indicators (KPIs);
- Initiate progress reports on the implementation of project activities including monitoring work plan implementation;
- Participate in evaluations and assessments as well as to undertake specific thematic studies identified under the project;
- Closely collaborate with Social Economic Impact Assessment Specialists for the design, development and completion of all assessments and analytical reports regarding the project;
- Monitor project progress through field visit, offer feedback and keep regular communication with the project implementation team;
- Track project’s output and outcome level results on a periodic basis in close coordination with the project implementation team;
- Assist the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development to develop
- Capacity in undertaking activities; and
- Undertake all other functions related to monitoring and evaluation of the project as may be assigned.
- The MOE Specialist should possess excellent technical skills in socio-economic research and impact assessment, program and project performance assessment;
- Demonstrated ability to develop an M&E system and have experience in monitoring and evaluation of road construction, rehabilitation and other related development project activities;
- Strong communication and facilitation skills and ability to establish good working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders in a sensitive environment;
- Excellent data analytical and interpretation skills, and ability to write clearly and concisely;
- Must have good computer knowledge on database software like MS Excel, spss, and GIS; and
- Broad knowledge and understanding of adaptation to climate change; climate resilience would be a plus.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Project Management
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Social Science
- Civil Engineering Management or other related field combined with extensive experience in similar responsible position is considered as equivalent
- A Master’s degree in an appropriate field will be an added advantage
- At least ten (10) years of work experience in a field related to roads construction works and planning or project management
- At least five (5) years of experience in design and implementation at project level would be preferable
- Must possess a valid driving license and must be willing to undertake regular field visits in different conditions around the Country.
- Experience of Working for World Bank-funded projects on similar assignment will be an added advantage
Duration of Service
The Contract will run for an initial period of 24 months with the possibility of renewal based on performance, and the officer is expected to work full time (office hours) at the main office in Lusaka.
How to apply
All applicants for the above-named position should be submitted to the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development, Opposite ZICTA Offices (or the former American Embassy), P. O Box 50235, Lusaka.
The closing date for submission of applications is Friday, 27th April, 2018.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.