Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer

Vacancy notice | 27 March 2015
Call for Candidature

Vacancy No.: 2015/10
Date Issued: 25.03.2015
Closing Date: 24.04.2015

Post Title: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer
Post Grade: NO-A
Duty Station: Manila, Philippines
Date Required: 01 June 2015

 

Introduction:

The Philippines Tripartite Labour & Employment Plan 2011-2016 (PLEP) recognizes that the implementation of labour standards remains a challenge. The gap in promoting and protecting the rights of workers is especially evident in the weak enforcement of minimum standards. The PLEP argues that improving labour law compliance should be addressed through an “intensified labor inspection program” toward ensuring compliance with general working conditions and occupational safety and health laws as well as the fundamental principles and rights at work.

In recent years the Philippine Government through the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has undertaken initiatives to strengthen its labour enforcement and compliance system. This includes the introduction of the Labour Law Compliance System (LLCS) in 2013 which drew on the recommendations of a prior ILO labour inspection audit. The LLCS shifts the focus from a regulatory approach to a compliance system with a strong pro-active and developmental dimension. Implementing this new approach requires corresponding capacity building programme for Labour Law Compliance Officers and other DOLE officials with a role in the LLCS. It has included the modernization of the LLCS digital information system. The so-called Labour Law Compliance System-Management Information System (LLCS-MIS) aims to assist DOLE in ensuring the effectiveness, efficiency and transparency of the country’s labour inspection system. Advocacy and public education are important key measures in creating a culture of compliance and better application of national standards. The success of the LLC system includes building the capacity of the Labor Inspectors, as well as the one of workers and employers and their organizations, who are integral parts of the system and essential partners to ensure its effective implementation.

The International Labour Organization (ILO) plans to implement the project Building the Capacity of the Philippines Labor Inspectorate, a technical assistance programme in support of the Government of the Philippines’ Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). It intends to 1) Improve the effectiveness of labour inspection conducted by Labour Law Compliance Officers (LLCO), particularly in the area of occupational safety and health (OSH); 2) Improve the effectiveness of workers, employers, and their representatives in monitoring labor rights and conducting joint assessments; 3) Stronger enabling legal environment for the Labour Law Compliance System, which include the promotion of ILO Convention 81, (Labour Inspection Convention, 1947).

To be funded by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of International Labor Affairs, the project is aligned with ILO’s Area of Critical Importance (ACI) of strengthening workplace compliance through labour inspection. Identified as a Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP) priority, this project will contribute to developing the capacity of constituents to improve compliance in workplaces with national labour laws and regulation, ratified international labour standards and applicable collective agreements. This will be done by enhancing employer and worker collaboration in compliance; strengthening the enforcement and preventive functions of labour inspection and labour administration; providing technical assistance and capacity building to government inspection and enforcement institutions and to social partners.

The Project will be based in ILO Country Office for the Philippines (CO-Manila) and will collaborate with the ILO’s constituents – Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as lead Government agency, and Employers’ and Workers’ Associations as key social partners and other NGOs, academic institutions, and civil society organizations.

The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer will report to and work under the administrative supervision of the Project Manager. Technical guidance will be provided by Evaluation Unit (EVAL) and Labour Administration, Labour Inspection and Occupational Safety and Health branch (LABADMIN/OSH) Geneva. Evaluation advisory services will be sought from ILO Specialists in the Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP), particularly international labour standards, labor inspection, migration, local economic development, occupational health and safety, education and training, gender mainstreaming and workers and employers’ activities.
The M&E Officer will coordinate and work with a project team consisting of one (1) Project Manager and one (1) Administrative Clerk.

 

Main duties and responsibilities:

The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Officer will be responsible for the design, coordination and implementation of the monitoring and evaluation, research, and learning framework of the Project. He/she will develop a systematic monitoring framework to improve the qualitative and quantitative evidence gathered by the Project. He/she will also provide technical assistance to the implementing agencies, particularly in relation to monitoring, reporting and governance issues.

Specific duties:

Setting up the system:
  • Assist in the revision of the project log frame matrix, particularly in the areas of performance indicators and their measurement;
  • Assist in the development and/or finalization of the project Work Plan and keep it updated in accordance with project activities and timeframes as relevant.
  • Develop the overall framework, for project M&E, for example mid-term project review, impact assessment, final evaluation, develop project Performance Monitoring Plan with relevant data collection systems.
  • Review the quality of existing data in the project subject areas, the methods of collecting it, and the degree to which it will provide good baseline statistics for impact evaluation.
  • Develop baseline data for each project component and for all project indicators.
  • With collaborating partners, review their existing approaches and management information systems and agree on any required changes, support and resources.
  • Develop a plan for project-related capacity-building on M&E and for any computer-based support that may be required.
  • Organize and undertake training with collaborating partners on M&E as required.
Implementation of M&E and coordination:
  • Collect data on a regular basis to measure achievement against the performance indicators.
  • Check data quality with partners.
  • Maintain and administer the M&E database; analyse and aggregate findings.
  • Support project progress reporting, project mid-term review and final evaluation.
  • Identify areas where technical support to project partners is required. Organize refresher training on M&E for partners as required.
  • Identify lessons learned and develop case studies to capture qualitative outputs of the project. Provide advice to the supervisor on improving project performance using M&E findings.
Communication:
  • Produce reports on M&E findings and prepare presentations based on M&E data as required.
  • Provide the Project Manager with management information she/he may require.
  • Check that monitoring data are discussed in appropriate forum and in a timely fashion in terms of implications for future action. If necessary, create such discussions to fill any gap.
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the Project Manager and the Director of ILO CO-Manila.
Qualifications requirements:

Education: First level university degree in statistics, demographics, public policy, international development, economics, or related field. Advanced certificate in M&E, statistics or economics preferred.

Experience:
  • Minimum of three (3) years of professional experience in an M&E position responsible for implementing M&E activities of international development projects.
  • Experience in designing, implementing, and operating project M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages.
  • Experience in designing and managing beneficiary monitoring and database systems.
  • Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, database management, and developing M&E and performance monitoring plans.
  • Knowledge of the major evaluation methodologies (e.g. qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method, and impact) and data collection and analysis methodologies.
  • Experience in planning and managing surveys.
  • Experience in developing and refining data collection tools.
  • Experience with data quality assessments and oversight.
  • Experience in managing and providing training to partners and target beneficiaries.
  • Ability to facilitate and serve as project liaison for externally-managed evaluations.
Languages: Excellent written and spoken command of English. Knowledge of Filipino preferred.

Competencies:
  • Good knowledge of programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation techniques and practices.
  • Familiarity with impact assessment an advantage
  • Familiarity with some of the substantive issues handled by the project such as labour inspection, labour law enforcement, social dialogue.
  • Good knowledge and experience regarding gender mainstreaming.
  • Good moderation, facilitation and training skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to liaise and negotiate with government and social partners.
  • Ability to perform a variety of conceptual analyses required for the formulation, administration and evaluation of projects.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Ability to work in a team and good interpersonal skills.
  • Good computer applications skills.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Ability to deal with people with tact and diplomacy.
  • Ability to build on relevant knowledge within and outside the ILO as well as actively share her/his experience and expertise with colleagues and partners.
  • Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision.
  • Ability to work under time pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in diversified environments.
Remuneration:

National Officer – Category A of the UN common remuneration system.

Interview and written examination:

Qualified women and men are encouraged to apply. A letter of application along with the ILO Personal History Form, Curriculum Vitae, Employment References and other supporting documents should be sent via email through recruit_manila@ilo.org. An applicant should receive an automatic reply that confirms receipt of the application. If such notification is not received, the applicant should contact. Ms. Flore Parales through the same email address before the closing date for applications indicated below.

Short-listed candidates will undergo written examination and panel interview.

The deadline for submission of application is 24 April 2015.

The ILO exercises the right to consider a candidate for posts other than the one for which s/he has applied and appoint candidates at one level below the grade of the advertised post.