The Asia Regional Health Cluster (ARHC) was established in 2018 for efficient delivery of grants and fund management, and the provision of quality pharmaceuticals and health products. The ARHC aims to significantly impact the targets of UN Sustainable Development Goal 3 on good health and well-being, by expanding the population benefitting from UNOPS-managed health-related engagements across the Asia Region.
The ARHC portfolio manages the Principal Recipient (PR) Programme of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) in Asia. The Global Fund, , has selected UNOPS as a PR, responsible for delivering the targets set out in the grant agreements in collaboration with selected sub-recipients from the National Programmes, local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and UN agencies.
- In February 2009, UNOPS was selected by the Myanmar Country Coordination Mechanism for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as Principal Recipient of GFATM grants for Myanmar. The implementation of the grants commenced in January 2011.
- In November 2016, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria approved the funding allocations for Myanmar for the period 2017 – 2020. As the Principal Recipient of GFATM grants for Myanmar. The implementation of the grant commenced in January 2018.
- UNOPS is the Principal Recipient managing the HIV grant (2018-2020), established by Global Fund in 2018, providing USD154million for TB and HIV activities in Myanmar (2018-2020) and
- USD242million for malaria elimination activities in the Greater Mekong Sub region.
Under the direct supervision of the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist, the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be responsible for performing the following duties:
- Ensure the development and maintenance of a functioning monitoring, evaluation and reporting system for UNOPS as Principal Recipient (PR), which ensures that all Sub-Recipients (SR) submit timely, regular and structured monitoring reports.
- Assist in the evaluation of proposals received either as a result of such calls or direct funding and ensuring that proposals are in compliance with national programme and with the fund’s policy and strategies
- Assist in needs and resource assessments if and when needed
- In collaboration with supervisor and the programme team, reviewing work plans and reports submitted by the fund’s beneficiaries and ensuring that they are sound and in line with the national programme and the funding policy and strategies and reflect gender issues as appropriate
- Direct data auditing and verification to assure internal consistency and validity of programme activity monitoring data reported by all SRs, through quarterly data verification and auditing visits to SRs at all levels.
- Ensure that SR programme activity and financial reporting procedures are harmonized and closely integrated and cross-validate programme activity monitoring and financial monitoring data, to increase confidence in both programme and financial data sources of SRs.
- Spearhead the assessments of the quality of SR activities, using agreed quality assurance checklists, through monthly monitoring visits as well as thematic programme area reviews (e.g. review of the PMCT service delivery component, ART component and Harm reduction component)
- Ensure timely completion of the programme section of the Progress Update and Disbursement Request (PU&DR) Global Fund Forms and subsequent submission to the Local Fund Agent, including reviewing overall performance of the whole grants and individual indicators against achieved cumulative results and making recommendations to improve performance.
- Prepare semiannual and annual programmatic progress updates on Global Fund programme.
- Facilitate the interpretation and use of M&E data, through periodic review meetings between the PR, National program, SRs and technical partners.
- Participate and contribute to the development of Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks for HIV
- Facilitate implementation of capacity building activities for national partners through workshops and on the job trainings, mentoring, evaluation and reporting as required.
- Provide programmatic and management support to the National AIDs Programme and other relevant sections of the Ministry of Health to strengthen its planning, budgeting and monitoring and evaluation systems for HIV programs, including the development of sentinel surveillance systems.
- Assess Sub-Recipient’s capacities in M&E, and develop and lead the implementation of a capacity building plan, in consultation with the Programme Manager, Public Health Programme Officer, disease control and relevant sections of the Ministry of Health.
- Develop systems and tools, and training materials to train disease control, Ministry of Health and Sub-Recipient personnel.
- Provide technical guidance for the implementation of the M&E plan, through training and other on-site support;
- Facilitate review of progress on a quarterly basis; problem solving and development of remedial actions ensuring any disparity between planned and actual outputs are addressed.
- Assist UNOPS in the identification of potential implementation problems and bottlenecks.
- Perform other relevant duties as may be assigned by the supervisor.
The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN security Management System and that of UNOPS.
- A Master’s Degree preferably in Public Health, Statistics, Evaluation, Project Management, or related area.
- A Bachelor degree with additional two years of relevant experience may be accepted in lieu of the Master’s Degree.
- A minimum of 5 years progressive responsibility for program monitoring and evaluation and management with greater independence and decision-making authority, donor relationship experience with international organizations, or related experience with a Master’s Degree.
- Prior experience working with donors/ multi-donor funds required.
- Willingness to undertake field visits in difficult conditions.
- Strong experience in South East Asia region required.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills is preferable.
- Sound knowledge of UNOPS regulations and rules is an asset.
- Experience in the usage of computer and office packages is required. Experience in using G-Suite is desirable.
- Knowledge of the national response to HIV and AIDs in Myanmar is an asset.
Language Requirements: Fluency in English and Myanmar Language is essential (Must be able to communicate effectively in both written and oral form)