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Vacancy code VA/2014/B5005/5557
Position title Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Department/office GPSO, GVAC, Public Health
Duty station Accra, Ghana
Contract type Local ICA Specialist
Contract level LICA Specialist-7
Duration January-December 2015, renewable
Application period 10-Jul-2014 to 31-Jul-2014
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity
This vacancy has been cancelled.
Background Information - UNOPS

UNOPS mission is to serve people in need by expanding the ability of the United Nations, governments and other partners to manage projects, infrastructure and procurement in a sustainable and efficient manner.
Within these three core areas of expertise, UNOPS provides its partners with advisory, implementation and transactional services, with projects ranging from building schools and hospitals, to procuring goods and services and training local personnel. UNOPS works closely with governments and communities to ensure increased economic, social and environmental sustainability for the projects we support, with a focus on developing national capacity.
Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments, our vision is to advance sustainable implementation practices in development, humanitarian and peacebuilding contexts, always satisfying or surpassing partner expectations.
We employ more than 6,000 personnel and on behalf of our partners create thousands more work opportunities in local communities. Through our headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark and a network of offices, we oversee activities in more than 80 countries.
Background Information - Job-specific

The Local Fund Agent (LFA) is a crucial component of the Global Fund's (GF) system of oversight and risk management. Its main role is to provide informed and independent professional advice about the capacity of Principal Recipients (PR) to manage the implementation of activities funded under grants (including a PR’s capacity to oversee implementation of activities by Sub-Recipients), to make recommendations concerning periodic disbursement of grant funds, to review grant performance when a grant is being considered for renewal, and to provide the Global Fund  Secretariat on an ongoing basis with relevant information on issues or risks which might affect grant performance.

The LFA is expected to have an up-to-date and comprehensive understanding of the diseases (HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria), how they are prevented, transmitted and treated and their impact on the country. The LFA assesses the PR’s institutional and health/programmatic capacities and arrangements to ensure adequate health expertise (HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and/or malaria) in the implementation of the Global Fund grants. The LFA also determines whether the PR has adequate infrastructure and information systems to support grant implementation, including the monitoring of performance of Sub-Recipients and outsourced entities in a timely and accountable manner.

Under the overall supervision of the Ghana LFA Team Leader, the incumbent is required to perform the function of leadership and coordination of UNOPS LFA Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) activities in Ghana.

Functional Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the LFA Team Leader, the incumbent is required to perform UNOPS LFA Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) activities in Ghana by carrying out the following:

A.     Reviewing progress update reports and disbursement requests submitted by the Principal Recipients (PRs) of the Global Fund grants as per following:

a)      Verifying PRs’ and Sub-Recipients’ (SRs’) primary records (supporting documents submitted within GF grant reports) for accuracy and completeness, and for the correspondence of those with the summary internal/external reports prepared by the SRs/PRs;

b)      Conducting cross-checks of various primary documents with the summary reports;

c)       Interviewing PRs’ and SRs’ relevant staff members, as well as program beneficiaries including TB /HIV patients while maintaining confidentiality.

d)      Debriefing PR/SR staff members on the main findings from LFA verifications/reports;

e)      Cross verification of M&E and health/programmatic data with financial, management and procurement data/information;

f)       Conduct comprehensive programmatic and M&E analysis and reflect in the programmatic and M&E related sections of the Progress Update and Disbursement Request (PU/DR) template

B.  Conducting regular and ad hoc visits to the PRs and SRs to monitor implementation of GF grant projects (including trainings and other key events) and prepare corresponding reports; carry out regular monitoring of PR/ SRs performances and verify the implementation status of the programme and the progress towards reaching set programme targets; 

C.  Advise and inform the GF and LFA Team Leader regularly about the programme progress, arising obstacles or problems, diversions from GF policies, and any information that is regarded relevant for the successful programme implementation

D.   Assess reasonableness of the types and quantities (forecasted needs) of TB/HIV/Malaria medicines and other health products that are planned to be procured within GF grants.

E.  Support the LFA country team with conducting capacity assessments of PRs/SRs of GF grants, with Phase 2 (Grant Renewal Request) reviews of GF grants, etc. Lead assessments/reviews in M&E and programmatic functional areas and complete the corresponding sections of the assessment/review reports as per Global Fund appropriate and relevant guidelines including but not limited to review and provision of comments on Performance Framework, workplan, implementation arrangements and M&E plan.

F. Review revised implementation planning documents during grant implementation (workplan, budget, procurement plan, M&E, others), and provide an opinion on proposed changes in programme implementation, effects these changes might have on attainment of programme objectives, proposed budget reallocations and provide recommendations to the GF.

G. Immediately raise all suspicious acts, transactions and activities and processes which may pose potential risks, misconduct, mismanagement, misuse and frauds by PRs/SRs to the attention of the LFA Team Leader and if required to the Global Fund FPM and/or other relevant representatives

H. Monitor and inform the LFA Team Leader and the Global Fund of any developments within the country’s health system which may affect the performance GF grants

I. Plan, prepare and lead OSDV as per the Global Fund guidelines. Produce OSDV reports as per the GF prescribed and/or agreed templates and forms.

J. In conducting the above tasks, ensure that the Global Fund respective guidelines and policies are adhered to including the ones which are related to M&E and programmatic/health functional areas. The respective international guidelines (e.g. WHO, UNAIDS, etc) shall be also consulted and followed.

K. Support and accompany the Global Fund Fund Portfolio Manager while conducting country visits and meetings with PRs, SRs, and other partners;

L.  Other M&E and programmatic / health tasks as assigned by the LFA Team Leader. 


Decision making.

Ability to analyse.

Organizing and quality orientation.

Communication skill.

Client focus.


1)      Ability to interpret performance results of health programs and analyse the implications of such results in the country context;

2)      Strong understanding of public health monitoring and evaluation systems;

3)      Strong understanding of AIDS, TB and malaria, with experience in working on issues related to at least one of these three diseases;

4)      Strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy and tact to effectively communicate with senior level officials, multiple stakeholders and professionals from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds; and

Strong professional oral communication and writing skills, including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical/persuasive documents.

Masters degree in Public Health, Medicine, Epidemiology, Development Studies or a related area required


Applicants with a Bachelors Degree and significant relevant working experience may also be considered.                                                                                      

At least 7 years of experience in the health sector, notably in monitoring and evaluating health programs in developing countries, and with the following expertise:

(i)      ability to interpret performance results of health programs and analyse the implications of such results in the country context;

(ii)    strong understanding of public health monitoring and evaluation systems;

(iii)   a thorough knowledge of epidemiology and programmatic interventions related to at least one of the three diseases (HIV, TB, or malaria);

(iv)   understanding of the dimensions of health service quality and familiarity with reviewing and interpreting national service delivery guidelines;

(v)    strong interpersonal skills, diplomacy and tact to effectively communicate with senior level officials, multiple stakeholders and professionals from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds; and

strong professional oral communication and writing skills, including the development of reports, oral presentations, and technical/persuasive documents.


Fluent English required.
Contract type, level and duration

Contract type: Individual Contractor Agreement
Contract level: Local Specialist Level 7
Contract duration:one year initially, renewable subject to satisfactory performance and funding availability

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Additional Considerations

  • Please note that the closing date is midnight Copenhagen time (CET)
  • Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Only those candidates that are short-listed for interviews will be notified.
  • Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • The incumbent is responsible to abide by security policies, administrative instructions, plans and procedures of the UN Security Management System and that of UNOPS.  

It is the policy of UNOPS to conduct background checks on all potential recruits/interns.
Recruitment/internship in UNOPS is contingent on the results of such checks.

This vacancy has been cancelled.