Vacancy Announcement

Published on 10 October 2018
Deadline for Application: 20 October 2018

The FAO Representation in Bangladesh is inviting applications from qualified national candidates to the following vacant position in Cox’s Bazar.

Monitoring, Learning and Reporting (MLR) Officer, Cox’s Bazar

FAO’s Technical Cooperation in Emergencies Unit (TCE) opened the Refugee Crisis Response programme in Cox’s Bazar (from now on CxB Programme) in early October 2017 and began serving both the refugee and host community populations with food and nutrition security programming. The programme has since grown in scope and FAO has taken on longer-term programming with partners from the Departments of Forestry, Fisheries, Livestock and Agricultural Extension, working in close collaboration with the FAO Country Office in Dhaka. In Cox’s Bazar, FAO is leading in several multi-sectoral projects and co-chairs the Food Security Sector, the Livelihoods Working Group and the Energy and Environment Technical Working Group.

Position Summary:
The Monitoring, Learning and Reporting (M&R) Officer is responsible for assisting the Head of Sub-Office (HoSO), the Programme Coordinator and team in promoting a culture of learning through the development of quality frameworks, plans, methodologies and tools and generation of relevant quality data  for decision-making,  and enhancement of performance monitoring, evaluation and reporting systems that support FAO’s ability to deliver impact Emergency Response programming. In doing so, s/he will ensure mainstreaming of Accountability to Affected Populations (AAP) principles and other cross-cutting issues.  The position is based in Cox’s Bazar with ad hoc in country travel including to Teknaf and Ukhia upazilla project sites.

General Responsibilities:
Under the overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Bangladesh and direct supervision of HoSO, the incumbent will support the the monitoring, evaluation and implementation of projects activities.
Ensuring alignment with overall Programme objectives and promoting standardized approaches as appropriate, specific duties and responsibilities include:

  • Support strategic and operational planning at project and Programme level, promoting a results-based approach and a focus on impact;
  • Develop / review project logframes, SMART indicators and targets, monitoring and evaluation plans, data collection methodology and relevant tools for monitoring and reporting of programme activities and results;
  • Analyze and evaluate data against objectives and logframes, and develop presentations and written products on the findings.
  • Develop reporting schedules for individual projects’ activities and consolidate into a programme reporting schedule;
  • Draft consolidated projects’ mid-term and final reports (as required) for donors including identification of problems, causes of potential bottlenecks in implementation, and providing specific recommendations based on identified challenges and opportunities;
  • Serve as liaison to government partners as directed, reporting on progress, challenges and achievements and promoting lessons learned, developing written documents and presentations as needed.
  • Provide coaching/mentoring support in data literacy and other technical areas (eg data analysis, data collection) to Programme staff.
  • Develop AAP key messages and information, education and communications materials for projects’ activities and trainings and ensure integration and mainstreaming of AAP and cross-cutting themes, such as gender equity and protection, in the M&E designs.
  • Perform regular spot-checks and activity monitoring along with partners to collect beneficiary feedback and provide guidance on necessary activity adjustments, in line with AAP principles and best practice.
  • Liaise with project management and provide recommendations to HoSO to enhance efficacy and efficiency insofar as utilization of project/programme resources designated to M&E activities.
  • Provide technical support for programme evaluations as needed (review of TORs, methodologies, reports), including acting as internal evaluator if required.
  • Build upon FAO experiences within and beyond the Programme, to improve consistency, quality and practicality of monitoring and evaluation strategies and tools.
  • Perform any other related tasks as assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and Attributes:

  • Bachelor's degree required, postgraduate degree preferred in Monitoring and Evaluation or International Development or related discipline with expertise in research methods
  • Minimum of 5 (five) years of progressively responsible professional work experiences in program monitoring and reporting
  • Expertise in quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methods, including sampling and surveys is essential
  • Proven experience in strategic approaches for program monitoring and assessment of best practices and lessons learned
  • Proven track record of successful teamwork, good presentation/facilitation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills required
  • Ability to work independently and without close supervision
  • Self-motivation, willingness to learn and strong work ethics
  • Work experience in emergency programme monitoring and reporting, particularly in field positions is desirable 
  • Applicant must have a working knowledge (proficiency/level C) of English and Bangla (written and verbal).

Core Competencies

  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building effective relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Please note that all candidates should adhere to FAO Values of: Commitment to FAO, Respect for All, and Integrity and Transparency.

  • Expected Outputs:
  • The consultant will be responsible for the following deliverables:
  • Project logframes, SMART indicators and targets, monitoring and evaluation plans, data collection methodology and relevant tools for monitoring and reporting of project and programme activities and results;
  • Reporting schedules for individual projects’ activities and consolidated programme reporting schedule;
  • Draft consolidated mid-term and final reports (as required) for donors
  • Key AAP messaging and communication

Duty Station: Cox’s Bazar with in-country travel as required

Duration: 5 months (possible extension, subject to performance and funds availability)

Application Guidelines:
All applicants will send their General Profile Form (GPF) to the following address: by close of business on 20 October 2018

GPF is available to this link:

Subject must refer: Application for the position of “Monitoring, Learning and Reporting (MLR) Officer”
Candidates not possessing the requisite qualifications should not apply as their application will not be considered.
Any persuasion will disqualify the candidate; only short listed candidates will be invited for the interview

All recruitment to FAO posts are made on a competitive and transparent basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply directly to FAO and follow the instructions on this website. Please note that no intermediary is allowed to expedite or facilitate such process. All those who represent themselves as such are fraudulent and should be reported to FAO immediately.

Qualified female applicants and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply