Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Specialist (IPSA10)

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Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Specialist (IPSA10)

  • Post Date:August 25, 2022
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  • Experience 5 Years
    Gender Both
    Industry Development
  • Qualification Bachelor Degree
    Number of Opportunities  
    Location Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Job Description

Job Description



UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.


UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

The Strengthening Capacity and Effectiveness of the People’s Assemblies System in Laos (STEPS) Project is a five-year initiative (2022-2026) implemented by UNDP, together with the National and Provincial People’s Assemblies, with financial support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The overall goal of STEPS is to strengthen capacity of the legislature in Laos to effectively represent, engage and respond to citizen’s needs. The project will support the national and provincial assemblies (members, technical committees and staff) in enhancing their mandates and ability to revise and approve legislation, monitor implementation of the country socio-economic development plan and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), better analyse societal concerns and communicate with citizens, and enhance the overall accountability and transparency system.

Duties and Responsibilities


Reporting line: the Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Specialist will be supervised by the STEPS Project Manager. 

The MEL Specialist has overall responsibility for monitoring, evaluation, learning and results reporting activities for the project. Key tasks include:

  • Lead on development and completion of the project M&E framework based on the final approved project work plan, to include:
    • Results and indicators table
    • Results monitoring tool
    • Periodic results reporting tool
  • Set up and maintain a database for the management of the indicator framework.  In collaboration with data providers, identify data sourcing methods and agree on all aspects of budget, frequency, reporting, etc.
  • Collect and document baseline information and provide monitoring data to key project management processes.
  • Support project staff in the reporting of project activities and undertake quality assurance of project activities.
  • As required, support the development by each assembly of their own performance management/monitoring systems in accordance with their strategic and operational plans.
  • Systematically document and disseminate project lessons.

Development of STEPS Project M&E framework:

  • Produce the project M&E framework in accordance with the project’s MEL Plan.
  • Guide and coordinate the review of the project results table including:
    • Provide technical advice for the revision of performance indicators.
    • Ensure realistic intermediate and end-of-project targets are defined.
    • Identify sources of data, collection methods, who collects data, how often, cost of collection and who analyzes it.
  • Ensure gender equality and social inclusion (GESI) is integrated in the MEL framework and in results reporting
  • Identify the requirements for collecting baseline data, prepare terms of reference, support contracting of a baseline survey/ies, and monitor progress.
  • Contribute to the development of Annual Work Plans, setting of annual targets and prepare a detailed MEL budget and calendar of MEL activities.

Implementation of STEPS Project M&E framework:

  • Oversee and execute MEL activities as per the Annual Work Plan, with particular focus on results and impacts as well as on lesson learning.
  • Prepare a quarterly results tracker with key activities, indicators, baseline and targets under four result areas to obtain quarterly progress towards attainment of the annual results 
  • Undertake regular visits to the field to support implementation of MEL and to identify where adaptations might be needed. 
  • Prepare draft TORs and evaluation questions for reviews and evaluations in accordance with UNDP guidance.
  • Ensure that project’s results are well captured in the UNDP’s corporate platforms:  Integrated Work Plan, ROAR, Annual Business Plan, Strategic Plan reporting etc.

Capacity development:

  • Provide advice, support and recommend assistance to project management in regard to monitoring and evaluation, performance management/ monitoring and results reporting.
  • Organize and provide training in MEL for project and counterpart staff and primary stakeholders with view to developing local MEL capacity.
  • Recommend and develop strategies to measure the performance of the Assemblies and support them to implement mechanisms for the collection and verification of performance data.

Lesson learning:

  • Working with the Chief Technical Advisor and Project Manager, support the design and implementation of a system to identify, analyse, document and disseminate lessons learned.
  • Document lessons learned by the project with a focus on results, impact and outcomes, and present these at least every 6 months.
  • In coordination with the STEPS Communications Officer, collect case studies to illustrate challenges, progress and innovation in the project’s work with the Assemblies.  These should include a GESI perspective


Core competencies:

  • Achieve Results: LEVEL 3: Set and align challenging, achievable objectives for multiple projects, have lasting impact 
  • Think Innovatively: LEVEL 3: Proactively mitigate potential risks, develop new ideas to solve complex problems 
  • Adapt with Agility: LEVEL 3: Proactively initiate and champion change, manage multiple competing demands 
  • Engage and Partner: LEVEL 3: Political savvy, navigate complex landscape, champion inter-agency collaboration
  • Enable Diversity and Inclusion:  LEVEL 3: Appreciate benefits of diverse workforce and champion inclusivity

Cross-Functional & Technical competencies:

Peace: Governance

  • SDG 16

Engagement and Effectiveness    

  • Effectiveness: Performance and data analysis and sharing lessons

Business development

  • Knowledge Generation: Ability to research and turn information into useful knowledge, relevant for content, or responsive to a stated need

Business Management     

  • Monitoring: Ability to provide managers and key stakeholders with regular feedback on the consistency or discrepancy between planned and actual activities and programme performance and results
  • Communication: Ability to communicate in a clear, concise, and unambiguous manner both through written and verbal communication; to tailor messages and choose communication methods depending on the audience 

Required Skills and Experience



  • Master’s or bachelor’s degree in social sciences.


  • Five years (with master’s degree) or seven years (with bachelor’s degree) of  relevant professional experience in international development projects or programmes, preferably in the field of democratic governance, including at least three years with direct responsibility for managing MEL systems.
  • Specialist knowledge and experience in the area of MEL methodologies and approaches, including:
    • Quantitative, qualitative and participatory approaches
    • Planning, design and implementation of MEL systems for large scale development projects
    • Devising and delivering training in M&E development and implementation and/or facilitating learning-oriented analysis sessions of MEL data with multiple stakeholders
  • Good understanding of democratic governance issues in a low income country context
  • Excellent analytical, communication, writing and presentation skills
  • Good understanding of GESI concepts and approaches in MEL
  • Conversant with standard office computer software and basic database software (Access, Excel, etc.) suitable for MEL data management.
  • Familiarity with UNDP’s standards for MEL
  • Experience in development projects in Southeast Asia, ideally including parliamentary strengthening.
  • Institutional capacity building experience and delivering training

Required Language(s)

  • Very high standard of spoken and written English is required.


  • UNDP will cover the cost of travel of the individual to the duty station, as well as their return to their home upon completion of their services. Travel costs are covered only in the event that the function will be undertaken physically in the duty station and excludes working from home arrangements.