Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer, Turkana

About Mercy Corps

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Program / Department Summary

“Under the Omo Delta Project – Expanding the Rangeland to achieve Growth and Transformation, Mercy Corps in collaboration with five other partners: VSF G – lead agency, VITA (RTI) Ltd, EPaRDA, CIFA and TUPADO seeks to address the drivers of instability, irregular migration and displacement so as to expand and maximize opportunities for communities living in the rangelands along the Kenya – Ethiopia border by increasing wealth of young people in particular and especially young women; accelerating national and cross-border trade and collaboration; and increasing stability to promote growth and protect gains.”

General Position Summary

This position is a key role on Mercy Corps’ Program quality assurance, accountability, documentation and learning team, for specifically supporting the EUTF award. The position holder will support the program in planning and execution of monitoring and evaluation activities, ensuring quality in accordance with accepted standards, providing essential feedback for learning, accountability and decision-making. S/he will be responsible for providing internal capacity building for program staff on monitoring and evaluation activities as well as review and development of necessary tools that feed into the needs of Mercy Corps and donor reporting requirements.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Leading the design, testing and rolling out of all MEL system components for the EUTF program
  • Support the refining of the program logic and approaches, to adequately incorporate MEL considerations
  • In conjunction with the Country MEL Manager, he/she will plan, coordinate and supervise all Assessments and Evaluations for the EUTF program. This will entail development of Scopes of Work, development of survey tools, trainings and management of data collectors, report write and facilitating results discussion (Or recruit and supervise evaluation consultants where necessary)
  • Regularly document and share all learnings from program implementation;
  • Keep track and ensure compilation of Monthly, quarterly, annual and other program reports.
  • Maintain an up to date database that reflects program progress against all indicators;
  • Facilitate regular reflection and analysis of program monitoring information that feeds into programming and learning, for adaptive management
  • Participate in on-going MEL advisory and support for all EUTF program staff and partners;
  • Advise and support the process of testing and adopting relevant technologies for improving the efficiency of the program’s MEL function. This will include supporting rollout of Mobile Data Collection (Ona), GIS/GPS technologies for Mapping, and managing MCK’s internal data management platforms.
  • Work with the Program Manager and other staff to ensure that activities are implemented on plan, through regular planning and review meetings
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Organizational Learning

As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.

Accountability to Beneficiaries

  • Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
  • Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.

Supervisory Responsibility: None

Accountability

Reports Directly To: Program Manager.

Works Directly With: All Program Staff and Implementing Partner Staff.

Knowledge and Experience

  • Must hold at least a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Agricultural Economics; Demography, Statistics, Business administration or any other relevant field;
  • At least 4 years of leading MEL activities in a development program setting.
  • Should understand general MEL concepts and demonstrate skills in MEL system design (I.e. Development of Theories of Change, Results Frameworks/Logical Frameworks, Developing of MEL Plans and Data Collection tools)
  • Should have demonstrable experience in Designing, Planning, Implementing and/or Supervising MEL Assessments and Evaluations.
  • Should have demonstrable experience in Designing and/or Managing simple databases (Whether in Excel, Access or SQL-based)
  • Should have demonstrable experience in using Mobile Data Collection for routine and specific monitoring work.
  • In addition to Microsoft Excel, the incumbent should demonstrate fluency in the use of at least one other data analysis and visualization tool, e.g. SPSS, STATA, POWER BI, TABLEAU etc.
  • Must be fluent both spoken and written English;
  • Nga’turkana language skills is a plus.

How to apply

For the detailed position description and application procedure please visit the following link: https://bit.ly/3kIBBgR. Applications should be submitted on or before 24th August, 2020 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Mercy Corps does not charge any fees at any stage of the recruitment process

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