Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator
AKF is seeking an experienced Regional Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Coordinator to provide direction and technical oversight of programme M&E across the new Foundations for Education and Empowerment (F4EE) programme co-funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and Aga Khan Foundation (AKF). The Regional M&E Coordinator will ensure F4EE is results-oriented and in line with GAC’s result based management policy and guidelines. The position will ensure that F4EE M&E tools, systems, and processes are aligned with AKDN’s broader education portfolio and all AKDN partners are confident and able to effectively collect and analyse data to inform programme performance, iteration, and reporting. The successful candidate will support development and implementation of a robust gender sensitive M&E system for F4EE, while providing relevant technical support and playing a key coordination role amongst implementing partners in the region.
Foundations for Education and Empowerment (F4EE) programme will be active in five countries (Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda). The Regional M&E Coordinator will be based in either Kenya, Tanzania, or Uganda and report within the AKF East Africa structure. The position will include approximately 40% travel per year to enable in country support. This individual will work closely with AKF’s technical programme team in East Africa (including education, ECD, and civil society advisors), the partner AKDN agency’s programme and M&E teams in all five countries of implementation, AKF’s Global Programme Team, AKF Canada (AKFC), and the AKDN Quality of Life unit.
Specifically, the Regional M&E Coordinator will:
Design and Planning
- Contribute to the M&E-specific components of the programme implementation plan, taking a lead role in ensuring M&E activities are comprehensively designed and budgeted.
- Work with programme staff, technical specialists, and M&E staff to develop and plan key components of the F4EE gender sensitive M&E system, contributing to annual work planning processes.
- Support in the development of country-specific M&E plans, including data collection tools.
- Identify platforms and mechanisms to systematically store all project data, including using AKF’s Award Information Management System (AIMS).
Data Collection and Quality Assurance
- Collaborate with the programme teams to integrate data collection into existing programme tools and where applicable design additional gender sensitive M&E data collection tools and processes.
- Collaborate with AKF M&E and technical programme teams to ensure real-time data collection from all stakeholders, engaging ICT enabled systems where applicable.
- Provide technical and operational oversight of regional M&E-based consultancies.
- In collaboration with country and agency M&E teams, coordinate F4EE data quality assurance and auditing processes.
- Ensure all data collection processes adhere to ethical standards, including AKF’s Safeguarding Policy and obtaining national government research permits in project countries.
- Work with AKF regional technical team, Global Programme Team, and AKDN sister agencies to contribute to the effective implementation of the research and learning agenda.
- Coordinate project studies and (if relevant) evaluations, ensuring quality, alignment with project needs and adherence to ethical standards.
Data Analysis and Use
- Ensure real-time data analysis of all F4EE data. This will include cross analyses of data to identify correlations.
- Ensure data, data analysis, results, and lessons learned are effectively documented and communicated to internal teams and external partners.
- Facilitate regular review of project and annual targets and theory of change based on all data collected and analysed.
- Support national-level data interpretation sessions, ensuring data is thoroughly reviewed and used effectively.
Technical Support, Coordination, and Development
- Coordinate a capacity assessment to identify strengths and capacity gaps across the F4EE M&E team and coordinate the delivery of a targeted, collaborative capacity development plan to the team.
- Coordinate a regional M&E community of practice to enable F4EE M&E stakeholders to connect and learn from one another virtually and in-person.
- Build relationships and maintain coordinated communications with all F4EE stakeholders.
Reporting and Governance
- Contribute to F4EE M&E reporting and donor compliance requirements, including reviewing data in Performance Measurement Frameworks, reports, work plans and communications pieces, and ensuring reports and work plans are results-focused.
- Participate in relevant project and governance meetings.
Required Qualifications and Experience
- A graduate degree in international development, social sciences, gender studies, or statistics, ideally with a focus on M&E.
- Minimum of five years of relevant practical experience designing, implementing, and managing gender sensitive M&E systems for donor-funded development projects, with specific experience in education, ECD, civil society, or gender equality and women’s empowerment projects.
- Knowledge of gender analysis and assessments, including approaches, methods, and frameworks.
- Experience managing real-time end-to-end data management systems and solutions, including ICT, enabling data collection, analysis, and rapid feedback loops.
- Experience with the development and overseeing the implementation of data collection tools and systems for the entry, analysis, and storage of data.
- Experience with adaptive management, iterative M&E, and effective feedback loops to ensure the use of data in strategic and programmatic decision-making.
- Experience with developing successful knowledge translation strategies and tools to capture, use and communicate results and learnings to inform and strengthen strategies, program design, and practices.
- Experience using quantitative and qualitative data analysis tools (e.g., SPSS, NVIVO, etc.) is an asset.
- Experience in providing remote support or willingness to learn effective remote facilitation and support skills.
- Experience working in project geographies, i.e., Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Uganda.**
- Knowledge and experience with Global Affairs Canada’s (GAC’s) results-based management tools, donor requirements, and reporting processes, including M&E gender equality results is an asset.
Competencies and Attributes
- Ability to develop strong, collaborative working relationships in diverse teams located across multiple offices, organisations, and geographies.
- Demonstrated ability to support M&E teams to effectively implement project M&E systems and tools or willingness to learn.
- Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills in a cross-cultural context.
- Excellent written and oral communications skills in English; ability in any of Kiswahili, French, and Portuguese is an asset.
- Demonstrated capacity to respect and safeguard vulnerable populations.
How to apply
Click on this link to Apply http://www.akdn.org/careers
Candidates interested in this exciting career opportunity with AKF should submit a cover letter and maximum three-page CV including the names and contact information of three professional referees by 22 February 2021 Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
AKF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is Committed to Safeguarding and Promoting the Welfare of Children and Vulnerable Adults and Expects all Staff and Partners to Share this Commitment.
The Aga Khan Foundation is an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network (www.akdn.org)**