Link Community Development Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Link Community Development Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning Officer Jobs in Ethiopia

Job Id: 197846

Category: Development and Project Management, Education, Telecommunications
Location: Wolaita Soddo, SNNPR
Career Level: Mid Level ( 2+ - 5 years experience)
Employment Type: Full time
Salary: As per the scale of organization

Job Description

About link community development

Link Community Development (LCD) is a family of not for profit organizations working together to transform education for children and communities across impoverished areas of Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Rwanda and Uganda.

Since our foundation in 1995 we have worked in 3,000 schools and improved the lives of over two million children through unique and effective school improvement models.

We guide governments and educators to adopt low-cost solutions to improve learning and support for children, with a focus on literacy, numeracy and inclusion for the most marginalized children.

Through a partnership delivery model which embeds piloting and learning within local systems, we influence changes to policy, practice and accountability on a national scale, and our interventions are regularly adapted and replicated by governments and NGOs in new countries and contexts.

Link International works at all levels of the education system – with communities, schools and governments – to identify and remove the obstacles to quality education.

We work with our partner organizations to improve schools and the quality of education they deliver; to build the capacity of district departments of education; and to support government education policy and inform national and regional strategies.

Job Purpose

Under the supervision of the Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning Coordinator, the MERL officer has responsibility for monitoring and evaluation of activities in LCDE.

The MERL Officer ensures that STAGES has a robust MERL system that is in synchronicity with the GEC Fund Manager’s requirements and LCDI’s group-wide indicators and evaluation principles.

S/he ensures that there is a reliable, up-to-date database of accurate programme information and is responsible for the timely and accurate production of all internal project monitoring and evaluation reports.

S/he is also responsible for collating qualitative data into thematic learning papers, writing program reports and for developing case studies.

Job Requirements

Key areas of responsibilities

  • Identify the training needs of the MERL team and work with the team to plan and implement training that meets these needs.
  • Coach and mentor MERL colleagues with the aim of strengthening their technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the MERL team and providing professional development guidance.
  • Guide and coordinate all MERL activities and accordingly assign roles for staff, project participants and partners.
  • Manage evaluation processes, including liaising with external stakeholders and service providers, creating terms of reference and evaluation guidelines
  • Provide LCDE with a vision, framework and strategic plan for its MERL unit.
  • Develop and implement the STAGES evaluation plan in close liaison with the external M&E provider and the GEC Fund Manager
  • Ensure that all STAGES MERL plans and log frames align with the STAGES Theory of Change, goals and targets.
  • Produce a user-friendly STAGES summary MERL framework and calendar (including guidelines and procedures) for internal use as well as detailed plans for each evaluation study.
  • As required, work with LCD International and other LCD offices to share lessons and to align LCDE’s monitoring and evaluation principles and plans to those of the organization as a whole.
  • Manage service providers to ensure value for money and timely supply of materials and services.
  • Work very closely with REB, ZEDs, WEOs, BoFED, ZoFED and target secondary schools in managing timely program delivery.
  • Work very closely with LCDE F&A Team with regards to ensuring the timely submission of all the necessary monthly school level service provision data that is required for effecting payments.
  • System Development, Data Management and Analysis

  • Keep up-to-date on developments in monitoring systems, including the use of ICT for data collection, in Ethiopia and beyond.
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in existing data collection and management systems and propose solutions.
  • Design and implement a comprehensive system to identify, analyze, document and
    disseminate lessons learned from project activities.
  • Support MERL system and process development, creating a framework and procedures for the monitoring and evaluation of project activities.
  • Work with all relevant team to develop LCDE’s electronic and paper-based monitoring systems.
  • Work closely with programme team and external M&E providers to develop and implement data collection techniques and tools.
  • Analyze data to track project progress against agreed targets and log-frames.
  • Analyse indicators and performance, evaluate information and make recommendations
  • Suggest ways to facilitate data collection and the flow of data within programme team
  • Monitor data quality and accuracy at field.
  • Assist administration and programme teams to create and manage central filing system for all project information.

    Communication and Reporting

  • Document the lessons learned and best practices of the different programs and projects
  • Prepare high-quality reports for internal and external audiences based on data from monitoring and evaluation processes
  • Draw out emerging issues from project progress and Share evaluation results with all colleagues.
  • Ensure that lessons / recommendations from evaluations are incorporated into the development of all new projects.
  • Review / support preparation of donor reports as requested to ensure high quality reports are submitted on time.
  • Assist programme team in the formulation of baseline measures and targets, during set-up of donor project proposals as well as throughout project implementation.
  • Ensure that baseline studies, midline (where appropriate based on project length) and end line studies are conducted for all projects and that information is stored securely for future use.
  • Train programme team to use data collection tools and techniques, including ongoing mentoring / support.
  • Perform other job-related responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor.
  • Contract period: One year with possibility of extension based on performance

    Job Requirements

    Person specification

    Experience and qualifications


  • B.SC in Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation, Economics, Education Monitoring and Social Sciences.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of Ethiopian Education System.
  • 2-3 years of relevant experience preferable in INGO context working at Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning role for Child Protection, Gender, Social Inclusion, Education and related Projects.
  • Thorough familiarity with principles and current approaches to planning, monitoring and evaluation of development programmes.
  • Knowledge of major quantitative & qualitative monitoring methodologies.
  • Proven ability to design MERL tools and surveys.
  • Extensive knowledge in (quasi-) experimental programme evaluation designs
    Strong functionality with computers and software, particularly Microsoft Office Suite (e.g.: Access, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, SPSS, STAT) and any specialized M&E software.
  • Demonstrated ability to train and build capacity of others
  • Ability to manage and execute multiple tasks with unexpected interruptions.
  • Ability to be a clear, effective, and timely communicator with colleagues, donors and the general public using various electronic communication technologies, as well as face-to-face and via telephone.
  • Strong written communication – especially report-writing skills
  • Patience and respect for dealing with project stakeholders
  • Demonstrate Gender and safeguarding sensitivity in all responsibilities
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Amharic.
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching.
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mind-sets.
  • Female applicants are appreciated


  • A postgraduate degree in a relevant field (Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation, Development Economics, Education Monitoring and Evaluation, Research Studies and related).
  • Knowledge of education and NGO sector in Ethiopia
  • Excellent understanding of educational development at a local and global scale.
  • Ability to produce and present documents in a well-designed and attractive format with superior attention to detail.
  • The ability to communicate complex information for a range of audiences, both in written reports and through presentations.
  • Matters not covered by this contract or the Staff Handbook are governed by the mandatory provisions of the Labour Proclamation in force at the time.

    How to Apply

    Interested applicants who met the MINIMUM requirements should send their CV with application letter through before or on February 21, 2019.

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