Mercy Corps MEL Manager Uganda Jobs in Uganda

Mercy Corps MEL Manager Uganda Jobs in Uganda

General Position Summary

  • The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager is a key position in the Mercy Corps Uganda team, reporting to the Deputy Director of Programs.

  • The MEL Manager will oversee Mercy Corps Uganda’s programmatic monitoring and evaluation activities.

  • They will continue to strengthen a coordinated nationwide MEL system: facilitating the design, set-up and implementation of standard monitoring and evaluating processes in collaboration with program managers and in alignment with Mercy Corps’ global MEL policy and minimum standards.

  • They will be responsible for information management, using standard Mercy Corps systems such as Tola and Ona.

    [The MEL Manager will ensure that information collected is

  • reflected on;

  • used to make effective and evidence-based programmatic decisions;

  • incorporated into consistently high-quality reports and proposal development.

  • They will be responsible for fostering a culture of reflection and adaptive management and will lead in strengthening the capacity of the MEL team nationwide.

    Essential Job Responsibilities

    Strategy & Vision

  • Strengthen the nationwide MEL system by providing leadership to program teams in developing program level M&E systems that inform and improve each program, as well as feed into the overall strategy.

  • Participate in management meetings and country-wide strategy sessions.

  • Provide leadership on MEL related new business tasks such as advising on logframe, indicator and MEL plan development during proposal development.

    MEL System Development

  • Strengthen the nationwide MEL system with utility and program quality in mind, providing program teams with real-time data and learning that can inform adaptive management.
    Support program teams to ensure high quality
  • MEL processes exist and are supported in their programs:

  • Lead in designing data collection tools, executing data collection activities, and providing guidance on analysis, and visualization to inform adaptive management.

  • Coordinate with MEL and program teams to document challenges with MEL processes and provide leadership to improve them.

  • Conduct internal periodic data quality assessments and collaborate with the senior management team to address shortfalls in MEL that affects program implementation.

  • Information Management & Reporting
    Collect, analyze and validate data on performance indicators for all programs.

  • Manage Tola, ensuring that program teams are capturing results in Mercy Corps internal indicator tracking software and utilizing them to improve program quality.

  • Oversee MEL contributions to programmatic reporting (weekly, monthly, quarterly, annual, final, etc).

  • Support partners in communicating their impact by reviewing programmatic reports, providing feedback and support for them to improve.

  • Support the program team to generate high-quality, timely and accurate reports for donors.


  • Develop and oversee the nationwide and program level learning agendas.

  • Design and oversee programmatic research and evaluation, contributing to overall learning and evidence.

  • Contribute to and facilitate quarterly and ad hoc learning workshops.

    Team Management

  • Lead in establishing a strong core MEL team to support programs.

  • Develop and implement plans to mentor and coach staff to build their capacity.

  • Strengthen
    the capacity of the MEL team to improve MCU’s ability to analyze and represent impact to donors, government, partners, and communities.

  • Create an enabling environment to deepen understanding of their roles, promote growth and retention of MEL team members.

  • Promote accountability, communicate expectations, and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on ones and performance reviews to the MEL team.

  • Foster a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.

  • Play an active role in hiring, orienting and leading MEL team members, as necessary.

  • Conduct a needs assessment and develop a subsequent MEL training plan for relevant partners.

  • Supervise MEL contractors and consultants involved in assessments or other MEL activities

    Knowledge and Experience

  • BA/S or equivalent, preferable in business administration, public administration, or international development. MA/S in relevant field strongly preferred.

  • 5+ years of experience in the areas of program development and monitoring and evaluation, including relevant experience building and managing an M&E system and team, relevant experience supervising data collection and data validation exercises, and building staff capacity.

  • Must have extensive experience working I/NNGOs and key donors including USAID and DFID.

  • High degree of computer literacy required including proficiency in the following packages: Excel, Word, and Open Data Kit/Kobo Toolbox/Ona. Statistical software experience is an advantage.

  • Extensive experience with mixed-methods data collection, entry, verification, analysis, and reporting.

  • Proven leadership, training, and capacity building experience.

  • Fluency in written and oral English.

  • Ability to produce clear and concise documentation.

  • Ability to manage and meet deadlines and work independently on multiple priorities.

  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.

    Success Factors

  • The MEL Manager is a bright, energetic, and hard-working leader who is eager to learn.

  • S/he will have a demonstrated passion for development work and for building capacity of their teams.

  • They will be detail oriented, and a strategic thinker, able to produce high-quality work independently.

  • They will be an excellent communicator, multi-tasker and experienced with operating under ambiguity.

  • S/he will be creative and flexible, encouraging innovative solutions while still adhering to crucial systems, processes, and protocols.

  • They will strictly follow Mercy Corps Uganda security procedures and will hold themselves to a high standard when making decisions and managing resources efficiently and will stand out as a role model for Mercy Corps’ values.

    How to Apply

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