Mercy Corps Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer- Based in Moroto- Uganda Jobs

Mercy Corps Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer- Based in Moroto- Uganda Jobs

Closing date: 24 Apr 2019

About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions
into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.

Program / Department Summary

Mercy Corps implements high quality- analytical work in tough environments. We’ve been operating in Uganda since 2006 and currently manage a range of programs in Acholi, West Nile and Karamoja sub-regions with funding from a host of donors.

In October 2017, Mercy Corps was awarded a 5 year USAID/ Food for Peace- funded program working in 4 districts in Karamoja (Amudat, Moroto, Kotido and Kaabong), the Apolou Activity. The Activity goal “improved food and nutrition security” has four purposes with cross cutting themes of gender and youth and resilience:

  • Inclusive and effective governance contributes to food and nutrition security

  • Improved health and nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women, children under five, and adolescent girls

    Improved WASH conditions

  • Adolescent girls, adolescent boys, women and men access diverse and secure livelihoods through improved capacities and strengthened market systems

  • Apolou is implemented by a consortium of actors led by Mercy Corps, including Save the Children, Whave Solutions, four local partners (KAPDA, AIDI, NARWOA and Riam Riam) and Tufts University’s Feinstein International Centre (FIC).

    General Position Summary
  • The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Officer will work with the Mercy Corps Apolou Activity team as well as our local partner organizations to oversee and ensure the collection of quality M&E data for the program.
  • The MEL Officer will be responsible for supporting the MEL Advisor to oversee the monitoring and data collection of the project, lead regular and annual field based household and group interviews, analyze data to provide insight to project team, and contribute to report writing.
  • S/he will ensure that performance monitoring and results reporting tools and processes across the entire program are in place, effectively implemented and well synchronized between the Activity sites.
  • The MEL Officer may supervise teams of enumerators in data collection, data analysis, and reporting according to the needs of the Activity.
  • The MEL officer will be an integral member of the Activity team learning and reflection processes, leading discussion on beneficiary feedback.

    Essential Job Responsibilities
    Essential functions
  • Work closely with the Apolou team and local partners, to ensure effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting of program activities and results.

  • Coordinate reporting with local partners, specifically tracking deadlines, ensuring adherence to formats and requirements, ensuring reporting quality and accuracy, and periodic report writing, editing, and submission.

  • Compile progress against indicators and report back to the team according to the monitoring plan.

  • Develop accountability and transparency mechanisms for the program and orient Apolou staff as well as local partners on the same.

  • Perform spot checks on the team’s data collected and reports each month.

  • Responsible for the monitoring and collection of all environmental impact indicators

  • Coordinate with environmental consultants on the collection and analysis of environmental impacts

  • Report back to MEL and activity team members on environmental impacts and provide methodologies to improve implementation

  • Actively participate in household identification and verification of households that participate in the Activity.

  • Support the MEL Advisor in coordinating the baseline, mid-term evaluation and final evaluation, along with other key research activities.

  • Build the capacity of all relevant team members to implement program monitoring tools, accurately enter program data into relevant databases, and enable them to develop excellent reports and other documents.

  • Build the capacity of our local partner organizations through ongoing training and support on: monitoring tools, entering program data into databases, the development of reports and other documents.

  • Design and implement a community workshop to define baseline measures and indicators of progress that the community can use to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

  • Document lessons learned and success stories on the project.

  • Ensure adherence to program management minimum standards in carrying out his/her duties, advising and supporting other staff in the same as required.

  • Disseminate research learning and recommendations to team members, beneficiaries and other relevant audiences.

  • Other duties as assigned.

    Finance & Compliance Management
  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to food security programming.

  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.

  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

    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.

    Supervisory Responsibility
  • Supervision of enumerators collecting field data as needs arise.

    Reports Directly To: MEL Manager

    Works Directly With: MEL Advisor, other MEL Officers, Activity Team Leads, Activity Team Members

    Knowledge and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in management, statistics, economics, social science or related field.

  • At least 3 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation of nutrition, food security, agricultural livelihoods or value chain development programs.

  • Good understanding and skills at data management.

  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of MS Office applications.

  • Strong knowledge of mobile data collection tools and best practices. Experience with case management systems preferred.

  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.

  • Strong team coordination, listening, and consensus building skills.

  • Fluent in both spoken and written English. Fluency in spoken N’Karamojong preferred.

  • Able to drive a motorbike safely, valid license. Preferred but not required.

    Success Factors
    The successful MEL Officer will combine exceptional management skills and experience in building and maintaining partner relationships. S/he will have an ability to think creatively about operationalizing and improving the M&E system of the program.

    S/he will have proven experience with cross-cultural team and capacity building, individual staff development and strong mentoring skills. Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail as well as strategic vision are essential.

    The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations. A good sense of humor and the ability to learn from mistakes also goes a long way!

    Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
    The position is based in (Moroto, Uganda). The region is secure with access to most basic amenities.

    Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours. 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 locations.

    How to apply: Submit your application through email to addressed to the Human Resource Director, Mercy Corps Uganda. Include a cover letter clearly stating your salary requirements, CV (with 3 referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates.

    Deadline for Submission: Close of business on Wednesday, 24th April, 2019. Subject of email should include the position you are applying for. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted by Mercy Corps.

    Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer; qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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