Mercy Corps Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer Jobs in Uganda

Mercy Corps Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer Jobs in Uganda

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 is an international, non-governmental humanitarian relief and development agency with headquarters in the UK and USA operating in over 44 countries.
  • The agency exists to alleviate suffering, poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities.
  • Mercy Corps’ work emphasizes community-led, market-driven interventions through public, private and civic sector partnerships.
  • After more than a decade of operation in Uganda, the Mercy Corps country team has differentiated itself as a forward-thinking, market-driven agency, having implemented or currently implementing nearly 40 programs, valued at over $141 million, changing the lives of over 2.5 million Ugandans and refugees. In Uganda, some of our donors include USAID, SIDA, DFID, WFP, US Department of State; MasterCard Foundation, and ECHO.

    With over 20 programs and projects currently in operation in 30 districts, Mercy Corps’ strategic objectives include the following:

  • Strengthen market systems that enable inclusive economic growth and resilience.
  • Catalyze strengthening of governance structures to prioritize and advocate community needs, make informed decisions and allocate resources in a participatory, transparent and accountable manner.
  • Build capacities of institutions and promote opportunities for communities to attain better health, nutrition and sexual reproductive health outcomes.
  • Meet the immediate needs of refugees and host communities while strengthening market systems and resilience capacities.
  • Increase Mercy Corps Uganda’s organizational capacity to attract, build and retain diverse, motivated and dynamic professionals across all functions for quality programming. General Position Summary
  • The Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning Officer (MEL Officer) is a key position in program quality assurance, accountability, documentation and learning unit, which exists to support program design and implementation.
  • The MEL Officer will be responsible for supporting their supervisor (typically a MEL Manager or Program Manager) to oversee the monitoring and data collection of a 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 field sites.
  • The MEL Officer may supervise teams of enumerators in data collection, data analysis, and reporting.
  • The MEL Officer may work with a number of local partners in the MEL process, including private sector actors, community based organizations and other international NGOs.
  • The MEL officer will be an integral member of the team learning and reflection processes, leading discussion on beneficiary feedback.
  • This recruitment is an open recruitment, which may result in a position available at any of the programs in Mercy Corps’ portfolio in any field office location, if and when the need arises.
  • Applicants should be aware of the need for flexibility on the location and the technical sector of the program.

    Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Ensure that MEL systems are in compliance with Mercy Corps global, regional and country policies, procedures, standards and strategic initiatives. Lead the development of MEL system design, indicator and other MEL plans as
  • Assist in program strategy design, planning and implementation to ensure adherence to Mercy Corps’ Minimum Standards, including the use of standardized indicators and documentation methodologies.
  • Support design and implementation of assessments and other pre, ex-ante and post data collection and analysis.
  • Support the supervisor in coordinating and leading components of the baseline, mid-term evaluation and final evaluation, along with other key research activities.
  • Support learning-to-action events, reflection session to analyze data for programmatic use and to document and incorporate lessons learned into program design, planning and implementation.
  • 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 staff as well as local partners on the same.
  • Perform spot checks on the team’s data collected and reports each month.
  • Actively participate in household identification and verification of households that participate in the Activity.
  • 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.
  • 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 learnings 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.

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

    How to apply

  • All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their E-mail applications including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV (with three professional referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda to: Deadline for Submission: Close of business on Monday, September 30th 2018. 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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