Mercy Corps Regional Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Advisor - Africa Jobs in Kenya

Mercy Corps Regional Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Advisor - Africa Jobs in Kenya


Closing date: 14 Nov 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 exists to alleviate poverty, suffering, and oppression and works to build secure, productive, and just communities. Mercy Corps is currently operational in 17 countries in Africa including Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Zambia.

Mercy Corps' country programs in Africa face momentous humanitarian crises and significant development challenges, and operate in fragile and conflict-affected areas, displacement settings, emergency responses, as well as more stable developed settings.


General Position Summary

Mercy Corps is seeking an experienced and field-tested Africa Regional Advisor for Monitoring Evaluation and Learning (MEL).

The Regional MEL Advisor role is a field-based position meant to support the countries in his/her respective region (this position will focus on East and Southern Africa, but able to support other countries in Africa as needed) to implement sound M&E systems, assist with the roll out of existing and new MEL guidance, including Tola, use data for decision making and conduct training as needed.

The role is further designed to support the other core program performance requirements (e.g., indicators choice and program design, program quality, and program management principles, mobile technology and adaptive management).

The Regional MEL Advisor will need to engage with field leadership to nurture and help develop an effective, impact-driven leadership culture. The first responsibility for this position is to develop a detailed workplan for each fiscal year in coordination with PaQ and T4D.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • (20%) Participate in roll-out and monitoring of agency MEL, CARM and Tola guidance including:

  • Develop workplan for FY19

    MEL policy

  • MEL dashboard to capture MEL needs, budgets and planning

  • Review Tola Readiness Assessments
  • Conduct regional webinars on topics related to understanding and implementing the MEL guidance, Tola and CARM
  • When possible co-facilitate Tola trainings.

  • (50%) Assess and improve M&E and program performance related practices in each country

  • Conduct MEL gap assessments covering specific M&E activities and practices, and a review of tools and documents.

  • Based on assessment findings, begin development of a long-term rollout/training plan and strategy.

  • Help country teams develop individualized Action Plans to improve data management practices

  • Support country teams both remotely and in country on implementing their Action Plan, topics ranging from program logic review, data collection, data management and analysis
  • Visit country field M&E teams to conduct MEL assessments and develop support plans
  • Coordinate MEL support as needed with TSU, PaQ and T4D
  • Organize and manage a regional Community of Practice (CoP)

    Focus on M&E and Technology

  • (25%) Work with M&E staff, program management and HQ support teams on building the culture of adaptive management, evidence and learning in each country in the region, and supporting better overall performance of the country team in these areas.

  • Conduct initial orientations and on-boarding of new program staff (esp. M&E, program managers, and country leaders) – promote tools like DIG, M&E tools, and PM@MC

  • Participate in regional trainings and use materials from these trainings to conduct follow-up sessions within the region as needed

  • Coordinate with PaQ and T4D to ensure tech support is coordinated

  • Trained PM@MC facilitators and provide backstop for in-country trainings, and support in specific PM@MC topics as needed.
    Conduct PM@MC gap analyses with PM@MC focal points, and help countries develop action plans for correcting gaps, and developing plans for monitoring adherence to PM@MC minimum standards
    Engage with CDs and RPDs on leadership issues related to monitoring and evaluation and the relationship between M&E and program quality – including use of indicators.
  • Conduct program quality
    reviews (implementation quality, meeting of minimum standards, quality of SADD and analysis).
  • Help country teams make use of M&E data and contribute to evidence-based learning at all levels.

  • (5%) Learning. Spend time on best practice-oriented learning activities to help ensure that best practices in design, monitoring and evaluation, as well as NGO community-wide initiatives, are incorporated into the ongoing work of the team.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 program participants

  • 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

    None.

    Accountability Reports Directly To: Deputy Regional Director, Africa

    Works Directly With: Country leadership teams, Country MEL Managers, HQ technical support teams, Regional leadership and technical teams and global PaQ team

    Knowledge and Experience

  • BA in international development or other relevant social science (MA preferred).
  • Seven years of experience working in international relief and development programs, with at least three years focused on providing M&E technical support to field programs, and at least four years working overseas preferred.
  • Demonstrated skill with program design, including assessments, proposal development, indicator selection and M&E planning.
  • Demonstrated skill and experience with facilitating program design processes, logical frameworks, theories of change, and overall program logic.
  • Experienced in training and capacity-building (in person and remotely) and fostering a collaborative relationship with field practitioners and management,
  • Experience with data analysis and presentation using Excel, Access, and advanced data analysis and visualization packages.
  • Additional software and technical skills (databases, mobile technology, GIS, and statistical packages) preferred.
  • Experience designing practical and effective monitoring systems, including data and database management systems.
  • Strong communication skills; able to work remotely with a geographically dispersed team.

    Success Factors

  • Strong team player, good communication and diplomatic skills
  • Able to facilitate complex team dynamics and achieve aims
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Good organizational skills and ability to work independently.
  • Strong commitment to advancing learning in international development through monitoring and evaluation
  • Active within the M&E and learning community
  • Strong relationship-building skills and commitment to working collaboratively
  • Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
  • This position is based either in Nairobi, Kampala or Addis Ababa with up to 40% of time spent traveling. International travel may be to insecure and/or remote locations.

    Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting.

    Staff 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 in-country venues.

  • BA in international development or other relevant social science (MA preferred).
  • Seven years of experience working in international relief and development programs, with at least three years focused on providing M&E technical support to field programs, and at least four years working overseas preferred.
  • Demonstrated skill with program design, including assessments, proposal development, indicator selection and M&E planning.
  • Demonstrated skill and experience with facilitating program design processes, logical frameworks, theories of change, and overall program logic.
  • Experienced in training and capacity-building (in person and remotely) and fostering a collaborative relationship with field practitioners and management,
  • Experience with data analysis and presentation using Excel, Access, and advanced data analysis and visualization packages.
  • Additional software and technical skills (databases, mobile technology, GIS, and statistical packages) preferred.
  • Experience designing practical and effective monitoring systems, including data and database management systems.
  • Strong communication skills; able to work remotely with a geographically dispersed team.
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