Mercy Corps International NGO Careers – Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Officer

Organisation: Mercy
Corps
Duty Station:  Kitgum, Uganda
Reports to: Senior Operations Manager
About Mercy
Corps
Mercy Corps is an
International NGO that exists to alleviate poverty and oppression by helping
people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps has been
fully registered in Uganda as an operational NGO. Currently Mercy Corps has an
office in Kampala and is implementing Food Security programs which comprises of
Water and Sanitation, Livelihood and Agriculture and Conflict Mitigation Management
Program in North and North Eastern Uganda.
We implement programs in the
northern districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido
with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other
private donations. Mercy Corps’ programs in Kitgum currently focus on economic
and market development, agriculture, financial services, and women’s
empowerment.
Job Summary: The Monitoring,
Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Officer will provide Program quality assurance,
accountability, documentation and learning unit. The unit exists to support
program design, implementation and utilization of information collected at
different stages. The position holder will support program in planning and
execution of monitoring and evaluation activities, ensuring quality in
accordance with accepted standards, providing essential feedback for learning,
accountability and decision making. S/he will be responsible for providing
internal capacity building for program staff on monitoring and evaluation activities
as well as review and development of necessary tools that feed into needs of
Mercy Corps and donor reporting requirements.
Key Duties and
Responsibilities: 
  • Generate and implement monitoring and
    evaluation tools
  • Play key role in the development of
    intervention designs, sector strategies and M&E frameworks
  • Actively coordinate assessments,
    evaluations and monitoring surveys in area of operation. This will entail
    development of Scopes of Work, development of survey tools, trainings and
    management of data collectors, report write and facilitating results
    discussion.
  • Regularly document and share all learnings
    from program implements
  • Maintain an up to date database that
    reflects progress (including disaggregated beneficiary counts) and donor
    indicators
  • Build the capacity of all relevant team
    members to develop and maintain an excellent M&E system, and
    facilitate periodic reflection and analysis of program monitoring
    information that feeds into programming and learning.
  • Actively participate in on-going M&E
    training and support for all Mercy Corps programs and partnering private
    sector staff
  • Visit sites and partners to collect
    supplementary data, stories and conduct qualitative research both
    independently and in teams
  • Maintain professional relationships with
    local government officials, private sector partners, NGOs, other
    development organizations, and civil society organizations
  • Maintain an active advisory role with each
    program team to help guide them towards robust and relevant data
    collection
  • Actively participate in all
    implementation, providing advice and feedback for quality results at any
    point
  • Work with MEL Manager, Learning and
    Communications Officer, Director of Programs and other staffs to ensure
    that activities are implemented on plan and progress towards targets is
    not compromised.
  • Establish and maintain strong working
    relationships with partners and government departments
  • Conduct himself/herself both
    professionally and personally in such a manner as to credit Mercy Corps
    and to not jeopardize its mission.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by
    his/her supervisor or representatives
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
  • The candidate should possess a bachelor’s
    degree in Economics, Agriculture, Demography, Statistics, Business
    administration or relevant field
  • A minimum of three years of program
    monitoring and evaluation experience
  • Good understanding and knowledge of concepts
    and demonstrate skills in monitoring and evaluation, project cycle,
    results chain and frameworks, participatory monitoring
  • Ability to design and implement surveys,
    have knowledge of commonly used probability and purposive sampling
    techniques
  • Possess good writing and analytical skills
  • Should have knowledge of quantitative and
    qualitative data collection, reporting techniques.
  • S/he should understand and be able to
    apply basic measures of central tendency and spread
  • In addition to Microsoft Excel, the
    incumbent should demonstrate fluency in use of at least one data
    management software including Ms Access, SPSS, STATA.
  • Must be fluent both spoken and written
    English. Luo language skills is a plus
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and
interested candidates should send their applications including a cover
letter clearly stating your salary requirements, CV (with 3 referees), and
copies of academic qualifications/certificates to the  Human Resource Manager, Kampala Head Office
in Nsambya Estate Road, Kampala Head Office in Nsambya on Plot 1102 Nsambya
Estate Road, Kampala or to Mercy Corps Offices in Kitgum. E-mailed applications
with cover letter to: mcuganda@ug.mercycorps.org will also be
accepted. 
NB: Only
short-listed candidates will be contacted by Mercy Corps. Female Candidates are
encouraged to apply.
Deadline: 12th September, 2014

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