M&E Careers – Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at Spark MicroGrants

Organization: Spark
Duty Station: Uganda
About Spark:
MicroGrants is pioneering a new method of community development. Spark supports
rural poor communities to design, implement and manage their own social impact
projects. We provide microgrants of between $2,000-$10,000 to enable project
implementation, such as of a school, electricity line or farm. No interest or
repayment of the funds granted is requested. We work with local Facilitators
who lead these communities through a series of weekly meetings to help
communities plan for their projects. Once the plan is complete, we give small
grants for project implementation.
Job Summary:  The Monitoring and Evaluation Manager will monitor,
evaluate and report on Spark’s organizational objectives and programmatic work
across three countries. This is an exciting opportunity to support Spark’s
model development and demonstrate our impact to enable rapid scalability. The
M&E Manager is responsible for monitoring and reporting on ongoing
community-based programs, and organization wide targets and country specific
targets across three countries. The M&E Manager will be responsible for
managing in-country data collection, ensuring quality of and coordinating data
collection across the organization. The right candidate must be motivated,
independent and passionate about the chance to make a difference in the early
stages of a growing organization. The M&E Manager will receive exceptional
on the ground experience, have a rare opportunity to contribute to the development
of a new model for aid and work closely with rural communities working across
sectors and countries to improve their support systems.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Work in liaison with the Program Director to
strengthen data-driven program development and decision making
Actively monitor program and develop targets for
organizational and staff outputs
Regularly review and report on quarterly targets
Ensure all aspects of data integrity – data
collection, entry, checking, cleaning, analysis and reporting
Manage and report on organizational data from all
partner communities to staff and partners
Manage the evolution and adaptation of existing
monitoring and evaluation frameworks and systems
Ensure that accountability practices are consistent
and effective
Oversee the facilitation, training and capacity
building of M&E and organizational staff
Coordinate narrative program feedback from stakeholders
and translate into reports
Provide recommendations on program impact, follow-up
and long-term sustainability
Regularly interact with external organizations,
resources and research to inform organizational learning and development, and
raise the profile of Spark’s model and framework
Provide guidance on the conceptualization of
external evaluation, and support on implementation
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
The applicant should preferably hold a Bachelor’s
degree, masters preferred. Study in Program Evaluation, Research Methodology,
Statistics or related degree essential
At least two to three years of professional experience
in East or Central Africa
Demonstrated success in past leadership: achieving
ambitious, measurable results in academic, professional, extracurricular, or
volunteer settings.
Fluency in both written and spoken English
applicants must be able to answer ‘yes’ to all of the following questions:
Do you have experience conceptualizing, developing
and implementing a monitoring and evaluation system using participatory
Do you have experience providing capacity building,
training or facilitated learning?
Do you have strong analytical skills?
Are you fluent in STATA, SPSS, or a similar
Are you an experienced user of Salesforce, or a
similar program?
Do you have superior organizational ability and
diligence: able to plan well and manage effectively?
Are you flexible and able to learn and work
independently without waiting for external motivation?
Are you excited about working to bring dignity and
inclusion back to development?
Are you bored when not being challenged?
Do you thrive in a passionate and entrepreneurial
Are you able to remain patient, positive and flexible
in a dynamic environment?
Do you enjoy working and building relationships
within a multi-cultural team?
Do you believe in leadership through inclusion, empathy
and mutual accountability?
Do you value the process as much as the end result?
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified applicants are encouraged to apply online by clicking on the web link
Deadline: 30th October, 2015

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