Manager – Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Job Placement – VSO

Organisation: VSO
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Head of
About Us:
VSO is the world’s leading independent international development
organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing
countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills,
build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change
lives and make the world a fairer place.
Job Summary: The Manager –
Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) will lead the development and
implementation of a robust MEL strategy aligned to VSO Uganda Country Strategic
Plan and VSO’s Global Results Framework
Key Duties and
Developing MEL System:
  • Lead development and delivery of a Country
    MEL strategy incorporating an efficient and effective system and operational
  • Develop effective methods and tools to be
    applied across projects and programmes for evidence-based data collection,
    analysis and reporting
  • Design and manage a bottom-up,
    evidence-based reporting pyramid that synchronises data management at
    projects, programmes and country levels. 
  • Lead training of staff, volunteers and
    partners on VSO’s MEL strategy, methods and tools
  • Continuously update and upgrade VSO’s MEL
    strategy based on changes in internal and external contexts and in close
    collaboration with relevant colleagues. 
Data Integrity Management:
  • Support project teams to develop and
    implement quality MEL plans
  • Design methods that ensure data integrity
    at activity, output and outcome levels
  • Carry out regular field visits for spot
    checks of MEL processes in projects and support risk mitigation measures
  • Prepare and share quarterly progress
    reports demonstrating quality and risk management in project MEL
Reviews & Evaluations:
  • Develop a country level reviews and
    evaluation plan informed by all active projects and ensure delivery of the
    plan in collaboration with relevant colleagues, partners and donors.
  • Lead baselines, midterm and end term
    project evaluations across VSOU’s core programmes.
  • Lead development of evaluation TORs, contract
    awarding and management to ensure timely evaluation results.
Learning & knowledge sharing:
  • Work in close collaboration with the HoP
    and Programme Managers to develop a strong learning culture through
    project evidences
  • Oversee the documentation of key
    learnings, good practices and evidence-based case studies from projects
    and programmes
  • Work in close collaboration with
    programmes team for effective dissemination of programme outcomes and
    lessons learnt
Managing People:
  • Apply VSO’s People First Principles to
    manage performance of direct reports
  • Manage effectively need and expectations
    on direct reports’ learning & development
  • Inspire MEL and programmes teams to
    improve quality programme development and delivery in VSO Uganda
  • Take timely disciplinary actions to manage

Programme Development and Delivery:
  • Support the programmes team in design and
    development of quality programmes and proposals through clear, innovative
    and impact-oriented MEL Plans
  • Support programme teams in project start-ups,
    monitoring and closure from a MEL perspective
  • Work closely with VSOU team in the
    development of quality logframes/results frameworks and theories of Change
  • Assist in preparations for donor
    monitoring visits and external engagements
  • Support the compilation of internal and
    external reports  
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The applicant must hold a Master’s degree
    in a relevant subject; specialisation in one or more MEL areas will be an
  • A minimum of five years of experience in a
    similar role.
  • Ability to provide high quality MEL
    related trainings
  • Highly competent and experienced in
    research and evaluation with up to date knowledge in MEL. 
  • Previous experience in developing,
    co-ordinating, planning standards, tools and techniques.
  • Ability to actively support a team to
    manage competing work priorities and deliver on MEL.
  • Prior exposure and experience in
    developing MEL systems and processes – particularly working and managing
    data – including analysing raw data
  • Solid IT skills; experience in use of
    SPSS, EPI-Info and other packages; qualitative data analysis
  • Experience in the use of participatory
    methodology / tools for M&E
  • Strong time management, organisation
    skills and commitment to excel
  • Ability to handle highly confidential
    information with tact, discretion and sensitivity.
  • Self-motivated, ability to use own
    initiative, flexibility.
  • Sound judgement and the confidence to take
    appropriate action; a high degree of initiative and persistence. Ability
    to analyse and synthesize complex information.
  • Ability to build productive working
    relationships, influence and engage others.  Excellent interpersonal skills, working
    effectively with others, listening, understanding and achieving
    appropriate results.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to
apply online at the link below.
Deadline: 30th
November 2017

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