Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer CFPA Program Jobs – Mercy Corps

Organization: Mercy
Corps
Duty Station: 
Uganda
About US:
Mercy Corps is an international
non-profit organization which implements high-quality, analytical development
programmes in very difficult places. Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda
since 2006. It has and continues to implement programs in Acholi and Karamoja
sub regions. Mercy Corps is taking a community-led, market driven approach to
address poverty and food insecurity needs through interventions that get to the
root causes and contributing factors of economic vulnerability. Donors include
the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), DFID,
Mastercard Foundation, WALMART Foundation, Coca Cola Africa Foundation, US
Depart of State (DOS) /PEPFAR, ECHO and Nike Foundation.
About CFPA Program:
Mercy Corps is starting a new program in consortium with China
Foundation for Poverty Alleviation (CFPA) to pilot the market systems
development approach to refugee response. The project aims to support 5,000
beneficiaries, including 3,500 refugees and 1,500 host community members, while
indirectly benefiting the households of each of these beneficiaries to reach at
least 20,000 South Sudanese and Ugandans in the Palabek settlement in Lamwo
through the adaptation of agricultural practices that improve productivity and
production. Given the reality that refugees arriving in Uganda have few to no
assets and lack means for income generation, this kind of program supports
immediate food security needs while providing refugees with the tools and
experience to forge a sustainable future for themselves in Uganda. The program further
acknowledges that economic resilience of the host community will help them
better cope with negative effects of the refugee influx. By facilitating
private business expansion among host communities, the program will support
expanding consumer markets and access to employment among refugees and host
community. The project will adopt a market systems development approach,
working to leverage the private sector to provide inputs to farmers; offtake
goods from production; as well as provide agricultural and post-harvest
handling training so farmers can use agricultural land effectively and earn an
income.
Job Summary: The Monitoring,
Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer will be responsible for tracking,
monitoring and evaluating the program’s activities. This position is a key role
in Mercy Corps’ program quality assurance, accountability, documentation and
learning unit. The position holder will be responsible for submitting donor
reports and additional reports as needed. The position holder will support the
program team in planning and execution of monitoring and evaluation activities,
ensuring quality in line with accepted standards, providing essential feedback
for learning, accountability and decision making. The position holder will
report to the Program Manager and be under the technical guidance of the Senior
Country MEL and Communication Manager.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Support the initial start-up period of any
    new program by leading the implementation of a more detailed assessment activities
    and initial workplan refinement phase, making sure to include key
    beneficiaries and stakeholders, in close partnership with the Program
    Manager.
  • Lead the development of the M&E
    framework and Indicator Plan to be submitted to supervisor for review.
  • Generate and implement M&E tools for
    all assessments and program implementation needs, in close coordination
    with full program team and continually engaged in field activities.
  • Coordinate baseline and endline
    assessments, case studies, post-distribution monitoring, after action
    reviews and other monitoring activities in area of operation.
  • Draft and lead the finalization of all
    donor reporting requirements, in coordination with Program Manager and
    Senior MEL Officer.
  • Maintain an up to date database that reflects
    progress (including disaggregated beneficiary counts) and donor
    indicators, in line with both organizational standards and the donor’s
    database.
  • Build the capacity of all 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 all
    implementation, providing advice and feedback for quality results at any
    point, as needed.
  • Work closely with Director of Programs,
    Program Manager, Program Officers and other staffs to ensure that
    activities are implemented on plan and progress towards targets is not
    compromised.
  • 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
    ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Monitoring, Evaluation and
    Learning (MEL) Officer job placement
    should hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, Agriculture,
    Demography, Statistics, Business administration or relevant field.
  • Three years of program monitoring and
    evaluation experience.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of concepts
    and demonstrate skills in monitoring and evaluation, project cycle,
    results chain and frameworks, participatory monitoring.
  • Should be able to lead the design and
    implementation of surveys, have knowledge of commonly used probability and
    purposive sampling techniques.
  • Must have perfect 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
    candidate should demonstrate fluency in use of at least one data
    management software including Microsoft Access, SPSS, STATA.
  • Must be fluent both spoken and written
    English. Local language skills is a plus.
  • Residents of Acholi are encouraged to apply.
    Residents and those with experience in Acholi Region are highly encouraged
    to apply.
  • The ideal candidate will have the ability
    and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the cultural,
    relatively poor infrastructure of West Nile.
  • S/he will be an excellent communicator,
    have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and
    often stressful environments.
  • S/he will be committed to the work of
    Mercy Corps and the objectives of this program. They will demonstrate
    their dedication with a strong work ethic, attention to detail and
    creative problem solving.
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:
ug-mcjobs@mercycorps.org
Deadline:  24th January 2018

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