Several Entry Level MEL Assistant USAID Project Jobs – Mercy Corps

Assistant (Several Fresher Jobs)
Organization: Mercy
Duty Station: 
Reports to:
MEL Officer
About US:
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. Working in Uganda since 2006,
Mercy Corps has applied market-driven solutions to communities across the
country, equipping individuals and households with the knowledge, skills and
confidence to generate improvements in their access to markets, livelihoods,
health, nutrition, and security, in order to improve their overall resilience.
About USAID Project
Mercy Corps
implements high quality- analytical work in tough environments. We’ve been
operating in Uganda since 2006 and currently manage a range of programs in
Acholi, West Nile and Karamoja sub-regions with funding from a host of donors.
In October 2017, Mercy Corps was awarded a 5 year USAID/ Food for Peace- funded
program working in 4 districts in Karamoja (Amudat, Moroto, Kotido and
Kaabong), the Apolou Activity.
Job Summary:  The MEL Assistants will work with the Mercy
Corps Apolou Activity team as well as our local partner organizations to
oversee and ensure the collection of quality M&E data for the program.  The MEL Assistant will be responsible for
supporting the MEL officers, Database Officer and Database Assistant to oversee
the monitoring and data collection during the Households verification processes
and take lead in regular and annual field based household and group interviews.
S/he will ensure that performance monitoring processes across the entire
activity are in place, effectively implemented and well synchronized. The MEL
Assistant will supervise teams of enumerators in data collection, and reporting
according to the target set by the Activity.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Work closely with the Apolou team and local partners, to ensure
    effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting of program activities and
  • Manage regular synchronisations and backups of field data to
    cloud-based data management system.
  • Work on maintaining participant tracking systems, with a primary
    focus on providing high quality data to program teams.
  • Proactively work to contribute in the development and improvement of
    the system’s functionality, enhancing data quality, and identifying areas
    of improvement well in time
  • Work closely with program teams in devising new ways, and processes
    to improve efficiency of data collection processes, and quality of
    collected data.
  • Maintain confidentiality and observe data protection and associated
    guidelines at all times.
  • Perform spot checks on the team’s data collected or Households
  • Ensuring accuracy of entered data and comparing it with the existing
    scheduling system to make sure all records are consistent and aligned.
  • Support in the review and checking of data generated being in line
    with the M&E reporting requirements.
  • Troubleshoot front and back end issues with the database, including
    any synchronisation issues of field-level data.
  • Work as part of a team to facilitate and support MEL operations
    including baseline, annual and end line surveys, regular monitoring, data
    collection, analysis and reporting according to the MEL work plan.
  • Ensure proper coordination and mobilisation of the participants
    during the household verification and annual surveys.
  • Ensure proper custody, safety and maintenance of all the phones and
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • 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
  • 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.
Supervision of
enumerators collecting field data during HH verification and annual survey.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps MEL Assistant job placement
    hold a Bachelor’s degree in management, statistics, economics, social
    science or related field.
  • Good understanding and skills at data management, data flow and
    Prior experience with computerized data management systems.
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of MS Office
    applications expert knowledge of Excel and the use of Commcare, Ona, ODK
    and other mobile data collection platforms is required.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet
    deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
  • Strong team coordination, listening, and consensus building skills.
  • Fluent in both spoken and written English. Fluency in spoken
    N’Karamojong or Pokot is a must.
  • One to Two years of experience working in the NGO sector in M&E,
    community development or economic and market development.
  • Prior experience carrying out surveys or conducting qualitative and
    quantitative data collection.
  • Strong analytical skills coupled with a solid understanding of
    quantitative indicators and data collection strategies.
  • Able to drive a motorbike safely and valid license required or
    willingness to obtain in the first 6 months of employment
  • The successful MEL Assistant will combine exceptional management
    skills and keen attention to detail. Fluency in N’Karamojong or Pokot is a
  • S/he will have an ability to think creatively about operationalizing
    and improving the MEL system of the program. S/he will have proven
    experience with cross-cultural team and capacity building, individual
    staff development and strong mentoring skills.
  • Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous
    attention to detail as well as strategic vision are essential.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong
    commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing
    environments and make effective written and verbal communication a
    priority in all situations.
  • A good sense of humor and the ability to learn from mistakes also
    goes a long way!
How to Apply:
All candidates
should send their applications online through the Mercy Corps recruitment
portal at the link below.
Deadline: 29th November 2019
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