Fresher Diploma MEL Assistant Job Careers – Mercy Corps

Job Title:     MEL Assistant
Mercy Corps
Duty Station:
Reports to: Senior
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 the Project:
The project will be
implemented in Rhinocamp Settlement located in the West-Nile Region of Uganda,
bordering South Sudan. Rhinocamp is home to 120,108 mostly South Sudanese
refugees (30,337 households). The vast majority (82%) are women and children.
The objective of the project is improved food security among smallholder
farmers, in particular women, in refugee and host communities during the
COVID-19 pandemic in Rhinocamp Settlement. Working together with agro-agents
and strengthening the local agro-agent network will improve the supply of
certified seeds and other agricultural inputs to and from the settlement.
Agro-dealers/seed suppliers outside the settlements will use the agro-agents to
ease distribution of seeds to the farmers. 1,300 (70% female) smallholder
farmers will receive a cash transfer via mobile money or a one-time voucher to
procure seed varieties via an established agro-agent network using agro-input
dealers. In addition, Mercy Corps will work with our local partner CTEN, a
refugee-led organization with experience in awareness campaigns and
peacebuilding and with the capacity to effectively reach the most vulnerable
populations in the settlements. COVID-19 awareness campaigns will reduce the
spread of misinformation about the virus and combat the stigmatization of those
affected/suspected to be affected. They will lead to a better understanding of
measures to be taken to prevent contagion of the virus and greater social
cohesion. The engagement of women’s groups will increase their experience in
leadership and facilitation.
Job Summary:  The MEL assistant will support all MEL related
activities in Rhinocamp. The position will be based in Rhinocamp close the
field of operation. The MEL assistant makes sure that the program assures
program quality, accountability, documentation and learning. The MEL assistant
will be responsible for supporting the supervisor to oversee the monitoring and
data collection of a project, lead regular and annual field-based household and
group interviews, analyze data to provide insights to the program team, and
contribute to report writing. S/he will ensure that performance monitoring and
results reporting tools and processes across the entire program are in place,
effectively implemented.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
 Essential functions
·       Under guidance of Senior MEL officer
participate in all MEL monitoring and evaluation activities included market
assessment, price monitoring and baseline/endline data gathering needs.
·       Support the development of all MEL tools
·       Support in setting up a Community
Accountability and Response Mechanism (CARM) within the community.
·       Support the supervisor in coordinating and
leading components of the baseline and final evaluation.
·       Support development of the logframe, theory
of change and indicator plan
·       Perform spot checks on the program
activities, identify learnings to improve on program implementation.
·       Support data collection activities including
post-training monitoring and post distribution monitoring. Continuous
improvement of activities will be expected based on this information.
·       Prepare and submit weekly, monthly, and
quarterly reports that will be indicative of program progress during implementation.
Respond to queries if and when necessary.
·       Ensure adherence to program management
minimum standards in carrying out his/her duties, advising and supporting other
staff in the same as required.
·       If necessary support the MEL team in other
projects in West-Nile if required.
·       Support in maintaining a proper filing system
with activity reports, attendance lists and pictures.
·       Conduct himself/herself both professionally
and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps Uganda and to
not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
·       Accountability to Beneficiaries: Al Mercy
Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards accountability,
specifically to direct program participants, engaging them as equal partners in
the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of our field activities.
·       Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy
Corps Uganda’s 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 the program as well as
·       Any other related duties assigned

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
·       The ideal candidate must hold a Diploma in
relevant field: statistics, social sciences, economics, business administration
or in any other related field.
·       At least 2 years of experience in monitoring
and evaluation of agricultural livelihoods programs
·       Good understanding and skills at data
·       Strong community mobilization skills a must.
·       Good writing, communication, organization,
prioritization skills.
·       Good (English) verbal and written
communication skills preferred.
·       Computer literacy with a full knowledge of
office applications.
·       Strong knowledge of mobile data collection
tools and best practices.
·       Excellent attention to detail and ability to
complete tasks in a timely manner.
·       Excellent teamwork abilities and
interpersonal skills.
·       Demonstrated flexibility, creativity and
enthusiasm as well as a willingness to learn and to be continually adaptive
within a dynamic and often self-directed working environment mandatory.
·       Proactive, problem-solving action orientation
is essential.
·       Able and willing to drive a motorbike safely
on a daily basis (Having a valid license is required).
·       Speaking a local language is preferable: e.g.
Lugbara, Kakwa, Arabic etc.
·       Success Factors
·       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 candidates who
wish to join Mercy Corps in this capacity should apply online at the link
Deadline: 3rd July 2020

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