MEAL Specialist NGO Careers – World Vision International

 

Job Title:    MEAL Specialist

Organisation: World
Vision International

Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: MEAL Manager

 

About US:

World Vision Uganda
is a Christian Relief, Development and Advocacy Non-Government Organization
dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome
poverty and injustice. We currently work in over 41 districts in Uganda. World
Vision is committed to the protection of children and we will not employ people
whose background is not suitable for working with children. All employment is
conditioned upon the successful completion of all applicable background checks,
including criminal record checks where possible. “Our Vision for every child,
Life in all its fullness.  Our prayer for every Heart, the will to
make it so.”

 

Job Summary:
The MEAL Specialist will plan, develop and manage program performance
monitoring & evaluation systems, research for World Vision Uganda
Programmes in line with the National Office Strategy and establish a knowledge
base through using M&E data/information as evidence for accountability and
informing decision-making for management purposes, course adjustments, and
future designs.

 

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Capacity building
of staff and stakeholders

·       
Build
capacity of DME, Program Managers and Sector Specialists through on and off
job-mentorship, identify learning opportunities for staff, and hold learning
forums particularly in area of design, monitoring, reporting and evaluation.
This shall be achieved through collaborating with different divisions,
technical program leads, sector specialists, WV-EARO and Global center,
partners, ministries and local governments to continuous build capacity of
staff capacity in LEAP/DPA, design, monitoring and evaluation, research,
technologies for MEAL

·       
Train
and build M&E capacity of program staff, beneficiaries and other
stakeholders according to World Vision Uganda Strategy, MEAL framework and
Donor Guidelines.

·       
Spear
head roll out of partnership initiatives from WV-EARO and Global center in
relation to Design Monitoring and Evaluation

·       
Develop
a capacity building and mentorship program for the national MEAL team aimed at
enhancing their capacity and skills to assume increased MEAL and programming
responsibilities.

·       
Guide
staff in preparing progress reports in accordance with approved LEAP reporting
formats and ensure their timely submission. This includes monthly reports,
quarterly progress reports, annual project reports, inception reports

Research and
Documentation

·       
Promote
evidence based learning through undertaking operations research and
documentation at National Office and program level through undertaking
research, engaging programs in research, initiating topics or themes for
research.

·       
Support
programs to generate Most Significant Change evidence in form text i.e.
magazines, or digital videos.

·       
Support
the National Office to roll out research initiatives or products being piloted
by the National Office, Support Offices, Global Center or National structures

·       
Support
programs in documenting and disseminating innovations and new research findings
related to MEAL

·       
Synthesize
and summarize trends in AP monitoring data and data generated from evaluations
that can be used to inform national level programming

·       
Promote
and facilitate processes for identifying, documenting and disseminating good
MEAL practices at a National Level

·       
Design
and implement a system to identify, analyze, document and disseminate lessons
learned.

Assessments and
evaluations

·       
Assure
that baselines and evaluations are conducted in accordance to partnership/donor
guidelines and standards, participate in development and review of Terms of
References, provide technical backstopping to baselines, assessments and
evaluations, collaborate with consultants, support offices or partners.

·       
Provide
technical guidance in conducting assessments in line with established LEAP or
donor related guidelines at a National level. In addition, identify the need
and draw up the Terms of Reference for specific studies; Recruit, guide and
supervise consultants to implement special surveys and studies required for
evaluating programs effects and impacts.

·       
Support
and strengthen adoption and use of Lot Quality Assurance Sampling (LQAS)
methodology using Open Data Kit (ODK) or any emerging recommended software for
annual monitoring of program outcomes, assessments, evaluations or baseline
surveys.

·       
Build
and foster relationships with Government of Uganda counterparts,
non-governmental organizations, academic and research institution, and work
with them to advance M&E methodology, in close coordination with the MEAL
Manager

·       
Contribute
to all program development, research and needs assessments by monitoring the
changing needs of target communities, identifying opportunities in line with WV
Uganda mission & strategy and monitoring international best practices and
development trends.

·       
Monitor
and follow up on utilization of recommendations from evaluation surveys across
programmes

·       
Conduct
meta evaluation of all completed program evaluations to establish key learning
and recommendations to inform future evaluations

Quality assurance
in MEAL work products

·       
As part
of the Quality assurance team at National level, hold periodic National level
reviews to review reports, performance of programs and provide timely feedback
to programs.

·       
Assure
quality of data by enforcing data quality through routine data and M&E
system quality audits at program level, in grants, WV partners and sub
grantees.

·       
Provide
technical support to national office and field program staff and partners on
integration of the strategy standard indicators into ongoing or new
programs/projects.

·       
Plan for
and implement program planning and review meetings in line with the national
strategy detailed implementation plan/National Annual Operating Plan

·       
Track
timely implementation and reporting of programs plans

·       
Support
the regional team in reviewing management reports as well as other M&E
reports to ensure validated M&E data and M&E compliance with
recommended guidelines, formats and standards.

·       
Compile
graded summary reports on quality and develop summary reports key findings and
learning

Information Systems
Management

·       
Provide
leadership to the national MIS systems (Horizon, GIS, OVC databases, WASH MIS,
Automated Database) and build capacity of MEAL and Programme staff on the
utilization and Management of MIS system management

·       
Develop/
rollout and manage WV Uganda’s integrated M&E database aligned to the
National Strategy 2016-2020 standard indicators and cascade the Database to
programs, divisions, partners, grants/emergency projects to track statistics
contributing to the National Office Strategy and Child Well-Being Targets.

·       
Roll out
partnership initiatives from the EARO and Global Centre such as Horizon and any
other databases and ensure that these are rolled out to all programmes at a
national level

·       
Provide
meaningful data summaries and visualization to demonstrate result to the NO and
clusters on the contribution each of the program in regions is performing

·       
In
addition, support application of software for results based monitoring and
evaluation such as SPSS, EPIDATA, EPIINFO, STATA, GIS

Programme
Monitoring and Reporting

·       
Analyze
program data and periodic reports from different technical projects into
periodic management reports usable for demonstrating evidence towards progress
on National Office Strategy, for Technical Project Managers, senior management,
Senior Leadership and other WV partnership offices.

·       
Support
all programs/projects in World Vision Uganda including grants to undertake
activity tracking and results based monitoring of outputs and outcomes using
standardized reporting templates/ formats, protocols, guides, dashboards and
databases ensuring contribution to the National Office Strategy

·       
Collaborate
with Regional Specialists, Grants MEAL Specialists, Cluster MEAL Officer’s and
division to ensure quality and timely submission of bi-annual and annual
reports.

·       
Ensure
timely availability of quality synthesized statistics at National Level for
annual Child Well-Being reporting after a thorough/ rigorous validation process
of data from technical projects and grants inclusive of emergency responses

·       
Promote
utilization of data/information at program, sector and division level through
regional meetings, at management meetings, at conferences, or partnership
strengthened

·       
Develop/adapt
and coordinate administration of monitoring tools to track program performance
based on the strategy standard indicators and WVI partnership targets

·       
Compile
progress reports for management purposes in line with the detail strategy
implementation plan, MEAL framework and Donor Guidelines.

·       
Provide
data to inform the development of concept papers, publication, and program
reports in line with the WV Uganda Strategy, MEAL framework; for dissemination,
internally to WVU and to external audiences including target communities,
government bodies/agencies, Support Offices, Donors, professional communities
as necessary.

·       
Consolidate
all annual program reports and prepare the national office progress report on
the WV International partnership targets

·       
Oversee
and execute M&E activities included in the Annual Work Plan, with
particular focus on results and impacts as well as in lesson learning.

·       
Prepare
consolidation progress reports for project management including identification
of problems, causes of potential bottlenecks in the project implementation, and
providing specific recommendations.

·       
Undertake
regular visits to the field to support implementation of M&E and to
identify where adaptations might be needed.

 


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

·       
The
ideal applicant for the World Vision MEAL Specialist job must hold a Master’s
degree in Monitoring & Evaluation, Statistics, Public health, Demography,
Biostatistics, or a related field. Required.

·       
Minimum
of five years of work experience in managing data intensive programs in
designing, monitoring, and evaluation methodologies is highly desirable.

·       
Experience
in proposal writing and development, grants management, Report writing,
research, monitoring and evaluation skills

·       
Experience
with qualitative and quantitative M&E data collection and analysis methods,
including tracking outcome indicators, is desirable.

·       
Knowledge
of designing and managing M&E systems at a national level for effective
generation of monitoring data used in tracking Programme and improved service
delivery and support related to development programming

·       
Experience
in designing M&E methodologies and tools, and the ability to coach and
train others in their use is desirable.

·       
Excellent
command of MS Excel, and working knowledge of at least two statistical data
management packages/software’s (quantitative & qualitative) e.g., SPSS,
Nvivo/Nudist, EPIINFO, STATA etc

·       
Demonstrated
experience in analyzing, interpreting, and reporting on M&E results so that
lessons can be learned and incorporated into programming is desirable.

·       
Ability
to work with inter-disciplinary teams and a wide range of program/project
activities

·       
Proactive
personality, self-driven and strongly motivated

·       
Capacity/potential
in leadership, relationship management/networking, and coordination.

·       
Spiritual
maturity, interfaith knowledge and a biblical worldview – ability to articulate
and model our Christian identity and mission in an inclusive way.

·       
Good
interpersonal skills, team player, facilitation skills and strong communication
skills, both verbal and written

·       
Proven
conceptual & analytical skills, ability to take an evidence-based approach
to programming

·       
Strong
report writing and communication skills

 

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified
candidates are encouraged to submit your application and complete Curriculum
Vitae by applying online through visiting World Vision International’s
e-recruitment jobs portal at the web link below.

 

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Here

 

Deadline: 8th January 2021

 

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