Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor

Apply by 26 July 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 26 June 2018

Job Description

The Opportunity

Plan International seeks a Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor for USAID’s anticipated Workforce Development for Bangladeshi Youth Activity in Bangladesh, a cooperative agreement with an expected budget of approximately $10-$25 million over five years. If awarded, it is anticipated that the program will start in January 2019.

The goal of the Workforce Development activity is for youth beneficiaries to acquire new or better employment that aligns with Standard Foreign Assistance Indicator EG 6-1. The activity will support youth’s skill development, forge linkages with the private sector to facilitate job placement, create an enabling environment for women to engage in employment, and provide continuous support to youth in the Feed the Future Zone of Influence. The workforce development activity will fill the gap in programming by targeting youth ages 15-29, with at least a fifth grade education who are out of school or ineligible to enroll in the public Technical Vocational and Education Training system

The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Advisor will lead the development and implementation of the project’s M&E Plan and coordinate systems to collect and analyse data on inputs, outputs, outcomes, and impact of the project. S/he will coordinate with the project technical experts and contribute to the development of annual work plans and routine performance reports. This position is contingent upon award of the project by the donor.

Responsibilities

  • Develop and manage project M&E systems and ensure program quality.
  • Design and coordinate project baseline studies
  • Lead the development, implementation of the project’s M&E plan and annual review of the M&E plans.
  • Qualitatively and quantitatively monitor progress toward achievement of results, outcomes and activities.
  • Propose and implement learning approaches for research and M&E findings for the timely adjustment of project activities and to inform future program development
  • Develop project-wide mechanisms to measure and document progress on indicators and achievement of targets, lessons learned and best practices, and dissemination of results.
  • Collaborate with program staff, relevant government agencies, and other stakeholders to collect and analyze primary and secondary data to inform project progress and the development of annual plans.
  • Conduct supervisory visits to field sites – including those of sub-grantees – to observe, monitor, and provide guidance and support to ensure that quality data is collected and analyzed regularly and effectively.
  • Recruit and supervise consultants for baseline, mid-term, and end of project evaluations and ensure that their work is of high quality and produced within agreed upon deadlines.
  • Contribute detailed and accurate technical deliverables and reports to fulfill donor reporting requirements.
  • Supervise a team and oversee implementation of annual program work and plans.
  • Liaise and coordinate with related projects and activities ongoing in Bangladesh, including Plan’s ongoing programs.
  • Ensure Plan’s Child Protection Policy and Guidelines and Research Standards are adhered to during project implementation

The Person

In order to succeed in the challenging and varied role, you will have extensive experience in the following areas:

  • Master’s degree in economics, international development or a related field
  • A minimum of eight (8) years of experience in research, planning, and monitoring of donor-funded projects.
  • Significant experience monitoring and evaluating USAID or other US Government-funded projects.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing comprehensive M&E systems, especially for grant-funded projects.
  • Demonstrated ability in management, analysis, and processing of data to inform project planning and M&E.
  • Proven ability to prepare clear, concise reports with graphics; extraordinary attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated knowledge about gender and development, and demonstrated proficiency in M&E programs that mainstream gender.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Excellent command of English and Bengali with strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.

Type of Role: fixed term contract

Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Salary: Competitive salary available

Reports to: Chief of Party

Closing Date: July 22, 2018

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Child Protection Policy.

As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

About the Organization

Plan International is a global organization that works side by side with communities in 50 developing countries to end the cycle of poverty for children and their families. Plan works at the community level to develop customized solutions and ensure long-term sustainability. Our solutions are designed up-front to be owned by communities and range from clean water and healthcare programs to education projects, economic empowerment, child protection initiatives and youth civic engagement. Across program areas, Plan’s activities are guided by a Child-Centered Community Development (CCCD) approach, which is rights-based, holistic, gender-sensitive, and inclusive.

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