Monitoring and Evaluation Lead- Madgascar

  • Mid-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 19 February 2019

Job Description

SUMMARY

ADRA is seeking a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Lead for an anticipated USAID/FFP–funded Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Madagascar. The project aims to reduce and prevent chronic malnutrition in the regions of Atsimo Atsinanana and Vatovavy-Fitovinany. For over 25 years, ADRA has implemented relief and development activities in Madagascar with funding from major international donors, including USAID. The M&E Lead strategic direction, leadership, and technical expertise will deliver results while expanding ADRA’s position as a leader of food security programming in Madagascar. The M&E Lead will have overall management responsibility for M&E staff and M&E activities to generate and analyse quality evidence and data through monitoring, assessments and evaluations for the implementation of the project. The M&E Lead will be the key officer for coordinating and supervising monitoring and evaluation activities assessments required for accountability, learning and adaptive management and ensuring the success of the project. The M&E Lead will report to the Chief of Party and to the ADRA country office as needed.

This position is contingent upon receipt of funding and requires donor approval.

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PRE-REQUISITES

Required

  • A Master’s degree in a quantitative field (economics, agricultural/development economics, statistics, bio-statistics, nutrition, applied sociology, anthropology or other relevant subject) with significant training in quantitative methods.
  • Minimum of 6 years of relevant work experience in a development setting, preferably with an international NGO and USAID Funded projects, with progressively increasing responsibility in the field of monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning, and at least two years of experience as a supervisor. Must have experience in leading the M&E of a large project.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading the M&E of a large award, knowledge about TOCs, logic models, food and nutrition security indicators, M&E plans, data quality assurance, data utilization, and gender integration into M&E;
  • Demonstrated familiarity with USAID FFP M&E and Reporting Policy and Guidance for the components of an M&E plan.
  • High skilled and expert in conducting both quantitative and qualitative surveys and assessments and demonstrated expertise in designing surveys, impact assessments, and end line surveys including developing probabilistic sampling strategy and estimating sample size, developing appropriate weights and analyze quantitative data; including previous experience with leading and managing studies and consultants.
  • Well experienced in designing, developing and conducting data quality assessments according to USAID data quality assessment requirements, data management and data visualization; including proficiency in database development/management, SPSS, Stata, , Access, and skills in analyzing, interpreting and communicating information to various stakeholders including USAID and ADRA International.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work cross-culturally with diverse teams including demonstrated ability to work with host-country professionals, ministries and with donor colleagues in country.
  • Ability to work under pressure and in challenging and stressful environment with unexpected challenges
  • Written and spoken command of English and French languages.

Preferred

  • PhD in any of the stated field of study above
  • Experience in writing qualitative and quantitative reports.
  • Experience in leading the M&E of large programs
  • USAID Title II development programs experience
  • Knowledge or understanding of social, economic, cultural and political context in Madagascar.
  • Direct experience in Madagascar.

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BEHAVIORAL COMPETENCIES (Some samples below)

  • Leading and Supervising - Provides others with a clear direction; motivates and empowers others; recruits staff of a high caliber; provides staff with development opportunities and coaching; sets appropriate standards of behavior, gives regular feedback.
  • Relating and Networking - Establishes good relationships with individuals both internally and externally; relates well to people at all levels; builds wide and effective networks of contacts; uses humor appropriately to bring warmth to relationships with others.
  • Creating and Innovating (5.2) - Produces new ideas, approaches, or insights; creates innovative products or designs; produces a range of solutions to problems.
  • Planning and Organizing - Sets clearly defined objectives; plans activities and projects well in advance and takes account of possible changing circumstances; identifies and organizes resources needed to accomplish tasks; manages time effectively; monitors performance against deadlines and milestones.

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RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Lead the Monitoring and Evaluation Component of the project and M&E strategies for large-scale food security project implementing food security interventions
  2. Lead the design, implementation and any revisions of the project Theory of Change (TOC) and Logical Framework documents and map out a project/program Theory of Change or Development Hypothesis.
  3. Identify performance indicators and tools to inform senior management members including ADRA International staff about the progress toward program objectives and to encourage management to integrate them into the project deigns; develop report formats and schedule for reporting.
  4. Lead and provide guidance in designing mixed methods measurements such as baseline and evaluations and effectively promote evidence-based program management.
  5. Provide technical expertise on learning agendas, consortium learning practices, and provide input to senior management for program adaptation based on key learnings.
  6. Provide guidance om designing studies methodologies and developed instruments to ensure quality of data collected, processes and analysed.
  7. Provide strategic high-level feedback, analysis and interpretation of data and information throughout the program startup and implementation processes.
  8. Lead development of M&E plans, result frameworks, indicators, and develop M&E tools and processes.
  9. Support and lead assessments, surveys, case studies and other impact assessments.
  10. Provide technical support and training to the project team and MEAL team on sound M&E procedures and practices and support them in the implementation of assessments, gender, age and diversity analysis, stakeholder analysis, organizational capacity assessments and other pre-program data collection and analysis
  11. Ensure the consistency of indicators and tools across all partners, sectors, and programs as appropriate, maintaining a bank of key program indicators.
  12. Lead developing both quantitative and qualitative surveys including designing the survey SOWs
  13. Lead writing the survey reports and project performance reports including quarterly, semiannual and annual reports.
  14. Lead and interpret the Results Framework (RF), M&E plan, Performance Management Plan (PMP), and Indicator Performance Tracking Table (IPTT).
  15. Lead the development of project tracking, record keeping and filing methodologies for all activities.
  16. Leverage lessons learned, best practices, program data, evaluations and other information to generate donor communication pieces, proposal annexes, success stories, case studies and other high-quality, results-based documentation.
  17. Perform other duties as assigned.

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TRAVEL

Travel required. Must have the ability to travel on short notice if necessary.

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MENTAL/EMOTIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Must be able to work in a fast-paced and customer service-oriented environment; to perform duties under pressure and meet deadlines in a timely manner; to work as part of a team as well as to complete assignments independently; to take instructions from supervisors; to exercise problem-solving skills; and to interact with co-workers, supervisors, network employees, donors and the public in a professional and pleasant manner.

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PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Person must be able to perform essential job functions with or without accommodation. Incumbent should be in optimal health for difficult and temporary below-basic living conditions at overseas location and for field travel in general.

About the Organization

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency is a global humanitarian organization of the Seventh‐day Adventist Church that demonstrates God’s love and compassion. ADRA works with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action.

ADRA International is a religiously qualified Equal Opportunity Employer under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. As such we have the right to prefer a member of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) church in the hiring process. In the event that a qualified SDA candidate is not found, we will give the opportunity to candidates who must understand, respect and honor the mission, purpose, and identity of ADRA International.

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