The Northeast Syria Agriculture and Livelihoods Partnerships (ALP) project will build resilience within target communities in Northeast Syria, specifically in providing increased access to opportunities for economic revival and food security while strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations to play a key role in supporting locally generated gains. The project will apply a three-pronged approach of – (i) providing technical assistance to develop the capacity of agriculture and livelihood production in participating communities; (ii) training on effective value chain and access to markets; and (iii) creating safe spaces for community cooperation and coordination of resources.
Under the supervision of the Chief of Party (COP), the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager is responsible for helping to inform program strategy through atmospheric reporting, for all monitoring and evaluating initiatives for current and future activities, for providing accountability and ensuring efficiency and success from start to finish. S/he will be responsible for establishing, modifying and monitoring key performance indicators to report and record progress for specific activities in relation to the overall project LogFrame. S/he also oversees regular project progress reports and will collaborate with the Senior Program Manager to prepare weekly and quarterly reports. The MEL Manager will serve as the point of contact for regular client reporting and work closely with the COP, Grants, and Program Teams.
The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Manager reports to the Chief of Party and supervises up to five staff.
Monitoring and Reporting
- Oversee the development of all monitoring and evaluation deliverables;
- Manage all aspects of M&E data collection, analysis and reporting on performance indicators by project team members and project counterparts;
- Develop, track and update the LogFrame to monitor the achievement of indicator targets and examine project progress towards desired outcomes and impact;
- Contribute to writing weekly technical reports for the clients;
- Spearhead the writing of the quarterly report;
- Manage all inputs and changes to the LogFrame including setting out specific quantifiable performance indicators and targets for overall objectives;
- Establish/refine monitoring systems and tools to measure project progress;
- Develop/refine methodology for field data collection, surveys and survey instruments;
- Contribute to the design and implementation of evaluation initiatives; and
- Utilize critical inputs, feedback, and assessments from evaluation partners to inform changes in program approaches and scale-up.
Data Collection and Evaluation
- Coordinate evaluations with partners and vendors, as provided in project documents and operations research, including design, data collection, management and analysis;
- Work with field officers inside Syria and the Erbil based team to collect information from field-based interviews and/or focus groups with beneficiaries;
- Conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis and write research reports; and
- Ensure quality of data collected through periodic verification procedures including routine data quality audits.
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred;
- Five (5) years of demonstrated experience in stabilization programming and knowledge of the stabilization context in Syria, particularly in the East;
- At least five (5) years of experience with program management, with three (3) years of reporting, research, M&E and management of staff;
- Strong technical skills, including ability to process and analyze data using one or more statistical software packages, including at least one of the following: SPSS, Epi-Info, Stata, MS Access, Excel;
- Ability to analyze political work, define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions, and the ability to think innovatively;
- Native written and spoken Kurdish or Arabic; written and spoken English required; and
- Previous experience working with Syrian civil society preferred.
Local and regional candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Position contingent upon donor funding.
About the Organization
Creative Associates International is a dynamic, fast-growing global development firm that specializes in education, economic growth, democratic development and post-crisis stabilization. Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has a field presence in more than 25 countries with a strong client portfolio that includes the U.S. Agency for International Development and the State Department, among others. Since its founding in 1977, Creative has earned a solid reputation among its clients and is well-regarded by competitors and partners alike.