Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor – South Sudan EPRR

  • Senior-level, Short-term contract assignment
  • Posted on 5 June 2020
  • South Sudan
  • Closing on 5 July 2020
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Job Description

FHI 360 is currently recruiting for the position of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor for the upcoming USAID/South Sudan Education for Peace, Recovery and Resilience (EPRR) activity. This position will be based in South Sudan – in Juba or field offices in the project’s target states – and is contingent upon award.

Position Description:
The MEL Advisor is responsible for establishing and managing the project’s overall MEL system, tracking all progress made towards meeting program/contract results, indicators, and targets, including impacts on access, retention, safety, learning, community engagement, gender, and disability-inclusive measures, ensuring that they are being consistently and systematically tracked and reported. The MEL Advisor will design and implement the Activity Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (AMELP). He/she will oversee an initial Rapid Education and Risk Analysis and the setup of an ongoing system of rolling assessments of key contextual factors. He/she will work directly with program leadership to implement an adaptive management approach for the program, based on rolling assessments, provide technical leadership in designing a system for program data collection, ensure high-quality, timely, valid and verifiable data collection and analysis, develop and implement a learning agenda to build the evidence base, and oversee formative evaluation activities and inform stakeholders of lessons learned.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Designs and oversees the monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities of the project including complexity-aware monitoring and adaptive management activities
  • Leads the design, development, planning, and implementation of the MEL plan and project evaluation activities, including the development and dissemination of tools, materials, reports, papers, and intervention-linked research
  • Develops strategies and tools for the design and implementation of monitoring of specific technical components
  • Works closely with the technical team leads to co-design monitoring tools, select indicators, and determine field monitoring responsibilities
  • Ensures tool compatibility and coordination within the M&E framework, and consistency with national and donor requirements
  • Responsible for providing technical assistance, and developing and setting up systems for the timely collection, management, analysis, and reporting of valid and reliable data that meet donor reporting requirements
  • Focuses on strengthening the M&E system, building capacity of partners and staff, and improving alignment and support to host-country M&E systems
  • Supports the project’s Collaborating, Learning, Adapting (CLA) framework
  • Undertakes periodic reviews of program and/or country M&E systems, and participates in planning M&E system strengthening actions
  • Provides guidance on information systems for quality assurance, as well as best practices documentation and reporting
  • Oversees the publication and dissemination of information on successful and promising approaches, lessons learned, and other program results to ministry counterparts, donors, program partners, and other key stakeholders

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or higher in international development, social sciences or related field;
  • At least five years of experience related to monitoring, evaluating, and reporting on education or social-sector programs required;
  • At least three years of experience related to MEL in crisis settings;
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills and ability to articulate technical information clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences;
  • Demonstrated expertise in rigorous quantitative and qualitative research and analytical methods;
  • Excellent report writing, analytical, and communication skills, including oral presentation skills;
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with program staff and partners;
  • Proficiency with relevant software (Stata, SAS, SPSS, Epi Info, Atlas);
  • Proven supervisory experience;
  • Fluency in English.

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

About the Organization

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