Growth, Enterprise, Employment & Livelihoods (GEEL) is 5-year USAID-funded project designed to promote and facilitate inclusive economic growth in Puntland, Somaliland and other existing and emerging federal states. The project is currently focusing on the agricultural sector, fisheries and renewable energy. It will also seek to strengthen the business enabling environment through improving access to finance, policy and regulation, and business development services. Particular focus will be given to increase the participation of women and youth in the economy as entrepreneurs, employers, and employees.
The ME&L Specialist is responsible to perform monitoring and evaluation activities under the GEEL project in Mogadishu. He must ensure that all activities are in line with IRG•s organizational learning approaches as well as the USAID Monitoring and Evaluation Policy, ADS sections addressing monitoring and evaluation, and ME&L best practices.
Specifically, the role of the ME&L Specialist will be centralized around providing strategic leadership and direction to the project M&E team.
- Guide technical direction of the M&E approach and strategy
- Manage and guide the technical direction of the Activity Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plan (AMELP) and strategy in line with donor requirements and project M&E policy.
- Develop and implement AMELP to include clearly defined indicators that reflect a causal model or results framework, operational protocols for collecting data and a system for the consistent and accurate collection, collation, analysis and use of data as well as clarity on the evaluation approach for outcome and impact level results.
- Develop data quality standards and implement standard operating procedures to mitigate risk. Conduct periodic internal routine Data Quality Assessments (DQA) to assess the validity, reliability, integrity and timeliness of reported data and, where necessary, to make adjustments as per the data audit findings. Ensure accuracy and timely data reporting by working closely with partners and data enumerators by putting in place data collection and management procedures.
- Review data collected by the M&E team and field extension agents working within all the Intermediate Results or Strategic Objectives and ascertain the quality of the data;
- Carry out or guide the data analysis and preparation of quarterly Operational Reports and annual Results Reports that are submitted to the donor.
- Integrate gender analysis into the M&E system both quantitatively and qualitatively;
- Manage and oversee a technical team of cross-sectoral M&E staff and direct data collection activities of field-based personnel.
- Track all activities implemented by the technical teams by directly contacting technical teams or by reviewing the Weekly Reports;
- Directly engage with GEEL implementing partners and supported firms to build their M&E capacities to report quality data.
- Monitor grant implementation process
- Based on Quarterly Collation Sheets, draft Quantitative Highlights for Quarterly and Annual Reports
- Annually review Theory of Change to determine whether project is achieving its goal and objectives based on the development hypothesis.
- Provide support in the quarterly and annual report writing processes
- Develop project Collaborating, Learning and Adapting (CLA) agenda and strategy
- Provide information and data to the GEEL Communication Specialists to produce success stories, lessons learned and contribute to the GEEL Collaborative, Learning and Adaptive (CLA) agenda.
- Support USAID•s third-party monitoring contractor (SPSS) to validate field activities;
- Lead the operationalization of project collaborating, learning and adapting (CLA) strategy
- Perform any other similar tasks as requested by the COP Reporting:
The ME&L Specialist will report to the Deputy Chief of Party.
1. At least a Master•s degree in business, economics, statistics, international development, or a related field (or, alternately, equivalent academic accomplishment in a relevant field and 6 additional years of relevant experience);
0. At least 5-8 years• technical experience in performing monitoring and evaluation activities;
1. Previous experience monitoring USAID project activities including Grants or Grants under Contract (GUC) activities;
2. Experience or familiarity with accepted best practices in remote monitoring and verification of project activities occurring in non-permissive environments;
3. Experience in conducting and writing field monitoring reports
4. Previous work experience in the horn of Africa preferred;
0. Demonstrated understanding of monitoring and evaluation concepts and applications
1. Experience or familiarity with data quality control measures
2. Excellent oral and written English language communication skills.
3. Experience working in/on fragile or post-conflict states (preferred)
4. Experience working with local organizations and community groups.•
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