The Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL) Coordinator is responsible for the technical leadership and guidance of monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning activities in the project “Joining Forces to Protection Children from Violence during COVID-19” which will be implemented in five countries (Senegal, Mali, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda) across three years (2020-2023).
The project is funded by the EU and is implemented by a consortium of the six biggest child focused agencies Child Fund Alliance, Plan International, Save the Children International, SOS Children’s Villages International, Terre des Hommes International Federation, World Vision International
The MERL Coordinator is responsible for technical leadership and guidance of monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning in the context of project implementation.
You will oversee and ensure that country-based information is fed into the overall project framework to allow results-based monitoring and establish and maintain a coherent monitoring approach across the five countries together with the country-based MERL specialists of the different consortium members.
You will also be responsible for overall knowledge management and documentation of best practices and lessons learnt from the project, supporting and strengthening the projects country teams and providing technical support to the MERL staff of country leads and implementing partners.
- Developing guidance for project M&E system set up, and supporting country teams to adapt to their context and to set up and implement
- Developing guidance for project baseline & needs assessment, mid-term review and end-line assessment and supporting country teams to adapt to their context and to prepare and implement
- Developing/updating standard tools for monitoring project indicators into a toolkit and training country teams and consultants to apply consistently
- Developing and maintaining an effective information database on the project for beneficiaries and participants, providing resource and necessary support for program inputs and outputs
- Training staff of country teams on MERL systems, tools and strategies, including feedback and complaints activities and learning strategies.
- Performing regular visits to project implementation areas to support country teams in MERL activities
- Supporting country teams to interview and select external consultants to conduct project baseline & needs assessment and end-line assessment
- Supporting country teams to facilitate implementation of project baseline & needs assessment & needs assessment, mid-term review and end-line assessment
- Ensuring quality control of data and information collected, through the ongoing review of country level data collection processes and MERL systems
- Analysis and feedback on quarterly and annual country level reports
- Analysis and feedback on country level baseline assessments, needs assessments, mid-term review and end-line assessment reports
- Supporting the Project Manager to consolidate quarterly and annual country level reports into global report and logical framework with progress of indicators against targets
- Supporting the Project Manager to consolidate results of country level baseline assessments, needs assessments, mid-term review and end-line assessment reports into global report and logical framework with final achievement of indicators against targets
- Organising and ensuring all data collection for the capitalization of lessons learned and good practices identified in the context of the project implementation;
- Developing guidance and supporting country teams to organise lessons learnt and knowledge sharing workshops and learning exchanges for effective project performance improvement
With significant experience in monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning in programmes and projects you will have worked in complex, multi-country and/or multi-agency programmes or projects.
You will have solid experience in setting up M&E systems and processes for large projects, managing base-line, mid-term and end-line evaluations and conducting needs assessments.
Skills in participatory assessment, particularly with children and knowledge of ethical principles and safeguarding standards for involving children in MERL activities and experience in Child Protection program MERL will be essential.
Strong planning and organisational skills, the ability to deliver to tight deadlines and analytical skills are key.
Able to work independently and as a team player you will communicate clearly and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders.
Fluency in French and English is required.
Location: This role may be based in a number of locations; Bamako- Mali, Dakar- Senegal, Kampala-Uganda, Nairobi-Kenya or Addis Ababa-Ethiopia. Approximately 40% of your time will be spent in the field. Applicants must have the pre-existing right to work in the base location.
Type of Role: Three year fixed term contract on local terms and conditions
Closing Date: Sunday 19th July 2020
About the Organization
Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.
Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.
We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.
We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.