Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Manager

  • Senior-level, Long-term consulting assignment
  • Posted on 18 June 2020
  • Pretoria, South Africa
  • Closing on 13 July 2020
  • Current
  • Annual gross 1200000 Rand
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Job Description

The SECO-funded project “Procurement Infrastructure and Knowledge Management (PINK) Capacity Development Programme” aims to support the National Treasury’s priorities in developing capacity to improve procurement practices and infrastructure management. The PINK’s main objective can be summarized “increased cost effective, socially inclusive and sustainable service delivery at provincial and local government level”. This will be achieved through three Key Results Areas (KRAs):

• KRA 1 – More effective supply chain management (procurement) at local government level.

• KRA 2 – Enhanced infrastructure management (budgeting, planning and asset management) at local government level.

• KRA 3 - Crosscutting Activities – Knowledge Management and Peer Learning.

A series of eight projects will be carried out to deliver the results required in these three KRAs.

The PINK Programme has developed a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) Strategy which sets out the main goal and objectives of the MERL System. The main goal of the MERL System is to provide the programme management unit (PMU) and project owners within National Treasury with a MERL framework for facilitating learning and continual improvement. It will also support in tracking progress, demonstrating results and guiding evaluation of the PINK Programme as well as beyond.

The specific objectives of the MERL plan are:

1. To assist the PMU and all project owners / stakeholders in assessing the performance of the PINK Programme and the sub-projects in accordance with agreed objectives and performance indicators, to support management for results and evidence-based decision-making.

2. To facilitate and drive continuous learning knowledge management by all stakeholders and promote the effective use of information generated by PINK and other National Treasury projects.

3. To facilitate high-quality reporting and communication among relevant audiences of important messages relating to the progress of the Programme and its projects.

4. To build the capacity of key stakeholders to promote regular and systematic review of the progress of PINK implementation in order institutionalize learning and knowledge management (for instance by providing learning for instance related to the outcome harvesting methodology).

5. To build understanding, acceptance and support for MERL and continual learning on the part of all relevant stakeholders and encourage its widespread adoption.

6. To facilitate review of the MERL System and Plan to ensure it continues to meet stakeholder needs.

The MERL Manager will be responsible for implementing the MERL plan and provide the programme management unit (PMU) and project owners within National Treasury with a MERL framework for facilitating learning and continual improvement.

For more information and the full TORs / job description kindly refer to www.Ecorys.com/PINK

About the Organization

Ecorys is an international company providing research, consultancy and management services. We specialise in economic, social and spatial development and aim to deliver real benefit to society through the work we do. We are one of the oldest research and consulting companies in Europe. In the summer of 2019 we proudly celebrated our 90th anniversary!

Ecorys has over fifty years of experience in working outside our European home markets – particularly in Africa, Asia and South-America. We advise governments, multinational organizations, NGOs and civil society groups, and private sector clients on a wide range of economic and social issues. Our work includes evidence-based research, technical assistance, training and education programs, monitoring and evaluation, project management and tailor-made advice.

More information on the company and the assignments it works on can be found on www.ecorys.com

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