Research, Monitoring, and Learning Officer, Colombia

Colombia
Apply by 17 August 2018
Mid-level , Long-term consulting assignment
Posted on 18 July 2018

Job Description

Pact Overview

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. A nonprofit international development organization founded in 1971, Pact works on the ground in nearly 40 countries to improve the lives of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization. We serve these communities because we envision a world where everyone owns their future. To do this, we build systemic solutions in partnership with local organizations, businesses, and governments that create sustainable and resilient communities where those we serve are heard, capable, and vibrant.
Pact is a recognized global leader in international development. Our staff have a range of expertise in areas including public health, capacity development, governance and civil society, natural resource management, poverty, fragile states, monitoring and evaluation, small-scale and artisanal mining, microfinance and more. This expertise is combined in Pact’s unique integrated approach, which focuses on systemic changes needed to improve people’s lives.

Department Overview

Pact seeks a Research, Monitoring, and Learning (RML) Officer, based in Colombia, for the U.S. DOL-funded project: Reducing Child Labor and Forced Labor in Palm Oil Supply Chains. The purpose of this project is to strengthen the capacity of private sector partners in the Colombian and Ecuadorian palm oil sectors to implement a robust social compliance system and to increase understanding, at regional (especially Peru and Brazil) and global levels, of promising practices in social compliance systems in palm oil supply chains.

Position Purpose

The RML Officer will be responsible for designing and implementing systems to ensure appropriate tracking and assessment of all project activities. S/he will have primary responsibility of reporting on project outputs and outcomes and for ensuring quality of interventions. H/she will be responsible for all data submissions in accordance with U.S. DOL and Pact requirements. S/he will provide technical guidance and support to any consortium members or sub-grantees (as applicable) in establishing and implementing their monitoring and evaluation systems for the project. H/she will be responsible for capturing, documenting and communicating learnings to inform project implementation. This position is contingent upon award of funds.

Key Responsibilities
  • Develop high quality quantitative and qualitative methods and participatory methodologies to monitor program quality for performance and results.
  • Develop data collation and aggregation tools and maintain project databases.
  • Support with development and implementation of Comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (CMEP) process
  • Support project staff in developing project results frameworks (input, output, outcome, and impact), and develop relevant indicators and targets for result areas.
  • Review and finalize Monthly, Quarterly, and Annual Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) workplans and budgets.
  • Oversee the development of donor reports, ensuring that all donor reporting requirements on project impact are met.
  • Coordinate the design and implementation of pre- and post-situational analyses, mid-term and end-of-project evaluations, surveys, special studies, and other components of the project’s (M&E) system.
  • Liaise with counterparts at international, government, non-government agencies involved in related activities and collaborate in promoting high quality results and complementary efforts.
  • As applicable, provide one-on-one technical assistance, mentoring and coaching to support partners in: ensuring realistic targets are set for all required and customized indicators, as well as conducting and facilitating (M&E) training for partners that includes data quality management, and basic data analysis.
  • Provide technical assistance in relation to supply chain monitoring tools and coordinate closely with the Social Compliance Specialist.
Basic Requirements
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in statistics, demographics, public policy, international development, economics, or related field. Master’s degree or Bachelor’s plus an advanced certificate in M&E, statistics, or economics preferred.
  • Minimum of three years of professional experience in a senior M&E position responsible for implementing research, monitoring, and learning activities of international development projects.
  • Proven success in designing, implementing, and operating project M&E systems from project initiation to closeout stages.
  • Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, and developing performance monitoring plans and data collection tools.
  • Proven track record to design and implement research activities.
  • Experience with translating information from research and M&E activities to support communication and dissemination of research findings and lessons learned.
  • Ability to facilitate and serve as project liaison for externally-managed evaluations.
  • Fluency in English and Spanish is required.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s degree or Bachelor’s plus an advanced certificate in M&E, statistics, or economics.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with U.S. DOL reporting processes and standards, especially experience developing and implementing CMEP a U.S. DOL-funded project.
  • Experience with research on supply chains; social compliance systems; child labor, forced labor, and/or acceptable conditions of work; or market analysis preferred.
  • Relevant experience in Colombia, Ecuador, Brazil, and/or Peru.
  • Local candidates highly encouraged to apply.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

About the Organization

At the heart of Pact is the promise of a better tomorrow. The promise of a healthy life. Of a decent livelihood. Of sustainable natural resources that benefit communities. Now more than ever in its 42-year history, Pact is helping millions of people who are poor and marginalized discover and build their own solutions and take ownership over their future.
Pact enables systemic solutions that allow those who are poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy, and take part in the benefits that nature provides. Pact accomplishes this by strengthening local capacity, forging effective governance systems, and transforming markets into a force for development.

Pact is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

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