Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

The Palladium Group
Pretoria, South Africa
Apply by 27 August 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 14 August 2018

Job Description

Australia Awards in AfricaTerms of Reference

Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Officer

Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Reporting to: Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Pretoria
Commence: October 2018
Contract Duration: October 2018 Up to 31 March 2020

BACKGROUND
Australia Awards - Africa is a DFAT funded initiative designed to equip Africans with the skills and knowledge necessary to contribute to sustainable economic and social development outcomes of their own countries; and to build the long-term, sustainable links with Australia.

Australia Awards - Africa provides a mix of Scholarships and Short Courses to Africans in the public, civil society and private sectors in targeted disciplines that support the home countries’ developmental priorities. Australia Awards - Africa is managed by Palladium on behalf of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trading (DFAT).

PURPOSE
To assist in the implementation of the Monitoring and Evaluation Strategy for Australia Awards - Africa. The Senior M&E Officer will support the M&E Manager in data management, analysis and packaging of program reports and evaluation for wider dissemination.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
* Assist and support the M&E Manager in the full implementation of the Australia Awards in Africa M&E Strategy.
* Assist with the development and implementation of monitoring and evaluation activities as specified in the M&E Plan
* Analyse data, including quantitative survey program data, quantitative program data for periodic reporting, and qualitative data gathered during interviews.
* Contribute to the annual review of the M&E Strategy and Framework and assist in reflecting the changes in the technical sheets of indicators.
* Assist in research and evaluation activities. The Senior M&E Officer will join teams in the implementation of evaluation studies, including arranging logistics for field work, data collection via interviews in the field or by phone, and/or through online surveys, and contribute to data analysis and reporting writing.
* Support in the packaging of M&E results to Australia Awards stakeholders, this will involve working with the Communications team in preparing infographics for reports and debriefs
* Draft data collection instruments (i.e. surveys, interview protocols) to be used in special studies and/or for online distribution to target groups
* Interpret and use results for program improvement, including analysing data with a view toward feeding lessons and recommendations back into program implementation
* Review Short Course Awards (SCA) reports and provide comments.
* Compile and consolidate SCA reports, share with providers and DFAT
* In consultation with the Communications team prepare individual pieces and thematic stories based on M&E outputs for wide circulation
* Other duties from time to time, as may be reasonably required by the M&E Manager

Other Duties:
* Perform other activities as required by the M & E Manager
* Attend all relevant staff meetings
* Participate in relevant HR and performance management processes

Reporting:
* Report all suspected and/or detected fraud within 24 hours of discovery and in accordance with DFAT’s Fraud Policy and the Palladium Fraud Risk Assessment and Management Plan (FRAMP).
* Lead and contribute to the Six-Monthly report, Annual Plan and M&E reports.

Qualifications and experience

Essential:
* Relevant Tertiary Qualification in Statistics, Social Science, or any related field. Masters preferred.
* Minimum of four years’ work experience in the field of monitoring and evaluation or social research preferably in the International Development sector
* Knowledge of evaluation concepts and procedures
* Ability to use Microsoft Office software including Excel and other Statistical Packages
* Strong knowledge of data visualisation tools and graphics software is advantageous.
* Ability to interpret project information and to identify and analyse problems with implementation.
* Strong analytical and research skills
* Ability to work under pressure and balance several competing tasks at once.
* Demonstrated understanding of data management
* Demonstrated people skills with a flexible and collaborative personal style
* Be prepared to provide off-site and after-hours support.
* Fluency in written and spoken English

Highly desirable:
* Fluency in any/all Portuguese, French, would be highly desirable.

Knowledge and Skills
* Proficiency in data analysis and use of data visualisation software
* Demonstrated experience in design and working with complex databases

Personal Qualities:
* Identifies process improvements and discusses with immediate supervisor.
* Works with people of all backgrounds with a respectful attitude
* Actively works to support the delivery of the objectives of Australia Awards - Africa and encourages others to do this too.

The successful candidate must have established rights to work in South Africa.

About the Organization

Palladium is a global leader in the design, development and delivery of Positive Impact – the intentional creation of enduring social and economic value. We work with foundations, investors, governments, corporations, communities and civil society to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social, environmental and financial benefits.

For the past 50 years, we have been making Positive Impact possible. With a team of more than 2,500 employees operating in 90 plus countries and a global network of more than 35,000 technical experts, Palladium has improved – and is committed to continuing to improve – economies, societies and most importantly, people's lives.

Palladium is a child-safe organisation, and screens applicants for suitability to work with children. We also provide equal employment to all participants and employees without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status.

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