Technical Advisor II, Monitoring and Evaluation Lead, Haiti
Chief of Party
Note: This position is contingent upon grant and candidate approvals by the donor.
Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS works to save, protect, and transform lives in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding.
The purpose of this position is to design, manage, strengthen, and give strategic direction to the DFSA MEAL system. The Advisor will provide technical expertise and leadership to produce and analyze quality evidence and data through monitoring, assessments, and evaluations. The Advisor will work closely with staff and partners to develop monitoring systems and tools. The Advisor will be responsible for coordinating and supervising MEAL activities. S/he will work with CRS and partner staff to build MEAL capacity for adaptive management.
The Advisor is expected to have a high level of initiative and to use critical thinking skills to identify and fill MEAL gaps. S/he should have the ability effectively promote evidence-based program management.
MEAL Strategy and Systems Design:
- Provide strategic direction for the development and maintenance of MEAL systems and the roll-out of new initiatives.
- Ensure that the DFSA MEAL systems are in compliance with CRS’ global and regional policies, procedures, standards and strategic initiatives and USAID/FFP MEAL and Reporting policies and guidance.
- Ensure the consistency of indicators and tools across all partners, sectors, and programs as appropriate, maintaining a bank of key program indicators.
- Develop and regularly update the DFSA MEAL operating manual, covering data collection tools, data flow maps and analysis plans for program quality and donor reporting.
- Provide strategic high-level feedback, analysis and interpretation of data and information throughout the program startup and implementation processes.
- Lead the preparation and review of MEAL work plans.
- Lead mandated evaluations, needs assessments, annual surveys, case studies and other research efforts.
- Support the project team and MEAL team in the implementation of assessments, gender, age and diversity analysis, stakeholder analysis, organizational capacity assessments and other pre-program data collection and analysis.
- Support staff and partners to incorporate participatory methods into community level MEAL systems and tools.
- Ensure that transparent high-quality accountability systems, including participant feedback and response mechanisms, are operational and effective.
- Ensure that participant feedback is adequately captured, addressed, analyzed, and used by program team.
- Development and maintain MEAL data bases.
- Support learning-to-action activities to systematically analyze data to promote adaptive management and to document and incorporate lessons learned into program design and implementation.
- Provide training, coaching, mentoring and technical guidance to staff and partners on MEAL and the DFSA MEAL system.
- Collaborate with the Madagascar Country Program MEAL Manager to share learning and resources across the country program.
- Keep up to date with CRS and global MEAL learning.
- Provide feedback to staff and partners to improve the MEAL system and ensure quality implementation of MEAL activities.
ICT for MEAL:
- Lead the development of project tracking, record keeping and filing methodologies for all activities.
- Work with IT staff to maximize the value and utility of ICT4D in MEAL initiatives.
Supervision and Coaching/Mentoring:
- The Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor will supervise project MEAL staff and participates in the hiring and supervision either directly or indirectly of staff. Additionally, s/he will provide support in mentoring staff.
- A master’s degree in a quantitative field (economics, agricultural/development economics, statistics, biostatistics, nutrition, applied sociology, anthropology, or other relevant subject) with significant training in quantitative methods. PhD preferred.
- Eight years relevant work experience (six years with PhD) in a development setting preferably with an international NGO, with at least six years of experience of progressively increasing MEAL responsibility in international development projects and at least two years of experience as a supervisor; Title II and ICT4D experience preferred. The candidate must have experience in leading the M&E of a large project.
- Experience working with large donors, USAID/FFP and/or USAID/FTF preferred.
- Strong conceptual knowledge about theories of change, logic model, food and nutrition security indicators, M&E plans, data quality assurance, data utilization and gender integration into M&E.
- Demonstrated experience and expertise in developing and operationalizing a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan; familiarity with FFP M&E and Reporting Policy and Guidance for the components of an M&E plan.
***Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. We welcome as a part of our staff people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need. CRS’ processes and policies reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
Disclaimer: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
CRS’ talent acquisition procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.
CRS is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
About the OrganizationCatholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States. Our mission is to assist the poor and disadvantaged, leveraging the teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to alleviate human suffering, promote development of all people, and to foster charity and justice throughout the world.
Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on five continents and in 98 countries. We aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging people to help with their own development. Together, these approaches foster secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential.
As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice.
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