Job Title: Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Organisation: United States US Embassy, US Mission in Uganda
Duty Station: USAID, Program and Policy Development (PPD) Kampala, Uganda
Salary Grade: FSN-11 (Ugshs 117,730,581 to 172,487,987 p.a. inclusive of allowances)
Vacancy Announcement Number: 55-16
About US Embassy:
Among the offices operating under the U.S Mission to Uganda are:
- United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
- Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
- Peace Corps
Job Summary: The Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be responsible for ensuring Mission compliance with USAID performance management and evaluation policy as set forth in Automated Directives System Chapter 203, as well as Mission policy as set forth in the current USAID/Uganda Evaluation Mission Order. As the senior Mission subject-matter expert (SME) on all matters M&E, s/he advises the PPD Director and Deputy Director, the Mission Director and his/her Deputy, the Mission Office of Acquisition and Assistance, and Mission technical teams on all aspects of Mission program performance monitoring and evaluation, ensures that progress toward intended results is monitored, recorded and reported upon in accordance with USAID policy guidance, advises and trains, as needed, all Mission Contracting Officer Representatives (CORs) and Assistance Officer Representatives (AORs) and implementing partners on the design, implementation and modification of performance monitoring plans (PMPs) for their respective contracts and grants. S/he provides final Mission-level clearance on all evaluations of Mission projects/activities. S/he also supports the Mission Project Design and Budget Team in applying lessons learned from mid-term and post-project/activity evaluations to new project/activity designs. S/he has overall management responsibility for ensuring that the Mission’s performance-data reporting system consistently conforms to Agency standards and policy guidance, and for enforcing requirements for timely collection of Mission program performance data for that system and for timely assessment of data quality.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Design and Management of Mission Performance-Management Plans and Systems: 30%
- Provides high-level professional subject-matter expertise and guidance to all Mission technical teams and implementing partners (IPs) in the design, implementation and update/revision of performance monitoring plans for all Mission-funded activities.
- Reviews, approves, and modifies, as necessary, the performance-management plans for all Mission activities in accordance with Agency M&E policy guidance, in order to determine actual results achieved in comparison to targets; and interprets the significance of those results for broader Mission performance objectives and goals, and makes final determinations on behalf of the Mission regarding whether the intended result or target was achieved.
- Oversees the development of, and provides final Mission-level approval of, the M&E plan of the Mission’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS).
- Makes formal recommendations to Mission Management, as required, for any revisions of, or adjustments to, performance targets, intermediate results, development objectives and strategic goals.
2. Development, Implementation and Oversight of the Mission Analytic Agenda: 30%
- Leads the Mission to develop an annual analytic agenda that conforms to Agency Evaluation Policy and its Collaborating, Learning and Adapting agenda and to the USAID/Uganda standardized Mission Order on Evaluation, identifying specific programs, activities, technical areas and issues requiring in-depth analysis and/or evaluation in order to meet Mission assistance-program objectives and goals; reviews and approves all Mission evaluation designs; and manages the Mission M&E budget for third-party evaluations and assessments of programs and activities.
- Keenly reviews all Mission evaluation reports and makes final determination on behalf of the Mission as to whether they meet the standards required by Agency and Mission policy.
- Leads the PPD M&E and Learning Team in advancing the Mission’s M&E and Learning agenda, identifying all data and analytical requirements for improving program management, impact and oversight.
3. Data Collection, Verification, Analysis and Reporting on Program Performance: 25%
- Serves as the senior Mission authority and arbiter on all issues related to program-performance data identification, collection, quality-assessment, interpretation and dissemination.
- Manages the Mission in designing, planning, organizing and carrying out the bi-annual portfolio reviews for Mission Management, both at the Mission and in the field, of program performance in accordance with the USAID/Uganda standardized Mission Order on Portfolio Reviews. Oversees the operation of the Mission’s Performance Reporting System and provides direct oversight of the five-year, $15.6 million Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning contract as the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR).
- Attends Uganda-based and international conferences and workshops on M&E and Learning as the senior Mission subject-matter expert and administrative authority.
- Takes lead in the preparation, ensures the quality and accuracy, and approves for final submission to Washington of the annual Mission Performance Plan and Report.
4. Improving the capacity of partner organizations: 15%
- In support of the achievement of the Mission’s performance plan, provides of technical assistance to Mission IPs to enhance their institutional M&E and Learning capacity. This includes providing assessments of current IP capacity in these areas, and identifying any training and/or other resources needed for the IPs to be able to carry out these functions with the necessary level of competence and quality.
- On a periodic and as-need and appropriate basis, provide technical assistance to Ugandan institutions such as the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, the Office of the Prime Minister, and the Office of the Auditor General in enhancing their M&E capacity.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
NOTE: All applicants must address each selection criterion detailed below with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
- The applicants for the US Embassy Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist job placement should hold a Master’s degree, or host country equivalent, in a field related to monitoring and evaluation and performance/statistical research and analysis, which may include economics, applied mathematics/statistics, public or business administration, organizational/management theory and practice, demography is required
- A minimum of ten years’ experience in professional level experience in the performance monitoring and evaluation of development-assistance programs, 4 years of which should be with a U.S. Government (USG) agency or other bilateral or multilateral official aid donor organization.
- Previous experience must include the development and management of performance monitoring plans, oversight/management of computer and/or web-based performance data recording and reporting systems, design and management of program/project evaluations and assessments, data source selection and quality analysis, report writing, and work in diverse team settings.
- Possess excellent interpersonal, conceptualization and problem-solving, and communication skills, including the ability to write persuasively and with appropriate attention to detail, timeliness, and quality of presentation; the ability to work effectively and with minimal guidance or supervision within a culturally-diverse team setting and to provide leadership to peers and subordinates that ensures quality work while promoting professional growth; a demonstrated ability to work effectively with a broad range of professional counterparts within and outside of the employing organization.
- Ability to interact effectively on a peer-to-peer basis with local and international M&E professionals in professional fora, conferences, and work groups, including, as appropriate, the development and presentation of original research and analyses that meet international standards of professional peer review in the M&E field.
- Advanced computer literacy, including the ability to, entirely independently, create, interpret, edit, and modify documents and spreadsheets using common word-processing, spreadsheet and slide-show software packages, such as those included in the Microsoft Office suite, with minimal supervision.
- Broad working knowledge of the economic, social and political contest of developing countries such as Uganda; of official development assistance theory and practice; detailed professional practitioner-level knowledge of M&E and organizational learning theory and practice, including data selection, collection, and analytical methodologies, and data-quality assessment.
- Knowledge of computer and/or web-based M&E data-management systems.
- The incumbent will be able to provide expert technical advice to assist Mission Management and the Executive Office in identifying Mission training needs related to monitoring and evaluation, including the incumbent’s own training required to maintain an effective Mission leadership role in M&E and Learning and any necessary certification requirements.
- Language: Level IV English ability Oral and written professional-level (Fluent) is required
How to Apply:
All those interested in working with the US mission in Kampala should send their applications and strictly adhere to the following:
- Download a completed and signed Universal Application for Employment as a Locally Employed Staff, Download it Here.
- Any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. transcripts, degrees, etc.)
Submit Application To:
Human Resources Office
By email at KampalaHR@state.gov
NB: Your application will be reviewed if you have fulfilled all the requirements including submission of standard file types such as Microsoft Word (.doc) and Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) in a single attachment (No Zipped files, Links or Multiple Attachments) and should not exceed 10MB. Please clearly indicate the position number and title you are applying for on the DS-174 form.
Deadline: 23rd June 2016
The US Mission in Kampala provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. The Department of State also strives to achieve equal employment opportunity in all personnel operations through continuing diversity enhancement programs.