Manager – Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Job Placement - VSO

Job Title:         Manager – Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL)
Duty Station: Kampala / Gulu, Uganda
Reports to: Head of Programmes
About VSO:
VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. Our high-impact approach brings people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action to change lives and make the world a fairer place.

Job Summary: The Manager – Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) will oversee the development and implementation of a robust MEL strategy aligned to VSO Uganda Country Strategic Plan and VSO’s Global Results Framework

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Developing MEL System:
  • Lead development and delivery of a Country MEL strategy incorporating an efficient and effective system and operational plans
  • Develop effective methods and tools to be applied across projects and programmes for evidence-based data collection, analysis and reporting
  • The jobholder will design and manage a bottom-up, evidence-based reporting pyramid that synchronises data management at projects, programmes and country levels. 
  • Lead training of staff, volunteers and partners on VSO’s MEL strategy, methods and tools
  • Continuously update and upgrade VSO’s MEL strategy based on changes in internal and external contexts and in close collaboration with relevant colleagues. 
Data Integrity Management:
  • Support project teams to develop and implement quality MEL plans
  • The incumbent will design methods that ensure data integrity at activity, output and outcome levels
  • Carry out regular field visits for spot checks of MEL processes in projects and support risk mitigation measures
  • Prepare and share quarterly progress reports demonstrating quality and risk management in project MEL plans 
Reviews & Evaluations:
  • Develop country-level reviews and evaluation plan informed by all active projects and ensure delivery of the plan in collaboration with relevant colleagues, partners and donors.
  • Lead baselines, midterm and end term project evaluations across VSOU’s core programmes.
  • Lead development of evaluation TORs, contract awarding and management to ensure timely evaluation results.
Learning & knowledge sharing:
  • Work in close collaboration with the HoP and Programme Managers to develop a strong learning culture through project evidences
  • Lead documentation of key learnings, good practices and evidence-based case studies from projects and programmes
  • Work in close collaboration with programmes team for effective dissemination of programme outcomes and lessons learnt
Managing People:
  • Apply VSO’s People First Principles to manage performance of direct reports
  • Manage effectively need and expectations on direct reports’ learning & development
  • Inspire MEL and programmes teams to improve quality programme development and delivery in VSO Uganda programme.
  • Take timely disciplinary actions to manage staff 
Programme Development and Delivery:
  • Support the programmes team in design and development of quality programmes and proposals through clear, innovative and impact-oriented MEL Plans
  • Support programme teams in project start-ups, monitoring and closure from a MEL perspective
  • Work closely with VSOU team in the development of quality logframes/results frameworks and theories of Change
  • Provide support in the preparations for donor monitoring visits and external engagements
  • Support the compilation of internal and external reports  

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the VSO Manager – Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) job opportunity should hold a Master’s degree in a relevant subject; specialisation in one or more MEL areas will be an advantage.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in a similar role.
  • Ability to provide high quality MEL related trainings
  • Highly competent and experienced in research and evaluation with up to date knowledge in MEL. 
  • Previous experience of developing, co-ordinating, planning standards, tools and techniques.
  • Ability to actively support a team to manage competing work priorities and deliver on MEL.
  • Previous experience in developing MEL systems and processes – particularly working and managing data – including analysing raw data
  • Solid IT skills; experience in use of SPSS, EPI-Info and other packages; qualitative data analysis tools/software.
  • Prior exposure and experience in the use of participatory methodology / tools for M&E
  • Strong time management, organisation skills and commitment to excel
  • Ability to handle highly confidential information with tact, discretion and sensitivity.
  • Self-motivated, ability to use own initiative, flexibility.
  • Sound judgement and the confidence to take appropriate action; a high degree of initiative and persistence.
  • Ability to analyse and synthesize complex information.
  • Ability to build productive working relationships, influence and engage others. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, working effectively with others, listening, understanding and achieving appropriate results.
  • Numerate; confident, experienced and accurate when dealing with financial and other data.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to apply online by clicking on the web link below.

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