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20 June 2017

Volunteer Jobs - Youth Livelihoods Research, M and E Specialist at VSO

Organization: VSO
Duty Station: Gulu, Uganda
Reports to: VSO M&E Manager
   
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 Youth Livelihoods Research and M&E Specialist will work in the Youth Employment in East Africa Programme funded by Citi Foundation jointly implemented by VSO Uganda, VSO Kenya and Balloon Ventures.  The incumbent will also support the development of project M&E tools and knowledge management platforms and support the capacity building of the project team on M&E/research

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Action Research:
  • Develop/review the TOR for the research and develop a research proposal.
  • Carry out desk research to review the current information available related to the barriers and opportunities for employment for young people in small and medium scale enterprises in 2nd tier cities in Uganda
  • Identify a team of enthusiastic young Ugandan people to train, coach work with to conduct the research.
  • Develop and test the Action research tools in coordination with VSO project team (including national Volunteer Research Specialist), Balloon Ventures and the youth researchers
  • With support from M&E manager Incorporate the capabilities and assets approach into research and tool design
  • Conduct action research in the 5 locations
  • Oversee the analysis of the data collected in coordination with VSO, Balloon Ventures
  • Compile a research report with recommendations and a PowerPoint presentation of key findings (again in coordination with VSO, Balloon Ventures and the youth researchers)
  • Lead the dissemination of the findings of the action research
M&E, Knowledge Management and Reporting:
  • Work closely with the M&E Manager support the development of project M&E tools, systems and knowledge management platforms
  • Support the capacity building the project team on M&E tools/systems
  • Send monthly plans and reports to VSO Project Manager and Balloon Ventures project focal person
  • Document and share successes and case stories, best practices and lessons learnt
  • Input into donor reports as needed
  • Participate in project planning and review meetings
  • Jointly with other VSO volunteers identifying and sharing areas of good practice across the project

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the Youth Livelihoods Research, M and E Specialist job placement must hold a Masters’ degree in livelihoods research, youth studies, research methodology, social sciences
  • At least seven years’ experience
  • Previous experience in conducting action research studies, baselines studies, evaluations
  • Excellent documentation and report writing skills
  • Computer literate with experience in the application and use of various data analysis tools, (SSPS, Epi-data Atlas ti, SMART collect and others)
  • Good facilitation skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent English language skills essential, especially writing skills.
  • Proven planning, organizational and systems management competencies.
  • Experience of coaching and mentoring others
  • Experience of capability and assets approach
  • Experience of working with/training low capacity teams/grass root organisations
  • Prior experience of working in developing countries (in Africa, in an NGO
  • Ability to work with minimum supervision
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and suitable character to work in a slow-paced environment which can be bureaucratic (requiring patience and tenacity).
  • High degree of professionalism
  • Conceptual and analytic thinking
  • Initiative, self-motivated
  • Ability to adjust and adapt easily to a new environment, culture and situation; address multiple challenges in the workplace and be able to work without much supervision. 
  • Good team player able to work alongside their local colleagues in a spirit of partnership
  • Highly proactive, supportive and accommodative

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


Deadline: 15th July 2017

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