Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer Non-profit Jobs - Mercy Corps


Organization: Mercy Corps
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Program Manager

About Mercy Corps:
Mercy Corps is an International NGO that exists to alleviate poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps has been fully registered in Uganda as an operational NGO. Currently Mercy Corps has an office in Kampala and is implementing Food Security programs which comprise of Water and Sanitation, Livelihood and Agriculture and Conflict Mitigation Management Program in North and North Eastern Uganda. We implement programs in the northern districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other private donations.

Job Summary: The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer will be responsible for tracking, monitoring and evaluating the program’s activities. This position is a key role in Mercy Corps’ program quality assurance, accountability, documentation and learning unit. The position holder will be responsible for submitting donor reports and additional reports as needed. The position holder will support the program team in planning and execution of monitoring and evaluation activities, ensuring quality in line with accepted standards, providing essential feedback for learning, accountability and decision making. The position holder will report to the Program Manager and be under the technical guidance of the Senior Country MEL and Communication Manager.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Support the initial start-up period of any new program by leading the implementation of a more detailed assessment activities and initial work plan refinement phase, making sure to include key beneficiaries and stakeholders, in close partnership with the Program Manager.
  • Oversee the development of the M&E framework and Indicator Plan to be submitted to supervisor for review.
  • Generate and implement M&E tools for all assessments and program implementation needs, in close coordination with full program team and continually engaged in field activities.
  • Coordinate baseline and end line assessments, case studies, post-distribution monitoring, after action reviews and other monitoring activities in area of operation.
  • Draft and lead the finalization of all donor reporting requirements, in coordination with Program Manager and Senior MEL Officer.
  • Maintain an up to date database that reflects progress (including disaggregated beneficiary counts) and donor indicators, in line with both organizational standards and the donor’s database
  • Build the capacity of all team members to develop and maintain an excellent M&E system, and facilitate periodic reflection and analysis of program monitoring information that feeds into programming and learning.
  • Actively participate in all implementation, providing advice and feedback for quality results at any point, as needed.
  • Work closely with Deputy Director of Programs, Program Manager, Program Officers and other staffs to ensure that activities are implemented on plan and progress towards targets is not compromised.
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to credit Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its mission.
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by his/her supervisor or representatives.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer job opportunity should a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Agriculture, Demography, Statistics, Business administration or relevant field.
  • Three years of program monitoring and evaluation experience.
  • Good knowledge of concepts and demonstrate skills in monitoring and evaluation, project cycle, results chain and frameworks, participatory monitoring.
  • Ability to lead the design and implementation of surveys, have knowledge of commonly used probability and purposive sampling techniques. Must have perfect writing and analytical skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data collection, reporting techniques. S/he should understand and be able to apply basic measures of central tendency and spread.
  • In addition to Microsoft Excel, the candidate should demonstrate fluency in use of at least one data management software including Microsoft Access, SPSS, STATA.
  • Fluent in both spoken and written English. Local language skills are a plus.
  • Residents of Acholi are encouraged to apply. Residents and those with experience in Acholi/Lango Region are highly encouraged to apply. Empowering staff through opportunities for growth and development.
  • S/he will be an excellent communicator, have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and often stressful environments.
  • S/he will be committed to the work of Mercy Corps and the objectives of this program. They will demonstrate their dedication with a strong work ethic, attention to detail and creative problem solving.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their E-mail applications including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV (with three professional referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda to: ug-mcjobs@mercycorps.org

Deadline:  3rd April 2018

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