M&E Careers – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist at IFAD PRELNOR Project

Organisation: Ministry of
Local Government
Funding Source: International
Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
Project Name: Project for
Restoration of Livelihoods in the Northern Region (PRELNOR)
Duty Station:  Uganda
About US:
The Government
of the Republic of Uganda has received a loan and a grant from the
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) to finance the Project
for Restoration of Livelihoods in the Northern Region (PRELNOR), and intends to
apply some of the proceeds to recruit staff to implement the project. PRELNOR
will cover the districts of Adjumani, Agago, Amuru, Gulu, Lamwo, Kitgum, Nwoya
and Pader.
About PRELNOR Project:
The overall
goal of the PRELNOR is: Increased income, food security and reduced
vulnerability of poor rural households in the project area. This will be
through increased sustainable production, productivity and climate resilience
of smallholder farmers with increased and profitable access to domestic and
export markets.
Job Summary:  The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
Specialist takes the overall responsibility for monitoring and evaluation,
targeting, gender, knowledge management (KM) and communications.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Manage
    the development of, and manage the M&E system (database and e-library
    repository).
  • In
    charge of developing an M&E service pack (reporting formats for data
    and narrative) for the district local government and district farmer
    association (DFA) staff supervising and managing implementation and
    service providers.
  • Assess
    and develop trainings in data collection tools as needed, to ensure that
    appropriate measures are established and implemented by service providers
    to provide sufficient basis for review of project progress and for
    monitoring changes seen on ground.
  • Technically
    support the community development specialist to monitor the effectiveness
    of the project’s gender, youth and poverty targeting, by ensuring
    appropriate data disaggregation. Offer technical support to service
    providers on gender issues and project targets with respect to inclusion
    of women and youth and ensure adequate awareness and activities in this
    respect, including during reporting.
  • Support
    the district local governments and DFAs to prepare district level AWPBs
    and then consolidate inputs to the annual work plan and budget (AWPB),
    including arranging district level and project stakeholder review
    workshops. This work will be supported at the PMU level by the financial
    controller.
  • In
    charge of preparing and implementing project knowledge management and
    communications strategy.
  • Contribute
    to the knowledge management and communications aspects of the TORs of
    implementing agencies and service providers, and support the service
    providers in this respect, based on an assessment of capacity.
  • Take
    responsibility for the creation of an e-library repository, collecting
    knowledge and stories, and ensuring easy access for all staff.
  • Support
    the project coordinator in their role as the project spokesperson by
    preparing write-ups and talking points, and pointers (questions to be
    expected), as well as the appropriate responses.
  • Provide
    leadership in organizing and managing project events such that the events
    are viewed as learning experiences.
  • Take
    responsibility for relations with service providers, including organising
    annual data verification exercises in the field.
  • Work
    with the CDOs and CBFs to ensure that the periodic review days at
    different levels, have a structured format and information on the project
    activities being presented and are documented for future use in planning
    and evaluation activities.
  • Coordinate
    reports from service providers for quarterly, semi-annual and annual
    reports.
  • Manage
    special studies to be undertaken, including preparation of ToRs and
    overseeing the work of the consultants.
  • Offer
    on-the-job training and backstopping to personnel involved in data
    collection, data entry and data transmission.
  • Ensure
    that tools are used and procedures adhered to.
  • Work
    closely with the financial controller and district support accountant in
    Gulu to link physical and financial progress data.
  • Support
    technical officers in monitoring activities.
  • Coordinate
    input to and finalisation of progress reports.
  • Support
    project coordinator in project reporting and accountability.
  • Support
    project manager in development of logical framework and reaching the
    impact of the project.
  • Develop
    statistical framework for impact evaluation.
  • Manage
    the undertaking of specialised studies.
  • Develop
    e-library, web-site, newsletters and radio programmes, in collaboration
    with relevant agencies.
  • Technically
    support the development of PMU and MSP knowledge management briefs /
    policy dialogue initiatives.
  • Set
    up project web-site.
  • In
    charge of the development of project brochures, calendars etc.
  • Undertake
    stakeholder mapping and strategies for communication with each group.
  • Report
    on impact, including the log-frame and impact on poverty, as well as
    ensuring a common understanding of these issues in the PMU.



Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant must hold a Master’s degree in management, economics or a
    similar subject, and specific training in M&E, data management and
    gender and targeting tools from a recognised University / Institution.
  • A
    minimum of eight or more years’ experience, including at least four
    working with knowledge management, planning, M&E and/or MIS in
    government/donor programmes or large institutions
  • Working
    knowledge of logical framework programmes and participatory systems.
  • Strong
    managerial skills and demonstrated capacity to manage people and interact
    with a wide range of private sector partners, public sector
    representatives, and development partners.
  • Self-motivated,
    with demonstrated ability to take initiatives and work under a minimum of
    supervision, but also to work effectively as a member of a team.
  • Prior
    experience with performance based contract monitoring and output based
    work planning, budgeting and reporting.
  • Detailed
    knowledge and understanding of aspects of technical writing to different
    categories of audiences
  • Past
    experience working with the media and different stakeholders, as well as
    events management.
  • Ability
    to bring together various stakeholders for purposes of policy dialogue.
  • Working
    knowledge of work planning, budgeting and reporting.
  • Excellent
    oral and written communication skills in English.
  • Excellent
    quantitative and analytical skills.
  • Ability
    to set up and follow through on a monitoring system in a complex
    environment, and capacity to design and carry out relevant field level
    verification and other data validation tools.
  • Computer-literate
    and well-versed in the use of Word, Excel and the Internet. Basic
    knowledge of Access would be an asset.
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should send their applications accompanied
with detailed curriculum vitae, copies of academic certificates, transcripts
and testimonials including names and addresses of three referees to: Ag.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Local Government, Worker’s House, 3rd Floor,
P.O. Box 7037 Kampala. Uganda
Deadline: 16th November, 2015
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