Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager Charity Jobs - Fields of Life Uganda

Organization: Fields of Life Uganda
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Executive Director

About US:
Fields of Life Uganda is a charitable organization that has been operating in Uganda since 1993. FOL-Uganda services are delivered through a community and faith based intervention model. We envision a society where vulnerable and marginalized people’s lives are changed, their communities transformed and their hope built through our faith-based approach to development work.

Job Summary: The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager will provide leadership in the development and implementation of Fields of Life Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning strategy and system, ensure strong reporting on progress and impact to donors, including thorough data gathering and processing, analysis and authoring of reports, and lead on MEL capacity support to Fields of Life staff and partners.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Monitoring, evaluation and learning:
  • Develop quality assurance mechanisms and monitoring checks enabling improved capturing and narration of programmatic results as opposed to activity accounts.
  • Share consolidated and analysed information from programmes with Senior Leadership Team on a regular basis to show progress towards the strategic plan
  • Assist the Head of Programmes with inputs to programme and proposal development, results and achievements products.
  • Oversee the designing, coordinating and conducting project evaluations (mid-term and end-line) for all projects, sub projects and project components within FOL portfolio
  • Work closely with the management team to set program milestones and Key Performance Indicators.
  • Develop project Monitoring Plans, Logframes, Theories of Change (ToC) of existing and new projects in line with projects goals and objectives in consultation with the programme team and partners.
  • Support staff and partners in designing and disseminating evaluative research studies by providing relevant input
  • Tasked with designing and conducting Post Implementation Monitoring Surveys (PIMS)
  • MEL system and knowledge management
  • Coordinate development of, oversee and ensure maintenance of Fields of Life MEL system for effective reporting and monitoring.
  • Prepare integrated lessons learnt from regular reviews and reflection of the different programme monitoring data, to be shared with programming and MEL staff.
  • Support the team to identify gaps or challenges, and give guidance on proposing remedial solutions, both in terms of the technical components of the M&E system, and with regards to the capacity of its users.
  • Create and maintain a databank of government of international policies, guidelines, frameworks, reports, etc to support Fields of Life programmes.
  • Oversee and support the team with data entry and storing of data to Fields of Life monitoring database, maintain this as an accessible source of information on Fields of Life programme activities, results and impact, and ensure ethical data safety and protection.
  • Capacity building
  • Assess MEL capacity needs among staff and partners, providing feedback and support and identify capacity building initiatives.
  • Manage capacity building initiatives relating to MEL, through for example MEL technical orientation, the creation of monitoring toolkits, etc.
  • Manage MEL training with Fields of Life staff and partners.
  • Ensure reliability of Fields of Life reports by collecting documentation to validate reports, and carrying out regular spot and random checks.
  • Aid data capturing, analysis and quality assurance processes through guidance and capacity support.
  • Maintain responsibility for authoring of high quality quarterly, bi-annual and annual reports to donors in a timely manner, which focuses on progress, impact and learning with particular support from Head of Programmes.

Key Results Areas:
  • Robust MEL system established
  • Results framework for each technical programme
  • Data collection, analysis and reporting tools and templates in place
  • Timely and quality reports
  • Capacity development plans in place

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidate for the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager job opportunity must hold a post-graduate qualification in Monitoring and Evaluation, Statistics, Social Science, Development studies, Applied science or any other relevant discipline
  • At least five years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation with three years in managerial position with an international humanitarian and development organisation
  • Previous experience in monitoring and evaluating education and WASH related projects
  • Experience of report writing
  • Prior exposure and experience in conducting research
  • Previous experience of organising sense making, lesson-learning sessions
  • Expert understanding of Logical Framework Matrix, Theory of Change, indicators, Performance Monitoring Framework, Results Framework, M&E Plans, Performance Indicator Tracking Tables.
  • Conversant in qualitative and quantitative data collection protocols including, sampling
  • Previous experience of delivering capacity support initiatives for monitoring and evaluation.
  • Excellent understanding of international development issues
  • Analytical/problem-solving skills and attention to detail in development of written documents.
  • Excellent computer knowledge with command on MS Excel among other packages of MS Office
  • Personal Attributes: Interpersonal skills, effective verbal and written communication, high level integrity and honesty.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their updated CVs and cover letters with three work-related referees to the address or email below:

People Performance Group,
Plot 8 Kitante Close, Kitante,
P.O. Box 12405, Kampala, Uganda.

E-mail to:

NB: Please indicate the “MEL Manager FOL” in the subject line of the application E-mail

Deadline: 14th July 2017 by 5:00 pm

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