Nike Foundation GIRL Project Jobs - Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Mercy Corps

Organisation: Mercy Corps
Project Name: Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL)
Funding Source: Nike Foundation
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to:  Program Manager

About US:
Mercy Corps is an international non-profit organization which implements high-quality, analytical development programmes in very difficult places. Mercy Corps has been operating in Uganda since 2006. It has and continues to implement programs in Acholi and Karamoja sub regions. Mercy Corps is taking a community-led, market driven approach to address poverty and food insecurity needs through interventions that get to the root causes and contributing factors of economic vulnerability. Donors include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the European Commission (EC), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC), Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other private donations.

About Nike Foundation GIRL Program:
The project is a livelihoods-focused 3-year Nike Foundation program working in the Karamoja (Uganda) and West Pokot and Turkana (Kenya) regions. The project, called Girls Improving Resilience with Livestock (GIRL) aims to empower pastoralist girls in the Karamoja region to improve their livelihoods and personal agency, as well as increase the food security and adaptive capacity of their households and the resilience of their communities.

Job Summary: The Mercy Corps Monitoring & Evaluation Officer will be primarily responsible for tracking, monitoring and evaluating GIRL’s livelihood and education-focused activities. The incumbent will play a key role in Mercy Corps’ Program quality assurance, accountability, documentation and learning unit. The unit exists to support program design, implementation and utilization of information collected at different stages. He / she will support program in planning and execution of monitoring and evaluation activities, ensuring quality in accordance with accepted standards, providing essential feedback for learning, accountability and decision making. S/he will be responsible for providing internal capacity building for program staff on monitoring and evaluation activities as well as review and development of necessary tools that feed into needs of Mercy Corps and donor reporting requirements.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • The M&E Officer will be tasked with developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation tools
  • Play key role in the development of intervention designs, sector strategies and M&E frameworks
  • Manage the assessments, evaluations and monitoring surveys in area of operation. This will entail development of Scopes of Work, development of survey tools, trainings and management of data collectors, report write and facilitating results discussion.
  • Regularly document and share all learnings from program implements Maintain an up to date database that reflects progress (including disaggregated beneficiary counts) and donor indicators
  • Build the capacity of all relevant 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 on-going M&E training and support for all Mercy Corps programs and partnering private sector staff
  • Visit sites and partners to collect supplementary data, stories and conduct qualitative research both independently and in teams
  • Maintain professional relationships with local government officials, private sector partners, NGOs, other development organizations, and civil society organizations
  • Maintain an active advisory role with each program team to help guide them towards robust and relevant data collection
  • Actively participate in all implementation, providing advice and feedback for quality results at any point
  • Work closely with program team and other staffs to ensure that activities are implemented on plan and progress towards targets is not compromised.
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with partners and government departments
  • 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 and Evaluation Officer should hold a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Agriculture, Demography, Statistics, Business administration or relevant field
  • A minimum of three years of program monitoring and evaluation experience
  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of concepts and demonstrate skills in monitoring and evaluation, project cycle, results chain and frameworks, participatory monitoring
  • Ability to design and implement surveys, have knowledge of commonly used probability and purposive sampling techniques
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills
  • Working 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
  • Computer literacy skills i.e. proficient in using Microsoft Excel, data management software including Ms Access, SPSS, STATA.
  • Possess the ability and curiosity to work comfortably and effectively in the cultural, relatively poor infrastructure of Karamoja sub region.
  • He /she should be an excellent communicator, have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker
  • Be able to work difficult and often stressful environments.
  • Fluent in both spoken and written English. 
  • Fluency in local languages is Pokot and Karamojong

How to Apply:
All prospective Ugandans who wish to join Mercy Corps are encouraged to send their applications via email including a cover letter clearly stating your salary requirements, CV (with 3 referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates to addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Kampala Head Office on 4th Floor Embassy Plaza, Plot 1188-1190 Ggaba Road.

Deadline: 6th July 2017

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