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

Organization: Mercy Corps
Duty Station:  Uganda
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), DFID, Mastercard
Foundation, WALMART Foundation, Coca Cola Africa Foundation, US Depart of State
(DOS) /PEPFAR, ECHO and Nike Foundation.
Job Summary: The Monitoring,
Evaluation, Learning Officer (MEL) Officer is a key position in program quality
assurance, accountability, documentation and learning unit, which exists to
support program design and implementation. The position holder will support
planning and execution of monitoring and evaluation, 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
MEL Strategy and Design:
  • Ensure that MEL systems are in compliance
    with Mercy Corps global, regional and country policies, procedures,
    standards and strategic initiatives
  • Assist in program strategy design,
    planning and implementation to ensure adherence to Mercy Corps’ Minimum
    Standards, including the use of standardized indicators and documentation
  • Support design and implementation of
    assessments and other pre, ex-ante and post data collection and analysis.
  • Support learning-to-action events,
    reflection session to analyze data for programmatic use and to document and
    incorporate lessons learned into program design, planning and
Management of Data and Information system
  • Support the program teams to develop and
    maintain knowledge and Information management system to support data
    collection, reflection, analysis and reporting needs.
  • Ensure quality control procedures and
    accuracy of entered data and comparing it with the existing filing system
    to make sure all records are consistent and aligned.
  • Provide support in the development of MEL
    Plans, tools, survey design, methodology, data analysis, and other
    services as may be required for program monitoring and evaluation.
Technical Support and Capacity Building
  • Play key role in the development and
    review of result chains, sector intervention strategies and M&E frameworks
    and document changes to generate learning and idea for programs.
  • Maintain an up to date database that
    reflects progress on mission (including dis aggregated beneficiary counts)
    and donor indicators.
  • Remain updated with developments among the
    Mercy Corps Uganda MEL community and agency-wide MEL trends and resources.
  • Leverage lessons learned, best practices,
    program data, evaluations and provide evidence based information, proposal
    annexes, success stories, case studies and other high quality, results-based
  • Work with MEL and IT staff to maximize the
    value and utility of ICT4MEL initiatives.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the Mercy Corps Monitoring,
    Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer job placement should hold a Bachelor’s
    degree in Economics, Agriculture, Demography, Statistics, Business
    administration or relevant field
  • At least three years of program
    management, monitoring and evaluation experience.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding of
    concepts and demonstrate skills in monitoring and evaluation, project
    cycle, results chain and frameworks, and participatory monitoring.
  • Previous experience with quantitative and
    qualitative data collection, reporting techniques. S/he should understand
    and be able to apply basic measures of central tendency and spread, with
    excellent writing and analytical skills.
  • Ability to design and implement surveys,
    have knowledge of commonly used probability and purposive sampling
  • Experience using appreciative inquiry and
    conflict sensitivity techniques and dynamism in working with
    multi-cultural team environment.
  • Experience with facilitation, capacity
    building, formal and informal knowledge transfer, partnership
    strengthening and empowering staff through opportunities for growth and
  • Computer literacy i.e. proficiency in
    Microsoft Excel, should demonstrate fluency in use of at least one data
    management software including Ms Access, SPSS, and STATA.
  • Fluent both spoken and written English.
    Luo language skills highly valued
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:
Deadline:  3rd April 2018
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