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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer NGO Job Opportunities - 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 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 Responsibilities: 
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 methodologies.
  • 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 implementation.
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 learnings and ideas for programs.
  • Maintain an up to date database that reflects progress on mission (including disaggregated 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 documentation.
  • Work with MEL and IT staff to maximize the value and utility of ICT4MEL initiatives.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The applicant must 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.
  • Should understand concepts and demonstrate skills in monitoring and evaluation, project cycle, results chain and frameworks, and participatory monitoring.
  • 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 techniques.
  • 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 development.
  • In addition to Microsoft Excel, should demonstrate fluency in use of at least one data management software including Ms Access, SPSS, and STATA.
  • Must be 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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