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

Organization: Mercy
Duty Station: Uganda
Reports to: Program
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 (MEL) Officer will be responsible for tracking,
monitoring and evaluating the program’s activities. This position is a key role
in Mercy Corps’ program quality assurance, accountability, documentation and
learning unit. The position holder will be responsible for submitting donor
reports and additional reports as needed. The position holder will support the
program team in planning and execution of monitoring and evaluation activities,
ensuring quality in line with accepted standards, providing essential feedback
for learning, accountability and decision making. The position holder will
report to the Program Manager and be under the technical guidance of the Senior
Country MEL and Communication Manager.
Key Duties and
  • Support the initial start-up period of any
    new program by leading the implementation of a more detailed assessment
    activities and initial work plan refinement phase, making sure to include
    key beneficiaries and stakeholders, in close partnership with the Program
  • Oversee the development of the M&E
    framework and Indicator Plan to be submitted to supervisor for review.
  • Generate and implement M&E tools for
    all assessments and program implementation needs, in close coordination
    with full program team and continually engaged in field activities.
  • Coordinate baseline and end line
    assessments, case studies, post-distribution monitoring, after action
    reviews and other monitoring activities in area of operation.
  • Draft and lead the finalization of all
    donor reporting requirements, in coordination with Program Manager and
    Senior MEL Officer.
  • Maintain an up to date database that
    reflects progress (including disaggregated beneficiary counts) and donor
    indicators, in line with both organizational standards and the donor’s
  • Build the capacity of all 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 all
    implementation, providing advice and feedback for quality results at any
    point, as needed.
  • Work closely with Deputy Director of
    Programs, Program Manager, Program Officers and other staffs to ensure
    that activities are implemented on plan and progress towards targets is
    not compromised.
  • 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, Evaluation and Learning
    (MEL) Officer job opportunity
    should a Bachelor’s degree
    in Economics, Agriculture, Demography,
    Statistics, Business administration or relevant field.
  • Three years of program monitoring and
    evaluation experience.
  • Good knowledge of concepts and demonstrate
    skills in monitoring and evaluation, project cycle, results chain and
    frameworks, participatory monitoring.
  • Ability to lead the design and
    implementation of surveys, have knowledge of commonly used probability and
    purposive sampling techniques. Must have perfect writing and analytical
  • Extensive 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.
  • In addition to Microsoft Excel, the
    candidate should demonstrate fluency in use of at least one data
    management software including Microsoft Access, SPSS, STATA.
  • Fluent in both spoken and written English.
    Local language skills are a plus.
  • Residents of Acholi are encouraged to
    apply. Residents and those with experience in Acholi/Lango Region are
    highly encouraged to apply. Empowering staff through opportunities for
    growth and development.
  • S/he will be an excellent communicator,
    have a strong sense of humor, multi-tasker, and able to work difficult and
    often stressful environments.
  • S/he will be committed to the work of
    Mercy Corps and the objectives of this program. They will demonstrate
    their dedication with a strong work ethic, attention to detail and
    creative problem solving.
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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