Program Design & Evaluation Specialist US Non-profit Careers – Holt International Children’s Services, Inc

Design & Evaluation Specialist
Organization: Holt
International Children’s Services, Inc
Duty Station: 
Kampala, Uganda
About US:
Holt International
Children’s Services is a faith-based humanitarian organization and adoption
agency based in Eugene, Oregon, United States, known for international adoption
and child welfare.
Job Summary:  The Program Design & Evaluation Specialist
will support in program development, all data collection, analysis, and learning
activities to help ensure program accountability, efficiency and effectiveness
from start to finish in Ethiopia, Uganda and the region. S/he will provide
technical field support to the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) unit for
each country program.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Program Design
& Proposal Development
  • Direct the process of designing programs that adhere to
    evidence-based practice and international standards of child welfare,
    child protection and family strengthening practices.
  • Lead the process of designing fundable programs that demonstrate a
    strong causal framework or theory of change.
  • Lead the team in proposal development process and grants writing for
    country programs to ensure activities and outcomes can be measured and evaluated.
  • Partner with country offices to ensure projects and proposals are
    relevant to each country team’s context and capabilities.
Systems Development
  • Lead in the revision of the project log frame matrix, particularly
    in the areas of performance indicators and their measurement;
  • Lead in the development and/or finalization of the project Work Plan
    and keep it updated in accordance with project activities and timeframes
    as relevant
  • Develop the overall framework, for project M&E, for example
    mid-term project review, impact assessment, final evaluation, develop
    project Performance Monitoring Plan with relevant data collection systems.
  • Review the quality of existing data in the project subject areas,
    the methods of collecting it, and the degree to which it will provide good
    baseline statistics for impact evaluation.
  • Assist country teams in developing baseline data for each project
    component and for all project indicators.
  • With collaborating partners, review their existing approaches and management
    information systems and agree on any required changes, support and
  • Lead country teams in developing a plan for project-related
    capacity-building on M&E and for any computer-based support that may
    be required.
  • Organize and undertake training with collaborating partners on
    M&E as required.
M & E
Implementation and Coordination
  • Lead country teams in areas of; regular data collection for
    measuring achievement against performance indicators; checking data
    quality; development of progress reports both midterm and final;
    identifying areas that need technical support; organize refresher M &
    E trainings; maintain and administer M & E database.
  • Ensures that programs adhere to reporting requirements for each
    funding source including: (1) private or public grant, (2) corporate
    donors, and (3) individual child sponsorship.
  • Communication
  • Produce reports on M&E findings, prepare presentations based on
    M&E data and provide management information as required.
  • Check that monitoring data are discussed in appropriate forum and in
    a timely fashion in terms of implications for future action. If necessary,
    create such discussions to fill any gap.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate must hold a Master’s degree in social work,
    health and human services, demography, sociology, monitoring and
    evaluation, statistics, economics or other social service field.
  • Bachelor’s degree with extensive program work experience could be
  • Excellent communication skills both oral and written.
  • Practical knowledge of development concepts and child welfare
    programs is important.
  • Proven skills in program development, and management, training
    abilities and monitoring and evaluation program development.
  • Ability to manage information flow from project to trustees and
    donors through provision of reports.
  • Ability to multitask and juggle multiple work plans to achieve
    project objectives, ensure compliance of the policies and procedures and
    timely resourcing of skilled and competent staff .
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a background of having worked in
    a culture diverse environment.
  • Ability to work in a demanding environment
How to Apply:
All applicants
should send their application and cover letter indicating the job title in the
subject line by email to
NB: Thank you
in advance for your interest in this position. Please note that only candidates
under serious consideration will be contacted for follow up. If you have not
been contacted six (6) weeks after closing, consider your application
unsuccessful. Holt International is an equal opportunity employer and committed
to having a diverse workforce. Female Ugandan nationals are encouraged to
apply. Candidates who previously applied for this role should not reapply.
Deadline: 30th January 2019
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