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

Evaluation and Learning Officer (MEL Officer)

Organization: Mercy

Duty Station:  Uganda

About US:

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 MEL Officer is expected to contribute to
the quality assurance of program implementation, and ensure MC is collecting
learning from this program to inform future scale up activities. S/he will
contribute to the monitoring and evaluation functions related to tracking
project progress and quality, collecting useful, timely and actionable
information for management, and contribute to the frequent review, reflection
and key learning process to improve performance. The MEL Officer will work
closely with the MEL Advisor on the BRIDGE program and/or the central level MEL
Advisor, as well as with the Program Manager to develop and document M&E
plans for the program and develop the data management systems. S/he will assist
in implementing review and learning processes (e.g., complaints mechanisms,
feedback loops, lessons learned documentation and sharing, etc.). S/he will
work closely with partners and other stakeholders involved in program
implementation in order to ensure a coherent and comprehensive program is
implemented, lessons are learned and experiences shared across the various
sectors and program teams.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Evaluation and Learning

  • Contribute to development and management of project databases to
    facilitate timely information updates, data quality assurance, sharing of
    information and learning, etc.;
  • Assist in the development of appropriate monitoring, tracking and
    reporting systems, tools and templates (including a M&E plan) that
    enhance monitoring of project outputs and quality, generate quality
    evidence on project impact and promote and ensure use of data for
    decision-making processes;
  • Work with the MEL Manager/Advisor and Program teams to integrate
    M&E into ongoing project planning and implementation systems and
    ensure adherence to Mercy Corps M&E minimum standards;
  • Coordinate with partner organizations to ensure data is collected on
    time and entered in a timely manner;
  • Lead on data collection for assessments and evaluations;
  • Support use of digital data collection for M&E needs wherever
  • Generate quality evidence on program impacts and promote use of data
    for decision-making processes;
  • Conduct regular monitoring visits and spot checks to the different
    project locations;
  • Support documentation of project progress through tracking
    attendance sheets, photos, etc.
  • Share regular written reports on monitoring findings and program
    participant’s stories;
  • Participate in Lessons Learned sessions and disseminate results
    across the teams.

Data Analysis and

  • Support project team in data collection and data analysis;
  • Liaise with other project teams and M&E staff as required to
    ensure that the project databases complement and align with each other.
    This will ensure that data on project outputs and project impacts are
    aligned and reported together;
  • Coordinate with MEL Manager/Advisor and the project team to review
    indicator updates on a monthly basis. Generate data reports
    (tables/graphs/reports) from the project databases at regular intervals,
    ensuring reports/information are available for project implementation
    staff as required. Facilitate data analysis with project implementation
    team as requested;
  • Contribute data and analysis to program reports;
  • Review or edit data in reports as requested and required;
  • Produce analytical summaries: graphs, charts, tables, narratives and
    appealing visuals, as requested, to fulfill internal and external
    reporting requirements;
  • Contribute to program achievement reporting on TOLA, Activity Info,
    and other relevant reporting mechanisms;
  • Ensure all MEL related data is saved as appropriate within the
    program filing system, in accordance with PM@MC minimum standards Support
    in the intra-agency referral mechanism;

Capacity Building

  • Build the capacity of all relevant team members to develop and
    maintain a robust M&E system;
  • Build the capacity of local partners in the area of M&E and
    reporting; Adapt existing protocols and plans to mentor and coach
    colleagues to enable them to develop high quality reports.


  • Ensure that Mercy Corps’ Community Feedback and Accountability
    Mechanism is clearly communicated to project beneficiaries, and that the
    hotline numbers are visible to end beneficiaries throughout the program;
    Ensure all activities are gender sensitive and follow Mercy Corps’ Gender
    Equity Policy;
  • Apply Do No Harm standards to ensure activities do not have
    detrimental effects on vulnerable communities;
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a
    manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its
    humanitarian mission;
  • Other assigned tasks, as necessary.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant for the Mercy Corps Monitoring, Evaluation and
    Learning Officer job must hold a Bachelor’s degree in management,
    statistics, economics, social science or related field.
  • Three years of M&E and/or other relevant experience;
  • Previous experience working with international and/or local NGOs;
  • Good computer skills and experience developing data management
    systems including ONA/KoBo/ODK is an asset;
  • Relevant experience in field survey/data collection techniques, data
    entry, data verification, and analysis;
  • Good understanding and skills at data management;
  • Strong team coordination, listening, and consensus building skills.
  • Fluent in local language and English;

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 July 2019

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