Senior Data & Information Officer – PlayMatters US NGO Careers – International Rescue Committee (IRC)


Job Title:    Senior
Data & Information Officer – PlayMatters

Organization: International
Rescue Committee (IRC)

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

Reports to: Research, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Advisor
(RMEL Advisor)


About US:

The International
Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and
helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request
of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance
to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries
and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are
uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home. The
IRC has been working in Uganda since 1998 supporting  nationals and
refugees and various institutions in the country notably the government,
community based organizations, the civil society and the private sector.The
current program portfolio in Uganda includes health, peace building,
gender-based violence, economic recovery and agribusiness, and children &
youth. IRC has a country office in Kampala, field offices in Lamwo, West
Nile, Kiryandongo, Kyaka and Moroto.


About Project:

reimagines childhood for refugees. It will bring play-based learning to 800,000
children across Ethiopia, Uganda and a to be confirmed third country. It will
redefine education and cultivate a generation of lifelong builders. PlayMatters
is inspired by LEGO Foundation’s call to challenge the status quo, to offer
children the quality education they dream of. Children are not gaining the
skills they need, teachers are under-supported and parents are overwhelmed. The
systems built to serve them are failing them. PlayMatters proudly offers
something different. It will be delivered by a coalition with a track record of
thinking and delivering differently.


Job Summary:  The Senior Data & Information Officer –
PlayMatters will work closely with IRC implementation staff and consortium
partners to support the development of the integrated database and dashboards,
roll out digital data collection tools and ensure data quality.


The Sr Data
and Information Officer will have primary responsibility for coordinating the
fulfillment of these goals across PlayMatters consortium partner agencies.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

Development and Management

Provide technical support to enable field staff to
implement protocols and plans safely, ethically, and rigorously.

Support development and implementation of monitoring and
evaluation tools and protocols

Develop an integrated case management system with
necessary registration and follow up forms

Ensure backend data quality controls are in place and

Build Capacity of field teams and M&E staff to use and
test key M&E tools

Co-create, maintain and disseminate dashboards with
program staff and managers

Establish routine database quality checks and management

Ensure high-quality data collection and management.
Provide training and support to M&E and research teams for data quality
control, cleaning, and management.

quality data

Assure that monitoring and evaluation activities provide
timely, relevant information for reporting and programming decisions.

Analyze and report on key monitoring data to the RMEL
Advisor and Project Teams

Develop user-friendly dashboards and data visualizations
for program teams and other key audiences

Provide capacity building trainings to familiarize the
teams with relevant database and dashboard procedures

Support regional team activities to assure that data from
research and monitoring activities are used to adjust and adapt programming
over time.

Leverage existing IRC staff and partner expertise or build
capacity as needed to assure front-line staff participation in the
interpretation and application of results, as well as design of data use plans
and learning agendas.

and accountability with internal stakeholders

Report to RMEL Advisor about progress against approved
workplans through formal and informal debriefings, annual and semi-annual

Maintain open communication with partner counterparts and
country level staff to assure coherence and reasonable sequencing of work.

and accountability with external stakeholders

Establish and maintain solid cooperation with partner
organizations as we design and refine the monitoring and evaluation framework

Collaborate with the regional project team, partners,
governments, and other humanitarian actors in developing methods to understand
if and how early childhood and primary education inclusive of learning through
play activities that are feasible and useful in humanitarian settings


Key Objectives

Provide data to report on key indicators with necessary

Support the process of designing and rolling out key
digital M&E tools across consortium partners and with field teams, in
service of the project goals;

Support the process of designing, maintaining and rolling
out key dashboards with data visualization in a timely manner so that data can
be used for subsequent program design and scale up, including with partners and
other humanitarian agencies;

Conduct routine data quality checks with field
implementation teams to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and relevance
of key monitoring data


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

The applicant for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) job
placement should preferably hold a Degree in Monitoring and
Evaluation, Statistics, Social Sciences, or related field.

At least 3-5 years of progressive, relevant work
experience. Important that work experience demonstrates technical skills,
capacity building skills, operations experience, as well as an understanding of
humanitarian contexts.

Strong technical understanding of monitoring and
evaluation across multiple partners and countries and in a humanitarian context
and/or early childhood development.

Deep understanding of digital data collection platforms
and techniques (i.e. KoboToolbox, ODK Collect and/or CommCare).

Strong understanding of data use plans and adaptive

Familiarity with dashboard creation and data visualization
with platforms such as PowerBI or Tableau

Experience with managing, cleaning and analyzing large

Excellent communication skills, including the ability to
communicate effectively in a multi-cultural environment with international and
local academic researchers, government officials, NGO partners, study
participants, etc.

Solid organizational skills: the ability to be flexible
and work well under pressure, dealing with competing priorities, in a fast-paced
team environment.

Interest in and ability to think and plan at the ‘big
picture’ level.

Demonstrated management and interpersonal skills.

Solid understanding of refugee education preferred;

Strong communication and analytical skills, both oral and

Fluency in English is required; knowledge of French and/or
regional languages is a plus.


How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to apply online.




Deadline: 27th August 2020


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