Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Officer NGO Jobs – Justice Defenders formerly African Prisons Project (APP)


Job Title:    Monitoring Evaluation and
Learning Officer

Organization:   Justice Defenders formerly African
Prisons Project (APP)

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda

Reports to:  Country Manager


About US:

Justice Defenders
formerly The African Prisons Project (APP) is a community of defenders,
increasing access to legal services and improve application of criminal law to
all. Our work betters the entire criminal justice system, helping defenseless
people protect their rights and address wrongs. The increased capacity
ultimately promotes more equitable, just, and peaceful societies.


Job Summary:  The Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Officer
will provide program management quality and ensure technical quality of all MEL
(Monitoring, Evaluation, Analysis, and Learning) staff. The Officer will be
responsible for all MEL related program actions (design/proposal development,
project start-up, implementation and close-out), providing technical MEL
leadership for all program sectors with specific attention to data quality and
use. S/he will assess the MEL systems and the capacity of staff related to MEL,
and based on this, address identified needs through capacity building and
technical support on data collection methods, data analysis, data quality
assurance and result-based management. The MEL Officer will conduct frequent
visits to field operations to assess the quality of the program, MEL work. S/he
shall ensure understanding and compliance with MEL procedures and providing
guidance and coaching to staff. The MEL Officer will support program
development, to ensure that all MEL activities are adequately planned, budgeted,
and resourced. The MEL Officer will also play a key role in organizational
culture change and strategic planning, to ensure that data (from monitoring,
evaluation, feedback, context analysis, and gender analysis) is consistently
used to drive improvements in programming, and to ensure that a culture of
continuous learning is developed in the Country Program. This work will require
you travel to various country offices to support their implementation, lead the
analysis and work on project design.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

M&E across the organisation, responsible for ensuring M&E is central
part of how the organisation operates and delivers its mission and objectives;

with the project leads to ensure that APP analysis is sound, supportable,
actionable and interpretable.

consistency of indicators across programs, with the goal of developing systems
and procedures.

the adoption of gender-sensitive analysis and practices among all direct

an organizational culture shift to increase respect for and use of client
feedback, contextual analysis, and gender analysis.

greater sharing and use of gender-sensitive monitoring data, feedback, context
analysis, and lessons learned within and across APP’s programmatic sectors,
including by contributing to program development and design, to ensure that
interventions are responsive to the needs of clients and are informed by a
sound understanding of the context.

Build on
existing practices, establish a coherent Uganda MEL system (approaches,
procedures, structures) across all sectors in APP

strategic direction for the development and optimization of MEL systems and
resources to account for the Program’s growth programming portfolio.

Program meets APP’s monitoring standards for improved monitoring practices,
data quality, and use of data within the organization.

and lead MEL staff to conduct regular Project Data Quality Audits of projects
where and when needed.

continued functioning and improvements to country’s client feedback mechanisms
and regular context analysis mechanisms.

Lead the
development and review of proposal log frames, indicators and measurement to
support long-term planning for the funding of all MEL functions, infrastructure,
methodologies, plans, and tools.

supervise, and build the capacity of APP MEL team members in relevant technical
and management competencies, set clear expectations, annual performance
objectives, provide regular and timely positive and constructive performance
feedback, and providing documented semi-annual performance reviews.

a measurable development plan including on-the-job learning with the aim of
strengthening technical capacity, exchanging knowledge within the team, and
providing guidance on career paths.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

ideal candidate for the Justice Defenders Monitoring Evaluation and Learning
Officer job must hold a Degree and Post Graduate Diploma in field relevant to
Data Management, Monitoring and Evaluation.

degree in the relevant field will be an added advantage.

At least
four years of field experience in project and program monitoring and
evaluation, including: Project Monitoring and Evaluation System Design,
Management of Monitoring Systems, Project Evaluation.

professionals with at least four years of work experience designing and
conducting M&E activities, including relatively sophisticated analyses and
clear reporting, preferably with an NGO.

relevant work experience evaluating programmes;

skills. Advanced proficiency in Statistics necessary (note, this will be tested
during the interview process), along with a deep understanding of statistics,
evaluation design concepts, social value and impact assessment.

programme indicators, with experience of qualifying social return on
investment, social value indicators. Shaping KPIs for each programme and
undertaking analysis of performance against all these.

to explain technical concepts in plain coherent, lay terms.

to grow others’ analytical skills.

experience in data analysis software such as DHIS, SPSS, Excel, and Access.

to handle multiple tasks; proven self-initiative and problem-solving abilities.

track record of quality performance in highly pressured environments.

skills, including Word, Excel, Power-Point, and Access.

experience of creating data collection tools.

training/capacity building skills in MEL.


How to Apply:

All candidates
should Email their updated CVs and cover letters only to and clearly indicate the position you are
applying for.


Deadline: 19th October 2020 by 5:00pm.



shortlisted applicants will be contacted for interviews.

will be received on a rolling basis

Defenders accepts no liability for incomplete submission, late or misdirected
transmission of applications

Any form
of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

Defenders is an equal opportunity employer


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