MEL Officer – GIRL Program Jobs – Mercy Corps


Job Title:    MEL Officer – GIRL

Organization:  Mercy

Duty Station:  Uganda

Reports to: Apolou MEL Manager


About US:

Mercy Corps has been
present in Uganda since 2006, focusing its interventions on economic and
agricultural development, maternal child health and nutrition, governance,
conflict management and humanitarian response. In 2017, Mercy Corps had an
impact on almost 1 million beneficiaries in Uganda through our work focusing on
building resilience and enabling economic growth, improving opportunities to
attain better health and nutrition, and improving governance and conflict management.
Common themes include community engagement, inclusive development, gender, and
working in partnership with local government, the private sector and civil
society actors.


About GIRL Program:

Improving Resilience through Livelihoods (GIRL) is a three-year,
10-million-dollar program to be implemented in Kenya, Uganda and Haiti that
seeks to improve the well-being of adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) by
increasing their access to skills and knowledge, health resources, formal
education and economic opportunities. GIRL also fosters an enabling environment
by working with communities to transform unhealthy social norms and create
opportunities for girls to access education and economic opportunities. Key to
GIRL is a robust learning and research agenda that reaches across three
countries to contribute to the evidence base on what works to secure access to
opportunities for adolescent girls within the most marginalized communities and
to better understand their contribution to household resilience. This evidence
and learning will be shared to elevate Mercy Corps’ influence in the adolescent
girl space and to bolster fundraising efforts to scale the model. Under the
technical supervision and guidance from APOLOU MEL team (Manager &
Director), the GIRL MEL Officer will develop reporting tools and guidelines,
and support the routine monitoring, evaluation and learning processes of the
GIRL project.


Job Summary:  The MEL Officer is expected to contribute to
the quality assurance of program implementation. S/he will contribute to the
monitoring and evaluation functions related to tracking GIRL 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 under Mercy Corps
APOLOU Activity’s MEL team leadership, GIRL program team as well as the local
partner organizations to oversee and ensure the collection of quality M&E
data for the GIRL program, 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

Work with the Apolou MEL team (Director, Manager and
Officers) and Program teams to integrate M&E into the GIRL project planning
and implementation systems and ensure adherence to Mercy Corps M&E minimum

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 possible;

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 participants stories;

Participate in Lessons Learned sessions and disseminate
results across the teams.

Analysis and Reporting

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 Apolou MEL team (Director, Manager and
Officers) and the GIRL 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;

Support in the intra-agency referral mechanism;

Other tasks as required.


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

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:

applicant for the Mercy Corps MEL Officer – GIRL job
must hold a BA/S or equivalent, preferable in social sciences,
business administration, public administration, international development or
other relevant disciplines;

One to two years of M&E and/or other relevant

Fluent in both spoken and written Arabic with good
knowledge of English;

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.

Success Factors: The successful MEL Officer will be
bright, energetic, hard-working and eager to learn.  S/he will take a deep personal interest in
humanitarian and development assistance. 
S/he will be attentive to detail and able to carry out assigned tasks in
a timely manner and according to a very high standard of quality.  S/he will be creative and flexible,
contributing to developing and encouraging new and innovative solutions, but at
the same time will not have any difficulty in adhering to systems and
procedures. S/he will strictly follow all protocols related to safety and
security, and holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources
efficiently, achieving and role modelling Mercy Corps’ values.


Mercy Corps is an
equal opportunity employer; Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged
to apply.


How to Apply:

All candidates
should apply online at the link below.




Deadline: 22nd January 2021


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