Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor

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Company Description

SNV USA and its consortium members are currently implementing USAID Isuku Iwacu, a four-year rural sanitation project, which aims to improve access to, and encourage correct and consistent use of household sanitation and hygiene facilities to decrease childhood stunting. USAID Isuku Iwacu focuses on district-wide, private sector-driven household sanitation and hygiene interventions, it’s supporting an estimated 500,000 people to gain access to improved household sanitation, while aiming to reach the following intermediate results (IRs): IR 1- Demand for sanitation and hygiene products and services increased, IR 2- Supply and availability of sanitation products and services in the private sector improved, and IR 3- Governance for sustained access to sanitation and hygiene products and services improved.

Job Description

ROLE

The MEL Advisor is responsible for maintaining lsuku Iwacu’s Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Plan, supporting measurement, monitoring, evaluation, and learning for Isuku Iwacu. S/he will help lead monitoring of activities, including monitoring indicators, log frame and result frameworks, conducting program surveys, and achieving consistency in data collection and analysis. S/he will design and lead program end-line evaluations to improve effectiveness, inform programmatic decisions and capture program impact. S/he will promote Collaborative Learning and Adaptation (CLA) events to share achievements and trends in performance data, and facilitate program learning and the sharing of lessons learned. The MEL Advisor is also responsible for reviewing and compiling quarterly and annual reports to capture achieved results, and ensuring activities’ environmental compliance.

 

This position is based in Kigali, with frequent travel to lsuku Iwacu target districts (Kayonza, Kicukiro, Ngoma, Nyabihu, Nyanza, Nyarugenge, Ruhango, and Rwamagana).

RESPONSIBILITIES

·        Maintain lsuku Iwacu M&E database to meet lsuku Iwacu program needs and demands, containing up-to-date information and data on sanitation and hygiene products and services, including constraints and opportunities for sustainable sanitation products and service delivery.

·        Update M&E plan, including performance indicator reference sheets (PIRS), in accordance with USAID’s Automated Directive Systems Chapters 200-203.

·        Work with the COP and Isuku Iwacu Advisors to refine program-wide and IR-specific indicators, monitoring of data collection and reporting tools, as well as M&E systems and processes that increase program effectiveness and accountability.

·        Works with the COP and relevant USAID staff to develop timetable and checklist for conducting Data Quality Assessments (DQAs) and document DQA findings, including identifying limitations in the relevant PIRS, and implement identified corrective measures.

·        Design and conduct surveys as needed.

·        Prepare annual Environmental Mitigation and Monitoring Plans (EMMP) describing how the Isuku Iwacu program will implement all Initial Environmental Examination (IEE) conditions that apply to proposed program activities. The EMMP will include monitoring the implementation of the conditions and their effectiveness.

·        Provide coaching, M&E training, and support to Isuku Iwacu staff and relevant target beneficiaries.

·        Conduct regular M&E site visits in all target districts.

·        Conduct periodic analysis of collected data and share the information with the COP, Program Director, and US-based Program Manager to inform program planning and/or readjustments.

·        Work with the COP and the US-based Program Manager to design end-line evaluation, including (i) designing the evaluation questions with both the evaluation purpose and CLA requirements in mind, (ii) ensuring that relevant USAID implementing partners, the government and other key stakeholders’ participation from the beginning, (iii) ensuring the selection of quality evaluators, and (iv) conduct or manage planned evaluations.

·        Design and execute CLA events/opportunities to share both achievements/trends and gaps/challenges in performance data.

·        Facilitate program learning through the sharing of lessons learned and conducting multi-stakeholder meetings (refer to IR3) to promote mutual and joint learning and create effective partnerships and joint actions to support the sanitation sector.

Work plan and progress reporting

·        Work with the COP to compile annual work plans and develop annual Gantt table.

·        Work with the COP, Program Director, and other Project Advisors to manage, schedule, support, evaluate, and control the quality of program activities, outputs, and impacts.

·        Assist the COP and US-based Program Manager in compiling, editing, and formatting information quarterly and annual reports.

·        Submit approved reports and other studies or documents to the USAID’s Development Experience Clearinghouse (DEC), as directed.

·        Prepare success stories that meet USAID requirements.

·        Participate in regular M&E meetings with donors, partners, and program staff.

·        Support Isuku Iwacu Advisors in the drafting and analysis of relevant program assessments and surveys.

·        Draft case studies, regulatory best practices, presentations, and progress updates to be disseminated in sanitation working group sessions

Managerial

·        Complete mid-year and annual reviews for subordinate staff.

·        Provide mentorship and guidance to the MEL Officers.

·        Report any performance issues to the COP as soon as they occur.

·        Work with COP to develop a positive working environment for all staff members.

Qualifications

Qualifications & Requirements

Education: A Master’s Degree in monitoring and evaluation, epidemiology, statistics, research methods, international development, international relations, or related field.

 

Work Experience:

·        At least five years of monitoring and evaluation experience, demonstrating an increasing level of responsibility, preferable with USAID-funded projects.

·        Demonstrated experience and knowledge of research, monitoring, and evaluation in international development and ability to advise on monitoring and evaluating development priorities.

·        Proven ability to articulate technical information clearly and effectively to both technical and non-technical audiences.

·        Demonstrated experience in successfully translating data and findings into program actions.

·        Experience working with USAID preferred, other donors acceptable.

Skills:

·        Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills are highly desired.

·        Demonstrated organizational skills and a strong track record in prioritizing and meeting deliverables and deadlines.

·        Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

·        Detail-oriented with proactive planning and execution a must.

·        High standards of integrity, professionalism, and impartiality.

·        Excellent interpersonal and networking skills.

·        Ability to work collaboratively in teams, build consensus, and effectively coordinate with internal and external actors is highly desired.

·        Ability and willingness to travel frequently to target districts.

·        Strong working knowledge of English (spoken and written).

·        Fluency in Kinyarwanda is a must; fluency in French will be an asset.

Additional Information

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

If you believe your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to directly submit your cover letter and CV (both in English) by January 9, 2020.

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