MER Officer Job – Plan International

Job Title:  MER Officer (4 Fresher Job Positions)

Organisation: Plan International

Duty Station:  Lira, Kamuli, Adjumani and Tororo, Uganda

Reports to: MER Coordinator

About US:

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And its girls who are most affected. Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 80 years, and are now active in more

than 75 countries.

Job Summary:  Under the overall guidance of the Project Manage and MERL Coordinator, the M&E officer will be responsible for designing and implementing the M&E activities of the Project; assisting the Project Manager in preparing reports on project progress and monitoring the project activities on a regular basis, maintaining the MIS of the Project and will be responsible for the collection & analysis of different data in relation to the project activities. The Monitoring and Evaluation Officer works in close collaboration with project team and CO program team, district local government departments and the wider MERL team.

The M&E Officer is an important role within the MERL Unit. Providing operational services to both the MERL team and the various PIU projects. The role will be held accountable for ensuring that all planned M&E activities are manage in a structured manner guided by M&E principles ensuring all work is completed in a comprehensive and timely manner.

The M&E Officer provides M&E services and support to the MERL unit as well as Projects ensure that the fundamental M&E framework is in place. In addition, the role ensures that al M&E activities are embedded in program implementation and provides technical operational support and coordinates the management of M&E activities.

The key challenge for this position is to ensure that M&E best practices and understanding are appreciated by all teams and that all activities are completed to the standard and quality expected. This requires the job holder to:•  Good understanding of M&E principles together with an appreciation of international/ local humanitarian development.• Good organisational and planning skills; • Good analytical and logical thinking and writing skills.• Ability to capacity build others through appropriate coaching and mentoring interventions;• Proven computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft software including MS Word processing, PowerPoint presentation, Excel spreadsheets, e-mail and web based research

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Strategy & Programming

  • Contribute towards the development of MERL strategic and operational planning ensuring that aspects of MERL are embed in project planning
  • Contribute to the design of the MERL strategic and operational plan ensuring all M&E components of projects are clearly defined and that all projects have clearly defined performance indicators.
  • Contribute to the development of the MERL operational work plans and budgets.
  • Support project team and partners to develop Detailed Implementation Plans in line with the proposal

Tools & Systems Development

  • Proactively participate and contribute to the development and implementation of PIU MERL/ M&E systems and tools supporting the successful implementation of M&E goals.
  • Participate in the design and implement project monitoring tools as per project M&E plan and ensure use of appropriate tools in collection, compilation, analysis and utilization across the project
  • Keenly monitor on a quarterly basis the detailed implementation plan and provide consolidated and comprehensive reporting on the status on the implementation actives including next steps on outstanding activities.

Capacity Building

  • Participate in the Capacity Building of internal and external stakeholders of PIU, ensuring that knowledge is shared for consistent application of M&E principles.
  • Plan M&E capacity building activities for the project team and partners to enhance quality reporting and data management.
  • Deliver both ad hoc and scheduled capacity building (training, technical assistance, and coaching) to partners
  • Establish a resource bank for up-to-date tools, training materials, other capacity building products; avail partners of resources are required
  • Highlight areas of risk and non-compliance identified through CB initiatives and advise on changes to the M&E risk profile.

Monitoring & Performance Management

  • Coordinate and plan the monitoring of PIU projects/ programs reviews and visits that will enable PIU to adaptively manage the performance of projects
  • Support the development and rollout of project targets and standards to ensure delivery of quality outputs.
  • Provide ongoing advice and technical assistance to the PIU’s Project / Programme managers concerning the effective and efficient measurement of results
  • Monitor the implementation of the M&E process by ensuring regular monitoring spot-checks and reviews; compile and analyse the collected data to assess performance and identify lessons learned
  • Monitor and consolidate project implementation findings against approved work plans and budgets to ensure timely and quality implementation as per contractual obligation

Knowledge Management & Communications

  • Work collaboratively with the MERL team to develop a learning organisation culture based on evidence collected and lessons-learned.
  • Quarterly Consolidate, follow up and document best practices, case studies, lessons learnt, Most Significant Change Stories and reflection of the project to provide evidence on project impact including inclusiveness
  • Proactively participate in the project’s research, evaluation and learning initiatives including reviewing and validating reports, and leading reflection and dissemination processes
  • Working with the MERL Coordinators participate in the developments of a well-curated database for learnings from evaluations, intervention reports, and other relevant information; ensure that users are able to navigate and upload or retrieve information easily

Safeguarding, Gender Equality & Inclusion

  • Ensure that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Quantitative Economics, Social Sciences, Social Work, Development Studies or a related field.
  • Two years of experience in and M&E role. Experience in providing M&E for Child Protection projects in development and humanitarian contexts is an added advantage.
  • Experience in use of Data Collection and analysis tools will be an added advantage.
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in report writing, and a good understanding of donor compliance, rules and regulations in regards to M&E and budget management
  • Takes responsibility for own performance and development: reflecting, seeking and listening to feedback, learning from mistakes, finding people or resources to help them learn, keeping knowledge and skills up to date.
  • Good understanding of broad trends in the development and humanitarian sector and key external organisations relevant to Monitoring & Evaluation.
  • Good track record of planning and organising work effectively; managing time to deliver results against agreed priorities, objectives and quality requirements, to time and within budget.
  • Good analytical skills as required to obtain and process information and numerical data from a range of sources and use the insights gained to inform decisions or communications.
  • Experience of incorporating digital and technological solutions into plans and activities, to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of working practices, enhance communication and support innovation.
  • Good understanding of key risk-related policies, procedures and standards, (for instance, good practice in Child and Youth Safeguarding and Protection; Gender, equality and inclusion; Counter fraud; Safety and Security); solid track record of compliance
  • Good written and spoken communication skills, including in [any required language], with an ability to effectively adjust content and presentation so as to connect with an audience.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluation of grant projects.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects while working as part of a team
  • Experience managing and monitoring systems for project monitoring and evaluation
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity building, mentoring and coaching staff and programme stakeholders

How to Apply:

All Qualified and interested candidates should apply online at the link below.

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Deadline: 28th April 2023

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