Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Assistant  – Mercy Corps

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Assistant  – Mercy Corps

Job Title:    Monitoring, Evaluation and
Learning Assistant (Several Fresher Job Opportunities)

Organization: Mercy Corps

Duty Station: Uganda

Reports to: MEL Officer


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 USAID Project:

Mercy Corps Uganda is implementing a five year USAID funded
Activity named ‘Apolou’ in the Eastern Districts of the Karamoja sub-region of
Uganda. The Activity is implemented in five Districts of Karamoja: Karenga,
Kotido, Kaabong, Moroto and Amudat.


Job Summary:  The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
Assistant will work with the Mercy Corps Apolou Activity team as well as the
partner organizations to ensure the collection of quality MEL data. The MEL
Assistant will be responsible for supporting the MEL officers to oversee the routine
monitoring, data collection and verification processes in the different Apolou
implementation sectors and areas. The MEL Assistant will supervise enumerators
conducting qualitative and quantitative data collection exercises as well as
lead the MEL learning processes including conducting KIIs, FGDs and other data
collection assignments as assigned. The MEL Assistant will offer support to
Apolou Community Accountability Reporting Mechanisms (CARM), Quality Assurance
and Environmental Compliance functions as needed.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Work closely with the Apolou team and local
    partners, to ensure effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting of program
    activities and results.
  • Manage regular synchronisations and backups of
    field data to cloud-based data management system.
  • Work on maintaining participant tracking
    systems, with a primary focus on providing high quality data to program teams.
  • Proactively work to contribute in the
    development and improvement of the system’s functionality, enhancing data
    quality, and identifying areas of improvement well in time
  • Work closely with program teams in devising new
    ways, and processes to improve efficiency of data collection processes, and
    quality of collected data.
  • Maintain confidentiality and observe data
    protection and associated guidelines at all times.
  • Perform spot checks on the team’s data
  • Ensuring accuracy of entered data and comparing
    it with the existing scheduling system to make sure all records are consistent
    and aligned.
  • Support in the review and checking of data
    generated being in line with the M&E reporting requirements.
  • Troubleshoot front and back end issues with the
    database, including any synchronisation issues of field-level data.
  • Work as part of a team to facilitate and support
    MEL operations including baseline, annual and end line surveys, regular
    monitoring, data collection, analysis and reporting according to the MEL work
  • Ensure proper coordination and mobilisation of
    the participants during data collection assignments
  • Ensure proper custody, safety and maintenance of
    all the phones and tablet
  • Support in receiving, translation, documenting
    and forwarding feedback from various channels to the CARM Officer for further
    action. This is to ensure that no feedback is lost and every feedback responded
  • Support the CARM officer in organizing and
    leading in community sensitization activities and follow-up.
  • Comply with and ensure compliance of global data
    protection and privacy standards such as the GDPR while confidentially
    receiving, follow up on, and reporting CARM feedback received.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Finance & Compliance Management
  • Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps
    regulations related to food security programming.
  • Security
  • Ensure compliance with security procedures and
    policies as determined by country leadership.
  • Proactively ensure that team members operate in
    a secure environment and are aware of policies.


Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The Mercy Corps Monitoring, Evaluation and
    Learning Assistant must hold a Bachelor’s degree in management, statistics,
    economics, social science or related field.
  • Good understanding and skills at data
    management, data flow and Prior experience with computerized data management
  • Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge
    of MS Office applications expert knowledge of Excel and the use of CommCare,
    Ona, ODK and other mobile data collection platforms is required.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to
    follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with
    team members.
  • Strong team coordination, listening, and
    consensus building skills.
  • Fluent in both spoken and written English.
    Fluency in spoken N’Karamojong is a must.
  • 1-2 years of experience working in the NGO
    sector in M&E, community development or economic and market development.
  • Prior experience carrying out surveys or
    conducting qualitative and quantitative data collection.
  • Strong analytical skills coupled with a solid
    understanding of quantitative indicators and data collection strategies.
  • Able to drive a motorbike safely and valid
    license required or willingness to obtain in the first 6 months of employment
  • The successful MEL Assistant will combine
    exceptional communication and analytical skills and keen attention to detail.
    Fluency in N’Karamojong is mandatory. S/he will have the ability to think
    creatively about operationalizing and improving the MEL system of the program.
    S/he will have proven experience with cross-cultural team, mobilizing
    communities and supervising data collection assignments.
  • Multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and
    simultaneous attention to detail as well as strategic vision are essential.
  • The most successful Mercy Corps staff members
    have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and
    changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a
    priority in all situations. A good sense of humor and the ability to learn from
    mistakes also goes a long way!


How to Apply:

All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to apply
online at the link below

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