Regional Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor – Nairobi, Kenya
Program / Department Summary: More than ever, we are driven to have impact, be accountable, show evidence, and manage adaptively.
Essential Job Functions:
- Promote adherence to Mercy Corps’ standards, including the use of standardized indicators, M&E, program and adaptive management approaches, and country-level learning and strategic objectives;
- Ensure regional and country level program and technical staff mainstream MEL best practices and replicable/scalable tools into their work;
- Work with program teams to identify standard tools and processes to gather, analyze and use data that go beyond descriptive reporting and indicator-centric processes to develop feedback loops and adapt programs in response to changing conditions on the ground;
- Support country teams to improve data collection, management, and use to build a culture of adaptive management, high-quality program performance, and learning;
- Support the regional roll out of Tola (an open-source software built internally to improve how we use program data). The process would include:
- 1) assessing each country’s Tola readiness;
- 2) providing pre-prep support to the next ready country; and
- 3) support the roll out of Tola in that country. This would be repeated in all countries in the region;
- Act as focal point for the roll out of the Mercy Corps ‘Design for Impact Guide’ (DIG) and provide consistent coaching and capacity building on the use of the DIG in project design and monitoring and evaluation plans;
- Use and train on cutting edge practices in design, monitoring, evaluation and learning. Promote use of ICT4M&E in the field, including the use of mobile data collection, GIS-mapping, and online data management platforms. Support use of new technologies for data visualization, presentation, and analysis. Contribute to the understanding and application of new DM&E approaches to emerging themes like resilience, systems thinking, and complex humanitarian crises.
- Engage in other agency level tools and initiatives to ensure regional input and coordinated delivery and messaging and consistent high quality implementation in the region.
- Support regional M&E and ICT staff capacity building that guides country teams toward developing technical skills and promotes a culture of data analysis for decision making and adaptive management;
- Participate in interviewing and orientation of new M&E staff to promote internal data management tools, standards and best practices;
- Schedule monthly training sessions for regional participation to deepen program staff’s understanding and commitment to M&E best practices;
- Act as key liaison point to coordinate TDYs. Collaborate with country, regional, and HQ teams to identify specific capacity building and coaching opportunities for all levels of leadership;
- Act as the key liaison point between Regional Office, country teams, and PM@MC teams to coordinate efforts to roll out adaptive management and PM@MC training across the region;
- Engage with country programs on M&E and the relationship between M&E and program quality.
- Formalize a Regional M&E Working Group and ensure effective participation;
- Build a collaborative network of relationships for M&E practitioners and other stakeholders learning networks that promotes shared learning, aligned approaches, and mutual accountability to quality data collection and programming;
- Contribute to the development and implementation of knowledge management to further stimulate use of evidence for learning, strategic adaptive management, and high-impact programming;
- Connect best practices and learning from programs across Mercy Corps countries within the region to ensure an evolving and effective learning system for improving program implementation. Liaise with other HQ and Regional MEL advisors in this initiative;
- Work with country M&E teams and program/operations teams to capture lessons learned during program implementation, and feed this information into thought leadership and research opportunities and into ongoing program management and program design;
- Collect impact stories and evidence from Mercy Corps’ country teams on a regular basis.
- 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.
Organizational Learning: As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Knowledge and Experience:
- 5-7 years of experience in international relief and development programs, with 3+ years in field postings, and 3+ years working for an international agency on monitoring, evaluation, and learning.
- MA in social science, international development, or relevant field (with coursework in M&E, research and evaluation methodologies, statistical analysis or organizational development) or similar field of study.
- Strong technical expertise including passion for handling large amounts of data and transforming it into compelling visualizations that facilitate analysis and decision-making.
- Demonstrated understanding of intermediate statistics and the ability to summarize, generalize, and make predictions from large data sets.
- Substantial background in project management, including experience leading program design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation.
- Experience managing organizational change initiatives in a relief or development context with previous Mercy Corps experience strongly preferred.
- Extensive field experience in developing practical, useful, timely monitoring systems, both at the program- and country-levels that promote use of data for adaptive management and learning.
- Experience with a range of both private and institutional donors such as EC, USAID, and DFID and familiarity with their measurement, reporting, and evaluation requirements.
- Comfort working with qualitative and quantitative methodologies for data collection and analysis.
- Exceptional analytical and problem-solving skills and experience with statistical/graphical software or spatial software.
- Proven experience with current technologies, such as web-based data management and analysis tools, digital data collection, mapping, Google applications, data visualization, interactive dashboards, etc.
- Experience in building iterative learning systems or feedback loops and approaches in human-centered design are strongly valued.
- Significant experience in facilitating learning and capacity building across teams.
- Strong group process design and facilitation skills, including developing and leading workshops.
- Demonstrated ability to manage and communicate effectively with team members of varied work styles;
- Demonstrated flexibility and creativity in planning and problem solving.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills in English are required.
Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit a cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Monday 18th April, 2016 by 4.00pm.
NB: Mercy Corps does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process.