MONITORING AND EVALUATION MANAGER, ACCELERATED LEARNING PROJECT
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Work Location : Somalia - Garowe                            Type of Post : Unaccompanied                  

Other Possible Location :                                         Funding : THIS POSITION IS PENDING DONOR APPROVAL

Expected Travel : up to 40%                                              Type of Contract : 

Language Requirement : English                          Application Deadline : 11/5/18

Employee Duration : 

CARE seeks a Monitoring & Evaluation Manager for an anticipated USAID-funded education project in Somalia, Accelerated Quality Learning for Somali Children and Youth.  USAID’s new education procurement of approximately $49 million will be released in late 2018. This includes investment in non-formal education through accelerated education approaches, focusing on assessing and building basic skills for children and youth ages 8-15, and the development of national standards by levels as part of an overall accelerated education framework.

Expected outcomes of this project include:

  • Relevant, flexible, safe and quality education opportunities for out-of-school children and youth in Somalia through Accelerated Education Programs (AEPs).
  • Improvement of USAID-funded AEP student learning outcomes in reading, numeracy and socio-emotional learning.
  • Technical assistance to and build partnerships with federal, state, regional and local Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education (MoE) counterparts, particularly, towards institutionalization of legitimate and accredited accelerated education.
  • Strengthened capacity of the MoE through technical assistance and partnerships with federal, state, regional and local education stakeholders to deliver, monitor and regulate legitimate, accredited and flexible education opportunities to out-of-school children and youth.
  • Positive gender norms for girls and boys, including a highlighted attention on girls’ access and safety who are less likely to have access to safe, quality education in Somalia.
  • Promoting stability during a key transition period in Somalia through engagement of out-of-school children and youth in education opportunities that advance student learning.

Specific Responsibilities:

  1. Develop the overall framework for the project’s M&E systems, in collaboration with USAID, the external evaluator and senior project staff, including requirements, reporting, baseline, and evaluation surveys. Develop and monitor the project’s PMP to systematically document project performance for project technical leads and the project leadership team.
  2. Ensure the alignment of research and M&E activities with program goals and contribute to the development of annual work plans to identify project targets and ensure inclusion of M&E activities. 
  3. Support the development of monitoring tools aligned with the PMP, including project-driven tools and participatory tools, and provide guidance to staff, project participants and government partners on their use.
  4. Ensure that procedures for data collection, storage and reporting are in line with CARE’s child protection policy, guidance on working with children and vulnerable individuals, and do-no-harm principles. Provide guidance to M&E staff and government partners on M&E and research ethics and ensure compliance with CARE’s and USAID’s principles on safety, ethics and confidentiality. 
  5. Oversee the database manager’s efforts on the development of the project MIS, ensure that MIS outputs are aligned with USAID requirements and CARE’s standards (including confidentiality and child protection), and allow for easy export into the EMIS.
  6. Monitor project activities and tracking these activities against the results framework. Conduct regular analyses of monitoring data and identify emerging trends, with a particular focus on adaptive management.
  7. Set up procedures for data quality control and provide training to M&E staff on their use.
  8. Conduct field visits for data validation, to monitor the quality and completeness of data sets. Coordinate data collection at project sites to monitor program development and ensure timely compilation and reporting of data.
  9. Capture and document lessons learned; champion the scaling up of best practices.
  10. Generate monthly indicator reports and tracking progress against key indicators.
  11. Ensure timely and accurate submission of project activities to donor, including progress against targets set in the award agreement and annual work plan, quarterly, and annual reports.
  12. Provide technical leadership and support to project and partner staff in planning and implementing M&E systems and activities, data-based program decision-making, and results reporting.  Supervise, mentor, and build capacity of project M&E staff.
  13. Support the Chief of Party and the external evaluator in coordinating the mid-term and final project evaluations. Coordinate with the external evaluator on the development of the evaluation tools, analysis framework, review of reports in line with contractual requirements and the agreed upon analysis framework, and on the generation of knowledge products associated to the reports for dissemination to governments and development partners.

Required Experience:

  1. Master’s Degree in a relevant field (development studies, public health, demography, statistics, etc.)
  2. Minimum of eight years’ experience and demonstrated practical skills in M&E of donor-funded development programs.  Previous experience working on a USAID-funded contract or cooperative agreement is required.  Experience with USAID data collection and reporting requirements.
  3. Strong knowledge of M&E methodology data analysis and synthesis, including advanced skills on the use of mixed methods, performance evaluation and correction, and report writing.
  4. Demonstrated capacity to use project M&E to advance strategic goals and provide data for decision-making. Previous experience on the use of standardized learning assessments and on the implementation of M&E frameworks for rigorously evaluated education projects strongly preferred. Experience on the development of participatory tools is an advantage.
  5. Knowledge of statistical software (such as SPSS, STATA, SAS or R). Experience with qualitative data analysis.   
  6. Excellent representational and communication skills, written and oral fluency in English. Fluency in Somali is an advantage but not required.
  7. Ability to travel throughout project areas as needed and as the security situation allows.

 

 

 

 

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