Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Advisor
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Contract type: National employment contract
SNV is a not-for-profit international development organization. Founded in the Netherlands 50 years ago, we have built a long-term, local presence in more than 26 of countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Our global team of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses, and organizations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.
SNV, Netherlands Development Organization, is operating in Ethiopia since the 1970s. Currently, SNV is working in eight regional states and the two city administrations of Ethiopia, providing technical assistance and program implementation in Agriculture, WASH, and Energy Sectors. SNV is an open and learning organization that focuses on improving the lives of Ethiopian through a market based approach inclusive of women and youth. In its new Strategic Plan period (2019 – 2022), SNV will more explicitly aim for systems change including strengthening institutions and kick-starting markets that help many more to escape poverty beyond our projects.
Overview of the project.
SNV is partnering with Mastercard Foundation to implement the Realizing Aspiration of Youth in Ethiopia through Employment- (RAYEE) project in Tigray, Amhara, Oromia, SNNP Regions and Dire Dawa City Administration (2019 to 2024). The overall objective of this project is to secure dignified and fulfilling employment and income for 240,000 youth (70% women) with a focus in Agribusiness sector. The project aims to achieve its objective through promotion of micro and small enterprises for self -employment and securing wage employment for unemployed and underemployed youth through efficient market driven skills development, job matching and improved performance of enterprises. Furthermore, to improve longer-term scaled up young women and men’s access to employment the project together with stakeholders will influence existing youth employment ecosystem.
Summary of the position
The Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Advisor will responsible for providing technical leadership to the RAYEE project on all MEAL related issues. S/he has primary responsibility for establishing and managing the monitoring and evaluation system responsive to Master Card Foundation (MCF) reporting and learning requirements, including SNV reporting expectations. The MEAL Advisor will lead the development, implementation, refinement and harmonization of RAYEE MEAL system, including developing and operationalizing indicators, setting targets, monitoring RAYEEs implementation progress, and ensuring timely data collection and reporting. S/he will ensure learning is institutionalized for program improvements. The position holder will ensure that all project activities are supported to ensure quality, effectiveness and appropriateness. It will be important for the position holder to capture lessons learned and communicate this information in various capacities to improve on-going and future programming.
1. Management and Leadership
Provide overall supervision and leadership on the MEAL functions and strategy delivery at project level.
Oversee the MEAL budget and ensure effective and timely utilization for the appropriate MEAL activities.
Produce reports on M&E findings and prepare presentations based on M&E data as required.
Check that MEAL evidence are discussed in appropriate forum timely for future action. If necessary, create such discussions to fill any gap. Ensure MEAL evidences are used for management decision making continuous performance improvement
2. MEAL System Development
Develop dynamic MEAL system for the project in collaboration with project team.
Ensure that project staff understand the steps and tools of the MEAL system and its consistent use.
Ensure the project is using Quality Standards as part of their day to day implementation and quality monitoring practices.
Support on the design and roll-out of standardized monitoring tools and methodologies as required by the project team.
Ensure functional accountability mechanisms are in place.
Ensure that regular monitoring reports are received and communicated effectively to relevant bodies.
Ensure periodic plans and reports are as per the standard quality, template, time frame and communicated accordingly.
Ensure targeted communities know their rights and entitlements, have access to project information and participate in decisions that affect them.
Work closely with the project team to ensure that MEAL becomes an integral element of project implementation leading to enhanced quality, accountability management and impact
3.Learning and Knowledge Management
Develop and lead the implementation of LKM framework in the project and ensure functional LKM system and capacity.
Support the project in the identification of learning objectives and evidence gaps. Implement a learning agenda across all the technical components of RAYEE.
In close collaboration with project team facilitate in generating, storing and sharing knowledge (most significant change story, meta-analysis, research/evaluation summary reports, etc).
Ensure utilization of learning and knowledge generated in decision making and project improvement (maintain up to date action tracker and monitor the utilization and application)
4.Technical Support and Capacity Building
Undertake continuous staff capacity assessment and develop capacity building plans .
Provide training and capacity building for field-level staff as required.
Ensure relevant staff received proper orientations, inductions, training to help them deliver their MEAL responsibilities
5. Programme design, research, evaluations, assessments and other studies
Participate in programme designing process and ensure MEAL components are appropriately planned for and adequately budgeted in the programme design.
Ensure the project has SMART objectives & indicators, MEAL plan and are in consistency to each other.
Ensure evaluations are undertaken as per the organization threshold and maintain up-to-date evaluation trackers to monitor delivery and action planning.
Lead/participate in the project baseline, evaluations, researches and assessment activities
Contract Type: Local
SNV offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. We offer a challenging work environment, opportunities to lead and innovate, and a commitment to growing your skills in a fulfilling and diverse working environment.
Required Experience and Qualifications:
A Master’s degree in an area of statistics, economics, social science or equivalent.
At least eight years of relevant progressive experience, and five years NGO experience in a MEAL role in development contexts.
Direct experience of rolling out and managing MEAL systems and of working on all aspects of MEAL.
Demonstrated commitment to building staff capacity, skills in training and capacity building.
Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward.
Experience in supporting the development of organizational strategies, policies and guidelines.
Considerable experience in planning, organizing and implementing work objectives.
Strong knowledge and experience in Project Cycle Management and Risk Management
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Willingness to frequently travel to all project locations.
Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation, coaching and conflict management.
Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner.
Good moderation, facilitation and training skills.
Good computer and software applications skills.
Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets.
Good skill in emotional intelligence and continuous self-learning.
Fluency in English, and knowledge of other national/local languages preferable.
Familiarity with some of the substantive issues handled by the project such as youth employment, digital service , labor matching, labour law enforcement, social dialogue.
Demonstrated ability to liaise and negotiate with government and social partners.
Good knowledge and experience regarding gender.
Ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision.
Ability to work under time pressure and meet deadlines.
How to Apply
If you believe that your credentials meet the outlined profile, we invite you to apply by uploading your CV and letter of motivation before or on December 2019.
Terms of Appointment
This is a full-time position with the successful candidate being contracted on a 3 years contract with the possibility of renewal. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience with an attractive benefits package. SNV is a global organization committed to bringing different people, ideas, and perspectives together. We invite especially women to submit their application as we want to increase the number of women in leadership positions.