USAID Project Jobs – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer – Integrated Community Agriculture and Nutrition Activity (ICAN)

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USAID Project Jobs – Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer – Integrated Community Agriculture and Nutrition Activity (ICAN)

Job Title:    Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer

Organization: USAID’s Integrated Community Agriculture and Nutrition Activity (ICAN)

Duty Station: Uganda

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Reports to: Programme Coordinator DDS NK

About US:

USAID’s Integrated Community Agriculture and Nutrition Activity (ICAN) is USAID/Uganda’s flagship resilience project, awarded in July 2018. The Activity goal is to enhance the resilience of vulnerable households in the eight districts of Kanungu, Kisoro, Rukungiri (Kigezi sub-region); Gulu, Lamwo, Nwoya (Acholi sub-region); Kaabong and Kotido (Karamoja sub-region). ICAN Activity is majorly aimed at strengthening community resilience in the event of shock and stress with four core purpose areas: Increasing the resilience of Vulnerable households in 8 districts increasing economic and diversified livelihood activities; improving food and nutrition security; enhancing inclusive and effective governance processes; Gender and social inclusion being a cross-cutting component.

Job Summary:  The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer will ensure the existence of a functional and efficient MEL system that is able to provide timely and accurate data for reporting and decision making by the USAID ICAN field implementing team and management. The MEL Coordinator shall work in consultation with the Activity MEL department based in Kampala. .

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  

  • Provide capacity building, technical support and training to the program team on all areas of the ICAN M&E strategy and ensuring that personnel are able to use M&E systems to assess progress, identify challenges/opportunities and take appropriate action.
  • Administer performance monitoring tools to track project indicators in line with the project implementation plan.
  • Prepare monitoring and evaluation reports and documenting the findings of the evaluation process including the impact of ICAN work to the communities.
  • Monitor project implementation and progress by use of qualitative, quantitative and participatory approaches in data collection from stakeholders.
  • Oversee all monitoring and reporting systems in the ICAN Project
  • Participate in the dissemination of evidence –based learnings to stakeholders.
  • Oversee support and maintenance of ICAN project database.
  • Support project team in coordination of data collection and analysis processes as required.
  • Develop and Update M&E plans as necessary and ensure that routine monitoring of the program takes place by all relevant stakeholders.
  • Ensure the use of the data collection software for ICAN to facilitate analysis, promote learning and initiate timely evidence for use by relevant stakeholders.
  • Work closely with ICAN staff to process, analyze and use information collected to improve management, make necessary adjustments and assess trends.
  • Analyze reports and data to provide learning insights and make follow-up with regional lead and ICAN leadership to ensure informed decisions on a timely basis.
  • Support the ICAN team in conducting regular field visits to collect data and assess the application of MEAL tools.
  • Conduct community data validation on a monthly or quarterly basis.
  • Compile MEL weekly updates, monthly and quarterly reports for onward submission to USAID ICAN management.
  • Build the capacity of staff to increase beneficiary accountability in programs by providing guidance to program staff.
  • Any other duties assigned to him/her from time by his Supervisor.

Key Deliverables

  • Weekly update of M&E data
  • Quarterly MEL report for the region (including verification exercises)
  • Monthly M&E data extracts for the field monthly review meetings
  • Monthly M&E data files

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:

  • The ideal candidate should have a minimum of Bachelor’s Degree in statistics, Statistics and Quantitative Economics, Monitoring and Evaluation.
  • At least two years of relevant work experience with progressive responsibilities, ideally with an NGO and relevant field- based experience in monitoring and evaluation, research and data management.
  • Previous experience working on a USAID funded project in a similar position is an added advantage.
  • Knowledge of technical principles and concepts of M&E, research and data management.
  • General knowledge of other related disciplines to ensure proper cross-sectorial approach.
  • Demonstrated ability to build staff capacity.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and deliver required results in a timely and quality manner.
  • Self-motivated and able to work under minimum supervision.
  • Possession of a valid riding permit is a must.
  • Ability to ride a motorcycle is considered
  • Strong IT skills in MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher) as well as SPSS, STATA, Access and Visual Basics. Experience with information systems, knowledge-sharing networks.
  • Good interpersonal Skills.
  • Good technical writing and communication skills.
  • Proactive, resourceful and results-oriented.

How to Apply:

All candidates should submit an updated CV and short cover letter outlining your suitability for the role, Academic documents and recommendation letter from your pastor, priest or religious leader. Please email your applications to diocesan.developmentservicesnk@gmail.com with a reference “ICAN –Karamoja /Indicate position applied for”

Or Submit hand delivered applications to:

The Executive Director,

Diocesan Development Services – North Karamoja,

P.O. Box 26, Kotido. Uganda

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Deadline: 14th August 2020

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