GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY
The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Assistant will work with the Mercy Corps ECW-FER Activity program and MEL teams to oversee and ensure the collection of quality M&E data for the program. The MEL Officer will be responsible for supporting the Program Manager to oversee the monitoring and data collection of the project, lead regular and annual field-based household and group interviews, analyze data to provide insight to project team, and contribute to report writing. S/he will ensure that performance monitoring and results reporting tools and processes across the entire program are in place, effectively implemented and well synchronized between the Activity sites. The MEL Officer may supervise teams of enumerators in data collection, data analysis, and reporting according to the needs of the Activity. The MEL Assistant will be an integral member of the Activity team learning and reflection processes, leading discussion on beneficiary feedback.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
- Work closely with the ECW_FER team to ensure effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting of program activities and results.
- Coordinate reporting specifically tracking deadlines, ensuring adherence to formats and requirements, ensuring reporting quality and accuracy, and periodic report writing, editing, and submission.
- Compile progress against indicators and report back to the team according to the monitoring plan.
- Develop accountability and transparency mechanisms for the program and orient staff on the same.
- Perform spot checks on the team’s data collected and reports each month.
- Actively participate in household identification and verification of households that participate in the Activity.
- Support the program manager in coordinating the baseline, mid-term evaluation and final evaluation, along with other key research activities.
- Build the capacity of all relevant team members to implement program monitoring tools, accurately enter program data into relevant databases, and enable them to develop excellent reports and other documents.
- Design and implement a community workshop to define baseline measures and indicators of progress that the community can use to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.
- Document lessons learned and success stories on the project.
- Ensure adherence to program management minimum standards in carrying out his/her duties, advising and supporting other staff in the same as required.
- Disseminate research learnings and recommendations to team members, beneficiaries and other relevant audiences.
- Other duties as assigned.
Finance & Compliance Management
- Ensure compliance with donor and Mercy Corps regulations related to food security programming.
- Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country
- Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
- 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.
- Accountability to Beneficiaries
- Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
- to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Enumerators collecting field data as needs arise.
Works Directly With: Program teams, other MEL Officers, Activity Team Leads, Activity Team Members
Knowledge and Experience
- Bachelor’s Degree in Management, Statistics, Economics, Social Science or related field.
- At least 3 years’ experience in Monitoring and Evaluation of Education, Food Security, Agricultural Livelihoods in emergency programs.
- Good understanding and skills at data management.
- Strong computer literacy with a full knowledge of MS Office applications.
- Strong knowledge of mobile data collection tools and best practices. Experience with case management systems preferred.
- 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 local language strongly preferred.
- Able to drive a motorbike safely, valid license. Preferred but not required.
- The successful MEL Officer will combine exceptional management skills and experience in building and maintaining partner relationships.
- S/he will have an ability to think creatively about operationalizing and improving the M&E system of the program. S/he will have proven experience with cross-cultural team and capacity building, individual staff development and strong mentoring skills.
- 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!
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
- The position is based in Baidoa Somalia. The region is secure with access to most basic amenities.
- Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours.
- Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all locations.
- Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together. Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
- We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed to learning, listening and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive than we are today.
- Equal Employment Opportunity
- Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger and have sustained global impact.
- We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not engage in or tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), marital status, military veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.
- Safeguarding & Ethics
- Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact with through our work, whether team members, community members, program participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of Conduct e-learning courses upon hire and on an annual basis