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United States of America: Senior Specialist - Food Security and Livelihoods Monitoring and Evaluation

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Save the Children - US
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 16 Jul 2017


This position supports the monitoring and evaluation of the Department of Hunger and Livelihoods’ (DHL) large USAID/Food for Peace-funded portfolio. It provides leadership to the development of M&E systems and processes, for building M&E capacity both in the department and for food security programs in the field. The position will support partnerships with universities and other research organizations to develop our evidence base and will write proposals to bring in funding to support the department’s food security research agenda. The position will support incorporating the use of appropriate technology in monitoring and evaluation, including experience with tablet-based data collection and database management software. Primary responsibilities of this position support efforts to maximize quality programs and ongoing learning at Save the Children.

Essential Duties, Responsibilities and Impact

Support Global Programs (50%):

· Develop and support quality, standardized M&E systems in a global food security and livelihoods portfolio with a strong focus on Food for Peace Title II programs.

· Develop clear and standardized M&E guidelines, protocols, templates, and activity schedules for field-based M&E teams to ensure the quality and regularity of program monitoring data.

· Identify common issues related to M&E across programs and work with leadership to address as necessary.

· Support the effort to develop or adapt appropriate electronic beneficiary tracking technology for incorporation across the portfolio.

· Provide remote and in-country TA to both M&E staff and technical program leads.

· Represent the Hunger and Livelihoods Department externally to donors; participate in working groups and M&E conferences as appropriate to identify trends and support department programs.

Support Technical Leadership and Quality Programming (20%):

· Data management/reporting: Receive and manage data from the field, analyze it, and produce/contribute to reports (including PREPs and ARRs) for senior managers, donors and external audiences.

· Evaluation: Support data collection and analysis to evaluate program outcomes and impact including, but not limited to, baselines, mid-term and final evaluations as well as annual surveys and special studies.

Quality Assurance: Conduct internal data quality audits.

· Capacity building: Participate in the planning and delivery of M&E training for DHL staff and others in the field and in the Washington and Fairfield offices; promote cross-fertilization of ideas and information exchanges across programs.

· Working with program staff, identify strong M&E candidates both for short-term and long-term positions.

· External training opportunities: Coordinate with internal and external M&E stakeholders, including within SCI, to identify and communicate M&E training opportunities for food security program managers and technical staff.

Program Learning and Innovation (10%):

· Support food security research activities: Build partnerships with research organizations and collaborate on specific research projects for priority areas.

· Support growth and development of food security evidence base: Assist DHL staff in operations research design, monitoring, evaluation and documentation.

· Identify and liaise with other M&E leaders in the food security and livelihoods field: Participate in and contribute to technical meetings in order to learn from key stakeholders as well as to share findings from SC’s M&E efforts in livelihoods and food security programming.

· Documentation and information: Participate in the process to systematize the identification, documentation, and sharing of program-related better practices in the agency. Compile and disseminate other M&E information useful for DHL programs.

Resource Mobilization (10%):

· Program proposal development: Assist in program design and in developing M&E frameworks and implementation plans for livelihoods and food security proposals.

· Research proposal development: Write proposals, in conjunction with partner research organizations, to fund specific research projects in the areas of livelihoods and food security.

Represent Hunger and Livelihoods at the agency level and contribute to agency-wide M&E and research best practices (10%):

· Represent DHL on the International Program Division M&E Working Group and participate in advising on agency M&E policy.

· Work closely with other SCUS departments on M&E matters of mutual interest, especially as they apply to global and/or multi-country programs.

· Participate on the TOPS Program M&E Working Group.

· Liaise across SCI and SC members on all M&E and research activities related to livelihoods and food security with particular attention to the new Child Poverty Global Initiative.

Required Background and Experience, Skills and Behaviors

· Bachelor’s degree in international development or related field required; master’s degree preferred.

· Requires 5-7 years of experience in international development, including three years of experience in design, monitoring, and evaluation of international programs.

· Successful research and learning-oriented grant writing experience required.

· Experience with tablet-based data collection software a plus.

· Experience with programs funded by USAID’s Food for Peace and/or the Bureau for Food Security preferred.

· Experience in designing research programs.

· Experience in developing training programs including curriculum design, presentation and teaching skills, and training-of-trainers methods.

· Knowledge of data analysis, including interpretation of program results indicators.

· Excellent PC/database skills and knowledge of current statistical packages.

· Knowledge of and/or experience with results frameworks, M&E plans, and program evaluations.

· Understanding of USAID and other donor programming priorities and technical requirements.

· Ability to give effective and engaging presentations to groups and individuals.

· Excellent writing and communications skills in English.

· Ability to work under tight deadlines, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and effectively work with multi-cultural teams.

· Availability for 20% international travel.

· Foreign language skills (French preferred or Spanish) a plus.

Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, we are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Our pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. Our advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves. As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world's most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children's lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.

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Save the Children provides an attractive benefits package including competitive salaries, a matching retirement plan, health and welfare benefits, life insurance, an employee assistance program, generous time off and much more. We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, ancestry, sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies with all applicable laws. 0

How to apply:

Candidates must have current eligibility to work in the US for any employer.

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