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Uganda: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor- Moroto Karamoja, Uganda

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Mercy Corps
Country: Uganda
Closing date: 17 Nov 2017

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About Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible.
In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions
into action — helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within.
Now, and for the future.

We help people overcome poverty and conflict. Working with communities, we leverage local logic to help people transform their lives. To grow more food, earn higher incomes and ultimately advocate for their needs. We see global challenges as an invitation to pioneer innovative, sustainable solutions. During our 34-year history, our work has improved more than 170 million lives in more than 115 countries around the world.

Program / Department Summary

The MEL Advisor plays a key role in the implementation of a five-year, $41 million USAID funded Food for Peace Activity (“Apolou”) to support agriculturalists, agro-pastoralists, and pastoral households living across the districts of Amudat, Kotido, Kaabong and Moroto in the Karamoja sub-region of Uganda. The program has four strategic objectives, and the Governance Manager will oversee strategic objective one:

  1. Inclusive and effective governance contributes to improved food and nutrition security

  2. Improved health and nutritional status of pregnant and lactating women, children under five, and adolescent girls in targeted districts

  3. Improved WASH conditions among targeted households

  4. Adolescent girls, adolescent boys, women and men access diverse and secure livelihoods, through improved capacities and strengthened market systems

General Position Summary

The MEL Advisor is responsible for leading the overall integration of Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning in Mercy Corps’ Apolou program. S/he is responsible for facilitating a participatory process in order to develop Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning strategies and frameworks tailored to this DFAP.

The MEL Advisor shall closely work with Mercy Corps’ MEL Technical Support Unit during the first year of the program. S/he shall support the different component leads/Managers of the DFAP to develop workplans with clear targets and timeframes including defined roles and responsibilities.

Essential Job Responsibilities


· Understand, maintain and innovate the technical components (including hardware, software,

database, etc.) MEL information and data management system that improves MC’s ability to

implement quality programs through better collection, management, analysis and presentation of data, and represent impact to donor, government bodies, peer organizations and communities using standard technologies.

· Serve as technical advisor for technology for data management systems and real-time data flow, utilizing appropriate software platforms for cloud aggregation, data processing and manipulation, and data visualization and utilization. This includes learning and testing new software platforms, as well as working with tech partners, to develop both project and country level information management systems.

· Assist teams to integrate and utilize Mercy Corps’ agency-wide software tool for Project Management (Tola Activity) and Data management (Tola Tables). This includes integration of other software platforms that allow for projects to complete a data flow “system,” as well as address Project Management needs unmet by Tola.

· Steward the use of the XLS Form syntax to author data collection forms for the ODK Collect application for mobile devices.

· Create or support the creation of ODK forms for various programs and train key program staff to create, edit and utilize forms.

· Develop a database protocol for each ODK form created that allows teams to migrate data from a cloud aggregator (like to a database.

· Assist teams in setting up appropriate summary statistics and relational calculations in program databases and link them to tracking dashboards. Help develop the appropriate workflow.

· Work closely with MEL Manager and MEL Officers to develop and improve a country-level database and performance dashboard and use that to create regular internal and external data reports. Assist Program Managers to better understand, analyze, use and present their data.


· Contribute to program-level M&E planning and system development at program start-up,

including facilitation of thorough indicator planning, advising on designing data collection tools

and methodologies, M&E workflow, database design and protocols, secondary research to

inform baseline assessments and measurement frameworks

· Champion the inclusion of qualitative data collection and analysis for both direct and

supplemental measurements of program performance. Train teams in appropriate methods for

focus group discussion and key informant interviews and lead field-based qualitative data

collection as needed.

Ensure incorporation of agency’s indicators wherever possible and appropriate – into new tools developed during the start up phase.

· In coordination with MEL Manager, drive the capacity building of program staff on design and

M&E concepts through trainings and new hire orientation, including designing and delivering

formal trainings. Design comprehensive orientation for all new staff.

Work to create a dynamic, responsive M&E support unit through the considered use of MEL staff, through sharing of resources, time and efforts as a percentage of her/his collective efforts.

· Together with MEL Manager , proactively build a strong M&E community of practice among

the program portfolio and foster opportunities for learning, crosspollination,

and collaboration. Support the Director of Programs in the organizing and

facilitation of regular program coordination meetings with senior program staff.

Represent program in MEL and research forums with the broader development community.

· Advise on improving country MELinitiatives by identifying and replicating best practices, field

tested lessons learned, constructive/creative recommendations and encourage teams to embed them in their daily work.

· Work closely with the program’s research partner to define and execute a research strategy including overseeing this partnership and its work.

· Contribute to program visibility and advocacy work by assisting in dissemination of program research and learning information.

· Other duties as assigned.


· Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.

· Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.

Organizational Learning

· 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.

Supervisory Responsibility

MEL Manager and program MEL team


Reports Directly To: Chief of Party

Works Directly With: Apolou component leads, program field teams, MEL technical team.

Knowledge and Experience

· MA/S or equivalent experience in international development, economics, agricultural economics, statistics, bio-statistics, nutrition or other relevant subject with strong quantitative background, and at least six years of experience in progressively increasing M&E responsibility in international development projects. The candidate must have experience in leading the M&E of a large project.

· Strong conceptual knowledge about theories of change, logic model, food and nutrition security indicators, M&E plan, data quality assurance, data utilization, and gender integration into M&E.

· Demonstrated experience and expertise in developing and operationalizing a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation plan (please see the FFP M&E and Reporting Policy and Guidance for the components of an M&E plan).

· Demonstrated expertise and experience in developing and operationalizing routine monitoring system designed to track both output and outcome indicators.

· Strong quantitative background and demonstrated expertise in designing annual monitoring surveys including probabilistic sampling strategy and estimating sample size, developing appropriate weights, and analyze quantitative data.

· Demonstrated expertise in designing qualitative studies, in-depth knowledge about qualitative sampling, and experienced in using interview and interactive tools to generate qualitative information and analysis.

· Experienced in developing data quality assurance strategies, data management, and data visualization.

· Demonstrated expertise and experience in data utilization strategies and can creatively think about active data sharing techniques.

· Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and other language(s), as required.

Success Factors

· Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.

· Strong facilitation skills.

· Ability and willingness to both lead and follow as appropriate.

· Has an internal and external network of experts to draw upon as needed.

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.

Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. 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 in-country venues.

How to apply:

Apply by Friday, 17th November, 2017 through this link-