This is a 12 month replacement role with unaccompanied terms based in Taluqan, Takhar Province in Afghanistan, with a salary Grade 4 €40,003 – €44,449.
You will report to the Programme Director (PD) and will work closely with the Country Director and line manage the M&E Manager, the MIS officer, and provide technical guidance to all project M&E officers.
We would like you to start on the 1st October 2019
Your purpose: The monitoring, evaluation, accountability & learning (MEAL) coordinator is responsible for ensuring a high quality programme planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning across the Afghanistan country programme by establishing relevant M&E systems to keep track and report on programme progress and by providing training and capacity building to programme staff at all levels. The position is expected to provide high quality technical support during project design and implementation, along with taking the lead on all research activities, liaising with external consultants and head office technical specialist. The position acts as the focal person for all mainstreaming and accountability issues, both internally and as part of the programme activities.
You will be responsible for:
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning:
- Design, implement and oversee an integrated and results based M&E system that provide appropriate measure of programme progress against agreed objectives.
- Support the implementation of technical surveys working with the relevant programme teams to ensure that data collection techniques are robust, that staff and agents involved have a good understanding of their roles, that the data entry processes are timely and accurate, and that the data analysis is timely and meaningful.
- Oversee the design and lead on the implementation of baseline, midline, and endline surveys for all projects, and develop a knowledge management system to capture lessons learned for dissemination.
- Prepare for, and oversee any research activity conducted by the country programme, both directly and through consultants and ensure research outcomes are clearly documented. Facilitate support visits from technical advisors and ensure dissemination of learning.
- Support the use of DDGs (Digital Data Gathering) devices for all data collection activities.
- Support the Programme Director and the rest of the programme team through writing proposals and ensuring that indicators are SMART and that log frames are robust.
- Support adherence to the Concern Programme Cycle Management Systems (PCMS) approach in all programme and proposal development processes as relevant to each sector.
- Ensure that Concern mainstreaming polices are understood by all staff and are implemented at all levels, both in the programmes and internally. This particularly applies to How Concern Understands Extreme Poverty and Equality.
- Oversee the implementation of a robust complaints and response mechanism (CRM) and ensure that any feedback or complaints from stakeholders are handled in an appropriate and systematic way.
- Monitor programme activities to ensure they are carried out in line with organization’s internal systems and procedures and that adherence to the Core Humanitarian Standard’s (CHS) commitments on accountability are met.
- Participate in preparing complete, accurate and realistic budgets for donor proposals and as part of Concern’s internal budget procedures, ensuring that all M&E, mainstreaming and programme quality initiatives are fully and accurately costed and included in budgets, liaising with other PMs as appropriate.
- Support programme staff in the writing of testimonies and case studies to illustrate key outcomes and impact of programme interventions for annual and donor reporting.
- Encourage innovation and learning and, in line with Concern procedures in this regard, help ensure that lessons learned are documented and shared (within and outside of Concern), encouraging the wider application of such learning where appropriate.
- Support the Humanitarian Programme Coordinator in rolling out Concern Afghanistan’s PEER plan.
- Support the emergency response as required with particular attention to collecting needs assessment data and post distribution monitoring aimed at capturing the process of implementation with a view to improving programme quality in future
- Provide needs-based training for Concern staff and partners on PCMS and PM&E tools that will enable the teams to implement the PM&E plan effectively. Expose staff to a range of PM&E methodologies for the collection of both qualitative and quantitative data
- Build the capacity of the staff in development and use of log frames for planning and monitoring of progress
- Develop key project materials designed to support institutional capacity building, resilience and gender equality.
- Actively participate in collective exercises such as preparation of updates for Effective Emergency Response (PEER) planning, Security Management Planning (SMP) and other Concern initiatives.
- Take measures to address equality issues, particularly relating to gender, in programme as well as operational (e.g. HR) activities.
- Undertake other related duties as may reasonably be assigned by the Country Director or the line manager.
Your skills and experience will include:
- Relevant graduate degree (economics, agriculture, development or equivalent)
- Two years + of relevant field based experience in the development/ humanitarian sector
- Understanding of all stages of the PCMS (Programme Cycle Management Systems): assessments , programme development, including the logical framework approach
- Strong writing skills, including donor reports
- People management
- Computer skills including Microsoft Word and Excel, plus SPSS and use of GIS
- Ability to work independently and under own initiative.
- Ability to work under pressure and prioritise, often to strict deadlines.
- Good networking skills, interpersonal communication, presentation and motivational skills.
- Strong Analytical and problem solving abilities.
- Empathy with Concern’s goals and a commitment to capacity building, protection and participation.
- Willingness to travel to rural areas up to 50% of the time
- Experience of setting up and implementing multi-sectorial PM&E systems
- Demonstrated experience in all stages of the PCMS (Programme Cycle Management Systems): assessments , programme development, including the logical framework approach
- Post graduate degree in relevant discipline
- Experience in preparing budgets and reports for international donors.
- Experience in staff capacity development and management.
- The ability to quickly develop fluency in Concern Worldwide’s policies and procedures, including policies such as equality and systems policies in logistics and transport.
- Excellent organisational skills.
- Cross cultural awareness and sensitivity.
- Knowledge of development issues and concepts.
All applications should be submitted through our website at https://jobs.concern.net by closing date. CV’s should be no more than four pages in length.
Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short-listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date.
Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.