This program will be a Multi-Year Emergency Food Security Activity (MYE), funded by the United States Agency for International Development — Food for Peace (FFP), with a goal to enhance food and nutrition security, reduce future humanitarian caseload, and improve the resilience of communities to recurrent shocks in one of five sub-regions of South Sudan.
The M&E Lead will be based at the FFP MYE program on a full-time basis. Specifically, the M&E Lead is responsible for developing and implementing an M&E system and plan, including a database to store and aggregate collected data.The general duties and responsibilities of the M&E Lead are to provide oversight of project-level monitoring and evaluation activities within the FFP MYE Program, ensuring the quality of the project’s M&E activities, information management via the programs reporting system and Mercy Corps’ proprietary Tola systems, and geographic information systems (GIS), where applicable.
The M&E Lead’s role is to also oversee and ensure coordination of the various technical areas across the MEL staff of the program and other relevant program staff and components. The M&E Lead is responsible for the capacity building and mentoring strategy for program staff on themes related to monitoring, evaluation, accountability, reporting and learning.
Essential Job Responsibilities
- Set-up the MEL system, including all tools and data collection processes for program activities.
- Develop and review frequently the Project’s MEL Plan including Data Management Plan
- Oversee the implementation of the MEL System.
- Plan and lead all MEL activities including the baseline, midterm and final evaluations, and develop standards for data collection.
- Supervise all sub-contractor involved in data collection activities including the baseline, midterm and final evaluation teams, and review their standards for data collection.
- Train project team members and partners on their ME&L responsibilities
- Direct manage MEL staff in day-to-day MEL activities, as well as provide technical oversight of additional MEL staff located in field offices.
- Update MEL and project management systems to reflect program progress and needs; enforce proper usage of these systems by program staff.
- Collect, analyze and validate information and data on the performance indicators
- Present data analysis and periodic reporting in consultation with technical staff
- Ensure that lessons learned throughout the project are captured and communicated to internal and external stakeholders through appropriate channels
- Liaise with various stakeholders and project-related donors on relevant program MEL concerns.
- Take on overall responsibility for project reporting including Weekly, Monthly, Quarterly, Annual, Final and ad-hoc reports.
- Address any other task assigned by the COP/Director of Programs.
- Given the nature of the work, staff are expected to be flexible and may be asked to carry out duties which are not specifically listed above. The job description may be revised after discussion between the staff member and the organization.
- Develop the capacity of the team, deepen understanding of their roles and assist with career development.
- Assist team members with information, tools and resources to improve performance & reach objectives.
- Promote accountability, communicate expectations and provide constructive feedback informally and formally via regular one on ones and performance reviews.
- Create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect where team members strive to achieve excellence.
- Hire, orient and lead team members as necessary.
- 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.
Reports Directly To: Chief of Party
Works Directly With: Other program managers, in-country finance and operations teams, Country Director and Programme Director as needed
Knowledge and Experience
- MA/S or equivalent, preferable in statistics or economics, or a degree in a relevant field with substantial course work in quantitative methods (two additional years of experience may substitute for a MA/S)
- A minimum of 5 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation management and designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems as they are practiced in humanitarian response, longer term recovery and DRR-type programs; USAID or other donor, or NGO preferred.
- Experience with ArcGIS or other geographic information system preferred but not required.
- Ability to prepare clear and concise reports.
- High degree of computer literacy; Excel and Word skills are essential.
- Ability to manage and meet deadlines.
- Ability to work independently on multi-task load.
- Excellent Communication and organizational skills.
- Fluency in written and oral English. Must be able to read and interpret documents,and communicate with others as necessary to perform job duties effectively.
- Language skills in Arabic, Nuer, Dinka or other languages used in South Sudan are a plus.
- Extensive mathematical skills and able to perform job-specific mathematics with experience in statistical analysis and statistical software.
- Experimental design of evaluations.
The ideal candidate will have a strong curiosity for understanding and working effectively within the complex cultural, political, security and social environment of South Sudan. He/She will be an excellent communicator, multi-tasker, and able to work in ambiguous situations. He/She will be a tolerant and flexible individual able to work in difficult and stressful environments and follow procedures. The successful candidate will be focused on team-building and capacity-building of national staff; be a strategic thinker, have strong skills in design monitoring and evaluation of development programs and maintain a sense of humor.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position is based in Juba, South Sudan, and it requires up to 30% travel to the selected sub-region of the successful application in rural South Sudan. Secure housing will be provided by Mercy Corps with some restrictions on freedom of movement beyond the house/office. The location is unaccompanied. Staff have a moderate degree of access to basic services – medical, electricity, water, etc, with travel to deep field locations where access to basic necessities is limited. This position is eligible for hardship and/or R&R benefits.
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.
Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.