The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees, IDPs, and others affected by war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and in 22 U.S. cities, the IRC restores safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. We address both the immediate, life -saving needs of conflict-affected people in an emergency and the reconstruction needs in post-conflict societies.
As the IRC developed a new five-year (2015-2020) strategy that set out an ambition to become a leader in the humanitarian sector on outcomes-drive and evidence-based humanitarian programming, more systematic methods for tracking progress on achieving positive change for the people we serve had to be developed. The IRC had found, as had many other organizations, that data were often collected and compiled primarily to satisfy donor requirements; actually using those data to improve programming and make real-time decisions is much harder and rarer. “Monitoring and evaluation” has become synonymous with data collection and reporting; by calling this position “measurement action” rather than “M&E”, the IRC is explicitly emphasizing that data are to be used, not archived, and that we need to look beyond routine monitoring to assessing the broader effects and impacts of our programming.
The Regional Measurement Action Coordinator (RMAC) will provide strategic, technical, and leadership for the IRC’s regional measurement activities and the IRC’s global measurement initiatives. Those efforts include providing technical advice and support for all monitoring, evaluation, learning, and for making decisions and taking action based on data. This senior position requires coordinating measurement activities across sectors and provinces – including providing support to in-country M&E staff – and working with technical and provincial teams to ensure that data are of high quality and used effectively for decision making. The Coordinator will report to the Deputy Regional Director of Programs – with a dotted line for technical oversight to the Senior Technical Advisor (STA) for Organizational Measurement, to ensure consistency across the agency – and work in partnership with provincial directors, program directors, deputy directors of programs or Senior Program Coordinators, and the staff responsible in each sector and province for M&E.
Regional Measurement Leadership
- Development, implementation, and updating of a measurement action strategy for the region that ensures technically sound and consistent approaches to:
- Indicator development across projects, including incorporation of organizational core indicators
- Routine monitoring of program activities
- Assessments of beneficiary needs
- Evaluations of the effectiveness of program interventions
- Data collection, including digital data collection where feasible
- Data storage and secure accessibility of data by project staff and country/regional management
- Coordinating and supporting the roll-out and on-going use of the data platform COMET within the DRC region
- Work with provincial teams to implement the measurement action strategy, with a focus on:
- Coordinated monitoring of project activities, ensuring that activities are carried out as planned or adjusted/adapted as needed
- Coordinated assessments of beneficiary needs, ensuring that tools and methodologies are appropriate, so that results are actionable and easily communicated
- Coordinated evaluation of projects, ensuring that activities are effectively addressing the beneficiary needs
- Contributing to an organizational culture shift from a focus on data being primarily for donor reporting to using data for decision making and action
Implementation of Global Measurement Initiatives
- Work with the Monitoring for Action (MfA) Coordinator to ensure that technical and provincial teams have the proper procedures in place to achieve high quality data collection and effective use of data
- Work with technical and provincial teams to implement the IRC’s program data platform
- Train current staff on new processes associated with program design, monitoring, and data use.
M&E and Data Analysis
- Support technical teams in developing logframes for new project proposals, including consistency with the IRC’s core outcomes and indicators
- Lead development of a program dashboard to provide monthly summaries of key program indicators and assessment results for decision making by provincial and regional management
- Support technical and provincial teams in analysis of data, including going beyond simple Excel charts to more sophisticated statistical analysis, and including creative use of GIS
- Support provincial-level knowledge management efforts and develop and implement regional systems that facilitate the sharing of information across sectors and provinces within the DRC region and with other IRC regions, specifically focused on use of data and analysis for decision making.
- Support technical and provincial teams in recruitment of M&E staff, including orienting new staff.
Essential qualifications, skills and experience
- Advanced degree in statistics or the social sciences with emphasis on measurement
- Six to ten years of professional experience with demonstrated skills in
- Developing and implementing M&E systems (including database design)
- Collecting data (with preference for digital methods)
- Remote monitoring
- Data analysis
- Using data for decision-making in multiple technical sectors
- Proven ability to think strategically about data
- Experience training and mentoring staff
- Knowledge of the trends and issues in international aid monitoring, knowledge management and measurement
- At least four years’ experience in developing countries and/or conflict-affected contexts
- Strong oral communication and presentation skills
- Fluency in English required
- Fluency in French required
The chosen candidate will be a proven team player with the ability to work with multi-cultural teams and under tight deadlines.
Working Environment: Standard office environment