Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.
Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.
We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.
We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.
Job Description Position Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator Grade C2 Department & Location Programmes ( Accra) Date Reports to (position): Directly Supervises: Project MEL Specialist with oversight working relationship with MER Manager (technical).
Not Applicable. Purpose: How does this post support Plan International’s strategy and mission? Plan International is an independent non-profit organization that advances children’s well-being and equality for girls. Working in building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years and present in 70 countries, Plan International strives for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children while working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners.
The program departments of Plan’s Country Offices in WACA have MER units whose purpose is to improve program quality and accountability through supporting and implementing high quality MER in programs and projects, and, to provide evidence for programme design, planning and effectiveness. The MEL Coordinator is a member of the MER unit. The role of the position is to contribute to ensuring programme quality and accountability at project level. The position supports and supervises the monitoring, evaluation, studies, research and the dissemination of the results in Project. Ensures those results are used in a way to improve the quality of the projects in the project.
Dimensions of Role: The MEL Coordinator will support the accountability for developing and implementing the project’s MEL system, support the provision of capacity development in M&E to local organizations, and developing and implementing the project’s knowledge management system, all with the ultimate objective of improving program effectiveness.
Typical Responsibilities – Key End Results of Position: Support the monitoring and evaluation system, tools and processes development Support the finalization and validation of Performance measurement frameworks with relevant stakeholders Support the integration of indices designed as composite measurements that aggregate, rank and summarize multiple indicators and data points. Support the development of qualitative and quantitative monitoring tools suited to the needs and capacities of WROs operating at different levels. Conduct project monitoring inclusive of tool design and development; data collection, cleaning and compilation; analysis, validation and sharing with relevant stakeholders. Support the establishment and maintenance of Management Information System to systematically collect, store and analyze output and activity information. Support the conduction of project baseline and endline studies inclusive of developing Terms of Reference and ensuring consultants deliver high quality reports (support in verifying the methodology, the relevance of the tools, and the quality of the report submitted) and value for money.
Communications and Working Relationships: Working contacts inside and outside the organization; include the purpose and level (high, medium, low) of the contact High level contact Internal: the Project level program team, implementing partner organizations, entrepreneurs and VSLAs, and Plan International Canada Medium level contact: the Project operations team, the CO based technical advisors Low level contact: Maintains low contact with other staff from the Program Unit and country offices to offer support for understanding and implementation of the WISE related activities
Knowledge, Skills, Behaviours, and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives: Gained through education, training, & experience.
Qualification and Experience Advanced degree in statistics, measurement, planning, monitoring & evaluation, development studies, Social science, or other relevant fields. A minimum of 4 years’ experience in program planning, monitoring, evaluation, learning and research of development projects. Good understanding of results-based management tools and approaches Demonstrable good experience in developing and implementing MEL systems, inclusive of Management Information Systems Good knowledge of the processes, procedures and systems in project planning, management, monitoring, evaluation and reporting. Good experience in leading quantitative and qualitative tool design and data collection techniques, statistical analysis, and data presentation and validation of results. Knowledge in women’s economic empowerment programming and working with different stakeholders (the private sector, government and non-profit organizations) is an advantage.
Demonstrated behaviours needed by the post holder to successfully perform the role: Passion for gender transformative programming and women’s economic empowerment, mission driven work and personal values aligned with Plan International. Commitment to working transparently and with integrity. Inclusive and empowering approach to leadership and MEL. Demonstrated creativity and willingness to innovate. Flexible and adaptable work style to respond to an evolving context. Ability to work under pressure, prioritize and meet deadlines. Communicates clearly and effectively
Skills Specific to the post needed to put knowledge into practice. Demonstrable experience in implementing MEL frameworks in multimillion-dollar institutional grants through donors such as Global Affairs Canada, USAID, DFID and European Union. Strong understanding of feminist principles, gender equality, and women’s economic empowerment. Strong understanding of monitoring and evaluation, and results-based management tools and approaches. Strong understanding and proven application of project cycle management. Skills in the design, entry, analysis of data in Microsoft Excel and Access as well as for Microsoft word and PowerPoint; knowledge of statistical software (e.g. SPSS) preferred Experience in SAP is an advantage Solid writing skills (report writing etc.) Self-starter takes initiative and works with minimal direct supervision. Strong inter-personal and cross-cultural skills. Flexible, able to shift directions quickly and occasionally work long hours to meet tight reporting deadlines.
Physical Environment and Demands: May be “typical office environment”; note if heavy lifting, climbing, excess travel, etc.
Travel requirements This post holder will be stationed in Sunyani in the Bono Region with regular travel (approximately 50% of time) to project locations where the partner organizations operate.
Level of Contact with Children: Responsibilities of this job require a low level of contact with children. Plan International’s global policy on safeguarding children and young people will be adhered to at all times.
Plan International’s Values in Practice
We are open and accountable Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors. Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity. Consistent and fair in the treatment of people. Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them. Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people
We strive for lasting impact Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations. Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas. Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises. Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness. We work well together Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate. Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals. Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities. Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.
We are inclusive and empowering
Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate. Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals. Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities. Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.
Type of Role: Monitoring & Evaluation
Reports to: MEL Specialist
Closing Date: 17th February 2021
E arly application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.
A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.
As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.
Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.
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: 17 Feb. 2021
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