The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has received a $10 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to implement a three-year project titled ‘Kulea Watoto’ – meaning ‘nurturing children.’ Kulea Watoto is an initiative aimed at improving early childhood development and transforming the livelihoods of refugees and host communities in Uganda by providing nurturing care and early childhood learning opportunities, and to build their own skills to generate income for their families. The project will use a unique two-generation approach to reach out to young children under five years of age and their caregivers in Yumbe, Kyegegwa, and Kampala districts, implemented in partnership with four local partners – the AfriChild Centre, Madrasa Early Childhood Program, Kabarole Research, and Resource Centre and Literacy and Adult Basic Education (LABE). To achieve this, the project will offer learning sessions for parents and caregivers on responsive caregiving and the provision of early learning opportunities, improved links to children’s services in local communities, livelihood training, and start-up funding for promising business ideas, and more.
Reporting to and technically being supported by the RMEL Manager -Kulea Watoto, the MEAL Officer works closely with program teams to optimize monitoring capabilities and opportunities, evaluation, accountability, and learning for Kulea Watoto project to ensure high-quality programming for the clients we serve and to support the overall ambitions of the of IRC’s Strategy100 and the country’s strategic action plan. The MEAL Officer supervises and implements MEAL project activities working with the project staff in Kyegegwa collecting routine data from ECD and livelihood interventions
Leadership and Partnership
• Support all technical aspects and actions of MEAL regarding the Kulea Watoto project in Kyegegwa; respond to program needs; foster high standards and practices for quality data collection, analysis, and reports. Enable accountability to clients, partners, and donors.
• Implement and support MEAL system and approaches in your areas of expertise and foster learning;
• Represent IRC at technical meetings, forums, and other events & build partnerships within IRC and area of expertise.
• Champion access and use of data for shared learning, sound decision-making, and data-informed programmatic adaptations.
Monitoring and Evaluation
• Run the MEAL system and processes for Kulea Watoto project in Kyegegwa in harmony with the MEAL Country and Global Strategies throughout the project cycle which include:
• Collaborate with MEAL and non-MEAL staff to ensure that data is collected, compiled, checked for its quality and completeness in compliance with IRC and donors’ standards for data quality.
• Document and share learning, evidence, and data from previous projects to inform project proposal design.
• Implement M&E/MEAL plans, revise (digital) data collection tools, follow-up on processes for online data management, quality checks, and audits, and updating of data visualization.
• Undertake regular analysis of monitoring data and work closely with program officers and managers to facilitate decision-making for real-time program adaptation.
• Produce quality reports and updating dashboards with key findings that foster learning and decision-making and share in project cycle management meetings and team meetings.
• Identify, document, and share client feedback to improve services and results for our clients.
• Support deployment of surveys such as baseline and end line, and the commission of evaluations in coordination with colleagues and partners.
• Support the use of standard mobile data technology and online dashboard to enhance timeliness and quality of data collection, analysis, and visualization.
• Join and contribute to IRC’s effort in meeting its internal and external accountability commitments through the implementation of sound accountability, client feedback, and response mechanisms.
Accountability and Learning.
• In close collaboration with the MEAL manager, AAP officers and the project team, support the documentation of client feedback and follow up on issues raised by clients to close the feedback loop.
• Maintain an updated Client feedback database through routine entry of feedback data into the online client Feedback Registry (CFR).
• Conduct analysis of client feedback data and share monthly reports with program team in coordination with the MEAL manager to inform strategic and programmatic decisions and course correction.
• Lead onsite discussions on development and implementation of action plans resulting from the review and analysis of client feedback data.
• Conduct capacity building of project team including training, mentorship, and onsite support on client responsiveness and accountability.
• Support development of Client Responsiveness and Accountability information sharing materials/briefs, posters and brochures, and dissemination to relevant stakeholders, partners, and Clients.
• Document and share learning – ensure requirements, lessons learned, data trends and best practices for products, events, and other knowledge management activities are clearly documented and shared on a regular basis (atleast quarterly), this is through data collection and sharing.
• Build capacity of MEAL assistants and Program Assistants to generate data and knowledge products.
• Coordinate, lead, mentor M&E/MEAL Assistant(s); foster timely and high-quality achievement, and an inclusive and respectful team climate.
• Promote the growth and development of others in IRC teams and partners: present high-quality technical training and learning material for partners, colleagues, and junior staff.
• Participate in the recruitment and onboarding of M&E/MEAL Assistant, field incentive workers and enumerators.
• A technical degree or equivalent – additional relevant work experience may substitute for education.
• A University degree in a relevant field (such as: statistics & data management, social science, public health, development economics, or a related subject area)
• A Minimum 3 years of working experience in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning-related functions.
• Possess basic technical knowledge of M&E approaches and techniques in some or all of the following areas: Outputs, Outcome monitoring, Logical frameworks, Data collection, Basic data analysis, Accountability, Client feedback mechanisms;
• Good computer skills in MS Office, especially Excel; and Word – with experience in writing reports.
• Technical skills in setting up quality MEAL processes and creating logical frameworks and data analysis that leads to learning and action.
• Experience in conducting primary quantitative data collection and data entry.
• Proficiency and experience with mobile data collection such as Kobo, Commcare, ODK as well as proficiency with Microsoft Excel, SPSS, STATA, or other similar software. Knowledge of PowerBi, and GIS software tools are additional assets.
• Demonstrated analytical, systematic thinking, and problem-solving skills.
• Proven ability to transfer knowledge to diverse audiences through training, mentoring, and other formal and non-formal methods together with presentation and reporting skills are a strong asset.
• Confirmed ability to lead, mentor, and empower a small to medium professional team.
• Self-motivated with good organization, and planning skills, including prioritizing work and multi-tasking.
• A strong understanding of accountability and proven ability to build Client Feedback Systems
• Demonstrable ability to engage and build excellent working relationships with local partner organisations implementing the project is vital during project delivery.
• Fluency in English Language both written and spoken is required
• Ability to speak the local language is desired; Knowledge of other local languages is an added advantage.
Work Hours: 8
Experience in Months: 36
Level of Education: Bachelor Degree
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