Job Advertisement – Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Specialist – Durable Solutions Somaliland
Danish Demining Group (DDG) is widely recognized as a provider of efficient and community-oriented solutions to human security problems caused by landmines and other explosive remnants of war as well as small arms and light weapons.
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is an independent, non-profit organization (NGO), founded on the basis of humanitarian principles, and human rights-based approach, to secure the protection of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and to promote long-term solutions to the problems of forced displacement. Danish Demining Group (DDG) is a specialized unit within DRC which implements mine action and armed violence reduction (AVR) programmes. DDG’s mandate is ‘to create a safe environment free from armed violence and the remnants of conflict’, and DDG does this via a programmatic focus on four key sectors: Security Systems Reform, Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW) management, Mine Action and Conflict Management.
The Danish Refugee Council (DRC) is a humanitarian, non-governmental and non-profit organization, founded in 1956, that works in more than 35 countries around the world. DRC has been operating in Somalia for more than twenty years, where we assist returnees, IDPs and displacement-affected communities in all three regions (Somaliland, Puntland, and Central and Southern Somalia) through protection, service delivery and livelihoods activities to enhance their self-reliance and expand opportunities for a dignified life. DRC provides both humanitarian assistance and longer-term development support to respond to the needs of communities affected by acute crisis as well as those in protracted displacement situations. In the past year, DRC’s strategic focus has shifted towards more durable solutions-oriented programming, linking displacement affected communities to longer-term initiatives to build resilience and recovery.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be responsible for monitoring, evaluation, learning, accountability and information management systems of the Programme Management Unit for the 2017 – 2020 programme, Promoting Durable Solutions through Integrated Return, Reintegration and Resilience Support to Somali Displacement-Affected Populations. Via the technical working group (TWG), s/he will be technically supported and work closely with the MEL manager from the DRC Somalia Country Office as well as MEL staff in WYG, DRC/DDG and REDSS to ensure effective MEL practices are applied throughout the project period, and specifically provide technical leadership on related activities such as baseline, midterm and endline assessments, evaluations, learning events, and ensuring real-time programme adaptation.
Monitoring and Evaluation
- Support the Chief of Party in planning and implementing key MEL First Phase activities, including the baseline survey and MEL plan, conducting revisions to the logical framework as needed
- Support the Chief of Party and agency field teams in active implementation of the MEL plan, ensure the plan is updated in a timely manner, and MEL findings for all agencies are included in all reports
- Monitor the programme through the DRC MEL Database which will enhance stakeholder access to data on activities, beneficiaries reached, indicators achieved and reports emanating from the various activities.
- Lead regular sharing of the outputs and the MEL findings with project staff, working closely with the technical working group, Senior Country MEL Technical Specialists including the Country MEL Manager and Thematic MEL Specialists, and the DRC RO MEL advisor
- Coordinate with field staff to develop tools and methods to improve data collection for example, surveys, assessment and beneficiary data
- Organize and collect field data, including for assessments, evaluation and internal surveys; be part of the analysis of this data. Specifically, liaise with REDSS in all research and data-gathering processes, including the longitudinal study
- Capacity build, train and support PMU and agency field staff to improve field monitoring and programme development based on evidence gathered
- Lead in the development and refinement of Monitoring and Evaluation Plans and questionnaires for the assessments. The MEL office will also review and approve any MEL tools developed by DRC or its partners
- Identify and create MEL synergies with other DRC/DDG projects implementing components of Durable solutions in Somalia.
- Work closely with other MEL coordinators for Integrated Emergency Response and Root causes Platforms to inform Durable Solutions programming in Somalia with special reference to the DANIDA Solutions Program
- Technical Focal point for MEL Durable Solutions platform for DRC/DDG Somalia
- Other duties as required by DRC Somalia management team; with regular reporting to the DRC Somalia MEL Manager
- Coordinate the design and implementation of accountability systems for the programme
- Build the capacity of all consortium staff to plan and implement effective accountability systems
- Support systems for strengthening existing community feedback and response mechanisms across the programme as needed, with a focus on the social accountability elements of the programme
Learning and project quality
- Participate in project inception meetings, review meetings and close-out meeting in order to highlight components aimed at replicating good practices and strengthening synergies between activities, partners and other interventions
- Regularly present key M&E findings to the PMU and Chief of Party, Steering Committee, Technical Working Group and others for purposes of adaptive management and real-time feedback loops to the programme
- Perform other duties as directed by the Head of PMU and the DRC Somalia management Team.
To be successful in this role, we expect you to be a positive, mature leader with a proven track record of developing effective initiatives, programmes, and impact.
In this position, you are expected to demonstrate each of DRC’ five core competencies:
- Striving for excellence: You focus on reaching results through the country team both to position DRC and ensure excellence in all deliverables.
- Collaborating: You lead initiatives at country operation level by involving relevant parties and encouraging feedback.
- Taking the lead: You take ownership and initiative while aiming for innovation.
- Communicating: You listen to beneficiaries, staff and other stakeholders; and you communicate concisely and persuasively
- Demonstrating integrity: You act in line with DRC’s vision and values and set a very clear standard for your country team members.
Moreover, we also expect the following:
- Minimum of 5 years of work experience in the field of monitoring and evaluation;
- A Bachelor’s degree in relevant field – development, social research preferable with a focus on monitoring and evaluation as well as compliance issues.
- Experience working with international NGOs, UN agencies, line ministries and/or local authorities in migrants/refugee settings in fragile and complex environments similar to Somalia.
- Experience in developing/ guiding information management systems for humanitarian programs
- Experience in participatory assessment and community-based monitoring approaches;
- A clear understanding of Core Humanitarian Standards (CHS);
- Experience with capacity building of staff, and in convening and facilitating trainings and workshops
- Excellent analytical and report writing skills (English)
- Fluency in written and spoken English essential
DRC encourages all qualified candidates to apply, irrespective of nationality, race, gender or age.
Availability: Before the end of June 2018 or as soon as possible
Duty station: Hargeisa with frequent travel to field locations, this is a non-family and unaccompanied position.
Reporting: Chief of Party
Duration: 1year contract possibility of extension, subject to performance and funding.
Contract: Salary and conditions in accordance with the Danish Refugee Council’s Terms of Employment for Global Expatriates (available at www.drc.dk under Vacancies). This position is graded as A15 for qualified National staff the terms of employment will be in accordance with DRC terms for National staff
Commitments: DRC has a Humanitarian Accountability Framework, outlining its global accountability commitments. All staff are required to contribute to the achievement of this framework (http://www.drc.dk/HAF.4265.0.html). All DRC staff must be committed to the Red Cross Code of Conduct, as well as the Core Humanitarian Standards.
Qualified candidates are invited to access the full job description and the requirements for this position under vacancies at www.drc.dk. Please submit applications online using this link by 8th May 2018
If you have questions or are facing problems with the online application process, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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