Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator
Location: Vientiane Capital, Laos
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Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator
Contract Type :
1 year, with possible extension
National Category, C2
Package includes medical insurance, pension fund, social security, above minimum leave entitlements and access to professional development support
Reporting to :
Partnerships & Quality Manager, Oxfam in Laos
Staff reporting to this post :
Oxfam is an international confederation and a global movement for change, Oxfam is working with thousands of partners around the world to end world poverty and injustice. Oxfam works directly with communities and at the policy level to enable the most marginalized to improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.
The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator (MEL Coordinator) is part of the Program Quality Team at Oxfam in Laos. This person is responsible for development and implementation of the Oxfam in Laos MEL framework, policies, and systems which places gender at the center of all programs and projects.
This role is responsible for monitoring project implementation and progress of Oxfam in Laos towards the objectives of the Oxfam Country Strategy (OCS), supporting project MEL activities at the grassroot levels, developing MEL systems that will help steer the country strategy and knowledge management, and building capacity of staff and partners in project monitoring and learning. The MEL Coordinator will ensure that MEL processes are directed towards learning and capacity development with partners and staff. Also, the MEL coordinator is responsible for knowledge management for all programs to ensure the whole organization benefits from and applies program learning.
1. Develop programme MEAL systems in accordance with Oxfam standards
- Key contact and focal point for Oxfam’s Common Approach to Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Social Accountability (CAMSA).
- Develop, and/or roll out specific processes, methodologies and tools for planning, monitoring, evaluation, learning, accountability and reporting in line with Oxfam’s minimum requirements in CAMSA. This may require refining CAMSA tools to ensure that they are locally appropriate and user-friendly;
- Support each project team in Laos to develop and implement project-level MEL plans;
- Enhance quality of country level reporting against project results frameworks;
- Lead the quarterly MEL Tracker exercise to evaluate each project’s progress against planned activities;
- Provide close coordination with Oxfam affiliates and country teams, to develop and monitor implementation of systems, processes and tools ensuring quality and consistency in Monitoring, Evaluations, Learning and Accountability (MEAL) and in programme reporting;
- Apply and follow-up on Oxfam policies, manuals and guides on MEAL to ensure their implementation with sufficient quality in Laos;
- Ensure that all processes, methodologies and tools are inclusive and gender sensitive and capture gender transformative changes;
- Support teams in the process of adaptation of methodologies and tools according to the country context while ensuring consistency of Monitoring, Evaluations, Learning and Accountability.
2. Ensure capacity building and participation of relevant Oxfam team, partners, target groups and community in Monitoring, Evaluations, Learning and Accountability
- Provide technical advice and ongoing mentoring to support country teams to implement monitoring, evaluation, accountability and learning processes at national and local levels; in particular in the collection of quantitative and qualitative information from various sources;
- Provide quarterly monitoring (remote and through field visits) of each project’s MEAL and provide hands on mentoring and support for improvement;
- Train and develop the country programme teams on MEAL standards and on knowledge, skills and competencies necessary for effective monitoring, evaluation, learning and accountability;
- Train and/or to provide technical assistance for capacity building of partners to implement MEAL;
- Provide support and advice for target groups in the community and advise on processes for their participation in MEAL where appropriate;
- Promote and facilitate sharing of MEAL experiences and good practices to other parts of Oxfam.
3. Provide analysis and presentation of MEAL data and carry out the MEAL work for regional activities and provide feedback on programme progress
- Act as focal point for M&E related communications in Oxfam in Laos;
- Ensure collation, analysis and presentation of MEAL information from Oxfam’s programmes in Laos;
- Compile country monitoring data into overall reports reflecting activities, outputs and outcomes in order to guide management decision making, provide accountability to stakeholders, share learning and demonstrate impact;
- Support the country teams’ appointment of external consultants for MEAL purposes including devising terms of reference, providing evaluations of methodological proposals by consultants and validation of reports;
- Coordinate and support national and regional level learning events;
- Monitor programme issues and risks and contribute to contingency planning and responses;
- Support effective learning and exchange from outside the programme in order to improve the effectiveness of the programme;
- Lead the process of mid-term and final evaluation and management responses to evaluations.
4. Support business development efforts
- Lead on business development efforts for Oxfam in Laos in terms of facilitating co-design workshops with local partners to develop logical frameworks, theories of change, results frameworks, etc and supporting team to draft these inputs in proposal documents.
Technical skills & experience:
- Relevant academic education and/or equivalent work experience
- Demonstration of professional experience in similar role
- Knowledge and proven experience in establishing and maintaining effective monitoring, evaluation, learning and accountability systems for development projects
- Experience in gathering, analyzing and presenting quantitative and qualitative data
- An aptitude for external linking, learning and representation with a clear ability to draw knowledge and ideas from across the sector into the organization
- Demonstrable understanding of inclusion and gender, and rights based approaches to development, especially in Laos
- Experience of using participatory approaches in development projects
- Excellent facilitation and training skills
- Fluency in Lao & English
Other essential skills:
- Well-organized and results-oriented
- Attentive to detail
- Able to perform high quality tasks independently
- Team player, networker, socially interactive, strong interpersonal skills
- Proven ability to work effectively with a range of people from various cultures and different capacities
- Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to cultural differences and gender issues, as well as the commitment to equal opportunities;
- Ability to demonstrate an openness and willingness to learn about the application of inclusiveness, gender/gender mainstreaming, women’s rights, and diversity for all aspects of development work;
- Commitment to Oxfam’s safeguarding policies to ensure all people who come into contact with Oxfam are as safe as possible.
Travel: The position is based in Laos with regular travel within the country, following COVID safe travel regulations.
To apply for this position, please send a current CV and cover letter showing how you meet the job requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday 19 May 2021.
Copies of certificates or other supporting documents is not required for the initial application.
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