Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor (MEL Advisor)
1 position, based in Vientiane Capital frequent travel to other provinces
PURPOSE OF THE POSITION:
The MEL Advisor is responsible for supporting the development and implementation of key quality approaches and tools contributing to implementation and impact measurement of Long Term Programs (REW and MUW). The Advisor works closely with the two programs teams (at national and provincial levels) and the Program Quality (PQ) colleagues to develop MEL frameworks and ensure better use of information and data in program implementation and design. The role may also be called upon to support the Emergency Response Team (ERT) when required.
The MEL Advisor assists teams to better demonstrate the impact of their programs and promote a learning culture to generate and share knowledge leading towards improved program design, implementation and reporting. The role also leads or participates in specific project base-lines/mid-term reviews/evaluations and builds required staff capacity in core skills. In collaboration with the Programs and Communication Liaison (CLT) teams, this should also contribute to evidence-based communications both internal and external.
In addition to MEL functions, the role also encompasses partnership development, capacity strengthening and related monitoring with key CSO partners.
This position is based in Vientiane Capital with travel required to program sites (particularly Sekong, Luang Namtha and Phongsaly).
CARE STRATEGIES and PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT:
- Support the implementation of the CARE International Program Strategy by contributing CARE Laos’s perspective and learning to CARE International knowledge and information management.
- Actively contribute to CARE Laos strategic and organizational development;
- Provide high level technical advice to program staff on project design, implementation and Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL), consistent with CARE International’s approaches to program quality, CARE Australia’s Program Quality Framework (PQF) and specific Donor requirements;
- Organise and facilitate meetings, workshops and trainings in relation to reflective learning (e.g. Program Coordination Meetings), for sharing information, feedback on findings and making recommendations for program improvement.
- Demonstrate a passion and commitment to CARE’s approach and values including gender equality, ethnic diversity and cultural sensitivity and inspire leadership on these issues through the CARE Laos team.
MONITORING, EVALUATION AND LEARNING (MEL):
- Design, in collaboration with CARE Program Coordinators and relevant project staff, a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation framework (incl. approaches and tools) for CARE Laos, ensuring that projects are adhering to CARE’s Women’s Empowerment Framework and aligned with CARE International’s Program Strategy and program quality standards;
- Develop and support systems and guidance to improve the collection, dissemination and use of CARE’s program performance information (e.g. PIIRS);
- Assist in developing approaches and mechanisms to improve information and knowledge management and learning in CARE Laos around impact measurement, approaches and advocacy implications;
- Ensure the compilation and filing of key program documents, evaluation studies, guidelines and tools created or developed by the programs;
- Support the Communication and Liaison Team to document and share information and learnings;
- Undertake regular field monitoring visits, analyse information and make appropriate recommendations to CARE project teams;
- Revise, coach on and enforce the project monitoring and tracking system (Activity Tracking System);
- Ensure that monitoring tools are simple, standardised, and capture activities, outputs and outcomes related information, as required;
- Ensure that cross-cutting issues of child protection, gender, equity and diversity are addressed in monitoring and evaluation plans.
- Build capacity of staff and key partners on MEL concepts and tools including how to incorporate areas of Gender, Child Protection and Disability Inclusion.
- Support HR in designing and conducting relevant training for national staff(Particularly in relation to MELI
- Ensure donor reporting data are up to date and trackable.
- Write up internal baseline, mid-term review and end of project evaluation
PARTNERSHIP, ADVOCACY, AND REPRESENTATION:
- Lead the Monitoring and related documentation of CARE Laos partnership strategies and practice with CSOs and related capacity strengthening;
- When applicable, personally represent CARE on key working groups and in policy forums relevant to CARE’s program strategy and development effectiveness;
- Ensure promotion of CARE Laos’ strategies and approaches at all times, including a commitment to developing staff and partner capacity.
Administration and finance:
- Timely prepare work plans, advance requests, monthly time-sheets and logistics as per procedures;
- Use activities funds in line with the approved budgets properly and effectively and in compliance with CARE’s finance manual and donor guidelines.
- Contribute to a strong team environment where members respect each other's differences while working together towards the organisation’s goals.
- Participate in the Annual Planning and Performance Appraisal (APPA) process including the annual appraisal, midyear review and regular 1:1 meetings, ensuring that the APPA process (including the paperwork) is an integral component of Annual Work Plans and activities;
- Engage in emergency preparedness, assist in any emergency response as required;
- Promote a safe and secure work environment; foster a culture of safety and security awareness and ensure compliance with the safety and security policies, procedures;
- Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to gender equality, diversity and child protection; and
- Comply with CARE Lao’s financial and operational requirements, foster strong communication between operations and programs teams and uphold high standards of honesty and integrity in personal conduct.
EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:
- Minimum Bachelor’s degree in relevant development field and/ or a minimum 6 years relevant work experience, preferably in advisory and/ or management role for an International Non-Government Organisation (INGO);
- Proven specialised technical skills in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, as well as partnership with Civil Society Organisations;
- Demonstrated and relevant field experience in project design and implementation.
- Advanced knowledge of development program concepts, analysis and tools as well as strong written communication skills including proven contribution to proposal writing.
- Demonstrated experience in capacity building of staff and proven ability to coach and motivate staff.
- Demonstrated ability to plan and manage workflows and balance competing priorities to ensure timely processing to meet deadlines in a complex environment;
- Demonstrated understanding of gender equality and women’s empowerment and a commitment to CARE’s approach and values including ethnic diversity and cultural sensitivity.
- Demonstrated ability to respond effectively to challenges as well as a capacity for initiative with competent analytical and problem solving skills.
- Ability to work independently and as a team player in a cross functional, diverse and busy team environment.
- Good communication skills including liaison as well as the ability to engage in networks and relationships.
- Proven experience to provide technical advice for program(s) implementation in a geographic area or in a technical and/or an integrated single stream process;
- Proven understanding of working with an International Non-Government Organisation (INGO) and a willingness to learn about CARE, gender equality and women’s empowerment approaches;
- Demonstrated problem solving, planning, analytical and influencing skills;
- Demonstrated characteristics in honesty, reliability, trustworthiness with the ability to maintain confidentiality;
- Fluent oral and written communication skills in both Lao and English; and Fully conversant in Microsoft Office with knowledge in Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel.
The detailed Job Description could be provided upon request. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview. CVs and other documents submitted to CARE will not be returned.
Qualified candidates should submit a CV and a letter of application to email@example.com before the deadline: 17th October 2019;
CARE is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce;
That Women, ethnic minorities and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply;
CARE Laos has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct within or external to the organisation and imbed child protection in all they do; and
As well as pre-employment checks, CARE Laos will use the recruitment and reference process to ensure potential new staff understand and are aligned with these expectations.