Position: Senior Assessment Coordinator (PANDA)
Contract Type: Fixed Term
Salary Range: Ugx 5 – 7 Million Gross Pay
IMPACT’s PANDA Initiative, hosted by ACTED in Uganda, is seeking an experienced professional with an extensive background in monitoring and evaluation, learning, knowledge creation and management, preferably with experience in the refugee response and cash-based interventions to support the development of a monitoring framework of ECHO’s Basic Needs Approach. This is a senior position in a small but dynamic team that will give you the opportunity to demonstrate management skills and technical expertise whilst coordinating consortium partners to implement monitoring activities, and develop and design research activities which directly inform the programmatic decision making and learning. The role is equal parts technical, project management and coordination which requires self-motivation, the ability to work as part of a team, and the ability to deliver complex research activities and their outputs on time, on task and on budget.
IMPACT Initiatives is a think-and-do-tank based in Geneva, Switzerland, which specialises in data collection, management and analysis in order to support humanitarian and development action thought its Initiatives AGORA, PANDA and REACH. While AGORA and REACH work to support response coordination mechanisms at various levels, PANDA provides direct assessment, research and monitoring & evaluation support to partners and donors with activities that focus directly on planning, informing and understanding programme implementation. IMPACT is a sister organization of ACTED, an international NGO whose headquarter is based in Paris and which is present in thirty countries. The two organizations have a strong complementarity formalized in a global partnership, which allows IMPACT to benefit from ACTED’s operational support on its countries of intervention.
The PANDA Senior Assessment Coordinator position is based in Kampala, Uganda. The role necessitates a high level of external engagement, the ability to influence and drive processes, whilst also managing the internal running of operations and developing high-quality research outputs. The Senior Assessment Coordinator is expected to oversee the full evaluation process, manage workplans and external relations, provide technical design of research activities, and review publications of research, monitoring and evaluation outputs with direct support of the IMPACT Uganda team, and with technical backstopping from IMPACT Geneva HQ. Past experience in the refugee response and in monitoring and evaluation are essential.
In his/her mission, the Senior Assessment Coordinator will be hosted by ACTED and will fall under the responsibility of ACTED’s Uganda Coordinator and his/her delegates. S/he and will fully abide to ACTED’s Security, HR, Administration and Logistics rules and regulations.
This position is open to Ugandan Nationals only
Chain of Command Under the authority of:
IMPACT Country Coordinator
ACTED Uganda Coordinator
IMPACT Research Manager Working Relations Internal Relations: IMPACT Uganda assessment team
IMPACT Uganda technical team
IMPACT Uganda field team
ACTED FLATS team
ECHO Partners ECHO Other relevant stakeholders Objective The Senior Assessment Coordinator is responsible for the management and implementation of a monitoring framework for ECHO’s Basic Needs Approach, including the preparation, implementation and follow-up of evaluation activities. S/he is also responsible for related logistics, partner coordination, reporting and financial management.
Duties and Responsibilities 1. Inter-consortium coordination. In close coordination with the consortium partners, IMPACT Research Manager, and other relevant stakeholders, provide technical leadership/ oversight/ support for all consortium-level MEARL activities though:**
a) Coordination with relevant partners and other stakeholders and facilitation of regular meetings, and provision of meeting minutes to all relevant stakeholders.
b) Review and harmonisation of agreed-up robust measurement methodologies, technical tools, their application and quality standards within the overall framework developed for the BNA;
c) Create and maintain up-to-date, comprehensive and accurate databases of progress against project indicator targets, linking to available sources of information;
d) Ensure data management and data security practices under the project scope adhere to the guidelines set by the EU General Data Protection Regulation as well as maintain general good practices;
2. Management of evaluation activities
a. Development of the technical design of the monitoring framework, in coordination with relevant stakeholders, including the creation of terms of reference of the monitoring framework.
b. Creation of a clear guidance note on the use and implementation of the monitoring framework.
c. Analysis of indicators obtained through the monitoring framework.
d. Presentation of findings to all key partners and other stakeholders.
e. Drafting of a short report outlining the key findings.
Key Performance Indicators
· % of milestones completed on time as per original work plan
· activities completed on time without the need for an NCE
· activities completed within budget flexibility (not requiring a budget amendment for project lines)
Must be a Ugandan national Excellent academic qualifications, including a Master’s degree in relevant discipline; At least 5 years of relevant working experience in humanitarian or development settings such as research, evaluation, assessments and programmes, with 2 or more years in a management position A demonstrated experience in coordinating and engaging with high-level stakeholders A demonstrated understanding of the refugee response Field experience related to monitoring and evaluation activities, humanitarian or development interventions, or other similar relevant sector are required; Excellent analytical skills; Excellent communication and drafting skills for effective reporting; Ability to operate in a cross-cultural environment requiring flexibility; Familiarity with the humanitarian aid system, and understanding of donor and governmental requirements Fluency in English required Ability to multitask with tight deadlines, on numerous research cycles; Ability to work independently and coordinate remotely critical