Regional Monitoring And Evaluation Officer

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General Purpose of the Position

The M&E Officer will be responsible for coordinating and supporting monitoring and evaluation at the MENA regional and country levels through: capacity development of Country M&E staff; ensuring data quality and systematic data collection; contributing to proposal development and internal and external reporting in coordination with programme staff, and; initiating and overseeing internal and external evaluations as a function of donor requirement or internal demand.

Broadly, the Regional M&E Officer will work to harmonize and strengthen M&E practices across the region.

The Regional M&E Officer works directly with Regional Programmes Officers, Regional Education Officer, Regional Head of Programmes for Quality and Innovation, Regional Advocacy and Protection Officer, Regional Information Management Officer, and Country M&E Officers. In preparation for third party evaluations, the Regional M&E Officer works directly with the Regional Financial Compliance and Quality Officer and Regional Finance Officer.

General Purpose of the Position

The M&E Officer will be responsible for coordinating and supporting monitoring and evaluation at the MENA regional and country levels through: capacity development of Country M&E staff; ensuring data quality and systematic data collection; contributing to proposal development and internal and external reporting in coordination with programme staff, and; initiating and overseeing internal and external evaluations as a function of donor requirement or internal demand.

Broadly, the Regional M&E Officer will work to harmonize and strengthen M&E practices across the region.

The Regional M&E Officer works directly with Regional Programmes Officers, Regional Education Officer, Regional Head of Programmes for Quality and Innovation, Regional Advocacy and Protection Officer, Regional Information Management Officer, and Country M&E Officers. In preparation for third party evaluations, the Regional M&E Officer works directly with the Regional Financial Compliance and Quality Officer and Regional Finance Officer.

Main Responsibilities of the Position

Implementation and Supervision of M&E Activities (50%)

a) Ensures effective and systematic monitoring and evaluation practices are employed across country programmes;

b) In coordination with Country M&E Officers, conducts data quality assurance e.g., through the review of internal monthly reports, and ensuring that means of verification support qualitative and quantitative data reported;

c) Leads internal monthly M&E Working Group;

d) Participates in the proposal process with a particular focus on log frame development including indicator selection, target setting, reporting and developing performance monitoring plans;

e) Ensures outcomes and lessons learned are integrated into the project and shared with relevant stakeholders;

f) Provides support to the Regional Information Management Officer with information management strategy including development, implementation and review of information management needs;

g) Develops terms of reference (ToR) for internal or external formative and summative evaluations, participates in the hiring process following JRS protocols and takes the lead in organizing and managing evaluations e.g., provides input on methodology design, works closely with external consultant, and coordinates tasks among Country and Regional Office staff and the external consultant.

Capacity Development (30%)

a) Supports Country M&E Officers with the development of project M&E plans to track and assess project results, define indicators, clarify how to measure indicators, and report progress;

b) Identifies Country M&E Officer needs and provides one-on-one technical support;

c) Leads trainings on M&E topics for Country M&E Officers and project staff;

Reporting (20%)

a) Ensures accurate, quality program reports are submitted in a timely manner.

Ensures prompt execution of other tasks that are within the ambit of the position and as requested by the Regional Director.

Qualifications, Skills, and Personal Attributes

· Bachelor’s degree required in international development, public administration, statistics or other relevant field. Master’s degree strongly preferred;

· Minimum of 5 years of experience in M&E roles;

· Ability to establish priorities, meet deadlines, and initiate and implement activities with minimal oversight and supervision;

· Expertise in capacity development for M&E specialists and project staff and providing on-the job support/coaching to M&E specialists with varying levels of experience;

· Demonstrated experience with improving data quality;

· Demonstrated understanding of M&E best practices, principles and tools;

· Experience designing and implementing various types of mixed-methods assessments. evaluations, and analyses;

· Previous experience contributing to a M&E community of practice or working group, preferred;

· Capacity to work both independently and as part of team;

· Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite programs, in particular, Excel;

· Proficiency with statistical software such as SPSS, preferred;

· Strong interpersonal and communication skills;

· Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail;

· Compassion and strong commitment for refugees and other displaced people;

· Experience working with staff members in an advisory rather than management capacity is an asset;

· Ability and willingness to travel to JRS project sites and adapt to modest living and working conditions;

· Fluency in English (listening, speaking, writing). Arabic is an asset;

· Ability to work effectively in a cross-cultural environment with multi-national staff.

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