Career Opening for Monitoring and Evaluation Officer at Cuso International

 Cuso International is currently implementing a five year project titled, Youth Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Access and Development Project (YouLead) funded by Government of Canada through the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development that will support the creation ofyouth-led enterprises and employment for young women and men in the natural resource sector in Cross River State, Nigeria.Cuso International and implementing partners will develop a youth-driven approach to support sustainable economic activities in key sectors (forestry, agriculture, aquaculture and eco-tourism) identified by the CRS government and other key stakeholders. The project will also strengthen capacity of government at State and LGA levels, youth serving civil society organizations, training organizations, and financial institutions to develop and implement a gender-responsive NRM ‘green jobs/green economy’ policy framework as the basis of increasing employment, self-employment and secured livelihoods for young women and men in the natural resource sectors.Reporting to the MEAL Manager, the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer ensures that the project continues to monitor, evaluate and report on strategic outcomes based on reliable evidence and engages stakeholders in learning for planning project course corrections and communicating results.JOB TITLE:  Monitoring and Evaluation OfficerReports to: MEAL ManagerContract type: Fix term 2 year contract with possible extensionLanguage requirements: EnglishFor Nigerian Nationals ONLYKEY RESPONSIBILITIESAccounting for Project Outcomes• Implement the performance monitoring plan with all relevant staff, volunteers and partners• In conjunction with the MEAL Manager and the M&E consultant collaborate with project staff and partners to develop evaluation plans/frameworks, data collection protocols, tools and systems• Ensure that the MEAL system fully reflects and incorporates Cuso International’s gender equality commitments as outlined in the Gender Equality Policy, Strategy and Approach• Support the regular production and updating of key lessons learned from the project• Assist the MEAL Manager in ensuring the implementation of all aspects of the YouLead MEAL system in close collaboration with the Cuso International MEAL Team• Work with the project staff to improve YouLead accountability to our local beneficiaries and other stakeholders• Support baseline survey, internal mid-year and annual reviews and external program evaluations• Support monthly reporting on activities by project component managers, to ensure effective monitoring and documentation of project progress as per Annual Work Plans and the project Performance Measurement Framework (PMF).• Support internal mid-year and annual reporting requirements, and the needs of external program evaluations.• Support monitoring and evaluation capacity building initiatives of the project with project partners and stakeholders.• Support periodic reflection and analysis of lessons learned by project component managers and their teams, internally and through focus-group discussions in collaboration with partners and other stakeholders.• Carry out other duties as required by the YouLead Project Team Leader, from time to time.PERSON SPECIFICATIONDevelopment knowledgeSignificant practical, analytical and theoretical knowledge and experience of international development work in Nigeria including:a strong awareness of gender and equity issues and knowledge of issues affecting young women and men (key target groups for YouLead) in the context of GESI [Gender Equality and Social Inclusion]an appreciation of the contribution that the private sector and business development approaches can bring to developmentproven ongoing commitment to staying abreast of current development thinking  Technical knowledge and experience in monitoring and evaluationSignificant proven experience with:logical framework approach to defining project outcomes and indicatorsgender sensitive data collection & analysisgender equality objectives in partner’s capacity building plansFamiliarity with and a supportive attitude towards processes of strengthening local organizations and building local capacities for self-management.Demonstrated experience in measuring and tracking vulnerable groups in programs and projectsGood understanding of what determines vulnerability in humanitarian and development contextExperience disaggregating information and data by sex, age, social-economic status, marital status, disability, people living is HIV/AIDSmethods for monitoring and evaluation (including quantitative, qualitative and participatory)planning and implementation of M&E systemscapacity building in M&E development and implementationfacilitating learning-orientated focus group discussions with multiple stakeholdersDemonstrated experience with integrating and measuring gender equality results including:gender disaggregated and gender sensitive baselines, indicators and targetsCommunication, representation and networkingExcellent communication skills - the ability to articulate project views efficiently and positively in various formats, including speech, panel, debate and group discussionDemonstrated ability to communicate good practices and learning in working with both young women and men that contributes to breaking down negative gender and generational stereotypesAbility to present and represent Cuso International to a variety of audiences including government, private sector, donors and civil societyStrong networking skills and the ability to build relationships, alliances and networks in a fast paced work environment.Team workProven ability to work effectively in a number of teams, in a multi-cultural context and where teams may be geographically dispersedITProven ability to be self-serving in IT (Email, Advanced Excel and Powerpoint) and willingness to develop IT skills in Cuso International’s corporate monitoring and evaluation systemConsiderable experience in data entry and data management.Proven knowledge of statisticalPersonal skillsPro-active approach to work planningConsiderable problem solving and decision-making skillsFlexibility and willingness to do any and all tasks needed to meet project goals and timelinesGood time management in relation to priorities 

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