Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Officer at Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization powered by the belief that a better world is possible. In disaster, in hardship, in more than 40 countries around the world, we partner to put bold solutions into action - helping people triumph over adversity and build stronger communities from within. Now, and for the future.  In Nigeria, Mercy Corps has worked since 2012 by focusing its programming on adolescent girls’ empowerment, economic development, conflict mitigation, and humanitarian response.Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) OfficerReference Number: ABV/DEVPRGGM/2018/00006Salary Level: Level 4Program / Department SummaryThe Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprises (ENGINE) is an initiative to improve learning outcomes and the economic status of marginalized adolescent girls aged 16-19 in the Northern Nigerian states of Kano and Lagos, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the metropolis of Lagos, Nigeria. ENGINE through funding from the UK Department for International Development’s Girls Education Challenge, the Coca-Cola Company and other stakeholders supported over 18,000 marginalized girls to reduce education and financial barriers in its first implementation phaseIn its second phase, ENGINE II will facilitate transition of these girls into functional literacy, numeracy and scale up their business opportunities and linkages. ENGINE II will further increase girls’ and young women’s access to:Financial education and life skills;Peer to peer networks and mentoring; andDirect assets (materials and savings)Beneficiaries will be integrated into value chains as well as conduct other market-driven employment opportunities. ENGINE II will also work with girls in formal and informal education to increase their learning opportunities and outcomes to prepare them for future economic activities and work in the policy environment to provide an enabling environment for girls to flourish in their chosen pathwaysMercy Corps Nigeria is leading the implementation of ENGINE II programme with new and innovative solutions to scale up existing interventions to deliver quality education and skills to the hardest to reach girls. Mercy Corps will collaborate with other stakeholders at the state and federal level for the implementation of the ENGINE II programme, including the Nigerian Ministry of Education, Central Bank, National Youth Service Corps and as well as private sector actors.General Position SummaryThe Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Officer will coordinate and collaborate closely with the Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Advisor on all aspects of monitoring, evaluation, learning, research, and information management to support the development of appropriate monitoring, tracking and reporting systems, tools and templates that enhance monitoring of project outputs and qualityS/he will plan and implement activities that ensure adherence to Mercy Corps’ and DFID standards, including the use of standardised indicators and documentation methodologies. Throughout the life of the programme, s/he will be responsible for;Designing and conducting assessments and evaluations;Supporting the tracking of the implementation of partner MEL activities, including baselines, endlines, post-distribution surveys, etc. as specified by partners’ targets to meet programme level indicators;Producing analytical summaries: graphs, charts, tables, narratives and appealing visuals, as requested, to fulfil internal and external reporting requirements and advocacy purposes;Maintaining digital filing systems for MEL tools and documentation;Participating in the facilitation of meetings/workshops/trainings to help increase the capacity of local staff and implementing partners in the planning and implementation of programmes.Essential Job ResponsibilitiesStrategy & Vision:Recognise opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are welcome.Follow direction set by supervisor and by prioritising and organising actions and resources to achieve objectives and contribute to countrywide strategy development.Support the development and organising of activities to secure resources for programmes and convince stakeholders to provide support.Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL):Support the collection, alignment, and reporting of relevant programme indicators as part of Mercy Corps’ global Mission Metrics initiative.Support the analysis of data collected from the field. Use remote monitoring techniques to support data collection across programme implementation LGAs.Ensure that the database for ENGINE II is updated in real-time as data is received from the field.Make performance results available to relevant programme implementation personnel in so that they can be used for continuous improvement.Participate and contribute to developing and preparing high-quality quarterly and annual reports.Management Information System:Ensure data quality through regular data quality assessment visits to project communities.Provide regular feedback to implementing partners’ and Mercy Corps’ MEL teams on data quality and performance against project milestone.Support monthly data upload and engage with project implementation personnel to ensure data availability and completeness.Ensure that the MIS for ENGINE II is updated, operational and accessible.Provide regular feedback on performance indicators at the state level based on analysed data.Research and Documentation:Lead the coordination and administration of pre-and-post-tests and matching interest to work assessment conducted for beneficiaries of ENGINE II.Coordinate data entry and archival of pre-and-post-tests questionnaire and matching interest to work assessment.Support the development and dissemination of monthly learning data and update of performance data table with support of team members.Ensure proper storage of project evaluation data including pre-and-post-tests, matching Interest to Work Assessment and school performance records.Perform regular archival and retrieval of project documents, data, reports and email communications.Communication and Capacity Building:Actively participate in meetings and processes to promote effective programme managementCommunicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.Improve data quality through supportive supervisory visits to implementation personnel and beneficiariesWork with others in brainstorms and problem solving sessions to address shortfalls in monitoring, evaluation and information management that affect programme implementation.Utilise support from the Mercy Corps Nigeria Monitoring Evaluation and Learning team and information-sharing resources to enhance organisational learning.Support the development of success stories through provision of information and data.Organisational Learning:As part of the team that monitors ENGINE II, MEL officers working on ENGINE II will be included in organisational learning undertaken by the country Monitoring Evaluation and Learning team and would be required to join/attend and actively participate in trainings.Supervisory Responsibility:MEL officers working on ENGINE II will supervise the collection and upload of data which is to be done by implementing personnel. M&E officers will also be required to provide data quality assurance on the data collected by implementing personnel.Accountability:Reports To: MEL AdvisorWorks Directly With: ENGINE II knowledge management and programme teams, finance and compliance departments and other relevant MC staff.

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