Monitoring and Evaluation Lead-Ethiopia, Development Food Security Activity, Ethiopia

at Save the Children
Location Addis Ababa,, Ethiopia
Date Posted June 23, 2020
Category Business Development
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB


Save the Children is seeking a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Lead for an anticipated five-year USAID-funded Development Food Security Activity (DFSA) in Ethiopia. The program will seek to sustainably improve food and nutrition security and resilience among poor and chronically vulnerable households and communities in the selected regions. The program will coordinate closely with, and represent a contribution to, the Government of Ethiopia's Productive Safety Nets Programme (PSNP). Hiring is contingent upon successful award of the project and USAID approval of the candidate.

What You'll Be Doing (Essential Duties)

The proposed program will be an integrated, multi-sectoral food and nutrition security intervention. The M&E Lead will provide technical expertise and leadership to generate and analyze quality evidence and data through monitoring, assessments and evaluations. The M&E Lead will supervise the program's monitoring and evaluation team, and will coordinate with program learning and management processes to ensure effective feedback loops that contribute to the achievement of desired outcomes. The M&E Lead will ensure that integration of PSNP metrics within the program's overall M&E strategy. S/he will work closely with Save the Children's Country Office (CO) MEAL unit and Field Office MEAL staff to build evidence base, track project progress, facilitate learning and adaptive management, and ensure a strong accountability mechanism.

Key Functions:

  • Develop and manage the implementation of a sound program M&E Plan.
  • Build, manage, and continuously strengthen the program's M&E system, ensuring that this system is developed in a consultative fashion and provides timely and accurate data regarding the program's progress towards food and nutrition security and resilience outcomes.
  • Supervise the development of a program M&E Information System (MIS), with an emphasis on cutting-edge digital M&E platforms.
  • Lead the program's qualitative and quantitative analysis, survey and sample design.
  • Coordinate routine monitoring and annual monitoring survey processes, leading the contracting of external support (consultants, firms) as needed. Coordinate with donor processes for program baseline and final evaluations, routine monitoring, and for ad hoc assessments or evaluations as needed.
  • Lead, or contribute to, data quality assurance mechanisms throughout the life of the award.
  • Contribute to the adjustment and management of the program's Theory of Change (ToC), ensuring coherence between the ToC and M&E systems.
  • Promote evidence-based decision making among the program's senior management team, ensuring that evidence from the program's M&E system is used in collaborating, learning and adapting processes.
  • Supervise the program's M&E team, providing training, mentoring and coaching to team members as required while ensuring high performance.
  • Contribute to the program's Refine period (Year 1) studies, as well as the program's overall targeting strategies and community consultation approaches.
  • Play an important role in annual results reporting, while leading or contributing to M&E components of routine and ad hoc program reports.
  • Represent the project and participate in different MEAL related forums bringing together like governmental and non-governmental organization working on the same or related themes.
  • In collaboration with the CO MEAL, organize Community of Practices and/or other learning platforms to enhance cross-project and organizational experience sharing and learning.

Required Qualifications

  • A Master's degree in a quantitative field (economics, statistics, public health, applied sociology, etc.) with significant training in quantitative methods plus eight years of relevant work experience; or, a PhD in a quantitative field plus six years of relevant work experience
  • Specific technical expertise in monitoring, evaluation, and learning as it pertains to food and nutrition security and resilience programming. Knowledge of USAID/FFP M&E requirements is an asset.
  • Demonstrated experience in leading M&E for a large award, including developing and managing the M&E plan and strategy for such an award.
  • Demonstrated experience with food and nutrition security indicators.
  • Ability and willingness to travel frequently.
  • Excellent written communication and presentation skills in English. Knowledge of local languages is an asset.
  • Strong training and coaching skills.


Applying Instructions

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