Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation (MLE) Officer

at Project Concern International
Location Yabello, Moyale, South Jinka, SNNPR, Ethiopia
Date Posted April 15, 2020
Category Business Development
Facility Management
Job Type Full-time
Currency ETB



Founded in 1961, PCI is an international non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing health, ending hunger, overcoming hardship, and advance women and girls around the world. PCI has been registered and working in Ethiopia since 2005. PCI has five decades of experience and demonstrated impact in long-term development and community health, and 40 years of experience managing large-scale US Government (USG) grants, contracts, and cooperative agreements. It manages a portfolio of integrated programming that includes significant projects addressing food, nutrition, and livelihood security; community based DRR, climate change, reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health; HIV/AIDS; other diseases; water, sanitation, and hygiene; and humanitarian assistance/disaster risk reduction programs.


PCI is recruiting for a Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation (MLE) Officer for the Resilience in Pastoral Area (RIPA), multi-million dollar, US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded project in Ethiopia that will improve resilience to enhance food security and inclusive economic growth. This multifaceted activity is expected to be a major component in USAID’s contribution to improving Ethiopia’s ability to withstand major shocks in the pastoral regions, a critical element on the journey to self-reliance. RIPA’s core activities will target 250,000 households (approximately 1.5 million people) in 5 Zones. Specifically, the project will tackle the root causes of vulnerability for lowlands households to withstand and recover from climate and conflict related shocks and stresses. These include weak disaster risk management capacity at different levels, limited livelihood diversification options, poor livestock and crop productivity, weak market linkages, and low levels of nutrition. Implementation will focus on systems change, with a strong learning component to ensure interventions are adapted as per the latest analysis and research. Partnerships with other implementers, donors, the GoE, and the private sector will be essential to reach the scale needed for real systems change.

The MLE Officer will be responsible for the implementation of RIPA’s monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system at zonal level. S/he will work closely with the project leadership team, MLE manager, to implement RIPA monitoring systems. The MLE Officer will also support the implementation of the project’s resilience learning agenda in close collaboration with the project and external stakeholders.

The MLE Officer will be based at Zonal Level and serves as the Zonal point of contact for PCI Ethiopian Country office while working closely with CLA and RIPA team located at zonal and district level.

Department: Collaboration, Learning and Adapting (CLA)

Reports to: Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA) Team Lead

Direct reports: None

Number of positions: 3 positions (one position per zone) 


  • Working with MLE manager in Preparing and consolidating reports as per donor requirements and MLE plan
  • Maintain data management system at zonal level
  • Play an active role in the implementation of M&E plan and applicability of various approaches, process, tools, schedules, among others.
  • Coordinate implementation of M&E activities as described by the M&E plan including assisting the MEL manager and RIPA team in preparing and disseminating relevant reports.
  • Coordinate MLE activities between researches, evaluators and internal staff.
  • Working with the MLE Manager designing tools required as per MLE plan such as surveys, tracking sheets, FGD’s, along with the respective implementation guidelines
  • In collaboration with MLE Manager organize periodic evaluation and progress monitoring events by involving partners
  • In collaboration with Zonal RIPA team, periodically monitors the quality of data collected and reports produced
  • Conduct data analysis to meet MLE plan and develop recommendations based on data analyzed
  • Collect and compile the case stories and success stories related to program activities
  • Support the program team to incorporate key learnings in the upcoming plan and program.
  • Undertake data quality assessments of programmatic data to ensure quality standards are achieved
  • Provide technical support for implementing MLE plan to ensure meaningful information systems are in place to capture data to feed into management decisions
  • Ensure relevant, timely, and quality support to the field office on assessments and evaluations; i.e. support in developing the survey tools, data analysis and report writing.

Oversee data analysis and reporting

  • Conduct data audits and analysis to ensure high quality data,
  • compile a report with relevant indicator data per RIPA component,
  • Beneficiary counting: a quarterly gender and age disaggregated overview per grant per sector should be provided.
  • Advise staff on data management and storage to field staff, in collaboration with Data system and Analysis Manager.
  • Manage the development of effective and sustainable feedback mechanisms to RIPA program beneficiaries/stakeholders at zonal level
  • Coordinate the collection, management, analysis, and presentation of M&E data for various audiences at zonal level
  • Working with MLE manager in the Design and implementation of effective mechanisms for timely sharing of quality data to various internal and external audiences for the purposes of data-driven decision making, quality improvement, and program management
  • Coordinate all activities related to the production /compilation of well-organized quarterly, semiannual and annual indicator reporting at zonal level

Support Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA)

  • Contribute data and evidence and participate in joint program reviews, after-action reviews, documentation and dissemination, knowledge exchange, mentorship and accompaniment to facilitate knowledge uptake and applied learning
  • Support a culture of learning and evidence-based decision-making through systematic inquiry, analysis, and data-driven quality improvement
  • Contribute to the identification, documentation and sharing, both within PCI and externally, of best and promising practices
  • Participate in monthly sprint review meeting and retrospective meeting and provide inputs for scrum team

Build Capacity in Monitoring, Learning, and Evaluation

  • providing mentoring and coaching on approaches and technical methodologies
  • Build staff and partners’ capacities on MLE through facilitation of trainings, collaboration, and development of MLE tools
  • Provide oversight and support to zonal and district RIPA program staff and implementing partners to ensure quality and timely execution of project M&E activities.
  • Build the capacity of implementing partner organizations in M&E functions by conducting M&E related training
  • Foster quality participatory monitoring by training and involving primary stakeholder groups in the M&E of activities
  • Continuously build self and professional development knowledge, skills and competencies at zonal level

 Support Project Accountability

  • Leading and coordinating the establishment of context-specific accountability system for the RIPA programme at zonal, district and community level
  • Working with CLA team and MLE manager in Improving understanding and strengthening practice of accountability and quality management among RIPA staff and partners
  • Regula monitoring of the implementation of accountability
  • Working with RIPA team to ensure that various stakeholders and beneficiaries have a process to raise complaints and receive appropriate response
  • Working with MLE and CLA team lead to identify and implement the appropriate information sharing and participation strategies specific to project context


  •  Ability to work overtime during peak periods
  • Training in agile approaches and implementation of agile principles in all aspects of work
  • Participate in PCI’s innovation efforts and in teams on innovation initiatives

Job Requirements


  • A Bachelor’s degree in relevant field plus at least 3 years of relevant work experience in development or emergency programming
  • Minimum 3 to 5 years professional experience in monitoring and evaluation for international NGOs/aid organizations
  • Proven capacity to effectively manage processes and programs, as well as manage and mentor staff with various levels of skills and experience
  • Experience with and demonstrated passion for data-driven decision-making
  • Extensive knowledge of USAID monitoring and evaluation requirements and strategies
  • Excellent computer and technology skills including Microsoft Office Suite (Excel and PowerPoint), statistical analysis software packages and mobile data collection platforms
  • Strong writing skills to prepare evidence-based narratives for reports, success stories, lessons learned, guidance documents, promotional materials and research proposals, including proven capacity to write for publication
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong writing and editing skills for a variety of audiences
  • Experience and capacity in institutionalizing systems and standards throughout an organization
  • Fluency in English and local language is required.
  • A passion for the mission and values of PCI


  • Change-maker: Has a passion for the mission and values of PCI and AfriScout
  • Innovator: Seeks creative solutions to problems and challenges existing paradigms
  • Edifier: Able to inspire and motivate a team and build trust with communities
  • Ally: Possesses an appreciation and respect for local customs and traditions


Applying Instructions

The closing date for this application is April 25, 2020. Interested applicants who meet the qualifications should send their application letter and Curriculum Vitae on on or before the closing date. Applicants must clearly indicate in their application letter the duty station that they are applying for.  Qualified women are highly encouraged to apply.

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