Job Summary


The goal of this project is to, directly and indirectly, enhance resilience and food security of up to 13,000 people across Mutare and Rusape through building communities’ capacities and implementation of community led resilience building interventions.

The MEL Specialist will serve as:
i) the focal point for the project monitoring activities
ii) a coordinating role for monitoring and evaluation summary reports and statistics. This data will be expressed in the form of databases and GIS maps linked to information databases.

The Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation Specialist will report directly to the Team Leader and will work in close collaboration with the Program Managers to ensure that program needs are being met and that data collection is proceeding according to the planned schedule.

The MEL Specialist will supervise MEL Officers and Database Officer.


Duties And Responsibilities


Work closely with the team leader to ensure that monitoring is adequate for management and reporting purposes.
● Coordinate with program managers to ensure that regular monitoring activities are being performed according to schedule and that data collection is adequately completed.
● Coordinate and assist in oversight of data collection activities such as periodic surveys and exit interviews; this will include hiring of short-term personnel and facilitating data collection and logistics.
● Oversee data management including the timeliness and completeness of reporting as well as data entry.
● Oversee the preparation of GIS maps with data collected, cleaned, and uploaded in to linked databases.
● Work in collaboration with program managers to provide bi-weekly and monthly summaries of program data
● Analyze data and provide summary reports as requested by the country director or other senior staff.
● Manage the tasks of Monitoring and Evaluation Assistants to achieve the aims of the monitoring unit. This will require regular travel.
● Serve as a liaison between Mercy Corps program staff and collaborating research institutions for data-based research projects, as directed by the Coordinator/Director.
● Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.

Qualifications And Experience


● Minimum requirement of a Masters Degree in Statistics, Economics or Social Sciences.
● At least 3 years’ experience in leading MEL component of a complex project funded by an international donor (FCDO/EC/UN/USAID).
● Practical and theoretical knowledge in program monitoring and data collection methods, including interview techniques.
● Quantitative skills including knowledge of basic statistics and mathematics.
● Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Excel and Word is required. Skills in other programs, such as Access or statistical packages is also desirable.
● Good written and spoken English are required.
● Comfort and ability to talk to and interview project participants while professionally representing Mercy Corps is essential.


How To Apply


Please send one document that includes your cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, contactable references, and your CV to Mercy Corps Human Resources at by COB 17 February 2022.

Applications should be clearly marked with the position applied for in the email subject line. Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity organization and encourages both female and male candidates to apply.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis and shortlisting will proceed as applications are received.

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