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Monitoring And Evaluation Director At Catholic Relief Services

Date Posted: 21/Mar/2017
Deadline: 03/Apr/2017

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an international non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 99 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS re-established presence in Nigeria in 2000 and currently focuses on vulnerable children, agriculture, health and HIV, extractives and governance, and peace building programming.

Monitoring and Evaluation Director

Primary Responsibilities

  • The Monitoring and Evaluation Director-MED will provide leadership in ensuring high quality monitoring and evaluation of the Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project while liaising with the technical programming staff of the project and sub-recipients.
  • The MED reports to the Chief of Party for Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project and is accountable for all the monitoring and evaluation, accountability, learning and documentation of technical project related activities, results and program quality.
  • The MED will provide specific monitoring and evaluation leadership to the project to ensure that the program is able to document progress, achieve its stated objectives and report to USAID and relevant entities of the Government of Nigeria (GON) in an accurate and timely manner. 
  • The MED takes the lead in liaising with the World Bank on an impact evaluation contracted by USAID as well as the project internal evaluation processes such as annual surveys, mid-term and final evaluations.
  • The MED leads in developing and managing an effective monitoring system with training, mentoring and on-the-job support to project M&E staff and CSO implementing partners.
  • The MED liaises with USAID-funded Monitoring and Evaluation Management Systems in managing quality input into USAID information systems and ensuring data quality.
  • The MED is responsible for the roll-out and functionality of information and communications for development (ICT4D) solutions which ensure participant tracking in all project activities and monitoring of household trends. This includes development and updating of forms for devices, training of staff and project field agents in device use and overall device management.
  • The MED leads in routine data analysis and liaises with technical program staff to identify and address issues in a timely manner.
  • The MED works closely with the technical program staff in knowledge management by documenting processes, successes and lessons learned throughout project implementation.
  • The MED provides direct guidance and oversees the day-to-day project management activities that support the implementation of project activities according to the detailed implementation plan and tracks progress and monitors project work plans of all consortium partners.
  • The MED is accountable for and responsible to oversee the development, implementation, and adherence of monitoring and evaluation systems put in place, work plans, technical program quality standards (including processes, procedures and reporting), and adherence to USG and CRS regulations and best practices for all project sub-recipients, CRS and individual consortium member organizations of the Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project.
  • The MED will supervise the Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project M&E staff.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities
Program Quality, Systems and Capacity development:

  • Facilitate the consortium to achieve high levels of program quality through technical service provision work in close collaboration with the project Technical Program Director to re-align and harmonize the project targeting strategies for effective integration and implementation of project activities (periodically review jointly for relevance and effectiveness).
  • Support and work closely with the Technical Director, technical leads, and program management staff as well as other relevant technical and grant management staff from the project in order to:
    • Assist consortium partners and especially the project sub-recipients in developing organization specific Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project targeting and implementation strategies.
    • Contribute in the development of technical guidelines and standards for performance excellence.
  • Train and provide technical assistance in relation to monitoring and evaluation to all sub-recipient project management teams implementing the Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project.
  • Provide guidance and technical assistance to the project sub-recipients, local governments and staff to facilitate institutional capacity assessment to identify major challenges and develop effective capacity building plans and documentation of results.
  • Lead the project consortium partners and all sub-recipients to support the tracking and achievement of the project targets and in close collaboration with the Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project M&E Associates develop a comprehensive M&E system, tools and plans for measuring performance at partner and consortium level.
  • Support the CoP and Technical Program Director in planning, guidance and coordinate with the key program staff in the consortium as well as relevant stakeholders to ensure that planning and monitoring is grounded on the program's strategic objectives and results area.

Promote innovation across consortium:

  • Work with the Technical Program Director and technical leads, other country programs as well the Head of Program to identify, design and/or integrate additional “wrap around services”.
  • Promote and facilitate innovation through capacity building and motivation of implementing staff.
  • Along with the CoP, periodically review progress, integration with other USG funded partners and achievements of the project to identify bottlenecks and recommend appropriate actions to maintain the program on target.

Technical Leadership:

  • Provide technical leadership and specific directions to design and implement a streamlined M&E system that enables staff and volunteers to collect data to capture project performance and results in accordance with FGN and USAID/Feed the Future standards.
  • Oversee the establishment and functioning of the M&E system and solve implementation issues.
  • Ensure that the M&E system provides accurate and timely data for quarterly, semi-annual and annual project reports to USAID and the GON.
  • Lead the development and management of the project Performance Management Plan (PMP) working in close collaboration with the CoP and Technical Program Director; liaise with USAID as appropriate.
  • Ensure that the following tools are established and being used to monitor program results and lessons learned:
    • Standard tools for routine field monitoring - management and technical - and reporting
    • Annual results reviews conducted at the end of each fiscal year to inform the development of annual work plans
    • Learning activities that will be an integral part of the M&E system and allow regular identification of challenges, lessons learned and best practices
  • Document the project M&E system design in a project specific M&E manual for use by project staff and sub recipients; update manual as needed and ensure updates are adopted by sub recipients.
  • Provide leadership in work with partners and ensure mutually beneficial collaboration. This includes, but is not limited to:
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Management Services (MEMS) in managing the project’s input into USAID information systems and data quality.
  • World Bank in design and implementation of the impact evaluation in Kebbi state.
  • Target local governments and CSO partners for tracking progress against capacity strengthening objectives and plans.
  • Staff responsible for M&E in relevant GON entities
  • Staff responsible for M&E in CSOs
  • Community level participatory planning and monitoring
  • Develop and oversee training  program for sub-recipients (including retraining, ongoing support, and stationary supplies) for:
  • Ensure project reporting system is correctly used by CRS and CSOs: correct data entered into the system so that accurate reports are generated for the USG, FGN and States. 
  • Leading the development of the results for report to the donor by providing written documentation on M&E, detailed implementation plan  (DIP) activities and indicator performance tracking tables (IPTT) for quarterly and annual progress reports,
  • Working with the program technical staff, identify and document programmatic successes, best practices, challenges, and lessons learned
  • Working with the project technical team to identify opportunities for learning, formative, special studies and operational research.
  • Identifying the need for and lead the implementation of special studies; oversee work of consultants
  • Lead in the roll-out of ICT4D solutions and ensure effective training and use amongst sub-recipients and field volunteers.
  • Ensure excellent, productive use of the data by:
  • Respond to data requests from USAID, FGN or States and other M&E partners such as MEMS; maintain excellent relationship to ensure that program reporting complies with all standards and requirements.
  • Lead the M&E components of the annual work planning process in close collaboration with the CoP and the project management and technical staff.

Facilitate learning and Knowledge Management:

  • In close collaboration with  the project Technical Program Director and M&E staff promote the identification,  documentation and exchange  of  lessons learned and best practices among the project consortium partners and sub-recipients
  • Identify  other  international  and  local  programs  with similar interventions to Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project and  assist the CoP to facilitate  linkages  and  exchange  of  experience  with  such  programs  to  enhance adoption of innovative approaches among project consortium partners and sub-recipients
  • Provide inputs into developing communications and networking systems, events with Government and other stakeholders
  • Identify and design appropriate studies and prepare abstracts to participate and represent if required by the project at national, regional and global forums.

Contracting and Management of External Services:

  • Identify gaps and develop strategy and resources to address the gap by contracting appropriate services from technical institutions and individuals.
  • Establish  linkage  and  develop  framework  for  collaboration  with  local  and  National  and  international institutions of research and higher learning.
  • Develop scopes of work and manage consultants as required

Reporting:

  • Support  and  develop  guidelines  to  accompany  the  data  collection  and  analysis  tools  for  reports  in consultation with the project M&E staff and respective technical and program staff
  • Analyze and interpret data from surveys and sub-recipient reports
  • Provide leadership support to all donor's reporting requirements (including quarterly, semi-annual and annual technical reports) in a timely manner in coordination with Technical Program Director.
  • Work with the project M&E staff and technical and program staff to develop and implement a score card system to appraise performance in relation to quality of performance by consortium partners and sub-recipients

Representation and Advocacy:

  • In consultation with the CoP, represent the consortium on relevant technical forums (GoN, USAID, UN and others).
  • Liaise with the Technical Director and respective technical program staff and strengthen linkages with technical persons from the relevant state and federal ministries to provide support to the project staff and sub-recipients achieving their goals. 
  • Monitor and support sub-recipients strategy to maintain and strengthen collaboration with their respective LGA’s and States.
  • Maintain technical linkages with region and HQ and while involving CoP, CR and HoP

Supervision:

  • Supervise M&E Associates based in state offices.

Key Working Relationships
Internal:

  • All Feed the Future Nigeria Livelihoods Project staff as well as relevant technical advisors from CRS regional and headquarters offices; Head of Programs; MEAL Coordinator.

External:

  • Senior managers of the sub-recipients, technical team of USAID, technical resource persons in relevant GoN line ministries and USAID funded partners

Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):

  • These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results:
    • Serves With Integrity
    • Models Stewardship
    • Cultivates Constructive Relationships
    • Promotes Learning

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • M.Sc or PhD degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Social Science or related technical field with a minimum of 7 years’ experience on technical and managerial positions.
  • Previous field work experience working through partner organizations
  • Proven experience managing USAID/USG reporting, budgeting, procurement, and project management procedures and at least three years of management experience with USG funded and/ or PEPFAR program in Nigeria and/or Africa.
  • 3 to 5 years of supervisory experience, excellent partnership and interpersonal skills to work in a team environment with dependable ability to dialogue, network, and work effectively with senior managers of local and international institutions
  • Excellent communication and writing skills in English; fluency in Hausa is desirable
  • Proven ability to work independently, plan strategically and analyze situations critically
  • Experience with implementing ICT4D solutions a plus.
  • Computer proficiency in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Travel more than 50 % of the time

Applicants should download the CRS Application Form below, fill and send with a detailed 3-page Resume in a single file document to:[email protected]

Click here to download the CRS Application Form

Note:

  • Title of the position must be stated as the subject of the email quoting reference number MED200317.
  • CRS is an equal - opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, etc. Qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • CRS recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to protecting children and vulnerable adults from abuse and exploitation.

Method of Application

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