Saturday, 26 August 2017

Job Opportunity at Catholic Relief Services -Tanzania, MEAL Manager (SnP)

MEAL Manager

Kinondoni, Masaki Dar Es Salaam

Job Title: Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Manager
Project: Soya ni Pesa (SNP)
Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Reports To: SNP Project Director, Tanzania
Contract Type: One year contract (renewable)

CRS seeks a qualified candidate for Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Manager position in the USDA/Food for Progress funded Soya Ni Pesa project in Tanzania. This project aims to increase incomes for smallholder farmers and build strong foundations for economic growth by promoting the cultivation and marketing of soybeans in the Southern Highlands and SAGCOT region.

The program, with a value of over $10 million, will increase livelihood opportunities for over 11,000 smallholder farmers by strengthening soybean cultivation and market access for smallholder farmers; it will build resilience and market readiness among the farmers through the promotion of Five Basic Skills Set (group organization, financial management, enterprise development, sustainable production and innovation); and strengthen smallholder famers’ agribusiness through input supply, improved production and productivity, collective marketing and better access to market information and services.

Job Summary

The purpose of this position is to manage, strengthen, and provide strategic direction to Soya ni Pesa project’s Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Policies and Procedures, ensuring learning in the project, creating systems for accountability to beneficiaries, donors and other stakeholders, and to build capacity of MEAL implementing partners staff. The MEAL Manager will be responsible for supervising MEAL activities, and assessments required for project monitoring. The MEAL Manager will work closely with Soya ni Pesa Project Director and partner staff to develop high quality monitoring systems and tools which address indicators set out in the project proposal.

Job Responsibilities:
Provide technical leadership in the design and implementation of monitoring, evaluation and learning systems.
Oversees and manages MEAL implementation for strategic USDA/Food Project
Builds capacity of MEAL officers, assistants and partners to address their job requirements
Provide technical lead for quality MEAL system design, including tools and methods, appropriate to scope, context, and technical requirements of a project
Provides technical oversight for analysis of MEAL data, qualitative and quantitative
Ensure quality of data and data management practices
Integrates data analysis, reflection and interpretation and use with ongoing project activities
Ensure compliance with donor and agency MEAL requirements
Communicates agency approach to MEAL and key findings, as appropriate, among colleagues and partners
Cultivates relationships with community members and stake holders
Share MEAL learning and experience in broader regional discussions
Plans and budgets appropriately for quality MEAL activities.
Ensure quality Management practices of MEAL activities
Technical assistance:

Support and strengthen capacity of CRS and local implementing partner staff through provision of the necessary tools and guidelines and direct technical assistance
Foster strong relationship with HQ/EARO technical advisors to provide adequate technical support to CRS and partner staff
In collaboration with HQ/EARO staff identify and roll out appropriate Information Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D)
In collaboration with HQ/EARO staff realize a learning agenda rooted in evidence-based approaches
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff)
These are rooted in the mission, values, and principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and to achieve the desired results.
Serves with Integrity
Models Stewardship
Cultivates Constructive Relationships
Promotes Learning

MEAL Competencies specific for this position
MEAL in Design: Support the developing of project-level TOC, Results Frameworks, ProFrames, related MEAL system tools and components, and accompanying MEAL narratives.
Monitoring: Implementing monitoring activities, including timely collection of quality data, set up and maintenance of databases, facilitation of participatory reflection on monitoring results and submission of timely progress reports.
Evaluation: Supporting project and program evaluations and reviews by ensuring the quality of evaluation methods, tools, and data and facilitating the use of evaluation results to inform decision-making and enhance learning
Accountability: Improving our accountability to a range of stakeholders through increased participation, transparent communication, responsive feedback mechanisms and adherence to internal and external quality standards and requirements.

Learning: Promoting excellent knowledge management and collaborative learning processes at the project, program and institutional levels, generating robust evidence for project and programmatic learning that leads to action, decision-making and influence.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Key Working Relationships:
Internal: CRS Management, Program, Administration, HR and Finance staff, and EARO/HQ Technical Advisors.
External: Partner agencies, Tanzania government sector offices, and other stakeholders.

Qualifications and Skills:
MSc or MA in a relevant (Statistics, Economics, MIS) or related fields
Minimum 5 years of experience in M&E
Strong quantitative and qualitative analysis skills, with proven ability to work with statistical software such as SPSS.
Demonstrated ability to build staff capacity.
Ability to travel nationally and internationally as required.
Experience in working in partnership with local organizations (faith-based and other local organizations)
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook; and SPSS or other similar software.
Experience in GIS mapping.
Excellent English oral and written communication skills.

Physical Requirements/Environment: Based in Dar es Salaam with 30-40% travel time.

Disclaimer Clause: This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skill, effort, duties and responsibilities associated with the position.

Application Requirements
Please note that, only applications that meet the following requirements will be reviewed;

Submit your cover letter explaining your motivation for applying. The letter must be no more than one page and written in English.

Your CV must be not more than four pages.

State in the subject line the following, “Application for Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Manager(SnP)”

Please send your application to not later than 16H00 on the 13th September 2017
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