MERL Coordinator
Plan International (Plan International)
Location: Multiple locations
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Job Description

The Organisation

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.

Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.

We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

The Opportunity

The Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning (MERL) Coordinator is responsible for the technical leadership and guidance of monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning activities in the project “Joining Forces to Protection Children from Violence during COVID-19” which will be implemented in five countries (Senegal, Mali, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda) across three years (2020-2023).

The project is funded by the EU and is implemented by a consortium of the six biggest child focused agencies Child Fund Alliance, Plan International, Save the Children International, SOS Children’s Villages International, Terre des Hommes International Federation, World Vision International

The MERL Coordinator is responsible for technical leadership and guidance of monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning in the context of project implementation.

You will oversee and ensure that country-based information is fed into the overall project framework to allow results-based monitoring and establish and maintain a coherent monitoring approach across the five countries together with the country-based MERL specialists of the different consortium members.

You will also be responsible for overall knowledge management and documentation of best practices and lessons learnt from the project, supporting and strengthening the projects country teams and providing technical support to the MERL staff of country leads and implementing partners.

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Typical Responsibilities:

  • Developing guidance for project M&E system set up, and supporting country teams to adapt to their context and to set up and implement
  • Developing guidance for project baseline & needs assessment, mid-term review and end-line assessment and supporting country teams to adapt to their context and to prepare and implement
  • Developing/updating standard tools for monitoring project indicators into a toolkit and training country teams and consultants to apply consistently
  • Developing and maintaining an effective information database on the project for beneficiaries and participants, providing resource and necessary support for program inputs and outputs
  • Training staff of country teams on MERL systems, tools and strategies, including feedback and complaints activities and learning strategies.
  • Performing regular visits to project implementation areas to support country teams in MERL activities
  • Supporting country teams to interview and select external consultants to conduct project baseline & needs assessment and end-line assessment
  • Supporting country teams to facilitate implementation of project baseline & needs assessment & needs assessment, mid-term review and end-line assessment
  • Ensuring quality control of data and information collected, through the ongoing review of country level data collection processes and MERL systems
  • Analysis and feedback on quarterly and annual country level reports
  • Analysis and feedback on country level baseline assessments, needs assessments, mid-term review and end-line assessment reports
  • Supporting the Project Manager to consolidate quarterly and annual country level reports into global report and logical framework with progress of indicators against targets
  • Supporting the Project Manager to consolidate results of country level baseline assessments, needs assessments, mid-term review and end-line assessment reports into global report and logical framework with final achievement of indicators against targets
  • Organising and ensuring all data collection for the capitalization of lessons learned and good practices identified in the context of the project implementation;
  • Developing guidance and supporting country teams to organise lessons learnt and knowledge sharing workshops and learning exchanges for effective project performance improvement

The Individual

With significant experience in monitoring, evaluation, reporting and learning in programmes and projects you will have worked in complex, multi-country and/or multi-agency programmes or projects.

You will have solid experience in setting up M&E systems and processes for large projects, managing base-line, mid-term and end-line evaluations and conducting needs assessments.

Skills in participatory assessment, particularly with children and knowledge of ethical principles and safeguarding standards for involving children in MERL activities and experience in Child Protection program MERL will be essential.

Strong planning and organisational skills, the ability to deliver to tight deadlines and analytical skills are key.

Able to work independently and as a team player you will communicate clearly and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders.

Fluency in French and English is required.

Location: This role may be based in a number of locations; Bamako- Mali, Dakar- Senegal, Kampala-Uganda, Nairobi-Kenya or Addis Ababa-Ethiopia. Approximately 40% of your time will be spent in the field. Applicants must have the pre-existing right to work in the base location.

Type of Role: Three year fixed term contract on local terms and conditions

Closing Date: Sunday 19th July 2020

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International's Safeguarding Children and Young People policy.

As an international child centred community development organisation, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realisation of children's rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

Plan International believes that in a world where children face so many threats of harm, it is our duty to ensure that we, as an organisation, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for. Our organisation is based on a culture of inclusivity and we strive to create a workplace environment that ensures every team, in every office, in every country, is rich in diverse people, thoughts, and ideas.

We will provide equality of opportunity and will not tolerate discrimination on any grounds. We foster an organisational culture that embraces and exemplifies our commitment to gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion while supporting staff to adopt good practice, positive attitudes and principles of gender equality and inclusion.

About Plan International

Founded in 1937, Plan International is a development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We strive for a just world, working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners.

OUR PURPOSE

We strive for a just world that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.

We engage people and partners to:

  • Empower children, young people and communities to make vital changes that tackle the root causes of discrimination against girls, exclusion and vulnerability.
  • Drive change in practice and policy at local, national and global levels through our reach, experience and knowledge of the realities children face.
  • Work with children and communities to prepare for and respond to crises and to overcome adversity.
  • Support the safe and successful progression of children from birth to adulthood. 

OUR STRATEGY AND AMBITION

To fulfil the promise of the 2030 Global Goals, our 5-year Global Strategy is designed to deliver significant change for girls and boys, putting a special emphasis on gender equality. 

We see clear links between fulfilling children’s rights, achieving gender equality and ending child poverty. Every girl and boy has the right to be healthy, educated, protected, valued and respected in their own community and beyond. 

We support these rights from when children are born to when they reach adulthood. We work to ensure that girls and boys know their rights, and have the skills, knowledge and confidence to fulfil them. This approach inspires and empowers children and communities to create long-lasting change.

Girls have the power to change the world. Our ambition is to work beside them and together we take action so 100 million girls learn, lead, decide and thrive.

Our global advocacy work not only focuses on international policy but also ensures national governments can meaningfully implement and uphold laws that advance children’s rights and gender equality at community level.

TOGETHER, WE ARE TRANSFORMING LIVES.