• Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable
  • Job type:
    Full-Time
  • Posted:
    1 week ago
  • Category:
    monitoring & Evaluation
  • Deadline:
    June 16, 2021

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.

ROLE PROFILE

Title Program MER Coordinator
Functional Area Programs
Reports to MER Manager with a dotted line to the Technical Advisor
Location Kampala Travel required Frequent across the districts of operation
Effective Date July 2021 Grade D1

 

BACKGROUND OF PLAN

Plan International is an independent child rights and humanitarian organisation committed to children living a life free of poverty, violence and injustice. We actively unite children, communities and other people who share our mission to make positive lasting changes in children’s and young people’s lives. We support children to gain the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to claim their rights to a fulfilling life, today and in the future. We place a specific focus on girls and women, who are most often left behind. We have been building powerful partnerships for children for more than 75 years and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Dimensions of the Role

MER Coordinator will lead the research, monitoring, evaluation, documentation and learning components of the whole thematic program. He/she will build capacity of Plan International thematic staff and partner staff in M&E skills and lead learning-based documentation of program progress. She/he will lead the development of the program M&E tools, checklists including supporting the National Program Manager and MER Manager to produce quality program level reports. S/he will take lead in documenting change realized through routine monitoring, collection of most significant change stories on program implementation following established guidelines, as well as ensuring quality assurance and technical oversight of projects within a given thematic area.

 

KEY roles and responsibilities

M&E Design and Business Development:

  • Support project design in his/her thematic area and closely work with the National Program Managers to ensure clarity of results and priorities, in alignment with programmatic objectives and indicators.
  • Support the development of plans and budgets for projects in their thematic area, ensuring comprehensive and detailed M&E budgeting.
  • Design and Implement program monitoring tools as per program quality standards and key performance indicators, and ensure use of appropriate tools in collection, compilation, analysis and utilization of findings.
  • Ensure Plan International and donor standards such as safeguarding children and young peoples’ policy, research protocols, knowledge management and MER standards and Guidelines are adhered to.

 

Research and Evaluative Studies:

  • Provide technical support in developing design/methodology of studies, quality assurance of consultant reports during evaluations and studies in line with Plan International guidelines.
  • Support recruitment of consultants for evaluations, coordinate evaluations and research activities in their thematic area
  • Oversee and quality assure consultants’ work in coordination with field-based staff.
  • Coordinate ethics approval for studies, manage enumerator trainings and identify, mitigate/manage risks related to studies and evaluations
  • Ensure development of management responses and action plans.
  • Support the maintenance of a programme level tracker on lessons and implementation of key action plans

 

Capacity Building and Quality Assurance

  • Support project M&E coordinators and officers in their thematic area in implementing PIU M&E standards and provide M&E technical support to sponsorship projects.
  • Support capacity building of project and M&E staff in thematic portfolio, including training project teams on results, indicators and tools for the programme and their project.
  • Conduct routine field support visits to projects and document key improvement actions based on the findings

 

Programme M&E

  • Produce quarterly reports aggregating key achievements, lessons and program reach by all projects in their thematic area
  • Support the NPM in reviewing and compiling reports (including concepts), partners’ quarterly and annual progress reports to ensure compliance to Results Framework and donor reporting requirements
  • Maintain and update thematic program M&E database to ensure timely and quality data for evidence-based reporting, decision making and learning

 

Child Protection and Gender Equality & Inclusion

Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Safeguarding Children and Young People and Gender Equality and Inclusion are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

Key relationships

  • Technical Advisors
  • MER manager
  • Project Managers/Coordinators
  • Programme Area Managers
  • National Offices
  • Consultants
  • Implementing Partners

 

 

Leadership and Business Management Competencies

 

Leadership Competencies

  • Set and communicate ambitious but realistic work goals and priorities, explaining how these contribute to Plan International’s purpose.
  • Set high standards for self and others’ behavior, inside and outside work. Championing our values and commitment to rights, gender equality and safeguarding. Supporting the health, well-being and both physical and psychological safety of our staff, including their safety to speak out.
  • Hold self and others to account for what we have agreed, dealing with poor performance quickly, firmly and constructively.
  • Create a positive team spirit, helping people work well together, to reflect and continuously improve the efficiency and quality of what we do.
  • Collaborate with team members, colleagues and partners in finding creative solutions to problems by sharing information, experience and ideas and actively seeking their input.
  • Motivate and developing others by taking an interest, giving constructive feedback and praise, ensuring they are properly trained and helping them utilize their potential.
  • Accept change and support others in adjusting to it, helping them understand.

Business Management Competencies

  • Understand relevant sectorial context including how the sector operates in terms of funding and governance and awareness of Plan’s purpose, values, and global strategy
  • Manage legal and reputational risk including risk assessment, communication, risk management and reporting in full compliance with risk-related standards, including in areas such as Child and Youth Safeguarding and Protection, Gender equality and inclusion, Counter Fraud, Safety and Security
  • Manage activities and resources including skills in strategic thinking, planning and organising, financial planning and monitoring, negotiation and programme and project management
  • Manage people and information including skills in assessment and coaching, evidence-based management, communication skills, both speaking and writing, and digital working, including personal digital skills

 

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

  • Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Quantitative Economics, Social Sciences, Social Work, Development Studies or a related field. Additional training at Post-Graduate level in Monitoring and Evaluation is a must.
  • At least 5 years of experience in M&E for integrated programs in humanitarian and development contexts.
  • Experience and/or specialized training/qualification in a thematic area
  • Demonstrated skills and experience in report writing, donor compliance and budget management
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with people from diverse cultures
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Skills in Research methodology
  • Analytical skills
  • Demonstrated experience in capacity building, mentoring and coaching staff.
  • Proven computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft software including MS Word processing, Power point presentation, Excel spreadsheets and statistical analysis packages
  • Ability to work in hard to reach hard to stay areas and familiar with programming for vulnerable children especially young girls and boys.

 

Plan International’s Values in Practice

We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people

We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

 

We are inclusive and empowering

 

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

 

Physical Environment

Based in Kampala Country Office with frequent travel to other field locations.

Level of contact with children

This position has been classified as “Mid contact”: Occasional interaction with children.

Safeguarding Children & Young Peoples Policy (mandatory for all staff)

  • Adhere to the Child Protection Policy, Code of Conduct and reporting any CPP issues.
  • Responsible for the implementation of the CPP standards as they apply to area of responsibility plus the development of actions to address identified gaps and monitoring their effectiveness.
  • Ensure that all Plan International partners, visitors and associates in his/her area of responsibility are provided with, are made aware of and have signed and returned a copy of the child protection policy. Inform the partners, visitors and associates that they must comply with the policy in all contacts and communications with children during their visit.
  • Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

Location: Kampala

Type of Role: 1 year Fixed Term Renewable

Reports to: MER Manager with a dotted line to Technical Advisor

Grade: D1

Closing Date: 16th June 2021

 

Equality, diversity and inclusion is at the very heart of everything that Plan International stands for.

 

We want Plan International to reflect the diversity of the communities we work with, offering equal opportunities to everyone regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

 

Plan International 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 foster an organisational culture that embraces our commitment to racial justice, gender equality, girls’ rights and inclusion.

 

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. This means that we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with and we must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk.

 

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Safeguarding Children and Young People policy. Plan International also participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will request information from applicants previous employers about any findings of sexual exploitation, sexual abuse and/or sexual harassment during employment, or incidents under investigation when the applicant left employment. By submitting an application, the job applicant confirms their understanding of these recruitment procedures.