Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer

Job Summary

United Purpose (UP) is seeking a full-time, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Specialist who will contribute to the implementation of activities for the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) project. This position will support the implementation of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) projects and is aimed at (WASH) professionals with good knowledge of WASH development issues. The initial focus of the post-holder will be: Securing sustainable rural water supply: Water-point installation, rehabilitation, and maintenance project, and community and system strengthening. This position will be based in either Benue or Cross River State, with 60% traveling across the United Purpose Project location.

  • Minimum Qualification: MBA / MSc
  • Experience Level: Mid level
  • Experience Length: 3 years

Job Description/Requirements

Technical M&E lead and advice: 

  • Develop and adopt M&E tools for measuring and reporting indicators performance; develop indicator guidance reference sheet for activity output and outcome indicators • Provide technical support in developing baseline surveys, assessments, and studies.
  • Contribute to updating the log-frame and results against programme indicators with more detailed input provided towards preparing annual reports. 
  • Develop questionnaires and conduct field interviews of the various stakeholders  involved in the project  
  • Visit project sites for monitoring and quality assurance of water point construction and repairs. 
  • Monitoring and data checks on rural water supply activities to ensure reporting compliance.
  • Work collaboratively with other programmes to strengthen integration and cross-learning in the country programme and with Donors. 

Training and supporting partners: 

  • Capacity building of partners and local government authorities. 
  • To supervise regular data collection through implementing partners and ensure the quality of the data by verifications and validations. 
  • Provide feedback to partners and staff on project performance based on data collected and findings, and lead partner staff in reviewing project plans as part of the learning and sharing process. 

Reporting: 

  • Provide weekly and monthly updates reports as per the approved format, summarising the  progress made in project implementation, lessons learned, recommendations for  improvement, and case studies 

Documentation and Learning: 

  • Set up and manage the Program Monitoring & Evaluation and learning system while ensuring adequate technical capacity to enhance the system's performance to achieve optimal program reporting. 
  • Targeted analysis and information gathering on the WASH sector. 
  • Participate in regular meetings with key stakeholders at the community/civil society/Local  Government level, ensuring a common understanding of the project's objectives and outcomes. 
  • Other reasonable duties may be assigned to you that are consistent with the job and its level of responsibility. These will require pre-approval by your line manager. 

Person Specification:

  • Preferably Master's degree in Monitoring and Impact Evaluation, statistics analysis using programs coupled with at least 3 - 6 years of experience in Monitoring and Evaluation in WASH programs preferably with partners or sub-recipients and multi-donor setup.
  • Knowledge and understanding of project monitoring and evaluation 
  • Knowledge of the current M&E trends and especially M&E systems in development organizations and Practical experience in rural water-point maintenance and monitoring
  • Experience in WASH Programming in Nigeria and familiarity with the WASH sector and key  stakeholders 
  • Good abilities for training, mentoring, and coaching skills (supervising enumerators and  field staff) 
  • Good technical writing skills, presentation, facilitation, abilities for synthesisProactive,  resourceful and results-oriented 
  • Must be a good team player, honest, dependable, and willing to be flexible with work hours
  • Fluent in written and spoken English, with the ability to speak local languages 

Desirable:

  • Gender, intercultural and interfaith sensitivity. 
  • Willing to work additional hours at crucial times.
  • Positive outlook and stand-alone disposition.
  • Adaptable and responsive disposition relative to the demands and development of the programme. 

What we offer:

  • This position offers the opportunity to gain experience with an international NGO whilst receiving mentoring and learning on best practice global WASH approaches and issues. We provide a  competitive salary and benefits package and, above all, a respectful and empowering working environment and the opportunity to make a real impact.

The deadline for applications is 20th December 2021. You are recommended to apply early, as applications will be assessed as they are received. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 


United Purpose is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against applicants on the basis of gender, religion, ethnicity, age, disability, religion or sexual orientation. United Purpose also has a Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults Policy, which reflects our commitment to  protecting the people with whom we work. All candidates will be expected to comply with this policy and its procedures.

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