M&E Officer Jobs at Mercy Corps in Kenya 2012
Job Title: Monitoring and Evaluation and Data Officer Position
Program / Department Summary:
Mercy Corps is implementing in the Rift Valley & Central Province the Yes Youth Can Province funded by USAID. The Primary Objective of Yes Youth can is to empower youth as agents of positive change in their communities.
Together with the Local empowerment for Peace Program Mercy Corps works towards building and strengthening sustainable local mechanisms for conflict mitigation and reconciliation, supporting inter- and intra-community reconciliation dialogues, strengthening youth voices to engage in local and national issues and cash-for-work community reconstruction projects and youth income generation activities coupled with Entrepreneurship skills, life skills and civic engagement skills.
General Position Summary:
The M&E Data Officer will be based in Thika with frequent travel to implementing sites in Central Province and Rift valley as required and surrounding areas. This position will act as a resource for all program staff, to enhance program design, monitoring and evaluation, and quality.
The position will assist with building M&E systems focused on data collection, data aggregation, data analysis and reporting (internal and external).
Similarly collect and compile information about the program for dissemination to program beneficiaries, stakeholders, the government, CSOs and donors as per the instructions of the country Director.
Essential Job Functions:
Together with YYC & HQ TSU Carry out assessments of Youth Skills, Labour market and business opportunities and economic situations within the program operational areas and make recommendations for actions that are consistent with program objectives.
Identify/design in collaboration with youth comprehensive projects that include activities to promote sustainable enterprises and livelihoods as per the findings of assessments and youth skills gaps. Analyze data with the team and support town hall report dissemination meetings after successful completion of the reports.
Train Youth joint monitoring teams and reporting teams and engage them in monitoring their own projects and implementing youth mentorship programs.
Train program staff and local partners on the logical framework, data management, data analysis and results-oriented programming, basic surveying and sampling techniques, monitoring and evaluation methods and principles and report writing techniques and requirements for Mercy Corps and USAID.
Develop, standardize and deploy survey tools, and other data collection forms to realize the effective use of monitoring plans.
Data entry and management of huge data sets into spreadsheet applications such as MS Excel and Open Office Calc and web-based applications such as Google Docs Spreadsheets, and Microsoft Grants360
Generation of charts and graphs to compliment data entered
Review of entered data to ensure data integrity
Use of IBM SPSS or GNU GPSS to generate statistical information from entered data sets
Use of Epi-Info and MS Access to create and manage databases and the generated views
Implement and improve existing monitoring tools for the youth & staff to ensure the appropriateness of the program and to gauge its impact, including a system of recording and presenting relevant data.
Together with external evaluators, conduct final survey and program evaluation
Provide reporting including contributions to regular conflicts reports, as well as more general situation reports.
Prepare other documentation for internal Mercy Corps use and external requirements as may be required.
Travel to the field to monitor and evaluate project sites, work with beneficiary groups, and organize and conduct assessments as necessary.
Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission.
Other duties as assigned
Supervisory Roles: None
Reports Directly To: Program Manager
Works Directly With: Program Coordinators, Program Officers logistics and procurement
Knowledge and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, IT, or Math Statistics
2 – 3 years experience or more in Youth Development and livelihoods in a similar role
Experience should include conducting assessments and surveys, proposal development, program design, selecting indicators, implementing monitoring plans, and data analysis.
Strong English writing skills required
Experience with USAID or other donors required
Strong knowledge of Excel and basic statistics is required; demonstrated skill in statistical analysis, SPSS, MS Access and other databases formats strongly desired.
Ability to work effectively as part of team in a cross-cultural and politically sensitive setting.
Strong inter-personal, cultural and diplomatic skills.
Familiarity in the use of MS Excel
Familiarity in the use of Relational Databases such as MS Access, SQL, etc
Familiarity in the use of statistical software such as SPSS and Epi-Info
Willingness and ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people
Ability to work as part of a team and coordinate with other project personnel
Strong computer and organizational skills
Proactive, creative, problem-solver
University Degree in Computer Science, IT, or Math
Previous Experience in a similar position
Ability to work under pressure
How to Apply:
Interested candidates who meet the above required qualifications and experience should submit their applications Before 30th May, at 4.00p.m., a cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing three professional references (including a recent supervisor) to Hrkenya@ke.mercycorps.org
“Application for the position of Monitoring and Evaluation and Data Officer” without this subject heading will be disqualified.
Please do not attach any certificates.
ONLY Qualified short-listed candidates will be contacted
Deadline: 30th May 2012