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About CRS: “Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.”
In Ethiopia, CRS has a long and rich history of providing emergency relief and development assistance to the people of Ethiopia since 1958. At present, CRS/Ethiopia implements multiple projects through different partner organizations. CRS/Ethiopia has a highly diverse portfolio ranging from very large food-supported emergency response to cutting edge development programs. The current CRS/Ethiopia budget stands at $100 million with funding from the U.S. Government, UN agencies, private foundations, individual donors, and CRS private funds.
CRS strictly adheres to its Policy on Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults among its staff, consultants, volunteers, and affiliates. CRS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer: women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
As part of CRS family, you will join the more than 5000 strong and vibrant individuals working globally to accomplish the mission of CRS. CRS/Ethiopia invites you, the qualified candidate, to apply for the following positions;
Position Title: ELRP Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer
Duty Station: Addis Ababa with approximately 40-50% travel
Employment term: Indefinite period contingent upon funding of the ELRP Program
Reports To: ELRP MEAL Program Manager
Application Deadline: October 31, 2016
CRS Ethiopia is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Officer for the Ethiopian Livelihoods and Resilience Program (ELRP), a five-year USAID Office for Food for Peace (FFP) Title II Development Food Assistance Project (DFAP). The ELRP will focus on building resilience to shocks, enhancing livelihoods and improving food security and nutrition for rural households vulnerable to food insecurity. ELRP will operate in Oromia Region as well as Dire Dawa administrative unit. The MEAL Officer will be responsible for implementing and managing the DFAP M&E Simple Measurements of Indicators for Learning and Evidence based Reporting (SMILER) M&E system development. He/she will be the primary supporting staff person for the ELRP MEAL Manager and will work closely with the ELRP Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) Officer on project-related MEAL initiatives. The MEAL Officer will play a critical role in supporting and developing M&E capacities of partner staff and primary stakeholders for managing and implementation of the ELRP M&E system. S/he will be part of the team responsible for ensuring CRS Ethiopia meets USAID/FFP M&E requirements.
Purpose of the Position:
Implementing, monitoring and manage the ELRP M&E System.
To work closely with implementing partners and ELRP staff ensuring data quality and consistency in ITT, IPTT, DIP, reports, and DQA.
To develop and support partners & stakeholders M&E capacities.
To work closely with CRS and partners staff in implementing MEAL accountability policies and procedures stipulated in CRS MEAL Policies and Procedures (Document #:POL-OOD-PRG-008)
Key /Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Develop systems to train program managers and coordinators to effectively use M&E information to improve program quality.
Develop data and information collection and reporting forms (forms, guides) on how to record, report and analyze progress against the annual operational plan and design the format for such progress report;
In collaboration with implementing partners, (Project Management Team (PMT) and primary stakeholders develops feasible and effective reflection events where M&E data are analyzed and corrective actions can be agreed upon;
Training on M&E and M&E design and implementation process with implementing partners and primary stakeholders; provide induction or training into the use of the M&E quality standard tools/manual for partner staff;
Consolidation of reporting information across CRS ELRP technical sector staff and implementing partner staff; ensuring data quality and consistency across USAID required M&E documents
Reviews monitoring reports to assess interim impacts and identify causes of potential bottlenecks in implementation;
Jointly plan with and advise the ELRP MEAL Manager about project monitoring and evaluation activities and support to technical purpose teams;
Audit M&E tools to ensure compliance with donor requirements and internal program needs.
In collaboration with ELRP MEAL Manager, maintains the ELRP M&E Operations Manual.
Reviews existing M&E and management information systems of implementing partners and identifying where support is needed and assist partners in proper utilization of data collection and reporting formats for their respective project activities;
Conduct data quality assurance on project activity monitoring data and information collection at the field level working closely with field staff;
Oversee external service providers
Provide oversight in assessment and evaluation assignments undertaken by external service providers; Liaise with respective project officers across sectors within CRS Ethiopia DFAP;
Assist in base line surveys, mid-term and final evaluations; providing support to FFP external evaluators as requested/required
Participate in DFAP Awardees M&E Technical Committee as requested by supervisor
Act as focal point person for ELRP to CRS Ethiopia LKM Working Group
Completion of 2nd Degree in (Social or Natural Science) or 1st Degree in (Social or Natural Science)
3 years for 2nd Degree or 5 years for 1st Degree
Understanding data and information requirements and policies of CRS/ET
Sound knowledge of M & E system
Strong quantitative and qualitative analysis skill with ability to work with data S/W packages
Good understanding of beneficiary tracking, methods for managing data quality assessment
Ability to write reports, and training modules and manual and M&E systems
Fluency in English (both oral and written skills)
Ability to design develop, and implement training
Ability to work effectively under stressful condition
A high level of computer literacy
4.4. Agency-wide Competencies
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
Cultivates Constructive Relationships