MER Coordinator, Ni-Yetu project (Maternity Cover)

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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

Project name NIYETU PHASE II YOUTH SOCIAL EMPOWERMENT PROECT
Title MER Coordinator.
Functional Area Programmes
Reports to Project Manager – NIYETU
Location Kampala Travel required Frequent across the Project areas.
Contract duration 4 months Maternity cover    
Effective Date 12 th  July 2021 Grade  

role PURPOSE

[A concise statement, capturing the primary reasons that this role exists and a clear articulation of the context of the role. How will this role contribute to creating lasting change for children?]

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 78 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.

MER Coordinator will lead the research, monitoring, evaluation, documentation and learning components of the project. He/she will build capacity of Plan International and partner staff in documenting replicable models that enhance learning. She/he will lead the development of the project M&E tools, checklists including supporting the project manager/project coordinator to produce quality reports. He will take lead in documentation of project progress and change realized through conduction of routine monitoring, collection of most significant change stories on project implementation following established guidelines, as well as conducting of audits and verification of project data. This position is tasked with identification of learning models in the Ni-Yetu phase II Project that can be replicated.

 

Dimensions of the Role

  • Timely, high and consistent quality in delivery of the project.
  • Timely and quality technical guidance on M&E
  • Effective coordination and team leadership of the project staff in M&E related issues.
  • Comprehensive and high quality documentation of the project
  • Strong M&E project frameworks developed and followed

Accountabilities

Technical M&E guidance

  • Design, Update (review) and Implement project monitoring tools as per project M&E plan and ensure use of appropriate tools in collection, compilation, analysis and utilization within the consortium to ensure consistency
  • Support the development and rollout of project targets and standards to ensure delivery of quality outputs.
  • Provide technical guidance on the utilisation and maintenance of the project M&E database.

Project planning and Implementation

  • Support Ni-Yetu programme staff to develop M&E section of project outlines (POs)
  • Support project staff and partners to develop Detailed Implementation Plans in line with the proposal
  • Consolidate, track and share on a quarterly basis the Project’s DIP to ensure timely implementation
  • Consolidate, Coordinate, and analyze the weekly consortium updates to ensure that all consortium members are abreast of what each member is doing, where, how and when.
  • Support the project team to ensure that both the project targets and implementations factor in inclusiveness particularly for PWDs.

Project M&E, documentation, reporting and learning

  • Conduct monthly field support visits in all the Niyetu Intervention districts
  • Consolidate monthly field monitoring reports; share actions and support the respective persons to take the necessary actions.
  • Consolidate, track and share on a monthly basis action points agreed upon in all Niyetu meetings including review meetings.
  • Regularly track project progress and update the project logs in the SAP to enhance efficient and effective implementation.
  • Quarterly Consolidate, follow up and polish best practices, case studies, lessons learnt, Most Significant Change Stories and reflection of the project to provide evidence on project impact including inclusiveness.
  • Together with the technical coordinators, review all project write ups (including concepts) and partners’ quarterly and annual progress report to ensure compliance to Results Framework and donor reporting requirements
  • Monitor and consolidate project implementation findings against approved work plans and budgets to ensure timely and quality implementation as per contractual obligation
  • Provide strategic leadership in the project’s research, project evaluations, organisational learning and documentation initiatives within the project
  • Ensure that all partners update on a monthly their respective M&E database as per the system in place.
  • Maintain and update project M&E database to ensure timely and quality data for evidence-based decision making and learning

Partnership and capacity development

  • Plan, facilitate and conduct M&E capacity building activities for the project/program staff and partners to enhance quality reporting and data management.
  • Support project staff including partners in all monitoring and documentation related activities including utilization of the corporate M & E system in the partner organisations

Representation, networking and advocacy

  • Represent Niyetu Project and Plan International Uganda in District Health Coordination and other Meetings as may be required.

Plan system support to ensure compliance

  • Ensure Plan International and donor standards such as Plan Child Protection Policy, research protocols, knowledge management and MER standards and Guidelines are adhered to in the project.
  • Visit the sponsored children on a regular basis.
  • Support to ensure that the entire project’s programming mainstream Gender, DRR, Child Protection and sponsorship integration.
  • Support the project team to ensure that the registered project risks are regularly mitigated, tracked and updated as required.
  • In consultation and agreement, perform any other functions as may be deemed appropriate by management.

Key relationships

  • Project Manager
  • Project Coordinator-SRH
  • Project Coordinator-Gender, Policy and Advocacy
  • Partners

Technical expertise, skills and knowledge

Knowledge

  • The ideal candidate for Plan International Uganda’ MER Coordinator should hold a university degree in an MER related field (preferably Social sciences, Statistics, Economics and Statistics or any other related field).
  • At least 3 years of progressively responsible experience doing Monitoring and Evaluation. A post graduate diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation is an added advantage; including also familiarity with Project/Programme Management, development in child rights programing
  • Knowledge on data management is highly essential.
  • At least 3 years of experience in working with different partners.

Skills

  • Monitoring and evaluation of rights-based programmes
  • Knowledge of environment and current effective practice on monitoring & evaluation
  • Skills in Programming.
  • Demonstrable abilities in planning and coordination
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with people from diverse cultures
  • Ability to lead and motivate people to work in teams
  • Excellent communication skills, both in written English and in face-to-face presentations
  • Ability to work in teams
  • Skills in Research methodology
  • Analytical skills
  • Proven computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft software including MS Word processing, Power point presentation, Excel spreadsheets, e-mail and web based research

Behaviours

  • Promotes high performance among project  staff
  • Open to feedback and willing to try new approaches on monitoring and documentation
  • Communicates effectively, especially in writing
  • Strong strategic and analytical thinking
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical and communication (verbal and written) skills

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

  • Work environment: Office based with frequent travel to the field

Level of contact with children

High level: Frequent interaction with children

Location: Kampala

Type of Role: 4 months

Reports to: Project Manager -NIYETU

Grade: C2

Closing Date: 17th May 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.