SIDA Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, July 2021 – NGO Jobs

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The Organization

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.

Please see https://plan-international.org/organisation/strategy for Plan international strategy

Plan started working in Egypt in 1981 and has a presence in ten of the 27 governorates in which the country is divided: two urban (Cairo and Alexandria) and five rural (Giza, Cairo, Beheira, Kalyoubia, Damietta, Qena, Assuit and Sohag). Plan Egypt’s work focuses on child rights, implementing programmes designed to enable communities to improve the lives of the most marginalised children and their families. Plan Egypt’s Country Strategy focuses on five strategic objectives listed below:

  1. Improve the quality of early childhood care & education;
  2. Promote economic empowerment of vulnerable young men & women;
  3. Facilitate girls in realising their full potential in an enabling and gender responsive environment that protects them from all forms of abuse, neglect, exploitation and violence;
  4. Support adolescents and young people, particularly girls to become active drivers of change and lead the way towards more equitable and inclusive societies;
  5. Promote adolescents and young people, particularly girls to be empowered to take informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and live free from gender-based violence

About the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Unit:

The MEL unit is one of the units within the Programme Department under the leadership of the Deputy Country Director – Programmes. The main role of the unit is to ensure quality MEL in all Plan Egypt’s programming and to ensure that results from programme work are captured, presented and analyzed in line with Programme and Influence Quality Policy (P&IQ), as well as M&E standards to inform programme design and management. The unit collaborates with Programme Units, and other units in the Programme Department to ensure that the conditions for effective monitoring and evaluation are met at all stages of the project and programme cycles. The unit also ensures that the necessary tools, mechanisms, capacities and conditions are in place to deliver quality MEL across the organization.

Key Objectives of the Unit:

  • To ensure that the necessary frameworks, mechanisms and tools are in place that allow Plan Egypt to monitor and assess its progress towards the objectives set out in its Country Strategic Plan (CS).
  • To ensure quality MEL for Plan Egypt’s individual projects and programmes in line with donor standards and requirements.
  • To support programmes and projects in needs assessments, project design, baseline studies and project evaluations that fit to the strategic priorities of the CS. The unit also works closely with other departments to ensure a good basis for gender-transformative monitoring of performance and results, and supports the process of project and programme evaluations.
  • To collaborate with the relevant programme departments in commissioning research to support building evidence base for decision-making about current and future programming and advocacy. The unit provides support, standards and guidance in alignment with Plan’s global research guidelines for commissioning research and works on establishing working relationships with external research bodies in order to improve on the timeliness and quality of research undertaken.
  • To promote accountability and facilitate participatory MEL practice including community feedback. The unit facilitates the implementation of mechanisms and tools to capture, respond and act on the opinions and feedback of girls, boys, women and men (including sponsor children) in the communities we work with.
  • To guide and support Plan Egypt implementing partners to design and develop MEL systems and approaches that are compatible with the overall Plan Egypt MEL framework. The unit provides capacity building, guidance and follow-up for partners, including Community Development Associations (CDAs), in the development and implementation of participatory monitoring and evaluation tools and procedures that provide quality evidence-based information for tracking the projects’ performance and results.

PURPOSE

This position with be responsible to support Empowering Youth and Civil Society Organizations (CSO) for Promotion of Youth Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) and the Elimination of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Child Marriage in Egypt Project, funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. The project will be implemented in Qalyoubia, Beheira and Sohag governorates. The project’s duration is 5 years. The MEL Officer will report to MEL Manager and will sit in the Country Office, Cairo

About the MEL Officer Role:

  • Develop, communicate and implement project M&E plan.
  • Establish M&E methodologies, processes and tools for the project, in cooperation with the MEL Manager, project team and other Plan staff.
  • Develop/critically analyse M&E reports and review project narrative reports.
  • Support the process of baseline study, and mid-term and final evaluations and ensure dissemination of results with all relevant stakeholders.
  • Process, analyze and review learnings, findings and outcomes of the project.
  • Measure progress in gender and inclusion outcomes, analyse gender-relevant data and document the results/changes in social norms and recommendations in reporting on programmes.
  • Analyse data and evidence (including research findings) from a gender and inclusion lens, with the support of the MEL Manager and other Plan staff.
  • Support project team in reviewing and analyzing case studies, success stories and other learnings collected at the field level and once finalized share them with Plan Egypt relevant teams for learning.
  • Assess, plan and implement activities to build M&E capacity at different levels, including project staff and partners, in cooperation with the MEL Manager.
  • Support project team in organizational reporting processes, including annual counting and quarterly reports.
  • Ensure standardization of M&E tools and methodologies across partners.
  • Promote and facilitate participation and feedback of communities in Plan Egypt’s M&E activities.
  • Take part in creating a supportive network of M&E staff to jointly learn from, develop and innovate M&E practice and methodologies.

Knowledge, Skills, Behaviors, and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:   

  • A University degree in a relevant subject.
  • Minimum 2-3 years of Monitoring and Evaluation experience preferably with an international organization.
  • Experience in planning and facilitating training/workshops.
  • Fluent written and spoken English and Arabic language skills are required.
  • Strong analytical skills and the ability to process large and complex data.
  • Demonstrated writing skills (report writing)
  • Experience working with children and understanding their special needs.
  • Experience with rights-based participatory MER approaches.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and team work abilities.
  • This position requires high computer literacy with a full knowledge of office applications.
  • Understanding of and commitment to the promotion of gender equality, child protection and inclusion of the most vulnerable.
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet multiple deadlines and targets.
  • Involves others in setting and achieving goals.
  • An open communicator and team player.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the local context and of interaction with local development actors and communities.

Behaviors (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 organization 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 maximize 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.

Level of Contact with Children:

  • Medium level: occasional contact with children.

Type of Role: One year fixed term contract

Location: Country Office, Maadi

Reports to: M&E  Manager.

Closing Date:  12th of August 2021

 Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply

Please note that only applications and CVs written in English will be accepted.

A range of pre-employment checks will be undertaken in conformity with Plan International’s Child Protection Policy.

As an international child centered community development organization, Plan International is fully committed to promoting the realization of children’s rights including their right to protection from violence and abuse. That means we have particular responsibilities to children that we come into contact with.

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 organization, do everything we can to keep children safe. We must not contribute in any way to harming or placing children at risk. 

Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity, welcoming applications from all areas of the international community.

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.

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