Monitoring Evaluation Research and Learning Manager at Plan International

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Monitoring Evaluation Research and Learning Manager

Qualifications/ experience essential:

  • Master’s Degree in M&E, statistics, Economics, epidemiology, social sciences, development studies or a related field.
  • At least 7 years of experience in Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning, with over 3 years in MERL leadership.
  • At least 3 years of demonstrated successful coordination of MERL functions and experience, including active mentoring and coaching, preferably with teams in cross-cultural setting and multi-sectorial programs 
  • Experience in planning and executing data collection work during evaluations including baselines, midlines and end-lines, annual outcome surveys / periodic impact assessment, and other special studies.
  • Experience with evaluations/research logistics, administration and/or project or research management 
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and application of MERL systems and frameworks including theory of change and logical frameworks 
  • Proven experience in development of longitudinal real time data bases design including online application for management of data 
  • Grounded understanding of qualitative and quantitative methodologies in research and evaluation 
  • Experience in database design and management including advanced use of Excel and data analysis and entry packages including at minimum SPSS, Stata, R, Epiinfo, Atlas-Ti, CSpro and the use of ODK platforms for data collection 
  • Strong demonstrable levels of knowledge of and experience with gender sensitive research design, performance monitoring, impact evaluation, and / or social and environmental research methodologies 
  • Demonstrated experience in coordination of M&ERL and LKM at a strategic and higher operational level.

Qualifications/ experience desirable: 

  • Demonstrated experience in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning in humanitarian programming

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Languages required

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Knowledge of Kiswahili, desirable 

Knowledge:

  • Well-developed knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methodologies to MERL initiatives for programme and influencing, including data collection and analysis, appropriate for different information needs, respondents and contexts with a particular focus on those that are participatory, gender and age sensitive and inclusive. 
  • Grounded understanding of gender and inclusion attitudes and power dynamics, including why they exist and how they change, and how these attitudes and dynamics shape MERL methods and approaches.  
  • Knowledge of essential sample strategies and frameworks appropriate for wide range of data needs and MERL initiatives. 
  • Broad understanding of data quality assurance requirements and approaches for a wide range of data needs and MERL initiatives. 
  • Knowledge of data visualization principles and approaches for a wide range of data types, and appropriate for different information needs. 
  • Proper understanding of data ownership, transfer, retention and management requirements and approaches.
  • Knowledge of accountability and reporting requirements to internal and external stakeholders especially a multiplicity of major international donors.

Skills:

  • Hand on experience and skill in result based MERL system
  • Proficiency in applied statistics
  • Understanding of quantitative methods for data collection and analysis.
  • Understanding of sampling strategies for quantitative methods. 
  • Experienced in Training of data collectors/enumerators in quantitative data collection methodologies 
  • Proficiency in statistical analysis software – SPSS, R, STATA, NVivo, ATLAS ti etc.
  • Understanding of qualitative methods for data collection and analysis
  • Particular knowledge of standards, regulations, definitions and tools across sectors in humanitarian responses – in line with CHS and SPHERE. 
  • Able to adapt methods for provision of quality and appropriate evidence from ongoing monitoring and evaluative initiatives (baselines, midlines, evaluations and reviews) in a rapidly changing, complex and high security contexts. 
  • Particular knowledge of standards, regulations, definitions and tools across sectors in humanitarian responses – in line with CHS and SPHERE. 
  • Adapting methods for provision of quality and appropriate evidence from ongoing monitoring and evaluative initiatives (baselines, midlines, evaluations and reviews) in a rapidly changing, complex and high security contexts.

Behaviors:

  • Uses evidence to support decision making and driving change over time. 
  • Understands issues, principles and strategies – Understanding issues and their root causes and working with Plan’s principles and a range of strategies and approaches to improve outcomes
  • Able to apply evaluation and research methods and approaches for a wide range of programme and influencing interventions. 
  • Ability to lead the identification, development of and defining appropriate and quality indicators/ research hypotheses for a wide range of programme and influencing interventions. 
  • Ability to apply ethical requirements and principles in MERL initiatives. 
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational and team working skills
  • Good cultural awareness and sensitivity
  • Highly approachable, trustworthy and confidential
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Works well under pressure and meets deadlines
  • Excellent planning, coordination, and reporting skills, with the ability to organize a substantial workload comprised of complex, diverse tasks and responsibilities
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