MER Officer - LEGO PlayMatters job at Plan International

Plan International

MER Officer - LEGO PlayMatters job Post

Location:  Jobs in Uganda 2021 - 2022

Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 01

Deadline: 08 July 2022

Hiring Organization: Plan International

Job Details:
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 85 years, and are now active in more than 75 countries.

About Plan International Uganda and the Project
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 75 years and are now active in more than 70 countries.

Plan International Uganda is looking for a dynamic and motivated candidate for a position of Monitoring, Evaluation and Research Officer for its LEGO – Play Matters- Sparking Life Long Learning Project implemented in Adjumani, Arua and Yumbe districts in West Nile Uganda.
MER Officer will Support in the research, monitoring, evaluation, documentation and learning components of the project in Yumbe district. He/she support the MERL Coordinator in building the capacity of Plan International and partner staff in documenting replicable models that enhance learning. She/he will support in the development of the project M&E tools, checklists including supporting the project team to produce quality reports. S/he will take support in documentation of project progress and change realized through routine monitoring, collection of most significant change stories on project implementation following established guidelines, as well as ensuring quality assurance of project data in the location of Yumbe and Terego

MER Officer will support in ensuring that effective Performance monitoring and evaluation Plans are in place in Yumbe and Terego, implemented as intended, and reporting in a comprehensive and timely manner to facilitate project team deliver the project and achieve the desired objectives.

Accountabilities/Roles and Responsibilities
Technical M&E guidance
• Update and Implement project monitoring tools as per project M&E plan and ensure use of appropriate tools in collection, compilation, analysis and utilization within Yumbe and Terego to ensure consistency
• Support the development and rollout of project targets and standards to ensure delivery of quality outputs.
• Developing and maintaining of the project M&E database for Yumbe and Terego
Project planning and Implementation
• Participate in and Support the development of project outlines including key M&E activities
• Support project team and partners to develop Detailed Implementation Plans in line with the proposal
• Consolidate, track and share on a quarterly basis the Project’s Detailed Implementation Plan to ensure timely implementation of project activities in the locations of Yumbe and Terego
Project M&E, documentation, reporting and learning
• Conduct monthly field support visits in the project Intervention districts (Yumbe and Terego)
• Support project team with documentation of project activities through consolidation of monthly monitoring reports.
• Consolidate, track and share on a monthly basis action points agreed upon in all project meetings including review meetings.
• Regularly track project progress and update the project logs in the online system to enhance efficient and effective implementation.
• Quarterly Consolidate, follow up and document best practices, case studies, lessons learnt, Most Significant Change Stories and reflection of the project to provide evidence on project impact including inclusiveness.
• Monitor and consolidate project implementation findings against approved work plans and budgets to ensure timely and quality implementation as per contractual obligation
• Provide strategic support in the project’s research, project evaluations, organisational learning and documentation initiatives within the project
• Maintain and update project M&E database to ensure timely and quality data for evidence-based decision making and learning
Plan system support to ensure compliance
• Ensure Plan International and donor standards such as safeguarding children and young peoples’ policy, research protocols, knowledge management and MER standards and Guidelines are adhered to in the project.
• Support to ensure that the entire project’s programming mainstream Gender, Disaster Risk Reduction and Child Protection.
• 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.

Technical Expertise, Skills and Knowledge
• Bachelor’s degree in Statistics, Quantitative Economics, Social Sciences, Social Work, Development Studies or a related field. Additional training at Post-Graduate level in Monitoring and Evaluation, project planning and management or a related field is an asset.
• At least 2 years of experience in providing M&E for Education projects in a humanitarian context.
• Demonstrated skills and experience in report writing, donor compliance and budget management
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with people from diverse cultures
• Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
• Familiar with West Nile Region and able to work in teams
• Skills in Research methodology
• Analytical skills
• Demonstrated experience in capacity building, mentoring and coaching staff.
• Proven computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft software including MS Word processing, Power point presentation, Excel spreadsheets, e-mail and web based research
• Ability to work in hard to reach hard to stay areas and familiar with programming for vulnerable children especially young girls and boys.

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
• The MER Officer will be based in Yumbe. S/he should have the ability and willingness to spend much of his / her time in Refugee settlements and host community sites checking progress of project implementation
• Should be having willingness and capacity to work in fragile situations of West Nile.
• Regularly attend meetings WASH and Child protection working groups with UNHCR, OPM and other implementing agencies in Emergency.
• Basing on the above s/he should have excellent communication skills, be a calculative and sensitive communicator, when communicating to the target group and avoid being judgemental at all times

Level of contact with children
High level: Frequent interaction with children in the field of project operations.

Safeguarding Children & Young Peoples Policy (mandatory for all staff)
• Adhere to the Child Protection Policy, Code of Conduct and reporting any CPP issues.
• Responsible for the implementation of the CPP standards as they apply to area of responsibility plus the development of actions to address identified gaps and monitoring their effectiveness.
• Ensure that all Plan International partners, visitors and associates in his/her area of responsibility are provided with, are made aware of and have signed and returned a copy of the child protection policy. Inform the partners, visitors and associates that they must comply with the policy in all contacts and communications with children during their visit.
• Ensures that Plan International’s global policies for Child Protection (CPP) and Gender Equality and Inclusion (GEI) are fully embedded in accordance with the principles and requirements of the policy including relevant Implementation Standards and Guidelines as applicable to their area of responsibility. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring staff and associates are aware of and understand their responsibilities under these policies and Plan International’s Code of Conduct (CoC), their relevance to their area of work, and that concerns are reported and managed in accordance with the appropriate procedures.

Application procedure

Please click here to apply.

Date Posted: 2022-06-28