Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant
Location: Kousseri, Cameroon
Company: Plan International
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.
Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant
Disaster Risk Management
PIIA M&E Coordinator
Travel may be required: Yes
Type of contract:
Fixed Term employment
Purpuse of the ROLE
Working in 54 developing countries across Africa, Asia and the Americas, Plan aims to reach as many children as possible, particularly those who are excluded or marginalized with high quality programs that deliver long lasting benefits by increasing its income, working in partnership with others and operating effectively. Plan is committed to responding to children affected by emergencies in the countries of our operation.
Given the current humanitarian crisis in the Far-North Region of Cameroon Plan is engaged in providing life-saving humanitarian assistance, protection, education and psychosocial support. Its operations are implemented in key sectors of Protection (Child Protection and SGBV), Education, Health, Food Assistance and Nutrition, Livelihood, WASH and NFIs in coordination with all other humanitarian institutions.
DIMENSIONS OF ROLE:
This position is responsible for Monitoring and Evaluation, technical leadership planning initiatives, monitoring, evaluation, research and dissemination in the context of ECHO project implementation for assistance to IDPs and host communities in the Far North Region of Cameroon specially in the Logone and Chari division. S/he will also strengthen the project technical team and will provide technical support to the Project Manager, communities and other partners. S/he will co-ordinate closely with the Project Manager, the PIIA M&E Coordinator and other Emergency Response Team members and Plan International staff, especially monitoring & evaluation management, to improve program quality and effectiveness of the current response/project as well as any future recovery activities. The Monitoring & Evaluation Officer will be based at the Plan International Sub-Office of Kousseri.
- Key End Results and Typical Responsibilities:
- Conduct regular monitoring visits to ensure that the project is on the right track in performing the planned activities and achieved the expected outputs;
- Ensure that monitoring data are fed into project management decisions and used in program management;
- Identify major challenges for project implementation and report to the Project manager for immediate decision making;
- Participate in the development/review of the action plans and detailed budgets of project;
- Ensure weekly and monthly follow up of indicators;
- Develop/update the tools of indicators monitoring of the project;
- Ensure quality control of data and information collected, through the development and/or review of tools for the data collection in accordance of the logical frameworks of the project, the quality assurance system of Plan International, Program Accountability and Learning System (PALS);
- Organize/supervise the data collection, their processing and analysis of data in the context of the monitoring of indicators of the project;
- Train local Plan International local staff, members of the local organizations partners to use of data collection tools;
- Elaborate the performance reports and the reports on indicators monitoring and to ensure their presentation according to the request;
- Participate in the selection and organize the follow-up of the mission of studies office/consultants selected for studies and evaluation;
- Produce monthly reports on capitalization of lessons learned and good practices identified in the context of the project implementation;
- Participate actively in the annual evaluation process of programs of Plan International Cameroon and in the evaluation of the performance of organizations partner.
- Dealing with Problems:
Complexity of problems handled & the degree of investigation, analysis, & creative thinking required to solve them.
- The job requires contribution to the decision-making on the basis of assumption and experience, as little hard information will be available. Decisions need to be context specific and there will often be no precedents to draw upon.
- Decisions may affect the lives of thousands of children, millions of dollars, security of staff, and the profile of Plan International across the humanitarian sector and across media.
- Excellent and creative leadership skills will be utilized to make strategic choices on responses with limited resources and with possible resistance from colleagues as is often the case in emergency response work
- Able to work under pressure and accept travels and stays in areas often austere.
- Communications and Working Relationships:
Key Internal Contacts
PIIA Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator, ECHO Project Manager, Project teams Program Influency and Implementation Coordinator, Emergency Response Manager, other members of the Emergency Response team, and Plan staff at the Country as appropriate
Key External Contacts
ECHO team UN agencies, State organization (, DD/MINEDUB/DD/ MPF) and groups responding to the emergency, in particular those working in the emergency education sector.
Reports to the PIIA M&E Coordinator as appropriate.
- Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:
- Diploma in Monitoring and evaluation or university diploma in social sciences, statistics, economics or other related sectors;
- Two (02) years minimum experience in planning, monitoring and participatory evaluation of programmes and projects;
- Have solid experience in the conduct of qualitative and quantitative investigation;
- Have a practical and relevant experience in the interventions in emergency contexts;
- Have a good editorial capacity (capacity of drafting of reports);
- Know how to use the computer and master standard software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint…);
- Knowledge in Kobo Collect, Comcare SPSS,……
- A knowledge of the intervention area would be an asset;
- Good knowledge and understanding of humanitarian principles and established international child protection standards;
- Knowledge and skills: knowledge of Plan International policies and procedures, and Code of Conduct. Requires general finance, administration, information management and telecommunication skills and proficiency in information technology/ computer skills;
- Experience in the Far North of Cameroon is an asset.
- Skills in participatory assessment.
- People Skills: Ability to work independently and as a team player who demonstrates leadership and is able to support and train local staff and also able to work with displaced persons and communities in a sensitive and participatory manner.
- Communication Skills: Well developed written and oral communication skills. Able to communicate clearly and sensitively with internal and external stakeholders as a representative of Plan International. This includes effective negotiation and representation skills.
- Commitment to child protection, gender equality and participation.
- Fluency in French and English.
- Commitment and adherence to humanitarian values and standards, cross-culturally agile
- Aware of own strengths, weaknesses and pro-active in using feedback and self-development
- Works with trustworthiness and integrity and has a clear commitment to Plan International’s core values and humanitarian principles
- Resilience/Adaptability and flexibility: Ability to operate effectively under extreme circumstances including stress, high security risks and harsh living conditions. Works and lives with a flexible, adaptable and resilient manner.
- Awareness and sensitivity of self and others: Demonstrates awareness and sensitivity to gender and diversity. Have experience and the ability to live and work in diverse cultural contexts in a culturally appropriate manner. Has a capacity to make accurate self-assessment particularly in high stress and high security contexts.
- Patient, adaptable, flexible, able to improvise and remain responsive under pressure.
- Preparedness to live and work in uncertain security environments.
- Experience working in conflict or emergency-affected areas (or other situations where insecurity and corruption can be big issues)
- Commitment to and skills in capacity building – together with the ability to assess and coach others.
- Physical Environment and Demands:
May be “typical office environment”; note if heavy lifting, climbing, excess travel, etc.
• Work both at the office and in the field
• Frequent field visits: The Monitoring & Evaluation Officer will spend at least 60% of his time on the field in the context of the implementation of M&E activities
• Periods of intense work at all times of day.
• Working in multiple locations and on the move.
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
- We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential
- We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace
- We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and to change their own lives.
Closing Date: 18th October 2022
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.
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