Title: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Advisor
Location: Yaounde, Cameroon or Nairobi, Kenya
Contract: 2year fixed term contract
Salary: Local Terms and Conditions apply
About the role
As the MEL Advisor you will be responsible for providing sound technical advice and guidance to improve the quality of our programmes and Sightsavers impact, particularly in respect of inclusion of marginalised communities. As part of the global Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) team the MEL Advisor will focus on evaluability and identify, test, review, implement and share MEL approaches that are in line with our increasing portfolio in disability and social inclusion across Africa and Asia. The role includes further developing Sightsavers’ qualitative outcome monitoring approach and delivering high quality and participatory data collection, analysis, and evidence of what’s working in our programmes.
The post holder is expected to travel up to 12 weeks a year locally and internationally. The role offers flexible working from home and the office.
The MEL Advisor key duties and accountabilities include:
- Leading on the strengthening and design of innovative and participatory monitoring and evaluation methodologies and tools to assess outcomes and impact of programmes; support the integration of successful approaches in routine MEL practice.
- Leading on the piloting, implementation and revision of Sightsavers MEL approaches in existing and new projects and support the global MEL team to implement new tools.
- Strengthen the use of Theories of Change (ToC) within projects through participating in their development and ensuring clear relationships between ToC and baselines and endlines.
- Provide technical support to logframe development during the project design process, particularly for social inclusion and inclusive education projects.
- Contribute to project MEL planning and organisational learning by generating evidence of progress and lessons learnt, disseminating and sharing learning and promoting uptake of learning.
- Lead Country and Global teams to conduct evidence generation activities to support strategic direction including, project baseline, annual and endline data collection, analysis and learning
- Analyse, consolidate and disseminate indicator baseline and endline data, provide technical support to donor reporting when necessary.
- Support the integration of needs and opinions expressed by people and communities we serve.
This is a highly varied and involved role and the above is not an exhaustive list of duties or required professional skills. Please see the Job Description for full details.
As the successful candidate you will posses a degree or equivalent working experience in a relevant filed (e.g. international development, public health, social sciences), have experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning gained within the international development sector, with in-country experience being an asset. You will be committed to principles of inclusion and have excellent verbal and written skills in English.
- Experience in understanding and responding to the complexities of working across multiple countries and continents in an international development organisation.
- Demonstrated ability to effectively prioritise work in a high-pressure environment working to competing deadlines.
- Sound knowledge and demonstrable skills in planning, monitoring and reviewing qualitative outcomes and impact and using outcome focussed approaches
- Demonstrated experience in participatory planning and MEL approaches.
- Experience producing analytical reports and communication materials for a wide range of audiences, particularly using qualitative data.
- Ability to build effective working relationships with internal and external audiences.
- Ability to balance attention to detail with understanding the big picture.
- Ability to conduct capacity building 1-1 or through workshops.
- Fluency in other Sightsavers’ languages e.g. French, Portuguese, Bengali, Kiswahili.
- Experience in MEL for social inclusion and/or education programmes.
- Experience of working within a geographically disbursed team.
- Experience in mentoring and facilitation.
- Experience of working in disability inclusive programmes.
- Experience of planning, monitoring and evaluating flexible and adaptive programmes.
- Experience with qualitative data analysis software.
- Understanding of operational research methodologies and approaches.
- Availability to travel up to 12 weeks a year both locally and overseas.
Closing date: 13 November 2022
Start date: We would like the successful candidate to start by the 9th or 16th of January 2023 in order to be able to attend our annual MEL team meeting in the UK.
We anticipate that remote interviews will take place from the week commencing 28 November 2022 onwards and the evaluation process will likely include a task and two stage interview process.
To apply for this exciting new opportunity, please complete an application via our recruitment portal. We are particularly interested in learning of your motivations for applying.
As an equal opportunity employer, we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Sightsavers is a Disability Confident Leader and qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply.