Monitoring & Evaluation Manager

Job
from Creative Associates International
Closing date: 19 Jan 2018

Project Summary:

The Department of State’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs (NEA) one-year Supporting Moderate Education in Syria (SMES) will focus on increasing equitable access to educational opportunities; assist youth in overcoming fear and personal security concerns through psychosocial support; strengthen the capacity of education directorates and other education actors (including teachers) to deliver education services; promote a unified education system in Syria; support moderate, secular, inclusive and safe education; and provide safe and adequate school structures for children.

Reporting & Supervision:

This position reports to the Berlin-based Team Lead with regular coordination with the DC-based HQ M&E.

Primary Responsibilities:

Monitoring

  • Oversees the development of all monitoring and evaluation deliverables;
  • Manages all aspects of M&E data collection, analysis and reporting on performance indicators by project team members and project counterparts;
  • Develops, tracks and updates the Results Monitoring Plan (RMP) to monitor the achievement of indicator targets and examine project progress towards desired outcomes and impact;
  • Contributes to writing monthly technical reports to NEA and serve as point of contact on all NEA M&E requests
  • Manages all inputs and changes to the Theory of Change and RMP including setting out specific quantifiable performance indicators and targets for overall objectives;
  • Establishes/refines monitoring systems and tools to measure project progress;
  • Develops/refines methodology for field data collection, surveys and survey instruments;
  • Ensures that relevant M&E data and information is uploaded into the project Knowledge Management System and the Creative’s M&E database in a timely manner; and
  • Utilizes critical inputs, feedback, and assessments from evaluation partners to inform changes in program approaches and scale-up.

Data Collection and Evaluation

  • Coordinate evaluations with partners and vendors, as provided in project documents and operations research, including design, data collection, management and analysis;
  • Work with field officers inside Syria to collect information from field based interviews and/or focus groups with beneficiaries;
  • Conduct data analysis and write research reports; and
  • Ensure quality of data collected through periodic verification procedures including routine data quality audits.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree—MA preferred—in social sciences, economics, international development, evaluation research, statistics, or a related field;
  • At least 8 years of experience in designing, managing and implementing results-based M&E activities;
  • Experience working, living and/or researching Syria desired;
  • Experience analyzing quantitative and qualitative data;
  • Experience designing and conducting key informant interviews and focus groups;
  • Experience managing and designing of remote monitoring methodologies in a conflict setting, especially related to education, desired;
  • Experience working with an international development organization and knowledge of reporting procedures, USG cooperative agreements and grant regulations, best practices, guidelines and tools for monitoring and evaluation, especially impact evaluation;
  • Strong technical skills, including ability to process and analyze data using one or more statistical software packages, including at least one of the following: SPSS, Epi-Info, Stata, MS Access
  • Proven experience filling out Results Monitoring Plans (RMPs)
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with donors, host-country counterparts and other key stakeholders
  • Excellent reporting skills, including in English
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and presentation skills in English
  • Arabic language required
  • Proficiency in word processing and Microsoft Office.