Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Manager
The USAID Uganda Feed the Future Water and Food Systems for Resilient Communities Activity (FTF WFSRCA) is a five year activity (2023-2028) that aims to inclusively and equitably improve food and water security in the Kyoga Basin in northeastern Uganda, specifically three watersheds – Lokok, Awoja, and Lokere, by empowering individuals and communities to mitigate and adapt to shocks and stressors in order to improve livelihoods, maintain nutrition and health wellbeing, address drivers of conflict, and reduce reliance on humanitarian assistance. This area is home to nomadic pastoralists whose livelihoods are at risk due to violent cattle raiding and the effects of climate change (drought and flooding). This part of Uganda also suffers from fragmented markets, chronic underinvestment in public services, and a lack of private sector investment. This Activity is aligned with the Water and Development II (WADI II) scope to access critical technical services in support of the U.S. Government’s Global Water Strategy, Global Food Security and Strategy Refresh, Agency Climate Strategy, and the President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience; and is a cornerstone of the USAID Uganda (2022) Country Development Cooperation Strategy Development Objective (DO) 2, Resilient Growth Enhanced. The activity aims therefore aims to achieve results under the following development objectives:
- Improve water supply and integrated water resource management.
- Increase equitable access to sanitation and hygiene services for households and schools.
- Improved agriculture-based livelihoods.
- Increased consumption of nutritious foods among women and children.
- Expanded access to financial resources for women, men, youth, indigenous people, and marginalized groups.
- Improve local capacity to manage shocks and stressors.
FtF WFSRCA will enhance market systems, strengthen relevant institutions, expand access to climate-resilient services, and—in two of the most vulnerable of the 20 districts covered by the activity—employ “graduation” approaches to assist the ultra-poor. These initiatives will incorporate conflict sensitivity, local leadership, climate change adaptation, and approaches inclusive of women, youth, the elderly, persons with disabilities, and indigenous groups.
The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Manager will design and manage systems for data collection, monitoring and evaluation (M&E), and knowledge management (KM). S/he will ensure that the Project team generates data and learns from Project activities on an ongoing basis to identify the highest return opportunities, ensure effective KM, inform the activity’s adaptive management approach, and improve activity accountability and effectiveness. S/he will directly supervise three MEL Assistants.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
In order to achieve the results identified in the SOW, the MEL Manager will work in collaboration with other Component Leads, technical staff, Resource Partners, and STTA to carry out a variety of activities under the MEL component, and have the following specific responsibilities:
- Oversee development of the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Plan and M&E system.
- Develop and oversee the Program knowledge management strategy, including development and dissemination of materials.
- Design evidence‐based approach to test new approaches, assess best practices and capture learning to enable scale-up.
- Develop learning agenda, including answering and assessing learning questions.
- Design and lead rigorous baseline and specialized assessments of technical activities to determine efficacy of proposed interventions and measure Project impact.
- Support M&E and technical teams to develop activity indicators and environmental earmark requirements, and targets and gather quantitative and qualitative data related to those indicators and targets.
- Ensure the disaggregation of data as required and the appropriate measurement gender, equity and youth goals.
- Work with technical teams to develop appropriate M&E plans for each activity during implementation.
- Conduct participatory M&E of technical field activities to measure quantitative as well as qualitative impact.
- Lead M&E and performance management reporting.
- Contribute, as needed to the work of other Components in designing appropriate sector monitoring systems and integrating data for decision-making.
- Contribute to, and participate in, project reporting, events, and learning activities – particularly the Annual Pause and Reflect sessions.
- Directly supervise three MEL Assistants.
- Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field. Advanced degree in statistics, sociology, demographics, or other field related to monitoring and evaluation.
- At least 9 years of experience in monitoring, evaluation and learning of donor funded development activities, including implementation of baseline and midline surveys and managing large M&E databases.
- Demonstrated knowledge of USAID MEL requirements and reporting protocols preferred.
- Experience in development and implementation of learning agendas, including knowledge management and documentation learning,
- Prior work experience in Uganda.
- Professional proficiency in English is required, and proficiency in local languages is preferred.
- Proficiency in statistical software.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to supervise and coach up to three MEL Assistants.
- Attention to detail, able to manage one’s work, take initiative, set schedules and meet deadlines without close supervision.
- Ability to communicate findings to a range of external and internal stakeholders and apply MEL results and learning to planning.
The MEL Manager will report to the MEL Director.
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