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ECD Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Officer

Jordan (Jordan)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Jordan (Jordan)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-02

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Requisition ID: req8168

Job Title: ECD Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning Officer

Sector: Monitoring & Evaluation

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Jordan

Job Description

Background:

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC works with people forced to flee from war, conflict and disaster and the host communities that support them, as well as with those who remain within their homes and communities. At-work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. IRC reaches over a million children annually with education and child protection programs in 25 countries around the world.

In response to the influx of Syrian refugees to Jordan in mid-2012, IRC opened a country office and launched humanitarian assistance programming. IRC operates throughout Jordan, with the main office in Amman and a field office in Mafraq. IRC’s programs assist Syrian refugees and vulnerable Jordanians in host communities across multiple sectors: education, livelihoods, protection, women's protection and empowerment and child protection in close coordination with the Jordanian Government and broader Humanitarian Community.

High-quality Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs provide the foundation for children’s future academic success, health, prosperity and wellbeing. A large body of scientific evidence emphasizes the need for increased investment in early childhood, particularly for children experiencing conflict, crisis and displacement; these children are extremely vulnerable to the long-lasting effects that prolonged stress has on the developing brain.

In December 2017, Sesame Workshop and the IRC were awarded the MacArthur Foundation’s inaugural 100&Change grant to make real progress toward solving a critical problem of our time. With the extraordinary investment of $100 million, our partnership will transform the language, early reading, math, and social-emotional skills of a generation of children ages 0-8 affected by the Syrian war. Focusing on children in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria over the next five years, the inclusive plan combines the depth of in-person services, reaching 1.5 million children, with the breadth of mass media, reaching 9.4 million children. For more information, please visit: http://refugee.sesameinternational.org/.

Scope of work:

The ECD Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Officer will be leading the M&E data collection, data quality checks, compiling M&E reports, and supervising 3 M&E staff members, under the supervision of the ECD Senior Research, Monitoring, and Learning (RMEL) Manager. The Senior M&E Officer will collaborate with the Jordan ECD Senior Research, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (RMEL) Manager and the Regional Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Manager to implement all aspects of the Ahlan Simsim project M&E plan. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience in M&E and managing teams to product high quality M&E data. The ideal candidate must also have excellent communication and collaboration skills as ECD activities are integrated into IRC’s activities in other sectors such as Health, Women’s Protection and Empowerment (WPE), and Child Protection (CP). Therefore coordinating M&E planning, data collection, and sharing of M&E data with the Health, WPE, CP, and other relevant IRC teams is an essential part of the ECD Senior MEL Officer’s role. Senior MEL Officer must be highly organized, detail-oriented, flexible, and proactive, with demonstrated experienced in designing and successfully implementing written work plans for M&E, as well as revising plans as needed to adjust to a dynamic context

Main Responsibilities:

Planning and Management

  • Contribute to written work plans and data flow diagrams for M&E data collection, reporting, learning meetings, and data quality assessments;
  • Contribute to communicating M&E plans and results to the Jordan ECD team and IRC partners;
  • Manage day-to-day tasks, annual goal setting and performance review, and professional development of three ECD M&E Assistants;
  • In collaboration with the ECD Senior RMEL Manager, proactively coordinate with program staff from IRC’s ECD, Health, CP, and WPE teams, as well as IRC Jordan partners, to ensure that M&E data collection and reporting are aligned with activity implementation schedules. Adjust research and M&E work plan as needed to align with any changes in activity schedules;
  • Travel on a frequent basis to Mafraq, Irbid, and Ramtha, Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps for staff research and M&E training, management of research and M&E data collection, data quality assessments, and other tasks as needed; depending on activity schedule, travel frequency may change throughout the year (sometimes weekly, sometimes monthly).
  • Maintain open and professional relations with team members, promoting a strong team spirit and providing oversight and guidance to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions;
  • In all M&E activities, follow IRC’s Monitoring for Action standards for data quality, information management, and use of data for programmatic decisionmaking;
  • Adhere to and act in accordance with the IRC Global HR Policies and Procedures.

Data Collection and Information Management

  • Train ECD M&E staff and IRC Jordan program staff on M&E data collection tools (using Commcare software) and processes;
  • Manage M&E data collection processes in the field on a daily basis, to ensure that M&E data collection is accurate, complete, timely, and standardized according to the Ahlan Simsim M&E plan;
  • Manage regular data quality assessments according to process agreed upon with ECD Senior RMEL Manager. If any mistakes are found in data, report them to the ECD Senior RMEL Manager and contribute to correcting the data as needed;
  • Update ECD Senior RMEL Manager on any challenges in M&E data collection or feedback from field teams on data collection tools and processes;
  • Contribute to design and management of the ECD information management system (which is built and maintained by IRC Jordan IM Manager and the IRC Jordan ECD IM and Monitoring Officer);
  • Travel on a frequent basis to Mafraq, Irbid, and Ramtha, Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps for staff research and M&E training, management of research and M&E data collection, data quality assessments, and other tasks as needed; depending on activity schedule, travel frequency may change throughout the year (sometimes weekly, sometimes monthly).
  • Analysis, Reporting, and Learning
  • Conduct analysis of ECD M&E data, aggregating data from ECD activities across sectors in Jordan, using Excel, Stata, or other similar data analysis software;
  • Create monthly reports of M&E data and indicators to share with Regional Ahlan Simsim team and Jordan ECD team, as well as bi-annual reports of M&E data for donor reporting;
  • In collaboration with ECD Senior RMEL Manager, ensure that all M&E numbers in IRC internal reports, donor reports, and the Ahlan Simsim PowerBI dashboard are accurate and consistent;
  • Contribute to organizing regularly learning meetings with IRC program and partner staff, to share M&E data.

Key Working Relationships:

Position Reports to: IRC Jordan ECD Senior RMEL Manager

Position directly supervises:3 M&E Assistants: enumerators/data collectors.

Other Internal and/or external contacts:

Internal: The position closely works with the Research Manager and ECD managers and officers to communicate M&E plans, activities, and results, and coordinate M&E data collection with activity implementation.


Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree in International Development, Computer Science, Statistics, Social Sciences, Industrial Engineering, Business administration or related field;
  • At least 3 years of relevant work experience in M&E;
  • At least 1 year of people management experience;
  • experience in developing quantitative and qualitative data collection tools for research and M&E (e.g. surveys, structured observations, focus group discussions);
  • Experience and knowledge in analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Strong computer literacy, including proficiency in Microsoft Office (Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Experience managing and conducting electronic data collection, using ODK or ODK-based softwares (ONA, KOBO), Commcare, CSPro, or other similar tools;
  • Excellent data cleaning and analysis skills using Excel, Stata, or other similar software;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills, creativity and flexibility.
  • Strong ability to work independently, organize work, meet deadlines, maintain composure, prioritize work under pressure, coordinate multiple tasks and maintain attention to detail.
  • Personal qualities: works well in and promotes teamwork, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment, flexible, sense of humor, ability to work across various teams and stakeholders, and able to handle pressure well.
  • Fluency in Arabic and English, written and oral.

Preferred:

Experience using Commcare for data collection;

Experience in training and building capacity of teams;

Experience in M&E related to education and/or early childhood development (including collecting data from young children).

Working Environment:

The position is based in Amman, with frequent travel to Mafraq, Irbid, and Ramtha, as well as Za’atari and Azraq refugee camps.

WOMEN OF ALL BACKGROUNDS ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY


 

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