MONITORING EVALUATION AND LEARNING ADVISOR
Atlanta (United States of America)
CARE is an international NGO with local staff and community partners in more than 90 countries. We create local solutions to poverty and inequality and we seek dignity for everyone every day and during times of crisis. These solutions have a broad range, from clean water to access to education; from microfinance to ensuring that everyone has nutritious food; from agriculture and climate change to disaster response. CARE puts women and girls at the center of everything we do because they have proven to be the best hope for creating lasting change in the world. Our staff live where they work, which makes us effective at understanding the challenges they face. We’ve been doing this for over 70 years, since World War II. It started with the world’s first CARE Package® of food for the post-war hungry in Europe. Our work today is as important as ever, we believe that poverty and inequality are historic injustices that we can end within a generation, for good. If you share our core beliefs: poverty is an injustice; poverty is solvable; and together, we have the power to end it, join us, and fight with CARE.
Addressing barriers to gender equality is at the center of CARE’s 2030 Vision, increasing women’s and girls’ voice, leadership and education. CARE’s education programming seeks to strengthen adolescent empowerment programming through the application of gender-transformative practices at school and community levels; enhance learning outcomes, particularly for marginalized girls; and facilitate cross-learning and knowledge generation to maximize the impact of education programs. Therefore, impact measurement, learning and knowledge generation are critical components of CARE’s work in education and of our organizational mandate under the 2030 Vision.
The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor will contribute directly to the implementation of rigorous impact measurement processes in education programming, identifying key learnings and working with teams across CARE to use evidence for adaptive management, maximizing impact. This position will also contribute directly to the mandate of the Programs Division, which the Education Team is part of, sharing learning from education programs and best practices in measurement with other technical teams (Food and Water Systems; Gender Justice; Health Equity and Rights; Humanitarian) in order to increase organizational capacity on adolescent-focused programming.
The MEL Advisor we are seeking must have experience with both quantitative and qualitative analysis and the demonstrated ability to analyze complex data sets and communicate findings. This person must also have field experience in developing countries and strong writing skills in English.
- Technical assistance on MEL and research design/ implementation of complex MEL systems and research-focused projects, contributing to test theories of change and measuring the impact of CARE’s education initiatives
- Work with country office staff to co-design monitoring tools and review evaluation instruments designed by consultants; ensure quality control and adherence to organizational standards during data collection processes, including guidance to local staff and consultants; conduct complex data analysis in an independent manner, using a mixed methods approach; and build the capacity of country office staff and partners on MEL
- Identify, document and disseminate impact results and learning from education and adolescent empowerment projects
- Prepare knowledge products showcasing project results and contribute to cross-sectoral publications and reports prepared jointly with external partners
- Working in cooperation with country office teams, identify areas of interest for documentation in line with the Education Team’ Learning Agenda and project-specific learning questions
- Resource Mobilization: collaborate with team members on the preparation of proposal sections on MEL and summaries of impact results and best practices for use in resource mobilization efforts
- Education Team membership, including but not limited to the participation in unit and cluster-level planning; participation in consultative meetings organized by the Program Unit and other CARE departments; contribution to the design of a new sector strategy; support to team-wide learning; participation in regular meetings; contribution to ongoing team dialogues on technical themes, wellness and organizational evolution
- Master’s Degree in Social Sciences, Education, Public Health, Sociology or other relevant field (PhD preferred)
- Training on quantitative data analysis and use of mixed methods, or demonstrated experience in their use in education programming
- Excellent writing skills in English (writing samples will be required)
- Experience in aggregating, reporting and communicating impact data, particularly for large scale, rigorously evaluated education programs
- At least 3-5 years of professional experience in research and advanced quantitative data analysis, particularly for education/adolescent-focused programming or related development areas
- Field experience in international settings is required; MEL experience in development programs in fragile contexts is strongly preferred
- Proficiency in the use of statistical analysis packages (SPSS, STATA, SAS, R)
- Experience in the setup and implementation of large scale, rigorously evaluated education programs
- Experience in the setup and use of electronic data collection (ONA, Kobo, ODK, etc)
- Experience and sound understanding of gender-transformative approaches to development
- Experience in design of assessment tools and participatory tools for use with children/ adolescents
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate with diverse teams and effectively communicate new, complex and/or sensitive topics
- Strong understanding of areas of interest and aid trends across different donors, including USAID; UKAID; EU; DFAT
- Fluency in a second language is a plus
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