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MEAL Lead – FCDO Foundational Learning for Girls Programme (FLAG)


  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Kampala
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Education, Learning and Training
    • Monitoring and Evaluation
    • Children's rights (health and protection)
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date:
The IRC established programming in Uganda in 1998 to address the needs of South Sudanese refugees in Northern Uganda. Concurrently, programming was scaled up in response to the estimated 1.8 million Ugandans, who had been forced to flee their homes because of the conflict in Northern Uganda. Today, IRC maintains a presence in six geographic locations; Kampala, Karamoja, West Nile, Acholi and more recently Isingrio and Kyegegwea districts in the southwest of the country, serving conflict-affected and underserved Ugandan communities and offering lifesaving and recovery services to refugees. 
Background and objectives of FLAG
FLAG will:
Support improved foundational skills (literacy and numeracy), for both: 
 In-school children who are at risk of dropping out and to keep them in school; and 
Out-of-school children, with the aim of them returning to school. 
Deliver directly training, equipping and paying facilitators to deliver lessons, using a TaRL (Teaching at the Right Level) and structured lesson plan approach.
This builds on a Community Led Learning (CLL) approach currently being delivered under SESIL reaching about 100,000 children currently enrolled. 
Will also seek to generate evidence to encourage Government of Uganda (GoU) and others to scale up effective approaches to catch-up and remedial learning.

Scope of Work
The Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Lead is senior position which requires outstanding leadership, strategic thinking, and organizational, team-building and representational skills. As a member of the Project’s Senior Management Team, the MEL Lead will be responsible for developing and implementing the project’s MEL strategy, in accordance with IRC, DFID, and international best practice. The MEL Lead will work closely with the Project Director and technical staff to ensure that relevant data is collected, analyzed, and used to inform management and design decisions, and to provide project updates, as required. 
Job Responsibilities:
Develop and manage a monitoring and evaluation system across all project components that leverages qualitative and quantitative methods, and draws from a variety of data sources to measure progress and evaluate impact, as well as support collaboration, learning, and adaptation; 
Communicate information obtained through M&E activities to program staff, and external stakeholders, including FCDO, to enable informed decision making; 
Ensure data collection process is functioning in all activity locations to provide quality, timely data;  
Regularly review data collection processes, perform data quality assessments, and make adjustments as needed; 
Conduct regular visits to project sites, as possible, to provide technical assistance and ensure proper monitoring of project activities; 
Produce M&E monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual reports, as needed and on-time.
Also contribute to IRC staff and partners’ capacity building on MEL best practices.

Advanced degree (master’s or doctorate) from an accredited university in social science, international development, evaluation research, statistics, or a related discipline required; equivalent experience may be substituted for graduate degree;
Minimum of 10 years of experience in MEL for similar Education programming. Experience with projects designed to improve education in Uganda preferred;
Significant previous experience carrying out M&E activities in hard-to-reach provinces and districts, preferably for FCDO;
Experience working in Uganda on Education programming
Strong negotiation skills and the ability to develop relations with local counterparts, donors, and other stakeholders;
Strong communication skills, both oral and written;
Fluency in English required

Please note that the JD is high level and indicative only at this stage and may be subject to change once the Terms of Reference for the programme is released and as the opportunity develops. This position will be contingent on the outcome of the bid.

Safety & Security Situation: All staff must comply with all IRC Uganda by security policies and procedures. 
Standards for Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct.  These are Integrity, Equality, Service, and Accountability.  In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer IRC considers all applicants based on merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.  


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