Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager, Nepal
*Position is contigent upon funding and donor approval.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
The Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) Manager has overall responsibility for providing coordination and leadership for monitoring and evaluation of the project. This person will carry out both for mative (pre-intervention) and summative research (post-intervention). While post-project research will sum up the Project’s accomplishments in accurate, objective way, the research carried out during the project is meant to contribute to Project success. M&E is an essential management tool, allowing Project leaders to assess progress against benchmarks and make changes that improve outcomes and move toward success. The project is designed to achieve definite objectives, and M&E will be essential to reaching those objectives by monitoring progress at regular intervals. As such the M&E Manager is a key part of the Project Management team.
Plan and oversee M&E activities ensuring effective use data in decision-making:
Setting up the system.
Develop the overall framework for project M&E in accordance to the project and document M&E plan.
Conduct readiness assessment regarding M&E. What are the incentives at the system level, which are the beneficiaries, what is the existing capacity.
Identify the core information needs of central project management, partners, and funding agencies.
Identify the requirement for collecting baseline data, prepare terms-of-reference for and arrange the conduct of a baseline survey, as required.
Clarify M&E responsibilities of different project personnel.
Contribute to the development of the annual work plan, ensuring alignment with project strategy, agreement on annual targets and inclusion of M&E activates in the work plan.
Clarify process for monitoring and evaluations on sub-grantees.
Prepare detail M&E budget.
Prepare calendar of M&E activities.
Identify other M&E staff that the project needs to contract. Guide recruitment.
Implementation of M&E:
Oversee and execute M&E activities included in the Annual Work Plan, with particular focus on results and impacts as well as in lesson learning.
Based on the annual work plan and in particular the programs budgets, design the framework for the physical and process monitoring of project activities.
Promote a results-based approach to monitoring and evaluation, emphasizing results and impacts.
Assist in the development of project reports. Guide staff and executing partners in preparing their progress reports in accordance with approved reporting formats and ensure their timely submission. This includes quarterly progress reports, annual project reports, inception reports, and ad-hoc technical reports.
Prepare consolidation progress reports for project management including identification of problems, causes of potential bottlenecks in the project implementation, and providing specific recommendations.
Check that monitoring data are discussed in the appropriate forum and in a timely fashion in terms of implications of future action. If necessary create such discussion forums to fill any gaps.
Undertake regular visits to the field to support implementation of M&E and to identify where adaptations might be needed.
Foster participatory planning and monitoring by training and involving primary stakeholder groups in the M&E of activities.
Facilitate, act as resource person, and join if required any external supervision and evaluation missions.
Monitor the follow up of evaluation recommendations.
Identify the need and draw up the ToRs for specific project studies. Recruit, guide and supervise consultants or organizations that are contracted to implement special surveys and studies required for evaluating project effects and impacts.
Organize (and provide) refresher training in M&E for project and implementing partner staff, local organizations and primary stakeholders with view of developing local M&E capacity.
Design and implement a system to identify, analyze, document and disseminate lessons learned.
Consolidate a culture of lessons learning involving all project staff and allocate specific responsibilities.
Ensure that ToR for consultants recruited by the project also incorporate mechanisms to capture and share lessons learned through their inputs to the project, and to ensure that the results are reflected in the reporting system described above.
Document, package and disseminate lessons not less frequently than once every 12 months.
Facilitate exchange of experiences by supporting and coordinating participation in any existing network projects sharing common characteristics. These networks would largely function on the basis of an electronic platform but could also entail other methods and tools such as workshops, teleconferences, etc.
Identify and participate in additional networks, for example scientific or policy-based networks that may also yield lessons that can benefit project implementation.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
A Master’s degree in epidemiology, statistics, research methods or related field or a Bachelor’s degree and 3-years of experience, in addition to the 5-years outlined below.
At least 5 years of working in health activities on monitoring, evaluation and research methods with increasing levels of responsibility in Asia and preferably in Nepal.
Experience in monitoring and evaluation work for in large, complex, and multifaceted health development activities
Demonstrated ability to articulate technical information clearly and effectively and in flexible and adaptive programming
Proven written and oral presentation skills in English.
The M&E Specialist will have demonstrated skills in gathering reliable data from populations in developing countries and in presenting data to decision-makers as a part of a management process. To accomplish this, the M&E Manager should have at least several years of proven experience with:
The logical framework approach and other strategic planning approaches.
M&E methods and approaches (including quantitative, qualitative and participatory).
Planning, design and implementation of M&E systems, tools, and guides.
Training in M&E development and implementation and/or facilitating learning-oriented analysis sessions of M&E data with multiple stakeholders.
Data and information analysis.
A solid understanding of environmental management, with a focus on participatory processes, joint management, and gender issues.
Familiarity with and a supportive attitude towards processes of strengthening local organizations and building local capacities for self-management.
Willingness to undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders, especially primary stakeholders.
Leadership qualities, personnel and team management (including mediation and conflict resolution).
Language skills as required.
Research skills — surveys, focus groups, knowledge, practice and coverage studies — data analysis, and how to make effective presentations. Knowledge of EPHNFO, LQAS, 30-cluster sampling survey methodology, SPSS, and other statistical tools preferred.
This job will require a criminal background check.
Working Environment / Conditions:
Standard office environment. Frequent international travel required; must be willing to travel and work for periods of time to field project sites, including rural sites with few amenities.