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International Rescue Committee - IRC

International Rescue Committee - IRC

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Position: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director
Job Time: Full-Time
Job Type: Contract
Place of Work: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Nairobi, Nairobi Municipality, Kenya - Abuja, Federal Capital, Nigeria - Ethiopia
Posted date: 6 months ago
Deadline: Submition date is over

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee’s mission is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded over 80 years ago, the IRC is a leading humanitarian and development organization with a presence in more than 40 countries. Across contexts, the IRC is committed to delivering innovative, high-impact programs tailored to the needs of communities affected by crises.

Position Summary:

IRC is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Director for an anticipated multi-million-dollar Department of Health CDC Strengthening Immunization Program Implementation in Sub-National Consequential Geographies opportunity. The aim of this program is to provide immunization services (identify and vaccinate zero- and under-dose children, support polio eradication, measles mortality reduction and regional measles and rubella elimination, hepatitis B and maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination, and other vaccine-preventable diseases surveillance); support global laboratory networks for polio and measles/rubella; support planning and implementation of supplemental immunization campaigns; and support the strengthening of immunization delivery systems and capacities in high priority countries.

The MEL Director will have overall responsibility for outlining the program’s monitoring, evaluation, accountability, and learning agenda in collaboration with research partners and IRC country program staff. S/He will develop the M&E and accountability systems including the design of indicators, data collection tools, data quality controls and analysis, feedback and reporting mechanisms. The MEL Director will oversee the project’s learning agenda and take responsibility for dissemination strategies. This position will lead a team responsible for implementing M&E and accountability protocols in the country(s) where the project will operate. S/He will oversee a portfolio of field-based implementation research or evaluations and learning that may be led by IRC researchers or research partners.

The MEL Director will work closely with the Project Director, Deputy Programme 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.

The position will be based in any of the following locations: Abuja, Nigeria, Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, Nairobi, Kenya. Recruitment is contingent upon the successful award of the project, and the selection of the final applicant is subject to CDC approval. The project is anticipated to begin in June 2024.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop, manage and oversee the implementation of a monitoring and evaluation system (performance monitoring plan) across multiple countries and partners 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, implementation science, learning, and adaptation.
  • Provide strategic leadership to ensure the following is accomplished:
  • Provide training, assistance, and consultation, as needed, on the interpretation and use of performance benchmarking measures, indicators, and reports.
  • Lead collection of periodic data reports and compilation of narrative reports and submit to the Program Director and Deputy Program Director.
  • Ensure the effective use of technology in the development of monitoring and evaluation systems.
  • Communicate information obtained through MEL activities to program staff, and external stakeholders, including CDC, to enable informed decision-making.
  • Develop and ensure compliance with procedures for collection and reporting of project and program performance data to provide quality, timely data.
  • Strengthen capacity on interpretation and use of performance benchmarking measures, indicators, and program learning to consortium staff and MoH counterparts.
  • Develop and ensure compliance with procedures for collection and reporting of project and program performance and feedback data and to provide quality, timely, and complete data and reports.
  • Regularly review data collection processes, perform data quality assessments, and adjust as needed.
  • Prepare the M&E and accountability section of the annual work plans, and review it as needed.
  • Prepare the MEL section of the annual work plans, and of review or update of it, as needed.
  • Oversee baseline surveys and assessments and the implementation of the MEL system on a day-to-day basis.
  • Lead mid-term and final evaluations to inform project and programming decisions.
  • Prepare inputs for regular and ad hoc reports.
  • Participate and provide input to program strategy, including necessary adjustments or refinements to the work plan.
  • Participate and provide input to program strategy, including necessary adjustments or refinements to the work plan.
  • Conduct regular visits to project sites, as possible, to provide technical assistance and ensure proper monitoring of project activities.
  • Lead learning agenda for the project and support integration of evidence into routine practice.
  • Provide direction and oversight for all MEL staff.

Requirements:

  • Advanced degree (PhD or master's degree) from an accredited university in public health, statistics or other related field; equivalent experience may be substituted for a graduate degree
  • At least 7 years’ experience in monitoring and evaluation, including experience in last mile immunization is required; at least five years working on M&E or in low and middle-income countries is required; at least two year of field experience in humanitarian or low-resource settings is required.
  • Demonstrated innovation and success in staff capacity-building and in participatory, flexible, and gender-sensitive programming and implementation.
  • Demonstrated management experience, including managing direct management of a geographically diverse team, and indirect oversight of partners' work.
  • Experience with leading multi-million/multi-year CDC, USAID, FCDO or other Institutional Donor funded, standalone projects.
  • Experience developing trigger monitoring tools, performance monitoring plans and associated data collection tools, systems and methodologies.
  • Demonstrated experience in the use of qualitative and quantitative methods for data analysis.
  • Experience working on Health and Immunization programming in fragile contexts, including familiarity with Immunization standards and approaches.
  • 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 is required.

Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Accountability and Equality. 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 Anti-Retaliation and Combating Trafficking in Persons

Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols, and other supportive benefits and allowances

Equal Opportunity Employer: IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.