International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Director

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Job Description

The IRC has a well-structured operational base in South Sudan. IRC is operating in eight field sites in South Sudan, covering four of the former ten states. With two offices in Northern Bahr el Ghazal (Aweil East and South), four offices in Unity State (Jamjang, Bentiu, Ganyliel and Nyal), one office in Rumbek town covering the whole of Lakes, and one field office in Central Equatoria (Juba) for urban programming together with the South Sudan Country program office. The IRC has been one of the largest providers of aid in the region of South Sudan for over 25 years, delivering Emergency relief and post-conflict assistance since 1989. Today, the IRC provides services for more than 900,000 people across the country, delivering lifesaving care and life-changing assistance.

Position Summary

IRC is seeking a Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Director for an anticipated USAID-funded Integrated Youth Support Activity (IYSA) in South Sudan. The three-year IYSA will implement a Youth Corps model and support South Sudanese communities to develop, promote and strengthen the skills and assets of youth, and to create an enabling environment for the youth to be productive and positively contribute to their communities. IYSA will support and empower at-risk and out-of-school youth to gain the necessary skills they need to lead productive lives, gain employment, and positively contribute to their communities by 1) Increasing access to functional literacy, numeracy, soft skills, and life skills programs for at-risk and out of school youth, 2) Expanding entrepreneurial, employment and vocational opportunities for youth; 3) Empowering adolescent and youth to make informed reproductive health decisions; 4) Improving Conflict Resolution skills and engagement needed to enable youth to peacefully pursue livelihood opportunities.

The MEAL Director will be responsible for developing and implementing the project’s MEAL Strategy, in accordance with IRC, USAID, and international best practice. The MEAL Director will work closely with the COP and technical staff to ensure that relevant data is collected, analyzed, and used to inform management and Design decision, and to provide project updates, as required This position is contingent on the IRC being awarded funding and is anticipated to begin in 2022.

Job Responsibilities

1. Strategic & Leadership

· Develop, manage and implement a monitoring and evaluation strategy for the project, including a 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.

· Participate and provide input to program strategy, including necessary adjustments or refinements to the work plan.

· Prepare the MEAL section of the annual work plans, and of review or updates of it, as needed.

· Effectively represent the Program at MEAL Coordination meetings and forums.

2. Technical role

· Hire, train, supervise and mentor the project’s MEAL team. Reinforce or build their capacities on Data Collection, quality assurance, Analysis, interpretation, and use.

· Communicate information obtained through MEAL activities to program staff, and external stakeholders, including USAID, to enable informed decision making.

· Develop and ensure compliance with procedures for collection and reporting of program performance data to provide quality and timely data.

· Regularly review data collection processes, perform Data Quality assessments, and adjust as needed.

· Oversee baseline and endline surveys and assessments and ensure the MEAL system’s functionality on a day-to-day basis.

· Conduct regular visits to project sites to provide on-site technical assistance and ensure proper monitoring of project activities.

Requirements

· Advanced degree (PhD or MA) 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 seven years of experience in MEAL experience on multi-million-dollar humanitarian or Development Projects in crisis contexts.

· Significant previous experience carrying out MEAL activities in conflict or crisis situations, preferably for USAID.

· Experience with USAID’s collaborating, learning, and adapting (CLA) approach preferred · Experience working in the South Sudan or within the East African region economic recovery and Positive Youth Development programming.

· Experience developing performance monitoring plans and associated data collection-analysis-presentation systems. In addition: proven experience in implementing surveys/ assessments/ evaluations.

· Utilize statistical software systems such as SPSS or STATA. Ability to use and mainstream ODK based mobile data collection software, such as Kobo Collect and CommCare.

· 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, and Arabic-preferred The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in IRC Way - Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, Equality 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, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

WOMEN, MINORITIES AND PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY.
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