Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer job at The Trans Youth Initiative

JOB DETAILS:
Reports to: Program Manager
Duty Station: Mbarara (with frequent field travels)
Duration: 3 years

Job Summary
The MEAL Officer will be integral in tracking the progress of the project activities, evaluating their impact, and ensuring that outcomes align with the strategic objectives set forth by the CIAS Project. This role is pivotal in ensuring that our interventions are effective, sustainable, and responsive to the needs of the community we serve. The MEAL Officer will play a crucial role in supporting our mission by ensuring that our programs are effectively monitored and evaluated, that results are systematically tracked and documented, and that learnings are comprehensively integrated into current and future program planning. Timely and quality reporting shall be an over-arching expectation of your day-to-day roles. This role is essential for enhancing the accountability and effectiveness of CIAS and other initiatives.

Major duties and Responsibilities
1. Design and establish a comprehensive MEAL system specifically crafted to the project’s unique objectives, ensuring accurate and timely data collection, analysis, and management. This includes developing indicators and metrics that accurately reflect the project’s impact on gender equality and health rights.

2. Conduct systematic monitoring of all project activities. This involves regular on-site visits and remote data gathering to ensure adherence to planned timelines and outcomes. Document findings and adjust strategies as necessary to enhance project outcomes.
3. Work closely with project teams to interpret MEAL data, ensuring insights are integrated into ongoing project execution. Facilitate regular review meetings to discuss progress against goals, share lessons learned, and make informed decisions to steer project directions effectively.
4. Lead the preparation and delivery of detailed reports and presentations that clearly communicate project successes, challenges, and lessons learned to stakeholders, including donors, project partners, and community members. Ensure these communications are clear, professional, and aligned with the project’s strategic objectives.
5. Provide ongoing support and training to project staff on best practices in MEAL. This includes organizing workshops and training sessions to enhance staff competencies in utilizing MEAL tools effectively and fostering a culture of continuous improvement and data-driven management within the team.
6. Develop and implement data visualization tools and dashboards that allow project staff and stakeholders to understand the progress and impact of the project easily. This will facilitate more effective communication and decision-making based on real-time data.
7. Ensure all MEAL activities comply with national/ international standards and ethical guidelines relevant to the project scope. Regularly review data collection processes and tools to guarantee the accuracy, confidentiality and integrity of the data.
8. Establish and maintain a robust feedback mechanism that captures insights and criticisms from beneficiaries and stakeholders. Use this feedback to refine project activities and increase stakeholder buy-in and satisfaction.
9. Identify potential risks related to the project’s MEAL activities and develop mitigation strategies. Regularly update the risk management plan and communicate potential impacts to project leadership.
10. Develop strategies to ensure the sustainability of project benefits beyond the life of the grant.

RELEVANT QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS & EXPERIENCES
1. A Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences, Public Health, Statistics, or a closely related field. A Master’s degree or specialized training in Monitoring and Evaluation is strongly preferred.
2. At least 4 years of direct experience in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning, specifically in projects focused on gender equality, health rights, or similar fields. Experience in managing MEAL for Global Fund supported projects or other similar international health initiatives is highly valued.
3. Proficiency in both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Skilled in using advanced data analysis software (e.g., SPSS, R, STATA, or NVivo). Capable of designing robust data collection instruments and conducting rigorous data analysis to drive program improvements.
4. Demonstrated experience with the management, reporting, and compliance requirements of Global Fund projects. Familiarity with the operational frameworks, reporting systems, and performance metrics used by the Global Fund.
5. A deep understanding of and commitment to the rights and challenges of the key population communities. The position shall need to regularly liaise with external stakeholders, including donors, government agencies, and other implementing partners, to communicate M&E findings.
6. Demonstrated ability to interpret complex data sets and synthesize them into clear, actionable insights. Expertise in translating MEAL data into strategic initiatives to enhance project outcomes and inform policy-making.
7. Strong planning and project management skills, with a proven track record of managing multiple project components and deadlines efficiently. Experience in setting priorities

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:
a. All positions require deep understanding of cultural sensitivities related to gender and health issues in diverse settings as well as commitment to upholding high ethical standards in personal and official engagements.
b. The agency celebrates gender and inclusivity in all its forms, so as an equal-opportunity employer, welcomes all applicants from diverse environments.
c. All candidates MUST exhibit excellent verbal and written communication skills in English as is essential for drafting high-quality reports and communicating with partners and stakeholders.
d. Proficiency in local languages specifically dialects used in Central and Western Uganda is highly beneficial for effective stakeholder engagement and fieldwork.
e. All applicants shall need to demonstrate computer proficiency especially use of basic packages and both knowledge and appreciation of modern social media and on-line communication programs.
f. Ability to ride a motorcycle shall be an additional advantage

Work Hours: 8

Experience in Months: 24

Level of Education: Bachelor Degree

Job application procedure
a. Full applications in form of (i) Detailed CV (i) detailed motivational letter and (iii) relevant certifications, all AS ONE COMBINED PDF DOCUMENT, to preserve formatting, must be email to info@tyiuganda.org
b. Only suitable and eligible candidates whose applications are received before the deadline will be contacted. Applicants are encouraged to provide right and accurate information.
c. Applicants must ensure that in the SUBJECT line of their email, they clearly indicate the position being applied for and their names in full e.g “Advocacy Officer – Dr. Ocean Joe”. This shall help to ensure that your application is promptly and properly sorted by the respective assessment committees.
d. All positions carry a highly competitive package to suitably qualified and motivated successful applicants.
e. Deadline: All application must be received by 21st June 2024 before 5:00pm EAT

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