JOB AT Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) : M&E Advisor : ( Deadline : 24 January 2019 )
Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is an international development charity with a vision for a “world without poverty” and a mission to “bring people together to fight poverty”. VSO recruits professionals to work as volunteers, living and working alongside local populations in developing countries. VSO was founded in 1958, and currently works in 23 countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific.
VSO started work in Rwanda in 1998 at the invitation of the Government of Rwanda and it focuses on programmes in Education, disability and youth/national volunteering. VSO Rwanda’s work revolves around six development goals including, Secure livelihood, HIV/AIDS reduction, Education, Participation and Governance, Health and Disability
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Salary: To be Advised
Contract type: Permanent
Full Time: 35 hours per week
Interview date: To be advised
Start date: To be advised
VSO is the world’s leading international development organization that works through volunteers to fight poverty. Working in 24 countries around the world, our unique role in international development is to place committed volunteers with carefully selected organizations where their skills can have the greatest impact. Our extraordinary volunteers live and work in some of the world’s poorest communities. Sharing their unique skills and experience to generate new ideas and new ways of doing things, helping the communities they work in lift themselves out of poverty. We’re not about delivering quick fixes, but instead, we focus on long-lasting, sustainable change, that will impact generations to come. Join us and help us work towards our vision of a world without poverty.
The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Advisor is responsible for development and implementation of M&E Framework, Performance Monitoring, Programme Reporting, Research and Evaluations and Communications. The M&E Advisor will lead the generation of a credible body of evidence from VSO work for learning, programme quality assurance and decision making. The M&E Advisor works with closely with global M&E team to ensure the application of People First and evidence principles.
1. M&E Framework:
The M&E Advisor will develop, constantly update and ensure implementation of M&E framework, ensuring the framework is fit for purpose and aligned with VSO global results. The M&E Advisor will;
1.1. Develop M&E framework that is dynamic and responsive to the programme needs;
1.2. Develop M&E framework that is aligned with global results, donors and partners;
1.3. Ensure staff, volunteers and partners understand and apply the M&E framework;
1.4. Develop and operationalize an effective M&E system with online digital platform.
The M&E Advisor will lead development and ensure implementation of programme quality assurance standards with focus on programme effectiveness and impact at scale. The M&E Advisor will;
2.1. Develop and roll-out a robust programme performance monitoring protocol with its tools;
2.2. Ensure VSO staff, volunteers and partners implement the performance monitoring protocol;
2.3. Actively engage VSO partners, donors and primary actors in performance monitoring activities;
2.4. Coordinate quarterly Programme Review Meetings (PRMs) and Annual Country Reviews (ACRs).
The M&E Advisor will lead development and ensure implementation programme reporting standards, ensuring efficient coordination, timelines and customer satisfaction. The M&E Advisor will;
3.1. Develop and roll-out reporting protocol, templates, style, timelines, review and sign-off process;
3.2. Properly coordinate internal and external reporting ensuring quality, timeliness and satisfaction;
3.3. Spearhead VSO reporting to immigration, donors and VSO global ensuring quality and excellence;
3.4. Review VSO reporting every quarter, advice HOP on way forward and implement remedial actions.
Research and Evaluations:
The M&E Advisor will effectively coordinate and oversee the implementation of research and evaluations, ensuring the credibility of VSO body of evidence and voices of primary actors. The M&E Advisor will;
4.1. Spearhead context analysis including social exclusion analysis to inform programme development;
4.2. Coordinate the implementation and reporting of all baselines, mid-term and end-line evaluations;
4.3. Coordinate all research, learning, evidence generation and evidence-based advocacy initiatives.
The M&E Advisor will lead the development and oversee the implementation of a communications plan, ensuring steady growth in VSO visibility, brand loyalty, and market share. The M&E Advisor will;
5.1. Lead the development and oversee the implementation of branding, visibility and marketing plan;
5.2. Lead the development and oversee implementation of a robust media engagement plan;
5.3. Lead the development and oversee the implementation of a knowledge management plan;
5.4. Spearhead the review and oversee implementation of an internal communications plan.
The M&E Advisor will recruit, mentor and manage a competent team of 3-5 M&E staff and volunteers, ensuring high performance, personal development, cohesion, and motivation. The M&E Advisor will;
6.1. Effectively set performance targets and manage the performance of M&E staff and volunteers;
6.2. Promote career development through coaching, mentoring & personal reflection and learning;
6.3. Establish and maintain a dynamic, cohesive and collaborative team of staff and volunteers;
6.4. Develop a culture of trust, transparency, accountability, and collaboration within the team.
7. Any other relevant duties assigned from time to time.
Skills, qualifications and experience
Key Skills and Qualities
I. Masters degree in relevant field of study from a recognized university is essential;
II. Professional training in planning, monitoring, evaluation, and reporting is desirable.
I. Strong knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative M&E methodologies is essential;
II. Good understanding of complexities of implementing M&E in development is essential;
III. Sound knowledge of development policies and best practice in Rwanda is essential;
IV. Sound knowledge of Rwanda’s vision 2020, EPDRS-II&III/NSTP and SDGs is essential;
V. Good knowledge of social inclusion, social accountability and resilience is desirable;
I. Strong skills in designing and implementing M&E methodologies is essential;
II. Strong communications, analytical writing and interpersonal skills is essential;
III. Strong facilitation, training, coaching and mentoring skills is essential;
IV. Skills to multi-task, manage pressure and meet deadlines is desirable;
V. Strong engagement, negotiation, and networking skills is desirable;
VI. Problem-solving, critical thinking & decision-making skills is desirable.
Experience (8-10 years)
I. M&E experience in complex programmes in development contexts is essential;
II. M&E experience in programme with countrywide field operations is essential;
III. M&E experience in donor-funded programmes in Rwanda context is desirable;
IV. M&E experience in complex programme partnerships and teams is desirable.
Position is open to Rwandan Nationals Only
Position opens on Thursday 10 January 2019 and closes on Thursday 24th January 2019.