Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Caribbean, Guyana

POSITION TITLEMonitoring and Evaluation Specialist 
POSITION LOCATIONGuyana
REPORTS TOProject Director
CONTRACT TERMTwo Years
APPLICATION DEADLINEAugust 4th, 2022
(applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis)
EXPECTED START DATEas soon as possible

Are you a M&E Specialist? WUSC is currently looking for a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist to implement the overall M&E strategy and related activities for a new project in Guyana. 

BACKGROUND

World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a Canadian non-profit organization working to create a better world for all young people. We bring together a diverse network of students, volunteers, schools, governments, and businesses who share this vision. Together, we develop solutions in education, economic opportunities, and empowerment to overcome inequality and exclusion for youth around the world, particularly young women and young refugees. WUSC currently works in 25 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America, with an annual budget of approximately CAD $40 million. We have over 90 staff in our Ottawa office, and over 200 people overseas implementing 16 development projects in collaboration with donors such as Global Affairs Canada, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO), the MasterCard Foundation, World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the African Development Bank.  

WUSC is implementing the Empowering the Next Generation: Agency and Gender Equality (ENGAGE) project to support the enhanced empowerment of young people, including young women, in Indigenous and/or rural communities in Guyana. The ENGAGE project is funded by the Government of Canada.  ENGAGE will provide opportunities for young people in rural indigenous communities in Guyana to amplify their voices, improve and diversify their life options and chances for success, and participate more actively and meaningfully in decision-making. The project will address systemic barriers impacting the agency of young people within these communities, including barriers to gender equality, to ensure that young women, in particular, are heard, respected and supported. The project will also strengthen the effectiveness of local, regional and national authorities to better understand and respond to the needs, aspirations and realities of young people, especially young women, in Indigenous and/or rural communities in Guyana. These efforts at the individual, community and institutional levels will build the conditions for a more empowered and more equal generation of young people in Guyana. 

By investing in the empowerment of young people, and young women in particular, we can strengthen the foundation for more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable societies, where inequitable social norms are challenged, where all young people are able to secure a good quality of life for themselves, their families, and their communities, and where youth voices are influencing policy and decision making in a meaningful way. ENGAGE will adapt lessons learned and best practices from WUSC’s global development programming experience to ensure that these assumptions hold true in the project context. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the supervision of the Project Director (PD), the Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist will be responsible for developing and implementing the overall Monitoring & Evaluation strategy and related activities within the project and providing timely and relevant information and support to project stakeholders. This includes close coordination with all stakeholders involved in Monitoring & Evaluation design, data collection, data analysis, and project implementation. While the M&E Specialist reports directly to the PD, s/he will be supported on technical matters by WUSC’s HQ-based Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Advisor. Key responsibilities include:

Design and Implementation of M&E Systems and Processes

  • Ensure that an effective and participatory Monitoring & Evaluation system is established and operational;
  • In collaboration with the WUSC HQ Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor, guide the process of developing performance questions, indicators and parameters for monitoring project performance and comparing it to targets;
  • Oversee and take responsibility for implementation of the Performance Measurement Framework (PMF) in coordination with staff;
  • Ensure the collection of relevant sex and age disaggregated data, and gender responsive data collection and analysis methods;
  • Develop control measures and protocols to ensure data quality;
  • Participate in creation and maintenance of databases (in collaboration with WUSC staff);
  • If pertinent, support Geographic Information Systems set up and use;
  • Support the development of annual work plans and budgets, including annual milestones
  • Communicate regularly with WUSC’s HQ-based Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Advisor to ensure smooth functioning of Monitoring & Evaluation systems

Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting

  • Ensure questions and methods of data collection are culturally sensitive and appropriate for the group being targeted, to ensure data collected is relevant and reliable;
  • Design the formats for performance surveys and reports in collaboration with the project team;
  • Develop and regularly update data collection tools (quantitative and qualitative), including oversight of the database;
  • Undertake and support baseline data collection for the Project and regular monitoring of indicators;
  • Coordinate data gathering from partner organizations and establish feed-back mechanisms;
  • Ensure that staff are inputting accurate and timely data into project databases and providing timely updates to the PROUD tool;
  • Lead on annual outcome data collection, as well as the appropriate midpoint and endpoint studies, that will feed into assessing progress towards achievement of project results, lessons learned, the need for iterative adaptation of project strategies and the project’s final report; 
  • Review monitoring reports, identify challenges and potential bottlenecks in implementation and feed learning back to project management;
  • Facilitate data interpretation workshops involving all project staff, to provide regular analysis both at the output level to monitor implementation according to the work plan and at outcome level to monitor progress towards end of project targets
  • Support development of case studies in collaboration with communications and project team members to draw out lessons learned and success stories;
  • Support staff in preparing progress reports to ensure timely, high quality reporting to GAC and other project stakeholders, as well as to contribute to corporate processes of project performance review

Training, Capacity Building and Oversight

  • Coordinate and provide training to field staff in results-based management (RBM) and participatory monitoring and evaluation techniques;
  • Provide advice and insight into Monitoring & Evaluation manuals, including processes and procedures for staff;
  • Recruit, guide, and supervise other organizations/consultants that are contracted to conduct surveys , such as baseline surveys for the project, and routine monitoring

QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred in a relevant field such as applied social science, statistics, international development; and
  • Certification in monitoring and evaluation is an asset.

Experience & Competencies

  • At least 7 years of practical experience in international development, with at least 5 specifically in designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation systems;
  • Must have demonstrated experience in quantitative and qualitative research/survey methodology;
  • Experience building capacity of staff, partners and counterparts in Monitoring & Evaluation, in both formal and informal settings;
  • Must have working knowledge of development programming, processes, systems and principles, and the ability to provide leadership and support in Monitoring & Evaluation to staff working at various levels and in various locations;
  • Strong knowledge of results-based management and international donor projects;
  • Knowledge of GAC’s RBM tools for management and reporting is highly desired;
  • Must have experience in designing and implementing monitoring systems and tools for effective management of outcomes and results;
  • Strong technical skills in data management, statistical analysis, GIS mapping, and/or assessment tools desirable;
  • Ability to lead and actively participate as an effective member of a team;
  • Must have excellent facilitation, presentation and training skills and experience, paired with good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Must have strong skills in analytical thinking and interpretation of data to deduce solutions for decision making;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English required;
  • High level proficiency in MS Office applications, particularly MS Excel and Access;
  • Experience in the use of participatory data collection methods an asset
  • Desirable: experience working in indegnous communities in Guyana

Languages

  • Complete fluency in written and spoken English is required. 

WHY WORK WITH WUSC?

Join Us. Our work is important, cutting-edge, and fast-paced. We encourage curiosity, innovation, and flexibility. And we provide a phenomenal learning experience. 

WUSC offers a dynamic international work environment with a diverse intercultural workforce. We offer employees exciting opportunities to apply their skills and gain experience all while making a difference in the lives of youth around the world. Employees at WUSC work hard to create lasting change in education, economic opportunities and empowerment.

APPLICATIONS

WUSC’s activities seek to balance inequities and create sustainable development around the globe; the work ethic of our staff, volunteers, representatives and partners shall correspond to the values and mission of the organization. WUSC promotes responsibility, respect, honesty, and professional excellence and we will not tolerate harassment, coercion, sexual exploitation or abuse of any form. Successful applicants will be required to undertake an enhanced criminal record check where appropriate.

WUSC is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome and encourage applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

This position is open to all suitably qualified CARICOM Nationals. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

Suitably qualified persons are invited to submit their cover letter and CV via email to [email protected]. Please use the subject line Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for job applications.

While WUSC thanks all applicants for their interest, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.

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