Monitoring, Evaluation, Research And Learning Manager

Iraq

Position title: Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Manager

Position location: Baghdad, Iraq

Reports to: Country Director, Iraq

Contract term: 2 years, renewable

Application deadline: 23 March 2023

WUSC is a leading Canadian international development organization that works with and through its southern partners to promote sustainable development. Founded in 1957 and currently working in 22 countries worldwide with an annual budget of approximately $45 million dollars, WUSC’s mission is to foster human development and global understanding through education and training. Our internationally recognized programs support youth, women and other marginalized populations, focusing on three thematic areas of education, employment and empowerment. Globally, WUSC works with a network of higher education institutions, civil society organizations, private sector partners, professionals, students, volunteers, faculty and community leaders that can be leveraged to support our work.

Canadian Leaders in International Consulting Inc. (CLIC), founded in 2007, is a professional services firm that provides high quality technical assistance and strategic advice in governance, institutional development, restoration and capacity building to public, private and not-for-profit sectors. CLIC works extensively in conflict and post conflict environments providing livelihood and stabilization services. In addition, CLIC conducts research, implements monitoring and evaluation and development projects globally with a focus on the broader Middle East and North Africa. Over the past 3 years CLIC has implemented, or is currently implementing, contracts in Iraq with the WB, UNDP, the ILO and several international organizations and bi-lateral funding agencies.

WUSC is seeking to recruit a MERL Manager based in Baghdad, Iraq to effectively lead on MERL activities in Iraq for a new project in the TVET and skills for employment sector. The MERL manager will be responsible for the effective leadership on M&E activities and ensuring quality oversight in order to meet project obligations and donor requirements, under the guidance of the Country Director.

NATURE AND SCOPE:

The MERL Manager is expected to provide technical expertise to ensure efficient, effective and timely planning and execution of the various project M&E processes and activities.

Specifically, the MERL Manager is responsible for the following:

General Duties

  • Develop and regularly update the MERL Plan, in line with Global Affairs Canada’s RBM principles, as well as organizational requirements;
  • Ensure that all M&E tasks (such as planning, coordination of monitoring and data collection activities, training of staff, etc.) are effectively carried out in accordance with the project’s MERL plan;
  • Promote the participation of partners staff and key stakeholders in all phases of the development and implementation of the MERL plan (from the design of the MERL plan and tools to the data collection exercises; from data analysis to the dissemination and use of findings), as much as possible;
  • Develop and regularly update of all monitoring and evaluation tools and systems (including the Performance Management Framework) linked to key indicators for the purpose of informing program activities and reporting to the donor, and supporting continuous evidence-based learning and adaptive management in the process;
  • Provide high quality technical support and capacity building on planning, development and implementation of the MERL plan to project and partner staff;
  • Ensure regular communication and coordination with regard to the collection and exchange of MERL-related data and information with project staff and key stakeholders in Iraq, as well as with WUSC and CLIC’s global teams; and

MERL Tools Design/Quality Assurance

  • Develop and periodically review monitoring tools for routine tracking of activities and collecting of program data;
  • Provide technical support and capacity building as needed to ensure MERL tools are being used effectively by project and partners’ staff and that the collected data are used for learning and adaptive management, as well as planning and reporting to the donor;
  • Identify training needs of staff working on the project and recommend actions for improving capacity with regard to MERL;
  • Ensure that data collected through MERL processes is reliable, accurate and complete – to the extent possible in the project context; and
  • Apply a continuous improvement approach toward all data collection processes.

Data Collection

  • Ensure that MERL activities are completed in a timely manner to contribute to high quality evidence-based reporting;
  • Manage on-going data collection processes, analyses and internal verification for project evaluation and learning purposes;
  • Identify monitoring needs based on program implementation and collect data that effectively inform on on-going progress;
  • Ensure that accurate and complete MERL-related files and databases are set up, maintained and updated;
  • Support qualitative data collection for the purposes of documentation and dissemination of lessons learnt, case studies and stories of change; and
  • Support planning, logistics and coordination of WUSC and CLIC staff and project consultants or technical assistance visits as required.

Reporting Duties

  • Ensure timely and regular MERL data are shared with project colleagues to feed into reporting cycles in an efficient and timely manner, in accordance with organizational and donor standards;
  • Ensure that regular updates on project MERL processes are communicated and shared with project staff across all partner organisations;
  • Maintain and regularly update the PROUD and take lead in the compilation of high quality and evidence-based donor reports;
  • Respond to requests for information from WUSC and CLIC, project staff, project partners, and WUSC and CLIC Senior Management; and
  • Other duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant field or equivalent mix of education and experience;
  • A minimum of eight years of experience in the field of monitoring and evaluation of development programs;
  • Experience working with international development partners, international non-governmental organizations and donors, ideally with Global Affairs Canada (formerly known as DFATD or CIDA);
  • Experience with RBM concepts and principles is required;
  • Experience in both quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis is preferred;
  • Knowledge of international development, and with issues that impact youth skill development and employment;
  • Experience working with ethnically diverse communities and with projects implementing gender mainstreaming strategies;
  • Experience with open source data collection tools is preferred;
  • Fluency in written and verbal communication skills in English and Arabic.

APPLICATIONS:

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 for youth around the world. We believe youth have the potential to provide for their families, build strong communities, and create positive social change for future generations. Employees at WUSC work hard to create lasting change in education, employment and empowerment.

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

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please.

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