Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist

Caribbean, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica

POSITION TITLERegional Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist 
POSITION LOCATIONGuyana, Jamaica or Dominica
REPORTS TOProject Director
CONTRACT TERMTwo Years
APPLICATION DEADLINEOpen until filled 
EXPECTED START DATEMarch 2021

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

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 registered in the Caribbean as WUSC Caribbean.

WUSC Caribbean is implementing a five-year project – the Sustainable Agriculture in the Caribbean (SAC) project, which will promote climate resilient agriculture for equitable economic growth to increase the economic prosperity of women and youth (female & male) in more sustainable agricultural markets in the Caribbean. The project builds on learning from the Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprises and Linkages (PROPEL) project and is a multi-country economic growth project, funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC) being implemented in Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, and Suriname.

Women and youth (female & male) will be central players in the targeted agricultural market systems so they can increase their influence on agricultural markets in the Caribbean, while strengthening more climate resilient domestic agricultural production to enhance food security, and reduce reliance on imported agricultural products, for more sustainable economic growth. Recognizing that adult males are currently dominant actors in market systems, the SAC project will also work with men, so they can become advocates for women and youth (female & male) fostering the right conditions for equitable participation. The SAC project will engage agricultural markets in each of the target countries, and provide capacity-strengthening support to local organizations.

WUSC Caribbean will apply an inclusive market systems (IMS) approach, engaging multiple stakeholders, including established country partners, to increase productivity and economic growth.  SAC will create links between key market actors; strengthen their capacity through training, information sharing and outreach; and foster climate resilient approaches (re-orienting agricultural development for sustainability as well as profitability), at every stage and via every market actor in the agricultural value chain. This approach will help to increase productivity and profitability in the agriculture sector and will mitigate the impacts of climate change, reduce the region’s vulnerability to natural disasters, and foster climate-resilient agricultural markets that offer increased equitable, inclusive and sustainable economic benefits for women and youth (female & male).

RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the supervision of the Project Director (PD), the Regional 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 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 across five project countries;
  • Ensure the collection of relevant sex and age disaggregated data;
  • 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 Advisorto 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 to suit the inclusive market systems implementation approach;
  • Develop and regularly update data collection tools (quantitative and qualitative), including oversight of the database and liaison with the consultant database developer;
  • 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 in the MIS and providing timely updates to the PROUD tool;
  • Lead on annual outcome data collections, 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

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;
  • Knowledge of a market systems approach is an asset;
  • Knowledge of and experience in the agriculture sector in the Caribbean is an asset; and
  • This position may require up to 20% international travel within the Caribbean region;

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, CV, and the name and contact information of 3 professional references  via email to [email protected]. Please use subject line Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for job applications.

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

The Sustainable Agriculture in the Caribbean Project is implemented by World University Service of Canada (WUSC) with funding support from the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC).

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