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Duty Station: Jinka and Arbaminch

Number of Positions: Two

Job Purpose

The Omo-Konso Cluster / Gamo-Gofa Cluster Monitoring and Evaluation Officer is responsible for the Omo Konso Cluster / Gamo-Gofa Cluster MaYEA program Monitoring and Evaluation component of the program in selected Woredas of South Omo and Konso Zones / Gamo and Gonfa Zones of South Ethiopia Region. They will work within the wider MaYEA program team and other IIRR staff. They are accountable to the respective cluster coordinator and coordinate with the CSSW sub-national technical leads, other program officers within their Cluster, and the other IIRR cluster office. Moreover, they are responsible for the follow-up of the overall MaYEA resource management and communications of the Cluster’s monitoring and evaluation component to adhere to all universal and MasterCard Foundation, IIRR, Federal and Regional Governments, and program-specific standards and procedures.

Duties and Responsibilities

 Program and Partnership Management

  • Collaborate with the three cluster officers (Enterprise Development; Gender, Youth and Safeguarding; and Apiculture Development Officers) and the cluster accountant to support and follow up with the Woreda program officers as well as other stakeholders in their effort to properly implement the MaYEA program with the required quality and magnitude in their jurisdiction.
  • Monitor and evaluate the quality of program delivery and efficacy of the program resources and establish and maintain closer working relationships with relevant program stakeholders at the regional, zonal, Cluster, and woreda levels regarding the monitoring and evaluation component.
  • Monitor all program resources (human, financial, material, time, and other resources) that are effectively and properly utilized to impact better and fulfill the program objectives.
  • Nurture and demonstrate team spirit to create and sustain a work environment of mutual respect that motivates program staff to deliver more.
  • Monitor all activities of the Cluster, respect the law of the land, and comply with MasterCard Foundation’s and IIRR’s rules, regulations, and procedures.

Programming, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning

  • Based on the program document, with the support of the cluster coordinator, coordinate with the cluster officers and prepare detailed annual implementation plans of the Cluster for every fiscal year specified in the contract agreement between IIRR and the funder and get the plan approved by the concerned.
  • Prepare annual plans of the Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning activities within the Cluster; implement and follow up the implementation by others; keep proper records and documentation of activities, outputs, and outcomes; and report the same to all concerned.
  • Ensure records of the project implementation are well kept, and consolidated cluster-level ad-hoc, quarterly, and annual reports are produced and communicated promptly to all concerned.
  • Ensure that all critical stakeholders, partners, and program participants have access to reflect on interventions of MaYEA, and all programmatic and operational learning and results of the interventions of the Cluster are fully documented, shared, and used to facilitate learning, knowledge management, and informed and adaptive management systems across all project components and stakeholders.
  • Technically handle and coordinate the program’s Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning interventions within the Cluster and support cluster technical officers and Woreda officers.
  • Implement the program MEL Plan, including annual work plan preparations, use of MEL tools, platforms, methods, indicator selection, target setting, reporting, and database management appropriate to the scope, context, and technical requirements of MaYEP.
  • Supervise and support the cluster team and coordinate with sub-national program leads to provide technical training, mentoring, and coaching to project staff, counterparts, and stakeholders as appropriate and provide demand-driven technical support.
  • Do the collection, management, and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, ensuring disaggregated data and the use of age, gender, and other inclusion-related indicators to assess how the project is impacting the different target groups.
  • Work with other technical officers to avail high-quality data, analyze and interpret it, and ensure it is utilized for decision-making at all levels of the project.
  • Handle data quality assessments of the Cluster, strengthen data management and quality improvement systems, ensuring that performance data is accurate, sufficient, and timely.
  • Design strong stakeholder, partners, and beneficiary reflection mechanisms to ensure that program interventions within the Cluster are effective and ensure downward, horizontal, and upward accountability, interactive learning, and knowledge management systems across all project components and partners.
  • Ensure all programmatic learning within the Cluster and results are fully documented, shared, and used to facilitate informed and adaptive management and develop success stories highlighting the Cluster’s intervention impact.
  • Ensure all the required information is researched, compiled, and submitted, including results and their analysis, for project reports, including the quarterly and annual reports, and respond to requests for data from the Sub national hub and other stakeholders.

Youth engagement, gender equity, and inclusiveness

  • Monitor that an enabling environment is created and mechanisms are in place in the Cluster for real and effective engagement of young people in the apiculture and allied value chains, especially those of young women and other vulnerable groups.
  • Coordinate with the other officers of the Cluster to plan, implement, and continually monitor a youth-focused targeting strategy that prioritizes young women (at least 80%) and other vulnerable groups (at least 10%). This is followed in the implementation of MaYEA in the Cluster.

 Networking and communication

  • Monitor and evaluate that the program is well networked with all critical actors in apiculture and allied value chains and benefits from networking.
  • Actively participate in Participatory Review and Reflection Sessions (PRRS), Multi-Stakeholder Platforms (MSP), Value Chain Actors Platforms (VCAP), and other arrangements as necessary.
  • Monitor and evaluate the program’s objectives, approaches, and standards well communicated to all stakeholders and program participants.
  • Ensure that all periodical and ad hock communications of the Cluster are accurate and timely.
  • Together with other cluster officers, monitor that feedback about the MaYEA interventions is collected; project gains and progress are documented and publicized to concerned stakeholders and the wider audience. v. Safeguarding and accountability
  • Integrate safeguarding in the monitoring and evaluation tools and track safeguarding indicators relevant to the project.
  • Prepare reports with safeguarding as a critical section on the reporting template.
  • Serve as a liaison between the cluster and project community on safeguarding matters.
  • Ensure the implementation of a safe program by being alert and responsive to safeguarding risks in project communities.
  • Monitor and evaluate that every activity of the program within the Cluster is in line with universally accepted safeguarding principles and IIRR’s and MasterCard Foundation’s safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • Make sure every Cluster program’s apiculture-related activity is in line with universally accepted safeguarding principles and IIRR’s and MasterCard Foundation’s Safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • Ensure project participants know safeguarding policies and how to raise and report concerns.
  • Serve as a liaison between the cluster and project participants on safeguarding matters.
  • Ensure the implementation of safe development activities by being alert and responsive to safeguarding risks.
  • Ensure appropriate reflection mechanisms are in place for stakeholders, partners, and program participants of the apicultural development program to ensure that program interventions in the Cluster are effective and downward, horizontal, and upward accountability among the program stakeholders is materialized.

Qualification and Competence

 Educational Background

  • BA/MA in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Statistics, Monitoring and Evaluation, Development Studies, Project Management, and related fields

Work Experience

  • A minimum of 10 years experience for BA and six years for MA, with a minimum of 4 years direct experience related to the position. Direct experience in Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning is desirable.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating complex programs related to livelihood development, rural finance, agribusiness development, marketing and value chain, youth employment, and inclusive development is essential.

 Skills and competencies required

  • Proven skill and track record in teamwork, coordination, partnership building, multi-stakeholder engagement, networking, effective communication and facilitation, problem-solving, and decision making.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines and work independently
  • Ability to think and lead strategically while managing details
  • Advanced computer skills and use of statistical software.
  • Integrity and honesty, hard work, firm belief in human equality, transparency, and respect for others are core values needed.

Application Process 

  • Interested applicants are expected to apply only through email at ethiopia@iirr.org, the latest by December 21, 2023, at 4:00 PM.
  • The application package shall include an application letter clearly outlining the applicant’s experience and suitability for the position and an updated CV of the applicant with three references. No other supporting documents are needed at the application stage.
  • IIRR Ethiopia will notify short-listed candidates to provide their credentials. 

Women and people with disability are encouraged to apply.