Heifer International is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with a disability.
The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MELs) Officer will oversee the planning, monitoring and evaluation of the Women Economic Empowerment Project to ensure high-quality, effective and efficient implementation of the project, with positive impacts leading to results and project sustainability. S/he will also ensure timely and good-quality reporting in compliance with donor requirements including smooth coordination with the Project Coordinator, Program Manager, District Farmer Associations and farmer cooperative in relation to planning, monitoring and evaluation. The MELs Officer will promote good quality M&E providing a basis for decision making on necessary amendments and improvements; promoting accountability for resource use and documenting best practices, providing feedback on and disseminating lessons learned from all Project Coordinators to produce best practices reports. The MELs Officer will work with communities to collectively bring about Social, Human, Economic, Infrastructural, Financial, and Environmental changes and generally improved livelihoods.
ESSENTIAL CHARACTER TRAITS
Behave ethically; communicate effectively; creativity/Innovation; foster teamwork: compassion; generosity; humility, openness, conscientiousness, and extraversion.
RESPONSIBILITIES & DELIVERABLES
A. Develop, manage, and maintain a database for project development, resource distribution, beneficiaries, and impact project work (45%)
- Collect and aggregate data and maintain a good recording system on the performance of farmer cooperatives/Associations for inclusion in reports and databases.
- Analyze and discuss/report emerging issues from progress and evaluation reports and coordinate the development, and monitor the follow-up of, action plans for the recommendations.
- Develop the overall framework and calendar (M&E guidelines and procedures), for project M&E activities.
- Promote results-based approach to monitoring and evaluation, emphasizing results and impacts.
- Coordinate the preparation of all project reports.
- Guide staff and executing partners in preparing their progress reports in accordance with approved reporting formats and ensure their timely submission.
- Undertake regular visits to the field to support the implementation of M&E and to identify where adaptations might be needed.
- A functional M&E system in place
- Compliance with donor requirements ensured
- Staff skilled on results-based M&E
- High-quality, credible, reliable and timely data readily available for us
B. Monitoring Learning and Evaluation (30%)
- Conduct regular visits to project sites to provide relevant, clear, high-quality, and timely onsite technical support and mentoring.
- Facilitate the generation of quarterly, biannual and annual reports.
- Support annual projects Self-Assessment exercise for the project team.
- Review the quality of data collected to ensure it is in line with set M&E standards
- Document and package best practices and lessons learned .
- Facilitate the use of the MELs plan package with GIs alongside donor and project specific indicators
- Conducted peer/exchange, Monitoring, and Control visits periodically.
- Written and submitted high-quality narrative reports periodically to both the donor and Heifer .
- Collected, Vetted and submitted high-quality data for annual, stewardship, & Board reports.
C. Capacity Development of farmer organizations, Cooperative members, community members to continuously set, achieve and sustain their own development goals (20%)
- Build the capacity of partners (SHGs/Producer, District Farmers’ Association, CFs, CAVEs, Cooperatives/Associations, public and private sectors) in consultation with the Program Manager, on all aspects of Social Capital Development, Governance, agricultural value chain management, Climate-Smart Agricultural/Conservation Agriculture activities including services, technologies, MIS, marketing channels.
- Design, track and review the implementation of enterprise development, and farmers preparedness to receive project resources/assets.
- Train Cooperatives or Producer Groups on Planning, Governance, and Management.
- Improved capacities of local structures (both new & existing) organizational leadership
- Improved social cohesion and dynamism among community members
- Well-equipped farmers and partners with regular access to good quality risk management equipment/tools and services
- Organized exchange/peer learning visits every semester.
- Established, functional and dynamic cooperatives or Producer Groups.
- Established and functional network of Producer Groups and Cooperative.
- Improved knowledge and skills among key project stakeholders.
D. May perform other job-related duties as assigned (5%)
Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Natural Resource, Development Studies plus at least five (5) years’ experience of rural development work.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Science/Social and Community Development Studies, Agricultural Economics, Natural Resource, Development Studies and any related science from recognized institutions plus five (5) years’ experience of rural development work.
Most Critical Proficiencies
- Good analytical skills.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrated ability to implement a logical framework approach or other strategic planning approaches.
- Demonstrated ability of facilitating learning-oriented analysis sessions of M&E data with multiple stakeholders, information analysis and report writing
- A good understanding and sensitivity to issues associated with poverty, hunger and environment, and knowledge of the context to which non-profit organizations operate.
- The computer is proficient in word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, electronic mail software.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Demonstrated written and oral fluency in English.
Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to establish priorities and work with minimum supervision.
- Excellent facilitation skills.
- Computer literate in the use of common packages for word processing and excel.
- Licensed driver
- Ability to travel away from home at short notice and for long periods.
- Flexible and able to work independently to meet deadlines.
Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues
- Fluent in English and Chewa/Nyanja.
- Commitment to organizational goals and vision of Heifer Zambia.
- Mature and ability to resolve group conflicts.
- Sensitive to social issues such as gender and HIV/AIDS.
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