MEL Officer

Job ID 247

Monitoring and Evaluation India   Bhubaneswar, Odisha


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 disability.

This position is contingent on award.

This position will manage the development and implementation of Planning, Monitoring, Evaluation, Learning and Systems for the upcoming USAID project. A strong emphasis for this role is on data collection, integrity, data analysis, reporting, dissemination, and learning.

The ideal candidate is detailed oriented, self-driven and has strong leadership skills.

A. Implement monitoring, evaluation, learning and systems for the project. (30%)

  • Prepare and maintain MEL Plan for the project.
  • Collect and manage data to support needs assessment, project logical framework design/Review and target setting, and progress management.
  • Work with external evaluators to conduct the Baseline, Mid-term and final evaluations              
  • Conduct and manage monitoring of project progress, annual surveys, living income validation and support evaluations as per M&E plan.
  • Ensure the effective implementation of MELS policies, procedures and guidelines for the project.
  • Ensure proper use of available digital tools and technology for effectively managing MELS activities, including data collection survey using SurveyCTO.
  • Provide support to implementing partners in preparing their MELS plans, and in using digital tools for data collection and management.
  • Disseminate learning findings from project monitoring, evaluation, and research. Lead learning events with key stakeholders within the project communities, implementation partners, and Heifer in general
  • Elevate MELS related challenges to Project Manager for coordination with Director of Programs, PME manager and Country Director to find timely solutions.

B. Data management, analysis and utilization for learning. (25%)

  • Conduct and/or quality assure all M&E data collected in country.
  • Summarize/ aggregate /analyze data at County/FOAB level and contribute to organization-wide aggregation.
  • Manage all data properly in clean form, and analyze to use for project management, learning and meet all the reporting needs.
  • Design, manage, and evaluate study protocols, questionnaires, sample selection, and analysis.
  • Ensure timely data availability and reporting to stakeholders as needed.
  • Work with the project management to respond to periodic donor and Heifer requests for additional information on project activities and results.
  • Document, store, and share lessons learned, successes, failures, and best practices via case studies.
  • Collect data through Heifer’s Computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) SurveyCTO system.
  • Develop and monitor project level action agenda to ensure that they are refined and acted upon.
  • Conduct internal Data Quality Assessment (DQA) using SPSS and oversee implementation of DQA recommendations.

C. Contribute to program effectiveness: design monitoring, evaluation, learning and systems for the project (20%).

  • Design monitoring and evaluation plan incorporating core standard indicators defined by the project and set targets for indicators.
  • Create indicator reference sheet for all indicators.
  • Design Monitoring and reporting tools for the projects
  • Ensure adaptive learning from monitoring and evaluation findings
  • Contribute to the designing of monitoring and surveillance systems and analyses of data from them.
  • Implement the projects Results Framework & logical framework.
  • Design data collection tools, plans and processes for all required information, ensuring high quality and integrity of data.
  • Review and adjust M&E plans and targets, tools and processes periodically.
  • Ensure alignment of M&E plans and procedures with USAID’s standards and requirements.
  • Support development of a MELS budget for the project.
  • Track project adaptation in response to monitoring and evaluation findings.

D. Capacity Development (15%)

  • Equip program, distributors, and FOAB staff with skills to deliver MELS activities efficiently.
  • Orient and build Heifer, Cargill and implementing partners capacity in MELS activities including proper record keeping and data management.
  • As needed, supervise, and manage supporting staff for efficient work and maintaining project and MEL compliance.
  • Provide coaching and training to equip staff to deliver the assigned responsibilities efficiently.
  • Contribute in the recruitment, training and supervision of external parties that are contracted to implement special surveys and studies required for evaluating project effects and impacts.

E. Business Development (5%)

  • Support the development of concept notes, project proposals, and submission to potential donors.
  • Support research and evaluation initiatives in specific counties.
  • Assist in networking with other development organizations, governments, and other line agencies in promoting Heifer’s and Cargill’s development model/initiatives, and potential collaborations.

F. May perform other job-related duties as requested. (5%)    

Minimum Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in project planning, Monitoring and Management, Economics and/or Statistics, or an equivalent with an academic focus on monitoring and evaluation or another related field. Demonstrated experience in coordinating and working with international donors and grantees on PME/MLE systems. Minimum of three (3) years of direct relevant MELS experience.

Preferred Requirements

  1. Five (5) years or more of direct relevant MELS experience.
  2. Experience performing M&E activities generally and, on a USAID-funded project.
  3. Experience in undertaking veterinary epidemiology and/or veterinary medicine, including formal training.
  4. Experience in supporting and monitoring field-based programs in the region.
  5. Experience in managing databases and coordinating evaluations, surveys, and impact monitoring.

Most Critical Proficiencies

  1. Innovative, analytical, and solutions-oriented.
  2. A good understanding of and sensitivity to issues associated with poverty, hunger, agriculture and the environment, and knowledge of the context in which non-profit organizations operate
  3. Knowledge of market systems interventions and linkages to poverty alleviation.
  4. Excellent organizational skills, including strong attention to detail.
  5. Proven experience in building the capacity of partner institutions to document and disseminate industry information, manage knowledge, measure progress and plan and advocate within the industry.
  6. Proficient knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation tools, electronic mail (Microsoft Office preferred) and Internet.
  7. Strong knowledge and skills in data management and analysis using statistical software’s (eg. STATA, SPSS, SAS, Eviews, etc.).
  8. Demonstrated proficiency in English, both oral and written.
  9. Experience with ICT.
  10. Ability to work in a team.

Essential Job Functions and Physical Demands

  1. Ability to understand, appreciate and implement Heifer’s Values-Based Holistic Community Development model.
  2. Demonstrated creativity, ability to think systematically, willingness and ability to incorporate innovative solutions.
  3. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to evaluation and ability to communicate MEL concepts clearly with leadership, partners, and staff at all levels.
  4. Willingness and ability to assign and review the work of direct reports and to use participatory management skills with junior and senior staff.
  5. Proven team leadership and supervisory skills with the ability to train and work cooperatively with a diverse staff, including field staff in various locations.
  6. Constant face-to-face, telephone and electronic communication with colleagues and the public.
  7. Working with sensitive information and maintaining confidentiality.
  8. Ability to manage and execute multiple tasks with little supervision while meeting sometimes inflexible deadlines.
  9. Willingness and ability to travel.