STA - MEL Advisor - Mogadishu, Somalia
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Program / Department Summary
Mercy Corps has been present in Somalia since 2005, responding to emergency needs stemming from conflict and displacement, while continuing work to build more resilient, peaceful, and productive communities in Puntland, Somaliland, Banadir, South West State, Hirshabelle, Galmudug and Jubaland. Mercy Corps Somalia also collaborates with Mercy Corps teams and partners in neighbouring countries to implement multi-country and cross-border programs Working with a diverse base of donors that includes the USAID/OFDA, GIZ, UNHCR, ECHO, WFP, SSF, EAC, LDS and other foundations and institutional donors, Mercy Corps empowers people to recover from crisis, build better lives and transform their communities for good. We work closely with the private sector, civil society and governance structures at local and national levels to facilitate change and ensure that opportunities are inclusive of all Somalis.
Somalia Emergency Assistance and Early Merket Recovery (SEAM) is a two-year multi-sector OFDA program designated as “complex”. The program is in its second year of implementation with an ambitious learning agenda pivoting on an innovative labeled cash transfer pilot with the aim to scale up the activities and influence the donor on implementation follow-ups.
General Position Summary
The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Advisor STA is a key position, responsible for supporting SEAM during its second year of implementation. The MEL Advisor will be responsible to lead key milestones of the program, namely 1) Midterm evaluation draft review and general support, 2) Learning agenda expected to influence the donor on key approaches and inform the program on scale-up of strategic initiatives and 3) review of the MEL system to report against outcomes and produce learning.
Essential Job Responsibilities
- Act as the focal person to provide support to the consultant and liaise with the SEAM team to provide feedback and inputs in the evaluation.
- Co-lead the evaluation workshop to gather feedback and provide inputs in the preliminary results of the evaluation.
- Liaise with HQ and SEAM teams for reviewing and sharing results.
- Develop a workplan to operationalize the learning agenda of SEAM program.
- Lead the data collection of the cash labeled pilot to capture lessons learnt and provide recommendation for scaling up.
- Develop tools and methods for data collection.
- Lead the effort to capture learning from other departments and organize learning events.
- Work with the team to produce the learning documents as set in the SEAM learning agenda.
Review of the SEAM MEL System
- Review the existing SEAM MEL system, highlighting strengths and shortcomings.
- Support SEAM MEL efforts to ensure outcome-level indicators and learning are captured as part of the program.
- Work with senior management to address shortfalls in M&E that affect program implementation and conduct internal DQAs for at least two indicators.
Monitoring and Evaluation/ Assessments
- Assist in designing programs that incorporate Mercy Corps’ standards on design, monitoring, and evaluation.
- Coordinate and play a role in assessments as requested. Provide input as to M&E systems and act as a link to HQ M&E technical staff.
- Assess the country MEL capacity providing recommendations and action points.
- Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
- Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
- As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries
- Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
Supervisory Responsibility: The MEL Advisor STA will manage the SEAM M&E team members, including one Senior MEL Officer and three MEL Officers.
Reports Directly To: Elizabeth Valone, DoP STA
Works Directly With: The MEL Advisor will work in close coordination with the country level MEAL Manager in addition to SEAM Program Team, Operations, Finance
Knowledge and Experience
- BA/S or equivalent, preferable in business administration, public administration or international development. MA/S in relevant field strongly preferred.
- 5-7 years of experience in the areas of program development and monitoring and evaluation, including relevant experience building and managing an M&E system and team, relevant experience supervising data collection and data validation exercises, and building staff capacity.
- Must have extensive training skills and experience working with a variety of donors, especially OFDA.
- Experience with software for data analysis.
- Ability to manage and meet deadlines.
- Ability to work independently on multi-task load.
- Excellent Communication and organizational skills.
- Internationally recognized qualification in project or program management or a commitment to obtain the qualification in the early months of work.
- Knowledge of Sphere standards and other training in humanitarian response preferred.
The ideal candidate will have a strong curiosity for understanding and working effectively within the complex cultural, political, security and social environment of Somalia. They will be an excellent communicator, multi-tasker, and able to work in ambiguous situations. They will be a tolerant and flexible individual able to work in difficult and stressful environments and follow procedures. The successful candidate will be focused on team-building and capacity-building of national staff; be a strategic thinker, have strong skills in design monitoring and evaluation of development programs and maintain a sense of humor.
Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position is based in Mogadishu (Somalia) and it requires up to (25%) travel to Kismayu, Baidoa, Galkacyo, Garowe, Hargeisa and project field sites when possible with the approval of the Country Director. Somala is a fragile, insecure country with frequent attacks including IEDs on targeted sites however Mercy Corps offices are located in secure government control areas and all staff adhered to strict safety and security protocols. Accommodation is usually provided in group housing for expats however the Mercy Corps Somalia Country Director and Team will determine whether a respective team member needs to be accommodated at Mercy Corps engaged Hotels with adequate security and support.
Access to Medical services in the country is limited with our staff mainly expats referred to recommended facilities mostly across our areas of operation as per our security management plan which will be shared with all new staff members. In the event of a medical emergency involving a staff transport will be availed to the nearest hospital in the recommended list. Rural hospitals often have a limited capacity and in the event of a serious incident will only be used to stabilize a patient while long term care is taken in referral hospitals for major treatments. The country has high prevalence of common tropical disease hence its advisable new arrivals take common travel vaccinations such as yellow fever and carry anti-malarial preventive drugs and common analgesics. The current COVID 19 pandemic is also reported in the country and all persons are expected to adhere to the WHO/ Somalia MOH guidelines. Also all travellers to Somalia are required to have 72 hrs COVID 19 test negative certificate. Somalia has a reliable communication network country wide including access to Internet andMC Somalia admin team will facilitate a postpaid line for the position which will be used as per MC Telephone policy.
The MEAL Advisor STA will support activities throughout Somalia. Mobility in Somalia is restricted and must first be cleared with the Security Advisor and where needed by the Country Director. This is an unaccompanied post and eligible for Hardship and R&R. Standard Somali workweek is Sunday – Thursday. However ,Staff are expected to sometimes work during weekends and evenings to meet required deadlines and/or liase with global and regional support teams that are in different time zones.
Mercy Corps team members represent the agency both during and outside work hours when deployed in a field posting or on a visit/TDY to a field posting. Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
Fostering a diverse and open workplace is an important part of Mercy Corps’ vision. Mercy Corps is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of background. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment.
In support of our belief that learning organizations are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities we serve, we empower all team members to dedicate 5% of their time to learning activities that further their personal and/or professional growth and development
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