MERCY CORPS IS LOOKING FOR CANDIDATES FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS. Interested applicant can send CV and Cover Letter no later than 12 April 2016 to email jobs@tl.mercycorps.orgor send it directly to Mercy Corps office at Rua Dr. Barros Gomes (next to NCBA/CCT Clinic), Bidau – Lecidere, Dili

 MERCY CORPS — DESIGN, MONITORING AND EVALUATION (DME) MANAGER

ORGANISATION SUMMARY:

Since establishing operations in Timor-Leste in 2005, Mercy Corps has earned a reputation for high quality and innovative programming.  Mercy Corps works with the still nascent market system and facilitates sustainable relationships among producers, retailers and consumers, while providing the necessary inputs and technical know-how that will enable such relations to flourish.  By working with a diverse range of local and international partners, Mercy Corps aims to promote a community led, market based approach to all our programming in Timor-Leste.

Currently Mercy Corps works in Agricultural Development, Food Security, and Energy Poverty program areas.  Existing programs target 10 Districts (out of a total of 13) in Timor-Leste, with a concentration in rural and ‘off the grid’ communities.  Through all our programs, Mercy Corps works in close partnership with communities in the design, inception and implementation of programs and globally and in Timor-Leste has a well-earned reputation for its’ approach to community based work that is mutually respectful, trusting and leads to long-term change in target communities.

 

GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:

The DM&E Manager is a senior management level position in the Mercy Corps Timor-Leste Program, responsible for developing, coordinating, maintaining and constantly improving the overall M&E system, as well as training program staff in best DM&E practices. The DM&E Manager will work under the supervision of the Country Director and in close coordination with Program Managers and program teams to establish a strong system for DM&E across programs.  The DME Manager will act as the point of contact for all DM&E initiatives, including program evaluations and any external initiatives, ensuring close coordination with program management. The DM&E Manager will work closely with the project managers and DM&E staff to ensure high quality reports that accurately represent Mercy Corps’ programming and its impact in Timor-Leste. The position holder will also ensure that M&E results are used to improve the quality of existing program interventions, to inform and justify future interventions, and to provide feedback to partners and communities.

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

  1. DM&E Leadership – Provide leadership to the Timor-Leste Program in developing individual, program-level DM&E systems that inform and improve each program while feeding into the broader Mercy Corps DM&E system.  Lead development and maintenance of a system based on country level MEL GAP assessment that improves Mercy Corp’s ability across both geographic regions and sectoral areas to inform program implementation, analyze and represent outputs and impact to donors, government, colleague agencies, communities, and use to build a culture of adaptive management, high-quality program performance, and learning. Participate in program management meetings and strategy sessions and country-wide meetings.
  2. Staff Training and Capacity Building – help build team capacities in the area of design, monitoring and evaluation, including log-frames, baselines, survey methods, monitoring work plans, impact indicator development, data analysis and interpretation, etc., and to coordinate the outsourcing of technical expertise as required. Build the capacity of all relevant team members to practice sound project design (or review), monitoring and evaluation.  Engage with Mercy Corps regional and HQ technical support units for professional development and training, general support and for training of team members in promoting tools like TOLA, DIG, DM&E in a Box, and PM@MC which enabling sharing of our learning across the region.
  3. Technology Platform – Integrating mobile data collection and a cloud-based sharing platform for the systematic collection of data and ensure all data is fed into an Agency Measurement and Reporting System (AMS) which allows for analysis of data which are which are updated weekly/ monthly for senior management (as well as partners, donors and stakeholders, in different versions) to review regularly. Evaluate individual teams current capacity level in using ICT in data collection and management to provide appropriate, consistent support in developing these capacities. Ensure country DM&E staff and program teams understand and engage with the system.  Make recommendations for future strengthening of the system. 
  4. Reports management – Regularly conduct project site visits in order to maintain current information for accurate documentation and reporting.  Assist Program Managers and their teams in timely and accurate reporting to donors. These include tracking against project-specific indicators, providing data visualizations via mapping and charts, and providing data against other quantitative donor reporting requirements.
  5. Assessment and Evaluation – Assist in designing programs that incorporate Mercy Corps’ standards in design, monitoring, and evaluation. Coordinate and play a role in assessments as requested.  Contribute to development of log frames and M&E components in new programs and/or proposals and act as a link to the HQ New Initiatives Team.  Play a lead technical role in designing and conducting any program evaluations, working closely with a range of senior program staff. Lead peer review and management analysis efforts to share and utilize information gathered through M&E.  At the request of the Country Director, work with colleagues to coordinate special studies to investigate new opportunities.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY:  DM&E Officers

REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: Country Director

WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: Program Managers and all program staff; external consultants

 

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum 4 to 5 years experience of program implementation and community development in Timor-Leste is required; experience working with an international NGO, UN or other organization is preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience with M&E theory and practices.
  • Familiarity with mobile data collection and an online data management platform preferred.
  • Strong knowledge and experience of rural development program is essential.
  • Ability to communicate, motivate and engage productively with target communities and stakeholders is essential.
  • Strong organizational and coordination skills, and competent computer skills is required.
  • Willingness to travel throughout the districts is required.
  • Hard working and willing to work long hours and meet short deadlines.
  • Self-motivated and require minimum supervision.
  • Advanced level of English and fluency in Tetum is required. The ideal Candidate will be a self-starter, multi-tasker, and able to work in a fast paced work environment. S/he will be a tolerant and flexible individual and will be a team-player with positive attitude to problem solving.

 

Success Factors:

The ideal Candidate will be a self-starter, multi-tasker, and able to work in a fast paced work environment. S/he will be a tolerant and flexible individual and will be a team-player with positive attitude to problem solving.