Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer


Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer

Organization Description

Right to Play (RTP) is a global organization that uses the transformative power of play to educate and empower children facing adversity. Through sports and games, RTP helps children in more than 20 countries build essential life skills and better futures, while driving social change in their communities in sustainable and lasting ways. Right to Play’s mission is to use sport and play to educate and empower children and youth to overcome the effects of poverty, conflict and disease in disadvantaged communities. RTP Jordan was established in 2006, focusing on children and youth in the most vulnerable areas of Jordan. Its aim is to enhance equality of education within the Jordanian formal education frameworks, in addition to using sports for comprehensive child and youth development including psychosocial support, life skills and community cohesion.

Position Summary

The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer reports directly to the Country Director (CD) and receives technical advice and supervision from the Regional MEL Officer. The primary roles and responsibilities of the MEL Officer are to (a) manage and implement Right To Play’s country-level MEL plan; (b) coordinate and implement the monitoring of program activities, participants, and outcomes and support the development of program reports; (c) support program planning at the country level by conducting appropriate assessments and through the provision of technical assistance; (d) support program evaluations; and, (e) help the country office utilize the findings in their planning and decision-making. The MEL Officer leads the MEL system across the country and plays an active part in the global Right To Play MEL community by contributing to the organization’s understanding of its program approaches and outcomes.

Duties and Responsibilities

· Coordinate and implement regular monitoring of program outcomes by leading outcome studies at least once a year.

· Implements qualitative (focus groups, interviews, child observations) and quantitative (surveys) tools to collect data with children, youth, leaders, parents, partners and other stakeholders.

· Identify innovations and improvements to enhance effectiveness of the global MEL framework and systems.

· Oversee data entry and transcribing processes both for primary and secondary data.

· Develop and submit output, outcome, and evaluation reports to the Country Director and the Regional MEL Officer.

· Assess RTP’s global indicators and MEL tools for relevance and appropriateness within the country context and propose revisions as needed.

  • Develop MEL frameworks for new programs including indicators, targets, data collection methods and schedules, and analysis plans and regularly review MEL frameworks for existing programs to ensure relevance and effectiveness.
  • Support planning for mid-term and final evaluations.
  • Assess country-level capacity for successful implementation of MEL work including staff skills and knowledge, data entry and data storage systems and develop strategies for increasing capacity.
  • Train data collection enumerators such as Field Facilitators and partner staff on data collection tools and processes.
  • Support Country Office and Regional Office in developing logic frameworks for new programs and reviewing logic frameworks for existing programs including the identification of appropriate outcomes and SMART indicators.
  • Participate in RTP’s global MEL initiatives including M&E portal, M&E workshops and trainings and consultations.

Requirements

· Bachelor’s degree in social sciences, development or a related field.

· Training in Monitoring and Evaluation such as university courses, workshops, certificates.

· 3 years of practical experience developing and implementing monitoring and evaluation frameworks (developing logic frameworks, outcomes, indicators, targets, and data collection plans).

· 1 year of practical experience working with social programs.

· 3 years leading and conducting data collection, both qualitative (focus groups, interviews, observations) and quantitative (surveys, statistics review).

· Experience conducting rudimentary analysis of quantitative data (descriptive analysis) and qualitative data (identifying key themes and sub-themes).

· Fluency in written and spoken Arabic and English.

Technical Skills

· A background in program evaluation methodologies.

· Understanding of quantitative and qualitative research approaches and best practices, and of child-friendly data collection methods.

· Knowledge of SMART indicators.

· A strong working knowledge of issues related to development and humanitarian programming (sport for development, health, education, community development, refugee and internally displaced populations, gender equity, inclusion and advocacy).

· Substantial knowledge of monitoring and evaluation processes for NGO programs.

· Computer literacy in MS Word, Excel and Internet.

Compensation

RTP offers a competitive salary and benefits package.

Additional

Employment Start Date: August 1st, 2018

Contract Duration: Initial contract will be until December 31st, 2018, with the possibility of annual renewal based on performance.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please send a cover letter and CV to Zeid Adarbeh at zadarbeh@righttoplay.com and Sarah Miller at smiller@righttoplay.com. Applications will only be considered from candidates who are currently in Jordan and who are authorized to work in the country.

Right to Play is a child-centered organization. Our recruitment and selection procedures reflect our commitment to the safety and protection of children in our programs. To learn more about who we are and what we do, please visit our website at www.righttoplay.com.

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