Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor (COE, Water) – USAID project (Grant Position)

Reports to: Chief of Party (COP) (COE, Water) – USAID project

Purpose: The job holder will ensure compliance with USAID regulations and reporting requirements. He/she will develop and oversee the implementation of MEL strategies, instruments and interventions throughout the life cycle of the Center of Excellence (COE) project to generate sound and systematic evidence to support strategic and operational decision making, foster learning for all stakeholders, and continuously enhance the achievement of planned results, targets, and impacts.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Develop and implement a unified monitoring, evaluation, and learning framework across all program components, setting out specific quantifiable performance indicators and targets for overall objectives and activities to measure project progress to ensure timely completion of the objectives and goals outlined in the Gantt Chart; and including identification of processes, outputs, outcomes, and sustainability indicators
  • Manage the performance of staff within the MEL team; supervise and guide their goal setting, team building, operation, coaching, mentoring and performance evaluation processes in alignment with AUC and USAID policies, an in a way to maximize their achievements and growth
  • Prepare all quarterly and annual reports and is responsible for all aspects of monitoring and evaluation under the project's activities, to include target setting, tracking of progress toward targets, development of monitoring and evaluation tools, and data collection and analysis, storage, and management
  • Design and develop the MEL plan for AUC/COE in collaboration with the Egyptian university partner(s) MEL specialist(s) to ensure tight alignment between their respective MEL plans, specify the division of labor, and enhance coordination for all aspects of MEL for their COE
  • Ensure appropriate baseline data availability or gathering, periodic monitoring, adequate performance reporting, and other activities to facilitate the implementation of evaluations
  • Develop and regularly review data collection processes, procedures, and instruments; perform data quality assessment through random inspections, verifications and validations, and make adjustments as needed
  • Develop and oversee the routine implementation of quantitative and qualitative data analysis procedures both at the project level and at the COE itself
  • Coordinate and facilitate external evaluation interventions by USAID, and tracer studies and employment surveys by partners and sub-grantees
  • Conduct impact assessments, baseline studies, surveys, round tables and need assessments to identify necessary changes, future project opportunities, and share lessons for the project sustainability purposes
  • Identify the core information needs of the COE project administration, USAID, partners, and all other stakeholders and beneficiaries, and develop effective mechanisms to address those needs in a timely fashion.
  • Assist the Chief of Party and the Project Management team in the development of the project policies, procedures, and work plans to foster accountability and transparency principles and practices
  • Develop a system to capture knowledge and lessons learned to disseminate lessons within the project and among project partners and stakeholders, and integrate the lessons learned into project strategies and activities to enhance COE’s visibility, impact and sustainability
  • Ensure standardization of MEL tools and methodologies in coordination with sub-grantee, and train staff in their usage, and track their progress
  • Develop the project’s formal reporting system to regularly present the findings of monitoring and evaluation interventions and disseminate knowledge about the project’s progress and results to all stakeholders and beneficiaries, and cascade this system to the COE to further institutionalize results-based management practices and evidence-based decision making at the COE
  • Design and deliver training interventions to address the MEL needs of project staff pertaining to the components of the COE MEL system
  • Provide short-term technical assistance to the Egyptian university partner(s) MEL specialist(s), to potentially include field visits to Egypt
  • Plan and implement capacity building interventions to project beneficiaries on SMART indicators, data collection and dissemination protocols and mechanisms, data management and analysis, and best reporting and information dissemination practices
  • Produce ad hoc reports as requested by the (COP) or in response to USAID/Egypt
  • Furnish the five committees/council of the COE by reports for evaluating the success of the project activities
  • Recommend changes in approach and implementation as needed to meet the original outlined goals and objectives
  • Other specific duties/functions related to monitoring and evaluation as needed

Requirements:

Minimum Education Requirement(s): Master degree from an accredited, recognized university in a relevant field.

Experience:  

  • A minimum of seven years of monitoring and evaluation experience using large donor systems and templates. Three of the seven years working experience is preferred to be in higher education programs
  • Proven track record in working with USAID funded projects leading MEL activities
  • Good knowledge of the Water sector in Egypt would be an asset
  • Experience in strategic planning and performance measurement, including indicator selection, target setting, reporting, and database management
  • Knowledge of the major evaluation methodologies (e.g., qualitative, quantitative, mixed-method, and impact) and data collection and analysis methodologies
  • Experience in planning and managing surveys; developing questionnaires and refining data collection tools; and with data quality assessments and oversight
  • Extensive experience analyzing quantitative and qualitative data and report writing skills
  • Familiarity with the political, social, economic and cultural context of working in Egypt is also necessary

Skills:

  • Strong monitoring and evaluation skills, data analysis and report writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to establish effective working relations with the project partners and stakeholders
  • Ability to multi-task and work under tight deadlines
  • Resourceful through technology and research skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and relationship building
  • Proficiency in Excel and other data management systems
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent command of English and Arabic
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

 

This position is open until September 22, 2019

 

Placement is based on the candidate’s experience and skills. Only candidates who make it to the shortlist will be contacted. If interested, please send an updated and detailed resume to hr4@aucegypt.edu, stating “M&E Advisor – COE” in the subject line.

 

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