Job description: This position is contingent upon funding; anticipated start date July 2012.
Job location: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Position type: Full-time / Regular
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Mercy Corps has been operating in Guatemala for over eight years, with programs focused on improving access to health services and income generation activities, as well as supporting land conflict resolution, agricultural and economic development. The country program is currently implementing more than 10 grants from donors such as the United States Agency for International Development, the European Commission, Irish Aid, Wal-Mart, Starbucks and the Linked Foundation. The Guatemala program operates out of offices in Guatemala City, Cobán, Alta Verapaz, Santa Cruz, Quiche, and Xela in Quetzaltenango.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be a key position in the 5-year USAID-funded Rural Value Chains Project (RVCP). The RVCP is part of USAID’s Feed the Future Initiative and, as such, its primary goal is to sustainably reduce global poverty and hunger. To do this, RVCP will:
- Expand rural household participation in competitive rural value chains (horticulture and coffee; and handicrafts)
- Build the organizational, management and business capacity of associative agribusiness cooperatives and associations participating in selected value chains;
- Expand the depth and breadth of benefits resulting from the growth of rural value chains, especially for poor, indigenous, and women headed rural households; and
- Improve rural household nutrition by increasing the productivity of crops grown by poor households for home consumption, and improving food utilization.
The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be responsible for finalizing the RVCP Performance Management Plan (PMP) in order to finalize targets for the life of the program and appropriate measurement tools and schedules. Throughout the life of the program, the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will be the senior leader responsible for cross-cutting programmatic information management within the framework of the PMP; monitoring and evaluation; ensuring that information collected is reflected upon, used for continuous improvement of ongoing programs, and is incorporated into consistently high quality reports. The individual filling this position will have responsibility for monitoring and evaluation not only of direct implementation programs, but also of numerous sub-grants and, therefore, will work closely with numerous local recipient organizations to ensure a unified results management system.
Results will be measured by the increase in the number of rural households participating in the value chains, either as producers or laborers; increased incremental value chain sales and employment; increased household incomes; improved quality of life; and decreased levels of chronic child malnutrition.
The program will be focused within the five departments of the Western Highlands of Guatemala and the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will likely be based in Guatemala City with frequent travel to the field.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:Do This
Vision, Leadership and Strategy on Monitoring and Evaluation Systems – Provide leadership to the entire RVCP program, including all sub-grantees, in developing program level M&E systems that enable clients and stakeholders to analyze and effectively represent program results in a synchronized manner. Ensure that monitoring systems meet the requirements of USAID. Ensure that performance results can be used for continuous improvement. Set up and supervise the RVCP M&E Unit including hiring, orienting and supervising M&E staff as appropriate with a special emphasis on building staff capacity.
Monitoring & Evaluation System Development – Establish the M&E system serving the needs of the overall RVCP program – both for portions of the program being directly implemented by Mercy Corps and for the substantial program implemented by other sub-grantees and the prime Guatemalan NGO. The system must be designed and maintained to harmonize project approaches of all RVCP implementers with utility and program quality in mind, providing managers and their team’s real time information that can steer program implementation as well as improves our ability to analyze and represent impact to USAID, government, colleague agencies, and communities themselves. The system must include a variety of methodologies (both quantitative and qualitative) and also must engage communities.
Technical Support and Assistance lead local NGO and sub-grantees – Conduct assessments of partner capacity vis-à-vis monitoring and evaluation. Provide training and support to partners on monitoring grant and sub-grant activities against the PMP. Assist in training local staff on monitoring and evaluation as needed.
Staff Training and Capacity Building– Build the capacity of all relevant team members to develop and maintain an excellent M&E system, including regular reflection and analysis of program monitoring data and production of evidence-based recommendations and reports. Provide extensive support and capacity building to sub-grantee organizations to develop and strengthen their monitoring and evaluation systems and tools.
Coordination – Provide leadership to ensure that monitoring and evaluation systems amongst all RVCP implementers – including a number local sub-grantee agencies and private sector entities – are well coordinated allowing for comparison of data across individual sub-grants and compilation of data for RVCP as a whole. Through regular coordination meetings, ensures that the partnership of RVCP agencies can conduct meaningful analysis of collected data and incorporate findings into implementation.
Evaluation Assessments – Play a central role in supporting any baseline, external mid-term evaluation and final evaluation as well as lead the design, field-testing, data collection and analysis of any additional evaluation initiatives that may be required.
Other duties as assigned by the Chief of Party.
Organizational Learning: As part of Mercy Corps’ agency-wide Organizational Learning Initiative, all team members are responsible for spending 5% of their work time in formal and/or non-formal professional learning activities.
Accountability to Beneficiaries: Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts towards 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: RVCP Monitoring and Evaluation staff
REPORTS DIRECTLY TO: RVCP Chief of Party
WORKS DIRECTLY WITH: RVCP team and program partners; USAID staff and other stakeholders; and HQ-based DM&E Technical Support Unit
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
B.A./B.S. degree in Economics, Statistics, Agriculture, or related field is required. Master’s degree in the same field is preferred.
5+ years experience designing and implementing practical monitoring and evaluation systems required, with at least two years of experience with analysis of market systems, and using analysis to inform program choices that open doors for small producers.
Proven experience in designing and implementing M&E activities and indicators, as well as analyzing the data collected.
Demonstrated skills in analyzing data, both qualitative and quantitative.
Demonstrated skill in training and M&E capacity development of field staff.
Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
Previous experience working with Guatemalan or Latin American coffee and horticultural markets and market actors preferred.
Familiarity with food security indicators and assessment is preferred.
Excellent written and oral communication skills in both Spanish and English required.
The successful Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will combine exceptional analytical skills with proven experience in maintaining comprehensive program monitoring systems and conducting program evaluations. S/he will have an outstanding ability to manage and report on all M&E systems. S/he will also have proven experience, multi-tasking, prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail and strategic vision are essential. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication a priority in all situations.
LIVING CONDITIONS/ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:
The position is based in Guatemala City with extensive travel to field locations, including remote areas with heightened security concerns. Guatemala City is a congested, modern city and security awareness is important. The city has all the modern amenities and an inefficient mass transportation system as well as plentiful taxis (as long as it is not raining or rush hour). The weather in Guatemala City is pleasant with a temperate climate all year round with hotter temperatures during the last months of the dry season, April and May. The rainy season usually begins at the end of May and lasts through October.
Mercy Corps Team members represent the agency both during and outside of 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 Mercy Corps’ policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.