Vacancy No: 2012-12-fld
Date: 19 January 2012
Application Deadline: 29 January 2012
Place of assignment: Nairobi, Kenya
Organization unit: Reg. Rep. East Africa, Nairobi
Accompanied status: Accompanied with Spouse and Children
Duration of contract: 12 months
Purpose of position:
In 2009 the Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies adopted a new global strategy (Strategy 2020) which articulates the Federation’s direction for the next 10 years. Specifically the strategy identifies three strategic aims:
Save lives, protect livelihoods and strengthen recovery from disasters and crises.
Enable healthy and safe living.
Promote social inclusion and a culture of non-violence and peace.
The IFRC East Africa (EA) Regional Representation has focused these aims on community resilience for an approach of Technical Support in the region.
The IFRC is committed towards improving quality and technical support for project/program design, monitoring, evaluation and learning. More attention will be given to the development and implementation of branch, national and regional M&E systems and tools in order to monitor progress and processes towards achievement of strategic objectives.
The IFRC EA Region seeks to establish and implement ME&L systems that will enable improvement of internal management, program/project performance, data/evidence-based decision making and learning. Additionally, IFRC EA Regional Representation seeks to increase capacity to design and implement relevant and meaningful ME&L systems as part of proposals and reports to donors, so the RC/RC movement is able to more clearly demonstrate results.
The Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Delegate will provide technical ME&L support to the Lake Victoria Programme and National Societies. She/he will build capacity of the Regional Office and the National Societies by identifying and supporting the implementation of effective, ME&L systems and initiate a more strategic approach towards ME&L.
The ME&L Delegate will work to increase the technical M&E capacity and to ensure technical quality of assessment, M&E activities in the regional office and institutionalise systems of review, reflections and retention of lessons learned.
Description of Duties:
A. Coordinate the Lake Victoria Programme (LVP)
On behalf of IFRC, be the primary focal point of the LVP regional programme
Conduct baseline and ongoing assessments of the LVP programme in the target countries to gauge the progress of implementation as well as set targets for future results
Work in close coordination with National Societies in creating appropriate MEL systems at branch and headquarters levels
Build capacity of relevant staff involved in the LVP, in particular on standardisation, where appropriate on data collection, analysis and learning
Organize best practices, peer review opportunities among participating National Societies to create a learning culture in the EA Region
Support National Societies in resource mobilisation, including both at national, regional and international level, find creative and sustainable options for financing ongoing LVP programme activities
Ensure quality reports that capture value addition of LVP programme are produced by the National Societies
Support National Societies in Volunteer development to facilitate the implementation of the LVP
Ensure internal and external ‘marketing’ of the programme
B. Build National Society Capacities in ME&L – Planning/Development
Coordinate the development of a comprehensive overall monitoring, evaluation and learning framework, including practical toolkits for the IFRC EA TSU
Design, lead and manage participatory processes to establish regional, and identified national M&E systems within agreed National Society programmes
Design, coordinate and/or deliver a cohesive training and capacity building programme for National Societies that transfers and enhances capacity to design, introduce and implement appropriate M&E systems
Develop and/or participate in development of guidance and frameworks for regional procedures, policies and processes that will institutionalize and support high quality Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning in IFRC RRO
Establish M&E guidance and tools for IFRC EA TSU roll out with National Societies
C. Communication/Information Management
Promote an efficient Management Information System enabling systematic and efficient data collection, sharing of best practices and lessons learned
Coordinate, lead and manage participatory and innovative data collection initiatives e.g. the pilot mobile data collection system, analysis and reporting
Communicate and disseminate information on IFRC M&E standards, policies, practices and indicators; coordinate with other regions, the Zone and Geneva in developing best practices and sharing lessons learned
Establish and maintain mechanisms for capturing, analyzing, reporting/sharing and applying M&E findings, information, lessons learned, and best practices among RC/RC movement personnel
Promote the replication of documented best practices among National Society organisations in East Africa and internationally where appropriate
Represent the technical content of IFRC M&E systems externally to donors and other organizations
Duties applicable to all staff:
- Actively work towards the achievement of the Secretariat’s goals.
- Abide by and work in accordance with the Red Cross Red Crescent principles.
- Perform any other work related duties and responsibilities that may be assigned by the line manager.
Relevant university degree such as operations research, quantitative analysis, development studies, etc.
Relevant professional training courses (Red Cross/Red Crescent related, humanitarian and development sector, management)
Three years of progressively responsible and directly relevant professional experience
Experience and familiarity with quantitative and qualitative principles and approaches in M&E
Demonstrated field experience in a humanitarian organisations
Experience linking grass roots initiatives with policy level work
Experience in transferring knowledge to diverse audiences through training, mentoring, coaching and other formal and non-formal methods
Experience in management of information systems
Influencing and obtaining cooperation of individuals not under supervisory control
Long-distance relationships to achieve results
Ability to engage and motivate staff and National Society partners in a challenging new area
Collecting, manipulating, synthesizing and analyzing data
Excellent analytic skills
Proficient in using computer applications
Written and spoken English
Results Focus & Accountability
She/he will be expected to have great understanding of donor expectations and trends in M&E and willingness and ability to travel on short notices within the region.