Malawi: Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist

By US Agency for International Development Organization: US Agency for International Development
Country: Malawi
Closing date: 16 Oct 2018

Introduction

As a member of the M&E team, the successful candidate will be responsible to provide M&E technical support to Southern Africa and other regions on an ad hoc basis as determined by the global FFP M&E team. The primary purpose of the technical support is to enhance and strengthen FFP and its awardees technical capacity to monitor and evaluate the performance of development and emergency food security programs, working closely with Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) and Public International Organizations (PIOs). The Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Specialist will support the effective management of FFP resources by providing technical assistance and training to ensure effective development and implementation of monitoring systems for food security programs. The incumbent will take direction from the FFP M&E Team Lead and be assigned to the Regional FFP Office for Southern Africa, based in Pretoria, South Africa. The position, while regional, will be based at the USAID Mission in Lilongwe, Malawi.

Duties and Responsibilities

The work of the M&E Specialist requires teamwork and personal responsibility. The incumbent must have demonstrated initiative and ability to manage competing work priorities and work independently when required. The incumbent must be able to coordinate with a range of technical experts, management and program staff, and liaise with other agency members.

Under the direct supervision of the Team Leader or his/her designee, the M&E Specialist will perform the following duties:

● Provide technical assistance to design and implement monitoring systems; review M&E plans and provide constructive feedback for improvements; assist FFP and Mission staff to review monitoring and evaluation portions of planning and reporting documents, and project proposals;

● Participate and co-facilitate M&E workshops for the new awardees in countries; provide technical assistance to further refine theories of change, logic model, and indicators; review M&E documents, and survey and evaluation Scope of Work (SoWs);

● Participate in the baseline and final evaluation survey design, workshop, in country training, and monitor contractor’s field work; review instruments, manuals, data tables, and draft reports;

● Assess technical capacity of the implementing partners’ and FFP M&E staff and arrange/provide appropriate training for them;

● Update guidance and regulations for monitoring, evaluation, and reporting of FFP-funded programs, in coordination with the FFP M&E team members based in the region as well as in Washington, DC;

● Review development and emergency projects’ quarterly and annual reports and associated processes, identify challenges and lessons learned, and share them within and across FFP;

● Further analyze baseline and end-line survey and annual monitoring data to improve FFP’s knowledge and understanding about the pathways to achieve food and nutritional security outcomes, contribute to FFP learning agenda and reporting needs, tracking FFP strategic results framework; and using innovative approaches/ strategies to improve data utilization for decision making;

● Periodically participate in evaluations, technical review and/ or assessments;

● Develop checklists and other tools for FFP Officers in the field to improve objectivity in field visits;

● Improve and standardize FFP development and emergency project quarterly and annual reporting and associated processes, in consultation with implementing partners, field staff, contractors, and consultants;

● Liaise with key USAID partners, including Global Health, and the Bureau of Food Security, on food and nutrition security-related indicators, ensuring complementarity between FFP and BFS indicators and that FFP results are captured in the Feed the Future (FTF) monitoring system to the extent possible;

● Coordinate with the other members of the M&E team, markets team, learning team; geo regional teams, training team, communication team, FFP technical team, the Technical and Operations Performance Support (TOPS) program, the Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III Project (FANTA III), the Humanitarian Assistance Support Contract (HASC), and Evelyn staff for technical support, training, data utilization, knowledge capture and knowledge sharing;

● Advise FFP Officers in USAID Missions on M&E- related policies, procedures, and guidance to improve effectiveness of FFP programming; and

● As needed, serve on short-term assignments with other USAID offices or bureaus in direct support of FFP programs. These placements shall not exceed three months.

How to apply:

For an offeror to be considered for this position, s/he must adhere to the following guidelines and complete, sign and submit the following documents by email to malawijobs@usaid.gov . This will enable the evaluation committee to thoroughly and objectively review the offer against the requirements of the position

  1. AID 302-3, Offeror Information for Personal Services Contract Form Eligible offerors are required to complete and submit the offer form AID 302-3, “Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts,” available at http://www.usaid.gov/forms.

  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae

  3. Reference Persons Offerors are required to provide five (5) reference persons who are not family members or relatives, with working telephones and email contacts. The references must be able to provide substantive information about offerors past performance and abilities. Reference checks will be made only for offerors considered as finalists. If an offeror does not wish for the current employer to be contacted as a reference check, this should be stated in the offeror’s AID 302-3 form and/or resume. The interviewing committee will delay such reference check pending communication with the offeror.

  4. Offers must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3, and submitted to the Point of Contact in Section I, item 13.

  5. To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position, Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation number in the offer submission.

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