Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager Job Vacancy at CARE

Full Time

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CARE is an international humanitarian organization fighting global poverty and world hunger by working alongside women and girls.

Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager Job Vacancy at CARE

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND:

CARE is a leading humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting poverty and social injustice and places a particular emphasis on women and girls, their dignity and empowerment to lead their communities out of poverty. CARE began working in Tanzania since April 1994, in response to the crisis in Rwanda and the subsequent influx of refugees into the Kagera Region of North-western Tanzania. Over the subsequent years, CARE Tanzania developed innovative education, health, microfinance, and environmental programs across most regions of the country.  In Tanzania CARE works with the Government both in mainland and Zanzibar and other stakeholders to transform communities and ensure financial inclusion and independence, health and nutrition, climate- smart development resilience, especially for women and girls.

CARE Tanzania seeks to recruit dynamic qualified Tanzanians to fill four (4) positions to support the Country Office.

POSITION TITLE: Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Manager

REPORTS TO: Country Director

LOCATION: Dar-es-salaam

Job Summary

The Senior MEAL Manager will lead in ensuring a high and consistent standard and quality of M&E is delivered throughout CARE TANZANIA PROGRAM STRATEGY in line with the CARE GLOBAL VISION 2030 IMPACT AREAS and Indicators. He/She will be required to provide support to CARE TANZANIA Projects/Initiatives in all aspects of MEAL Standards and Principals. In addition, the Senior MEAL Manager, working closely with the, Evidence Influencing and Communications Manager, will also lead/support the rolling out of evidence generations and related analysis (PEA, stakeholder, etc.) as prescribed by the VISION 2030 He/She will be supported by project-based MEAL team members who will also support and preform MEAL tasks across the entire country office portfolio. The Senior MEAL Manager will work closely with the SPMs and PDs to ensure the team is effectively and efficiently utilized in either a direct or shared and supportive project role. The structure recognizes the MEAL members will/could have specific focus projects based, and that this will be considered under the overall coordination and management of the Senior MEAL Manager. The Senior MEAL Manager will work closely with Project Managers and Project coordinators to leverage evidence across projects in support of the MI Strategy.

He/she will also be responsible for leading the programs’ initiative efforts to build staff and partner’s capacities in designing, monitoring, evaluation, impact measurement, reporting and learning. The position will also advise on suitable approaches to multiplying impact. The Senior MEAL Manager position therefore requires an extremely high level of technical capacity and intellectual flexibility as well as sufficient interpersonal skills to effectively manage the overlapping demands of this role. Expected to have technical capacities beyond tradition M&E techniques to be able to monitor and evaluate policy processes, private sector engagement, and CSO engagement as well monitoring and articulating vertical linkages. The Senior MEAL Manager is expected to maintain good working relationships with national government officials, donors, CARE International Members (CIMs) and relevant civil society organizations, networks and alliances as relevant.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND TASKS

  • Develop/Review existing MEAL systems/framework and approaches to facilitate the development of project-based MEAL systems and aligning with CO strategic plan.
  • Develop/Update Standard Operating Procedures for Feedback and Accountability.
  • Regularly conduct staff and partner capacity gaps and organise/facilitate for capacity exchange opportunities.
  • Lead the MEAL team providing support, orientation to new MEAL staff, coaching, mentoring on a continuous basis and develop a culture of teamwork.
  • Coordinate and arrange review meetings for teams to review project achievements including Annual PIIRS Results, Projects Results through CARE TZ MEAL System and reflect on the projects and COs achievements trends as per Strategy and VISION 2030 targets.
  • Provide MEAL lens in project design and implementation ensuring that relevant CARE global indicators are included and tracked for impact measurement.
  • Work across departments to ensure effective use of MEAL data and information in project proposals, communications, contracts, technical reports, and other materials.
  • Continuous monitoring of CARE & partner deliverables as per set projects objectives and indicators targets, reviewing monthly, quarterly and annual reports before submission ensuring high quality standards.
  • Ensure CARE Tanzania systems and processes are aligned with CI, donor and other global MEAL standards (SPHERE, CHS, BHA, etc.)
  • Develop and adapt organizational standardized evidence and data quality assurance checklist and approach to be used (standard quality criteria’s to be used to access evidence and data).
  • Develop project specific Data Quality Assessment (DQA) checklist/tool and seek regional support on a need basis on evidence and data accuracy and quality assurance.
  • Coordinate both internal and external Data Quality Assessment across the CO projects to ensure data quality at all levels.
  • Facilitate training to MEAL team, staffs and partner staffs on the use central information repositories to ensure availability, timely submission and accurate and quality reports, documents and all data for reference and learning.
  • Leading the PIIRS process at CO level and coordinates the annual PIIRS submission, review, and adaptations of the data through CO sense making session.
  • Ensure there is proper MEAL tools and templates for collecting and reporting the project/initiative achievements to donor, CO management and other stakeholders.
  • Support in the development & use of project M & E tools models (log frame, Theory of Change, ITT, M & E Plan) at both design and project implementation stage.
  • Ensure documentation of all feedback from different stakeholders, regularly analyse and disseminate findings for adaptations.
  • Support in development of data management systems and promoting responsible data management practices.
  • Coordinate CO project baselines, Midterm review and endline evaluations.
  • Ensure proper selection of external evaluations and provisions of technical guidance towards obtaining quality and high standard work.
  • Facilitate data collection and analysis across the projects to ensure availability of accurate and quality of data that informs projects and allows it to make programming decisions and support a process of adaptive management and continual improvement.
  • Facilitate data collection and analysis of evidence that informs influencing and advocacy as aligned with the CARE TZ Strategy, Vision 2030, MI framework, as well as other initiatives adopted by the CO.
  • Support the country office in knowledge management and documenting learning and adaptive management, by promoting the use of evaluation by partners, staff, and other stakeholders
  • In collaboration with sectoral leads, and heads of programmes/projects- facilitate the dissemination of promising practices and lessons learned to contribute to the knowledge management agenda.
  • Lead mechanisms  for  regular  sharing  and  analysis  of  data  (including  PIIRS  data)  and  provide  implications  to programs/projects.
  • Participate in program design and major project reviews, making sure that new designs mainstream best practices and learning and are aligned with CO MEAL framework
  • Participate in sub-regional and regional MEAL working group meetings as scheduled.
  • Conduct Internal MEAL team meetings; monthly, quarterly, biannually to plan, share progress, experiences, best practices, and challenges for improvements.
  • In line with CARE policies and guidelines supervise and guide MEAL staff (Coordinators, Officers, interns and Volunteers) to ensure fair treatment of staff, quality and high standards of work is achieved and stimulate learning and staff development agility to ensure continuous improvements in MEAL Management.
  • Apply and promote CARE’s core values all the time, support Gender Equity and Diversity at workplace and of our partners and the community at large to ensure maximum benefit and outcomes for the vulnerable women and children we serve.
  • Practice a behaviour that is consistent with CARE’s core values and promotion of gender equity and diversity goals.
  • Play a leadership role in identifying and implementing initiatives that enhance CARE’s commitment to gender and diversity.
  • Be proactive in ensuring that CARE’s core values, code of conduct, and principles of gender equity and diversity (GED) are upheld throughout area of responsibility and provide leadership to others.
  • Play an active role in support of resource mobilization, with a focus on quality and MEAL related components in program development and design.
  • Take responsibility for personal performance, be accountable for own actions and decisions and be answerable for resulting consequences.
  • Keep up to date with CARE’s emerging strategies and approaches and contribute proactively towards implementation.
  • Take responsibility for ensuring personal safety and security, giving due care and consideration to the impact of personal decisions on the safety and security of others
  • When applicable, participate in emergency response and recovery efforts in the event of an emergency in any of the projects’ area.
  • Keep up to date with developments in assigned technical/functional area, including best practice examples and ensure ongoing personal development and learning.
  • Perform other duties as assigned his/her supervisor

EDUCATION QUALIFICATION

  • Master’s degree in social sciences / development studies / information systems/ project management
  • Professional certificates on MEA/Project Management will be added advantage

EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS

  • At least 7 years’ experience of MEAL including impact measurement, knowledge management, research, evidence generation for policy, data analysis, cost benefit analysis, programme quality and learning preferably in development organisations, and at a range of levels for local (micro) to national (macro).
  • 5 years’ experience in coordinating / managing complex programs working with government and civil society partners.
  • Minimum 5 years of expertise in one or some of the following areas: land rights, conflict and policy, sustainable natural resource management, conservation, climate action, Civil society strengthening, pastoralism and agriculture policy and livelihoods.
  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in evidence-based advocacy, policy formulation, creating networks, supporting social movements and representative civil society organisations.
  • Extensive line management experience, with previous responsibility for staff, resources, and contracts.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience of proven success in project cycle and adaptive management, including project designs, impact measurement and project reporting.
  • Demonstrable achievements in delivering on Governance and Gender transformation programming.
  • Experience in conducting research and analysing data for advocacy and policy related initiatives, as well as formulating policy recommendations.

TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES

  • Ability to analyse and think critically, working constantly through iterative processes
  • Skills in qualitative and quantitative data collection, data management and analysis, including knowledge of computer software (e.g., MS Word, Excel, Power Point, statistical package such as SPSS, SAS, etc.).
  • Knowledge in developing and implementing M&E frameworks, plans and in using logical framework and outcome mapping approaches.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in strategic planning and contextual analysis of relevant program areas.
  • Ability to establish and nurture a proactive learning culture within the team and strong capacity building, training and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to work and communicate with a range of stakeholders including policymakers and government officials, NGOs, the media, community representatives.
  • Strong ability to engage with communities and capability in being proactive to organize community outreach activities
  • Strong portfolio of successfully representing the organization and negotiating with key senior powerholders and policy makers in government.
  • Ensuring that gender and power dynamics related to monitoring and evaluation activities are taken into consideration.
  • Ability to thrive in team environments, with a strong understanding of diversity and other cultures
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with a fluent writing style and good knowledge and practical use of both English and Kiswahili

MODE OF APPLICATIONS:

Only a letter of application and updated CV including names of at least 3 reputable referees from previous jobs (preferable line Managers) with reliable contacts should be sent by email to Human Resources Department TZAHumanResourcesDepartment@care.org by CoB, 25th June 2024 at 1700hrs. The applicants should clearly state the Job title applied for in the subject line of the email. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

CARE is an equal opportunity employer promoting gender, equity and diversity. Female and people with disability candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Our selection process reflects our commitment to the protection of children and vulnerable adults from abuse.

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To apply for this job email your details to TZAHumanResourcesDepartment@care.org