- Company: Plan International
- Location: Ghana
- State: Accra
- Job type: Full-Time
International is an independent development and humanitarian organisation that advances children’s rights and equality for girls.
We believe in the power and potential of every child. But this is often suppressed by poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination. And it’s girls who are most affected.
Working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners, we strive for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.
We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood. And we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity. We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge.
We have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years, and are now active in more than 70 countries.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Coordinator
Department & Location
Programmes ( Accra)
Reports to (position): Directly Supervises:
Project Manager (operational reporting line) and MER Manager (technical reporting line)
Purpose: How does this post support Plan International’s strategy and mission?
Plan International is an independent non-profit organization that advances children’s well-being and equality for girls. Working in building powerful partnerships for children for over 80 years and present over in 70 countries, Plan International strives for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children while working together with children, young people, our supporters and partners.
Plan International Ghana is looking for Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Coordinator to effectively lead the monitoring, evaluation and learning activities for a project titled “She Leads Consortium – Ghana”; a five-year (2021-2025) strategic partnership between Terre des Hommes, Plan International, Defence for Children/ECPAT, African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. The strategic objective of the She Leads programme is to increase the sustained influence of Girls and Young Women (GYW) on decision-making and the transformation of gender norms in formal and informal institutions. This will be achieved through the attainment of three main outcomes; enhanced collective action and activism by GYW in a gender-responsive civil society, increased acceptance of positive social gender norms and political institutions at all levels enable meaningful participation of GYW in decision-making.
The project will have a national reach, however specifically target some regions of Ghana.
The program departments of Plan’s Country Offices in WACA have MER units whose purpose is to improve program quality and accountability through supporting and implementing high quality MER in programs and projects, and, to provide evidence for programme design, planning and effectiveness.
The MEL Coordinator is a member of the MER unit. The role of the position is to contribute to ensuring programme quality and accountability at project level.
Dimensions of Role:
The MEL Coordinator will be responsible and ultimately accountable for developing and implementing the project’s feminist MEL system, providing capacity development in M&E to women’s rights and GYW-led organizations, and developing and implementing the project’s knowledge management system, all with the ultimate objective of improving program effectiveness. Feminist principles of co-creation of knowledge, collaboration, participation, transparency and respect for the agency of women’s rights and GYW-led organizations will be integrated in all aspects of this role. The post-holder will be based in Accra with regular travel to the project locations in Upper West, Northern and North East regions; for approximately 20 – 30% of their time. The role is responsible for the implementation of project/community based monitoring and feedback systems, r esponsible for ensuring all monitoring and evaluation activities are conducted in line with Plan International’s MERL standards , serve as focal point for data collection and entry at the project level, m ember of MER unit and of the project team hence matrix managed by the Project Manager and the MER Manager and does not line manage another person.
Typical Responsibilities – Key End Results of Position:
“What” is done and “why”, but not “how”; include indicators for success
Feminist MEL System : Lead the participatory development and implementation of the project’s feminist MEL system. A strong understanding of results-based management, feminist principles, and technical proficiency in mixed methods, data collection, analysis and presentation is essential.
-Feminist monitoring and evaluation system, tools and processes are developed in a participatory manner with local women’s rights and GYW-led organizations and structured for measuring the results of the project.
– Performance measurement frameworks and plans are finalized and validated with relevant stakeholders, and are inclusive of women’s empowerment domains and indicators.
-Ability to integrate indices designed as composite measurements that aggregate, rank and summarize multiple indicators and data points.
-Creativity in developing qualitative and quantitative monitoring tools suited to the needs and capacities of WROs operating at different levels.
-Routine project monitoring is undertaken inclusive of tool design and development; data collection, cleaning and compilation; analysis, validation and sharing with relevant stakeholders.
-Management Information System is established and maintained to systematically collect, store and analyze output and activity information.
-Technical oversight and direction for baseline and endline studies inclusive of developing Terms of Reference and ensuring consultants deliver high quality reports (support in verifying the methodology, the relevance of the tools, and the quality of the report submitted) and value for money.
-Ensures M&E strategies in gender equality and women’s empowerment are responsive to the context, implemented consistently across all project activities (start-up to close-out), and adhere to best practices in the sector.
-Advise on design and implementation to ensure achievement of results and advance project and organizational learning
-Responsible for ensuring all monitoring and evaluation activities are conducted in line with Plan International’s child protection/safeguarding and ethical principles and promote accountability to beneficiaries
-Performs any other duties to be assigned to support the achievement of organizational goals
Capacity Development & Relationships: Through participatory approaches, the MEL Coordinator will provide capacity development and ongoing coaching to local women’s rights and GYW-led organizations. Cultivating strong and respectful relationships with women’s rights and GYW-led will be an essential component of this accountability .
-Contribute to the design, coordination and oversight of the organizational self-assessments and capacity building strategies for women/GYW-led organizations operating at different levels and in diverse socio-cultural contexts.
-Provide inputs and support in developing tools, guidelines and capacity building modules and reviewing all the material developed through the project and share its cutting-edge competencies in gender equality and evidence based programming with women’s organizations.
-Provide capacity development and ongoing coaching directly to women’s organizations, specifically in strengthening their MEL systems.
-Facilitate and guide the project team and women/GYW-led organizations in determining data sourcing, collection and reporting protocols, procedures and mechanisms.
-Provide technical support and guidance to women’s organizations to fulfil grant monitoring and reporting requirements.
-Foster strong coordination and collaboration with women/GYW organizations through open and transparent communication, participation and joint decision-making, and respect for their agency and technical expertise.
Knowledge Management & Reporting: Best practices and lessons learned are documented, shared, and integrated into programming.
In collaboration with the project team, stakeholders and consultants (when relevant), compile raw data, choose data representations, and document lessons learned and best practices
Design and implement dissemination plans to share knowledge and findings with relevant stakeholders, including women’s organizations, government, donor agency, etc.
As an integral member of the project team, ensure high quality data and learnings are available to inform planning, implementation and decisions.
Contribute to regular project narrative reports, ensuring high quality data and learnings are available to complete reports on time.
Identify and develop / improve opportunities for continuous improvement of systems, processes and overall learning and development with Plan International Ghana.
Communications and Working Relationships:
Working contacts inside and outside the organization; include the purpose and level (high, medium, low) of the contact
High level contact : Internal: the Project level program team, women’s rights and GYW-led organizations and Plan International Netherlands.
Medium level contact : the Project operations team, the CO based technical advisors; contact with Plan International partner organizations (WROs) to ensure compliance;
Low level contact : Maintains low contact with other staff from the Program Unit and country offices to offer support for understanding and implementation of the She Leads Consortium related activities.
Knowledge, Skills, Behaviours, and Experience Required to Achieve Role’s Objectives:
Gained through education, training, & experience
Qualification and Experience
- Bachelor degree in statistics, measurement, planning, monitoring & evaluation, development research, or other relevant fields.
- Strong understanding of results-based management tools and approaches
- Demonstratable expertise in developing and implementing M&E systems
- In-depth knowledge of the processes, procedures and systems in project planning, management, monitoring and evaluation
Method of Application
Closing Date : 19 Feb. 2021
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