Position: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Location: Province 2, Nepal
Supervisor: Chief of Party
The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Communication Programs (CCP) specializes in developing and implementing social and behavior change (SBC) programs that improve outcomes around the world. As a recipient of a 27-month United States Agency for International Development (USAID) award in Nepal, CCP is seeking a full-time Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer to be based in Province 2.
Breakthrough ACTION is a five-year cooperative agreement funded by USAID to lead its social and behavior change (SBC) programming around the world. Primed by CCP, Breakthrough ACTION partners include Save the Children, ideas42, ThinkAction, Camber Collective, the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), Viamo and the Communication Initiative. The vision of the project is to ignite collective action using next generation behavior change approaches to empower households and communities to become healthier and more prosperous.
The overall project objective for Breakthrough ACTION’s Nepal Reducing Child Early Forced Marriage (Nepal R-CEFM) Project is to strengthen the institutional and technical capacity of the Government of Nepal (GON) in Province 2 at the province and municipal levels to design, implement, monitor, evaluate, and coordinate effective social and behavior change (SBC) activities and child protection system strengthening for reducing CEFM through a community-based, multi-sectoral, data-driven lens.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Maintaining, utilizing the project internal MEL system
Monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) is a critical component of Breakthrough ACTION Nepal R-CEFM and is an essential method through which the project assesses and documents programmatic effects over the life of the project. This is vital as the steps through which the project proceeds need to be documented so that learnings can be used to inform future programming.
Ensure smooth functioning of the project MEL system
A. Take the lead to orient, re-orient the project team on the Breakthrough ACTION Nepal MEL plan as needed
B. Orient Breakthrough ACTION Nepal team on any changes in the project MEL system, forms, formats, data flow, quality assurance and usage.
C. Continually test, streamline, refine project MEL data collection system
D. Track the use of forms, formats, templates, monitoring visit checklist/s and provide necessary technical support for its smooth functioning
E. Lead the internal DQA (Data Quality Audit) process
Ensure all data reporting and documentation requirements
A. Collect, compile, analyze and present data and information
B. Develop, track and fulfill Breakthrough ACTION Nepal R-CEFM headquarters data reporting requirements
C. Regularly upload information/data on the global MEL platform (Pulse) and maintain the page in current status; provide output from the country page to the team in order to understand the progress and status of the project in order to review, refine activities as needed
D. Track and fulfill USAID data reporting requirements
E. Ensure that documentation needs are met
F. Assist in the synthesis of data gathered from the Assessments
G. Support quarterly reviews, semi-annual, annual reports and project closeout reporting requirements
H. Use complexity-aware evaluation methods to glean/document and share lessons learned for future programming
Breakthrough ACTION Nepal R-CEFM MEL Representation
A. Represent Breakthrough ACTION Nepal R-CEFM in MEL working groups
2. Perform other duties as assigned by Supervisor.
Master’s degree in public health, communication or related field required.
Minimum 10 years’ experience developing and implementing MEL systems, research, and deliverables for health programs and working with government counterparts.
Must have USAID project MEL experience.
Expert understanding in approaches to monitoring and evaluating project performance and outcomes. Application of MEL in SBC settings is highly desirable.
Experience with quantitative and qualitative research.
Strong interpersonal communication skills.
Experience working with a variety of partners in multiple sectors.
Must be able to travel to field program sites as necessary.
Ability to work in a fast-paced dynamic environment with multiple partners.
Critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Ability to manage difficult, timely, and complex issues with diplomacy and tact while holding steadfast to principles with staff, partners, and funders.
Ability to exercise independent judgment.
Demonstrated ability to exercise confidentiality, professionalism, and diplomacy.
Ability to ensure adherence to applicable donor rules and regulations and local in-country laws.
Excellent oral and written communication skills and fluency in English and Nepali required
Ability to conduct meetings and presentations in both English and Nepali.
Excellent (Native level) English writing, editing skills required
Excellent Written and oral communication skills in English and Nepali.
Ability to speak a local language of Province 2 preferred.
Ability to effectively present information to government officials, funding organization, public groups and with community members.
MS Word, Excel, MS PowerPoint, other standard software.