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  • Posted: Oct 23, 2020
    Deadline: Nov 2, 2020
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    RTI International is one of the world’s leading research institutes, dedicated to improving the human condition by turning knowledge into practice. Our staff of more than 3,700 provides research and technical services to governments and businesses in more than 75 countries in the areas of health and pharmaceuticals, education and training, surveys and ...
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    MEL (System Strengthening) Specialist

    Job Description

    • The MEL (Systems Strengthening) Specialist shall be individually responsible for monitoring and supporting implementation of all MEL system strengthening activities.
    • S / he will also support tracking of all capacity building / training activities in alignment with the approved workplan.
    • The Specialist will support the conduct of targeted MEL Capacity building activities for USAID E-WASH states teams, State Water Corporations, Federal Ministry of Water Resources and State Water Regulatory Commissions / agencies / units.

    Essential Duties

    • Monitor and work closely with the MEL Advisor and other team members to implement the programs MEL plan and systems.
    • Support implementation of USAID E-WASH MEL capacity building/system strengthening plan for USAID E-WASH State Teams and partners (FMWR, SMWR, SWC and Regulatory Commission)
    • Work closely with the Snr. MEL Advisor in facilitating establishment/restructuring/activating of Departments of Planning Research and statistics/MEL units at the FMWR/SWCs/SMWR/ Water Regulatory Commissions.
    • Facilitate the development of MEL capacity building/training SoW, budget, training curriculum, training manuals, training contents, job aids and training reports
    • Work closely with the State Teams and Communications team to develop learning/KM products to highlight key research findings, implementation lessons and best practices identified based on implementation of capacity building/training activities.
    • Work closely with the Advisors, State Teams and PMS to ensure all capacity building/training activities and achievements are aligned to the approved workplan and respective KPIs and Result Areas.
    • Lead on tracking implementation of USAID E-WASH Global training plan and SWC Organizational development (OD) MEL audit capacity building plan and SWACAT Capacity building plan for the SWCs.
    • Lead on developing and managing USAID E-WASH Capacity building/training database to ensure accountability and documentation for learning.
    • Collaborate with the Senior MEL Advisor to conduct capacity building related field-based assessments and evaluations i.e. Data Quality Assessments (DQA), and other rolling assessments to inform program learning and adaptive management measures.
    • Support conduct of routine field visits and spot checks to support capacity building related surveys (CAPP Assessment, Gender Assessment, WASHCOAT, Innovation capacity building assessment) as well as support the development of program reports i.e. Key Performance Indicators (KPI) reports, Grants Monitoring Reports (GMRs), Activity Monitoring Reports (AMRs) to ensure capacity building/training results are well captured quantitively and qualitatively.
    • Identify potential capacity building/system strengthening research areas of interests related to E-WASH program focus and work to develop evidence-based articles and publications.
    • Handle additional ad-hoc responsibilities as assigned by the Snr. MEL Advisor or required by the USAID E-WASH program.

    Minimum Required Education & Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in Social Science or education-related field.
    • A minimum of master’s degree and 3 years of experience in leading implementation of MEL capacity building/system strengthening of WASH-related programme or a Bachelor's Degree and 6 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience in leading implementation of MEL capacity building/system strengthening of WASH-related programme
    • A Master’s degree in a relevant professional field and experience working on donor-funded projects especially USAID would be most beneficial.
    • Familiarity with developing and implementing robust MEL System strengthening and capacity building strategies for the WASH sector is highly required. Urban WASH MEL experience will be an added advantaged.
    • Strong technical skills in developing capacity building/training materials and products (training plan, training curriculum, Training manual, SoPs and Job aids) is required.
    • Strong technical skills in data management, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), survey and questionnaire design, household surveys and mapping, and/or conducting field-based assessment is required.
    • Experience with mobile-based data collection tools is desirable. Skilled proficiency in Excel, Word, and other Microsoft (MS) Office software; data analysis software (such as Excel, SPSS or Stata, kobo).
    • Experience in knowledge management and communications for outcome reporting including conducting research focused studies and assessments as a basis for developing learning/KM products (i.e. fact sheets, newsletters, outcome journals) will be an added advantage
    • Knowledge of USAID’s Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA) approach is beneficial.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Possess excellent organizational, analytical, oral and written communications skills in English.
    • Possess excellent facilitation and presentation skills.
    • Ability to work well on a team.

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    MEL Specialist (CSO Support)

    Description

    • The MEL Specialist (CSO Support) reports directly to the Sr. MEL Advisor and shall be individually responsible for monitoring all CSO grantees activities (Partnership grantees, capacity building grantees and Innovation grantees) including developing monitoring/progress reports and supporting quarterly/annual reports collation. Routinely upload CSO related data to USAID E-WASH Integrated Database Management System (IDMS) and provide timely Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) updates for onward reporting to USAID MEL MONITOR.
    • The MEL Specialist will also support the conduct of targeted CSO activity related studies and research assessments to inform the development of KM/ Learning products. The MEL Specialist will actively collaborate with other members of the MEL and Technical teams (i.e. ACBS, Gender Specialist, CSO Specialist, PMS, MIS Specialist and Senior Media and Communications Specialist); designated STTA MEL Specialists and work alongside members of the E-WASH state program team.

    Essential Duties

    • Monitor and work closely with the MEL Advisor and other team members to implement the programs MEL plan and systems.
    • Support CSO to ensure monthly/quarterly/yearly planned activities are aligned to CSO KPIs and targets
    • Support CSO data collection, analysis, and interpretation. Work with CSOs to review performance data on a quarterly basis, while ensuring availability of quality documentation of supporting documents and means of verification to inform onward performance reporting to USAID
    • Support implementation of CSO capacity of building plan in alignment with CSO WASHCOAT findings and other routine field-based monitoring findings
    • Support the development of learning/KM products to highlight key research findings, implementation lessons and best practices identified during E-WASH CSO program implementation.
    • Work closely with respective E-WASH program and CSO staffs to ensure timely upload of performance reporting data; robust grants monitoring and document reviews in E-WASH IDMS.
    • Work closely with the ACBS and the PMS to identify issues in the CSO activities and agree on the redress.
    • Lead on CSO activity monitoring, performance improvement, learning and adaptive management in the State.
    • Actively participate in specialists meetings to ensure adherence to the set indicators and provide technical oversight.
    • Collaborate with the Senior MEL Advisor to conduct CSO related field-based assessments and evaluations i.e. Data Quality Assessments (DQA), Collaboration Mapping, Updating Pivot Logs, Political Economy Analysis (PEA) and other rolling assessments to inform program learning and adaptive management measures.
    • Ensure compliance with E-WASH Data Risk Mitigation Strategy and work alongside the MEL Manager and designated STTA/USAID representatives to conduct data quality assessments for performance indicators.
    • Support conduct of routine field visits and spot checks to support surveys (Gender Assessment, WASHCOAT, Innovation grantees assessment) as well as inform the development of program reports i.e. Key Performance Indicators (KPI) reports, Grants Monitoring Reports (GMRs), Activity Monitoring Reports (AMRs) etc.
    • Identify potential research areas of interests related to E-WASH program focus and work to develop evidence-based articles and publications.
    • Handle additional ad-hoc responsibilities as assigned by the Snr. MEL Advisor or required by the USAID E-WASH program.

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor's degree in a Social Science or Education related field.
    • A minimum of Master's Degree and 3 years of experience in measuring and evaluating governance or WASH-related programme or a Bachelor's Degree and 6 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience in measuring and evaluating governance or WASH-related programming.
    • A Master's degree in a relevant professional field and experience working on donor funded projects especially USAID would be most beneficial.
    • Familiarity with robust grants reporting protocols (for CSEF grantees) and mobile data collection apps/tools (i.e. Kobo Toolbox, Magpi, CAPI, FS Mobile) for effective performance monitoring of donor funded projects.
    • Experience in Monitoring WASH CSO grantees (Partnership/capacity building/innovation) and supporting evaluation, assessment and research activities.
    • Strong technical skills in data management, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), survey and questionnaire design, household surveys and mapping, and/or conducting field-based assessment is required.
    • Experience with mobile based data collection tools and grantee reporting is desirable. Skilled proficiency in Excel, Word, and other Microsoft (MS) Office software; data analysis software (such as Excel, SPSS or Stata).
    • Experience in knowledge management and communications for outcome reporting including conducting research focused studies and assessments as a basis for developing learning/KM products (i.e. fact sheets, newsletters, outcome journals.
    • Knowledge of USAID's Collaboration, Learning and Adaptation (CLA) approach is beneficial.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

    • Possess excellent organizational, analytical, oral and written communications skills in English.
    • Ability to work well on a team.

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified candidates should send their Application letter and a CV as one single document to: Recruitment@ewash.rti.org On the subject line of your email you should only put the "Job Title" (no other text should be on this subject line) that you are applying. 

    Note:

    • Only shortlisted candidates will receive an invitation for an interview.
    • Women are strongly encouraged to apply. We offer a highly competitive remuneration.
    • Take note that any successful candidate will be subjected to a pre-employment background investigation.

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