The State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC) is the main governance programme of the Department for International Developmenl (DFID) in Nigeria. SPARC commenced in 2008 and runs through until July 2015. Its overall purpose is to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of selected state level governments' use of public resources, and it focuses on policy, strategy and monitoring and evaluation; public financial management (PFM) and public service management. For more information about SPARC, please visit www.sparc-nigeria.com. SPARC are lookinq to recruit a Long Term M&E Advisor to join the SPARC team. The M&E Advisor will be based in the Abuja office but will also be required to make visits to the states supported under the programme as required. The M&E Advisor will be responsible for support to and coordination of both elements of the programme's M&E work-stream:
(i) 'Internal' performance management system, and
(ii) 'External' state-level development and application of M&E.
The M&E Adviser will report to the SPARC National Programme Manager, work under the technical guidance of the M&E Programme Development Group (PDG) member and be supported in carrying out their responsibilities by the Senior M&E Technical Officer.
Terms of Reference
1. Internal performance management system.
• Developing and managing the central M&E work plan and budget, including managing the implementation of annual SPARC evaluation studies under the technical guidance of the SPARC Programme Management Unit (PMU) and PDG.
• Management of the M&E Management Information System (MIS), ensuring that it is effectively and regularly maintained and updated, including oversight of MIS operation by state and programme teams and preparation of regular M IS performance management reports.
• Coordinating the review, adjustment and quality assurance of programme and state logframes as part of the annual work planning process, including the frameworks used to measure performance against logframes.
• Coordinating the preparation, submission and quality assurance of quarterly logframe progress updates and RAG assessments by
2. External state-level development and application of M&E.
• Quality assurance (Q/A) of programme and state M&E workplans, TORs, consultancy reports and technical outputs as per SPARC Q/Aprocedures.
• Support to M&E Technical Stream Leads (TSLs) in carrying out their functions, including organising regular TSL meetings to review progress in implementing work plans.
• Provision of backstopping support to states as required - remote or onsite as security arrangements permit-in the absence of TSLs.
Based on the above terms of reference, the expert should have the following profile:
• Advanced University Degree (MSc/MA/PHD) in a directly related discipline.
• Minimum of 10 years relevant professional experience, including at least 5 years combined experience of: (a) leading or managing the M&E function within international development projects or organisations, and (b) government M&E capacity development
• At least 5 years working in a developing country context. Experierice in the M&E of governance programmes and working experience in Nigeria or Sub-Saharan Africa would be an advantage.
• Excellent knowledge of a broad range of M&E concepts (e.g. logframes, resuss based management, performance measurement, mixed method evaluations).
• Good working knowledge of management information systems and their use in supporting performance management.
• Excellent analytical, writing and computer literacy skills, including spreadsheets, databases and statistical analysis applications (e.g. SPSS).
If you have the required skills and experience, please email your CV along with a 2-page brief on how you match each of the requirements, your experience of delivering the key tasks above.
Applications must reach the Human Resources Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org , before noon on Friday 3rd January. 2013. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.