Jobs at Helen Keller International

The M&E officer is responsible for guiding the overall M&E strategy and implementation of related activities within the project and via partners, plus providing timely and relevant information to project stakeholders. This entails close communication with all involved in M&E design and coordination:
core project and partner M&E staff; representatives from primary stakeholder groups; and the Country Manager, external consultants and field staff when appropriate, plus members of external M&E-related missions.

Critical tasks for the M&E coordinator are setting up the M&E system and ensuring it is implemented effectively by the key stakeholders, namely the primary stakeholders and implementing partners. This is undertaken through the joint development of a shared M&E system that is based on existing formal and informal mechanisms and systems among key stakeholders. This needs to be supported by facilitating stakeholders to value, have appropriate capacities for and undertake their own M&E activities, and to link these into an overall assessment of project progress and needed actions.


    Help revise the project logframe matrix, particularly in the areas of the objective hierarchy, indicators and monitoring mechanisms.
    Develop the overall framework for project M&E, for example, annual project reviews, participatory impact assessments, process monitoring, operations monitoring and lessons-learned workshops.
    Guide the process for identifying and designing the key indicators for each component, to record and report physical progress
    Guide the process for identifying the key performance questions and parameters for monitoring project performance and comparing it to targets. Design the format for such performance reports.
    Review the quality of existing nutrition data in the project area, the methods of collecting it and the degree to which it will provide good baseline statistics for impact evaluation.
    Review existing approaches and management information systems and agree on any required changes, support and resources.
    Organise and undertake training with stakeholders, including primary stakeholders, in M&E skills, including participatory aspects.
    Design the framework for the physical and process monitoring of project activities.
    Guide staff and implementing partners in preparing their progress reports. Together, analyse these reports in terms of problems and actions needed. Prepare consolidated progress reports for project management to submit to the relevant bodies, in accordance with approved reporting formats and timing.
    Prepare monitoring reports, analyse them for impact evaluation and identify the causes of potential bottlenecks in project implementation.
    Collaborate with staff on qualitative monitoring to provide relevant information for ongoing evaluation of project activities, effects and impacts.
    Undertake regular visits to the field to support implementation of M&E and to identify where adaptations might be needed.
    Guide the regular sharing of the outputs of M&E findings with project staff, implementing partners and primary stakeholders.
    In collaboration with the accountant, provide the Country Manager with management information that she/he may require.
    Make regular reports to the project team highlighting areas of concern and preparing the documentation for review at meetings.
    Check that monitoring data are discussed in the appropriate forum and in a timely fashion in terms of implications for future action. If necessary, create such discussion forums to fill any gaps.
Suitable candidates should have a Masters degree in Biostatistics or statistics or MPh in Epidemiology or other related field.
A minimum of 2 years experience in development and field research is required.
The candidate should also have:

    a solid understanding of rural development, with a focus on participatory processes, joint management, and gender issues;
    familiarity with and a supportive attitude towards processes of strengthening community support groups and building local capacities for self-management;
    willing to undertake regular field visits and interact with different stakeholders, especially primary stakeholders;
    computer skills;
    leadership qualities, personnel and team management
    experience in M&E system design;
    experience in data processing and with computers.

Method of Application

All applicants should submit electronically with the subject MONITORING AND EVALUATION-CIDA
1. Curriculum vitae
2. A covering letter (application letter)

To by close of business of the deadline stated above. Applications received after 5pm on the day will not be considered. Application Deadline: 31/01/2014

Location: Abuja
Experience: 2 year(s)
Course of Study: Biostatistics
Required Grade: Not Specified