MERL Coordinator : Plan International

Plan International

DUE : 10 JAN 2023

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Coordinator (MERL) – My Body My Future Project (MBMF)

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We believe in the power and potential of every child. 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. In Zimbabwe, we have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 31 years. Plan International operates an equal opportunites policy and actively encourages diversity.

Job Description
Reporting to the SRHR MERL Specialist, the MERL Coordinator provides guidance and support on MERL activities in line with the MERL policy and standards, Program and Influence Quality Policy and Procedures.

Lead the development and regular update of the M&E framework and tools for quantitative and qualitative data collection, monitoring and evaluation processes.
Support measurement of the project´s logical framework indicators, and collection and analysis of all other needed information to respond to any other identified data gap.
Plan and coordinate data quality assurance, including frequent data auditing and data spot checks for the Project.
Establish the use of participatory, gender-sensitive and inclusive MERL approaches and methodologies with adults and children to deepen stakeholder engagement.

Evaluation and research
Coordinate planning, design and coordination of project base, mid and endline surveys.
Review the project evaluation and research reports and give recommendations regarding approval to program management.
Ensure the development and dissemination of project evaluation/research findings to donors, partners, key stakeholders and communities and their utilization in learning activities.

Knowledge Management and Learning
Provide support on MERL related activities to the project team and strengthen capacities for Results Based Monitoring.
Support documentation and learning processes and their appropriation and implementation of them in the projects.
Support deployment of appropriate, gender sensitive and inclusive community feedback mechanisms
Support utilization of the M & E system (PMERL) for the project, ensure quality, and complete data entry; and reporting in the system.

Child Protection & gender equality mainstreaming
Promotes and abides by Plan policies and procedures including but not limited to: Gender equality mainstreaming, Safeguarding Policy, Code of Conduct and the related mandatory reporting responsibilities.

Qualifications and Experience
University Degree, at least Bachelor Degree, in Economics, Statistics, Social Sciences, Humanities/development studies, or related fields.
At least 2 years of work experience within the development/humanitarian sector advising or managing M&E processes. Experience in Results Based Monitoring is an asset.
Experience in the use of Digital Data Collection tools or/and of data visualization software solutions is an asset.
Experience of working for an international organisation and with local partners.
Fluency in English, both written and spoken; local language is an asset.

Strong strategic thinking, analytical and problem solving skills.
Strong team-building, motivational, negotiating, facilitating and influencing skills.
Proficient in computer skills and use of research applications, like SPSS.
Apply recognised standards of data quality assurance .
Analyse, synthesise and draw out conclusions and learning from M&E data and processes.
Support, coach and train staff for improved MERL and respond to MERL queries.

Build and maintain partnerships among in-country, regional and international colleagues to support the operation of the M&E system.
Understand and consistently apply ethical MERL practices
Engage and influence staff and management to implement strong MERL practices
Promote and encourage discussion and learning on gender and inclusion in M&E
Promotes innovation and learning on program quality.

We are open and accountable
Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organisation for all children, girls & young people.
We strive for lasting impact

Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
Focuses resources to drive change and maximise long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.
We work well together

Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.
We are inclusive and empowering

We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential.
We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our program and our workplace.
We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and develop agency to change their own lives.

Interested candidates who meet the above requirements are required to submit their curriculum vitae & cover letter outlining their suitability for the position. Plan International takes very seriously and duty to ensure that we and anyone who represents us does not in any way harm or place at risk children and young people. In this regard, reference & background checks will be performed including clearances on child related offences in conformity with Plan’s Safeguarding Policy.

Please note that Plan International does not charge any fee at any stage of the recruitment process.