Emergency Response Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer
(Vacancy Announcement No. MC-VA-350918)
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: Tuesday 18 September 2018 (Before 5:00pm)
* Qualified applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis so please send applications as soon as possible.
Duty Station : Hpa An, Myanmar
Position Status : Full-time (5 months with possibility of extension)
Number of Opening(s) : 1
PROGRAM/ DEPARTMENT SUMMARY:
Mercy Corps began working in Myanmar in 2008 to help communities recover from the devastating damage of Cyclone Nargis. After the emergency phase of our work was complete, we shifted our focus to longer-term development -- first in the Delta, then in other regions. Our overarching goal is to enable communities to determine their future through responsive governance, inclusive and equitable access to economic opportunity, climate change resilience, and equal rights leading to peace and prosperity. We approach our work through a resilience lens, to ensure households and communities are able to manage a myriad of shocks and stresses that threaten these outcomes.
In response to the 2018 floods in the Southeast, Mercy Corps has received support from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ (UNOCHA) Myanmar Humanitarian Fund to implement a 6 months project that will strengthen access to basic needs and improve the livelihood opportunities of 10,000 flood-affected households in Kayin and Mon States through an integrated response that will combine unconditional cash transfers, creation of short-term employment for the rehabilitation of community infrastructures damaged or destroyed by the floods, and provision of agricultural inputs to male and female farmers.
GENERAL POSITION SUMMARY:
The Emergency Response Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) Officer is responsible for guiding the overall MEL strategy and implementation of the six months flood response program. The MEL Officer will play a key role in the development of a performance monitoring framework, designing data collection tools and databases, data collection tools, and issue tracking system, collection, consolidation and analysis of data collected by partners, regular progress monitoring of the activities and coaching on data collection, reporting of data analysis and drafting of analytical reports. The MEL Officer is expected to play a leading role in the successful implementation of the flood response project in contributing to assessments, partners’ capacity strengthening, development of SOPs and distribution modalities, regular monitoring of activities, and rolling out of Post Distribution Monitoring (PDM) and other evaluation initiatives.
Essential Job Responsibilities
Strategy & Vision
● Recognize opportunities for innovative action and create an environment where alternative viewpoints are
● Set direction by prioritizing and organizing actions & resources to achieve objectives and contribute to
countrywide strategy development.
● Develop and organize activities to secure resources for programs and convince stakeholders to provide
● Guide the overall MEL strategy and implementation of the six months flood response program.
● Develop a performance monitoring framework, design data collection tools and databases, data collection tools, and
issue tracking system.
● Manage data collection, consolidation, and analysis processes in coordination with program partners.
● Conduct regular progress monitoring of the activities and coaching on data collection, report of data analysis and
draft of analytical reports.
● Contribute to assessments, partners’ capacity strengthening, development of SOPs and distribution modalities.
● Draft assessment and analytical reports, including quarterly updates to inform adaptation, as well as internal and
● Roll out Post Distribution Monitoring (PDM) and other evaluation initiatives.
● Ensure close communication with everyone involved in monitoring, evaluation, and learning activities, including
partners, UN agencies, government departments, and relevant coordination bodies.
● Ensure that program implementation is responsive to communities and partners and consistent with Mercy Corps’
relevant program guidelines, principles, values, quality standards and strategic plan.
● Integrate community approaches, gender sensitivity and capacity building into all activities as appropriate.
● Fulfill Mercy Corps Program Management Minimum Standards based on the organization-wide guide.
● Ensure all interventions adhere to Mercy Corps’ Gender Policy, Do No Harm principles, and beneficiary accountability
● Provide team members with information, tools and other resources to improve performance and reach objectives.
● Contribute to country team-building efforts, help team members identify problem solving options and ensure the
integration of all team members into relevant decision-making processes.
Influence & Representation
● Identify, build and manage collaborative partnerships with partners, sub-grantees, donors, local governments and other
● Communicate effectively to ensure overall project targets and donor obligations are met.
● Represent Mercy Corps programs with national and international media and participate in community activities as
● Ensure compliance with security procedures and policies as determined by country leadership.
● Proactively ensure that team members operate in a secure environment and are aware of policies.
● As part of our commitment to organizational learning and in support of our understanding that learning organizations
are more effective, efficient and relevant to the communities they serve, we expect all team members to commit 5% of
their time to learning activities that benefit Mercy Corps as well as themselves.
Accountability to Beneficiaries
● Mercy Corps team members are expected to support all efforts toward accountability, specifically
to our beneficiaries and to international standards guiding international relief and development work, while actively
engaging beneficiary communities as equal partners in the design, monitoring and evaluation of our field projects.
● Team members are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local laws, customs and MC's
policies, procedures, and values at all times and in all in-country venues.
Supervisory Responsibility: None
Reports Directly To: Emergency Response Program Coordinator
Works Directly With: Country Director, Learning and Program Quality Manager, Conflict Sensitivity Advisor, M&E Manager,
Finance and Compliance Manager, Operations Director, Regional Program Team, Technical Support Unit, and additional
headquarters-based support departments as needed.
Knowledge and Experience
● BA/S or equivalent in relevant field required;
● 2-3 years experiences of working in the Monitoring and Evaluation field, preferably in emergency programs involving
cash transfer and in kind distribution.
● Previous experience in operating in complex environments required.
● Demonstrated experience working with partner organizations
● Knowledge of food security outcomes is a plus.
● Strong data analysis skills (both Quantitative and Qualitative)
● Training and coaching skills is a great plus.
● Good understanding of emergency response M&E, including post-distribution monitoring.
● Experience leading M&E for result based management approaches and other planning approaches.
● Strong statistical skills are a plus.
● Demonstrated attention to detail, computer skills, organization skills, and ability to follow procedures, meet deadlines,
and work both independently and cooperatively with team members.
● Proven ability to learn quickly; lead a program to achieve stated results and objectives.
● Experience working with local authorities, national and international NGOs is a plus.
● Knowledge of SPHERE and other humanitarian programming standards is a plus.
● Effective verbal and written English skills required.
The successful candidate will be a quick learner, have strong critical thinking and analytical skills, demonstrate initiative and creativity, ability to work independently, and have strong personal values of tolerance, equality, and inclusivily. He / she will demonstrate commitment to support flood victims. is a priority.
How to Apply
Interested Applicants should submit their application letter and current CV with complete contact details and three referees and copy of any testimonies, in a sealed envelope indicating apply position vacancy announcement number to:
Human Resources Department
Mercy Corps Myanmar
No. (97), 5th and 6th floor of Rangoun Business Center
West Shwe Gon Daing Road,
Bahan Township,Yangon, Myanmar.
Phone – 01 8603041
OR email to: mm‐email@example.com
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