The MEL Manager is a crucial part of Hand in Hand International's programmes team, with primary responsibility for leading monitoring, evaluation and learning activities relating to the organisation's programmes in Kenya, Tanzania and Afghanistan. You will also support project design as needed, working closely with colleagues across the Hand in Hand network.
This is a Maternity Cover post for 9 months with possibility of extension of up to 12 months.
About Hand in Hand International
Where others see poverty Hand in Hand sees grassroots entrepreneurs, full of energy and potential. We help channel their skills and ideas into jobs. They find a way out of poverty.
Since 2003, across a network stretching from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, Hand in Hand has helped create or improve some 4 million jobs 90 percent of them for women. We focus on women because they face unique barriers to starting an enterprise and generating an income. At the same time, for every dollar they earn, they spend 90 cents on their families and communities. We work in four key stages. First we create community groups, made up mainly of women, who support each other, save together and learn together. Then we train them in enterprise and vocational skills, to help them start or develop small businesses that make use of their skills and potential. Next we provide access to microloans that are always paid back thanks to support from the group. Finally we help scale up members' businesses and take them to bigger markets, which in turn benefits their families and communities.
-Provide advice to the Head of Programmes, CEO and other colleagues on monitoring and evaluation systems and operations
-Support all proposals and project agreements to ensure they contain adequate and accurately budgeted MEL & research components
-Work with Hand in Hand network partners to adapt and rollout the organisational theory of change and results framework.
-Participate in conceptualising and designing cost-effective, innovative and high-quality programmes
-Monitor, assess and report on the quality and relevance of data collected to ascertain the outcome, impact and sustainability of our programmes and projects
-Advise, support and build capacity of M&E colleagues across the Hand in Hand network
-Lead the development of M&E plans for all projects (including research projects)
-Provide support to independent evaluators including: reviewing inception reports, tools and methods.
-Lead in the development of data collection tools and support piloting and rollout of tools by network partners in country.
-Lead in streamlining data collection and reporting processes deepening use of ICT in country offices
-Lead in reviewing all evaluation reports (internal and external), research reports and other documents produced for projects before finalisation
-Lead research proposal development
-Provide advice and support on digital data collection and analysis tools
-Support and advise on an ICT transformation project that will transform data collection systems including aligning with organisational results framework.
-Support the development of programme logframes, project implementation plans
-Lead in extracting and consolidating evidence and learning from our evaluations, projects and programmes and provide feedback to project and other teams on lessons learned
-Advocate and promote the integration of learning and good data capture, analysis and reporting across the Hand in Hand network
-Organise and deliver training on MEL for staff, in-house and for network partners as needed
Skills and Experience required:
-Strong experience within a similar position or with experience in the design and implementation of MEL in complex projects implemented by national/international NGOs/governments;
-Experience in managing or conducting project evaluations
-Experience in analysing data and using statistical software
-Experience in facilitating training
-Experience in working with international teams and within matrix management systems
-Experience of carrying out MEL tasks in non UK settings and working with local teams
-Experience of working with senior staff to advocate for improved MEL systems across the organisation including with partners
-Experience in developing Theories of Change, Logframes and M&E plans at organisational and programme level
-Excellent knowledge on MEL within the development sector - with an ability to think both strategically and operationally around the introduction and implementation of appropriate tools, processes and strategies;
-Understanding of implementation of new systems relating to MEL
-Excellent ability to identify capacity building needs and lead trainings and capacity building workshops;
-Excellent networking skills, including an abi