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Monitoring Evaluation Research and Learning (MERL) Coordinator


This is a Full-time position in Kampala posted March 10, 2022.

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# Job Description

GOAL is currently seeking to hire a Monitoring Evaluation Research and
Learning MERL Coordinator to join our Uganda team to managing the Monitoring
& Evaluation, Research, Learning and Knowledge Management component of a
Climate Smart Land Management and Services programme funded by the British
High Commission BHC in Kampala and a subcomponent of the Climate Smart Jobs
Programme. We are currently at proposal stage and inviting interested and
qualified applicants to apply and final consideration will be subject to
successful award. The programme will be for 4 years in duration and is
expected to begin from April 2022.
The objective of the programme is to preserve, restore and maximise the value
of landscape ecosystem in Northern Uganda sustainably and at scale. Focus is
on incentivising private sector, individual and community groups to adopt
innovative models to deliver this objective. The ultimate beneficiaries of
this programme are the households of smallholder farmers in Northern Uganda,
who will be able to achieve more sustainable incomes as a result of the
intervention. Expected outcomes are 10,000ha of degraded landscape fully
regenerated with a forest cover, 2,000ha of smallholder farmer-owned land
planted with agroforestry/woodlots and to sequester 1.8 million tons of carbon
dioxide equivalent projection for 10 years
The MERL Coordinator is a key management position within the Program
Management Unit PMU reporting directly to the Team Leader. The MERL
Coordinator will be in charge of monitoring and evaluation and measuring the
impact of program activities, conducting research and documenting and
disseminating learnings. The MERL Coordinator is expected to play an important
role in providing leadership to carry out diagnostic and baseline research and
ensuring quality of research produced that informs and contributes towards
development of interventions.
The MERL Coordinator will oversee the formulation of measurement plans, the
design of digital M&E tools, the integration of geo-spatial data into overall
data sets, the research and learning agenda, and support the implementation
thereof. To achieve these tasks, the MERL Coordinator will closely cooperate
with short- and long-term technical assistants and consultants, as well as
internally with PMU and consortium partners.

Essential Job Functions
MERL system Development and Implementation
• Lead the development of the vision and strategy for MERL
• Design and update overall Programme MERL plan
• Guide and support the actual implementation of M&E activities, i.e.ensuring
smooth collection and analysis of incoming data through training, planning and
reviewing the MERL operations
• Organise sense-making processes, with multi-stakeholders at various levels
in the land management system

As part of the actual implementation the coordinator is tasked to:
• Plan and manage the baseline ecosystem valuation
• Plan and manage regular diagnostic research
• Plan and manage action research, tracer studies and surveys
• Plan and manage participatory community monitoring
• Plan and support partner level monitoring

• Develop a research agenda for the program in a consultative and
participatory manner
• Budget, plan and manage the various research components
Liaise with, support and monitor the work of research consultants
• Review research reports, or management the quality control process if beyond
own expertise

• Define a multi-actor / level learning strategy for the project
• Develop learning pathways, approaches and tools
• Establish new or strengthen existing learning hubs
• Co-design with stakeholders learning questions and action plans
Implement the learning activities, internally for GOAL, for the program and
the wider “sector”

Knowledge management
• Develop structures to unlock collected data
• Package analyzed data information into knowledge products
• Market / disseminate knowledge products internally for program staff and
externally local and national stakeholders, donors, development and
scientific community
• Organise research webinars, conferences and community of practice-events
• Liaise with national and international research and knowledge institutions

Overall Management
• Identify and manage various Short and Long-Term technical assistance
Plan, budget and manage annual MERL plans and consultancies
• Support the team in programming, reporting and reflecting on interventions

Capacity development
• Identify skills and capacity gaps within each project and the programme
team as a whole
• Organise for training and other interventions to address these gaps.

Other tasks
• Contribute to establishing a team culture grounded in collaboration,
openness, and learning
Perform other duties as assigned by the program director.

Essential Criteria
• Postgraduate degree in social sciences, development studies or related,
relevant subject
• 10 years + work experience and at least five years of demonstrated
experience in managing the Monitoring, evaluation, research and learning
component of a donor – funded project
• Experience in projects that use a Market Systems Approach
• Experience in managing MERL in programs related to land management, agro-
forestry, reforestation, climate-smart agriculture, bio-diversity development
• Experience collaborating and working with both private and public sector
• Experience in working with and managing of inter-national consultants and
technical advisors
• Familiarity with geo-spatial / remote sensing data collection and analysis
• Strong analytical, communication and training skills
• Ability to travel up to 50% of time from base

General Information:
Children and vulnerable adults who come into contact with GOAL as a result
of our activities must be safeguarded to the maximum possible extent from
deliberate or inadvertent actions and failings that place them at risk of
abuse, sexual exploitation, injury and any other harm. One of the ways that
GOAL shows this on-going commitment to safeguarding is to include rigorous
background and reference checks in the selection process for all candidates.

Accountability within GOAL
Alongside our safeguarding policy, GOAL is an equal opportunities employer
and has a set of integrity policies. Any candidate offered a job with GOAL
will be expected to adhere to the following key areas of accountability:
Comply with GOAL’s policies and procedures with respect to safeguarding, code
of conduct, health and safety, confidentiality, do no harm principles and
unacceptable behaviour protocols.
• Report any concerns about the welfare of a child or vulnerable adult or any
wrongdoings within our programming area.
• Report any concerns about inappropriate behaviour of a GOAL staff or

Established in 1977, GOAL is an international humanitarian agency, with a
global team of 2,400 personnel, dedicated to alleviating the needs of the most
vulnerable communities. Currently operating in 14 of the world’s most
vulnerable countries, GOAL delivers a wide range of humanitarian and
development programmes, ranging from humanitarian relief in disaster
situations, to focusing on nutrition, food security, and building greater
resilience and sustainable livelihoods

General description of the country programme:
First operational in Uganda in 1979, the current GOAL Uganda country
programme focuses on Health including WASH, Health Accountability and
Nutrition programming; and a market based systems approach to improving
agricultural livelihoods and WASH. GOAL Uganda mainstreams gender, child
protection, social behaviour change and resilience strategies across all
programming. GOAL works on a district focused approach and uses a mixture of
direct implementation and partnerships with national and international civil
society organizations, local government, the private sector and communities to
give effect to our mission.
This Job Description only serves as a guide for the position available. GOAL
reserves the right to change this document, it not be viewed as an inflexible
specification as it may be varied from time to time in the light of strategic
developments and following discussion with the post holder.

Details of remuneration package and benefits
Our package includes a competitive salary, health insurance cover for up to
3 dependents, comprehensive 24 hour personal accident cover, terminal benefits
equivalent to one month for each completed year of service and our working
hours provide for a half day on Fridays. GOAL promotes a learning and
development environment with training & study opportunities aligned to our
staff development policy. Open to Uganda national applicants only.

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Email:: [email protected]

All interested applicants who meet the requirements should submit their
applications by email with at least 3 reference contacts current or former
Line Managers from the last three employers and daytime contact number to;
**[email protected]** indicating the title ‘MERL Coordinator’ in the

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