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Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation (MEL) Assistant – Yumbe

Mercy Corps

This is a Full-time position in Uganda posted March 14, 2022.

Mercy Corps Carreer opportunities in Uganda Monitoring, Learning and Evaluation (MEL) Assistant – Yumbe Jobs opportunities in Uganda at Mercy Corps

# Job Description

Mercy Corps is a leading global organization and has been operating in Uganda
since 2006 with a growing portfolio and proven track-record of providing
market-oriented solutions currently valued at over $60 million focused on
humanitarian response; food security; agriculture and livestock market systems
development; peacebuilding, youth economic productivity; and resilience. Mercy
Corps has applied market-driven solutions to communities across the Country,
equipping individuals and households with the knowledge, skills, and
confidence to generate improvements in their access to markets, livelihoods,
health, nutrition, and security, to improve their overall resilience. Our
programs focus on:
• Strengthening market systems to enable inclusive economic growth and
Strengthening governance structures, to prioritize and advocate for community
needs, making informed decisions, and allocating resources in a participatory,
transparent, and accountable manner
• Building institutional capacity to enable communities to attain better
health, nutrition, and sexual reproductive health outcomes
• Meeting the immediate needs of refugees and hosting communities, while
strengthening market systems and resilience capacities
Since 2016, Mercy Corps has been responding to the refugee crisis in Uganda.
Our interventions cover both the settlements in Northern Uganda and Urban
centres where refugees have congregated. In 2020, our programs reached over 1
million Ugandans and Refugees.

Program Summary
The Delivering Resilient Enterprises and Market Systems DREAMS program is a
collaboration between three leading organizations in the field of global
poverty alleviation: Village Enterprise, Mercy Corps, and IDinsight. The
DREAMS program aims to improve the well-being of 150,000 women, children, and
men over the course of the five years. Targeting refugees and host community
members in the West Nile region of Uganda, our innovative approach will layer
two evidence-based models1 – poverty graduation and market systems
development – to achieve increased household income, savings, and assets:
improved food security and wellbeing.

The Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning MEL assistant will work with the
Mercy Corps DREAMS project team to ensure the collection of quality MEL data
for the program. S/he will support in the monitoring and data collection of
the project, support assessments, and contribute to report writing. S/he will
ensure that performance monitoring and results reporting tools and processes
across the entire program are in place, effectively implemented and well
synchronized between the Activity sites. The MEL assistant will be an integral
member of the project team learning and reflection processes, contributing to
the discussion on beneficiary feedback.

• Work closely with the program team and local partners, to ensure effective
monitoring, evaluation and reporting of program activities and results.
• Support in the development of the MEL tools and prepare tool matrix
Coordinate reporting with local partners, specifically tracking deadlines,
ensuring adherence to formats and requirements, ensuring reporting quality and
accuracy, and periodic report writing, editing, and submission.
• Support in compiling progress against indicators and report back to the team
according to the monitoring plan.
• Perform spot checks on the program activities, identify learnings to improve
on program implementation and report monthly
• Ensure adherence to MEL minimum standard in carrying out his /her duties,
advising and supporting team members in understanding all the standards
• Support in ensuring that the DREAMS TOLA account is updated with all the
indicators, result and the means of verification collected and uploaded in the
DREAMS google account on a monthly basis
• Support in updating the Activity Info website as per the achievement during
the quarter of the project implementation
• Support the development of community accountability and reporting mechanisms
CARM for the project and orient project staff as well as local partners on
the same.
Actively participate in household identification and verification of project
participants under the DREAMS project
• Under guidance of the Senior MEL Officer, s/he will participate in all MEL
monitoring and evaluation activities such as market assessment, price
monitoring and baseline /end line data gathering needs.
• Ensure adherence to program management minimum standards in carrying out her
duties, advising and supporting other staff in the same as required.
• Support in coordinating the baseline, mid-term evaluation and final
evaluation, along with other key research activities. The assistant will for
example support the supervision of enumerators during the different data
collection and entry exercises.
• Support in building the capacity of all relevant team members to implement
program-monitoring tools, accurately enter program data into relevant
databases, and enable them to develop excellent reports and other documents.
Support in building the capacity of team members through ongoing training and
support on monitoring tools, entering program data into databases, the
development of reports and other documents.
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.
• Sensitize communities on the DREAM’s CARM system and encourage them to share
feedback through the promoted channels.
• Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner
as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian
• Perform any other duties assigned.

All Mercy Corps staff are expected to behave ethically and demonstrate highest
level of integrity in their professional and personal life. Mercy Corps has
zero tolerance to any form of fraud, corruption, abuse, harassment, or Any
breach of our policies or misconduct will lead to disciplinary action or may
lead to termination.

• Bachelor’s degree in management, statistics, economics, social science, or
related field.
• Good understanding and skills at data management, data flow and Prior
experience with computerized data management systems.
• Strong computer literacy with full knowledge of MS Office applications
expert knowledge of Excel and the use of Ona, ODK and other mobile data
collection platforms is required.
• Demonstrated attention to detail, ability to follow procedures, meet
deadlines and work independently and cooperatively with team members.
• Strong team coordination, listening, and consensus building skills.
• Fluent in both spoken and written English.
• 2-3 years of experience working in the NGO sector in M&E, community
development or economic and market development.
• Prior experience carrying out surveys or conducting qualitative and
quantitative data collection.
• Strong analytical skills coupled with a solid understanding of quantitative
indicators and data collection strategies.
• Able to drive a motorbike safely with valid license or willingness to obtain
one in the first 6 months of employment.

ORGANIZAITIONAL LEARNING: 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.
Reports Directly To: Senior MEL Officer.
Works Directly With: DREAMS Project and MEL Team, Country-level MEL Manager
and Finance and Operations Team.

Success Factors
The successful MEL Assistant will combine exceptional communication and
analytical skills and keen attention to detail. S/he will have the ability to
think creatively about operationalizing and improving the MEL system of the
program. S/he will have proven experience with cross-cultural team, mobilizing
communities and supervising data collection assignments. Multi-tasking,
prioritizing, problem solving and simultaneous attention to detail as well as
strategic vision are essential. The most successful Mercy Corps staff members
have a strong commitment to teamwork and accountability, thrive in evolving
and changing environments and make effective written and verbal communication
a priority in all situations. A good sense of humour and the ability to learn
from mistakes are vital!

Living Conditions / Environmental Conditions
The position is based in the West Nile region of Uganda. Mercy Corps team
members represent the agency both during and outside work hours. Team members
are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and respect local
laws, customs and MC’s policies, procedures, and values always and in all

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Achieving our mission begins with how we build our team and work together.
Through our commitment to enriching our organization with people of different
origins, beliefs, backgrounds, and ways of thinking, we are better able to
leverage the collective power of our teams and solve the world’s most complex
challenges. We strive for a culture of trust and respect, where everyone
contributes their perspectives and authentic selves, reaches their potential
as individuals and teams, and collaborates to do the best work of their lives.
We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a journey, and we are committed
to learning, listening, and evolving to become more diverse, equitable and
inclusive than we are today.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Mercy Corps is an equal opportunity employer that does not tolerate
discrimination on any basis. We actively seek out individuals with diverse
backgrounds, perspectives, and skills so that we can be collectively stronger
and have sustained global impact.
We are committed to providing an environment of respect and psychological
safety where equal employment opportunities are available to all. We do not
engage in or tolerate discrimination based on race, color, gender identity,
gender expression, religion, age, sexual orientation, national or ethnic
origin, disability including HIV/AIDS status, marital status, military
veteran status or any other protected group in the locations where we work.

Safeguarding & Ethics
Mercy Corps is committed to ensuring that all individuals we come into contact
with through our work, whether team members, community members, program
participants or others, are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed
to the core principles regarding prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse
laid out by the UN Secretary General and IASC. We will not tolerate child
abuse, sexual exploitation, abuse, or harassment by or of our team members. As
part of our commitment to a safe and inclusive work environment, team members
are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner, respect local
laws and customs, and to adhere to Mercy Corps Code of Conduct Policies and
values at all times. Team members are required to complete mandatory Code of
Conduct eLearning courses upon hire and on an annual basis.
Closing date for applications: Friday, March 25th 2022

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