Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer (MEL Officer) US Non-profit Jobs – Mercy Corps

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Organization: Mercy Corps

Duty Station:  Uganda

About US:

Mercy Corps is an International NGO that exists to alleviate poverty and oppression by helping people build secure, productive and just communities. Mercy Corps has been fully registered in Uganda as an operational NGO. Currently Mercy Corps has an office in Kampala and is implementing Food Security programs which comprise of Water and Sanitation, Livelihood and Agriculture and Conflict Mitigation Management Program in North and North Eastern Uganda. We implement programs in the northern districts of Pader, Kitgum, Agago, Lamwo, Kaabong, Abim and Kotido with funding from USAID, USDA, Walmart Foundation, SDC, DFID as well as other private donations.

Job Summary:  The MEL Officer is expected to contribute to the quality assurance of program implementation, and ensure MC is collecting learning from this program to inform future scale up activities. S/he will contribute to the monitoring and evaluation functions related to tracking project progress and quality, collecting useful, timely and actionable information for management, and contribute to the frequent review, reflection and key learning process to improve performance. The MEL Officer will work closely with the MEL Advisor on the BRIDGE program and/or the central level MEL Advisor, as well as with the Program Manager to develop and document M&E plans for the program and develop the data management systems. S/he will assist in implementing review and learning processes (e.g., complaints mechanisms, feedback loops, lessons learned documentation and sharing, etc.). S/he will work closely with partners and other stakeholders involved in program implementation in order to ensure a coherent and comprehensive program is implemented, lessons are learned and experiences shared across the various sectors and program teams.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning

  • Contribute to development and management of project databases to facilitate timely information updates, data quality assurance, sharing of information and learning, etc.;
  • Assist in the development of appropriate monitoring, tracking and reporting systems, tools and templates (including a M&E plan) that enhance monitoring of project outputs and quality, generate quality evidence on project impact and promote and ensure use of data for decision-making processes;
  • Work with the MEL Manager/Advisor and Program teams to integrate M&E into ongoing project planning and implementation systems and ensure adherence to Mercy Corps M&E minimum standards;
  • Coordinate with partner organizations to ensure data is collected on time and entered in a timely manner;
  • Lead on data collection for assessments and evaluations;
  • Support use of digital data collection for M&E needs wherever possible;
  • Generate quality evidence on program impacts and promote use of data for decision-making processes;
  • Conduct regular monitoring visits and spot checks to the different project locations;
  • Support documentation of project progress through tracking attendance sheets, photos, etc.
  • Share regular written reports on monitoring findings and program participant’s stories;
  • Participate in Lessons Learned sessions and disseminate results across the teams.

Data Analysis and Reporting

  • Support project team in data collection and data analysis;
  • Liaise with other project teams and M&E staff as required to ensure that the project databases complement and align with each other. This will ensure that data on project outputs and project impacts are aligned and reported together;
  • Coordinate with MEL Manager/Advisor and the project team to review indicator updates on a monthly basis. Generate data reports (tables/graphs/reports) from the project databases at regular intervals, ensuring reports/information are available for project implementation staff as required. Facilitate data analysis with project implementation team as requested;
  • Contribute data and analysis to program reports;
  • Review or edit data in reports as requested and required;
  • Produce analytical summaries: graphs, charts, tables, narratives and appealing visuals, as requested, to fulfill internal and external reporting requirements;
  • Contribute to program achievement reporting on TOLA, Activity Info, and other relevant reporting mechanisms;
  • Ensure all MEL related data is saved as appropriate within the program filing system, in accordance with PM@MC minimum standards Support in the intra-agency referral mechanism;

Capacity Building

  • Build the capacity of all relevant team members to develop and maintain a robust M&E system;
  • Build the capacity of local partners in the area of M&E and reporting; Adapt existing protocols and plans to mentor and coach colleagues to enable them to develop high quality reports.


  • Ensure that Mercy Corps’ Community Feedback and Accountability Mechanism is clearly communicated to project beneficiaries, and that the hotline numbers are visible to end beneficiaries throughout the program; Ensure all activities are gender sensitive and follow Mercy Corps’ Gender Equity Policy;
  • Apply Do No Harm standards to ensure activities do not have detrimental effects on vulnerable communities;
  • Conduct himself/herself both professionally and personally in such a manner as to bring credit to Mercy Corps and to not jeopardize its humanitarian mission;
  • Other assigned tasks, as necessary.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The applicant for the Mercy Corps Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Officer job must hold a Bachelor’s degree in management, statistics, economics, social science or related field.
  • Three years of M&E and/or other relevant experience;
  • Previous experience working with international and/or local NGOs;
  • Good computer skills and experience developing data management systems including ONA/KoBo/ODK is an asset;
  • Relevant experience in field survey/data collection techniques, data entry, data verification, and analysis;
  • Good understanding and skills at data management;
  • Strong team coordination, listening, and consensus building skills.
  • Fluent in local language and English;

How to Apply:

All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their E-mail applications including a cover letter clearly stating the salary requirements, updated CV (with three professional referees), and copies of academic qualifications/certificates addressed to the Senior HR and Legal Manager, Mercy Corps Uganda to:

Deadline: 3rd July 2019

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