Pakistan nationals: Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
The International Water Management Institute (IWMI) is a non-profit, scientific research organization focusing on the sustainable use of water and land resources in developing countries, with its headquarters in Colombo, Sri Lanka and regional offices across Asia and Africa.
IWMI has been awarded the opportunity to implement a 5-year, USAID-funded project entitled Water Management for Enhanced Productivity (WMfEP), which supports socio-economic development and political stability in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The project aims to reduce constraints to productive and sustainable use of water for agricultural production at the Gomal Zam irrigation scheme. The improved water governance and management in KP and the FATA will enable increased farm household income and improved livelihoods to contribute to socio-economic development and political stability in the project areas.
THE PERSON AND THE JOB:
The Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist will support the Water Management for Enhanced Productivity (WMfEP) project by implementing the M&E plan, which includes all data collection, analysis, reporting, and learning activities to ensure the monitoring and evaluation of project progress. The specialist will also develop a learning agenda for WMfEP.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- M&E initiatives for WMfEP including monitoring data quality, tracking the progress of tasks, and contributing to staff capacity building initiatives as necessary
- Conduct regular field monitoring, data collection, analysis and reporting in line with the overall all activity and task indicators and targets.
- Support the Chief of Party (CoP) and Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) in creating a framework, procedure and practice for the monitoring and evaluation of the WMfEP activity and tasks.
- Support the CoP and DCoP in defining and implementing the indicators, targets as well as monitoring them throughout the duration of the projects. Assist the CoP and DCoP in proposing strategies to increase data use and demand amongst the project team, partners and stakeholders.
- Assist the activity team, partners, stakeholders and the CoP and DCoP in clarifying activity monitoring and evaluation needs.
- Assist activity staff on methods to appropriately document, organize and capture activity progress.
- Report to USAID on the Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Plan and the indicators achieved on quarterly basis and update the online USAID reporting system (PakInfo).
- Draft plans and data collection procedures under the supervision of the CoP and DCoP including but not limited to Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Plans, Quarterly and Annual Progress Reports, Annual Plans, logical/results framework, project performance tracking, indicators, data flow chart, and M&E manuals.
- Support CoP and DCoP in reviewing the performance of existing management information systems to help identify necessary modifications or resources.
- Keep abreast of developments in activity changes and progress in order to advise and recommend tools and strategies to increase project performance and results.
- Propose methods to facilitate data collection and the flow of data within the activity output teams.
- Identify strengths and weaknesses in existing data collection and management systems and propose solutions along with the CoP and DCoP.
- Undertake regular field visits to ensure the quality of data collected by the team and to verify the accuracy of reported data.
- Analyze changes and patterns in KPI data and prepare performance reports in order to support Activity staff and/or the CoP and DCoP.
- Support the CoP and DCoP to ensure that donor, partner, and IWMI HQ data queries are addressed in an accurate and timely manner.
- Support and participate in activity evaluations including any third party evaluation commissioned by USAID.
- Support CoP and DCoP in reviewing donor reports to ensure high quality reports are submitted on time for this WMfEP.
- Review and analyze all periodic reports with the CoP and DCoP to identify the causes of potential bottlenecks in implementation and to enhance quality of reporting.
- Undertake related assignments as requested by the Chief of Party and Deputy Chief of Party from time-to-time.
QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE, SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Administration, Information Management, Economics/Econometrics, Project Management, Finance or other similar academic background.
- Master’s Degree in Administration, Information Management, Economics/Econometrics, Project Management, Finance or other similar academic background.
- Minimum of 8 years total experience in development
- At least 5 years of Monitoring and Evaluation experience with USAID and/or USAID funded projects with significant responsibility.
- Good level of proficiency in Windows, Microsoft Office Suite (including MS Access), statistical design and quantitative analysis.
- At least 5 years’ experience as a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist/Officer specifically in USAID supported activities with significant responsibility and experience in developing ME&L Plans, Progress Reports (Quarterly/Annual), survey and evaluation tools for the purpose of collecting M&E data etc. and uploading data to USAID Information Systems e.g. PakInfo.
- Capacity to produce high quality reports briefs and in English.
- Willingness to travel nationally at regular intervals for extended durations e.g. one week duration in D.I.Khan etc.
- Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work across with cultures.
- Excellent English language skills (Write, Read, Spoken).
- Good Urdu language skills (Write, Read, Spoken).
- Good Pashto language skills (desirable).
This is a nationally recruited position and all applicants must be eligible to work in Pakistan. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes a transport allowance, medical insurance for self and eligible dependents, as well as life, AD&D and long-term disability insurance.
The duration of the initial contract will be for 2 years with the potential for annual extensions for an additional 3 years, dependent upon on continued funding and institute requirements.
Your application must include a copy of your curriculum vitae, cover letter which addresses IWMI's requirements stated above, and contact information of three professional referees, who will be contacted if you are short-listed for the position, and must be uploaded as one document.
Please note that this is a re-advertisement and previous applicants need not apply again.
IWMI is an equal opportunity employer and emphasizes the importance of diversity and inclusiveness in identifying candidates for this position and its staff. Women are encouraged to apply.