Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning Coordinator (Mekong Regional Water Governance Program)

Oxfam

Cambodia 🇰🇭

Laos 🇱🇦

Date:  22 Feb 2024

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JOB DETAILS

LOCATION: Cambodia or LaosCONTRACT TYPE: 1 year with possible extension
INTERNAL JOB GRADE: C2                            DEPARTMENT and TEAM: Mekong Regional Water Governance Program, Asia Region
SALARY:  HOURS (FTE): 37.5

FLEXIBLE WORKING

‘We believe flexible working is key to building the Secretariat of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of flexible arrangements which might work for you.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

We are committed to ensuring diversity and gender equality within our organization.

DEPARTMENT PURPOSE: Oxfam is an international confederation of 19 organizations networked together in 85 countries. As part of a global movement for change, we are working together to end world poverty and injustice. We work with thousands of partners in countries around the world and employ staff in a wide variety of posts. We work directly with communities and we seek to influence the powerful to enable the most marginalized to improve their lives and livelihoods and have a say in decisions that affect them.

Working at Oxfam is so much more than just a job. As an Oxfam employee, consultant, or volunteer, you will join a team of dedicated and passionate professionals working to save lives, help people overcome poverty, and fight for social justice.

TEAM PURPOSE: The Mekong Regional Water Governance Program aims to promote more inclusive, equitable water governance that reduces the impact of climate change and increases social accountability to citizens in the Greater Mekong Basin. The governance of water resources and response to the impacts of climate change is of critical importance to the future and growth of the region and we seek to support affected communities to realise their right to sustainable livelihoods and to ensure growth is inclusive (with a particular focus on women) and equitable access to natural resources. 

Within the portfolio of the Mekong Regional Water Governance Program Management Unit (PMU), Oxfam is implementing a Strengthening Climate Resilience in the Lower Mekong, starting May 2022-June 2025. The project is implemented in 4 countries (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Lao PDR) and will support riverine communities to be better prepared to respond to disasters and become more climate resilient. The project is supported by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) with a value of approximately USD 3.4 million. The project has three key domains of change:

  1. Increased capacity of target riverine communities to implement inclusive Climate Change Adaptation (CCA)/Disaster Risk Management (DRM)
  2. Increased capacity of local authorities to support commuinties to manage climate related hazards
  3. Increased availability of useful hydro-meteorological data to riverine communities and Disaster Risk Management authorities

JOB PURPOSE:

The MEAL Coordinator Climate Resilience will be a member of the Mekong Project Management Unit (PMU) and s/he is responsible for coordinating and leading on Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL) function for the Strengthening Climate Resilience Project. The post holder will ensure MEAL is compliant with the Oxfam’s Common Approach to MEL and Social Accountability (CAMSA) and back donor (DFAT) performance standards. As the project is focused on building capacity, it is important that the MEAL framework has a balance of creative but practical qualitative measures as well as quantitative measures. S/he will work closely with the MEAL officers at country level and coordinate closely with the regional MEAL/Knowledge Management post-holders to ensure regional programs are delivered with high quality, identify synergies, and maximise efficiencies.

S/he will be responsible to MEAL framework operationalization that includes identify, collect, and analyse quantitative and qualitative project data; to monitor and record activities and evidence of outcomes in the three domain of change including outcomes in Inclusion, gender equality and women’s leadership.

The MEAL Coordinator Climate Resilience will work closely with Communications, and other project staff to ensure that clear messaging and evidence of project results are demonstrated in a range of communication outputs consistent with the project MEAL framework. S/he will work closely with the Project Manager and the Regional Manager to ensure quality reporting.

ROLE REPORTS TOProject Manager: Strengthening Climate Resilience in the Mekong Subregion. Close coordination with MEAL Coordinator under the Mekong Water Governance Program.
ROLES REPORTING TO THIS POSTN/A
BUDGET RESPONSIBILITYBudget planning and monitoring the burn rate of MEAL activity Budget

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES (Technical, Leadership, People and Resource management)

Core Technical:

  • Take lead on overall project MEAL management to ensure MEAL system is well functioned and firmly capture the result of project implementation both outputs and outcomes. And ensuring quality of data and accessible filing and record-keeping of all data.  
  • Manage MEAL framework for the project that is owned and understood by the project stakeholders to ensure program quality, monitoring and evaluation, accountability, and learning and is aligned with the Mekong program MEAL Lite.
  • Ensure the country MEAL framework is synergized and aligned with overall project MEAL framework, capturing key learning at all levels, adheres to Oxfam’s CAMSA and is compliant with DFAT standards and guidelines.
  • Manage and support the technical consultants to ensure the MEAL framework reflects the technical changes that the project is seeking to make from baseline through to project completion. That includes key MEAL activities such as Mid-term review and endline project evaluation.
  • Identify, plan, and promote coordination between MEAL activities at country and regional level to improve efficiencies and promote learning.
  • Make monitoring and support visits to project sites with the project team and partners to analyze progress against the milestones, identify and report any areas of risk and capacity gaps.
  • Ensure that the links between communications and MEAL (at country and regional level) are made by aligning visits and information gathering and produce case studies and blogs for internal and external communications.  

Learning

  • Coordinate and facilitate MEAL capacity building, reflection and learning for the project teams (Oxfam and partners) in each country and at regional level to ensure the balance between capacity development and delivery of project outputs, outcomes, and impact.
  • Identify, plan and review key events for other program functions (training, policy dialogues) as part of the M&E frameworks.
  • Coordinate with Regional Program MEL (TROSA, FFA, GRASIA Just Energy Transition) to leverage learning and identify opportunities for alignment towards Asia Regional Quality Programming.

Business Services

  • Advise the Project Manager on project budget development to ensure adequate resourcing for M&E and learning activities and monitor the respective budgets.
  • Identify and manage the procurement of consultancies for baselines, training, research, and evaluations.
  • Lead on the regular reviews of the project, contribute to external reviews by DFAT and play a key role in designing the scaling up/exit plan for the program.
  • Manage and ensure the integration and compliance of Oxfam’s policies and relevant sector codes of good practice.

Representation and Relationships

  • Ensure agreement between project stakeholders on the systems and procedures to manage and share knowledge to internal and external audiences.
  • Liaise with and communicate with respective government officials and DFAT project team.
  • Build networks and collaborate with local and international organizations working in the same scope of work.

Travel

The position will require travel within the country and region for workshops, refresher training and partner monitoring visits  

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Most importantly, every individual at Oxfam International Secretariat needs to be able to:

  1. Live our values of INCLUSION, ACCOUNTABILITY, EMPOWERMENT, COURAGE, SOLIDARITY and EQUALITY (read more about these here)
  2. Ensure you commit to our ORGANIZATIONAL ATTRIBUTES (including adhering to the Code of Conduct):

1. Be committed to our feminist principles, and to applying them in your day-to-day behaviour and your work. Be ready to keep learning, with accountability to those who experience oppression as a result of their identities, such as their gender, race/ethnicity, disability, class, or LGBTQIA identity.”

2. Be committed to undertaking Oxfam’s safeguarding training and adhering to relevant policies, to ensure all people who come into Oxfam are as safe as possible.

EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE & COMPETENCIES

Key Selection Criteria

  • Degree in Social Science, Development Studies, Environment, or relevant disciplines
  • At least 5 years relevant experience working in a regional program, or within INGOs on technical MEL positions, preferably in comparable organisation and program contexts.
  • Experience in developing and operationalizing MEAL Frameworks preferably for complex, regional programs.
  • A strong commitment and experience in promoting gender equality, social inclusion in the development and implementation of project MEAL.
  • Experience of developing indicators for qualitative data that is practical and complementary to quantitative information.  
  • Demonstrated knowledge on baseline, review, evaluation, and impact assessment methodologies and how to translate these into practical tools and processes.
  • Strong research skills required in data collection and analysis, learning through a variety of channels for specific topics; an understanding of qualitative and quantitative data gathering methodologies; and development and maintaining databases.
  • Strong negotiating and networking skills, conceptual and analytical skills, and experience in promoting evidence-based programming.
  • Team player but able to work independently and with self-motivation, proven analytical and decision-making skills in a challenging context. experience working in environments with political sensitivities.
  • Excellent communication skills both in written and verbal with strong proven skills in English language.
  • Relevant computer skills, which include experience in using project management software tools, PowerPoint, Word and Excel and other quantitative and qualitative data analysis software.

KEY BEHAVIOURAL COMPETENCIES (BASED ON OXFAM’S LEADERSHIP MODEL)

CompetenciesDescription
DecisivenessWe are comfortable to make transparent decisions and to adapt decision making modes to the context and needs.
InfluencingWe can engage with diverse stakeholders in a way that leads to increased impact for the organization. We spot opportunities to influence effectively and where there are no opportunities, we can create them in a respectful and impactful manner.
Relationship BuildingWe understand the importance of building relationship, within and outside the organization. We have the ability to engage with traditional and non-traditional stakeholders in ways that lead to increased impact for the organisation.
Mutual AccountabilityWe can explain our decisions and how we have taken them based on our organizational values.  We are ready to be held to account for what we do and how we behave, as we are also holding others to account in a consistent manner.
Agility, Complexity, and AmbiguityWe scan the environment, anticipate changes, are comfortable with lack of clarity and deal with a large number of elements interacting in diverse and unpredictable ways.
Systems ThinkingWe view problems as parts of an overall system and in their relation to the whole system, rather than reacting to a specific part, outcome, or event in isolation. We focus on cyclical rather than linear cause and effect. By consistently practicing systems thinking we are aware of and manage well unintended consequences of organisational decisions and actions.
Enabling We all work to effectively empower and enable others to deliver the organizations goals through creating conditions of success. We passionately invest in others by developing their careers, not only their skills for the job.  We provide freedom; demonstrate belief and trust provide appropriate support. We give more freedom and demonstrate belief and trust, underpinned with appropriate support.

Applying:

All applicants should please apply through Oxfam recruitment website:

https://jobs.oxfamnovib.nl/job-invite/13362/

By 07th March 2024, at 23:59 ICT.

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