Communications and M&E Specialist

South African Development Community (SADC)

Bloemfontein, , ZA

The incumbent will be responsible for outreach, awareness raising, dialogue and advocacy work; monitoring and reporting of SADC-GMI activities as well as managing the access and exchange of information and knowledge using ICT, print, audio and visual media. S/he will report directly to the Director of SADC-GMI.

Key responsibilities of this position include:

  • Supporting the Director of the SADC-GMI with the day-to-day running of the Communication and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) functions supported in the SADC-GMI Articles of Association and its Business Plan.
  • Ensuring that the M&E framework is aligned to the Results Framework and indicators of the GEF-5 focal area for International Waters, the CIWA multi-donor Trust-fund, and the World Bank’s core indicators
  • Supporting the SADC-GMI Director in organising the multi-stakeholder mid-term review and preparation of the completion report upon project closing
  • Assisting the Senior Groundwater Specialist in the collection, assessment and integration of the available deliverables of the predecessor Groundwater Drought Management Programme (GDMP) (includes research reports and data, mapping, communication materials, website, and groundwater monitoring tools and IT-equipment) into the SADC-GMI activities
  • Building a platform and networks of cooperation and knowledge-sharing, connecting stakeholders such as experts, decision-makers, and representatives from groundwater-dependent sectors as well as international groundwater agencies
  • Serving as key expert for awareness raising, knowledge management and communication involving the critical activities to inform, engage and maintain dialogue with key stakeholders at all levels through implementing a graphic profile and communication activities, running an updated SADC-GMI website, disseminating information and knowledge and developing online learning platforms
  • Building the capacity of SADC-GMI staff and key stakeholders in the development, implementation and use of the communication, ICT and monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Supporting the SADC-GMI Director and the entire team in the production of monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, annual and adhoc reports as necessary

The ideal Communications and M&E Specialist must meet the following criteria:

  • At least a degree level qualification with majors in communications and monitoring & evaluation, or related disciplines with key qualifications in these relevant fields;
  • At least 10 years of working experience in related fields performing core functions in institutional/project communications as well as monitoring and evaluation using various methods including the print, visual and ICT applications;
  • Previous working experience in the water sector within sub-Saharan Africa and particularly in the SADC region is an asset
  • Demonstrated knowledge or ability to work on the development and operation of computer based databases and learning platforms is critical;
  • Excellent computer skills, including MS office programs (MS Access/Excel/Project);
  • Knowledge of specific Monitoring & Evaluation software applications is an advantage;
  • Excellent knowledge of English (writing, reading and speaking)
  • Fluency in the other SADC Languages (French, or Portuguese) is desirable

Qualified female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply