The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global humanitarian aid, relief and development nongovernmental organization. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees and those displaced by war, persecution or natural disaster. The IRC is currently working in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities where it resettles refugees and helps them become self-sufficient.
Composed of first responders, humanitarian relief workers, international development experts, health care providers, and educators, the IRC has assisted millions of people around the world since its founding in 1933.Job Title: Roving M&E Officer – WPE
Sector: Monitoring & Evaluation
Employment Category: Regular
Employment Type: Full-Time
Open to Expatriates: No
Location: Maiduguri, Nigeria
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world’s worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to refugees forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 22 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to endure. The IRC leads the way from harm to home.
IRC has been present in Nigeria since 2012 when the organization responded to flooding in Kogi state. In early 2014, IRC opened a field office in Mubi town of Adamawa state in NE Nigeria followed by offices in Yola (Adamawa state) in November 2014, Maiduguri (Borno state) in October 2015 and Damaturu (Yobe state). The IRC Nigeria country program is implementing multi-sectoral interventions in the sectors of: Health and Nutrition; Environmental Health; Child Protection; Education; Women’s Protection and Empowerment; Economic Recovery and Development and Protection. Most of these programs are driven in partnership with strategic local NGOs.
The purpose of the M&E Officer position is to coordinate the collection, compilation, consolidation and analysis of data to track programs/ projects activities, monitor progress and support impact measurement. S/he will also conduct development research, engage in reflective practice and generate lessons from projects/program and prepare M&E plans for the WPE sector. S/he is responsible for establishing and ensuring better data management systems for the WPE core program and coordinates the proper and timely evaluation of project objectives/impact. S/he will ensure the existence of accountability mechanisms and devise a strategy for program staff participation in M&E activities. The position holder will closely work with front line staff and volunteers. S/he also will work closely with the M&E unit on technical matters and reports to the M&E Manager and WPE managers.
A. Program/project design and learning
Participate in program/ project design specially in developing logframes;
Design, develop and continuously update project M&E, and impact measurement tools and systems in a timely manner;
Develop and make sure all the projects in the WPE sector has tested monitoring tools that capture both program activity and indicators progresses;
Take part in diagnostic studies, evaluations and surveys;
Organize periodical ongoing sector level review, reflective practice, evaluation and progress monitoring events by involving communities and local partners;
Organize panel monitoring and/or similar M&E events to ensure accountability to the target community, with relevant stakeholders including communities and ensure their dissemination to concerned parties;
With support from the M&E Manager, WPE Managers and Coordinator, establish and maintain project level information management system;
Design a strategy to collect filed level information required by IRC, donors and/or stakeholders;
Proactively ensure networking and sharing of lessons from the core program with strategic partners and other stakeholder including government;
Ensure that learning from previous projects is incorporated into project design where applicable;
Coordinate synergy and cross-learning among different projects;
Cross fertilize learning among projects by regularly producing (compiling) summary monitoring reports and sharing to staff and partners.
B. Monitoring and evaluation
Track progress against monitoring work plans;
Coordinate the field level community participatory monitoring and evaluation, reflective practice and impact measurement;
Ensures the on-time execution of projects major monitoring and evaluation events including but not limited to baseline survey, mid-term evaluation, final evaluation, data quality audit and field supervision;
Provide technical assistance to staff and partner organization on information management system, proper data collection and record keeping;
Provide consistent, supportive supervision to strengthen staff performance as necessary to meet monitoring objectives;
Update M&E plan timely and provide feedback to program staff on status and quality of implementation.
Assist with monthly and/or quarterly performance indicator analysis, including generation of reports as well as presentations for staff related to on-going performance;
Conduct regular data verification exercises to ensure reporting and collection of quality data;
Verify entered data for completeness, correctness, and consistency and follow up on any data quality issues;
Document findings from data quality audits and store in project files to ensure collective and sustainable access;
Actively participate in and contribute to M&E team activities, system assessments, development and implementation of new systems and/or tools aimed at strengthening overall M&E practices at IRC Nigeria;
Closely work with staff to ensure they follow correct procedures and criteria during beneficiary registration;
Take part in the recruitment of enumerators and survey consultants;
Provide M&E inputs for reports written during project implementation;
Periodically leads reflective practice forums at field office/ project level and compile lessons from project implementation processes.
C. Information management and reporting
Establish and maintain project information management system;
Submit data set to update country office wide program database on monthly basis;
Compile regular project monitoring report, including lessons learned, prepared by different projects and application of evaluation recommendations;
Ensure all projects have downward/ forward accountability mechanisms and works with project staff to make sure its implementation;
Compile quarter, biannual and annual tabular and narrative reports (as required by project stakeholders) on projects’ accomplishments by cost and alert the management for special deviations form the plan.
D. Capacity building and supervision
Assist local partners in designing monitoring and reporting tools and establishing database management systems.
Organize orientation for front line staff, partners’ staff and volunteers on the monitoring tools and train them how to use data for decision making;
Assist the front-line staff and volunteers understand IRC’s program principles and the bigger picture, in general;
Coach, mentor and supervise Assistant M&E Officer/s (where applicable)
Assist her/his subordinate/s in completing performance management activities including: performance planning, monitoring, and annual performance appraisals;
E. Perform other duties assigned by the supervisor
Perform other task related assignment proposed by his/her supervisor/s
Key Working Relationships:
Position Reports to: M&E/WPE Manager(s), WPE Coordinator
Position directly supervised by: M&E/WPE Manager
Degree in statistics, computer science/IT/or any other related field;
Excellent computer skills are required (particularly Advanced Microsoft Excel, Access and Word);
At least two year experience working in monitoring and evaluation preferred;
Strong data collection, analysis, and report writing skills required;
Ability to work independently, think analytically and take initiative in solving problems;
Ability to communicate technical issues effectively;
Familiarity with log frame analysis and M&E plan;
Experience in conducting assessment;
Desirable – Protection background and Working with highly vulnerable and displaced people would be added advantage;
Good verbal communication skills in local languages and working knowledge of English;
Most importantly, commitment to IRC values and principles;
A strong team player with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with groups of diverse backgrounds.
Language Skills: Must be able to communicate and write in English. Local language is an added advantage
Standards of Professional Conduct: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Code of Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Harassment-Free Workplace, Fiscal Integrity, Anti-Retaliation, Combating Trafficking in Persons and several others.
Gender Equality: IRC is committed to narrowing the gender gap in leadership positions. We offer benefits that provide an enabling environment for women to participate in our workforce including parental leave, gender-sensitive security protocols and other supportive benefits and allowances.
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability.