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Job Opening - Programme Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor - Afghanistan

Contract Grade: Grade B
Contract Length: 1 year
Date Needed By: 1 June 2012
New Post or Replacement: Replacement
Accompanied / Unaccompanied: Unaccompanied
Exact Job Location: Faizabad, Afghanistan
Reports To: ACD-P (Head of Programmes)
Responsible For: M&E Managers x 3 (national) and PSO (international)

Job Purpose
To build the capacity of the Afghanistan team and partners in the area of programme planning, monitoring and evaluation
The Advisor will be responsible for ensuring that best practices in PM&E are applied throughout the organization and by its partners once identified in a participatory manner that strengthens the community development process. The Advisor will be responsible for helping teams to manage their project cycles and track progress according the programme Results Frameworks
Main Duties & Responsibilities
• To support the design and implementation of programme planning, monitoring and evaluation systems for all programmes, (FIM, Health (Environmental Health) Women’s Empowerment and Education) in the geographical areas of Kabul, Takhar and Badakshan provinces.
• Guide the process for identifying and designing key process performance indicators for each project/ programme and design tools for data collection and progress reporting
• Conduct an annual internal review with programme management in participation with identified partners, communities and other stakeholders relevant to the programme
• Work with management and programme coordinators to ensure that programmes and projects have appropriate, realistic and measurable indicators
• Support the development of programme and country Result Frameworks
• Ensure baselines are conduced and analysis completed for all projects/ programmes
• To build the capacity of Concern staff and partner staff in the area of planning, monitoring and evaluation
• Ensure that approaches filter down to community based organizations and partners
• Work with programme management to support them to apply lessons, follow up through monitoring and provide ongoing support
• To develop linkages with key district and provincial institutions (Takhar and Badakshan) in the area of monitoring, evaluation and research
• To support the development of management systems and practices that integrate planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning
• Ensure that data collection tools and methodologies are adapted to various contexts
• Prepare appropriate forms, formats and databases for data storage and analysis
• Support the team to carry out comprehensive and appropriate contextual analysis and document
• Training of staff on gender analysis and gender audits in all programme locations
• Support the teams to document lessons learnt and provide support and leadership to the team to monitor the project/programme to see if activities are adapted, in line with lessons learnt
• To support the development of downward accountability mechanisms as an integrated part of the planning, monitoring and evaluation cycles (i.e. going beyond participation as consultation but really stimulating participation for accountability)

3. Work Targets Set for this Post Over the Contract Period:
Work targets will be agreed within 4 weeks of taking up the position

PERSON SPECIFICATION
ESSENTIAL
Essential: • Third level qualification
Desirable: • MA/Diploma in programme management, programmes planning or related
Thematic subject (FIM, Health, HIV/AIDS, Education, Gender)
Experience Required:
 Minimum 3 yrs experience working overseas in development programmes managing or advising organizations/ institutions on PM&E systems
 Experience working in the area of monitoring and evaluation, especially related to ‘software’ focused projects
 Experience working with local NGOs and partners in advising them on PM&E practices
 Experience in setting up small and mid-sized assessments, appraisals and evaluations
 Advising on the logical framework
 Experience of planning and conducting training for staff
 Strong understanding of community development, PRA/ PLA, MSC and other tools and approaches
 In depth knowledge and understanding of Results Frameworks
 Experience in managing research and advocacy
 Proven track record in a training role
 In-depth knowledge of HAP/ Accountability

Special Skills, Aptitude or Personality Requirements:
 empathy with organisational Vision, Mission, Goals + Objectives
 In depth knowledge of development issues including a Rights Based Approach to development, gender and equality.
 innovative and creative
 ability to translate monitoring and evaluation concepts into practical methods and tools that can be used by field teams
 strong report-writing skills in English
 ability/willingness to frequently spend prolonged periods of time in isolated project sites with field staff
 Facilitation skills
 ability to surface problems and recommend solutions
 methodical and thorough
 knowledge of computer applications i.e. Microsoft word and excel and M&E packages
 ability to motivate and develop skills of others
 analytical and problem solving skills
 ability to work both as part of a team & independently
 cross cultural awareness and sensitivity (esp. gender and ethnicity)
 tolerance and acceptance of diversity

All applications should be submitted through our website at https://jobs.concern.net by closing date…. CV’s should be no more than 4 pages in length.
All candidates who are short-listed for a first round interview will be notified via email after the application deadline OR Due to the urgency of this position, applications will be short listed on a regular basis and we may offer posts before the closing date.
Concern Worldwide is an Irish-based non-governmental, international, humanitarian organisation dedicated to the reduction of suffering and working towards the ultimate elimination of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest countries.
Concern has a Staff Code of Conduct and a Programme Participant Protection Policy which have been developed to ensure the maximum protection of programme participants from exploitation and to clarify the responsibilities of Concern staff, consultants, visitors to the programme and partner organization, and the standards of behaviour expected of them. In this context staff have a responsibility to the organization to strive for, and maintain, the highest standards in the day-to-day conduct in their workplace in accordance with Concern’s core values and mission. Any candidate offered a job with Concern Worldwide will be expected to sign the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct as an appendix to their contract of employment. By signing the Programme Participant Protection Policy and the Concern Staff Code of Conduct candidates acknowledge that they have understood the contents of both the Concern Staff Code of Conduct and the Programme Participant Protection Policy and agree to conduct themselves in accordance with the provisions of these two documents.
Concern receives a substantial amount of funding from external donors each year. Increasingly donors are introducing requirements whereby future funding is conditional on Concern ensuring that the names of any new employee or volunteer do not appear on terrorism lists generated by the European Union (List of person, groups and entities to which Regulation (EC No. 2580/2001 applies), the US Government (Office of Foreign Assets Control list of specially designated Nationals and Blocked Persons) and the United Nations (Consolidated List). Any offer of employment (either paid or voluntary) with Concern Worldwide will not be made pending a clearance check being conducted on the applicant. For additional information please consult our web site or contact the Human Resource Division in our Head Office.
Concern Worldwide is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Organisation Concern Worldwide

Country Ireland