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25 Mar 2019

Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning Officer (MERL

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Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Learning Officer (MERL) –MOGADISHU

Expanding Access to Justice (EAJ) is a five-year program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Freedom House-led Human Rights Support Mechanism (HRSM) and implemented by Pact Inc and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI). This Program Manager position falls under the responsibility of Pact Inc and its employment policies.

The program is aimed at contributing to lasting improvements to access to justice and effective mechanisms to address grievances in Somalia through three interlinked objectives; 1) Improving the public’s access to legal information through research, analysis, outreach, and policy interventions, 2) Increasing the quality and reach of legal aid services, and 3) Increasing the capacity and sustainability of access to justice actors.

Job purpose:

The MERL Officer will work in close collaboration with the program and research teams and under the guidance of the MERL Manager. S/he will ensure EAJ’s justice actor performance, activity information as well as case management system information is well analyzed and reported. This position reports to the MERL Director. The position is Mogadishu based with frequent field travel to Jubaland, Puntland, and South West State.

Roles and Responsibilities:

MERL Support to partners

  • Support MERL capacity building initiatives for access to justice actors in target regions of Somalia.
  • Support the MERL and Research team to conduct quarterly partner data quality assessments
  • Support standardization of MERL tools and methodologies across implementing partners and areas.
  • Mentor partner staff in MERL and provide timely feedback to partners to ensure good quality partner and program reports.
  • Act as key EAJ MERL liaison person for all EAJ access to justice actors/partners

Program analysis, learning and documentation

  • Working with the EAJ Program Manager, MERL and the program team, lead field-level beneficiary feedback sessions and surveys to gather information that will inform program learning, reporting and documentation.
  • Assist the MERL Manager, program team and Research teams in promoting a culture of learning and generation of knowledge throughout the project team and among partners and stakeholders, including in the facilitation and sharing of project learnings.
  • Support writing of case studies, success stories, beneficiary profiles for use in donor reporting.
  • Produce activity and beneficiary profile photos that can be used for reporting.
  • Support dissemination of project information to partners and beneficiaries. This may include use of local language to ensure information is well understood.
  • Support documentation of key Pact and ABAROLI’s meetings/workshops as required.

Other duties

  • Support collection, collation and analysis of relevant program indicator data.
  • With support from the MERL Manager, ensure partners’ data quality as guided by the

USAID data quality assurance standards.

  • Provide support to Pact partners in the application of EAJ reporting tools to ensure good quality data is collected and submitted on time. This will also include reviewing of program activity reports.
  • Support MERL, Research, Communication and program teams to conduct periodic reviews of project work including monitoring and assessing the quality of partner work and Program impact.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • A critical thinker with attention to details mind set, able to streamline large datasets (both quantitative and qualitative) from multiple sources ensuring quality in information shared.
  • A holder of a university degree in Statistics, Economics, Law, Research Methods, International Development, Development Studies or related field from a recognized university
  • At least 3 years of experience in M&E or Research for social programs or development.
  • Knowledge and practice in data management and USAID quality assurance standards.
  • A good planner with conceptual skills to think and plan for outcomes/impact at the community and stakeholder level
  • Ability to coordinate M&E related information across multiple local actors in different regions of Somalia
  • Knowledge and application of computer and mobile data collection systems or applications for data collection, reporting and storage.
  • A team player with interest in numerics or large data sets.
  • Experience with USAID DQA exercise in Somalia an added advantage.

How to apply:

Interested applicants fulfilling the minimum requirements are invited to send their application letter and CV to indicating “MERL Officer” on the subject line.

Deadline for applications: April 15th, 2019


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