MERL Officer (Specialist) at HUNDEE-Oromo Grassroots Dev’t Initiative

Job Description

Organizational Background

HUNDEE – Oromo Grassroots Development Initiative is a local non-governmental organization (LNGO) established in April 1995 and has been mandated to engage in the implementation of varieties of development and community education programs that primarily target resource poor, highly vulnerable and marginalized community groups in rural and peri-urban, and urban communities.

HUNDEE broadly envisions seeing a just world where women, men, boys and girls live in dignity and prosperity. Its organizational mission is accompaniment of resource poor and marginalized community groups (such as smallholder farmers, poor women, orphaned and vulnerable children, landless youth, pastoralists, and agro pastoralists, disaster prone communities, etc.) in their own development to improve their livelihoods and ultimately attain social and economic transformation in Oromia National Regional State.

HUNDEE’s organizational goal is to contribute to and work towards the emergence of organized and empowered communities who could take charge of their own situation and strive for the improvement of their livelihoods

To expedite the implementation of ”READ II” project in Oromia National Regional State, our organization invites competent candidates who fulfill the following criteria of the position

Job summary

The post is a professional job that requires the ability to monitor and evaluate project progress, prepare periodic accomplishment reports and generate lesson learned and best practices.

Major duties and responsibilities 

Under the direction and supervision of Read II Project Coordinator the MERL Officer is responsible to:

  • Lead the project’s Performance Monitoring Plan (PMP) development, indicators selection, data collection tools development, requirements identification, and joint supportive supervisions and other tasks as appropriate.
  • Overseeing and ensuring that program is well monitored and evaluated, with appropriate indicators of success, impact measurements, and communication of results to the donor, government, and partners.
  • Participate in project assessments, evaluations, and design.
  • Baseline assessments, benchmarking, and reviewing inception period findings for best practices and lessons learned.
  • Provide MERL technical leadership, lead capacity building efforts, and transfer M&E and learning technical capacity to project personnel.
  • Develop and/or coordinate performance monitoring plans that reflect work plans and their indicators including M&E system, Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement, data analysis and data use as determined by the Program.
  • Manage MERL and learning activities related to the performance of program, including M&E design; selection and measurement of appropriate indicators; development of appropriate MERL recording and reporting forms and mechanisms; data quality assurance processes and systems; database maintenance; appropriate data analysis; and appropriate documentation and dissemination of results.
  • Facilitate and ensure data is utilized for evidence-based decision making and planning.
  • Lead and participate in quality assurance and improvement exercises, including standards settings, regular measurement of performance according to those standards, and collaborative reviews to assess quality.
  • Provide technical support on design of specific data collection tools (such as surveys, questionnaires), and appropriate sampling strategies.
  • Adapt and design comprehensive MERL guideline/s and render MERL specific technical trainings for Read II-Ethiopia project personnel and head office technical staff.
  • Develop innovative data collection tools,
  • Work with program team to analyze information supplied by field staff and develop timely feedback mechanisms to ensure information is available to program team, and partners, where appropriate.
  • Coordinate regular monitoring visits to project intervention woredas and ensure the production of one consolidated report and agreed action plan for follow up response (inclusive of program, finance).
  • Design innovate methods to promote a culture of learning through systematic analysis and reflection of program data.
  • In close collaboration with program team, lead the follow-up of needed corrective and preventive actions following assessments and analysis.
  • Support project staff to implement their learning agenda (base-line, midterm, final evaluations).
  • Lead establishment of project database (Internal) at head office level and monitor data entry process and ensure project personnel are utilizing project database.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by his/her immediate supervisor.

Terms of employment

Initially for one year with possibility of renewal depending on merit and job continuity

Job Requirements

Required Education and Qualification

  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) in Economics, Statistics or other relevant field of studies from recognized university or college

Work experience

  • At least 10 years professional experience of which 6 years in monitoring and evaluation areas (experience in NGO is an advantage)

Language ability

  • Ability to speak, read and write in Afaan Oromo, Amharic and English languages with good communication and interpersonal skills

Women are highly  encouraged to apply

February 3, 2020 up to  3:00 PM

HUNDEE Head Office, Addis Ababa/Finfinnee, Around Meskel Flower Roundabout, Near Villa Verde Hotel, Tel. 011-558-4623

Interested applicants can submit non-returnable copy of their application with CV and other relevant testimonials to the above address and register in person on the form prepared for this purpose or send through email: 

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Only those applicants who fulfill the minimum requirement of the position are short listed and contacted for further evaluation.

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