Child Protection MEAL Officer- Harare

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Child Protection MEAL Officer- Harare

  • Post Date:January 12, 2021
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  • Career Level Officer
    Qualification Degree
    Experience 3-5 Years
  • Industry Non Governmental
Job Description

Background

JF Kapnek Trust is a registered charitable trust, which has been operating in Zimbabwe since 1986. JF Kapnek Trust seeks to improve family health, reduce child mortality, and create educational opportunities for children of Zimbabwe through the implementation of scalable sustainable programs.

Main Purpose of the Job

The Child Protection Monitoring & Evaluation (MEAL) Officer is a qualified staff member who plays a key role in project startup, monitoring implementation of project activities, data analysis, and reporting, staff capacity building, and supporting project research needs. The Child Protection MEAL Officer will coordinate with Child Protection staff to ensure data collection activities are carried out according to proposals and measure progress, quality, and impact of activities to target beneficiaries. S/he will be involved in carrying out and translating surveys, data collection, analysis, and reporting. Under the direct supervision of the MEAL Manager, the MEAL Officer is responsible for building project capacity in monitoring and evaluation by guiding, supporting, designing, and implementation of MEAL (Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning) systems and procedures that are appropriate, effective, and cost-efficient. The officer will provide MEAL and MIS technical support to program staff and support them in creating and implementing MEAL systems that will lead to improved program quality.

Duties and Responsibilities

Start-Up:

  • Assist the MEAL Manager with developing, filing, and sharing forms and tools;
  • Assist the MEAL Manager to orient program staff to the forms and tools and their locations;
  • Orient program staff to tablet usage;
  • Become familiar with new and on-going program activities and indicators in order to support program staff.

Monitoring and Evaluation:

  • Assist the MEAL Manager to create and maintain databases for Child Protection and humanitarian response projects; Promote the use of Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) solutions throughout the project or digital data collection;
  • Monitor Google Drive to ensure that data are entered regularly and correctly;
  • Assist with the creation and editing of Kobo Collect or other mobile data collection forms, as requested and needed; Extract and clean Kobo collect data sets, as requested, and needed;
  • Verify data for completeness, correctness and consistency and follow up on any data/program quality issues;
  • Ensure regular analysis and action planning meetings to (1) compare data against project milestones, targets, and quality expectations across project sites; (2) identify issues requiring further attention; (3) define action needed and assign responsibility and deadlines- are conducted and prepare report;
  • Conduct field/site visits to observe how the project staff are using the MEAL tools and to ensure that assessments are carried out properly;
  • Provide regular updates to MEAL Manager on the progress against targets and on any gaps in target achievement;
  • Checking the validity of our data through conducting spot checks for the data in the database or extracted data from tablets and compare it to the data received from the program staff in the field;
  • Review the monthly MEAL calendar for all programs and flag any higher-level activities for MEAL Manager and project manager;
  • Identify bottlenecks in the program MEAL systems, recommend appropriate solutions and ensure follow-through.

Accountability and Learning:

  • Facilitate to orient program staff and partners on the basic principles and practices of beneficiary accountability; Ensure feedback and response channels are operational in support of project activities;
  • Ensure that beneficiary feedback is adequately collected, documented, addressed, analyzed, and utilized by program teams;
  • Review communication material designed under the projects for information dissemination including to disabled population;
  • Create a culture of learning and continual improvement among the MEAL team and seek other opportunities to build the capacity of staff;
  • Actively engage in any project assessments and provide the required support to carry out quality assessments;
  • Identify, document, store and share lessons learned including success stories that have implications for refinement of best programmatic practice;
  • Assist the MEAL Manager to conduct and document end of project learning reviews and sharing learning with stakeholders;
  • Coordinate with MEAL Intern on a weekly basis;
  • Package information for wider dissemination;
  • Facilitate to design and conduct of MEAL surveys, evaluation, baselines, and others related to the project evidence generation;
  • Ensure consistency of standards, harmonization of information and input from beneficiaries and sharing of learnings.

Reporting:

  • Facilitate to orient program staff and partners on the basic principles and practices of beneficiary accountability;
  • Ensure feedback and response channels are operational in support of project activities;
  • Ensure that beneficiary feedback is adequately collected, documented, addressed, analyzed, and utilized by program teams;
  • Review communication material designed under the projects for information dissemination including to disabled population;
  • Create a culture of learning and continual improvement among the MEAL team and seek other opportunities to build the capacity of staff;
  • Actively engage in any project assessments and provide the required support to carry out quality assessments;
  • Identify, document, store and share lessons learned including success stories that have implications for refinement of best programmatic practice;
  • Assist the MEAL Manager to conduct and document end of project learning reviews and sharing learning with stakeholders;
  • Coordinate with MEAL Intern on a weekly basis;
  • Package information for wider dissemination;
  • Facilitate to design and conduct of MEAL surveys, evaluation, baselines, and others related to the project evidence generation;
  • Ensure consistency of standards, harmonization of information and input from beneficiaries and sharing of learnings.

Staff Capacity Building:

  • Train project staff, including community cadres, on the usage of MEAL data forms, data collection schedules, and mobile data collection systems to ensure quality and timely data for the project;
  • Monitor and supervise the work of contracted data entry clerks, translators, transcribers, and other consultants or contracted workers;
  • Build the capacity of staff through training, coaching, supportive delegation, and performance management;
  • Support staff in planning for, scheduling and prioritizing tasks.

Partnership and Coordination:

  • Establish and maintain excellent collaborative working relationships with child protection actors;
  • Communicate with project staff and stakeholders to ensure that assessments, evaluations, and other data collection activities take place according to the data collection schedule;
  • Take part in regular team meetings, staff meetings, and relevant program meetings;
  • Liaise with stakeholders including line ministries and partner staff in ensuring smooth implementation of MEAL activities;
  • Advise MEAL Manager about issues affecting the implementation of MEAL activities, or key local issues affecting future MEAL developments;
  • Liaise with stakeholders, including donor agencies in information sharing.

Qualification, Knowledge, and Skills Requirements

  • First Degree in related degree programme such as M&E /Statistics/Development/Public Health/ Social Sciences or other relevant qualification;
  • Professional Certificate in MEAL related courses a distinct advantage;
  • At least 3 years of experience in Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, and Learning, preferably in social protection fields;
  • Proven track record and experience in developing MEAL plan, systems and database using MS office applications (Excel or Access) and software applications;
  • Strong knowledge and proven experience on developing and analyzing logical and conceptual frameworks;
  • Good quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills.
  • Knowledge of participatory approaches to data collection;
  • Knowledge of latest technological tools that have the potential to be applied in MEAL.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Previous working experience with vulnerable children such as the disabled an advantage;
  • Ability to travel frequently and stay in difficult environments.

To apply

An application letter and updated CV should be forwarded to the undersigned: [email protected]

CVs will be considered as they are received.

JF Kapnek Trust has zero-tolerance towards Sexual Harassment and is committed to upholding and safeguarding children’s rights. The successful candidate will be required to commit to the JF Kapnek Child Protection Policy and be bound by the Sexual Harassment & Exploitation Policy.

Deadline: 13 January 2021