Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability, & Learning Coordinator (Fulltime)
- Post Date:July 6, 2021
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- Career Level OtherQualification DegreeExperience 3-5 Years
- Industry Non Governmental
Reports to: Project’s Director
Project name: Zimbabwe Open Data Initiative 2021/2025
Zimbabwe Open Data Initiative (ZODI) is a project of the Institute of Data Science Management in partnership with three International Donor Partners.
The Zimbabwe Open Data Initiative Project (ZODI Project) seeks to support national efforts to make relevant data available, accessible, and usable for unrestricted use in Zimbabwe. The initiative focuses on building high-level policy, and public and private institutional support for open data. The initiative encourages cooperation among existing open data activities, bringing stakeholders together to solve long-standing national problems. The ZODI aims to enable the development of data infrastructure in ways that benefit people, companies, governments and civil society. We focus on increasing data flows around the data ecosystem, improving skills and capabilities, and encouraging innovation.
We support data flows, focusing our efforts in three broad areas: Improving the data practices of organisations so that they can build and manage adequate data infrastructure and data use. Our work on data literacy and data assurance is part of these efforts; Tackling challenges so that the data ecosystem works better. Our data institutions work and our work on data ecosystems and innovation are part of this; Gathering and creating research, evidence and knowledge about data and the benefits of open, trustworthy data access, to inform companies and policymakers as they create data infrastructure, assets, practices and policies. This is our evidence and foresight work.
Equal employment opportunity
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Summary of position
The ZODI initiative has recently partnered with three International donor partners a the government of Zimbabwe, whose aim is to build institutional capacity and programming. A critical component of our partnership model is a strong Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability & Learning (MEAL) system that leverages data submitted by partners to provide strategic and relevant program insights for the ZODI Project and Technical Units, external partners, and donors. The MEAL Coordinator will manage a portfolio of ZODI’s programs from a MEAL perspective, being responsible for the design, training, rollout, and reporting and analysis of results for programs within their portfolio. The MEAL Coordinator is also expected to contribute as a thought partner in building ZODI’s national MEAL strategy and framework.
This is a remote-based full-time position, ideally based in Harare, Zimbabwe with preference for candidates in CAT (GMT+2) time zone. As ODI grows its programs, there will be opportunities to grow the role and shape ZODI national MEAL strategy.
- Manages the design, planning, and rollout of customized MEAL tools and training to a portfolio of ZODI’s project;
- Manages the flow of quantitative program data through data cleaning, imports and exports, quality checks, and troubleshooting using ZODI’s Salesforce database and Microsoft Excel;
- Ensures timely reporting on portfolio program results to Implementing Partners, staff across program and technical units, and for donor reporting;
- Generates reports, analysis, and dashboards to analyze program results in Salesforce and Microsoft Excel;
- Facilitates the use of data by technical staff to improve ongoing technical assistance to Implementing Partners;
- Analyzes quantitative and qualitative program data to answer ODI’s key learning questions;
- Provides training and support to Implementing Partners on data collection and data entry, virtually or in-person, including generating feedback to improve the MEAL system and ensure timely data submission;
- Travel to program provinces and cities to provide in-person technical support, when safe to do so;
- Contributes to ZODI overall national MEAL strategy and frameworks
The ideal candidate has experience working independently and as a team.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required;
- Minimum 3-5 years experience in the field of Monitoring & Evaluation, or equivalent;
- Experience designing Monitoring & Evaluation tools, frameworks, and trainings;
- High level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel, including tables, formulas, pivot tables, and creating graphs and visualizations;
- Demonstrated skills in quantitative data, including but not limited to data collection, analysis and presentation, and communication of results;
- Experience in managing online database systems (Salesforce experience ideal), including creating reports and dashboards;
- Experience using software packages including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, knowledge of data analysis programs a bonus (e.g. STATA);
- Excellent verbal communication and relational skills, especially working in a cross-cultural environment;
- Willing to work on a flexible schedule to accommodate time zones in the Zimbabwe and Africa;
- Experience in international development work, including M&E reporting requirements, is an advantage
- 10 paid holidays per year;
- 15 days Paid Time Off (PTO) the first year of employment, then 21 days per year thereafter;
- Choice of medical, dental, and vision insurance plans (75% of premium paid for by ZODI for employee;
- 50% of premium paid for partners and dependents);
- ‘Bring Your Own Device Policy’ and an IT stipend of up to USD $1500 per year for allowable IT expenses;
- Life insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance (100% of premium paid under project costs);
- Policies to support breastfeeding mothers traveling for work and an annual stipend for each child under 16 that can be used toward offsetting childcare costs while traveling;
- Co-working space/ Internet access stipend for remote employees of up to USD$300 per month;
- Substantial flexibility on work hours, location, and schedule to allow for balancing work and life commitments.
Applicants will be screened on a rolling basis, so submit as early as possible. All candidates screened and short listed are subject to a self funded Online Proctored Psychometric test using the Watson Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal for cognitive ability and personality tests. The cost will be ZWL 3,000. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. All applications to be submitted via the provided email address.
To make the screening process effective, consider structuring your cover letter to directly answer the following questions:
- Why do you want this job?
- Do you meet all of the qualifications? If not, explain the gaps.
- Why are you uniquely qualified for this role?
- What do you bring to the table that puts you at the top of the candidate list?
Deadline: 9 July 2021
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