Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Coordinators (x2) – (SAGE) Project

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Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning Coordinators (x2) – (SAGE) Project

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

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. We believe in the power and potential of every child. We support children’s rights from birth until they reach adulthood and we enable children to prepare for – and respond to – crises and adversity.

We drive changes in practice and policy at local, national and global levels using our reach, experience and knowledge. In Zimbabwe, we have been building powerful partnerships for children for over 31 years. Plan International operates an equal opportunities policy and actively encourages diversity.


Monitoring Evaluation Research and Learning Coordinators x 2 – Supporting Adolescents Girls Education (SAGE) Grant Funded Program: Bulawayo and Harare


Reporting to the SAGE MERL Specialist, the MERL Coordinator is responsible for providing specialist guidance and support on MERL activities in line with the MERL policy and standards, Program and Influence Quality Policy and Procedures.


Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

  • Develop and ensure regular updates of the SAGE Project M&E frameworks for projects in line with MERL standards.
  • Participate at the conceptualization & design phase of projects in developing comprehensive M & E frameworks consisting of an indicator matrix, dataflow, indicator tracker, MERL activity plan and budget, reporting schedule including a theory of change.
  • Ensure effective utilization of M & E Management Information Systems (PRIMASYS) and the global PMERL System for data collection, storage, analysis, reporting, data aggregation at different levels including use of data for reflective learning & feedback for the SAGE Project.
  • Plan and coordinate data quality assurance, including frequent data auditing and data spot checks for the SAGE Project.
  • Ensure availability and accessibility of reliable project monitoring data through analysis and triangulation of qualitative and quantitative data for the SAGE Project.
  • Establish the use of participatory, gender-sensitive and inclusive MERL approaches and methodologies with adults and children to deepen stakeholder engagement.
  • Lead the development of the SAGE Project M & E tools and promote their effective application in tracking project progress.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of feedback and accountability mechanisms the SAGE Project.

Evaluation and Research

  • Coordinate the overall planning, design and coordination of project base, mid and end line surveys, including reviewing consultant Terms of Reference, supervising consultant contracts, supporting quality implementation of the sampling methodology and data collection and review draft reports to ensure quality analysis for the SAGE Project.
  • Review the SAGE Project evaluation and research reports and give recommendations regarding approval to program management.
  • Ensure the development and dissemination of the SAGE Project evaluation/research findings to donors, partners, key stakeholders and communities and their utilization in learning activities.
  • Conduct assessment for completeness of all technical reports developed by external consultants for the SAGE Project.

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Establish learning and dissemination of research products through different channels to different audiences to establish Plan International Zimbabwe as a thought leader.
  • Support generation and complication of the SAGE Project reports in line with donor guidelines and Plan International Zimbabwe’s Reporting Framework.
  • Ensure documentation of the SAGE project and influencing work through various channels to demonstrate program effectiveness.
  • Facilitate the generation, storage and utilization of project information among project staff and key stakeholders.
  • Build capacity of staff and partners on basic MERL in line with Plan` s MERL approach.
  • Manage SAP to ensure consistency and integrity of the SAGE Project data for reporting and decision making.
  • Ensure that the SAGE Project monitoring, evaluation and research initiatives are conducted in line with Plan’s policies and procedures.

Participate in Plan’s MERL networks to enhance Plan’s Program Performance

  • Participate in MERL networks in order to facilitate learning and sharing of experiences.
  • Identify and establish relevant networks and platforms for Monitoring, Evaluation and Research initiatives related to the project.

Child Protection & gender equality mainstreaming

Promotes and abides by Plan policies and procedures including but not limited to: Gender equality mainstreaming, Safeguarding Policy, Code of Conduct and the related mandatory reporting responsibilities.



  • A degree in Development Studies, Monitoring and Evaluation, Statistics and Operations Research, Strategic Planning or related studies.
  • A post graduate degree in research and or monitoring and evaluation will be an added advantage with 3- 5 years relevant working experience.
  • Participatory, gender-sensitive and inclusive MERL approaches and methodologies with adults and children.
  • Data management, quality control and validation processes and requirements
  • Theory of Change approach and implications for MERL.
  • Feedback and complaint mechanisms and methodologies.
  • M&E of social norms and influencing.
  • M&E in emergencies and fragile contexts.
  • Appropriate statistical analysis methodologies and systems.


  • Manage quantitative and qualitative data collection.
  • Adapt MERL approaches and methodologies to local context.
  • Work with/manage MERL consultants and data collectors.
  • Apply recognized standards of data quality assurance.
  • Use and manage information in Plan’s information and data systems.
  • Analyze, synthesize and draw out conclusions and learning from M&E data and processes.
  • Support, coach and train staff for improved MERL and respond to MERL queries.
  • Develop and implement M&E frameworks at strategic (country strategy) and operational (projects) levels


  • Understand and consistently apply ethical MER practices.
  • Engage and influence staff and management to implement strong MERL practices.
  • Promote and encourage discussion and learning on gender and inclusion in M&E.
  • Promote and support alignment between projects, country and global M&E results frameworks.


We are open and accountable

  • Promotes a culture of openness and transparency, including with sponsors and donors.
  • Holds self and others accountable to achieve the highest standards of integrity.
  • Consistent and fair in the treatment of people.
  • Open about mistakes and keen to learn from them.
  • Accountable for ensuring we are a safe organization for all children, girls & young people.

We strive for lasting impact

  • Articulates a clear purpose for staff and sets high expectations.
  • Creates a climate of continuous improvement, open to challenge and new ideas.
  • Focuses resources to drive change and maximize long-term impact, responsive to changed priorities or crises.
  • Evidence-based and evaluates effectiveness.

We work well together

  • Seeks constructive outcomes, listens to others, willing to compromise when appropriate.
  • Builds constructive relationships across Plan International to support our shared goals.
  • Develops trusting and ‘win-win’ relationships with funders, partners and communities.
  • Engages and works well with others outside the organization to build a better world for girls and all children.

We are inclusive and empowering

  • We empower our staff to give their best and develop their potential.
  • We respect all people, appreciate differences and challenge equality in our programs and our workplace.
  • We support children, girls and young people to increase their confidence and change their own lives.

Interested candidates who meet the above requirements are required to submit their curriculum vitae & cover letter outlining their suitability for the position. Plan International takes very seriously the responsibility and duty to ensure that we and anyone who represents us does not in any way harm or place at risk children and young people. In this regard, reference & background checks will be performed including clearances on child related offences in conformity with Plan’s Safeguarding Policy.

This position is open to Zimbabwean nationals
Location: Zimbabwe (Harare & Bulawayo)
Type of role: Fixed Term Contract
Closing Date : 6 August 2021