Evaluation and Research Specialist

Plan International, Yaounde, Cameroon

Skill RequiredMonitoring and Evaluation Research and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
18th February, 2016


Job Description

Responsibilities:

  • The Evaluation and Research Specialist is a member of the MER unit.
  • The position delivers substantial contributions to the efficient roll out of the Programme Accountability and Learning System (PALS) and enhances evidence based individual and organisational learning from Evaluation and Research (E&R) processes.

He/she will perform the following tasks:

Evidence for success or failure and knowledge on what works and what doesn’t in programmes through the planning and implementation of high quality E&R

  • Lead the implementation of the program quality procedures linked to the programming
  • Facilitate the development of the annual evaluation and research plan in a participatory manner
  • Develop ToR for E&R activities
  • Submit research ToR to the global Research and Knowledge Management team for approval
  • Obtain ethical clearance for research projects in compliance with the global research standards and government authorisation
  • Support the recruitment of consultant for E&R initiatives
  • Develop implementation plan for evaluation initiatives
  • Provide input and quality control for E&R data collection tools as well as quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  • Support/ lead the implementation of E&R projects including baseline studies
  • Review evaluation and research reports and give recommendations regarding approval to programme management
  • Lead the implementation of internal and external evaluation and action research initiatives, including the design of tools
  • Lead post intervention studies

Evidence based decision making, learning and corrective actions in projects and programmes through the use of knowledge from and capacity building on E&R

  • Organize the internal and external dissemination of findings in collaboration with study commissioners for E&R initiatives
  • Monitor the implementation of management response for evaluations
  • Conduct after action reviews for research projects to reflect on the findings and recommendations
  • Coach and train other staff on high quality E&R practices.

Knowledge

  • Knowledge of theories of child-rights programming and child protection (programmatic and safe-guarding)
  • Knowledge of development issues, trends, challenges and opportunities and implications to community development
  • In-depth knowledge of results based management and demonstrated experience as a development professional in E&R
  • Knowledgeable on participatory and gender sensitive evaluation and research tools

Qualification

  • Bachelor degree in demography, measurement, statistics, monitoring & evaluation, development studies, social sciences or other relevant field; master degree preferred
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in evaluation and research of international development projects, preferably in education, health under five, child protection and household economic security, DRM, gender and inclusion

Skills

  • Skills in developing and managing qualitative and quantitative data collections
  • Working experience in community participation in development/programming and child participation in E&R processes
  • Skills for data management (design, entry, analysis)
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to translate key findings into concrete programmatic recommendations;
  • Ability to deliver under tight deadlines
  • Good presentation skills
  • Language skills necessary for the recruiting Country Office
  • Skills in using Microsoft Excel and other software applications relevant to MER (e.g. MAXQDA, SPSS, epi-info, CSPro or similar)

Behaviours

  • Coaches and builds capacity of staff at CO and PU level
  • Promotes innovation and learning
  • Communicates clearly and effectively
  • Demonstrates clear respect to all and especially children and women without discrimination
  • Acts as a team player, willing to get the best outcome overall, adjusting own priorities if necessary
  • Good listening skills
  • Remains calm and positive under pressure and in difficult situations

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